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Soaring Like an Eagle

Posted by Garry Friesen August 30th, 2015

Family & Friends, We always end my Bible class at Africa College of Theology with prayer.  I asked recently, “Does anyone have a prayer in their heart that needs to get out.”  Two students raised their hands and one started praying before I could select one.  Afterwards, I told the other student, “Next time you […]

“The Holy Spirit told me”

Posted by Garry Friesen August 23rd, 2015

Family & Friends, A pastor visiting Kigali asked me about Dr. Charles C. Ryrie of Dallas Seminary.  That brought back two memories: one painful & one wonderful.  Ryrie taught the theology of the Holy Spirit.  One class he explained “types”. Oil and wind are two types of the Spirit.  He then asked a hard question.  […]

“Pantheism is sexy atheism”

Posted by Garry Friesen August 16th, 2015

Family & Friends, I am frustrated as I prepare for three chapel messages on the topic of “Faith”.  My angst is like when I watch a well-written sitcom on TV.  Their humor is brilliant.  Their writing uses great skill to produce a program that really touches my funny bone.  I appreciate the expertise, but usually […]

My Church Pet Peeves

Posted by Garry Friesen August 7th, 2015

Family & Friends, At church, I have always disliked three things. My church pet peeves are:  1. Singing the same worship song 15 straight times.  2. Prayer when everyone prays loudly at the same time.  3. Preaching with no preparation.  Well, Africa is my new home and I better get used to all three. I […]

“Vuba Vuba”

Posted by Garry Friesen July 31st, 2015

Family & Friends, Third (& Last) Top Ten More Reasons that I Know that I’m Back in Rwanda 30. Posters and announcements, “Be on time, the world will not wait for us.”  But, who cares. 29. The buzzing of a mosquito is a relief since the mosquitoes which spread malaria are silent. 28. Men’s shoes […]

“Mechanical Mosquitoes”

Posted by Garry Friesen July 25th, 2015

Family & Friends, SECOND Top Ten Reasons that I Know that I’m Back in Rwanda 20. When you change $100 to Rwandan Francs, you need a suitcase to hold all the bills. 19. The line in the middle of the road is mere decoration, but feel free to use either side of the road for […]

Ten Top Reasons

Posted by Garry Friesen July 18th, 2015

Dear Family & Friends Ten Top Reasons that I Know that I am Back in Rwanda 10. My car is covered in red dust just hours after getting washed. 9. My room had dead cockroaches on the floor.  “Help, I turned over and can’t get up!” 8. My drinking water consists entirely of bottled water. […]

Keep Your Boots On

Posted by Garry Friesen July 11th, 2015

Family & Friends, Before I left Portland for home in Kigali, I had the joy of lunch with my missionary mentors, Norm and Muriel Cook.  We went out for Chinese, of course.  I was interested in longevity and they model keeping your missionary boots on for the long haul.  They asked me how old I […]

Bibliophile Heaven

Posted by Garry Friesen July 4th, 2015

Family & Friends, I walked into the storehouse cavern and thought “iboombo”.  Not only, “candy”, but a huge “candy store” for a bibliophile.  And this book lover was in awe.  The rafters had international flags including Rwanda with its yellow star on sky blue background.  That was the sight as I trekked from the offices […]

Elder on Mission

Posted by Garry Friesen June 28th, 2015

Family & Friends, What do you say to a church after 15 months in Africa and four minutes to report?  (1) Four minutes is enough since if you want more there is the “Friesen Fortnightly”.  (2) I am “elder on mission”.  It is a good title, but also embodies a paradigm shift.  I am sent […]