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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.

Four Loyal Friends

LOYALTY IS A SWEET AROMA to spread the Fragrance of Christ. Today’s stories are about four brave young men whose lives were a great example of what it means to be LOYAL. We find their story in the book of Daniel.

Daniel and his three friends were teenagers when they were taken captive from Israel to Babylon. From the beginning they decided to be faithful to God and not defile themselves with pagan practices.

Daniel served under four kings: Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Darius and Cyrus. Under King Darius his loyalty to God was tested to the max and he ended up spending the night with lions. His coworkers were so envious of him that they devised an evil plan. They had seen Daniel’s loyalty to his God, so they thought their plan to have him thrown to the lions would work.

Read Daniel 6 and go to story #52 in The Treasure Club.

But these governors knew nothing about the power of Daniel’s God. The God whom Daniel continually served delivered him from the lions!

Two powerful results:

  1. The envious governors ran the fate they had devised for Daniel. Not only these hateful men but also their families. See Daniel 6:24.
  1. The king issued an edict that all peoples honor the God of Daniel. Daniel 6:25-27

God is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. He is powerful to work similarly in our lives when we serve him. The loyalty of this faithful servant never ceases to amaze me. The king himself expressed Daniel’s faithfulness. “Your God, whom you serve continually.”

May the Lord help us to be servants like Daniel, that even the President of our country would declare our loyalty.

See Daniel 2:48,49; 5:11,12,14,29; 6:3,16,23,28.

The other LOYALTY story is about Daniel’s three friends, who were not afraid of being thrown into a blazing furnace of fire. Obedient to God’s commandment of not making images or worshiping them, they refused to bow to the golden statue King Nebuchadnezzar had made.

Read this powerful account in Daniel 3 and go to story #53.

In the fiery furnace Jesus was with them. The courageous decision of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to be faithful to the Lord resulted in King Nebuchadnezzar’s decree that everyone honor the God of these three friends, just as King Darius issued a decree when Daniel was adamant in obeying God. See Daniel 3:28,29.

What a great testimony the actions of these young men were! Their lives were a prime example of LOYALTY. May God help us to be as faithful and loyal as they were!

Let’s pray for our children, that they be faithful to the Lord amid these times of great uncertainty. School is starting up after the summer. Some will meet in the classrooms; others will study at home. Teachers and parents need our prayers.

Let us all be loyal to our God, amid the pandemic, whatever happens. And let us trust that the Lord will work in us and for us. far more abundantly than all we ask or think.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20,21

Solomon and the Pandemic

This is my assistant Cristina in Peru, all geared up to meet her Corona-world. It’s very important these days to keep yourself safe from the tiny invisible virus that has invaded our world.

Some 213 countries are affected, and the cases reported is nearing 5 million. I’m just hearing on the news that Brazil is the country worst affected. That’s close to Peru!

This time I have stories about Paul and Solomon. This got me thinking about what King Solomon would have done had there been a pandemic back in his time.

He was the wisest king who ever lived. He would have had a message of rest and hope, as he learned from his father, King David.

One of the stories is about how Solomon judged with justice when two women both claimed to be the mother of a baby. He called for a sword to cut the baby in half. That’s when the mother pleaded with him to let the baby live, even if the other woman got him. That’s how Solomon knew she was the mother!

His reputation of being a wise and very rich king spread worldwide. Among others, the Queen of Sheba came to visit, to ask him questions and to see if everything she had heard was true.

“The half was not told me” she said. “Your wisdom and prosperity
surpass the report that I heard.”

He would have known what to do in a pandemic. He would have written proverbs about it. Did you know that he wrote 3,000 proverbs and composes 1,005 songs?

Read 1 Kings 9 to 11, about his life as a king.

Sadly, he let his wives led him astray. Having 700 wives and 300 concubines could lead any man astray. We read about him that he was not as faithful to God as his father.

If King David had been hit with a pandemic he would have directed us to the Psalms, to find comfort in God. He would have said,

“Trust God to be your protector. Trust him to surround you completely. Rest assured that God covers you with the palm of his hand,” as he wonderfully stated in Psalm 139:5.

You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.

What can I say in the pandemic? Trust the promises in Psalm 91. Declare them over yourself and your family. Personalize them!

I will say to the Lord:
My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.
He will save me from the fowler’s snare,
And from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover me with his feathers,
And under his wings I will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be my shield and rampart.
(Psalm 91:2-4)

What would the apostle Paul’s exhortation be? We find it in Romans 12:12:

In this time of insecurity due to the virus, may you draw closer to the Lord. May you experience his presence more deeply. Be joyful in hope. God covers you under his great and powerful wings, like the hen covers her chicks under her wings and protects them from danger. In the eyes of your mind imagine yourself covered with God’s feathers.

My greatest joy is to provide teaching materials (mostly in Spanish). This is a difficult time for many teachers, whose classrooms are empty because of the pandemic. Victoria in Huancayo, Peru, one of my former students who now is a teacher herself, wrote me a note. She feels so sad for having to close her Sunday school. When she sees any of the children, and they ask her when they will meet again, her heart hurts because she can’t give them a date. My great “Aunt Margarita” family suffers. But we hope in the Lord. We find rest in trusting God.

Hopefully this pandemic will be over soon, and things can get back to “normal.” What is normal? Resting in Jesus and his love and care is the most normal thing. Blessings to you!

Welcome to enjoy the stories about Paul and Solomon.

See numbers 49 to 51 in The Treasure Club.

