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Graduation Super-Gift

Posted by Garry Friesen May 20th, 2017

Family & Friends, Last week I described our graduation for 38 rural pastors.  I must add some of my favorite moments.  ABC provides all the education at no cost.  The Africans, however, do most of the work.  They must select 40 pastors, provide a teaching venue, provide food and housing for the pastors for six […]

Graduation Frenzy

Posted by Garry Friesen May 13th, 2017

Family & Friends, In ABC, our 38 pastors finished their one-year pastoral training.  On May 6 was their graduation in Kabarore, east Rwanda.  It was the best of all “graduation” worlds.  It had as much ceremony as the Brits, as much rejoicing as the Italians, as much food as the French.  It had a precision […]

African Back Pocket

Posted by Garry Friesen May 5th, 2017

Family & Friends, When I left for Rwanda in 2013, I brought a container filled with stuff that is hard to find in Africa.  More importantly, I brought an idea.  In Portland, I called the idea “Bible Marathon”.  The name has changed to Matthew 4:4 (Bible reading groups), but the oral Bible reading in community […]

Wild Fiji Fulfillment

Posted by Garry Friesen April 29th, 2017

Family & Friends, Before returning to Rwanda, I enjoyed a powerful time at Multnomah’s “alumni chapel” featuring Seth Coleman.  He lived in my second mentoring house so I could not miss the “Fiji” report.  Seth shared a story that was hidden in him for the last ten years.  A Fiji pastor pressed on him that […]

Still Macho Man

Posted by Garry Friesen April 22nd, 2017

Family & Friends, ABC Fund Drive update.  $43,000 of $100,000 in as of this week! Some things should be reported by the Oregonian.  A mother of six children wakes up and everyone is dry.  Get a reporter on the scene to catch the veteran mom’s whoop for joy.  Not as impressive, but newsworthy is the […]

Christ’s Resistance Movement

Posted by Garry Friesen April 15th, 2017

Family & Friends, Good Friday service I was asked to give a “Homily” at Imago Dei on the Temptation. The Temptation is where Jesus starts a Resistance movement.  Do you remember the movie trailer for The Passion?  The scene where a serpent is slowly slithering.  It no sooner captured my attention, then, Crash.  From above […]

Bible Marathon Alert

Posted by Garry Friesen April 13th, 2017

It is late notice, but we are having a mini-marathon on the book of Ephesians this Saturday 7-9pm in Gresham, OR.  If interested contact me for details.

Google to the Rescue

Posted by Garry Friesen April 9th, 2017

Family & Friends, Here is actual conflict situation we faced last week in Gresham, OR.  For privacy sake I will call the two A & B.  The relationship between A & B is hurting both.  Worse, A & B are stuck in such a way that neither can do their jobs properly.  Pressure from friends […]

What would an African do?

Posted by Garry Friesen April 1st, 2017

Family & Friends, I forgot how hard it is to send out a prayer letter by snail mail!  Did you get it?  This letter might be the start of the most important ministry that I have helped to create.  We are determined “to wipe out biblical illiteracy in Rwanda and then Africa.”  Last week I […]

Radical “Wipe out”

Posted by Garry Friesen March 25th, 2017

Family & Friends, Last weeks’ Fortnightly asked why Bible Marathons (Matthew 4:4) work better in Africa than the U.S.  Rwandans are 68% literate, but don’t read anything including their Bibles.  Why would they want to come to a 1-4 hour Matthew 4:4 Bible reading group?  African Culture!  It is community related, oral and prayerful.  Matthew […]