by Bucky Rogers
Founder and Executive Director of Benjamin House Ministries
Just about the time that Xan started getting used to us, and our bank account started to recover, we felt the Lord was calling us to adopt again. Julie wanted a little girl, so we began the process to adopt domestically. We carefully put together a profile and waited. Two birth mothers chose us, but we lost both due to the birthmothers changing their minds. We rejoiced in that, but it was also very painful. Then one night we got the phone call that would change everything. “We have a 3 week old little boy. Do you want him?” Well of course! How could we say no! So, we drove all night to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The next morning, our little Brennan was placed in our arms. He was so tiny. We took him home, and the crying began. He cried…and cried….and cried. We later found out that his birth mother likely used drugs pretty heavily while pregnant with him. His first few months were painful ones for him and for us. We spent evenings stretching out his muscles that had been made tight because of all the pain he was in.
Over the years, he has had therapy on top of therapy to try to get him caught up. The drug abuse has left him slightly delayed and on the autism spectrum, but he has progressed so much. Brennan is the happiest, most content child I’ve ever known…and such a blessing to us.
In Uganda, a child like Brennan would have been left alone to grow in silence and obscurity. People just don’t know or don’t have time or money to get children like Brennan the care that they need. We want to bring that kind of hope into families that are confused and scared. So much can be done, if we have people standing with us.
Will you give so that kids like Brennan will have a full and long life?
Bucky Rogers, Benjamin House staff, and short-term missionaries