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Four Thrones in Kigali

Posted by Garry Friesen March 3rd, 2015

Family & Friends, A few days ago, I read Narnia to 20 kids and it was classic.  We are on The Magician’s Nephew.  More importantly, four of our best children were at their last Narnia reading.  After the death of our principal, Dr. Gerald, his family stayed in Rwanda.  I felt a close connection with […]

Edge of the Primeval Forest

Posted by Garry Friesen February 21st, 2015

Family & Friends, The name Albert Schweitzer has always seemed familiar.  First, as a doctor in Africa.  In seminary as part of the “historical Jesus” movement in liberalism with his influential book Quest for the Historical Jesus.  I just finished his book called On the Edge of the Primeval Forest.   At 30 years old he […]

Pharisee or humble Servant

Posted by Garry Friesen February 14th, 2015

Dear Family & Friends, This evening I found a response that I wrote to a student that I mentored at Multnomah Bible College.  He asked about my practices with Scripture.  It included many things, but ended with the following words.  (As I read them, I thought, “I need to hear that again”). “Most important I […]

With our Clothes on

Posted by Garry Friesen February 9th, 2015

Family & Friends, I have decided to read as much African literature as I can including African  history, novels and theologians.  My last book was most disconcerting.  David Adamo is an African with an impressive resume including doctor’s degrees from Baylor U. and Indiana Christian University. His important subject is how Africans should interpret the […]

Ordination, African Style

Posted by Garry Friesen February 2nd, 2015

Family & Friends, Last Sunday afternoon was the ordination testing of four pastoral candidates.  I expected a distinctive African flavor.  I predicted instead of 90 minutes long, it would be four hours long.  That was correct.  The rest was a surprise.  About 200 people came to watch and cheer on the new candidates.  They were […]

Stress Reduction

Posted by Garry Friesen January 24th, 2015

Family & Friends, In Portland I used to have a time/money ratio.  How much was a hour worth to me?  I decided that I was willing to pay $50 to save an hour.  I would buy a DVD on line before seeing it and give it away if I didn’t like it.  My logic was […]

Scriptural Fireworks Display

Posted by Garry Friesen January 17th, 2015

Family & Friends, I’m texting these days.  I have no choice.  African phones won’t record messages so texting is your only option.  Last Saturday I got two phone texts.  “We are done, it was the most wonderful time ever.  We had 17 members ooooh what a move of God, thanks a lot for bringing this […]

Greaser Shoes

Posted by Garry Friesen January 10th, 2015

Family & Friends, People often ask me, “What do Africans wear?”  Actually, no one asks, but now that the subject has been brought up, I’d like to say a few things.  American men are easy to spot because they are sporting colorful African shirts.  Kigali men, however, are wearing American shirts and jerseys with the […]

“A Gridiron Worm goes farther”

Posted by Garry Friesen January 4th, 2015

Family & Friends, In 2008 the Detroit Lions became the first professional football team to go 0-16 or as the Detroit newspaper headline said, “PERFECTLY AWFUL”. The NFL football playoffs have begun and I’m at full alert since the Detroit Lions are in the “second season”. Fan’s biggest complain this year is that one division […]

Because they are Goats

Posted by Garry Friesen December 28th, 2014

Family & Friends, A few thoughts on goats.  I’m not a farm boy like my dad.  When I looked at a room to rent, my housemate said, “We have chickens, rabbits, five goats, two dogs and a cat.”  In deference to their Creator, I will call goats interesting rather than strange.  Our daddy goat was […]