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  • March 11, 2018

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  • TravelArk Blog Africa March/April 2018 February 28, 2018
    From March 19, 2018 through April 17, Beverly and I will visit three African countries where we feel near and dear to the people.   We have worked there in various ways through the United Church of God and in humanitarian terms through LifeNets.

    We will visit South Africa, Malawi and Zambia.  We have people, projects and buildings on the agenda.  I will have an up to day TravelArk blog posted at

    http://v2.travelark.org/travel-blog/victorkubik/23

    You can also see our dynamic calendar of stops and activities at

    http://www.kubik.org/africa2018

    Our stops will include

    1. Johannesburg/Pretoria, South Africa
    2. Blantyre, Malawi
    3. Lilongwe, Malawi
    4. Lusaka, Zambia
    5. Kitwe, Zambia
    6. Mufulira, Zambia
    7. Solwezi, Zambia
    8. Mufumbwe, Zambia
    9. Cape Town, South Africa.

    More info coming!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    http://kubik.org/africa2018/

     

  • Visit with John D. Cooke, former vice-president of McDonald’s Corporation May 5, 2018

    December 3, 1997

    On Wednesday, December 3, 1997 Jim O’Brien, pastor of UCG Cincinnati North and Lexington, KY congregations and I visited with former McDonald’s vice-president and ombudsman, Mr. John D. Cooke. We were guests at his home in Galena, Illinois where he and his wife Marge have retired. Jim O’Brien has been a friend of Mr. Cooke for many years, going back to the time when they both lived in Paducah, Kentucky.

    Our discussions were most enlightening as we discussed organizational and management philosophy.

    Here is some advice that Mr. Cooke had given us.

    Speaking about boards working with CEO’s, he stated that the most successful corporations have strong CEO’s working with a strong board where there is a lot of interaction. He said it was very important for every board member to know the company’s by-laws forwards and backwards. The duty of board members is to make the company successful. In meetings board members need to speak up. Silence means assent.


    UCG pastor Jim O’Brien with John D. Cooke


    Victor Kubik and John D. Cooke

    John Cooke strongly recommended that a new organization like the United Church of God be focused on educating future ministers and make that a priority. In working with McDonald’s, he said it was very important for the all those who worked for McDonald’s to uphold the identity and image of McDonald’s whether it was in the United States, Asia or Europe or wherever.

    He said it was important for board members to develop proper alliances among themselves to get business accomplished.

    Jim O’Brien and I found our talk with Mr. John Cooke most enlightening. While ...

  • Why Did You Leave? May 2, 2018 Why Did You Leave?
  • A ride up the M1 in Malawi March 28, 2018 March 29, 2018
    Beverly and I traveled by AXA bus from Blantyre to the capital Lilongwe, Malawi on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.  All these scenes and slices of Malawi life were taken from the bus. 

    It was an unusually clear and beautiful day and I’m glad to share these photos with you in slide show mode.

    Tap on the photos to see the slide show!

     

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  • My visit to where I was born in Germany March 18, 2018
    In 1985 I wanted to visit refugee camp Lyssenko in Hannover, Germany camp where my parents lived from 1945-1949.  I was born there in October 1947.  From other Ukrainian families who were from the same camp as my parents at camp Lyssenko I got the address and the exact location where my parents lived.  Camp Lyssenko was in the northern part of Hannover, north of the city center.
    So, Bev and I and my son Michael along with friends Don and Colleen Erickson traveled to this city in 1985.  We had earlier driven through France, Czechoslovakia, Poland and East Germany.

    These were still in the days when East Germany was under Soviet domination and security was tight.  During the way my parents lived in Magdeburg, which is situated between Berlin and Hannover.  They escaped from the Russians after the war and found themselves in the British zone, in Hannover.  They found their way to the United Nations Refugee camp right here where the pictures are taken.

    This facility when we visited was a training center for border police.  I walked into the camp and told them that I was an infant here, from where my parents and I sailed to the United States in July 1979.

    The personnel at the academy for police were very congenial and took me right to the address I had for where my parents lived.  The place has obviously been greatly remodeled and improved. It was a very interesting experience to see this place where I lived when little.  I am so thankful ...

  • March 17, 2018 Prophetic Times: Space Wars looming? March 16, 2018

      

  • “Wild Geese Calling” by Anne Elliott March 13, 2018
    As I sat on my porch in the cool of the day
    I heard wild geese calling,
    High in the air, with the wind in their wings,
    Their echoing voices falling.

    Onward they came, a triumphant band,
    Each bird fulfilling its role,
    Each wingstroke uplifting those flying behind,
    Each joy-cry encouraging the whole.

    And then they were gone, like a dream in the night,
    Surging onward, a new world to find;
    But their ringing call kept sounding in my ear,
    A soft echoing voice in my mind.

    As my heart swelled within at their plaintive refrain
    My soul seemed to whisper a thought-
    We, too, have left our world behind,
    And a new world of hope we have sought;

    Together we’re traveling onward, too,
    And our journey’s end is near.
    Like those geese, I mused to myself,
    Our leader’s voice we hear.

    “Come to me, unite with me,
    Love me, as I love you;
    Help me to finish my master-work
    To build the world anew.”

    We’ve heard the call, we’re on our way,
    The race is nearly run.
    Keep the pace, maintain your place,
    The battle’s almost won!

    With the blast of a trumpet and an angel’s loud call,
    We’ll fly on the wings of the wind
    To the arms of our Savior in the clouds,
    And we’ll never be earthbound again!

    Have you ever heard wild geese calling?
    Does your soul, also, for a new home cry?
    Do you envision a grand new world,
    And you there by your Maker’s side?

    Then look upward and look onward,
    Let God’s Life-book show the way;
    Let His spirit lift and lead you
    From this war-torn world away.

    To a ...

  • Former Ambassador College Pasadena on March 8, 2018 March 9, 2018
    Along with few friends about sunset time, I quickly walked over the Pasadena campus of Ambassador College where I went to school from 1966-1968. Some of the stately buildings are there, others are torn down making way for residential condos. Some of you find this slide show of interest.

    Click or tap on photo below to step through slide show.

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  • Final Visit to Pasadena Ambassador College Campus in 2013 March 4, 2018 Final Visit to Pasadena Ambassador College Campus in 2013
  • Chile-Argentina Visit January 2018 March 4, 2018 Chile-Argentina Visit January 2018
  • Feb 24, 2018 Prophetic Times: Fake holocaust, Space Wars, Yellowstone eruption? February 23, 2018

      

  • Feb 17, 2018 Prophetic Times – FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTINGS. Commentary and more February 16, 2018

    Greetings from Phoenix,

     
    This week a Florida high school has dominated the news with  a 19 year old gunman who killed 17 people.  Authorities have said he had mental problems.  Authorities also said he had been traumatized by the death of his mother of the flu.  
    One police officer said he had posted messages with focus on firearms in social media which should have been a red flag of concern.  I’m sure much more will come out as they investigate this case.
     
