A Teen-age Tree

This date will always be special. Seventy-three years ago a baby boy was born in Karlskrona, Sweden. That baby, turned a very kind man, is not here anymore to celebrate that day. He was my husband for 38 years.

When Bengt turned 60 we had recently moved to Springfield, Missouri. One of the missionaries I worked with at Life Publishers honored him with a tree that we planted in our front yard. That tree became very special for us and each year we would take a picture to document the growth.

Seven years ago we sold the house, and of course the tree went with the house. On Monday I remembered about the tree and Bengt’s birth-date coming up. I wondered if it was still there, so I drove to our former house, and there it was, a tree turned 13. That’s why I call it a teen-age tree!

What a surprise to see how beautiful it had grown! Before I display it, let’s look at some pictures from the tree’s “childhood”.

Here is our tree together with everybody’s little sweetheart Smulan
(little crumb in Swedish).

This was a time when it snowed in the Spring!

What a privilege to stand by the tree with my youngest sister (left).
She lives in Sweden so we don’t see each other very often.
That time it was extra special.

Here we are, Bengt and I, proudly showing off our first grandchild.
David is now 8 years old.

A year after this picture was taken we no longer had any say in the tree. It’s interesting how attached one can get to a tree. It’s like a friend. I gave it lots of love and care. To come back after seven years and see how well the missionaries that bought our house had cared for it warmed my heart. This is a missionary tree! Given by a missionary to a missionary, and now in the care of other missionaries. No wonder it’s grown strong!

This is it—the Teen-age Tree!

“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good,
or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad,
for a tree is recognized by its fruit” (Matthew 12:33).

Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist was a good man, a “tree” with good fruit. I miss him!


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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