An American by Choice

This Independence Day brings me memories of a Gipsy-kind of life—traveling, moving, and changing from one language to another. As an MK (missionary kid) that was my life.

I have told the story of my crazy school days so I’ll not repeat myself, but it was crazy. Starting in German, going to Swedish, moving to Spanish, then going to English, for a time moving back to Spanish, then English again, and finally back to Swedish!

My life started in Sweden, followed in Chile, took a break in Sweden, moved to Canada, settled in Peru, took another break in Sweden, went back to Peru, took a longer break in Sweden, went back to Peru, moved to Bolivia, and finally settled in the United States—first in Florida, then in Colorado, and finally in Missouri.

On Valentine’s Day 1997 I became an American by choice. Here is the proof!

So today, this 4th of July, I will celebrate the privilege to live in this country and to be an American. I have other citizenships which I am proud of. I have a Swedish passport, and best of all: I am citizen of Heaven. By the grace of Jesus Christ I have a space reserved for me someplace in Glory. One day soon, I’ll leave both American and Swedish passports behind, never to need them again, and I will forever be with my Savior.

You might be an American by birth, and will probably not make a choice for some other citizenship here on earth, but you have to make a choice if you want to be a citizen of Heaven. The only way is to accept Jesus as your personal Savior. We are all sinners in the eyes of God; no one reaches his level of righteousness.

The “righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Rom 3:22-24).

What is the best way to celebrate this glorious American Independence Day? To make sure you have secured citizenship in Heaven!

It would be an honor for me to help you. Contact me at chelund @ gmail dot com.

What will I do today? I’m thinking about celebrating with my hobby. It’s been a long time—too long—since I devoted time to scrapbooking. I have a photo album waiting to be put together: My Family, my Joy! That’s the closest I can get to enjoying the day with my family.

Have a happy and blessed day!


About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.
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