Faith Matters: BR’s Treme teaches Hebrew in area classes

A burning desire to teach and preach God’s word has taken Buz Treme from Baton Rouge to adventures around the world as a missionary and church planter.

“I teach and preach Bible all the time,” says the 65-year-old Treme. “That’s what I’m about.”

Since returning to Baton Rouge 11 years ago, Treme is expanding his teaching and taking it to another level with Hebrew classes.

“I keep telling people that within five years the Hebrew language is going to be offered all over the place,” says Treme, the pastor of the nondenominational King’s Harvest Fellowship church in Walker. “It is something that God is doing because of his concern for Israel, and He’s going to get the message to the Gentile church that you are heirs with Israel with the promises God gave them.”

Treme started classes this year at two locations: Tuesday nights at King’s Harvest and Sunday nights at The Dunham School.

“That’s going to be my focus for the next few years,” he says. “From these classes, students will rise up in a few years, and I will have them teaching classes everywhere.”

Treme says he developed a desire for the Hebrew language and Israel long before he was made aware of his Jewish heritage a few years ago.

The two-hour classes are informal with no tests or pressure, just learning the alphabet, vowels and putting words together, Treme says.

“Everyone will learn to read and write the Hebrew scripture at the end of the 16 weeks,” he says, adding, “It’s fun.”

Students include attorneys, doctors and other professionals.

“It’s amazing when you ask them why they’re there and they say, ‘I don’t know. God just laid it my heart,’” he says.

Treme says he approaches the class as he tries to live his life since being born again in 1982.

“I’m not a controlling person,” he says. “I understand the power of the Holy Spirit. He directs and my job is just to try to help people get on the journey and be led by the Spirit.”

Treme, a Navy and Vietnam veteran, felt God leading him to mission work in 1984.

“I had a vision, and the Lord spoke to me and told me to prepare myself to go to the fields and work the harvest,” he says. “And it changed my life forever. I began running circles trying to figure out what that meant and how to fulfill that calling.”

Treme joined the mission school at his church, Bethany World Prayer Center. And through Bethany in 1988, Treme, his wife, Lorayne, and their kids embarked on a mission journey to Germany.

“We gave up our home, sold everything we owned and set out for Germany with two suitcases each. Never been there. I just did what God said,” he says.

Treme spent five years in Germany, helping plant a church and ministering in several other Eastern Bloc countries before returning to Louisiana.

Treme says his life in ministry has been marked by the kind of adventures “that only the Lord could have provided.”

“I’ve had great an adventurous life. Got to see lots of miracles,” he says. “There’s no doubt about that.”

Treme sees his Hebrews classes as just another part of his calling.

“To fulfill my calling is to pour myself into the lives of others with the influence he has given to the best of my ability,” he says.

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‘Women of Glory’

National recording artist and minister Kim Burrell will be only part of the celebration of women on Sunday at Gloryland Baptist Church.

The annual Women’s Day Service is set for 9 a.m. at the church, 6745 Greenwell Springs Road.

In addition to Burrell who will provide the message, the service will also include a 100-voice women’s choir and the installation of five deaconess.

“We wanted to celebrate the women of our church and make sure it was a joyous occasion and a memorable occasion,” says Rodney Coates, the church’s administrator. “We wanted to make it memorable for (the five new deaconess) as well as the women of the congregation, to let them know how grateful we are for the things they do throughout the year, not only for the church but for the community as a whole.”

The theme is “Women of Glory Walking Together in Supernatual Love” taken from Ruth 1:16-17.

Burrell is pastor of Love and Liberty Fellowship Church in Houston, a church she founded in 2010.

She has been a Grammy Award nominee and winner of the Stellar and Dove Awards. She started preaching at age 16.

Burrell has been on BET’s “Celebration of Gospel,” “The Bobby Jones Gospel Show” and has been the artist mentor on “Sunday Best.”

Call (225) 356-0577.

Telling sacred stories

Dianne Hanley has a story — or several stories — to tell.

Hanley, executive director of the St. Joseph Spirituality Center and a professional storyteller, will be sharing her longtime gift during a storytelling retreat set for 9 a.m. to noon March 22 at the St. Joseph’s Academy Mother Alice Hall, 3080 Kleinert Ave.

“I will take scripture passages, and I will read the passages and then I will tell a story that will help to expand on the idea that is put forth in the scripture, using stories — kind of like Jesus did with parables — to explain the point that Jesus was making in the scripture,” says Hanely, who has a master’s degree in pastoral studies with a focus in spirituality from Loyola University.

The retreat, which will also include quiet reflection time, will be the first Hanley will lead in her 1½ years as director of the center.

“I’m a little nervous,” she says, “but excited.”

Hanley will help with questions, such as: What new perspectives does God have in mind for us; and which old understandings do we need to leave behind? How are we called to respond to others when we recognize that we and all others are made in God’s image? How is our connectedness made manifest in the world and by our actions?

Cost for the event is $40. To register, (225) 383-3349 or go to go stjocenter.org.

Faith Matters runs every other Saturday in The Advocate. Terry Robinson can be reached at (225) 388-0238 or email trobinson@theadvocate.com