Archive for the ‘Fortnightly’ Category

Still Macho Man

Posted by Garry Friesen April 22nd, 2017

Family & Friends, ABC Fund Drive update.  $43,000 of $100,000 in as of this week! Some things should be reported by the Oregonian.  A mother of six children wakes up and everyone is dry.  Get a reporter on the scene to catch the veteran mom’s whoop for joy.  Not as impressive, but newsworthy is the […]

Christ’s Resistance Movement

Posted by Garry Friesen April 15th, 2017

Family & Friends, Good Friday service I was asked to give a “Homily” at Imago Dei on the Temptation. The Temptation is where Jesus starts a Resistance movement.  Do you remember the movie trailer for The Passion?  The scene where a serpent is slowly slithering.  It no sooner captured my attention, then, Crash.  From above […]

Google to the Rescue

Posted by Garry Friesen April 9th, 2017

Family & Friends, Here is actual conflict situation we faced last week in Gresham, OR.  For privacy sake I will call the two A & B.  The relationship between A & B is hurting both.  Worse, A & B are stuck in such a way that neither can do their jobs properly.  Pressure from friends […]

What would an African do?

Posted by Garry Friesen April 1st, 2017

Family & Friends, I forgot how hard it is to send out a prayer letter by snail mail!  Did you get it?  This letter might be the start of the most important ministry that I have helped to create.  We are determined “to wipe out biblical illiteracy in Rwanda and then Africa.”  Last week I […]

Radical “Wipe out”

Posted by Garry Friesen March 25th, 2017

Family & Friends, Last weeks’ Fortnightly asked why Bible Marathons (Matthew 4:4) work better in Africa than the U.S.  Rwandans are 68% literate, but don’t read anything including their Bibles.  Why would they want to come to a 1-4 hour Matthew 4:4 Bible reading group?  African Culture!  It is community related, oral and prayerful.  Matthew […]

First Bible Marathon

Posted by Garry Friesen March 18th, 2017

Family & Friends, While at Multnomah Bible College, the living room of Aslan’s How became the venue for 15 students to read aloud for 6-12 hours through the O.T. & N.T.  It started when one of the men living in my mentoring house said, “You can read the whole N.T. aloud in 18 hours.”  His […]

“0.5 Class-B Miracle”

Posted by Garry Friesen March 12th, 2017

Family & Friends, Preparation for hip replacement surgery is a kin to a finals exam.  I was given 150 pages of information.  This scribal over-kill for total hip arthroplasty introduces a “pain chart” with ten faces.  The faces and corresponding pain numbers give a tangible way to answer the midnight nurse when they wake you […]

Nocturnal Prayer Adventure

Posted by Garry Friesen February 25th, 2017

Family & Friends, I miss the African prayer times while I’m in Portland.  Each morning in Kigali before the sun comes up a group of us church members pray.  After an hour there is a short devotional.  Recently, the devotional was a dramatic true story.  Pastor Emma encouraged us with his nocturnal adventure.  He was […]

Armed and Dangerous

Posted by Garry Friesen February 20th, 2017

Sent Feb. 19, 2017  “Armed and Dangerous” Family & Friends, The 40 rural pastors in our ABC pastor training each returned with a piece of paper that was often dirty and crumpled.  But, it looked beautiful to us.  None of them has ever read through the entire Bible.  That is about to change.  In the […]

Good to see anyone

Posted by Garry Friesen February 12th, 2017

Family & Friends, The 50th Reunion of my high school Kimball took place in 2015.  They sent pictures of those “Located”, those “Missing” and sadly, those “Deceased”.  I had a buzz cut in 1965, but most people had hair, really big hair!  I watched the 50th reunion video.  I did not recognize anyone.  We are […]