"Gloria" just as she addressed me she grabbed my arm, "thank you for coming to Faith, South Dakota tonight."  Her face was aglow and the tears in her eyes looked like sparkling diamonds...

 

"Gloria" just as she addressed me she grabbed my arm, "thank you for coming to Faith, South Dakota tonight."  Her face was aglow and the tears in her eyes looked like sparkling diamonds. "Gloria, I am so thrilled, I am so happy, I have prayed for 38 years for my husband to give his life to Christ…and it happened tonight."

 

Now I was in joyful tears. I responded, "It was worth coming all this way and all these miles, through 50 mile an hour wind gusts and 107 degree heat, to this community hall to see what God did in your husband's life!"

 

This has been the most exciting tour through North Dakota, Montana and back to South Dakota. Every night dozens step forward to surrender their lives to Christ…that is truly what it is all about.

 

Here are the latest photos from our services on the road. The "altar call" is the heartbeat of this ministry. If you are a partner with our ministry, this is your spiritual investment report, whether you pray for us or support us financially:

 

 

Glendive, Montana - 

Friday Night Community Service

Friday night Community Service

Sunday Morning Service

Altar call on Sunday morning

 

Elgin, North Dakota - 

 

 

Beulah, North Dakota -

 

Faith, South Dakota - 

 

 

Hill City, South Dakota  - 

 

 

 

Also, many of you may have seen the update earlier today about Larry's email being hacked into - we want to update you and let you know everything is fixed and workin' fine! Not quite how we wanted to start the day, but we're thankful that it was quickly resolved. Thank you for disregarding any messages that spoke about Larry being in Germany visiting a sick cousin; those hackers have quite the imagination.

 

Have a blessed rest of your July!

 

Gloria

 

 


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"A life without cause is a life without effect."

– Paul Coelho

 


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{Recipe}

 

Orange Slush

1 c. milk

1c. water

1/2 lg. can orange juice (about 6 oz.)

1/2 c. sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

12-14 ice cubes

 

Blend all in a blender until ice is chopped, and enjoy!

 


{Household Hint}

 

To cool your punch, float an ice ring made from the punch rather than using ice cubes. It appears more decorative and also inhibits melting and diluting. 

 

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Wow! June is almost gone and we're gearing up for another month full of services and travel! Here are some testimonies from "on the road" as we ministered in North Dakota and Minnesota these last few weeks...

 

 

Wow! June is almost gone and we're gearing up for another month full of services and travel!

 

Here are some testimonies from "on the road" as we ministered in North Dakota and Minnesota these last few weeks:

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 15, 2016 was a night for me to remember for a long time.  We prayed for God to move and touch many people in that service and he answered our prayers.  Larry and Gloria were used by Him to touch about 25 people and stir the flame within their hearts.  They rededicated their lives and I praise His holy name for that moving of His Spirit.  I personally sensed the Lord's presence throughout the entire service.  I thank Larry and Gloria for the work that God continues to do through them.  Hallelujah!

- Paul Brannan from Linton, ND

 

 

It was so much fun having you here in Bismarck.  We enjoyed the service so much and it brought back so many great memories.  Our dad, Daniel Vetter, brought us six kids to a Lundstrom crusade for years where we, as children,  gave our lives to Christ in Rugby, ND.  Now we have the joy and the legacy to pass onto our children. 

- Lisa Wetch from Bismarck, ND

 

 

We had the pleasure of having the Lundstroms minister at Capital Christian Center on Father's Day. After sharing their beautiful music and a bit of humor, Gloria took time to honor the fathers in the service and Larry delivered a clear message of our inheritance and need for a Savior. Hearts were touched and several people, young and old, responded to the altar call and renewed their commitments to Christ.

- Mike & Colleen Parker

Children's Pastor at Capital Christian Center or Children's Evangelists, Affect Eternity Ministries

 

What a whirlwind of life-changing moments! I wanted to give you a  quick recap of the last couple of weeks, but with Independence Day just around the corner, I also want to share Larry's newsletter article, which is incredible:

 

What Will You Do With Freedom?

I don't know if you saw the 1995 movie, Braveheart. It is the story of a Scottish patriot.

