I can hardly believe it's already May, and Mother's Day is just around the corner! Here is Larry's newest article from our newsletter, in case you missed it. Be sure to sign up to receive our monthly newsletter for articles from both Larry and I, testimonies from on the road, recipies, and more!

Most Like Mom!

I am sitting here today reflecting on how blessed I was to have had an exceptional mother and exceptional mother-in-law. I have so many fond memories of both of them and each of them had such a great impact on my life.


I can hardly believe it's already May, and Mother's Day is just around the corner! Here is Larry's newest article from our newsletter, in case you missed it. Be sure to sign up to receive our monthly newsletter for articles from both Larry and I, testimonies from on the road, recipies, and more!

 

Most Like Mom!

I am sitting here today reflecting on how blessed I was to have had an exceptional mother and exceptional mother-in-law. I have so many fond memories of both of them and each of them had such a great impact on my life. My mother, Madge, had a free spirit, a mischievous sense of humor, a heart of compassion, a gift of hospitality and big dimples.  I guess I inherited her sense of humor, (whether you may like it or not), her mischievous ways and even those big dimples.  I've been told that in my family, I'm the most like my mother. I will accept that as a great compliment as she was special!


All my growing up years, she was ambitious, and moved along like a speeding bullet and never complained. She was the Lundstrom Ministries office manager for many years until she was stricken with Parkinson's and was bedridden for about 16 long years.  Mom was a 'worry warrior' for many years before she came to know Christ as her personal Savior, then she became a 'prayer warrior' and oh how she prayed! It was painful to see her bedridden and unable to talk,  but one thing I was assured of was that she was always praying silently for all her family, ministry and others. Because of her dedication to God, us and our ministry, she had a part in seeing multiplied thousands give their hearts to Christ, for which Gloria and I and the entire Lundstrom family are eternally grateful.


I like what Washington Irving, in the 19th century said about a mother's impact upon her children:

"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends, who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us; when troubles thicken around us; still she will cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts."

This Mother's Day I am grateful to have had two wonderful mothers who loved and guided us in the ways of the Lord!

 

May your weekend be full of love, laughs, and memory-making, or remembering the cherished memories you have of the mothers in your life. Happy Mother's Day!

 

Gloria


 

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On the road again! We were in Hugoton, Kansas last week and had wonderful services at the United Methodist church with Pastor Becky Davidson. What wonderful pastor and blessed time! We were thrilled at those who responded to pray a prayer of commitment and rededication to the Lord. We have been coming to the Hugoton since the early 1970s so it was great to see friends who have come to Christ under the Lundstrom Ministries still actively serving the Lord. That is always a thrill!

 

 

"It was a joy to meet both of you during your recent visit to the Hugoton United Methodist Church.  Your message in song was powerful, and as pastor, I have heard only positive comments about the worship experience.  We look forward to having you back at a future date.  May God bless your ministry in even more profound ways as you keep traveling for Jesus!"

Blessings,

Rev. Becky Davison

 

 

 

 

"It was a pleasure to have you at church last Sunday.  I don't remember the date or year the first time I saw you but I know it had to be between 1970-1974.  A number of our congregation also remembered seeing you during that time as well.  You are truly blessed with a gift and we are blessed that you were able to share your gift with us.  May you be blessed with the ability to continue your travels to share your gift with others for many years to come. "

Hugoton United Methodist Church

Linda Barnes – Finance Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"We are thanking God our Father in heaven for taking time to visit our small town, and helping us to reconnect with the Holy Spirit with your music, message and fellowship .. it's always great to having you with us especially with Larry's jokes!

 I love your message of assimilation versus separation this morning. Thank you for your dedication to go where we and most of us cannot go in doing the Lord Jesus' great commission. The Lord bless your coming and going both now and forevermore."

 Paul and Daisy Grewell

 

 

 

"It was such a joy to have Larry and Gloria back in Hugoton, Kansas, at United Methodist Church.  I first met them when I was a counselor at the Lundstrom crusade here in the 70's.  We are just thrilled and amazed they are still out there singing, preaching and touching lives!  I really don't think people understand the miles and trials they have encountered along the way to bring the Gospel to small communities like ours but they continue to do so with joy.  Many lives were touched through their ministry here in Hugoton and we are so thankful they came!"