    We do sincerely mourn with and pray for the families who have suffered this awful loss. They were robbed of the experiences they could have had with their loved ones in the years ahead. 
     
    There is something tragically wrong with our families in this country.  Our society is a fault because it is the crazy place which contributes to the kind of mind in which a person doesn’t think anything of killing another human being.  It seems every few months someone else goes on a killing spree either in an American school or some other venue.
     
    The problem must relate to what is being learned.  Obviously, some of our youth are learning things which cause them to have radical violent tendencies.  It is what is going into the minds of developing youth which ultimately produces a killer.  
     
    A terrible family life plus a wide variety of things in society, such as violence oriented music, video movies and games which has glamorize killing, or even satanic cult ideas affecting the mind, could produce a mind which could turn violent.  If someone has mental issues on top of these things being pumped into the mind, ...
  • Feb 10, 2018 Prophetic Times – Brexit fallout, EU realigning, China sending 300,000 troops towards N. Korea…. February 9, 2018
    Greetings from Phoenix,

    With Brexit the European Union seemed doomed, but the EU is expanding in the an area long neglected by the West.  The EU’s wavering political commitment to future membership of the six Balkan countries has caused many people in the region to lose hope.  The EU strategy aims to turn the tide and push the region towards EU membership and deep transformation.

    The EU is offering Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia membership in the union by 2025.  Other nations are under consideration in an EU expansion.  It seems the European Union is morphing as Britain seeks to exit the EU.  
     
    There is an article concerning the Balkan states in this issue of the Prophetic Times.  The beast power is morphing and expanding with Germany taking the lead.
     
    Attached is the PT.  Please have a wonderful Sabbath!
     
    Kind regards,

    Jim Tuck

  • Bradfords on Vanuatu December 2017 February 7, 2018
    I always enjoy reading reports like this and wanted to share this Facebook Messenger message to me from Jenny.
     
    From Jenny Bradford, wife of pastor Bill Bradford in Brisbane, Australia:       

                                 

    December 21, 2017

    Hi Vic and Bev,

    These are some photos from our trip tp Vanuatu last Sabbath. We were there 5 days. Just 3 hour flight. The first photo is going out to the village where a number of members live and where they kept the Feast of Tabernacles. The second and third photos are the transport in a 4 wheel drive, with Bill in the back with Ruben and his wife and children. 4 th photo is with Bill and two couples he just married. We find out many just star and live together without a marriage, so Bill was surprised when they ask him to marry the with God’s blessing on Sunday. The two couples with the flowers on had just formalised their marriage. I think we will have more next time we go. Last photo is Church on the Sabbath. We had around 30 adults and 15 children that I counted as best I could. They wander in and out come and go. The area and villages reminded me of how you describe your trips to Africa.

    Love,
    Jenny 
     
  • Feb 3, 2018 Prophetic Times – North Korea standoff, Antisemitism in France, Drought and more… February 2, 2018

    Dangerous civilization-ending games with North Korea and the world.  Antisemitism in France, Drought in South Africa.

  • Knit Hats From Prison January 17, 2018

    At the home office in Cincinnati we received a box of knit caps, shawls and a blanket. They were knit by Jeff Bertrand  who is incarcerated in Caldwell, Ohio.  He writes this:

    “In past years I’ve donated hats that I’ve made, but I’ve learned how to do more than hats, so now I’m sending you a baby blanket, some hats  purses and clothing. So, here’s a variety of items.  Hopefully, they can be of use somewhere in the world.”

    These items will be sent to Africa through Good Works.  We are very grateful for what Jeff has done.  He hopes to be released in this year.

    If you would like to write to him, his address is:

    Jeff Bertrand #611173
    15708 McConnelsville Rd.
    Caldwell, OH 43724

  • Malawi: Brennan and Michala Hilgen with NEW blog January 15, 2018

    Great blog from our Malawi Project leaders Brennan and Michala Hilgen who are starting their second year of service in Malawi.

  • Article about Colin Kubik in Ukrainian Publication January 15, 2018

    I received this very interesting article in a Ukrainian publication from my nephew Colin. Don’t have any more information at this point.  Received it December 2, 2017. 

    Vic

    COLIN KUBIK: “THANK YOU TO TELL A LANGUAGE, AND THAT I DO NOT USE”

    In 1969, American psychologists Stanley Millgraem and Fzeffrey Trevers advanced the theory of “six handshakes”. Their proposed hypothesis was that each person is indirectly familiar with any other inhabitant of the planet through a short chain of common acquaintances. On average, this chain consists of six people. At the same time, it was easier to refute this theory than to confirm, but today, thanks to social networks, all the doubts disappear that we are familiar with anyone through the six handshakes. This theory confirms that all people on earth, if not a family, are good friends.

    In pre-war years, a sixteen-year-old girl from Kharkiv was taken to Germany. They took their children from each family in their village. She went to the so-called “Ostarbeiter” to Germany for voluntary compulsory labor. “Employers” promised that after half a year the girl would return, but this opportunity appeared only after the war.  The same fate came from a boy from Ternopil region, who voluntarily went to work in Germany.

    There, these two people got to know each other, and got married there. They were released after the war and they wanted to return home, but the boy’s father wrote to them a letter in which he called for no return to his native Ukraine. He talked about a big danger. As soon as they returned, they would immediately have been declared spies and traitors of the ...

  • Jan 13, 2018 Prophetic Times – Iran, North Korea and usual suspects January 12, 2018

    This week’s first new 2018 post from Jim Tuck. Iran, North Korea, Philippines, Israel and more….

  • Until Forever January 8, 2018

    Bev and I came across Faith-based movie Until Forever.  We were looking for a movie that was a true story and found this on Amazon Prime for free.  We almost passed over it, but sure glad we didn’t!    

    Until Forever:  The story of Michael Boyum and Michelle  is a love narrative of a couple falling in love and looking forward to a life together.  But, before their wedding, he is diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia and his journey of faith in facing the tough questions of life for him and those close to him in the midst of this suffering.  The movie is thought-provoking and does not leave you dry-eyed.  The story is set in Inver Grove Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.  This is a movie worth watching in the wasteland of movie entertainment. 

    Here is how the movie is described: 

    Until Forever is a powerful account of one young man’s courageous battle with cancer and his spiritual journey throughout the ordeal. Based on the true story of Michael and Michelle Boyum, Until Forever illustrates the strength of faith in the midst of the unknown.

