Left on my Own

I traveled back from Venezuela to Bolivia with an invitation to come work in Miami on developing new Sunday school curriculum. It was very exciting for me but that didn’t mean things were going to be a smooth ride.

The first thing I had to deal with was a deep depression that had overtaken my husband. He was a very caring soul and had what we called a “pastor’s heart,” but his problem was that he took on people’s concerns and got overwhelmed. The worst part was that he would wonder off and we didn’t know where he was. One day our neighbor returned him home, with the words, “I found your husband!”

My parents were staying in Northern Florida at that time and they offered to take him in. Two months before the move he traveled to Miami. That left me on my own to sell off our things, pack some bags, and get myself and the girls on the way.

My friends at the publishing house I headed were sad to hear the news but at the same time they were happy for me. I was working on a series of lessons on Jesus, the Son of God—the lessons that at the present I’m republishing, but now on the web. I promised to continue working on them in Miami, which I did.

One of the big tasks was to sell our things. I prayed every step of the way. We advertised in the newspaper and my girls took care of the customers when I was at the office working hard on getting as much done as possible before the move. The biggest items were the car, a waterbed, an electrical organ, beds, the refrigerator and the stove, living room furniture… One thing after another got a buyer, even the car!

Scrapbook page about the sale.

The water bed was the most difficult part. We had bought it from some missionaries. Who would buy it from us? A neighbor did, and some young people helped me empty the water and carry the bed to the next owner. What a relief!

I’ve made many moves in my life. This one was probably the hardest. It’s one thing to move in the same country. For this move I had to do very thorough planning. I had some trunks that would go as flight cargo and then we would take the rest in our suitcases and hand baggage.

The last night before boarding the plane was a nightmare. We were staying at a hotel so we could deliver the beds to their new owners. I had odds and ends here and there that I didn’t have a clue what to do with. My girls were at the hotel and I was alone at the then almost empty house. My nerves were on edge from all the stress. I just wanted to sit down on the floor and cry!

Then some “angels” knocked on the door! My neighbors (the husband was the manager at our publishing house) saw the light on in the living room and wondered if they could help. When I saw them at the door, I could have kissed their feet! They started gathering up all the “left-overs” from room to room. All the little odds and ends that didn’t fit in the suitcases.

The next day my friend Amalia, who had been helping me with house cleaning, came to do a last haul-over. Whatever my “angel” friend from the night before hadn’t taken with them, she took care of. I could hand over a clean and empty house to my landlady.

Did I say that I had been left on my own? That’s wrong! The Lord, my Savior, was with me. I might have been without my husband, but on my own? No, with the Lord on our side we are never alone!

I was ready to take on the great adventure!


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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One Response to Left on my Own

  1. A traves de todo lo que he leido me doy cuenta que eres la mujer más aventurera por su puesto para hacer un trabajo de la vida en el Señor con pérdidas de libros maletas y equipajes, vendiendo tus autos, muebles, el órgano electrónico cuando tenías que cambiarte a otro lugar, en fín. Pero me gusta que tu vida haya sido nómade puesto que esa fué tu forma de vida y me alegra mucho que sea así incluso recibir la ayuda de ángeles es una exoeriencia muy importante. Me gustaría que me admitas en tu fasebook para conversar en chat con tigo yo escribo en inglés y tu en castellano para que mejores el español y yo mejoro el ingles y sería bueno tambien que me envíes tu correo. tambien que leas mi blog “el blog de hectorrene” allí escribí uno de tus artículos traducido al castellano para que lo veas que tan bueno o regular salió la publicación de Kerstin junto a otras mías donde escribí otros temas relacionados con los temblores. De todas maneras desde el 12 de mayo hasta ahora he juntado más de 10.000.- visitas. En la espera que me aceptes mi favor pedido me despido con saludos para todos como Ingrid, Agnetta y otro Pepito. Héctor.

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