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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 Curriculum in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I am now retired and live in Oklahoma. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina and her family live some 15 minutes away. I publish Bible lessons and stories for children in Spanish, for free download. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion. You can find English stories at MX1414.wordpress.com.

An Enthusiastic Follower of Jesus

The Apostle Peter was an enthusiastic follower of Jesus. When many of the disciples turned their backs on JESUS, because they weren’t willing to pay the price of discipleship, the Lord asked his intimate group of followers if they too would leave.

The impulsive and enthusiastic Peter answered for them all.

 “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:68,69

“Lord, to whom shall we go?” There is no one like our precious Lord Jesus. What a privilege to know and serve Him!

Our relationship with God inspires enthusiasm. One meaning of the word is “to have God on the inside.” With God’s help we can emanate the fragrance of enthusiasm. After meeting Jesus, Andrew, Peter’s brother, runs with enthusiasm to tell the news, “We have found the Messiah!”

Let’s communicate this enthusiasm to our children and students. Let’s spread the spirit of sharing with family and friends the good news of the gospel.

Peter had some interesting experiences. Who else has walked on water? Who has retrieved from the mouth of a fish the money needed for taxes? The coin that Peter found in the fish’s mouth was exactly the amount that Jesus and Peter needed.

God knows our needs. Let’s trust Him for provision. Let’s inspire our students to follow Christ with enthusiasm, to be faithful to Him in all circumstances.

Two amazing miracles of fish-supply happened to Peter the fisherman. One, when Jesus called him to be a fisher of men (Luke 5:1-11). Second, when Jesus appeared on the beach after the resurrection and had breakfast ready for his friends (John 21:1-14).

On that occasion, Peter, who had denied his Master three times, had to declare three times his love. Jesus gave him a most precious commission, to feed his sheep and his lambs (vs. 15-19).

The Most Important Question

In this story, our little friend Albert, known as Salt, has been thinking about Fragrance and the words they have learned so far: Love, Kindness, Compassion, Generosity, Enthusiasm… When Salt wonders how he can practice that fragrance in his life, the thought occurs, “What would Jesus do?”

The verse for the week talks about doing and saying everything in the name of Jesus. It’s like asking, What would Jesus do? What would Jesus say?

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

The question of what Jesus would do has followed me since my teen years. In today’s story this question comes to life again.

In the previous story we talked about Peter’s enthusiasm. His enthusiasm made him promise Jesus that he would never leave Him, that he was willing to die for Him.

When the day came that Jesus was arrested, Peter followed Him from afar all the way to the courthouse of the high priest. That night, warming himself by the fire in the courtyard, Peter three times denied knowing Jesus. And then the rooster crowed.

From where he was in courtyard, Jesus looked at Peter. It must have been a look of pure love, a look that totally overwhelmed Peter. He went outside and wept bitterly. Peter, who so enthusiastically promised to be faithful to Jesus, had failed him. That must have been his saddest day. But Christ Jesus loved him and forgave him.

God promises in his Word that although we are unfaithful, He remains faithful. And he always keeps his promises. Praise his name!

Welcome to read the Treasure Club stories 41 & 42.

M is for Miracles

M is for Miracles. This ministry is in great need of MIRACLES. Cristina is my invaluable assistant living in Peru. Her niece, Ale (for Alejandra), is displaying the M she made with her aunt’s help.

Let me tell you about a MIRACLE I had this weekend. Some Sundays ago, I asked for prayer at 29ELEVEN CHURCH that I attend in Tahlequah. The pastor prayed with me asking God to provide the necessary means to continue my ministry. He asked specifically that funds would come from “unexpected sources.”

I’ve been thinking about what those sources could be at the same time praying that I would be able to pay Cristina. Since I have run out of money, she is only working some 15 hours a week. There is also the rent of office space and insurance to pay for.

On Saturday I sent her the money “by faith,” trusting that the Lord would provide for my expenses as they come along. Then came the miracle! From an unexpected source! My friend Nancy, who helps me with all the stories (adapting them from Spanish) sent me a love-offering. It covered what I had sent off to Cristina and left me the exact amount for the tithe. Talk about an unexpected source! She has been volunteering her time for years. I would never have expected that she would send me money. She had a blessing come her way and then sent some on to me.