    A more detailed description is at http://www.farmingtonindependent.com/entertainment/3950285-story-her-life-sort

    Starring: Stephen Anthony Bailey, Madison Lawlor Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes
    Available to watch on supported devices.

    https://youtu.be/KJgrKKBzPno

  • December 2017 South Africa Family Camp and ABC January 5, 2018

    United Youth Camp and Ambassador Bible College Sampler, South Africa: 24 to 31 December 2017
    Following on from the success of the UYC Camp held in 2016 the 2017 camp was planned. The 2016 camp combined pre-teens and teens into one camp allowing parents of pre-teens to attend with their young children. This also raised the idea of an Ambassador Bible College Sampler being done in conjunction with the 2017 camp. Allowing the parents to be occupied during camp activities as well as any other adult members wishing to attend.

  • Prophetic Times December 30, 2017 Jim Tuck December 29, 2017
    Greetings from Phoenix, 
     
     
    We are set to begin a new year as the international climate among nations is tense, and we wonder what this portends.  Some predict the United States economy will boom in 2018 and tank in 2019. Others have warned of imminent war in the Mideast.  

     
    Only time will tell, but the Bible admonishes in I Thes. 5:1-5,  “But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.” 
     
    Those who are part of the darkness of this world either know nothing of the Bible or they don’t care. Many are so caught up in their own lives they do not take time to give a thought to the really important questions of their own salvation.  
     
  • Argentina Sabbatarians – former and upcoming visit December 29, 2017

    In the autumn of 1996 Ivan Yurishko, my friend from Khust in western Ukraine, a Sabbath-keeper, visited Misiones, Argentina to Sabbath-keepers, many of Ukrainian origin.  I had met with some of these people in Uruguay in 1993 and 1994.  Ivan brought Oleh Pavliy with him, who was the son of Sabbath leader Ivan Pavliy from Rokosovo, Ukraine.  Here are photos from his 1996 visit.  

    I will be visiting in this area in late January 2018 with Mario Seiglie and our wives and hope to find some of these people again.  I will report on this after we visit.

    — Victor Kubik

    Pastor Visits Sabbatarians in Uruguay and Ukraine

    From Worldwide News article August 9, 1994

                My wife, Bev, and I returned ...

  • Prophetic Times December 23, 2017 Jim Tuck December 22, 2017
    Greetings from Phoenix, 
     
     
    Increasingly, the United States is standing alone in our decisions among the nations, and an example of this is the move of Israel’s capital from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.   The U.N. recently voted unanimously to disavow U.S. President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  Of course, this will make little difference to the United States foreign policy, but even our allies did not back the United States.  

     
    Some 128 countries voted for the resolution, while nine voted “no,” and 35 nations abstained, including Canada, Mexico and Australia.  Nikki Haley, the U.S. UN Ambassador, openly stated that this vote would not be forgotten, meaning that financial aid given would be possibly pulled.
     
    Israel and Jerusalem stand alone, and the virtually the whole world is opposed to this tiny little nation.  Regular threats are hurled at Israel on a daily basis, and armies surround her poised to wipe it off the face of the earth.  The Bible warned when this day would come in the book of Zechariah.  
     
    Zech 12: 1- 3 “The burden of the word of the Lord against Israel. Thus says the Lord, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him: “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and JerusalemAnd it shall happen in that day that I ...
  • BBC Documentary about the history of the King James Bible December 16, 2017

    This is an excellent BBC documentary about the history of the King James Bible.  An amazing translation and the work that went into it and the way it was done by the King of England.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CCevwHUIOU

  • Prophetic Times December 16, 2017 Jim Tuck December 15, 2017
    Greetings from Phoenix,
     
    It is a good idea to look at Turkey’s position regarding the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.  They are lining up with Russia and moving away from the United States.  Much in scripture about the end time role of Turkey in prophecy. 

    Jim Tuck
  • Prophetic Times December 9, 2017 Jim Tuck December 8, 2017
    Greetings from Phoenix,
     
     
    The news the week primarily focuses on the scandals of politicians Hollywood actors, and corporate leaders, but there is a real crisis brewing all over the world.  If something were to break out most people be shocked and totally unaware.  
     
    We are not unaware even as the Apostle Paul wrote in I Thes. 5:3 -6, For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.”

     
    I know there are many distractions in this world, but we need to keep alert to the times we are entering.  Right now the nations are sparring and dancing around the ring like boxers waiting for the first punch to be thrown, and when that happens the fight will begin.
     
    Attached is the news for this week.  Have a wonderful Sabbath!
     
    Kind regards,
    Jim Tuck
  • Archive of Don Ward’s “World News and Prophecy” Radio Program from the 2000’s December 2, 2017 Archive of Don Ward's "World News and Prophecy" Radio Program from the 2000's
  • Prophetic Times December 2, 2017 from Jim Tuck December 1, 2017
    Greetings from Phoenix,
     
    The dominant topic in the media has been sexual harassment in the workplace chiefly in Hollywood and Washington D.C.

    with women coming forward to name their abusers. In the private sector company heads have been forced to resign or have been fired, but in politics, this is not the case.  This ties into the words Isaiah was inspired by God to write anciently: 

    “Alas, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a brood of evil doers, children who are corrupters!  They have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked to anger the Holy One of Israel, they have turned away backward. why should you be stricken again?  You will revolt more and more.  The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints.  From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores;  they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment.”  (Isa. 1:4-8)
    The headlines of today’s news focus on the immorality of the heads of corporations and the leaders of the country who occupy elected office.   It wasn’t long ago a massive sex scandal surrounded Catholic priests across the country. 

    Opiod/Heroin Epidemic in Southern Ohio November 25, 2017

    At our October 17, 2017, Batavia, OH Rotary meeting Newtown Police Chief Tom Synan who is also the co-chairman of the Hamilton County Opiate Task Force was our guest speaker. He spoke about the heroin epidemic in Southwest Ohio.  It was an eye-opening presentation about a serious drug problem killing at an accelerating rate right here where we live. 

    It gets worse than heroin, however.  Synthetic substitutes that are many times more power and becoming lethal making this the dreaded problem it is.  Southwestern Ohio is one of the worst areas for this problem. Synthetic phenetol is 50 times more powerful than heroin.  Opioids goes to the brain stem and rewires it.  Takes a long time to recover….one to three years.

    Opiods are bought by users on the Internet and sent by US mail.  While legislation is being enacted to inspect suspect packages, but right now this is a primary way of delivery.

    Opioid overdose is now the number one cause of accidental death and more are dying of this and in car accidents in this country.  Last year 64,000 people died. President Trump has called this a national health emergency.

    Doctors are partly responsible as the drug manufacturers are the gateway to people become addicted.  75% of people becoming addicted started out with prescription meds.   People are in pain, insurance pays for the drugs.  Drug companies make them and doctors prescribe them. People want instant relief through a pill from physical and mental discomfort.

    The primary user group is white males 27-50, although it is used by those of ages 12-70.  All strata of society is affected  — from professionals to the working class.  Causes of addiction are ...

