“I have always been drawn to people in need.”
Pastor Lubasi hails from a family of six. From a young age, he felt the call of God on his life. He knew there was a passion within him to help people. He was convinced this was from God because he didn’t have any external influences that would make him feel this way. All his siblings ended up pursuing careers that had nothing to do with ministry work, or helping people directly.
Pastor Lubasi recalls dealing with some conflicts with the guardians that raised him. They wanted him to pursue military work, but he was sure his path was different. He attended Bible school instead..
Pastor Lubasi first heard about CURE through friends like Pastor Harold, who is the Spiritual Director at CURE Zambia. Pastor Harold would invite him to go on CURE mission trips where he discovered more and more the need to help people. Pastor Lubasi was already doing ministry work at his local church, but when he was introduced to CURE, he discovered a bigger platform to minister to people.
He decided to volunteer with CURE for a whole year, and he was blown away by the many families that were hurting and in need of hope as they navigated finding healing for their children with disabilities. He had found his passion. To minister hope and healing and introduce people to Jesus.
Pastor Lubasi joined CURE a few years ago and says these have been some of the most fulfilling years of his life. For him, each day at CURE is a new experience filled with many interactions with mums and their kids. He spends a lot of time in the ward connecting with them. He has many meaningful conversations about life and dealing with kids with disabilities.
The most common topic, he says, is stigma. There is a cultural stigma associated with having kids with disabilities. Some of the saddest stories he has heard are those of families that have broken up due to having a child with a disability. Having a child with a disability takes its toll on families in many areas, but mostly for fathers. It becomes such a financial burden, and they become so overwhelmed that some fathers end up leaving the whole family.
In other cases, some dads blame mums who give birth to kids with disabilities because they think the mum was directly responsible for it.
Pastor Lubasi says this is a big challenge because mums lose hope and come to CURE feeling like nothing will ever change. This is a crucial time and Pastor Lubasi tries to do his best to restore hope while pointing people to Jesus who is their real source of hope.
Some of the best experiences Pastor Lubasi has seen with mums are when he sees them connecting with other mums, developing new friendships, and seeing them enlightened while having a new outlook on life—even in their current situations. The mums usually come to the hospital sad, shaken, and without hope, but after their stay, most of them leave CURE with a new hope. They trust in Jesus who not only heals bodies, but can heal their whole being.
Pastor Lubasi is happy to be part of the CURE family, bringing not only physical healing, but healing in other areas, too. One kid (and their family) at a time!