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Redmann photoKurt Redmann

March 25, 1935 – December 9, 2014

The family of Rev. Kurt Redmann would like to announce that on December 9, 2014 the Lord reached down and ushered Kurt into his eternal reward in heaven.

Kurt is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Gudrun (Behm), his daughter Angelica Jeske (Harold), sons Randy (Carla), and Marvin (Tracy), his grandchildren Nathan (Kelly) Jeske, Aaron (Stevie) Jeske, Symone, Janelle, Marcus, Lucas and Christopher, and great granddaughter Ava. Also his brothers and sister in law in Canada Walter (Alice) and Hans, and in Germany Willi, Horst and brother in law Walter, with numerous nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents and sisters Elli (Paul) Drachenberg, Hanna Blauth, (Agnes) Redmann and Ruth (Werner) Schilling.

On March 25th, 1935, Kurt was born as the seventh of eight children to Julius and Adele Redmann (nee Zittlau) in Neudamm, Mark Brandenburg, Germany. Kurts parents were professing Christians, his father preaching and leading church services at their farm home. Because of their Christian faith, the parents were persecuted and punished, and the children beaten by their school teachers.

When Kurt was 10 years old, his father died of typhoid in a refugee camp. The family lost their farm and all belongings. Going house to house begging for a piece of bread, Kurt along with a brother and a sister were given to a farmer to work for their food.

In 1950 Kurt, along with his mother and siblings, escaped from the communist regime of East Germany to Hamburg, West Germany. Here they attended the large Pentecostal church and at age 16 Kurt accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour, then helping in Sunday school, youth group, choir and band. Soon after committing his life to Jesus, Kurt sensed the call to full time ministry. It was at church he met his dear wife Gudrun, nee Behm, who also was active in the many areas of the church. Kurt and Gudrun married on December 8th, 1957, and celebrated God’s faithfulness on their 57th anniversary - the day before Kurt’s passing.

In 1959, they immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada, where Kurt started a painting business and they became members of Immanuel Pentecostal Church.

In 1960, their daughter Angelica was born and in 1965 their son Randy. Since coming to Canada, Kurt and Gudrun with their two children had been enjoying a comfortable lifestyle.

In 1967, Kurt with his wife were obedient to the call of God for their lives and after closing up his business, returned to Germany to study at the Beroea Theological Seminary close to Frankfurt, after which he committed to serve the Lord overseas, following the open doors to Brazil in 1970. As it says in Jeremiah Chapter 7, verse 23: ‘...Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in all the ways I command you, that it may go well with you.’

Kurt and Gudrun served since 1970 for 25 years in Brazil, with the national Assembleia de Deus (Assemblies of God). They began a pioneer work inland of the most southern state, starting with church planting. Then on June 27, 1971 in an old abandoned wooden hospital, Home of the Good Shepherd was established, where the first 9 boys found a home and where on that same date, 16 other persons were baptized in water.

In 1974, prior to their first furlough return to Canada their youngest son Marvin was born in Brazil. During their furlough return to Canada in 1976, Kurt received the Pastor Certificate of Ordination from the German Branch of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.

After their first furlough return to Brazil, the cornerstone laying for the new children’s home took place in August 1978 with the dedication of the new 7,200 sq ft facility taking place in November 1980, followed by the dedication of the Trade School building four years later in November, 1984. Both of these buildings were funded by the Alberta Government as recommended by the German Branch and the overseas missions department of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.

While the home was caring for orphaned and abandoned boys, the church ministry continued and with the financial support of the German Branch, the main church was built in Boa Vista do Burica in 1982.

In 1986 a house for co-workers was completed in the village of Ivagaci, and in 1987 a church was built in Bom Jardim with a co-workers house completed in 1988. During this time there was also a wooden church built in the rural area of Reuno.

In December 1987, the City Council presented Rev. Kurt and Gudrun Redmann with the keys to the city, giving them Honorary Citizenship in recognition of their work in the religious and social aspects of the Municipality of Boa Vista do Burica.

During Kurt and Gudruns’ years of ministry in Brazil with their family, they had many unique experiences, shaping them for the rest of their lives. One experience was in 1985, while Kurt was on his way to pick up a visiting pastor, when he was shot at close range several times during an attempt to steal his car.

In 1995, Kurt and Gudrun returned to Canada due to changes in health. Kurt continued overseeing the work in Brazil for some time by travelling back and forth once or twice a year.

During his retirement years, Kurt was involved at Immanuel Pentecostal Church in the German Sunday School, mid-week children’s program, prayer meetings and as the part time visitation pastor for four years. He also worked as a handyman for Saras Enterprises.

Kurt so much enjoyed spending time with family and friends in whatever country he happened to be, whether with friends from years ago, someone he met recently or someone he sat beside while having his favorite Costco hot dog and drink. These conversations were sprinkled with the telling of the many experiences of his life and faith, including advice to avoid the pitfalls of life. He was a handyman and a fixer, caring deeply about people, especially those he perceived as downtrodden or in difficult situations, advocating tirelessly and emphatically on their behalf.

Kurts very favorite leisure pastime was fishing... summer or winter, in the northern or southern hemisphere, by rod or net, on several occasions even shooting the ‘big one’. Other close favorites were blueberry and mushroom picking, along with sitting with his bow and arrow in a tree stand waiting for the ‘big’ buck while the birds kept him company.

However, his heart and thoughts remained in Brazil. For 25 years in Brazil, Kurt had relied daily on his Heavenly Father for his personal strength and the means to provide for hundreds of children over the years by planting, fertilizing and harvesting crops with oxen, manufacturing and selling pails and washboards or knitwear, butchering livestock, building and so much more, ...all while also preparing 3 sermons for most every Sunday, doing visitation, pastoring and baptizing new believers. It had been a difficult adjustment returning to Canada. He used to say it was a hard life, but it was a good life!

Kurt enjoyed being busy and lived life to the fullest, never wasting a moment!

In December, 2013 Kurt was diagnosed with stomach cancer. He accepted the Lord’s will for his life, praying: my time is in your hands, but if it’s your will You can also give me extra days. He would comment that he was not afraid of dying since he knew where he was going…Heaven! During the past months, Kurt expressed that his greatest desire, was that all his family and many friends and acquaintances would someday come to join him in Heaven.

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