  • de Campos / Kubik Visit to Panama and Brazil Nov. 15-22, 2017 November 13, 2017 de Campos / Kubik Visit to Panama and Brazil Nov. 15-22, 2017
  • Prophetic Times November 11, 2017 November 10, 2017
    This week United States President Trump is visiting with Chinese President Xi, and both are trying to present a united front as they hash out differences over trade and the growing problem of  North Korea.  
     
    North Korea is one of several nations which holds the potential of sparking the next world war.  North Korea will no doubt by a part of the great eastern hordes which will play a large role in the coming end time conflict. (Dan 11:44, Rev 9:16)
     
    It would stand to reason with the huge numbers of China (1.3 billion) that they would be included in hordes who will be involved in the war in the final conflict prior to the return of Jesus Christ.  China currently is indeed stepping up the development of military power and striving to assert itself as a power in the Southeast Asian theater.
     
    Another area to watch centers around Iran and Saudi Arabia as there is an expectation there will be a major conflict soon.   Some are predicting a bloody war.  If Iran was able to bring down the Saudi regime Iran, Syria, Hamas, and others would be emboldened to attack Israel.  
     
    Any war between the Saudis and Iran could be a catalyst for the formation of the King of the South which will play heavily into the scenario foretold by the prophet Daniel.
     
    We don’t know exactly how prophecy will unfold,  but, as we get closer to the end of the age, we will be able to see which way events ...
  • Fred Kellers Tribute November 6, 2017

    Fred Kellers is leaving for New Zealand this week of November 6, 2017 to help Dan Porteous who is recovering from an illness.

  • Stopping by in Salem, Oregon on October 21, 2017 November 4, 2017

    On October 21, 2017, I spent the day with Ben Light going to church in Eugene and Salem, Oregon.  On the way down, we stopped by a church Herbert W. Armstrong preached in long ago on the corner of   17th and Chemeketa.  Reference to this is made on page 507 of the Autobiography,  Volume 1. 

    I was visiting the area in the aftermath of pastor, John Cafourek’s death October on 12th. 

  • Poll from sermon on 8th Day by Victor Kubik October 12, 2017

  • A Day of Salvation October 2, 2017

    Betty Randle from Eden Prairie, MN, who our family has known for 50 years just sent me this poem.  She wrote it for the arts and crafts exhibit at the Wisconsin Dells Festival site next week.  She says she writes poems like this most every year and I wanted to share it with you. 

    Oh Israel!! How I cried for you!
    Was Beloved of God….It’s true
    But forsook His law and turned their back
    On righteousness and drifted off the track
    His called-out ones became “the Bride”
    Awaiting His return…took their trials in stride
    Depending on and trusting all
    To the Great God …on Him they did call
    Loved by God who granted them favor
    Hated by the world…..as was their Savior
    Shunned and banished, O children of love
    Unworthy, as inhabitants ….like a little turtle dove
    Their Mighty God has spread His wings
    A covert …he protects and delivers…with hope He brings
    With the Angels shout!! The heaven rings
    To the sound of trumpets…Comes the King of Kings
    A welcomed sight- for creation in trouble
    Crying out in destruction and rubble
    The danger is o’er. The King has returned
    Many now rewarded….for Him they have yearned
    To serve them….their Savior, faithful and true
    Restoring the earth …in all things they do
    Wiping the tears from their eyes and heal
    The broken hearts and spirits. The truth He’ll reveal
    The eyes of the blind will see
    The ears unstopped and captives set free
    Israel delivered….to its realm of majesty
    He will rule with righteousness and end
    Wars, famine, sickness, poverty and send
    His Saviors to come and teach His ...

  • Coleman and Heather Gidcumb September 26, 2017

    Bev and I are very happy for our niece Heather Kubik and Coleman Gidcumb who were married on September 22, 2017 in High Country Orchard in Colbert (Spokane area), Washington. Seeing Heather marry into such a fine family was very joyful for us to experience.  Both hold upright values and their marriage will be a success.

    Heather’s cousins

    Heather and Coleman

    It as a little over 30 years ago that Bev and I were in Washington for the marriage of Heather’s parents Eugene and Sherry Kubik. How quickly those three decades have passed, but how well we remember that joyous moment as well.

    It was so good to be with my siblings as well as the nieces and nephews to see everyone together.

    However, there is sadness that these moments could not have been experienced with our parents. Our father Igor died 50 years ago and mother Nina 33 years ago.  They were not able to ...

  • Update from the President August 31, 2017 September 1, 2017

    In this update from the president, Victor Kubik gives reports about HARVEY from people on the ground and what we are doing about it.

  • LifeNets, Good Works and the United Church of God August 26, 2017

    At the August 23, 2017 Council of Elders meetings a “review” was done of the long-standing work of LifeNets (1999) and Good Works (2003). This presentation well explains it. More at http://lifenets.org/ucg
    https://youtu.be/_coYbw2EUV0

  • Update from the President August 24, 2017 August 25, 2017

    In this update from the president, Victor Kubik talks about some of the recent Council of Elder meeting highlights, including a vigorous discussion about Good Works and LifeNets.

  • Prophetic Times August 26, 2017 August 25, 2017

    We live in a time when children from an early age are being taught in some nations to hate and kill their enemies. It is a time when threats by rogue nations are made regularly, and the possibility of war is ever-present. The news these days is sometimes scary. More and more people do not want to hear about it, and as a result, the news media is catering to this mentality by providing fluffy nonsense mostly about Hollywood. Of course, we are admonished to watch and be aware.

    But, we have hope when we see the crazy news of these confusing time.  Jesus Christ told His disciples, “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” (Matt. 24:6 )

  • Prophetic Times August 19, 2017 August 18, 2017

    More terrorism being planned, Iran, N. Korea….. 

  • Update from the President August 17, 2017 August 18, 2017

    In this update from the president, Victor Kubik talks about how we benefit from praising God.

  • Update from the President August 10, 2017 August 17, 2017

    In this update from the president, Victor Kubik talks about getting our congregations ready for the Feast of Tabernacles.

  • Prophetic Times August 12, 2017 August 11, 2017

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    The condition of the world continues to heat up in many areas of the world. Central to the concerns now is the rhetoric coming out of the rogue nation of North Korea which is making threats of launching ICBM missiles at the U.S. Territory of Guam. U.S. Military officials believe the N. Koreans have developed nuclear capability and perhaps could mount a weapon on one of their missiles. Naturally, in the event of an attack, the United States must respond to protect the over 150,000 U.S. citizens on Guam.

    President Trump warned North Korea about any such actions and said, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. Mr. Trump told reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., where he is spending much of the month on a working vacation. Ã� They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen and promised “fire and fury” such as the world has never seen.” North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un has threatened to launch against Guam in mid-August, but what will occur is unknown. The United States must practice restraint so as not to escalate the problem. However, if this the N. Korean dictator carries through he could ignite the next world war.