John & Janet Stutz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Hugoton, the wind blew us on to Wagner, South Dakota where we ministered Sunday at the Wagner Theatre.  Again, it was thrilling to see those make decisions for Christ. We love going to large churches, but have a heart for small churches and rural communities as they also are hungering after God and looking for answers.

 

 

 

It was especially thrilling to be with Pastor Scott and Julie Alderink.  Scott gave his heart to Christ in one of our services at the Wagner Community Church in 2001, and his wife at the armory in 2003, and now they are pastoring Lighthouse Ministries.

 

  

 

This ambitious couple owns Booms Restaurant and also pastors the Lighthouse Ministries.  They have passion and energy!!!

 

"It was really exciting to have Larry and Gloria back with us and to see God move in the service through their music and preaching. Those who responded were from the ages of 8-80 years old. It's always wonderful to see how God can work in the hearts of everyone, no matter their age. We hope to have them back with us again!"

Pastor Scott Alderink

 

On Facebook this morning, a mother who attended the morning service posted, "I was so blessed on Sunday to be at Lighthouse Ministries with Larry and Gloria and to see my two daughters step over to receive Christ."

 

 

"We loved seeing these small communities and their ways of advertising!

 

Planning ahead… if you're traveling, stop in one of these communities!

 

May 8th, 10:00 am:

First Assembly of God

1146 Hwy 59 

Harlan, IA 

 

June 5 at 10:00am

Elevation North

2002 Austin Road

Owatonna, MN

 

June 25-26

Eagle Bend A/G

201 Central Ave S

Eagle Bend, MN

 

We are making our way home for a bit and then onto Iowa and to Nashville to celebrate our granddaughter, Myanna's, high school graduation!

 
Gloria
 
 
 

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"But whatever you do, find the God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated passion of your life, and find your way to say it and live for it and die for it. And you will make a difference that lasts. You will not waste your life." – John Piper

 

 

 


{Chuckle/Reflection}

This gave us a good chuckle when we saw it!  What kind of coffee drinker are you?

 


{Recipe}

 

5 Cup Bars

1 stick margarine/butter

1 1/2 cup crushed graham crackers    

1 cup coconut    

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup nuts

1 can sweetened condensed milk

 

Melt the stick of margarine/butter in a 9 x 13 pan.  Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs over the melted butter.  Sprinkle with the coconut, chocolate chips and nuts.  Heat the sweetened condensed milk in the can in a pan of hot water until it would flow easily and then pour it over the bars.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Watch closely and do not over-bake!

 


{Household Hint}

 

 If your new shoes are to tight put the nozzle of your blow dryer into shoe and turn on low. When shoe gets warm, stuff with paper or socks to stretch it. 

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On the road again! I hardly know if I am coming or going anymore! We returned back to Arizona from my mother's funeral and it is very toasty, about 94 degrees. Last Sunday, we ministered and sang at Harvest Church in Glendale, AZ, pastored by our friends Ron and Sue Rockwell. Years ago, Ron was the youth pastor at our home church in Sisseton and both of them have left a tremendous impact in the lives of those who were teens at the time, who now live coast to coast serving God.

Rev. Ron & Sue Rockwell with Larry and I

"We love Larry and Gloria's compelling desire for souls. Through their uplifting music, personal sharing, and heartfelt preaching, they express God's love for people of all ages and have at the heartbeat of their ministry a passion for the lost. Harvest Church loves souls and we thank you, Larry and Gloria, for your ministry."

Pastor Ron & Sue Rockwell

 

 

Altar call in Glendale, AZ

 

The official name of Ron and Sue's church is Harvest, and that truly describes our services on Sunday. The altars were packed with those making first-time commitments and those rededicating their lives to Christ. It is a great and multi-cultural church with Caucasian, African, Asian, Romanian, etc. in attendance. God is truly blessing Harvest. On Easter, their outreach services reached out to over 3,000 people, Praise the Lord!

 

 

It was great seeing Tim and his wife again, who are also on staff. We've known Tim since he was a child when we ministered at his parent's church, Jack and Coletta Glass (wow am I feeling old, ha!).

Larry and I with Tim Glass and his wife

"It was a pleasure to have Larry and Gloria with us recently. We had a great alter response. Dozens responded. Thanks Larry and Gloria!"

Pastor Tim Glass

 

Rosa Parker and I

 

A special treat! A friend and partner, from Arizona asked a friend to drive her over for our morning service, from almost an hour away. She will be 100 years old soon!

