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“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.”  […]

More Dr. Gerald Golden Rules

Posted by Garry Friesen September 13th, 2014

Family & Friends, After the death of our beloved principal, Dr. Gerald, I asked many students and staff a question.  “What did you learn from Dr. Gerald?” What they told me, I wrote down.  I got about 20 truths worth repeating.  Here are the second ten which I call “Dr. Gerald’s Golden Rules”. 11.  Have […]

Dr. Gerald’s Golden Rules

Posted by Garry Friesen September 6th, 2014

Family & Friends, After the death of our beloved principal, Dr. Gerald, I asked many students and staff a question.  “What did you learn from Dr. Gerald?”  What they told me, I wrote down.  I got about 20 truths worth repeating.  Here are the first ten which I call “Dr. Gerald’s Golden Rules”. Humility is […]

So Many Books, So Little Time

Posted by Garry Friesen September 1st, 2014

Family & Friends, Like a kid in a candy store.  Or better.  A big kid in a big candy store.  God has supplied ACT with $6,600 for books to meet the standard of accreditation for “Africa-related books”.  Since our library is very large by African standards (22,000 titles), we are required to get about 1,500 […]

“Walk, but don’t Talk”

Posted by Garry Friesen August 22nd, 2014

Family & Friends, Rwanda is not a land for old men who like to talk as they walk.  The culprits are stair steps everywhere.  In the U.S. you become so bored by the uniform size of every stair step that you don’t even notice them.  You walk, you talk and you forget as you go […]