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The Bionic Biped

Posted by Garry Friesen January 21st, 2017

Family & Friends, Fifteen years ago I had a dark night of the soul.  For two years I had been in pain.  No pain killers would work. I had a back operation and when pain continued, another back operation.  The pain worsened.  Finally, a hip x-ray.  The doc said, “You are bone on bone. You […]

A First for our Galaxy

Posted by Garry Friesen January 14th, 2017

Family & Friends, We have just finished the historic “Walk Thru” the New Testament in Kinyarwanda. It was the first in the history of the galaxy.  It was taught to 40 rural pastors.  I was harassed by the pronunciation of “Mirongine” and “Yiyerekana”, but we all learned the “Walk”.  Their favorite part of the “Walk” […]

“Whirlwind of hope and goodness”

Posted by Garry Friesen January 7th, 2017

Family & Friends, Clark Blakeman, 1962-2016.  On the darkest day of the year, Dec. 21, we lost him. Why? As I prayed for the Blakeman family in the Imago Dei prayer space, I read a verse on the wall.  Jesus prays, “Father, I desire that those you have given me might be with me.” (John […]

Revere & Resemble

Posted by Garry Friesen January 1st, 2017

Family & Friends, I have the joy of giving the New Year’s service “call to worship”. Sneak preview below: One of my former classmates has written what might become an instant scholarly classic on idolatry.  Greg Beale’s book is called, We Become What We Worship. His big idea is, “We resemble what we revere, either […]

“You will not die until . . .”

Posted by Garry Friesen December 24th, 2016

Family & Friends, On Christmas I have the joy of giving the “call to worship” at Imago Dei church, my sending church.  Here is a sneak preview.  May you join us in worship. A few years ago I walked a long way across Oxford, England for the Sunday morning service at Holy Trinity Church, the […]

An African “Thank You”

Posted by Garry Friesen December 17th, 2016

Family & Friends, One morning while praying in Kigali, an idea hit me.  It was an African way to thank a church that was supporting Africa New Life and the ministry of ABC to get Bible training to rural pastors.  The unexpected trip to Portland gave me a chance to run the idea up a […]

Reverse Culture Shock

Posted by Garry Friesen December 11th, 2016

Family & Friends, I had heard of “reverse culture shock”.  I now have its baptism.  I just returned to Portland for raising funds for rural pastors and for some urgent dental and medical appointments.  My culture shock?  I was shocked that everything did not run as smoothly as I remembered.  In Africa you think, “This […]

Weeping over Onesimus

Posted by Garry Friesen December 3rd, 2016

Family & Friends, Last week at the rural pastor training in Kaborore, Rwanda, I told the story of Onesimus.  It is not recorded in one text, but must be patched together from the cloth of Acts, Colossians and Philemon.  Nearly everyone was enthralled as the story unfolded.  I say “nearly” because one student fell asleep.  […]

Repair Roulette

Posted by Garry Friesen November 25th, 2016

Family & Friends,   In Rwanda, as in America, transportation is the name of the game.  Your wheels matter.  Kigali buses are cheap, but they don’t move until the bus is full.  Moto drivers are thick like gnats, but you risk using your body as a fender.  Taxis are available, but will drain your back […]

Sovereignly Stuck

Posted by Garry Friesen November 19th, 2016

Family & Friends, The volunteer group we call ABC has two of the best young leaders in Rwanda.  They are in Rwanda because they are both “sovereignly stuck”.  Both Fred and Andrew are passionate about Rwandans personally reading the Scriptures and about training rural pastors.  They are perfect for ABC.  We tried to get rid […]