Mel Gibson starred in and directed the movie about the Scottish revolt which took place in the 1400's. William Wallace, the Scottish patriot, at one point in the movie prepares a red tag band of rebels for battle. They must face a larger, better armed, and feared English army. He says to his men, "I am William Wallace, and I see before me an army of my countrymen here in defiance of tyranny. You have come to fight as free men, and free men you are. You are free, free from badges, free from flesh and free to love.

What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?"

A tall soldier near the front eyed the opposing forces ready to cross the valley and answers, "Fight against that? No, we will run, and we will live."

Wallace responds, "Ay, fight and you may die, run and you will live. At least for a while! And dying in your bed, many years from now, you would be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom."

I feel that question is for us today. What will you do with your freedom? We make a tragic mistake when we separate God from our freedom. Without God, our concept of freedom can easily degenerate into selfishness. Wise men have always known that real freedom can only exist hand-in-hand with responsibility. William Wallace asked the right question, what will you do with your freedom?

July 4th is the day that is celebrated as the day of National Freedom, and we should celebrate it. That's the great legacy of our founding fathers. We still live in a land blessed with freedom, but for how long? Will we step up or will we give in? Few nations have ever known such liberty. How blessed we are to still be free to gather and worship. No government official yet can tell us when, how, or what to worship. We can still speak our mind. We still are able to choose where we live and what we do to make a living. We are still able to select our own leaders, from the dog catcher to the president. The world around us could only dream of such privileges.

Galatians 5:1 exhorts and challenges us, "Stand fast (not sit, back off or give up) therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage."

 

"If we would be free, if we mean to preserve inviolate inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending, if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest should be obtained, then we must fight! I repeat, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us." – Patrick Henry

We need to pray, pray, pray as never before. Use your knees and your heart to wage war through your prayers and appeal to Almighty God to see this Nation maintain its freedom as our freedoms are on the gallows and we must fight to keep them! We must humble ourselves that we might see our beloved country honoring God once again!

Larry

 

So, planning ahead… Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota... if you're traveling, hop over to our Events section to see the communities we'll be doing services at. We'd love to see you! (http://www.larrylundstromministries.org/Events)

 
Gloria
 
 

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"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

– Patrick Henry

 


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{Recipe}

 

Chewy-O-Bars

1 stick butter

1 box yellow cake mix

 

Melt butter in jellyroll pan. Sprinkle cake mix over this. Next, spread:

 

1 (6 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips

3 c. Cheerios

3 c. mini marshmallows

1 c. salted peanuts

 

Pour 1 can sweetened condensed milk over top of all, and bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees, or until browned.

 


{Household Hint}

 

The freshness of eggs can be tested by placing them in a large bowl of cold water; if they float, do not use them.

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Happy Father's Day!


June is in full-force and we continue to enjoy a full schedule of services that remind us of the goodness of God as precious hearts and lives are changed by Him. With Father's Day approaching, I wanted to share Larry's article from our June newsletter - enjoy!

 

Father's Day always stirs up a pool of memories. My dad was a great man! He loved

his wife. He loved his three sons. He worked hard. He was kind. He was generous (although he didn't have much). He was loved by everyone. He was a good dad.

 

The tragedy in this story is that Dad and Mom never spoke the words, "I love you" to us three boys causing me to "lock up," and in return I wasn't able to say "I love you" to them either. Oh, I knew they loved us. It wasn't even a question in my mind, but I always carried a painful emptiness in my life because I so wanted to hear the words from them to affirm their love for me. I guess when I think back, the beauty that came from the ashes, is that I vowed if I ever was married, I would speak those three precious words to my wife and children so they wouldn't feel the ache I did. I tell Gloria morning, noon and night that I love her and I say those valuable words in every phone call I have with my children and grandchildren.

 

Now back to my original story…in the early 80s, Gloria observed from our marriage conversations that I had a big hole in my heart due to the absence of my parents' spoken affirmation. Wanting to see this situation remedied, she said, "Larry, you are 33 years old, and if they haven't said the words 'I love you' in 33 years, the chances are they won't in the next 33 years. We need to change that!"

