Best News Sixty Years Ago

Today, sixty years ago, my sisters and I received the most exciting news. We had a “fire-fighter” in the family! That was the funny way the midwife explained the “difference” between us girls and the little boy who had just been born. His little “hose” made a bee-line right into her pocket! Do you get the picture?

I was seven at the time. I had two little sisters and now also a brother. We all had a name we loved: Pepito. In Spanish it’s a nick-name for those called Joseph. My parents didn’t want to name him Joseph, but rather Per as my dad, and why his second name is Roland was probably a “prophesy” about his future. Roland became my brother’s father-in- law! Even if he was named Per Roland we called him Pepito, which evolved into Pepe. And that is what he’s been all these years. He’s not Dr Pepper, but Doctor Pepe! (You can read about my brother in my blog for this day in 2011.)

As I’m writing I receive devastating news from Peru. Not for the people involved but for those left behind. Cristina’s dad is my brother’s friend. Recently he lost his best friend to death. Today the wife of that friend has passed, and she was Cristina’s mom’s best friend. It hurts me as if it was family I lost. Cristina has become like a daughter. They are grieving the loss, but those who have gone before us are rejoicing in the presence of Jesus.

This evening they will have a wake and tomorrow the funeral. That’s how they do it in South America. It has to be a quick burial.

The word the Lord gave us yesterday at church through a prophesy will be our comfort this day. May you also find strength, joy and peace through Jesus Christ out Lord.

The Lord be


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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