Learning from Jesus

These words of Jesus, “Learn from me,” keep turning in my head. I work to provide teaching materials precisely for this, that children learn from Jesus. I’m sure you have the same purpose! We want children to learn about Jesus, but more than anything we want them to learn FROM our beloved Lord and Savior. The same goes for us, those who oversee these precious jewels. We all need to learn from Jesus!

 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28-30

In the 80s I worked with my father in a Bible Institute that he founded in Huancayo, Peru. The young people studying there were interested in the degree they would receive upon graduation. “Here we prepare servants,” my father told them. SERVANT is the title of highest honor.

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

“And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:35

“It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave.” Matthew 20:26, 27

The fragrance of a servant is Humility. In each one of the virtues our focus should be on Jesus and the life he modeled, always wanting to learn from him. But we also have a biblical character for each virtue, to learn from them.

We now have a story about Moses, the most humble man on the face of the earth. Read Numbers chapter 12. God defended his servant when Aaron and Miriam murmured against him. He had to be humble to be able to carry the burden of the millions of rebellious people that left Egypt with him.

Moses fulfilled the apostle Paul’s exhortation even before it was written: “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2).

We also have a story about the importance of HONESTY. It’s an extremely important subject because in many cases lying is taken lightly; but if we read Revelation 21:8,27 we understand that there is no excuse. Lying is a sin and the eternal destiny of liars is the lake of fire.

Let’s teach children how to listen to the voice of conscience that tells us to be honest and speak the truth.

Read Acts 5:1-11. Ananias and Sapphira lied, not to men but to God. At the moment he lied, Ananias fell down dead! How fearful this was for those who were with Peter! A very harsh punishment for a lie. Then the same thing happened to Sapphira.

It’s my prayer to God that both children and adults will feel how honorable it is to be honest, because that is how we honor God.

We are going through some different and difficult times. In many places we can’t meet together. Maybe you are now teaching online? But many children don’t have access to an electronic device, especially in Third World countries. The coronavirus has hit us hard.

Some are fearful. Replace fear with faith. God is your protector. Read the promises in Psalm 91. If you are a parent, use these stories as a teaching tool for your children. I hope you do this with or without the virus.

Welcome to read the stories 47 & 48 in THE TREASURE CLUB.

 

Marching to the Rhythm of Praise

Jehoshaphat’s experience of marching to the rhythm of praise and winning the victory without waging war is very inspiring. It’s one of my favorite stories about praising God.

Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-30.

The Moabites and the Ammonites declared war on King Jehoshaphat. When they warned the king that a great army was coming against him, he was afraid. Then he did the best that we can do when we are threatened–He decided to find out what God wanted him to do. So, he proclaimed a fast, and people gathered from all the cities of Judah to seek God’s help. His prayer is recorded in verses 6-12, which ends with the king acknowledging that he doesn’t know what to do, but that he seeks God’s help.

The entire town gathered–men and women, big and small. Everyone, even the little ones, prayed. How important to include children when we seek God’s help and guidance!

God promised to be with them:

  • Do not be afraid or discouraged due to this vast army. Because the battle is not yours but God’s.
  • You will not have to fight this battle. Stand firm and see the salvation of the Lord.
  • Do not fear; do not be discouraged. Go out tomorrow to face the enemy, and the Lord will be with you.

Early the next morning, when they left for the Tekoa desert, Jehoshaphat encouraged the people to have faith in the Lord their God. And he appointed those who were to sing and praise the Lord and go ahead of the army, saying:

“Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
2 Chronicles 20:21b

When they began to march to the rhythm of praise, singing to the Lord, Almighty God ambushed the soldiers who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. Judah’s praise brought victory!

Jehoshaphat and his men did not have to fight. The armies that had come against him fought each other. The king and his men simply gathered the spoil. It took them three days to gather it all! Then what did they do? On the fourth day they gathered in the Valley of Beracah (Blessing) to praise the Lord.

After that they marched with joy to Jerusalem, because the Lord had given them reason to rejoice over their enemies. To the sound of harps, lyres and trumpets, marching to the rhythm of praise, they entered the temple of the Lord.

I love this story! What a beautiful example to teach children about praise and gratitude. With praise we express our gratitude to God. Jehoshaphat led the people in praise BEFORE the battle and led them in praise AFTER the battle. He even named “Blessing” the valley where they praised.

Praise opens the door to miracles! Just as the apparently dead trees come alive in springtime, new life can arise in our circumstances apparently more than dead. Praise the Lord! Praise that springs from a grateful heart brings victory!

Whatever battle you’re facing, follow Jehoshaphat’s approach. March to the rhythm of praise!

Welcome to read The Treasure Club “Praise” stories, numbers 45 & 46.

The Treasure Club children were inspired by Jehoshaphat’s example and did a parade. Maybe your student’s too can be inspired to do a parade! Blessings to all!

A Year of Kindness

I have chosen this to be a year of spreading the fragrance of KINDNESS. Welcome to follow me on my personal blog: kelund.wordpress.com

It’s been a few days since we started the new year. May I wish you blessings beyond measure? I’ve been “under the weather” as they say, since before Christmas. But I’m picking up strength and I’m ready to make 2020 the best year so far. As a follower of Jesus every day is better, that’s why this year will be the best, but I believe there will be even better ones to come.

Let’s make the best of every day God gives us!

We will continue The Treasure Club stories. This time we emphasize FAITHFULNESS with stories of God’s faithful servant Noah. It’s amazing how one man and his family were true to God in the midst of such an evil generation that God decided to destroy them all.

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. Genesis 6:5-8

What beautiful words! To find favor in the eyes of the Lord! May it be said of you and me that we find favor in the eyes of God. There is no greater honor.

Read stories 43 & 44 in THE TREASURE CLUB.

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.