    The United States has had the blessing of being secured by vast oceans making it more difficult for our enemies to attack. Now that missile technology has advanced even in some the poorer nations like North Korea and Iran the ocean barrier is no longer the protection it once was. Missiles can arrive any place in the U.S. ...

  • Days of Creation August 5, 2017

    Jelly and the Days of Creation
    Released August 3, 2017

    WATCH!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1_bhmSTSg4&feature=youtu.be

  • Prophetic Times August 5, 2017 August 4, 2017

    Is the entire world preparing for war? Is the die cast? Who and what can stop it?

  • Update from the President August 3, 2017 August 4, 2017

    In this update from the president, Victor Kubik shares an encouraging message focused on courageously enduring through trials.

  • UCG Australia Streaming Radio July 29, 2017

    Welcome to the brand new online radio station for United Church of God – Australia, now streaming 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Listen to booklet and magazine readings, Bible readings, Bible Q&As, Sermons, Bible class lectures, podcasts, the BT Daily series, and more!

  • Prophetic Times July 29, 2017 July 28, 2017

    The focus of the news is on the Temple mount of Jerusalem, and the issues will likely worsen as the Palestinian Authority continues to stir up trouble. Attached is the Prophetic Times with key news items about the Jerusalem conflict and other hot spots to watch around the world.

  • Update from the President July 27, 2017 July 27, 2017

    In this update from the president, Victor Kubik mentions the Beyond Today recordings in Europe, a visit from UCG Russian language coordinator and translator, Jorge and Kathy de Campos trip to Angola and Australia UCG streaming radio.

  • Update from the President July 20, 2017 July 23, 2017
     
  • Prophetic Times July 22, 2017 July 22, 2017

    Pope speaks of World Government, Iran threatens US bases in the Middle East, North Korea to fire missile from sub

  • My Visit to Mother’s Hometown, U.S.S.R. Plain Truth August 1989 July 13, 2017 My Visit to Mother's Hometown, U.S.S.R. Plain Truth August 1989
  • Update from the President July 6, 2017 July 12, 2017

    Undercover Boss

  • A Poem From and Story About Artur Aleksandrov in Estonia July 7, 2017

    Artur Aleksandrov lives in Tallinn, Estonia.  Bev and I first visited him in January 2009.  I write about this on my TravelArk blog at http://v2.travelark.org/travel-blog-entry/victorkubik/8/1233377700.  He is Russian and speaks excellent English.  He has a heart to help and serve. 

    I also told his story in our Eastern European newsletter http://kubik.org/ucgee/June%2030,%202009/june%2030-09.htm

                                   PDF Version of Poem

    Putting faith in God first — Artur Aleksandrov’s courageous story

    In June 2009 he graduated from high school. But, it was not easy.  He had important exams to take, some of which had to be taken on the Sabbath Day. If not taken, he would not be able to graduate, and worse, be denied admission to further education and look at a bleak future. This did not dissuade Artur.  He put God ...

  • Colombia United Youth Camp 2017 July 3, 2017

    For the third year, the 2017 Colombian United Youth Summer Camp was held at the Hotel San Gil del Campo just outside of the city of San Gil, Santander, Colombia from June 22-27, 2017. This was our fifth consecutive year for camp in Colombia, with a total of 16 campers, 6 staff from Colombia, and 4 staff from the United States–two of which were the Colombian pastor and his wife.  We experienced delightful cooperation, comradery, and unity among the campers and staff.

    This centrally located city makes travel to camp easier and less expensive for all who attended. Hotel San Gil del Campo is a former monastery and affords an absolutely peaceful and tranquil location with vistas of mountains and valleys covered with a variety of green vegetation. The temperature was also very comfortable day and night…no air conditioning was needed or available.

    Parable of the Unjust Steward June 29, 2017

    Intro: Do you have a scripture, or several verses, that are hard to understand?

    Read Luke 16:1-8

    SPS: How are we to understand these verses?

    Background: Book of Luke has passages throughout on money, greed, the poor (Luke 12…beware of covetousness, rich man who built bigger barns, Luke 14….when you have a dinner invite those who can’t repay you…Luke 15 prodigal son)

    Luke 16: 14 The Pharisees were lovers of money

    :1 There was a certain rich man….

    :8 The master commended the servant for being shrewd…meaning wisely, acting prudently, or figuring out a solution -implication is that he also valued this trait, he was not a son of light
    What is Jesus’ comment?
    Jesus does not commend or praise the steward…He does not advocate this type of shrewdness and self-gain but rather our “shrewdness” is shown in faithfulness and the proper use of money.
    The steward resorted to shrewdness because he lacked faithfulness.
    He acted to save himself at the expense of others…you get the sense this was how the Pharisees conducted themselves

    Praising the steward would be in conflict with so many other sayings of Jesus about wealth
    Story is to show the contrast of a bad steward vs. a good steward (Proverbs)
    Good steward – based on faithfulness not on man’s skill or shrewdness
    Showed that shrewdness is the way that the sons of this world operate…does not indicate spirituality but a secular nature
    Pharisees probably liked the start of the story, but not the end.

    :9-:13

    :9 We too are stewards and we are to be good stewards. We are to be faithful in how we use our resources.

    He does not speak against money, but the emphasis ...

  • Vic and Bev Kubik’s Spring 2017 Flowers June 24, 2017

    These are some of the flowers that we have enjoyed during the spring of 2017 at our home and at the Cincinnati Nature Center. Batavia and Cincinnati Ohio 

    Click or tap on photos for slideshow

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  • Myanmar 2017 Pentecost in Taungoo Report June 24, 2017
  • Prophetic Times June 24, 2017 June 23, 2017

    Close Fighter Jet encounters in Baltic, Venezuela, Iran, of course, and more…

  • Update from the President June 22, 2017 June 23, 2017

    Report on Emily Gerhardt in Australia and my comments about daily miracles that should not be overlooked.

  • Update from the President June 15, 2017 June 23, 2017

    Rotary convention in Atlanta and National Geographic’s June 2017 article about Why We Lie

  • Pringle NW Zambia January 2017 Trip June 22, 2017

    January 2017  Zambia North West Trip

    Hello Vic,

    This is a short belated report on a visit Cherry and I took up to Solwezi – Mufumbwe – Manyinga in January 2017.

    We spent the Sabbath at Solwezi. I gave them paint for the inside of the church hall and a sign to be fixed to an outside wall.

    The next day, Sunday we went to Mufumbwe where we had a meeting to discuss various issues. They had no trouble with Army Worm but had a plague of Stalk Borer. I had previously sent them K5,000  ($500) to purchase Knapsack sprayers and insecticide. This they had used to good effect and the scourge had mostly been eradicated. We also inspected the church plot where the foundations were in. I had also previously given them a plan and picture of what type of hall we needed.   I noticed power lines some 200m from our plot. I was told that if we paid K750 ($75) to the electricity department they would bring the line right up to the church building. Fortunately Cherry had grocery money to that amount in her bag which I pirated off her so we could have this done.

