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“Double Portion”

Posted by Garry Friesen July 20th, 2014

Family & Friends, Since the loss of Dr Gerald at Africa College of Theology, two Scriptural images are flooding my mind.  The one is Job who had suddenly lost everything.  “Job feel to the ground and worshipped. ‘The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away.  Blessed be the name of the LORD’” (Job 1:21). […]

“Spoken For”

Posted by Garry Friesen July 12th, 2014

Family & Friends, Several Sundays ago, after church a group of us went out to the new Kigali Pizza Inn!  And it tasted like pizza.  I ordered the Hawaiian, closed my eyes and thought I just had left Papa Murphy Pizza in Portland.  The pastor’s family included two of his own Muzungu children, two adopted […]

Dr Gerald, Servant-Leader

Posted by Garry Friesen July 5th, 2014

Family & Friends, “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away.  Blessed be the name of the LORD.”  Over and over these words have been heard by my wounded heart.  Our principal & academic dean at Africa College of Theology died suddenly a week ago of a massive heart attack.  Gerald Sseruwage was 45 […]

Dr Gerald, Servant-Leader

Posted by Garry Friesen July 5th, 2014

  Sent June 28, 2014 “Four Month Wall” Family & Friends, Before I left for Rwanda, I was warned about the four month “wall” that all African newbies face.  They meant the honeymoon of a new place will wear off and the difficulty of living in Rwanda faces you like a wall.  I marked the […]

Four Month “Wall”

Posted by Garry Friesen June 28th, 2014

Family & Friends, Before I left for Rwanda, I was warned about the four month “wall” that all African newbies face.  They meant the honeymoon of a new place will wear off and the difficulty of living in Rwanda faces you like a wall.  I marked the four month day on my calendar – Today.  […]

Night Driving in Rwanda

Posted by Garry Friesen June 21st, 2014

Family & Friends, Night driving in Rwanda is like day driving in Rwanda, but on steroids.  The ante is raised for everything.  Walkers on the roads are just as ubiquitous, and they still cross without looking.  But, now they are 50% invisible with dark skin and dark clothes.  Moto drivers still dart in and out […]

Lady with the Beautiful Wrinkles

Posted by Garry Friesen June 14th, 2014

Family & Friends, My friend Pamela Reeve died this last year after many years of passionate ministry.  She spoke at her own funeral.  But, that’s another story.  I found her alive in Rwanda in one of the Africa New Life Bible college staff.  I visited our registrar, Anna, who began to talk about her Multnomah […]

And a Free Bomb Check

Posted by Garry Friesen June 4th, 2014

Family & Friends, I like a good monster movie every decade or so.  I just saw the newest Gonzilla movie in a theater.  Don’t look surprised!  We have a movie theater in Kigali and it’s better than any theater in Portland, OR.  Why is it better you ask?  (1) We drive to the theater and […]

Hope Visits Turn Joyful

Posted by Garry Friesen May 23rd, 2014

Family & Friends The Magnificent Seven had a Magnificent time in Rwanda and are heading back where worship services will seem boring without any dancing.  They all had meaningful Rwandan moments.  Shema (Austin) said he will never forget the excitement in the eyes of 60 young “dream boys” when he gave them a soccer ball.  […]

“The Magnificent Seven”

Posted by Garry Friesen May 19th, 2014

Family & Friends, In case it’s not on your calendar the 9th annual “Kwita Izina” is June 21, 2014.  Celebrities gather in northern Rwanda to name the 12 new gorillas in the Virunga mountains.  These silverbacks are famous since Diane Fosey wrote Gorillas in the Mist.  This week in Kigali the famous ceremony was pushed […]