the height of the anti-fur movement, and
her decision made her an international
target. She received hate mail and email,
and disturbing phone calls threatening
her and her family leading the RCMP to
give her a protection detail.
By this time Levi Beardy had left Red
Lake, spent 20 years doing top secret work
in the Armed Forces and become fluent in
Russian. He’d also given his life to Christ.
When he heard about Lundström’s struggle with the anti-fur movement, he was
already retired from the army and training for a second career in ministry at Tyndale Seminary. He dropped by one of her
boutiques in Toronto and left her a note.
Dear Linda, I want you to know I’ve been
following your career, and I just want to acknowledge the respect that you’re paying to
our people and I applaud your humanity.
Lundström contacted Beardy and
met with him and his wife. They hadn’t
spoken much as children because of the
felt segregation, but now Lundström had
the opportunity to ask Beardy’s forgiveness for the racism she’d been a party to
with her silence.
“I’ve forgiven you, I’ve forgiven everybody,” Beardy told her one day in her office, a process he’d already worked through
during his years in the military. Lundström
sat at her desk and wept, the weight of guilt
and shame lessening a little more.
Beardy became a confidant and often
prayed for her over the phone. Lundström
clung to her belief she didn’t need God,
though she had great respect for Beardy.
In the late 1990s Lundström’s business
began to struggle. Beardy continued to
counsel her to turn to God. One night she
finally went to her knees in desperation.
“God, I’m willing to give you the benefit of
the doubt. If you’re there, reveal yourself
to me. I need you to reveal yourself to me,”
she remembers saying aloud. “And He
did, right then and there in my bedroom.
I felt God’s Spirit in that room, His pres-
ence. It just filled my whole body.”
Lundström’s business struggled for ten
years until the economic crisis of 2008
PHOTO: SOPHIE LUNDSTRöM HALBERT
Linda Lundström’s new creative ven- ture is a collection of luxurious fur and leather accessories and duster vests.