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Cold Feet, but a Wedding

Posted by Garry Friesen July 23rd, 2016

Family & Friends Once a month I tell a Bible story for the 7-9 year olds at New Life Bible Church.  I have been telling them the story of Ruth one chapter at a time.  As I prepared for Ruth 3, an idea hit me. I found a bedspread and two large towels.  In class, […]

Europe or Rwandan Pastors?

Posted by Garry Friesen July 18th, 2016

Family & Friends, On Monday morning I head “home” to Rwanda, but Portland will still be my favorite place in the world to visit.  Imago Dei supports me as the “elder on mission”.  Other Imago Dei believers added further support.  Two couples have been keeping up with the Friesen Fortnightly.  So, when they heard the […]

Epaphras to the rescue

Posted by Garry Friesen July 10th, 2016

Family & Friends, Were you praying for me recently?  Somebody was.  On a two hour trip to eastern Rwanda to train pastors I almost entered the pearly gates ahead of schedule.  I did not drive because the roads were too rough for my Rav 4 to navigate.  So we went in an African truck.  My […]

“How much did he leave?”

Posted by Garry Friesen July 3rd, 2016

Family & Friends, What is it like to say “goodbye” to 50 years of collecting C.S. Lewis memorabilia?  The on-line sale moved into the Multnomah University gym on June 25.  The old story usually goes something like this: At the funeral of Howard Hughes someone asked, “How much did he leave?”  The answer is always […]

The Czarina has spoken!

Posted by Garry Friesen June 18th, 2016

Family & Friends Her name is Lisa and she was a “C.S. Lewis for Africa Sale” answer to prayer.  She accepted the role of director of the sale and we immediately nicknamed her the Czar which then morphed in a feminine direction so the final moniker became CZARINA.  And Czarina Lisa has just announced earth-shattering […]

Crunch, crunch, one pastor scholarship

Posted by Garry Friesen June 14th, 2016

Family & Friends I forgot to say in my last missive that I was returning back to Portland to report to my home church Imago Dei Community.  I gave a 5 minute report in the three services.  I challenged the listeners to a new approach to helping the ABC Pastor Training.  I was thinking about […]

Orphan Sarah’s Big Smile

Posted by Garry Friesen June 5th, 2016

Family & Friends I felt like Charles Barkley about our first rural Pastor Training.  Barkley sometimes says, “I may be wrong, but I don’t think so.”  I thought the African team who created Matthew 4:4 Bible reading groups would be even better at a five day Pastor Training.  I was not disappointed, but elated.  We […]

Beauty in the Ghetto

Posted by Garry Friesen May 21st, 2016

Family & Friends I am on the prowl for African art for my new digs.  Downtown, I ducked into a temporary tent with small shops.  I met an artist who goes by “Jilo”.  On the spot I gravitated toward two of his paintings with their distinctive style and skillful color shading.  One had drummers and […]

Quit looking and you shall find

Posted by Garry Friesen May 14th, 2016

Family & Friends I am initiating a new proverb, “Quit looking and you shall find.”  After six months in Kigali I looked for my own rental house.  I had no interest in living in any of the many that I surveyed.  They were dysfunctional and priced for a Muzungu and that is a very bad […]

“Great in counsel, mighty in deed”

Posted by Garry Friesen May 10th, 2016

Family & Friends Nothing has encouraged my prayer life more than 5:30 am morning prayers with Africans.  As James said, the poor are often “rich in faith” and I am hoping some of it rubs off on me.  I always start the same way.  I walk back and forth along the back of the church.  […]