Victor Kubik Gives Ministerial Update
January 24, 2011
[Excerpts from a letter sent to the United Church of God ministry by Victor Kubik on January 21.]
Visit to Southern Africa
I have been in South Africa, Malawi and Zambia, where I have been speaking to ministers and members concerning the current events in the Church. While we are disheartened that many elders in this region have decided to leave the United Church of God, many members want a pastor and wish to remain with us, and so we are committed to providing that support.
I have spent many hours in Malawi talking with the leadership and members there. While the elder in Malawi has resigned, the brethren do not want another church organization. They want what they have seen and known in the United Church of God. The vast majority will stay together in UCG.
My answers here have been to give first-hand testimony to the issues and concerns. Questions come mostly from the Internet and from distorted conflicting reports, often second- and third-hand.
Work at the Home Office
During some of the time of my visit to Africa, Roy Holladay came to the home office to shore up our work in Ministerial and Member Services (MMS). I want to thank both him and Gary Antion for working very hard and making so many phone calls late into the night to effectively serve our ministry and brethren. We’ve all been very encouraged by the e-mails, text messages and phone calls from you that lift our spirits and help us go on.
On Wednesday evening we held a Council of Elders teleconference during which we discussed many manpower changes. I have appreciated the team effort of the administration working with the Council to fill vacancies by relocating ministers, hiring needed pastors and realigning some of the church circuits. Again, we thank all our elders who have stepped up to volunteer and make certain that our brethren have access to a minister.
Youth Camps and Feast of Tabernacles
We are on top of our United Youth Camps program. Steve Nutzman will be national coordinator and we are working to staff all our camp venues. Announcements to the church about youth summer camps will start coming in February.
We are also planning for the Feast of Tabernacles. Yesterday, we held a teleconference to plan domestic Festival locations and to suggest some new coordinators. Roy Holladay, who is responsible from MMS to oversee our festivals, will hold meetings to talk about some of this year’s challenges.
We are all looking forward to the special conference to be held in Cincinnati in a little over a week. We feel it’s very important to assemble to discuss how we’re going to move on in fulfilling our ministry. One key feature of the conference will be to form breakout groups for the three U.S. regions and the international area to discuss staffing and care of areas that have had shortages. We really appreciate the initiative and cooperation of our elders to work in ensuring the needs of our members are met.
From the time I started writing this newsletter to now, I have gone through a personal trauma with an accident in Zambia on January14. As I was leaving the hotel for the airport for my flight to Johannesburg, South Africa, I slipped on wet tile and fell backwards hard onto a bench in my room. At the time I didn’t know it, but I broke two ribs. I went ahead to the airport and flew to South Africa, but when I arrived there, I asked to go to a hospital. That’s where I found out about the broken ribs.
By the next day, one lung began filling with fluid and partially collapsed. I was placed into Intensive Care for four days. It has been an ordeal, but I’m getting through it. I have had to delay my return back to the United States for ten days because of the damage to my lung. I asked my dear wife Bev to fly here and she is helping me with my recuperation. I have more details about this on my prayer page at http://kubik.org/prayer/kubik.htm. Thank you so much for your prayers.
We will keep information flowing to you.
In Christ’s service,
Victor Kubik—Operation Manager, Ministerial and Member Services