Archive for the ‘Fortnightly’ Category

Africa’s AIDS Superhighway

Posted by Garry Friesen October 2nd, 2015

Family & Friends, For decades, researchers have puzzled over the African AIDS question.  Why are African HIV rates as high as 20-30%?   Why does HIV afflict all of the society not just drug users, prostitutes and high-risk groups?  The Kinsey reports on Africa show that they have fewer sexual partners and are more faithful to […]

Matthew 4:4 Spreads

Posted by Garry Friesen September 25th, 2015

Family & Friends, Last week I introduced readers to ABC – Africa Bible in Community and the Matthew 4:4 meetings – 4 hours 4 feeding on God’s words.  One of my students is from east province and wanted our ABC team to come and introduce the Matthew 4:4 meetings to the pastors of the churches […]

“ABC Experiment”

Posted by Garry Friesen September 20th, 2015

Family & Friends, In 1598 Galileo made his famous experiment.  He dropped a 10 kg cannon ball and a 1 kg rock from the “leaning” Tower of Pisa.  This is tame compared to the African ABC experiment.  ABC stands for “Africa Bible in Community”.  It is our continent’s version of the Bible Marathons that I […]

A Bit Greener

Posted by Garry Friesen September 16th, 2015

Family & Friends, Matthew Silverston’s book Blinded by Science says there is scientific evidence that hugging trees can help cure mental illnesses, ADHD, reaction times, depression and headaches.  Actually, he claims these panaceas for just being in “green” areas.  My friend Blake was in Kigali recently and shared some of the findings he has worked […]

Snow Bird over Rwanda

Posted by Garry Friesen September 5th, 2015

Family & Friends, I can vividly remember a statement by my aunt at a family reunion.  With an incredulous tone, she said of herself and her siblings, “We are now what the young people call – “old people”.  She was shocked and dismayed.  She was not young, but certainly not among the old and decrepit.  […]

Soaring Like an Eagle

Posted by Garry Friesen August 30th, 2015

Family & Friends, We always end my Bible class at Africa College of Theology with prayer.  I asked recently, “Does anyone have a prayer in their heart that needs to get out.”  Two students raised their hands and one started praying before I could select one.  Afterwards, I told the other student, “Next time you […]

“The Holy Spirit told me”

Posted by Garry Friesen August 23rd, 2015

Family & Friends, A pastor visiting Kigali asked me about Dr. Charles C. Ryrie of Dallas Seminary.  That brought back two memories: one painful & one wonderful.  Ryrie taught the theology of the Holy Spirit.  One class he explained “types”. Oil and wind are two types of the Spirit.  He then asked a hard question.  […]

“Pantheism is sexy atheism”

Posted by Garry Friesen August 16th, 2015

Family & Friends, I am frustrated as I prepare for three chapel messages on the topic of “Faith”.  My angst is like when I watch a well-written sitcom on TV.  Their humor is brilliant.  Their writing uses great skill to produce a program that really touches my funny bone.  I appreciate the expertise, but usually […]

My Church Pet Peeves

Posted by Garry Friesen August 7th, 2015

Family & Friends, At church, I have always disliked three things. My church pet peeves are:  1. Singing the same worship song 15 straight times.  2. Prayer when everyone prays loudly at the same time.  3. Preaching with no preparation.  Well, Africa is my new home and I better get used to all three. I […]

“Vuba Vuba”

Posted by Garry Friesen July 31st, 2015

Family & Friends, Third (& Last) Top Ten More Reasons that I Know that I’m Back in Rwanda 30. Posters and announcements, “Be on time, the world will not wait for us.”  But, who cares. 29. The buzzing of a mosquito is a relief since the mosquitoes which spread malaria are silent. 28. Men’s shoes […]