Emil is my nephew. But he’s not the one I’ve traveled with. It just so happened that the train ride back from Tidan was on the “Emil i Lönneberga” train. The company that works the trains in the part of Sweden called Småland has chosen to name their trains. You might recall that I traveled on the Dag Hammarsköld train on my way to Tidan.
Emilie is my niece and today his her birthday! She’s far away in Sweden but 13 years ago I had the privilege to see her on this day. Happy birthday Emilie!
Emil is a funny children’s story character, 5 years old, that lives in Lönneberga and does all kinds of mischief. You might compare him to Dennis the Menace, as seen on film in the USA. The author, Astrid Lindgren, is one of Sweden’s awesome story-tellers. She’s the one who wrote the story of the strong Pippi Logstocking, who could even carry a horse.
My “Pippi” with the horses that carry her, in my bookshelf!
Toy horse from early 20th Century
Could this horse have inspired the Pippi story?
Before getting on the train I said good-bye to a retired Swedish farmer, my friend Leif (in his work-clothes). His wife drove me to the train station and waved good-bye.
Before the train ride came the car ride. Take into consideration that my pictures are taken through a car windshield. Sometimes the windshields are not the cleanest, but I still get some good pictures. Some of the colors along the road on that drive were breathtaking.
The time is ticking. Another day has come to an end. The story I published today is a true testimony of a man who visited a village way up in the Andes Mountains years ago. He used to take medicines to help the villagers. Then he heard the Gospel and received Christ into his life. He then brought total transformation to the village.
When he preached and asked who wanted to receive Christ as Lord and Savior, everyone looked to the mayor. When he stood up and made the decision to follow Christ, everyone followed his example. The entire village turned to Jesus! My dad has had the privilege to visit that village.
“Niñitos en Tidan” means “Little children in Tidan.” I had them on a previous blog, but they make such a cute memory from my visit that I want to show them again. Blessings to all! See you tomorrow!