I’m living in expectation of how provision will come this month! I’ve put a big M on the desires of your heart. My desire is to continue the ministry of providing teaching materials online. There are thousands of teachers subscribed to my different pages.

Put an M on the Miracles you need. Make a list of the Miracles you hope to see. Let’s form an army of believers who trusts in the miracles God will do.

“Your heavenly Father knows…” (Matthew 6:32). Our responsibility is to seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness (v. 33). God will do the miracles! It’s so comforting to know that OUR FATHER KNOWS!

As M is for Miracles, C is for COMPASSION, a beautiful virtue to spread the fragrance of Christ. A compassionate person has a tender heart and reaches out to a neighbor in need. COMPASSION is the theme for the stories I’m offering today.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1,2

As we imitate God as beloved children, let’s remember that one of the qualities of our Heavenly Father is compassion.

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Psalm 103:8

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15

As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. Psalm 103:13

The apostle Paul exhorted us to “Love one another with brotherly affection” and to “outdo one another in showing honor” (Romans 12:10).

At the beginning of Paul’s missionary ministry, the brothers doubted him. They were afraid due to the ruthless way he had persecuted the followers of Christ. But there was someone who had compassion on him. His name was Joseph.

Joseph was such a tender and compassionate man that the apostles changed his name. They called him Barnabas, which means “Son of Encouragement,” or “He who comforts.”

“He who comforts” had compassion on Saul and brought him before the apostles, guaranteeing that this new disciple and preacher had had a true and transforming encounter with Christ.

Barnabas’s compassion was rewarded. He and Saul became fellow ministers. By then Saul began using his Greek name, Paul, and they made a missionary journey together.

Saul/Paul was accepted in the circle of apostles in Jerusalem because there was a compassionate man. Let us be the “Barnabas’” of the 21st Century. Let’s support our neighbors with tender compassion.

What was Barnabas like? “He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith” (Acts 11:24). A good man! What a beautiful description of Joseph Barnabas!

  • a good man
  • full of the Holy Spirit
  • full of faith

Our world needs good men and good women. Men and women filled with the Holy Spirit and of faith. As we await the soon return of Jesus for his Church, let’s be persons like Barnabas. Jesus will come for a holy church, without spot or wrinkle.

So that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:27

Are you looking forward to Jesus’ coming? Are you ready to meet Him? That will be the greatest miracle of all. How awesome it will be to meet Jesus in the air!

Jesus is coming soon! On that day we’ll see each other in heaven, right? How wonderful to meet the friends who have been following me online! It would be great if we could meet here, which is not possible because of the distances. BUT we know that we’ll meet there!

Welcome to read stories 37 & 38 about compassion: THE TREASURE CLUB

Encourage the children to be compassionate!

These are four countries in South America where there is political turmoil and unrest. Please pray for God’s people to stay strong and for the Gospel to have an impact on people.

BOLIVIA

CHILE

ECUADOR

VENEZUELA

 

Let Your Light Shine

In October the days get shorter and darker, but even darker as Halloween celebration approaches. Death and the Prince of Darkness are celebrated with skeletons, black cats, spiders, and witches… Nothing uplifting for the soul.

We have been called to be light in the darkness. “You are the light of the world,” said Jesus, at the same time declaring that He is the light of the world.

For Halloween, my friend Anita, a retired missionary from Peru who lives in Sweden, asked me to make a candle bookmark that she could give to the children who would come knocking at her door asking for treats.

English:  Jesus loves you candle      A4 size paper:  Jesus loves you candle A4

Spanish, Jesus light:  Jesus luz del mundo vela   A4:  Jesus luz del mundo vela A4

Spanish, Jesus loves you:  Jesus te ama vela     A4:  Jesus te ama vela A4

My friend also asked for a poster to put on the door. I’ve made it in color and also for coloring. For smaller size there are two per page.

English:  Jesus light of the world poster     A4:   Jesus light of the world poster

Spanish:   Jesus luz del mundo poster     A4:  Jesus luz del mundo poster

Two per page for coloring : Jesus the light 2 x pg      A4: Jesus the light 2 x pg

Anytime, every day, all the time we should let our light shine.

 

The Sweet Aroma of Kindness

KINDNESS is a sweet aroma for spreading the fragrance of Christ. Welcome to read two stories based on kindness. Ruth is the biblical example and Daisy will represent The Treasure Club.

