Archive for the ‘Fortnightly’ Category

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 […]

Grief & God’s Goodness?

Posted by Garry Friesen February 5th, 2017

Family & Friends, Sunday morning I was in the Imago Dei Church prayer “space” praying for the 9:00 am service.  In walked the man that I had prayed for minutes earlier!  Pastor Jeff has been down in Medford caring for his father who had a stroke and was slowly dying.  He was honoring his Father […]

An Ancient Sandal

Posted by Garry Friesen January 28th, 2017

Family & Friends, Before returning to Portland, my Sunday class of 7-8 year olds at New Life Bible Church in Kigali helped me at the gate of Bethlehem for a story on Ruth 4.  I was Boaz and got to the gate of Bethlehem before workers left for the field.  My friend Jash became the […]

The Bionic Biped

Posted by Garry Friesen January 21st, 2017

Family & Friends, Fifteen years ago I had a dark night of the soul.  For two years I had been in pain.  No pain killers would work. I had a back operation and when pain continued, another back operation.  The pain worsened.  Finally, a hip x-ray.  The doc said, “You are bone on bone. You […]

A First for our Galaxy

Posted by Garry Friesen January 14th, 2017

Family & Friends, We have just finished the historic “Walk Thru” the New Testament in Kinyarwanda. It was the first in the history of the galaxy.  It was taught to 40 rural pastors.  I was harassed by the pronunciation of “Mirongine” and “Yiyerekana”, but we all learned the “Walk”.  Their favorite part of the “Walk” […]