My Dad had a very special celebration for his 95 years. He had his 5 children present, 7 grandchildren and spouses, and 16 great-grandchildren. (In total he has 19 grandchildren [one of them waiting for him in heaven] and 33 great-grandchildren.) Added to this he had the very special joy of having one of his “spiritual” sons. That was the visitor we were waiting for last week.
On Friday evening my brother-in-law Ola kindly drove us the two hours to the airport in Gothenburg to await the arrival of our visitor from Peru, Marco Alvarez. He has known my Dad for about 50 year, from when we started working in Huancayo. His brothers came to our Sunday school and heard the Gospel and then Marco came to church and was saved. He admires Dad very much and it’s a joy for both of them to be able to spend some time together.
Some of the goodies Marco had in his luggage, for each of us siblings. No one was forgotten. For Dad it was very special to have all five of us together after 15 years; before that it was 33 years since we had all been together!
Including Marco, pictured here with Dad and his wife Mary, we had 48 people at the party. Eight were not immediate family, but close friends, missionaries and others interested in our mission work. It was very humbling to hear how they appreciated Dad’s friendship and working relations.
Very joyous to the occasion was having four generations together. It’s my sister Ingrid, missionary in Africa, her son Edward and the little one, Esra. You should have seen the little guy. He’s just six weeks old but oh, how he talked. He would smile and follow the conversation and give his opinion, which, of course, we could not understand.
Esra has a very charming brother. I’m sure you will agree. I guess he takes after his grandmother. My sister always attracted everyone’s attention. As you will see, I have the cutest picture of her and Dad.
Back in the day of the above picture life was different. In Traiguen, where this picture is taken, there were no phones. Nobody had yet heard of cell-phones or could even imagine such a thing. I-pads? What planet does that come from? they might have asked. But at the party we had modern kids. Here are some of my brother Lasse’s grandchildren.
This girl is going to get a special blog, for a very special reason, another day!
Dad has been in the service of The King since he was 24 years old. He should have had a cake worthy of a prince. He is not only the King’s servant; he is a child of the King. He had to settle for a Princess Cake! Why hasn’t anybody thought of making a Prince Cake?
At 1:00 PM on Saturday we met up at a hotel in Värnamo for the main course. Some had pork fillet, others had chicken fillet, some had salmon. Everyone enjoyed it; very tasty.
Then we drove to Vaggeryd for cookies and Princess cake. My niece Emilie had prepared some games to entertain us. I’m so proud of this girl, Lasse and Lilo’s daughter. You’ll hear about her and Filip’s daughter Alida in another blog.
Our missionary friends from Peru, Lindgrens and Olsons, were present. Sven-Agne was there. He has two children adopted from Peru. Ing-Marie supports the children’s ministry in Chilca. Huancayo. Anna-Berit gave us a pleasant surprise. She is a missionary “kid” from Bolivia, from a long time ago. It must be, since she remembers me from when I was one years old!
We enjoyed the cookies Dad had helped to make. That was unimportant, considering a very special experience my sister-in-law Lilo initiated. She remembered vividly when her grandmother BLESSED her, so she asked Dad to bless his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A blessing is a very important thing. His children received a blessing the next day, with Psalm 37:4.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of you heart.
My siblings and I are very privileged to have had parents who have given their life in service to others and to the King. Who is the King? Jesus Christ our Lord. And we serve Him with joyful hearts. Because of their ministry we and our families have been blessed.
Praise the Lord!
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
who greatly delights in his commandments!
His offspring will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Psalm 112:1,2 ESV