    Then I got all sorts of ambitious ideas  I had planned to put an extra room on the back of the church completely fitted out for us to stay for when ...

  • My “New” Blog – various thoughts about various things…. June 22, 2017 My "New" Blog - various thoughts about various things....
  • Vic’s TravelArk (formerly TravelPod) trips June 16, 2017

    http://v2.travelark.org/traveller/victorkubik

  • Prophetic Times – June 17, 2014 June 16, 2017 Prophetic Times - June 17, 2014
  • Personal from the President June 8, 2017 June 9, 2017

    President, Victor Kubik, gives updates on the most recent Holy Day: Pentecost. He talks about his time in Indianapolis for this day and gives a brief update of LifeNets help in the Philippines with scholarships. Later on, Mr. Kubik, goes into detail on when our children are confronted with death and how we need to be the positive influence for our children to talk to in these difficult times. 

  • Prophetic Times June 3, 2017 June 5, 2017

    Isis, Philippines, Trump alienating Europe, North Korea and more.

    Terrorists are operating from the United Kingdom because there is more “freedom.” In this weekly issue of Prophetic Times :Terrorism and the Philippines, North Korea, Trump and Germany.

    http://kubik.org/pt/2017/PT060317.pdf

  • Letter from the President June 2, 2017 June 5, 2017

    I am moved to write a short note to all our congregations to ask your prayers for God’s healing, His grace and His comfort upon many in our midst who are suffering and are dealing with the impact of unexpected, fiery trials.

    https://www.ucg.org/members/news/letter-from-the-president-june-2-2017

  • Death of Mark O. Rorem June 1, 2017

    June 1, 2017

    It is with much sadness that we must announce that United Church of God elder Mark Ohmer Rorem, 69, died early on Wednesday morning, May 31, after battling a previously dormant condition which eroded the lining of his lungs and caused his death.

    He leaves behind his loving wife, Linda, a son, Greg, and two daughters, Jessica and Stephanie, and two grandchildren. All of his children are baptized members of the United Church of God. Jessica is married to James Goss and they have two children. They attend the San Jose, California congregation. Stephanie attends in Oakland, CA, and Greg is presently living and working in China.

    Mark graduated in 1973 from Ambassador University and taught at the college as well. Prior to coming to Ambassador Mark received a BA in economics from Tulane University. After leaving Ambassador he received an MBA from the Southern Methodist University, and he later received a JD degree from University of California, Hastings College.

    He practiced civil litigation and had an office in San Francisco. He was ordained as an elder in the United Church of God September 30, 2000 and served in the San Francisco area.

    He was deeply dedicated to his calling and his ministry and greatly affected the lives ...

  • Personal from the President May 25, 2017 May 26, 2017

    https://www.ucg.org/members/news/update-from-the-president-may-25-2017

    ABC Graduation, Ministerial Education, Pastoral Development Program, ABC Continuing Education and my blog about my parents gratitude to their sponsor for bringing them to the United States from post-WWII Germany.

  • Prophetic Times May 26, 2017

    High points of last week’s world events to watch.  Including Iran, N. Korea and now the Philippines.  Jim Tuck gives this quick summary of items to be aware of.

    Jim Tuck has been producing a weekly newsletter highlighting world events of significance in light of Bible prophecy.  He is United Church of God pastor in Phoenix, Arizona.  

    I’m glad to feature his newsletter on my site at 

    http://kubik.org/pt

    Jim Tuck

    ljt5v053@sbcglobal.net

  • Kubik’s come to America 1949 May 21, 2017

    May 21, 2017

    I have just recently come across a letter that my father Igor wrote on July 18, 1949 to his Minnesota sponsor in the United States. This was the day before he, my mother Nina and I left Germany for the United States. The letter is preserved in the family archives of University of Minnesota professor Dr. Alexander Granovsky. He was the sponsor for our family to leave refugee camp Lyssenko in Hannover and start a new life in the United States.   The role of the sponsor was to invite and guarantee work for the immigrant. After arriving at Ellis Island in New York, my parents took the train to Faribault, Minnesota where my Dad Igor was given a job working at an apple orchard.   The three of us ultimately became naturalized US citizens.   

    When I read this discovered letter, I was deeply moved.  In this brief missive to his sponsor, my father briefly encapsulated hope, gratitude, anxiety and relief from demeaning suffering during seven years of life in Germany from 1942 to 1949.  My parents survived work camps, concentration camps and refugee camps in Magdeburg and Hannover, Germany.  They left Germany forever on July 19, 1949.  I was not yet two years old.

    My father Igor Davidovich Kubik

    Personal from the President May 18, 2017 May 19, 2017

    https://www.ucg.org/members/news/update-from-the-president-may-18-2017

    Ambassador Bible College – Graduation this Sunday.  Teaching the Truth.  New Zealand update. More…

  • Prophetic Times May 13, 2017


    Jim Tuck has been producing a weekly newsletter highlighting world events of significance in light of Bible prophecy.  He is United Church of God pastor in Phoenix, Arizona.

    I’m glad to feature his newsletter on my site at

    http://kubik.org/pt

    Jim Tuck

    ljt5v053@sbcglobal.net

  • Personal from the President May 11, 2017 May 12, 2017

    https://www.ucg.org/members/news/update-from-the-president-may-11-2017

    Summary of the new General Conference of Elders and a preview of the promotions we are doing to our readers about the new ANGELS booklet.

  • Personal from the President May 4, 2017 May 5, 2017

    https://www.ucg.org/members/news/update-from-the-president-may-4-2017

    Today I show the new artwork display at the home office in Cincinnati.
    I discuss the kind of person I would hire right away: Timothy!

  • Personal from the President April 27, 2017 May 2, 2017

    Discussion of three traits of a Disciple.

    https://www.ucg.org/members/news/update-from-the-president-april-27-2017

  • Sing-a-long at Darris/Debbie McNeely’s home May 1, 2017

    Saturday night April 29, the McNeely’s had much of the ABC class over for a social. One of the things we did was have a sing-a-long.

  • 24 Days in Africa March 29 – April 21, 2017 April 20, 2017

    We are leaving South Africa, Malawi, Zambia on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Will be visiting lots of friends, pastors, congregations along the way. Join us on TravelPod and bookmark us

    http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog/victorkubik/20/tpod.html

    http://v2.travelark.org/travel-blog/victorkubik/20

    http://v2.travelark.org/traveller/victorkubik

     

  • LifeNets Business Center March 27, 2017

    We have built a business center facing a main street in Lilongwe, Malawi.  It contains an Internet cafe, copy center, and grocery store.  It is also the location of the LifeNets office for the northern part of Malawi.  