When Daisy heard the story of Mary and the ointment she poured on Jesus’ feet, she could not stop thinking about that extraordinary gift. She compared it with her allowance and wondered if she would be willing to save that money and give away some 200 dollars a year. That means she would spend a whole year without buying candy and other things she likes.

 Daisy had the idea of ​​using a jar to save her coins. That idea is something you might inspire the children to do. Everyone could participate in raising money for a mission’s project or to help a classmate with a special need.

Star, the girl with Down syndrome, represents children with special needs; she is a very loving girl. Sammy is an orphan. In this week’s story Star recognizes Sammy’s needs. Her heart full of love wants him to receive the jar with the coins they have collected.

Pepper feels envious. There is always that battle in the human heart. When we do something for one of the students, what about the others? In everything we need to ask for wisdom and the direction of the Holy Spirit.

How is a kind heart? Here are some words that describe a person with a loving and kind heart:

  • attentive
  • caring
  • compassionate
  • considerate
  • friendly
  • generous
  • humble
  • respectful
  • selfless
  • tender

These words describe the kind woman with a book in the Bible bearing her name. She, the beautiful Ruth, was very loving and considerate to her mother-in-law, Naomi! Who better to represent kindness than Ruth? She is known by her words to Naomi, assuring her that she would not abandon her.

“Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” Ruth 1:16,17

Boaz, in view of Ruth’s tender care of her mother-in-law, said,

 “The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!” Ruth 2:12

God rewarded Ruth, and Boaz married her. Then little Obed was born. Boaz and Obed were Ruth’s reward. God rewarded her in such a way that she was the great-grandmother of King David, and thus part of the genealogy of Jesus Christ.

 

“Be kind to one another” is the apostle Paul’s exhortation to the Ephesians.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.  Ephesians 4:32

It’s wonderful to meet a kind person. Ruth was that kind of person! She showed unconditional love. Let’s be kind, people with a good heart!

Use this story to speak to the children about the importance of respecting the elderly. Ruth has left us that example. She was a “treasure” for her mother-in-law.

Find the stories in THE TREASURE CLUB.

May we always spread the sweet aroma of kindness!

The Treasure Club Series

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God. 2 Corinthians 2:14,15

We are fast approaching the end of the year. In my Spanish ministry we have been very busy working on The ABC’s of Fragrance. I am finally able to share here some of the materials.

  • Story
  • Poster
  • Coloring page
  • PowerPoint
  • Memory Cards

We are the aroma of Christ to God. The purpose for this series is to encourage children to spread the fragrance of Christ.

The teachings are based on a Tree of Love, filled with leaves of virtues or good behaviors.

You will find a short explanation about the Treasure Club friends and the first chapters of the story, at:

THE TREASURE CLUB

I hope you will enjoy the new stories with Salt and Pepper and their friend Daisy. May we all spread the sweet perfume of a life that honors God.

God bless you abundantly!

A Boy’s Prayer for His Dad

My blessings to all the wonderful Dads on their special day! We need each one of you. Your family needs you.

Here is a story I wrote five years ago. I’m sharing it again to remind us of one of Jesus’ many promises:

“I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about something
and pray for it, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.”

Matthew 18:19, NCV

Hopefully this story will inspire you and your family, to take hold of Jesus’ promise and agree in prayer. I know by personal experience how wonderful this promise is. I have practiced ir many time.

To print the story: 32 Alex’s Prayer

Alex was worried. When his father came home from work each day they usually played ball. He was always cheerful and jovial, and sometimes he told jokes as the family sat around the dinner table. But lately he came home from work in a bad mood and didn’t want to play with Alex and his sister and brothers. All he did after dinner was watch television.

“Mom, what did I do to Dad? He doesn’t want to play with me anymore,” Alex asked his mom.

“Son, you haven’t done anything,” she replied with some concern.

“Well, why is Dad not happy and cheerful like before?”

“He’s worried, Son. His boss is treating him very badly. The boss can’t fire him but he’s making life miserable for your dad. I think his boss is hoping he’ll get tired of it and look for another job.”

“I’ll pray for Dad,” said Alex.

