Wednesday, May 27, 2015

She's Moving out!



Its Official...She is moving out!
Kayle will be hanging out with some of these crazies this summer
Well, at least for the summer. Our sweet little baby girl Kayle, who is now 15 years old, has been invited to spend the summer in Northern California with some family friends. We are all excited about it, but as you can imagine, there are a little bit of emotions bouncing around our home at the moment. She is going out into the big old world! Kayle will be fine, however, the rest of us are going to miss her dearly.
Summer of fun and friends!
Kayle will be spending her summer with a family that runs an awesome student ministry called Campus Life. The summer will be filled with tons of incredible activities from backpacking to rafting to sports galore. Perfect summer if you ask me!
There are a couple of areas where we could use your help. First, please keep Kayle in your prayers as she will be away from home for the first time. A different country and even a different culture...it's hard to explain, but living as Americans in Peru is a distorted mix of two cultures and often poses difficulties that cannot always be foreseen. She is a tough and flexible girl, but there might be some things that are tough on her.
Second, the activities that she will be participating in will not be free. It would be a huge blessing to find a couple of sponsors to help with some of the cost for her summer program. The flights and the expenses will amount to quite a bit. Please pray and consider sponsoring Kayle and her summer experience.  Please contact us if you are interested in helping out.

Other Stuff
On the 27 and 28th of May, there will be a strike all over the south of Peru in protest of a mining entity that has not done what they said they would do. There have been protests for a couple of months with numerous people being killed in the mayhem. The strike is supposed to be held in our area as a show of solidarity for those that are not being heard. We have a lot of people that are either coming or going via airplane and the strike may cause some problems. It's always an interesting thing to watch how these things unfold. Pray that the issues are resolved quickly. It has been going on for months now and seems like there is no end in sight. We are safe as long as we stay home, but it is a hassle if you need to go anywhere. All tourism stops, transportation, business..it's not good for the economy. Everyone suffers from these types of strikes. Only time will tell...
MotoMission is beginning to pick up. It takes a while to get the momentum going as we had been spending all of our time in the cafe. Now, we are generating a lot of marketing and promotion, which will bring some customers our way. With the nature of that business, our clientele is more of a 3-12 months out kind of tour. People just don't decide they are going to head to Peru tomorrow and take a dirtbike tour for 5 days...I wish, but haven't found any of those.  We continue to look for customers in various ways.  Please feel free to pass on the word about our mission here in Peru. Our website is www.motomissionperu.com

We also want to send a huge thank you to all of you who are part of our support team. We are able to operate our mission here as volunteers because of you and your partnership. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
  If any of you would like to join our support team, we need more help.  Our mission organization is a 501c3 non profit and any support for us is a tax deductable donation. It's easy to join the team, just contact Commission to Every Nation at:

Commission To Every Nation
PO Box 291307
Kerrville, TX 78029-1307
Phone: (830) 896-8326
Toll-Free: (800) 872-5404

We hope that this finds you all well. Again, thanks for following along with our crazy adventures here in Peru. You all are a blessing.

The Englund Family(Scott, Teri, Kayle, and Emma)

 PS...if you want the full version with pictures, check out our blog at theenglundfamily.blogspot.com or check out our personal Facebook pages.



Saturday, May 2, 2015

Word on the Street...With The Englund Family in Peru




We have a lot to update. Since the last update, there have been a number of big things come up. So, here it goes...

The Loss of Teri's Father
    First things first, we want to say thank you for the extra dose of support as Teri lost her father at the end of the year. The logistical stress of getting back to the US was more than enough to handle. Many of you pitched in to help us with the cost to return to the US for the funeral. Teri mentioned to me this morning that she was so glad that she was able to be there with the rest of her family during that time.  That is exactly what a solid support team does...Thanks for being a great support and encouragement to our family. We cannot thank you enough for all that you do.
 
