Jean Lubke

Why do you want to serve on this board?

Over the past nine years, my life has been immeasurably changed by Nicaragua, and PML has played a big part in that change.

My congregation, University Baptist Church, has had a sister congregation in León—Segundo Bautista Iglesia de Monte Sion de León (SIBEL)—since the 1990s. For the first twenty years of the relationship, we periodically sent funds to help support their elementary school, and twice Minnesota groups visited León.

In the mid-2000s, we decided if we were indeed going to consider ourselves sister congregations, we needed to have much stronger family ties.

We brought a group from Nicaragua to Minnesota in 2008, and the two congregations have not been the same since. Including the 2008 visit, four groups have traveled from León to Minnesota, and three have traveled from Minnesota to León.

PML has been a critical support, not only in dealing with the logistics of visas, transportation, and translation—but far more importantly, in the cultural translation between two very different groups working hard to be together as family in the best ways possible for both, while fully acknowledging the imbalance of power and resources.

While my primary Nicaraguan focus will continue to be with the church and school (and my family!) in León and the church in Managua, I would like to be able to share my talents, as useful, with PML in gratitude for its help with our work.

How do you see PML changing the people we reach in Minnesota?

Minnesotans are changed by experiencing the real Nicaragua, an amazing, beautiful country with wonderful people that rarely gets the positive attention of people in the United States.

What are your hopes for the future of PML?

I would hope that PML would be able to help build other long-term partnerships between groups in Nicaragua and groups in Minnesota.  Occasional trips are good, but long-term relationships are how real impact is made.

What do you think you personally bring to the board?

I am in my 40th year in education—some leading corporate training organizations, some teaching in higher education, but most in K-12 public and parochial education. I spent 17 years as congregation president at UBC, facilitated three strategic planning/discernment processes, designed a new organizational structure, created personnel policies, and updated bylaws. In my professional life, I have worked closely with school boards and policies for the past 15 years. I hope to be able to share some of my gifts toward the continuing good work of PML.

What do you most want people who visit PML’s website to know?

I would like people to know that there is a wonderful country to be explored and a wonderful organization to help you do that.