Rosa hugged me and said, "I told God if they ever get close again, I want to go see them in person – I love seeing you and loved the music and message." 

What a sweetheart! Many would have used age and distance as an excuse not to go to church, but not Rosa!

 

 

 

Looking ahead on the schedule:

 

 

April 17th, 11:00 am:

United Methodist Church

828 S. Main Street

Hugoton, KS 

 

April 24th, 10:00 am:

Lighthouse Ministries

218 S. Main Avenue

Wagner, SD

 

May 8th, 10:00 am:

First Assembly of God

1146 Hwy 59 

Harlan, IA 

 

We'll also be traveling to Nashville for our granddaughter, Myanna's, graduation and back to Minnesota for a service in Owatonna in June!

 

Gloria


 


 

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Good morning from Arizona!

We wanted to post a quick update to let you know that we are back in Arizona and continuing our scheduled ministry for the rest of April. We'd love to see you if you are able to make it to one of these services!

 

April 10th, 9:00 and 11:00 am: 

Harvest Church

8340 W. Northern Ave.

Glendale, AZ

 

April 17th, 11:00 am:

United Methodist Church

828 S. Main Street

Hugoton, KS 

 

April 24th, 10:00 am:

Lighthouse Ministries

218 S. Main Avenue

Wagner, SD

 

Thank you for all of your prayers and encouraging words regarding my mother's home going to Heaven. Have a wonderful week!

 

Gloria

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We want to give you an update because so many have asked. My dear mother is home and gazing into the eyes of her beloved, Jesus. She went to her heavenly home last Friday. We want to share her obituary with you:

"Her children rise up and call her blessed." – Proverbs 31:28

 

Julie (Juliette) Ardis Brooks

How does one begin to write in a few paragraphs about our mom, Julie Brooks, the first lady of the Clair Brooks family?  Her life and legacy will live on forever in the lives of her children, their mates, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, friends and extended family.

 

On November 16, 1915, an 8 pound bouncing baby girl with big blue eyes and little fat cheeks was born to Johanna and Anton Wolden in Vermillion, South Dakota.  They proudly named her Juliette Ardis. Julie attended eight grades of school before the Depression hit.  Her dream was to be a school teacher but due to the Depression, she always felt a bit cheated that she couldn't continue her education to become a school teacher.  We, the family, always reminded her that she did teach…she taught school every night as she helped with homework with her eleven children….that's why we all received our diplomas! Thanks, Mom.

 

Due to tough times, Julie's family moved from Vermillion to Philip, South Dakota, and at age 14, Julie hired out working for a farm couple doing cooking, cleaning and laundry. She was paid a whopping $3.50 a week.  In 1931, when mom was 16 years old, she met a handsome young man, Clair Brooks, who was employed at Dorothy Brothers Car Sales and Repair in Philip, SD.  They met at a youth gathering at the Methodist church.  Mom said she fell in love with Clair the first moment she saw him.  They began their courtship and were married July 6, 1933 in Rapid City, South Dakota.

 

To this union, twelve children were born. Dad continued to work at Dorothy Brothers Car Sales and Repair until 1937, when they moved to Watertown, SD.  Clair worked at Byer Chevrolet and in 1940 Clair moved his family again to Sisseton, SD, where he started Brooks Body Shop, which later became Brooks Motors.  Meanwhile, Mom was busy with eleven children gardening, baking, cooking, laundry, cleaning, etc.  She was also the bookkeeper for Brooks Body Shop and after the kids went to bed, she burned the midnight oil sewing and repairing car seat covers.  Even though mom was always busy, she put her family first – we all knew it and felt it.  Amidst her busy life, she somehow managed to fit in the office of Cub Scout leader, 4-H leader, President of the Women's Ministries at the Assembly of God church, as well as an adult Sunday School teacher and held community Bible studies.  Mom enjoyed baking and cooking. She was known for having a "bakery" in her home and was known for her famous "gooey" caramel rolls.  Mom loved to cook and deliver meals to friends and shut-ins and had an extensive ministry of writing cards and letters to family and anyone who needed encouragement. 

 

Julie's life described a life of selflessness, gratitude and generosity. When asked what her most meaningful treasure was, without hesitating she said, "My children, their mates, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I love them all so much."  When asked what was one of the most meaningful moments in her life, she quickly responded, "When I invited Jesus Christ into my life in April 1952, God gave me joy and gave me assurance that I would go to heaven. He also gave me the strength and guidance to take care of our large family and to spiritually train them in the ways of the Lord." 