    Take a look at the latest tri-fold brochure.  Financing for this operation was done by LifeNets and will provide employment for about four people.    LifeNets Business Center

  • From a sermon I gave in Los Angeles in spring 1992…. March 25, 2017

    From a sermon I gave in Los Angeles in spring 1992….

    In 1992 I was guest speaker in the Los Angeles congregation. My friend with whom we traveled together from Pasadena took notes, but as his habit was, he took them in the form of spontaneously generated poetry. Just found this among my sermon notes from years gone by and thought you might enjoy this.

    Vic Looks at Passover

  • Featured Links from Vic March 20, 2017

    Two couples are serving in Malawi through in 2017 for a year.  Lewis and Lena VanAusdle  arrived the first part of the year and Brennan and Michala Hilgen in February.  Lewis VanAusdle is pastor of the Lilongwe, Malawi congregation.  Brennan and Michala are volunteer workers helping out with the congregation and with LifeNets projects.


    Lewis


    Lena


    Brennan and Michala

  • Finally Home October 20, 2006

    Finally Home
    Indianapolis, IN

    Indianapolis, IN


  • Home October 20, 2006

    Home
    Washington, DistrictofColumbia

    Washington, DistrictofColumbia


  • Final Day in Africa – Final Thoughts October 19, 2006

    Final Day in Africa – Final Thoughts
    Durban, South Africa

    Durban, South Africa


    In the morning I did a video of Andre van Belkum talking about LifeNets. We want to make a promotional video about our African projects. We had a long breakfast then got our things together to go to the airport and fly back to the United States. It’s been a wonderful trip We feel that we have contributed positively to the Feast of Tabernacles in both Malawi and Zambia and deepened our relationships with so many people in both those countries. I spoke a total of 13 times starting with the Sabbath before the Day of Atonement. It was interesting to perform a wedding in Lilongwe and take part in a funeral in Mumbwa. Visiting our LifeNets projects was essential to ensure their continued success and continuation of the programs. Both Bev and I are ecstatic about this particular trip to Africa that will help us serve the people even better here. After flying back from Johannesburg, we met up with Bill and Cheryl Jahns and Bruce and Phyllis Anderson from Minnesota as well as Herb Teitgen from North Dakota. The Anderson’s and Herb T. are also flying back to the United States, but they are on a flight to New York while we go to Washington D.C. Well, that’s it for this trip. Thanks for following our journey..


  • Final Day and the flight home October 19, 2006

    Final Day and the flight home
    Johannesburg, South Africa

    Johannesburg, South Africa


  • With the van Belkum's in Durban October 18, 2006

    With the van Belkum's in Durban
    Durban, South Africa

    Durban, South Africa


    Today is our last full day in Africa on this trip and we just drove around. I tried to get my email downloaded and some sent from where Neville Smith works, but my laptop just couldn’t get connected to the wireless or the ADSL line. We then drove around Durban and just spent time at their home in afternoon. We had lunch at a garden supply store. Open restaurants in Garden shops are typical here. In the evening the van Belkum’s took us out to dinner at an Italian restaurant.


  • To the van Belkum's October 17, 2006

    To the van Belkum's
    Durban, South Africa

    Durban, South Africa


  • Back to South Africa October 17, 2006

    Back to South Africa
    Johannesburg, South Africa

    Johannesburg, South Africa


  • Last Day in Zambia October 17, 2006

    Last Day in Zambia
    Lusaka, Zambia

    Lusaka, Zambia


    Kambani and Shirley Banda arrived at 5:45 am to take us to the Lusaka airport for our flight to Johannesburg and continuing down to Durban where Andre and Elize van Belkum live. We have gotten very close to the Banda’s and admire their service to the Church people as their minister and his exceptional skill as administrator of the LifeNets projects. He is tough and disciplined, but that is the what it takes to get RESULTS in this part of the world. He doesn’t take excuses and demands that people do their part and holds their feet to the fire. Now after doing this for five years in Mumbwa, we can see outcomes that are quantitative leaps economically from where they had been. In the process they are taught to be more disciplined and to work hard and see the correlation between hard work, good management and prosperity. I thought we were getting to the airport a bit too early, but it took all that time to first pay the airport departure tax of $25 a person, then stand in line for the first security check. Then you check in. Then you go through immigration which took more than half an hour. Then another security check before being put on a bus to go out to the waiting South African Airways Airbus to Joburg and then to Durban where the van Belkum’s live.. It was great to see Andre and Elize again. He has been a special friend of ours the past 15 years – to me if there is any human for being ...

  • Fascinating trip to Mumbwa in the heart of Zambia October 16, 2006

    Fascinating trip to Mumbwa in the heart of Zambia
    Mumbwa, Zambia

    Mumbwa, Zambia


    About 7:00 am Kambani Banda came by to pick us for our trip to Mumbwa. Apren Moomba did not return until 10 pm from taking the first load of about 60 people to their homes in Mumbwa. The trailer carrying the luggage had a flat tire and ruined rim that had to be replaced. He barely made it back to Paray’s Game Park where the Feast of Tabernacles was held. The remaining second group of 60 people had to pitch tents again. Food had to be purchased for feeding them. The Paray’s Game Park is on the way to Mumwa and we stopped to see what’s going on. When we came out there they were all waiting to get on the road for home. It’s now two days after the Feast, but no one is disappointed or deterred. They take things in stride. Apren Moomba has left with the big “van” to Luska with the disassembled meeting building, the tabernacle, that is being stored at Kambani Banda’s home. He will return pick up the people. We load up our pickup trip with as many of their belonging as we can pack up. The van will then have to take all the people and belongings back without the benefit of the trailer. So Kambani Banda, Beverly, Jerrison Shachoongo and I continue on to Mumbwa. We are told that there is a better road that has been graded. It’s a total of about a 100 miles with only 40 miles on dirt road. But when we come to the dirt road, ...

  • Take down and transport after the Feast October 15, 2006

    Take down and transport after the Feast
    Lusaka, Zambia

    Lusaka, Zambia


    At 6:00 am we started working on takedown in dismantling the shelter where we met during the Feast of Tabernacles. The men spent three days putting it up and the takedown was to take a good part of the day. I helped out with taking nails out of the wall supports. Every nail I took out was saved…it will be straightened and used next year as the shelter is set up again. Nails are expensive. We rolled up the home-made bamboo mats there were used for flooring and for the walls. The crew moved quickly and aptly under the direction of Haben Moonga, a hard-working, competent farmer and builder. He has put in charge of building the three UCG church buildings in the Mumbwa area. A ride for the Copper Belt people was arranged by running out to the main highway and getting a bus to drive into the game park and picking up the 18 people heading to Northeast Zambia. The Copper Belt people assumed that we were going to give them a ride to Lusaka, but that was not the case. Kambani Banda is a great planner and had all the logistics thought through with getting equipment back first to Lusaka and then taking two loads of people of over 60 at a time on the truck for the three hour trip to the Mumbwa area from Paray’s Game Park. Kambani Banda is a man of great patience who was able to handle the misunderstanding and arrange adroitly for everyone and everything to be accommodated. We then loaded the ...

