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From Ministerial Services

April 20, 2010

This past weekend Bev and I visited the Seattle congregation of the United Church of God and stayed at the home of Denny and LeeAnn Luker.  The Lukers have served the Church for nearly 50 years and have provided inspiration and encouragement to many people in their ministry. The Luker’s have been longtime friends and we have always enjoyed being with one another.

Dennis and LeeAnne Luker

Friday evening we all went out to Bainbridge Island for a Sabbath dinner at the home Brian and Christine Krueger along with a few other families in the area. All three of the Krueger’s children have gone to Ambassador Bible Center  in Cincinnati. Their son is graduating next month.

We attended Seattle Sabbath services which are held in Bellevue. This is our second visit to this area and we are always impressed by the warmth and talent of the people in this congregation. Brian Krueger gave the sermonette titled “Pay it Forward” about not only being a receiver of blessings, but being one who blesses others.  My sermon followed on somewhat  the same theme about service-based Christian leadership. The devastated world we will face when we are resurrected will need rebuilding and care. God is looking for a “millennial corps” that will do the job. It will take a lot of heart and care to rebuild a ruined environment.

Victor & Beverly Kubik with Devanni Partridge, Miss Washington

On Saturday evening many of us attended a benefit fundraiser sponsored by the Seattle downtown Rotary Club for LifeNets. The purpose was to raise money for building a secondary school in Blantyre, Malawi.  This school will have ten classrooms. It will help more children get through the 9th through 12th grades and prepare some for further education. This school will also teach Christian values and become the venue for the United Church of God in Blantyre. The event was attended by Devanni Partridge, Miss Washington, who spoke at the event. More than $10,000 was raised this evening.

May you have a profitable week.

Victor Kubik, Operation Manager, Ministerial Services

April 20, 2010 - Posted by | Home Office |

6 Comments »

  1. Wow! A new secondary school to be constructed there together with Christian instruction – if one desires to be a part of this where do we send our donations to – thank you so much.

    Comment by dwight stanley stewart | April 20, 2010 | Reply

  2. Did the Seattle Rotary Club know before the fund raiser that our Christian values would be taught at this school and that it will be the venue for UCG in the area? Do they know our teachings on the Sabbath and Holy Days? I am curious to know this since the Church (UGCIA) is not a traditional “christian” church as the world views christianity.

    Comment by Jerry Johnsey | April 22, 2010 | Reply

  3. Hello Victor + Beverly,

    greetings from Dresden – Germany and thank you for this report. WE have you both never seen in this wonderful dress. And we dont forget never the inspiering days in Estonia in 2009 with you and the brethren there. We hope, you come some day to us to Dresden for a visit to the former East-Germany.

    With love Rainer + Margit Barth

    Comment by Rainer + Margit Barth | April 22, 2010 | Reply

  4. LifeNets Puget Sound member and President C Brumbaugh is a member of the Skyline Rotary (International Affairs) and put together this function with other members of Rotary. Just because it will have Christian values does not make it a “religious” school. If you go back into history most schools were established (Harvard as an example) as “religious” schools or based upon Christian values.

    The point is that there will be a school available for the children to attend without the burden of tuition (8th grade) is a far as Malawian “free” education goes when it is available.

    For those who would like to be a part of the LifeNets Int’l family: http://www.lifenets.org . LifeNets is a 501(c)(3) charity and contributions are deductible in the USA.

    Comment by Larry Hardison | April 22, 2010 | Reply

  5. In response to Mr. Hardison’s comment. The article stated that the school would “teach” christian values and “become the venue for the United Curch of God in Blantyre”. If this school is to be the venue for the Church in this are, how can it do so if it teaches anything other than the beliefs held by the United Church of God?

    Comment by J. Johnsey | April 23, 2010 | Reply

    • The school will be a private secondary school for the community. Good secondary school education is in short supply. In our curriculum we will provide a class in values. In a country were immorality has led to destruction of many lives through AIDS and other diseases, such instuction is highly desired and we can do a good job.

      The school board will be largely composed of UCG members, some of who are currently teachers. In our architectural planning we are allowing for a meeting hall ot accomodate school forums and church services. The school will be owned by LifeNets Malawi.

      Comment by Victor Kubik | April 25, 2010 | Reply


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