 

Mom was definitely proud of her Norwegian heritage and was overjoyed when we prayed the Norwegian prayer at mealtime. If you knew mom she always had a coffee cup about 6 inches away from her.  She had a dream fulfilled when she and Dad were able to travel to Norway to visit their relatives and she got to sharpen up her Norwegian language.  Mom and Dad loved to travel and were blessed to be able to go to Europe, Japan, The Holy Land, Alaska, etc. They also enjoyed their winter home in Apache Junction, AZ but were always happy to come home where the family and grandchildren were. 

 

In October 1999, her husband Clair passed away.  In 2009, Julie moved up to Edgewood Assisted Living in Sisseton, SD.   She enjoyed the staff and the residents, loved to participate in bowling, and loved to pray and witness with the other residents.  In February 2016, she moved to Tekakwitha Living Center due to declining health where she resided until March 18 when she passed away.

 

Before she passed away, we asked her what she'd like to be remembered for; her blue eyes twinkled as she gently smiled and said, "I want to be remembered for my deep love for my family and for God, and I want to be known for praying for my family daily and praying without ceasing."  Then she took Gloria's hand to be sure to get her last request in, "I am praying I will live long enough to see all my children, mates, grand children, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren love God with all their hearts." In a firm loving tone she concluded, "I want you to know, I will be standing at the gate of heaven to greet you and to tell you that I love you and all your family dearly."

 

We will miss Mom, the queen, the hub of our family who proudly ruled from her chair, until she took her last breath.  She was always bringing the Brooks family together for reunions, holidays or any reason to eat and have fun. 

 

Mom, you are gone but will never be forgotten. We will miss you like crazy. We'll miss your smiles, your hugs, your words of encouragement, your letters and cards, your stories, your humor, but most of all, the look of Jesus on your face that made each one of us feel so loved and special. Thank you for leaving us a legacy of an unwavering faith, a deep love for God and prayer to carry on until we meet you at heaven's gate.  We love you mom, see you soon!

 

Julie is survived by: Janice (Jake) Brooks, Sisseton, SD; Larry and Terry Brooks, Seattle, WA; Glen Brooks, Victoria, MN; Jack and Angie Brooks, Fergus Falls, MN; Cleon and Marlys Brooks, Sisseton, SD; Larry and Gloria (Brooks) Lundstrom, Sisseton, SD; Wes and Diane Brooks, Walker, MN; Jerry and Sherry Brooks, Oak Creek, WI; Dale Brooks and Theresa Thode, Sisseton, SD; Billy Brooks and Marita Pond, Sisseton, SD; Rick Brooks, Sisseton, SD. Julie is survived by one sister, Helga Warrington, Denver, CO; and by 32 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren.  The surviving family now totals 137.

 

Julie was proceeded in death by her parents; husbamd, Clair; infant daughter, Janet; son, Jake; daughter-in-law, Marvelyn;  great grandson, Nick Kuehn; and three brothers and three sisters.

 

There will be public viewing at 6:15-7 PM on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at Family Life Assembly of God, Sisseton, SD, with the family and friends service following at 7 PM.  Funeral services will be held at Family Life Assembly of God, Sisseton, SD, on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at 11 AM with lunch following. 

 

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials for Julie Brooks be given to Family Life Assembly of God, Sisseton, SD, and/or church or ministry of your choice.  Thank you.

 

Many have asked where to send a card or memorial, you can send it to Gloria Lundstrom, c/o Larry Lundstrom Ministries, PO Box 300, Sisseton SD  57262.

 

We cherish your prayers during this time.

 

Gloria


 

 

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UPDATE!!!!!  

Larry and I are boarding a plane out of Phoenix to Home in SD as mom is "nearing home"!


Our schedule had to be cleared at the last minute last night shortly after this update went out.  Please note the following services are CANCELLED:


Wickenburg, Az. March 20th

Sun Lakes, Az March 27th ( Easter)

 

We will let you know when they are rescheduled. 
We appreciate your prayers at this difficult time.   ~Larry & Gloria

 


Warm greetings from Glendale, Arizona!  It is getting "toasty" here and we now see the snowbirds leaving in droves heading north to cooler temperatures.

