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Big Smile from Heaven

Posted by Garry Friesen March 28th, 2015

Family & Friends, Our family set up the Lonie (Friesen) Tucker Bible Scholarship at Multnomah Bible College in remembrance of my beloved sister.  We created an endowment over the years that topped $100,000.  The interest earned on the endowment provides yearly scholarships.  We use a difficult Bible test to select the recipients.  The top eight […]

Students, Home Alone

Posted by Garry Friesen March 22nd, 2015

Family & Friends, My students at Africa College of Theology (ACT) are older with more experience than the typical American college.  Most of our students are pastors, but untrained who want to be equipped.  But, I was still nervous when I told the students that I had to leave class for 45 minutes to be […]

Defend yourself only . . .

Posted by Garry Friesen March 14th, 2015

Family & Friends, This Fortnightly finishes the 2 Corinthians “Ministry Principles” which I began last week.  I hope the end of this book encourages and challenges you as much as it does me. Sacrificial ministry is simply following Christ our model (8:9-12) Seek grace giving not guilt giving.  God loves a cheerful giver (9:5-8).  That’s […]

Shipwrecks & Stonings

Posted by Garry Friesen March 7th, 2015

Family & Friends, My students often ask me to speak at their churches.  Godfrey & Peace invited me for the sermon and then a training time with their leaders after the service.  For this later training, I was drawn to my favorite book on ministry—2 Corinthians.  It reminds me that my ministry problems are small.  […]

Four Thrones in Kigali

Posted by Garry Friesen March 3rd, 2015

Family & Friends, A few days ago, I read Narnia to 20 kids and it was classic.  We are on The Magician’s Nephew.  More importantly, four of our best children were at their last Narnia reading.  After the death of our principal, Dr. Gerald, his family stayed in Rwanda.  I felt a close connection with […]

Edge of the Primeval Forest

Posted by Garry Friesen February 21st, 2015

Family & Friends, The name Albert Schweitzer has always seemed familiar.  First, as a doctor in Africa.  In seminary as part of the “historical Jesus” movement in liberalism with his influential book Quest for the Historical Jesus.  I just finished his book called On the Edge of the Primeval Forest.   At 30 years old he […]

Pharisee or humble Servant

Posted by Garry Friesen February 14th, 2015

Dear Family & Friends, This evening I found a response that I wrote to a student that I mentored at Multnomah Bible College.  He asked about my practices with Scripture.  It included many things, but ended with the following words.  (As I read them, I thought, “I need to hear that again”). “Most important I […]

With our Clothes on

Posted by Garry Friesen February 9th, 2015

Family & Friends, I have decided to read as much African literature as I can including African  history, novels and theologians.  My last book was most disconcerting.  David Adamo is an African with an impressive resume including doctor’s degrees from Baylor U. and Indiana Christian University. His important subject is how Africans should interpret the […]

Ordination, African Style

Posted by Garry Friesen February 2nd, 2015

Family & Friends, Last Sunday afternoon was the ordination testing of four pastoral candidates.  I expected a distinctive African flavor.  I predicted instead of 90 minutes long, it would be four hours long.  That was correct.  The rest was a surprise.  About 200 people came to watch and cheer on the new candidates.  They were […]

Stress Reduction

Posted by Garry Friesen January 24th, 2015

Family & Friends, In Portland I used to have a time/money ratio.  How much was a hour worth to me?  I decided that I was willing to pay $50 to save an hour.  I would buy a DVD on line before seeing it and give it away if I didn’t like it.  My logic was […]