The next thing I knew, Gloria was on the move. She called my parents and told them we were driving out to have coffee with them. What she didn't convey to them was that the express purpose of this visit was for me to tell them the words, "I love you" to break the padlock on this barrier of our relationship. We drove to the farm, walked into the house and had coffee. It became apparent quickly I wasn't going anywhere fast! I was nervous, I was scared and I was avoiding what I came out to do. Gloria was very aware of what was taking place so she piped up and said, "Well, Larry, it is getting late. We better go home and get the kids to bed…Larry, why don't you just go over, give your Dad and Mom a kiss (we never did that) and tell them that you love them!"

 

BOOM! There we stood! My dad, my mom and I were like three instant pillars of salt. Speechless and emotionless, my dad finally broke the silence and gently but quietly spoke up, "We've never used those words in our home, but it doesn't mean that we don't love each other." To which Gloria replied softly filled with love and compassion, "Don't you think it is about time though that we start using the words?" In that moment, the three of us thawed. I reached out to my dad, hugged him and spoke those three priceless words, "I love you", and I did the same to my mother. My parents then extended their arms, embraced me and said, 'We love you, too." What a defining moment that was for our relationship and our lives. I was set free. My parents were set free. From that instant on, we were able to express those three treasured words, "I love you."

 

This Father's Day, maybe you are reading this and you, too, have a hole in your heart. Take the risk like I did (with Gloria's aggressive but loving shove) to break the bondage and tell your parents that you love them. Speak the words to your children every day (even when they are acting unlovable) and be sincere, not just making them empty words but loving words spoken with action behind them so they, too, will express those invaluable words to their children someday. Don't wait. Don't have regrets. I am so glad I finally made the move! "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." 1 Peter 4:8

 

Happy Father's Day!

 

Gloria


June Schedule: 

 

June 15th, 7:00 pm:

First Baptist Church

320 N Broadway

Linton, ND

 

June 19th, 10:00 am:

Capital Christian Center

3838 Jericho Rd

Bismarck, ND

 

June 25-26

Eagle Bend A/G

201 Central Ave S

Eagle Bend, MN

 


 


 

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On the road – off the road – on the road! I am trying to catch my breath! The tires haven't had time to even cool off, ha! We zoomed down to Nashville, Tennessee to attend our...


 

On the road – off the road – on the road! I am trying to catch my breath! The tires haven't had time to even cool off, ha!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We zoomed down to Nashville, Tennessee to attend our granddaughter, Myanna's,  High School graduation…and oh how fun that was! We only have two grandchildren and now both of them are graduated. Myanna is almost 18 and Dante 23.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were able to spend time with most of our family to celebrate – we made precious memories!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We asked our granddaughter, Myanna, what she would like to do as something special to celebrate her graduation and she respond, "I want to go to grandma and grandpa's house in South Dakota." So…we packed up and did a road trip en route to Sisseton.  We stopped the first day in St. Louis to show her the landmark of the Gateway Arch.  Day 2 brought us to Kansas City for sightseeing and the Crown Plaza, then on the third day we were in Sisseton. Larry and I were so happy to have LaDawn and Myanna both with us for that time.

 

 

 

 

We packed up again and headed to Elk River, Minnesota for our annual Larry Lundstrom board meeting. We are so blessed with a great, godly board: Pastor Percy Kallevig, Pastor Doug Jones, Advisor Debbie Jones, and Carolyn Johnson.

Pastor Percy KallevigPastor Doug & Debbie Jones Carolyn Johnson

 

And then, we continually thank God for our staff in Sisseton, which includes Office Manager, Marne, Accounting Administrator, Barb and Scheduling Coordinator, Tricia. Without them we simply couldn't go. We deeply appreciate them. They are so efficient at keeping the office running  and thriving while we are on the road.

 

Marne Snaza Barb Schiltz Tricia Schiltz

 

Last Sunday, we had a service at Elevation North in Owatonna, Minnesota. It's a small church, pastored by Doug and Debbie Jones who have big, compassionate hearts. When Larry gave the alter call, we were blessed by an elderly lady who made a first time decision, and 3 pre-teen children who were truly touched by the message and responded to the altar call. We are so grateful for all of the hearts that are ministered to, but I'm always thrilled to see young people make commitments to Christ, as I was only 8 years old when I knelt at an altar and invited Jesus into my heart. I felt Him then, and I feel Him now. He was real to me that day in 1952, and I feel Him more real now in 2016. It was that "moment" at 8 years of age that charted my course for ministry. Children's hearts are so tender, don't discount them, that's the age to reach them.