 

We have been back in Arizona for just a couple weeks after spending a month at home in Sisseton recuperating and helping care for my 100 year old mother whose health is failing quickly.  It is hard to see someone you love so much and who has been so strong and in control fail physically like she is.  I am so thankful for the promises that reside in Psalm 23 as we walk through this time,

 

"The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwella]">[a] in the house of the Lord
Forever. "

 

On a more joyful note, we have had three great soulwinning rallies since returning to Arizona.  On March 6th, we were privileged to be back with Pastor Dan & Nancy Couch in Prescott Valley, Arizona.  It was a sweet gathering and God touched the lives of a lot of hurting people. 

   Pastor Dan & Nancy Couch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then on Sunday, March 13, we had two great rallies at Apache Junction First Assembly of God with Associate Pastor Bob and Gloria Roche.  It was like a camp meeting with so many friends who drove in and many more friends in attendance who we have met through the years from Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and on and on. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of those that we enjoy returning to is Eric.  He is always such a help and encouragement when it comes to setting up equipment, loading things in and out.  Thank you so much for your servant's heart, Eric!

 

 

 

 

It was truly so much fun---but---even more exciting than the gathering of old friends and new friends was the response to the altar call.  When Larry gave the invitation, they flowed by the dozens to the altar to make decisions for Christ.  Larry and I always bask in the moment, loving to watch how the Holy Spirit changes lives.  What an honor to be there to experience a move of God!

 

 


 

 

Another thing that was so special about the Apache Junction service is that this is the church where Larry and I held our first Larry Lundstrom Family rally in December 1982 when all of our children were young and playing instruments. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, here we are back, all these years later with just "Mom and Pop" but still preaching the simple Gospel message and giving altar calls seeing people continue to give their lives to Christ.  That is what life is all about!

 

 

So many of you have been asking how I have been feeling.  I am happy to report that I am slowly gaining ground.  It has been a long six months of physical speedbumps of starting to recover and then having a setback whether with pneumonia or more heart issues, but I am now thankful to be starting the road upward.  Larry and I will take it easier so we can continue to minister at a slower pace.  We appreciate your continued prayers. 

Have a blessed week!

 
Gloria
 
 
 

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-www.incourage.me

 


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1.  Give God what's right...not what's left.


2. Man's ways lead to hopeless end...God's ways lead to endless hope.

 

3. A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.

 

4. He who kneels before God can stand before anyone.

 

5. Are you wrinkled with burden, come to church for a face lift.

 

6. When praying, don't give God instructions...just report for duty. 

 

7. We don't change God's message, His message changes us.

 

8. Suffering from truth decay?  Brush up on your Bible.

 

9.  Exercise daily...walk with the Lord.

 

10.  Compassion is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.

 


{Recipe}

 

Cranberry Whipped Cream Salad

1 lb raw or frozen cranberries, washed and sorted

2 cups sugar    

1 1/2 cups crushed, drained pineapple    

1 carton whipped cream topping

1 lb miniature marshmallows

 

Grind the cranberries.  Add the sugar and let stand two hours or overnight.  Mix in the pineapple, whipped topping and marshmallows.  Refrigerate for several hours before service.  A beautiful addition to your Easter table!

 


{Household Hint}

 

To get the water spots off of chrome faucets, after cleaning rub them with a piece of waxed paper- it will keep the water spots and fingerprints from sticking to the clean metal.

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REQUESTING SPECIAL PRAYER FOR GLORIA'S HEALTH

----THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!---

 

Last weekend, many celebrated Valentine's Day with lacey romantic cards, boxes of chocolates wrapped in red foil, beautiful bouquets of flowers, all which announce, "I love you."
 
 
 
For Gloria and I, it was our 50th Valentine's Day together. Our first one was in Texas, and I remember trying to afford to buy her a couple of red roses on a $50/month income. But with the smile that was on her face when she saw the roses, I was convinced the money was "well spent."  This Valentine's Day, we thought we would be in the warm temperatures of Arizona, but due to Gloria's mom's health failing, we flew back to South Dakota to be with her and help the siblings care for her which meant we were here for some very cold temperatures....thanks goodness we had our "love" (and a great furnace) to keep us warm!  HA!
 