ALEX PRAYED EVERY NIGHT

The days passed. Alex prayed every night for a solution to his father’s problem. One Sunday, in his Bible class, the teacher talked about prayer and a promise that Jesus made. Jesus said if two or more people agree about anything they ask, our Heavenly Father hears and answers.

Alex thought for several days about what the teacher had said. He decided to talk to his mom about the problem his dad had at work. He asked, “Mom, can’t you and I pray the way Jesus told us to?”

“What do you mean, Son? What is concerning you that you want to pray about?” asked his mother.

“Well, Jesus said that two or more people can agree and pray together about anything. Could we pray about Dad’s job? Marsha and John and Jamie can pray too!”

THEY ALL AGREED

And that’s just what they did. Every afternoon when Alex and Marsha arrived home from school, mom met everyone in the family room and they prayed for Dad. Jamie was small and was just learning to talk, so all he said was, “My Dada.” But he prayed with his hands together and his eyes shut. John prayed earnestly, “Dear God, help my dad to be happy in his work.” Alex and Marsha agreed with him.

Monday through Friday they all prayed together. Since Dad was home on Saturday and Sunday, each one prayed individually. Alex did not let a day pass without praying.

 A BIG SURPRISE

One day there was a big surprise at dinner time! Dad told a joke that made everyone laugh. Jamie was too young to understand the joke, but he laughed anyway because he saw the others laughing. “Ha, ha, ha!” he said.

Another day, Dad came home from work and wanted play ball with Alex. And boy did shoot some great hoops!

Gradually he returned to the cheerful and jovial father he had been before. It was a great joy for Alex and his siblings to have a happy dad again!

“Dad, you’re back to your old self. What happened?” Alex asked one day.

“Forgive me, Son, for making you sad,” Dad replied. “We have a new boss at work now. The former boss treated me very bad and made me cranky. This boss treats me well and I am happy again.”

“Dad, we have prayed for you,” said Alex. “All during the week we met with mom to pray. Jamie could only say, ‘My Dada’, but I think God understood his prayer too.”

“Thank you so much, Son. It’s a good thing my family knows how to pray!”

“We did what Jesus said. We agreed in prayer for you to be happy in your work. We wanted to have a dad who was happy at work AND at home.”

DAD ASKED FORGIVENESS

That evening, at dinner time, dad apologized to his family for making them so sad and worried. “I will take you for ice cream,” de said. You deserve that and much more for putting up with me when I was in a bad mood AND for praying for me.”

“Hurray!” they shouted.

After helping mom clean the table and wash the dishes, the family left for the ice cream shop. Marsha took Jamie’s hand so he wouldn’t run into the street. Alex and John hooked arms. Mom and Dad were happily holding hands as they all walked together.

Alex thanked God for answering their prayers. More than anything he gave God thanks for giving him such a wonderful dad, even though he had been in a bad mood for a while.

Several of Alex’s friends have no dad. Alex prayed for them to understand that God is their Heavenly Father who cares about them deeply and wants to take care of them forever.

Never forget Jesus’ promise:

“I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about something
and pray for it, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.”
Matthew 18:19, NCV

Love and blessings!

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Author: 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.

The Lord of Peace

I was so blessed one morning as I read the Apostle Paul’s greeting of peace, wishing the Thessalonians that the Lord of Peace give them peace at all times and in every way. I thought of a way to illustrate it, with a circle of peace. It encompasses everything. At all times and in every way. That includes everything. I wish you that peace!

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything here. My physical condition has taken a toll on me this winter; hopefully Spring will make for more energy.

Jamie’s Special Easter Egg

I have updated all the components for this story–excellent for Easter! Find it on the Illustrated stories page. Here is the link:

Jamie’s Special Easter Egg

Passion Week Pictures

I have also put together some pictures for Passion Week. Our artist, Ab-Shalom, is enjoying his eternity with Jesus. I am so thankful for all the artwork he has left for us. We don’t take anything with us when we go, but our works can follow us. His art is going to continue to bless children for generations to come. Until Jesus’ return, I hope!

Passion Week pictures to color:  For coloring       Size A4:  For coloring A4

The pictures in color: Passion week images CO      Size A4: Passion Week images CO A4

Power Point: Passion Week PPT     PDF:  Passion Week PDF

May you have a wonderful Easter Season, blessed by the Lord of Peace,
at all times and in every way!