My 18th Birthday—from Sad to Happy

Missionary card 64The card I distributed on my Mission Tour
at the time of this account

I celebrated my 18th birthday in Sweden, on a Mission Tour in some churches in the southern part of the country. My parents and my three youngest siblings were in Peru. My sister Ingrid was in Sweden. A few days before, she and some friends had a little party for me. I thought that would be it.

I came to Sandbäck (my Swedish friends will know where that is) and was housed in what was called “the room for the evangelist”. Most churches had a room where they housed visiting preacher. Here is how I describe that particular room in a letter to my parents:

Here in Sandbäck I ended up in the room for evangelists. It is terribly cold and nasty smelling; straw mattress and toilet in the basement, where it is completely dark. The lady janitor is not the cleanest and the food almost makes me choke. The plate was dirty and the food was cold. On Friday (my birthday) there are not going to be any meetings and I do not know how it will be to sit the entire day alone in that room. It will be a sad 18th birthday. But God may be thinking that I need to be tested.

The pastor, Owe Carlson, took pity on me and found a home where I could stay. Here is my account in another letter:

On my birthday, I received a small gift from the friends where I was staying and they arranged a party for me. When I came home from children’s meeting they had the coffee table set and some visitors had already come. Of them I got a candlestick, probably handcrafted. We had a very nice evening and I am so grateful to God that he arranged things so nicely for me. In the children’s meeting I received three tulips and the children sang for me.

The next part of my letter makes me smile:

Yes, now I’m here. 18 years old. It’s terrible how time has passed so quickly. Soon I’m going to be old. How boring! It’s so much fun to be doing these mission services at such a young age. How wonderful to be Jesus’ messengers on Earth!

I wish that 18-year-old could have peeked into the future and seen herself as an “old” missionary. I was young and very happy to be doing mission work for Jesus. I feel just as young and happy today. And my life, for sure, is not boring!

It was sad to be a young girl staying in that “room for the evangelist”. God made me happy! He arranged so that I could move and be with “new” friends who threw a party for me.

I’m excited to see what’s going to happen on my birthday this year. Here is my invitation for a birthday breakfast. Too bad most of my readers are in far-away countries. If you are in Springfield, welcome to the party!

invitacion che 70 3

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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 My 18th Birthday—from Sad to Happy

  1. Patsy Weist says:

    You are so inspiring, Kerstin!! God bless you!

    Sent from my iPhone

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