  • Last Great Day October 14, 2006

    Last Great Day
    Lusaka, Zambia

    Lusaka, Zambia


    Today is the Last Day of the Fall Festivals. I speak three times with two sermons and a blessing of the children sermonette. Evertything that is said is translated consecutively and it is a challenge to keep the tempo going. I find that short quick sentences are best keep the sermon moving along better. Early in the morning I heard a beautiful harmony from a group of young singers about 100 feet from where we stayed. It was the youth choir practicing for their special music in the morning. The harmony and rhythm were perfect. At 9:30 am we had two baptisms. One was Emily who is the mother of three children in the Church. The daughters are Often and Nice. The son’s name is Mostly. We had arranged with the owner of the game park to use the pool for baptism. He was OK with that. But, when all of us got to the pool for the baptism the caretaker and lady manager put up a fuss and told us all to go to the lake some distance away. About 30-40 members showed up for the baptism and it was so demeaning. Kambani Banda was visibly upset and so was I. So many things are so hard to arrange and I felt that these people simply detested our people. I walked over to older lady and simply told her that we were going to go ahead with the baptism in the pool as we were given permission and asked her to respect what we were doing. Just then the owner came along and all ...

  • October 13, 2006 October 13, 2006

    October 13, 2006
    Lusaka, Zambia

    Lusaka, Zambia


    What I had not realized until today here at the game park where everyone is camping is just how much work was put in by the United Church of God members to prepare this location for the Feast site. The last two years the only economically viable location for the Feast here in Lusaka has been this game park. The cost is $200 a day for everyone. It is somewhat a broken-down place as the owner does not keep it up and makes most of his money from hunting and selling game meat. Our men came here weeks before to cut down the tall grass and build the building where we are holding services. I thought it was permanent structure, but it will be taken taken down after the Feast. There is quite a large sheet metal roof on top. There is no other place to meet that would not be five to six times the cost that would take as many children as we have. The owner here has a pool but will not allow the children to swim in it. This festival site could use an infusion of some serious financial help to bring it up to better standards. There are more than 150 people here and with the new people coming from the Worldwide Church of God, there will be quite a large group. This site is a step up from Mumbwa, however. People live in new tents which they really like instead of the quickly constructed grass huts. The hall has comfortable chairs that Kambani Banda was able to borrow from ...

  • Visiting interesting group in Mumbwa October 12, 2006

    Visiting interesting group in Mumbwa
    Mumbwa Town, Zambia

    Mumbwa Town, Zambia


    We live in a little cottage. We are glad that we got the mosquito net not so much for the mosquitoes, but because of all the other creepie crawlies. We chased off the five inch spider, but he as back today! So, we’re just going to live with him. Bev has even befriended him calling him “Goliath.” He is just over the night stand and we have to be aware not to bump our head into him. Kambani Banda told us that he has never seen such a spider and that he “hopes it’s not poisonous.” We had not planned on this, but an interesting development has taken place in that the what remained of the Worldwide Church of God in Zambia. WCG members in Zambia were told that the church was going to Sunday worship and that the Festival Days, that we had been observing for years, were no longer to be kept. These church members were kept in the dark about where the church was really going all these years. Beacause of loyalty to the church, they hung on as long as they felt they could keep the Sabbath and Holy Days, but earlier in the year they were notified by their leaders that observing the God-ordained Sabbath and Holy Days was no longer to be done. The leader, Wilson Nkhoma and many of the brethren could no longer accept this and withdrew from the Worldwide Church of God. Just before the Feast of Tabernacles they notified the United Church of God that they wanted contact. Our Zambian pastor, ...

  • In Zambia! October 11, 2006

    In Zambia!
    Lusaka, Zambia

    Lusaka, Zambia


    It was interesting stay overnight at the home of Mark Katsonga Phiri. He is quite a national leader. He has also been a long-time member of the Blantyre Chamber of CommerceHe was President of it for four years. Servants prepared a tasty breakfast for us before we packed up in the same vehicle we traveled in yesterday and Peter drove us to the Blantyre Airport. On to Lusaka! The flight first went to the capital Lilongwe and then the one hour 40 minute leg to Lusaka. Shirley and Kambani Banda were there to greet us. How good to see them again!! Kambani Banda has been an excellent minister in Zambia, an excellent manager and one who has made our LifeNets projects intending to change people’s lives for the better a phenomenal success. I have a great deal of trust in their capacity to make things happen…simply because they HAVE made things happen. Always, the strength of LifeNets has been our competent delivery at the beneficiary’s end. Other organizations such service clubs and churches have noted this about LifeNets. I tell them that we use our ministers and old-time acquaintances to deliver our programs. We are strict regarding accountability and if we make mistakes we correct them and determine not to make them again. We stopped at Manda Hill mall to change money. The Zambia Kwacha is 3850 to one US dollar. We got about two million Zambian Kwachas for $500. Bev was commenting to Kambani Banda who is a certified public accountant that you need an accounting degree in this country just to manage the money ...

  • Tuesday, October 10 — leaving Mangochi October 10, 2006

    Tuesday, October 10 — leaving Mangochi
    Blantyre, Malawi

    Blantyre, Malawi


    This is our last day at the Feast here in Malawi and saddens grips me. We love the Malawian people, they truly have the warm heart of Africa as the travel advertisements go. Bev and I have gotten into the personal lives of so many of the Malawi brethren and feel satisfaction in being providers of hope not only spiritually, but vocationally as well. We have taken at least ten application for livelihood development projects to consider and to fund before the beginning of the year. Most projects to this point, both in scholarships and livelihood development have been successful. We try to tell them about the LifeNets mission of providing practical aid that makes people self-sustaining and then helps them help others. Bill Jahns and I both gave sermons, Bill about the Resurrection and I spoke about marriage. Since we enjoyed the children’s choir so much earlier, I made a special request for them to sing again. They did. Then the church choir sang as well. It was beautiful. After the service was complete, Beverly addressed everyone about LifeNets and gave some important pointers about our programs Then the lunch. Today we invited everyone over to the Nkopola Lodge for a lunch. All 140 people came and enjoyed a delicious lunch, provided by brethren in Boston, Houston South and Central Illinois. Time to go. Our driver is “Peter” from the Customs and Excise Office of Malawi. He works for my Rotarian friend Agnes Katsonga Phiri who is the head of that division. Rotarians help one another and this was a BIG ...

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