Kubacki fundraiser generates over $7K
By Evelyn Long –
It began as an idea — it became a reality and the reality resulted in $7100 raised to purchase medical supplies and equipment for Dr. Timothy Kubacki in his medical missionary work in Angola, Africa.
The interview with Dr. Kubacki and his wife, Betsy, published in the Morrow County Sentinel last January, ignited the idea of a fund raising event. Linda Ruehrmund invited the doctor and his wife to St. John Lutheran Church, Windfall, so others could meet them. From that point, a committee was organized and the planning began.
The result was an evening at Cardinal Center, Marengo, on November 10, when a silent auction and a catered dinner were held. The auction, dinner and donations added up to $7100 to be used exclusively for medical supplies and medical equip– ment by the doctor in his medical work in Angola.
Speaker at the fund raising event was Luke Kubacki, the oldest child of the Kubackis and a student at Ohio University, Athens. His two sisters and brother are living with his parents in Angola.
Using slides to enhance his talk, he explained the primitive conditions under which his father practices medicine. The family is semi-permanently living in Lubango, a city of 1.2 million people, although no one really knows how many people actually live there. There have been 30 years of Civil war in Angola, he said.
The family, though, is staying in a city called Luena, towards the eastern part of the country where Dr. Kubacki works at a clinic. They will be there until mid-December but will return to their Lubango apartment before Christmas. They are hoping to move to a new city called Chiulu to begin working in a small hospital there in the next six months. Chiulu is in the south western part of the country, south of Lubango.
Luke said the hospital his father is working in is well kept but very aged, different than hospitals in this country. He also conducts a plane ministry as part of the MAF, Missionary Aviation Fellowship.
Angola’s population is more than 20 million people, he said. It’s officially a Christian nation but in the outer cities there are “local” religions.
Luke also touched on the seven years the family lived in the Amazon.
Jeff Ruth, WMRN –Marion, emceed the program. Elizabeth Corwin, Northmor High School sophomore, sang a solo and Ruehrmund read a letter written by Dr. Kubacki on October 27 in which he spoke of his character and his professionalism and its connection with his mission work.
Pat Maxwell thanked all who donated to the silent auction and Joanne Trainer introduced the committee that organized the fund raiser. Included were Deb Noll, who handled publicity; Pam Keckler, reservations; Carol Witzel, finance; Pat Maxwell, silent auction and Linda Ruehrmund, chairman. John Gompf, Cornerstone Café, was thanked for catering the dinner.
A boost to the fund raiser was given with supporting funds through Care Abounds in Community Projects of the Central Ohio Four-County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
Noll explained that fund raising for the doctor’s mission will continue with a Bob Evans Fund raiser the week of February 14–18, 2013. Bob Evans , Marion, will donate 15% of sales made between 6 am and 10 pm to Dr. Kubacki’s Medical Mission when a flyer is presented to the cashier after dining. Flyers will be distributed throughout the community or can be obtained by contacting any committee member or Ruehrmund at 419–864-7520.
Dr. Kubacki was associated with the Emergency Department of the Morrow County Hospital for 13 years before entering the missionary/medical field with SIM, an international mission organization with more than 1,600 active missionaries serving in more than 50 countries. SIM members serve God among many diverse people groups in Africa, Asia and South America.
A recent communication from Dr. Kubacki says “We traveled to two remote health care works this weekend. Both were former mission stations that were destroyed during the war. Both had a minimally trained nurse seeing 30 plus patients a day with little medicine and no supplies. Beautiful men serving their community pretty selflessly. One with Cerebral Palsy who could barely get around. I was emotionally touched as I watched him struggle to move around knowing that he serves people tirelessly in this manner. I was also struck by how many forgotten people for more than 2,000 years have literally given their lives, in Jesus’ name, to go to the hard places and serve the naked, hungry, sick, wounded and displaced people that HE dearly loves. I can’t wait to meet them on day.”
“We have a nurse in our clinic who speaks nine languages fluently. Another that speaks eleven. No one here speaks less than three. And we think we’re pretty intelligent in the states and the people in Africa are “backward.”
“When the people of this region greet each other, they clap their hands and bow and shake hands and clap some more. It is one of the coolest things I’ve seen.”