We also enjoyed some incredible pie that Debbie made!!

Altar call in Owatonna, MN 

 

This week we travel up to the Bismarck/ Mandan, North Dakota area where we will be based out of for several rallies. We hope you can join us!

 

Gloria


June Schedule: 

 

June 5 at 10:00am

Elevation North

2002 Austin Road

Owatonna, MN

 

June 12th, 7:00 pm:

Cowboy Community Church

211 2nd Ave NW

Mandan, ND

 

June 15th, 7:00 pm:

First Baptist Church

320 N Broadway

Linton, ND

 

June 19th, 10:00 am:

Capital Christian Center

3838 Jericho Rd

Bismarck, ND

 

June 25-26

Eagle Bend A/G

201 Central Ave S

Eagle Bend, MN

 


 


 

 

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As the Nation remembers those who have sacrificed greatly for our freedom, we thought we would share an article on the cost of freedom from those first 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence.


As we celebrate Memorial Day this coming weekend, I was reminded of the early days that birthed our country and the many sacrifices that were courageously made then...and now!

 

On July 4, 1776, one of America's historic documents was signed in the city of Philadelphia; the Declaration of Independence.  It marked the birth of this Nation, which under God, was destined for world leadership.  

 

We often forget that in declaring independence from earthly power, our fathers made a forthright declaration of dependence upon Almighty God.  The closing words of this document solemnly declare, "With a firm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."

 

 

To the 56 courageous men who signed that document, according to Arthur DeMoss in The Rebirth of America, it was not just rhetoric.  They knew that if they succeeded, the best they could expect would be years of hardship in a struggling new nation.  If they lost, they would face a hangman's noose as traitors.  Of the 56, few were long to survive.  Five were captured by the British and tortured before they died.  Twelve had their homes ransacked, looted, occupied by the enemy or burned.  Two lost their sons in the army.  One had two sons captured.  Nine of the 56 died in the war from its hardships or its bullets.  

 

Whatever ideas you have of the men that gathered that hot summer in Philadelphia, it is important that we remember certain facts about the men who made this pledge:

-They were not poor men or wild-eyed pirates. They were men of means; rich men, most of them, had enjoyed much ease and luxury in their personal lives.  

-They were not hungry men but prosperous men; wealthy landowners, substantially secure in their prosperity, and respected in their communities.

 

BUT, they considered liberty much more important than the security they enjoyed.  They pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.  They fulfilled their pledge.  They paid freedom's price.  

Little did John Adams know how significant his words would be when he spoke to his wife, Abigail, in the passing of the Declaration of Independence and said, "I am well aware of the toil, and blood, and treasure it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these states; yet, through all the gloom, I can see rays of light and glory.  I can see that the end is worth more than all the means."

 

To those who sacrificed for our freedom and those who are sacrificing their lives for freedom today, we owe a big debt of gratitude.  We honor all our servicemen and women who have selflessly fought so we all could enjoy freedom.  Many heartfelt thanks!

 

Please take the time this Memorial Day to remember.....remember freedom's cost, remember those who have given all, and remember those currently serving praying for their safety and protection.  

 

God bless America!

 

Gloria

 

Someone one said, "To be born free is a privilege,  To die free is an awesome responsibility."  Freedom is never free.  it is always purchased at a great price.

 

 

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

 

June 5 at 10:00am

Elevation North

2002 Austin Road

Owatonna, MN

 

June 12th, 7:00 pm:

Cowboy Community Church

211 2nd Ave NW

Mandan, ND

 

June 15th, 7:00 pm:

First Baptist Church

320 N Broadway

Linton, ND

 

June 19th, 10:00 am:

Capital Christian Center

3838 Jericho Rd

Bismarck, ND

 

June 25-26

Eagle Bend A/G

201 Central Ave S

Eagle Bend, MN

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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

 

 

 


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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

 

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United Methodist Church

828 S. Main Street

Hugoton, KS 

 

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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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