One of my Favorite Possessions

Every month I write a personal testimony story for children. I was thinking tonight about what to write this month and decided to go about the story of my 9 or 10 years of schooling (depending on how I count them) in 4 languages, at 12 schools, in 4 countries. It sounds impressive but the void in different areas left by all the changes is not impressive. Still, I’ve made it, and now I want to write about it for children.

As I was browsing for pictures, I once more came across one of my favorite possessions.

Trust Him memoryOne of my favorite possessions is a little plaque I received as a Thank-you for teaching Spanish. This was at Bethany School in Tournavista in the jungles of Peru when I was a teen-ager.

That plaque has traveled with me from Tournavista to Tarma; from Tarma to Örebro in Sweden; from Örebro to Huancayo in Peru; from Peru back to Sweden, this time to Karlskrona and Älmhult; from Älmhult to Huancayo in Peru, then to Chaclacayo, also in Peru; from Chaclacayo to Villands Vånga in Sweden; from Villands Vånga back to Peru; from Peru to Cochabamba in Bolivia; from Cochabamba to Hollywood in Florida in the USA; from Hollywood to Fort Lauderdale and to Pompano Beach; from Florida to Colorado Springs in Colorado; and finally to what might be its final resting place: Springfield, Missouri.

The words printed on the plaque have been my comfort. Through the years it has become easier and easier to trust Him, because the more you trust Him, the more you realize how trustworthy He is.

Trust Him when dark doubts assail thee;
Trust Him when thy strength is small;
Trust him when to simply trust Him
Seems the hardest thing of all.

I remember especially when we were moving from Florida to Colorado. We were taking a big step of faith. I was working with Editorial Vida (Life Publishers) and was promised only a few months of “work from home.” I said to my supervisor at that time: “The Lord has not forsaken us thus far. He will not forsake us now, will He?” No, He did not forsake us. And He NEVER will.

I spoke about trusting God at a devotional while working at Life Publishers.

Trust God

Things changed at Life Publishers… the few months of working at home turned into three years. Then came our move to Springfield. Three years later big changes came again; but God did not change. My little plaque reminded me to continue trusting Him. That doesn’t mean we didn’t have some big hills to climb and some deep valleys to walk through.

Here I am. Two months from today it will be nine years since I became a widow. I had a couple “adopt” me, to be at hand when I needed help. They have now un-adopted me. That hurt! But the words on my plaque are true. I trust Him! I have another friend to call on. And I did tonight. He will check the car for me to make sure everything is fine for my trip next week. August 28 is very special. That is the day my favorite boy in all the world was born. He will now be a teen-ager! I want to celebrate that day with him!

I could go on and on… When I start writing about God and how faithful He is, there is no end to it. But as we know, there always is an end to each day. And I have reached the end of this day. So let me finish for now with one of my favorite Bible verses.

Blessings! “See” you soon!

“For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die,
we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die,
we are the Lord’s.”
Romans 14:8


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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2 Responses to One of my Favorite Possessions

  1. Marcia Baker Hovingh says:

    Hi Kerstin … Just read your blog from Aug last year !! I was searching the web for Bethany, TV, etc and it came up. My husband and I just returned from a 15 day trip to Peru (my 2nd time back since I left in 1961 & my husband’s 1st). Amazing time in Cuzco, MachuP and Pucallpa … unfortunately we couldn’t reach TV, due to recent flooding. I was interested in that you said that you were writing about your younger years of schooling. I thank God for HIS help, protection and provision for those years that we lived in Peru ….. lots of memories!! Marcia Baker Hovingh

    • kelund says:

      Mi Marcia,
      Such a great surprise to find your note. I remember you so well for my time in TV. You were such a good student and a big role model. I’ve used you mother’s story about the jungle boy (you are in int) and I have a copy of her Jungle Cookbook. I never forget the Bakers!
      Lots of love!

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