Saturday, July 5, 2014

Reverend Doris Tretter

TRETTER, Reverend Doris - At Barrie, Ontario on Wednesday July 2, 2014. Reverend Doris Tretter beloved wife of Norm Tretter. Loving mother of Peter and Kristel. Dear daughter of Theresa Ackermann and the late Rudy. Will be missed by sisters Lily (Mark), Rosie, the late Karan (husband Paul) and brother Rudy. Friends may call at ALLANDALE FUNERAL SERVICES 264 Burton Ave. Barrie on Friday from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Funeral Services will be held at Mapleview Community Church, 300 Mapleview Dr. Barrie on Saturday July 5th at 1:30PM with visiting at 12:30pm. Donations to Mapleview Community Church would be appreciated by the family.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Celebration of good things.

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV

Dear Friends

It is in time of celebration of the good things God has done that we realize that is takes many to bring about good works. We partnered with Loads of Love on our mission to Kitwe, Zambia as they had provided the funding for the chapel that Norm was continuing to project manage, as a few before him started and made the plans for. This building was the insight of others before us and the full time missionaries John and Ruth Kerr who have been in Zambia for seventeen years now. We are privileged that God had placed on our hearts, and for Norm, spoken rather loudly about, our participation in Africa. God’s blessing requires that we listen to him for direction, put our faith into action and celebrate.

So we are to “stir up one another” and this is what we were doing at the Celebration that all of you were part of in our hearts as you had partnered to make this mission possible. You too, heard from God in your giving and put your faith into action and now we celebrate the outcomes. Here is what you were a part of. We had the opportunity to “stir up” the people at the Trans Africa Theological College” and here is how we did this.

Norm became friends with many of the workers on the Chapel building. He came along side Chris Mulenga and took him everywhere with him to enable his to develop the skills to manage the site in the absence of other managers. Chris learned to make decisions and time manage more effectively. In the Zambian culture with lack of fund a vehicle often was used for transporting everyone in the direction you were going. So when Norm and Chris went to town, they often picked up the child  and mother coming home from the hospital, or the father that had to go the doctor, or the office worker going to the bank, as they were going to arrange to purchase steel. So as everyone sat in the truck on my way home we often discussed the daily matters and had time to pray.

As much as there was no medical centre to set up, as I had been told I would do, I did have the opportunity to meet with Director Evelyn at the Village of Hope next door, arrange a tour and talk about the new health clinic opening at the end of June. We left medical supplies and the next week the first dentists arrived to serve the area. We came to agreements and this clinic would serve the community. On top of this we prayed for Mary’s fifteen year old daughter who went into the hospital with a brain tumour. Mary’s concern was that the doctor had asked for no medicine. My nursing knowledge alleviated her concerns when I told her that removing the tumour required not extra medication and prayer was needed. He daughter was in good hear three months later when we left. We again praise God and celebrate with him. Others in the office required prayer for malaria that some received, an infant son, direction in their lives and provision.

The building was going up. Twenty five thousand bricks were made. The men put on their harness, somewhat afraid of heights (there is not a lot of opportunity to climb) and placed the steel on the beams and welded in the heights about the structures that already existed. When we left the roof was up and covered with steel. The floor still needed to be done as the was the brick building. Blessings came as we came to the University. The road nearby had not had any work done in seventeen years and here it was being build completely new. Trenches were being dugs by hand as city water was going to now be accessible by the College and Village of Hope next door. The Chapel being the third largest church in Kitwe now had opportunity for Conferences, youth programs for the community, church on Sunday for the community and endless possibilities in the future. Many friendships developed and we learned how family mattered to these people and we were taken on as family. Their warm hearts meant more than the conditions many lived in. God knows their hearts and they are rich in their faith and rich in their lives with their Christian faith. If you ask any of them where they would most like to live, they say, “Zambia”.

As I taught English to 75 University student that were Pastors, Bishops and Chief of their tribes, and the leaders of Zambia, the Congo, South Africa, Kenya and all areas represented by them, we all spoke as family. You are all partnering as family with these people. Prosperity is not their desire but to have a rich life with God. I was privileged to be asked to preach in Reverend Mulenga's Church twice and Norm gave his testimony twice.

