Archive for the ‘Fortnightly’ Category

From a pot of gold to a fanta

Posted by Garry Friesen October 23rd, 2016

Family & Friends, It is easy to pinch pennies in Rwanda.  But, I find myself tossing them.  In a needy culture there is always an empty hand reaching toward you.  My rule: “If you ask me for money, the answer is ‘No’”.   So, I look for excuses to pay people.  I park the car to […]

Ratchet Wrench at Sunday School

Posted by Garry Friesen October 15th, 2016

Family & Friends, I was preparing to teach John 9 to 7-8 year olds one Sunday morning.   An hour before departure an idea hit me.  Why not give the students a “blind” experience like the man born blind in the story.  I began to look for things that made a sound which the kids would […]

Mosquito Nets

Posted by Garry Friesen October 8th, 2016

Family & Friends, Rwandan Required Equipment: Water purifier, Cockroach spray, night guard, worm medicine and mosquito nets.  The final item is crucial.  Each night the mosquito net is let down and tucked into any place tuckable.  The worse scenario is a mosquito getting inside the net.  Now you have a caged monster and you are […]

Kinyarwanda Walk Thru

Posted by Garry Friesen October 3rd, 2016

Family & Friends, The Walk thru the Old Testament is a creative way to follow the O.T. story by memorizing key locations, events and persons.  I have been teaching “walk thru”s for 40 years.  But, never, never did I teach one when the “walk” was in another language.  I just spent a week with rural […]

“Who can resist a . . .”

Posted by Garry Friesen September 24th, 2016

Family & Friends, I have always wanted to change the culture especially in a literary direction.  I wanted to created a new word.  I tried in Decision Making and the Will of God.  The word was “marriagability” as in “Here are five excellent marriagability traits.”  So far Webster has not even sniffed at our offering.   […]

Rwandan Debatable Issues

Posted by Garry Friesen September 17th, 2016

Family & Friends At Africa College of Theology, I just had the joy of teaching the course Romans & Galatians for the first time.  When we hit Romans 14-15 we discussed “debatable” issues.  For the Romans it was probably an issue created by the Jews and Gentiles in the church.  Gentiles loved meat and the […]

Fire from Heaven

Posted by Garry Friesen September 10th, 2016

Family & Friends, In church recently, our pastor gave an illustration that was so African and so convicting.  Night clubs are one of the features of Western culture that Africa has welcomed.  One church had a night club select a location right next to them. (Be thankful for zoning laws).  Much of the evil and […]

Curse of Singleness

Posted by Garry Friesen September 3rd, 2016

Family & Friends Culture is so natural and simple.  You don’t think about your own culture any more than a fish thinks about water. It is when you change cultures that you are aware how complex and confusing it is.  One of our ABC leaders was away getting his education.  He returned to be with […]

Gridiron Mad Scientist

Posted by Garry Friesen August 27th, 2016

Family & Friends One part of the culture background that I bring to Africa, is a work ethic.  This can lead to good things or the toxic workaholic mentality.  My current favorite football coach is one part guru and two parts mad scientist.  But, there is no doubt that coach Harbaugh is ready to work […]

Better than Matching Socks

Posted by Garry Friesen August 20th, 2016

Family & Friends Matching socks are good.  Some of mine are not. Apparently, some socks disappear into a footwear black hole.  But, Matching Gifts are even better.  A “matching” gift, of course, means that a gift will be given if the same amount is raised by the recipient.  After a breakfast in Lake Oswego, two […]