 
 
 
 
 
One cannot think about Valentine's Day without thinking about the heart. For Gloria and I in our 50th year, the word heart brings a whole new meaning. In late September, Gloria and I were at our home church celebrating our 50th year in ministry and marriage. What a memorable time! The next morning we were in our own home, in our own coffee chairs, when Gloria announces, "Honey, I think I should go to the hospital and have my blood pressure checked. I am so tired and weak; I'm just having a hard time breathing. Something just doesn't feel right!" In a near panic I questioned, "What do you mean something doesn't feel right?" With a puzzled look on her face, she said, "Something feels wrong-I feel like I have a cage of birds fighting to get out of my chest and it's really hard to breathe."
 
Thinking to myself it was just a severe attack of fatigue after a power-packed year of rallies and events-we didn't really worry too much… until we were at the hospital and they listened to her heart, rushed her down for an EKG, looked at us and said, "You have a serious case of A-FIB (atrial fibrillation)." Gloria asked, "And, what is that?" The doctor replied, "This is when the heart atria beat so fast and unevenly that the atria quivers instead of contracting. If the atria doesn't contract, they don't move enough blood into the lower chambers of the heart (the ventricles), the blood that
doesn't keep moving can pool and form clots and cause a serious stroke."
 
 
Gloria and I looked at each other and we went from what we thought was a case of exhaustion to a serious heart problem. From that moment to still now has been a whirlwind of doctors, two short stays in the hospital in Fargo, North Dakota, followed by more tests, medicines, etc. We keep needing to have the medication adjusted...tweaking here and tweaking there.  We are praying the most recent adjustment will be an answer to prayer.
 
 
Sadly, I have seen Gloria change from a "non-stop, energizer bunny" to hardly being able to walk up steps or very far because it is so hard to breathe. Gloria has been put on a "slow-down, shut-down" order by doctors so she can regain her health. With the "heart issue" we are taking the time, slowing down our schedule and asking God to show us how to balance our ministry and lifestyle that we both love so much. We are asking for your prayers for her and us at this time.
 
Spiritually speaking, there are times our spiritual heart and lives just seem "exhausted," but in reality it is really more serious than what we thought. I believe we need to change from loving the things of God to loving God more, and the rest (our heart) will heal. Lord, help us to keep a "hot, passionate" heart for you.
 
"Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me." Psalm 51:10
 
Gloria
 
UPCOMING RALLIES
***Please be sure to call either the ministry office or the church prior to the service to verify that all is as scheduled due to these health issues as well as some family health issues.  Thank you!
 
March 6  AM
Fountain of Life Community Church    
Prescott Valley, AZ
928-775-5148
 
March 13  AM
First Assembly of God 
Apache Junction, AZ
480-983-1200
 

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"Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins."

 

1 Peter 4:8

 

 

 


{Chuckle/Reflection}

 

1.  WHO SHOULD YOU MARRY?

-You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff.  Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports and she should keep the chips and dip coming.-- Alan, age 10

- No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry.  God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with. -- Kristen, age 10


2. WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED? 


-Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then. -- Camille, age 10 
 

3. HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?

-You might have to guess based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids. -- Derrick, age 8 
 

4. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON? 

-Both don't want any more kids. -- Lori, age 8 
 

5. WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE? 

-Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other.  Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough. -- Lynnette, age 8 (isn't she a treasure) 
 

-On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date. -- Martin, age 10 

 

6. WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE? 

-When they're rich. -- Pam, age 7 
 

-The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that. -- Curt, age 7 

 

-The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do. -- Howard, age 8 
 

7. IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED? 

-It's better for girls to be single but not for boys.  Boys need someone to clean up after them. 
-- Anita, age 9 (bless you child ) 

 

8. HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN'T GET MARRIED? 

There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there? -- Kelvin, age 8 
 

And the #1 Favorite is ...

 

9. HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK? 

Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck. -- Ricky, age 10

 


{Recipe}

 

Red Velvet Cake

2 1/2 cups cake flour

1 1/2 cup sugar          

1 cup buttermilk       

1 1/2 cups corn oil

2 eggs

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cocoa

1 tsp vinegar

1 tsp vanilla

2 oz red food coloring

 

Mix all of the ingredients together .  Pour into a 9x13 inch cake pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

 


{Household Hint}

 

Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.

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Greetings from Arizona! We made it!

We worked feverishly to get packed and ready for this tour. We bought our airline tickets months ago so the dated ticket was ready on January 8th…ready or not… we were leaving. There was nice mild weather in South Dakota until - you guessed it - January 7th. If you live in the Midwest you live and travel by the weather channel, and it wasn't looking good. The predictions were coming true, heavy snow, sleet, ice, wind and temps dropping down to zero. A friend drove us to the airport in Fargo, ND and thus began the next leg of our journey. One flight took us from North Dakota into the Minneapolis airport, where we walked and walked to our next Delta gate, which way down about a mile from the gate we arrived at.