Thank you again for being part of the rich life God offers. Your contributions helped make our first mission to Zambia possible. We did not reach our goal for the amount required and would have like to bless more family in Zambia. Of course we follow God’s direction and competed that which He asked up to do. In order to continue to do more (and there are needs to see this building completed), we can continue to partner with others. We are new in the area of partnering, or knowing who to partner with, so please direct those that desire to partner in enabling others to grow with God, hear the Gospel and be part of His Kingdom. God Bless each of you and thank you. Please continue partnering at the PAOC site. Thank you

I am happy to say that I will be ordained September 29th at Mapleview Community Church.

God Bless

Norman and Doris Tretter
PAOC Global Workers 
Kitwe Zambia 2013

Projects –Kitwe Zambia 2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Village of Hope, Zambia

This week, Norm and I had a tour of the Village of Hope Zambia as we were there in support of the feeding program offered through the Trans Africa Theological College, which I was responsible for at this time.. We met with the Director Evelyn as we donated medical supplies for their new clinic. This clinic will be opening with Dentists arriving in June and soon Doctors and nurses which will open the clinic to the surrounding community.
We were shown the elementary school, high school and the preschool. They sang us a song and were so cute. We visited the homes with the house mom's where the children stay and even talked about the transition the older children go through as they prepare for the world when they are adults. Evelyn has been Director of the Village for 13 years now. The clothing, agriculture and programs for the children are just a few features here for these children. We were privileged to pray with her for the future of the village, the children, the government and the country. Here are a few photos we were given permission to take.

 "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Matt. 19:14
 The homes where the children live.
 A playground.
Inside the home.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Amazing Grace

We have been here almost four weeks and have only two months to do God's work. Monday I was introduced to Evelyn, the Director of the Village of Hope as Norm and I went over to introduce ourselves and make a payment for Quality Food which is one of the outreaches we are responsible for at the Trans-Africa Theological College. Evelyn did tell us this Village of Hope Zambia was the first one that all the others stemmed from. We were invited back for tour next Wednesday and to meet the medical staff and start a process that may take some time to merge services. A vision has been put in place and we will meet with them next week. I will include a few photos now but may have better ones next week.

Norm has been busy paying works for their last day of work as new ones come in for the roofing. He traveled to Ndola to find the right equipment for the sound and wiring thereof. Upon return he stopped at a grocery store only to misplace his wallet. So he made his way back to the store only to find it in his truck. (The truck in the photo below is the one we use).God's grace is amazing. He obviously used his credit card because he does not carry cash in his wallet. This store, Pick n Pay is one of the few stores here in this developing copper mine community that takes credit. Most places take cash. If you use the bank machine, and there are many, with security guards standing beside them at the plazas, if they are not at a bank, but the machine sometimes swallows the card and then one has to go to the bank to retrieve it. So we only use Barkley's Bank machines as they seem very reliable.
So we are thankful that Norm found his wallet and we will be off to a Braii (a BBQ) with some friends this evening. This has been put off for two weeks now since many have had malaria. On the mend with God's amazing grace.

Blessings to you all.
Doris and Norman Tretter

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Zambia Update

The building construction is coming along.We are now manufacturing bricks, and the steel framework is continuing. In our first day of production of bricks, we produced 680 bricks. Electrical power is now inside the structure that we are using for construction purposes. Below are photos of the construction, bricks and workmen.

The women at the sewing center received sewing kits from Sew On Fire Ministries. Class are held three days a week and many women purchase old machines for their use after completing the course.

We were invited to the home of Ackwall to meet his family and friends. He lives in a moderate block built home and takes pride in providing for his family as a welder when he receives enough contracts for work.

Registration for intensive has begun and I have the privilege of giving out the sponsorship for students for the next term. Many can not continue bible college with out this sponsorship for which they work through the term either in the kitchen, library or construction.

Many students and staff have had malaria lately. Mary's 15 year old daughter that we prayed for is recovering at home after having a tumor on her head removed. She is doing well. Beauty's son also spent time in the hospital, 10 months old, with diarrhea and vomiting  He too is recovering. Both these ladies work in the office. This often brings the office staff down to one person or two and sometimes that is me(Doris). These are regular occurance. Even one of our friends ( missionary) just got malaria. Please continue to pray for the health and finances of the people at the College and in Zambia.

Here are some photos. Blessings Norm and Doris Tretter