Teri and her family...
MotoMission News
Another incredible view!
    As of May 3rd, Motomission/ Scott Englund will be a featured blogger for one of the largest motorcycle online communities on the Net. It's called Thumpertalk.com. Those of you that ride, are most likely members already. That is how big this thing is. Each month, a newsletter will be going out to 250,000 motorcycle enthusiast that have asked to receive their monthly newsletter. In addition to those, there are the ones that have not subscribed, but still part of the online community. Thousands upon thousands of dirtbike lovers. This is a huge opportunity.
    My blog focus will be a storytelling mission of the crazy things that happen while on the trail in South America. I will be telling the stories of our MotoMission tours, mishaps, comical parades, and a full description of how it is to ride in the Andes.  It will be full of pictures, videos, and written stories to entice anybody with a desire to fill their adrenalin tank to sign up for a tour.  
    As you might imagine, I am a bit excited about this opportunity. Our hope is that through the contacts made with Thumpertalk, MotoMission will be able to fill up a schedule of tours to accomplish our overall goal of funding the Altivas Canas Children's Project. Full throttle ahead! If you are interested in following the blog on Thumpertalk.com, you will be able to find it starting tomorrow at www.thumpertalk.com/blogs/

The Meeting Place Cafe update
    It couldn't have worked out any better. We have transitioned out of the Meeting Place Cafe and the new missionary owners are going strong. It's great to see that they have the energy and enthusiasm to take it to a new level. It's also great to see the changes they are making and that it remains full of people. Teri and I sleep well at night knowing it is in good hands and will continue well into the future. I call that a super blessing!

Other Ministry Stuff
On our way to deliver the school supplies
    Because of the nature of what we do, we often find ourselves being able to distribute blessings. When our business ventures like the cafe or Motomission make money, we give away the profits. In March, we were able to purchase a large quantity of school supplies for the kids at the El Arca Children's Home.  It is always cool to share blessing with others. Thanks to our customers which allow us to bring good news to those that may otherwise have to do without. By the way, that is our mission model in a nutshell. We run businesses that use the profit to support local social projects...Its working...

Family Update
This girl is tough...pulling teeth=no problem!
    Our family is doing great. The girls are knee deep in home school, which makes us knee deep in teaching. Teri does most of it, but I recently got a good dose of what she does on a daily basis as Teri participated in a missionary women's retreat in Lima last week. She came back with a big smile, her stress level was diminished, and she seemed to be ready to take on life. A good retreat is priceless. It was good for the girls and I as well. Nothing better than some good father daughter time, even if it did include some homework.
Almost a teenager...pray hard!
    Kayle has been experiencing a drawn out process of removing wisdom teeth. She has had two removed so far, with two more to go. Probably another 3 to four weeks to finish. Then it's time for the braces.  ouch!
    Emma is about to become a real, live teenager. I guess that is more of a prayer request...We cannot understand how it happened so fast.
Working with Calvary Chapel Cusco
While our workload has transitioned to some other things beyond the cafe, we have had a bit more freedom to do some other ministry things as well. A few weeks ago, our family had the opportunity to help another missionary family with a group from Texas that was here to do a project. It was good to help out some of the other missionaries in town. We are all on the same team, you know!

Prayer Request and Support Team
    The list of prayer requests goes on. Here is the list:

Our family-health, unity, our marriage, homeschool

MotoMission-To quickly build up the business and tour volume, for our partnership with Thumpertalk.com, and safety as we manage tours

The Altivas Canas Children's Project-Pray for continued support and success of the project
We have been in Peru for over 6 years now. We have been back to the US a few times, but have not really had to focus too much on the fundraising part as our support team has been so faithful. However, as time takes its toll on people, we have lost a few of our supporters. We want to encourage any of you that are not currently partnering with our family to consider it. We cannot continue unless the resources are there for us to live and work here as volunteers. We specifically need additional monthly support and would like to raise another $500 dollars per month to make sure our finances are in order. To sign up as a monthly support partner, it is really easy. You can click on the link to our mission organization, Commission To Every Nation, and go through the short process. www.cten.org/scottenglund. It's a great encouragement to us to know that we are not alone in this ministry.
Thanks again for all you do. Until next time...
The Englund Family
Scott, Teri, Kayle, and Emma