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Kinyarwanda Baby Blues

Posted by Garry Friesen September 20th, 2014

Family & Friends, For the last six months I’ve been trying to learn the hardest language that I’ve ever tackled—Kinyarwanda. People who know the grammar say it is one of the most difficult languages to learn.  Native speakers don’t know its grammar, but they do tell me confidently, “It is an easy language to learn.”  […]

More Dr. Gerald Golden Rules

Posted by Garry Friesen September 13th, 2014

Family & Friends, After the death of our beloved principal, Dr. Gerald, I asked many students and staff a question.  “What did you learn from Dr. Gerald?” What they told me, I wrote down.  I got about 20 truths worth repeating.  Here are the second ten which I call “Dr. Gerald’s Golden Rules”. 11.  Have […]

Dr. Gerald’s Golden Rules

Posted by Garry Friesen September 6th, 2014

Family & Friends, After the death of our beloved principal, Dr. Gerald, I asked many students and staff a question.  “What did you learn from Dr. Gerald?”  What they told me, I wrote down.  I got about 20 truths worth repeating.  Here are the first ten which I call “Dr. Gerald’s Golden Rules”. Humility is […]

So Many Books, So Little Time

Posted by Garry Friesen September 1st, 2014

Family & Friends, Like a kid in a candy store.  Or better.  A big kid in a big candy store.  God has supplied ACT with $6,600 for books to meet the standard of accreditation for “Africa-related books”.  Since our library is very large by African standards (22,000 titles), we are required to get about 1,500 […]

“Walk, but don’t Talk”

Posted by Garry Friesen August 22nd, 2014

Family & Friends, Rwanda is not a land for old men who like to talk as they walk.  The culprits are stair steps everywhere.  In the U.S. you become so bored by the uniform size of every stair step that you don’t even notice them.  You walk, you talk and you forget as you go […]

Umusazi on the Loose

Posted by Garry Friesen August 16th, 2014

Family & Friends, I finally put on my big-boy pants and ventured downtown alone to the high-priced Muzungu store in the KCT – Kigali City Tower.  Since we don’t use street names KCT is the most recognizable landmark.  A week earlier I had spent 45 minutes trying to learn all of the downtown roads on […]

The River Between

Posted by Garry Friesen August 9th, 2014

Family & Friends, I love reading.  At one time I owned about 5,000 books and could not let go of any of them.  The Kigali Kollection for the Multnomah-ACT Library loosened my grip on my books.  Now I own about 10 books, but love reading is as great as ever.  My library interns are directing […]

Grizzly Adams finds a Barber

Posted by Garry Friesen August 2nd, 2014

Family & Friends, Why should I fear a simple trip to the barber?  Because, this is Africa and anything can happen.  I had nightmares about what an African barber might do to a Muzungu head of hair.  I put it off until I was looking like Grizzly Adams.  Before, venturing to the barber, I took […]

Book Meister of Rwanda

Posted by Garry Friesen July 26th, 2014

Family & Friends, I got kicked out of John Brown U’s library and Multnomah’s library for talking too loud.  Ironically, it is now me who is “Shhhhhhh”ing others in the “Multnomah ACT” library.  I’ve prepared for my next classes and our librarian cannot come until December.  So I volunteered.  I suggested a title for the […]

“Double Portion”

Posted by Garry Friesen July 20th, 2014

Family & Friends, Since the loss of Dr Gerald at Africa College of Theology, two Scriptural images are flooding my mind.  The one is Job who had suddenly lost everything.  “Job feel to the ground and worshipped. ‘The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away.  Blessed be the name of the LORD’” (Job 1:21). […]