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Literary Death Grip

Posted by Garry Friesen November 23rd, 2014

Family & Friends, The Oregonian quoted me wryly saying that the “Kigali Kollection” project loosened up my strangle hold on all my books.  It was true.  Now I am a man who owns about a dozen books. That literary death grip, once loosed, freed up my C.S. Lewis collection to the Multnomah-ACT Library in Kigali, […]

Mark Twain, “A classic is …”

Posted by Garry Friesen November 16th, 2014

Family & Friends, Mark Twain said, “A classic is a book that everyone wants to have read, but no one wants to read”.  All my life I have heard about the classic novel, “Cry, the Beloved Country”.  I finally read it and the only problem reading it was when tears clouded my vision.  It is […]

The vote passes 1-0

Posted by Garry Friesen November 10th, 2014

Family & Friends, My students tell me that they have never had a teacher like me before.  That could be good or it could be bad.  So far, it is mostly good.  I’ve written a detailed “Walk thru the Old Testament” and created several “Draw Thru’s.  The draw thru concept has worked even better than […]

I Married You

Posted by Garry Friesen November 1st, 2014

Family & Friends, During seminary days, Walter Trobisch captured my heart when I discovered I Loved a Girl and I Married You.  They are set in Africa where Trobisch was a marriage counselor and missionary. I found them here in Africa still in print.  I just reread I Married You and asked my new intern, […]

“C.S. Chinua Day”

Posted by Garry Friesen October 25th, 2014

Family & Friends, Mark today, Friday October 25, on your calendars.  Call it “C.S. Chinua Day”.  It may become a national holiday in Rwanda, but first someone needs to know that it exists.  On this day I was asked to lead a C.S. Lewis Narnia Chronicles reading group.  We will start with 10 children age […]

ACT praying thru Acts

Posted by Garry Friesen October 18th, 2014

Family & Friends, We just finished our first Bible Marathon with Africa College of Theology (ACT) students.  Our internship team of 3 students planned it.  My schedule for the four hour marathon did not account for the slower reading pace in English.  But, the feature of reading “Scripture in community” was just what the African […]

“Everything is good in my world”

Posted by Garry Friesen October 11th, 2014

Family & Friends I tell friends about my experience in Africa.  One common thread is saying, “No matter how things go wrong in my third world country, when I join 20 students singing together, everything is good in my world!”  Recently, the rutted dirt roads and the cobblestone streets finally got the victory over my […]

Wrinkles on My Wrinkles

Posted by Garry Friesen October 4th, 2014

Family & Friends, Africa College of Theology sent me and our president, Charles, to Johannesburg, South Africa.  We were visiting SATS – South Africa Theological Seminary.  This completely on-line seminary was interested in pursuing a partnership with us, and we with them.  The meetings went very well, but the high point for me was the […]

Anomaly in the Bathtub

Posted by Garry Friesen September 29th, 2014

Family & Friends, Anyone who takes a hot shower in Rwanda, enjoys it more than you do in the States.  You can take a nice shower and think about the upcoming events of the day.   You end up clean, but not necessarily happy.  A hot shower in Kigali can make us happy all day.  The […]

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.”  […]