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Gridiron Mad Scientist

Posted by Garry Friesen August 27th, 2016

Family & Friends One part of the culture background that I bring to Africa, is a work ethic.  This can lead to good things or the toxic workaholic mentality.  My current favorite football coach is one part guru and two parts mad scientist.  But, there is no doubt that coach Harbaugh is ready to work […]

Better than Matching Socks

Posted by Garry Friesen August 20th, 2016

Family & Friends Matching socks are good.  Some of mine are not. Apparently, some socks disappear into a footwear black hole.  But, Matching Gifts are even better.  A “matching” gift, of course, means that a gift will be given if the same amount is raised by the recipient.  After a breakfast in Lake Oswego, two […]

Fire from Heaven?

Posted by Garry Friesen August 14th, 2016

Family & Friends When I visit Portland, I go to visit any doctor or dentist that will see me. I was getting my annual physical when my doctor told me that it would be my last annual physical . . .  with him.  He was the best doctor for 50 years with trained skills and […]

Mid-Life Crisis Convertible

Posted by Garry Friesen August 8th, 2016

Family & Friends Just before returning to Rwanda on July 18, I sighed deeply with nostalgia. Sadly, I had driven my beloved red Mazda Miata for the last time.  It would be prepared for sale by a close friend after my departure.  The Miata sports a “Narnia” license plate and so gained the moniker, “Narnia-mobile.” […]

African Class-B Miracle

Posted by Garry Friesen August 2nd, 2016

Family & Friends We just finished the second module of pastor training in Kabarore, East Province, Rwanda. Forty of the forty pastors were there and arrived on time (8:30 am) each morning!  This was an African “class B” miracle.   The second module (5 days) was better than the first!  Our main speaker was the former […]

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 […]