 

After a quick lunch, we sat in the gate seating area and Larry went over to the information desk to ask a question.  While he was standing there, I spotted a pilot, tall, stately, and sharp in his pilot uniform. Then I heard, "Well hello Larry, what are you doing and where are you going?" Surprised, Larry turned and said, "Dave, how are you? Where are you going?" Long story short the pilot was Dave Rauche, a former pilot for Lundstrom Ministries many years ago. He came over and we chatted for a few quick minutes and Dave announced, "I'm your pilot taking you to Phoenix!" That was neat. We had an excellent flight on the Delta Airbus 320. For some special reason I was so relaxed just to know he was in the cockpit - as we had flown with him many times in years past when he was the ministry pilot flying us in our small aircraft, so I felt good about it and enjoyed the peace of trusting him. After the flight, Dave was insistent to show us the cockpit and take a picture -and we did. Wow, that cockpit was something else!

 

Larry and I with Dave Rauche

 

Thinking back, a spiritual thought hit me. When I think about life's journey with all of its ups and downs, tears and cheers, heartbreaking valleys and mountaintop experiences - I am so thankful to personally know our pilot, Jesus.

 

"…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.


When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior…"   - Isaiah 43: 2-3

 

When I am overwhelmed, I have the peace to know that if I have that personal friendship and relationship, I can trust Him and count on Him for my "flight" in life. I know who is in the cockpit; I know who is in control.  I know that if Jesus has been faithful (and He has), He is faithful (He is), He will remain faithful, and to let him pilot my life. My prayer that you too will know your pilot personally and experience the peace that is found in trusting Him on your journey. God is good! 

 

We'll chat again in a couple weeks!

 

Gloria

 


 

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WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS FULL OF CHRIST!

 

A thought provoking Christmas card was once published with the title, "If Christ had not come." It was founded up on our Savior's words, "If I had not come." The story is told of a pastor falling into a short deep sleep in his study on Christmas morning and dreaming of a world into which Jesus had never come. In his dream, he found himself looking through his home but there were no little stockings in the chimney corner, no Christmas bells or wreaths of holly, and no Christ to comfort and to save. He walked out to the street but there was no church with its spire pointing to heaven. He came in and sat down in his library but he realized every book about the Savior had disappeared.

 

The doorbell rang and the messenger asked the preacher to visit his poor, dying mother. He hastened with the weeping child and as he reached the home, he sat down and said, "I have something here that will comfort you." He opened his bible to look for a familiar promise but it was empty. There was no Gospel, no promise of hope and salvation, and he could only bow his head and weep with her in bitter despair. Two days later, he stood beside her coffin and conducted the funeral service. There was no message of hope, no mention of heaven and no consolation or comfort to share.

 

As Larry and I read this story, our hearts were gripped and challenged by the reality of how tragic life wouldbe "without Christ"! It was just a terrible dream, a terrifying nightmare, but how much worse are those who know Christ came and yet live as though he did not. How different would your life and my life been this past year if Christ had not come?? When we receive bad news-a doctor's fear-inducing report , the heartbreaking loss of a spouse, child, sibling, the devastation of losing a job and finances, the constant weight of broken relationships-if Jesus had not come, how could we make it through the dark days of discouragement, loneliness and tears? There would have been NO hope, NO joy, NO answers, and nothing but a dismal future to look forward to…BUT…CHRIST HAS COME! Because He lives, we live also!

 

We have received the greatest Christmas gift…Jesus Christ! He is a gift who keeps unwrapping His goodness, faithfulness, and love which He continues to pour out upon us. Aren't we all grateful and thankful that JESUS CAME! As you celebrate this Christmas season, may you truly know the GREATEST GIFT OF ALL!

 

Gloria

 

A fun look back at Christmas memories....

