Gerrit’s parents worked in Malawi for close to 15 years with the Reformed Presbyterian Church. As soon as Timotheos Malawi started in 2011, he was aware of the work that they did, and it was soon after that he became actively involved in trying to raise money in Canada for the foundation. As the work expanded, there was a need for a Canadian expatriate to help run the projects. God put it on their hearts to answer this need in July 2019. They were previously living in, Ontario, Canada. Gerrit was working a management position in a construction company. He felt the call to study in Theology, and started working on a BA in theology. As a result of these studies, they were somewhat prepared for a change of life. Gerrit & Gretchen started dating 2003 and were married on December 17, 2004. They have 8 children (the latest addition May 2020), 14 and under. Gerrit and Gretchen, as well as their 4 oldest children had visited Malawi before. In moving to Malawi, they had to get used to the different culture, and all the positives and negatives of it. Having to be a lot more patient then they have ever needed to be. There are the normal challenges that any family faces, but they are thankful that they do not face anything major. They see God’s hand in this and enjoy being in Malawi.
The Timotheos Foundation in Malawi was founded on June 10, 2011, in response to a request for help from the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Malawi. Mr. Charles Paundedi and Mr. Wim Akster responded to the request, and formed a non-government organization to tackle the poverty, support the communities surrounding the churches and most importantly work with reformed churches to bring the Word of God to local Malawians. Initial support for this organization was provided by the Dutch Timotheos Board. They continue to support the work of Timotheos in Central Malawi while the Canadian Board, formed in 2015, supports the work of Timotheos in Southern Malawi. Most recently the USA has also formed a board and is working to spread awareness in the United States.