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A Reminder from Alzheimer’s

Posted by Garry Friesen May 24th, 2015

Family & Friends, The other day I was day dreaming and remembered a scene in Michigan.  I spent a year caring for my father and his Alzheimer’s.  We had an old experienced doctor looking at my memory-less father.  After talking to dad for a few minutes he assessed what we already knew.  “He has no […]

Proverbs from Achebe

Posted by Garry Friesen May 17th, 2015

Family & Friends, An oral culture like Africa is bound to be rich in proverbs.  African novels are often fond of peppering them into the characters’ conversations.  The following proverbs are woven into the fabric of Chinua Achebe’s novel Anthills of the Savannah. A wise man agrees with his wife and eats lumps of smoked […]

Risky Bible Marathon

Posted by Garry Friesen May 9th, 2015

Family & Friends, Today we had a risky Bible marathon.  The topic was the reason for the risk.  Rwandans are afraid of the book of Revelation.  The lack of reading causes hesitation.  But, more the idea that Revelation is impossible to understand dominates the thinking of many.  The student leaders asked me to introduce the […]

ACT’s First Graduation

Posted by Garry Friesen May 2nd, 2015

Family & Friends, It was historic.  At least for us.  We had our first graduation at Africa College of Theology (ACT).  I had my simple black gown from Multnomah days, but my hood was lost somewhere between the Rose City and Kigali City.  They ordered me an official’s robe.  Wow.  Big round cap and bright […]

Pictures of my Pocket

Posted by Garry Friesen April 26th, 2015

Family & Friends, I’ve been using my new i-phone 3 like a rookie with a new toy.  Almost all Africans have nice cell phones and I needed one!  I take most of my pictures when my i-phone is in my pocket.  But, I have figured out how to take a picture of each new person […]

The Future of Christianity is …

Posted by Garry Friesen April 18th, 2015

Family & Friends My current theological wrestling is with African theology.  My African mentor, Byang Kato, got me moving to Africa.  He summarized his view.  “It is God’s will that Africans, on accepting Christ as their Savior, become Christian Africans. Africans who become Christians should therefore remain Africans wherever their culture does not conflict with […]

Kwibuka 21

Posted by Garry Friesen April 11th, 2015

Family & Friends, On April 11, 1994 thousands of Tutis were abandoned by the 90 Belgian U.N. forces at a school in Kicukiro near our college.  The military moved in as the U.N left.  The 3,000 were marched up the road to a garbage dump in the pouring rain “to take out the garbage”.  In […]

Leaning Starboard

Posted by Garry Friesen April 4th, 2015

Family & Friends, The word for “key” in Kinyarwanda is “urufunguzo”.  Why do one-syllable English words like “key” take five syllables to say in Kinyarwanda?  I’ll blame it on the Tower of Babel.  But, back to keys.  Keys are big in Kigali.  Not big like the “key to the city” big, but very important.  Anyone […]

Big Smile from Heaven

Posted by Garry Friesen March 28th, 2015

Family & Friends, Our family set up the Lonie (Friesen) Tucker Bible Scholarship at Multnomah Bible College in remembrance of my beloved sister.  We created an endowment over the years that topped $100,000.  The interest earned on the endowment provides yearly scholarships.  We use a difficult Bible test to select the recipients.  The top eight […]

Students, Home Alone

Posted by Garry Friesen March 22nd, 2015

Family & Friends, My students at Africa College of Theology (ACT) are older with more experience than the typical American college.  Most of our students are pastors, but untrained who want to be equipped.  But, I was still nervous when I told the students that I had to leave class for 45 minutes to be […]