 

THEN:

     

 

 

NOW:

 


{Quote}

 

"O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
Above your deep and dreamless sleep,
The silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light,
The hopes and fears of all the years,
Are met in thee tonight.
"

 

 

 

 


{Chuckle/Reflection}

 

May the Christmas presents remind you of God's greatest gift, His only Begotten Son. (John 3:16)

May the Christmas candles remind you of Him who is the Light of the World. (John 1:9)

May the Christmas tree remind you of another tree on which He died for you. (1 Corinthians 15:3)

May the Christmas cheer remind you of Him who said, "Be of good cheer." (John 16:33)

May the Christmas feast remind you of Him who is the Bread of Life. (John 6:35)

May the Christmas snow remind us of the cleansing power of Christ. (Isaiah 1:18)

May the Christmas bells remind you of the glorious proclamation to all mankind. (Luke 2:10-11)

May the Christmas carols remind you of His glad tiding which we are to proclaim to all mankind. (Mark 16:15)

May the Christmas season remind you in every of Jesus Christ ...YOUR KING!  (Isaiah 9:6)

 


{Recipe}

 

Never Fail Fudge

3 cups sugar

1 cup milk             

1/2 cup white syrup       

3 Tbsp cocoa

7 large marshmallows, cut up

1 Tbsp butter

1 tsp vanilla

 

Cook the sugar, milk, white syrup, cocoa and marshmallows to soft ball stage.  Add the butter and vanilla.  Let cool.  You can add nuts at this point if desired.  Put in well-greased glass dish.

 


{Household Hint}

 

Barometric pressure and humidity greatly affect candymaking: My advice is to never make candy on a humid day!

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It's Thanksgiving month… but truly isn't every month a THANKSGIVING month when we can thank God for all of His goodness to us!

 

During the past couple months, we have truly been immersed in gratefulness as we celebrated our 50th Marriage and Ministry Anniversary through celebration rallies held in several cities, a 50th anniversary Fun & Fellowship and special events held in our home church and in the Twin Cities.  We have had an unforgettable time of celebration.  The moments were filled with stories, testimonies, videos, and delicious food.  Our hearts were truly touched as we heard the testimonies of what God had done in so many amidst our 50 year journey. Many received Christ during that time and it was fun to recall the many that worked for The Lundstroms throughout the years. To be honest…we were running a bit tired during this time, but we were greatly energized by the outpouring of honor and love bestowed upon us!

 

Our deepest gratitude goes out to our children: LaShawn and Liam (son-in-law), LaDawn, and Donovan for their love and support. Also special thanks to our wonderful Board of Directors and our superb staff who helped make it all happen. Our staff has made it possible for us to "go" while they "stay" at the home office and focus on keeping the ministry rolling. Without our office staff, we wouldn't be on the road…what a blessing they are!

 

Lastly, but certainly not least, our very heartfelt thanks goes out to our partners, family and friends who have faithfully stood by us with their prayers and support. So many of you have written to us, "We are unable to go but we can send you with our prayers and support. You are our missionaries/evangelists." Every letter we read, we are moved by the love and compassion you have for wanting to send us to reach the lost! Thank you! The Bible says, "He that winneth souls is wise." Together, all of us have made wise decisions to win the Lost.

 

At the conclusion of these celebrations, packing away photos and decorations was an emotional time as with every photo handled, we experienced such gratefulness to God for bringing Larry and I together to be soulmates and trenchmates, standing as "one" to go the journey of a million miles and see multiplied thousands of people giving their hearts to Christ. What an honor to have a small part in what God did and is doing.

 

Together…you have helped make it happen. Larry and I want you to know that thousands will be waiting in heaven to joyfully say, "Thank you for sending the message!"

 

 "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you."  Philippians 1:3

 

May you be blessed this Thanksgiving!

 

Gloria

 

 


{Quote}

 

"Often people ask how I manage to be happy despite having no arms and no legs.  The quick answer is that I have a choice.  I can be angry about not having limbs, or I can be thankful that I have a purpose.  I chose gratitude."

 

-Nick Vujicic

 

 

 


{Chuckle/Reflection}

 

 


{Recipe}

 

Glazed Sweet Potatoes

2 (1 lb) cans sweet potatoes

1 (3 oz) pkg orange gelatin              

1/4 cup light brown sugar        

dash of salt

1 cup boiling water

2 Tbsp butter

 

Drain sweet potatoes.  Dissolve gelatin, sugar and salt in boiling water in skillet.  Add butter and bring to a full boil, stirring constantly.  Add sweet potatoes; cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes, basting frequently, until syrup is thick and glossy.  Serve hot.

 


{Household Hint}

 

Chew gum while peeling onions so you don't cry.

 

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