This is Beatrice and her two sons, Jonathan and Samuel. Two years ago, Beatrice was at a point of desperation. Her skin had been breaking out with odd bumps, so she went to see a doctor. Not only did the doctor verify that Beatrice has a skin disease, but she also has HIV. When her husband heard the news, he left Beatrice and their sons, who were only 3 years old and 1 month old at the time. Beatrice was ostracized with no job, no food, no health care, and no way to take care of her boys. She shared with her friend, Faith, that she felt she had no choice but to abandon Jonathan in the streets and throw Samuel into a pit latrine (a deep pit that is dug in the ground to be used as a toilet).
That month Bucky and Julie Rogers, our founders, moved to Uganda. They started a neighborhood fellowship that met together in their home every Sunday night. Faith came to the fellowship every week and convinced Beatrice to come with her to see if Benjamin House could help her. Immediately, we fed Beatrice and her boys and gave them food to get them through the next few days. Bucky and Julie asked her to come back in two days to hear our plan to help preserve her family. That night, we shared Beatrice’s story with our supporters and both of her boys were sponsored in less than an hour! Today, Beatrice’s skin is healing and she receives treatment for her HIV, Jonathan is in primary school, and Samuel is a happy and thriving 2 year old!
This sweet boy is a living miracle; a picture of God's perfect timing and a reminder, on the hard days, of why we’re here. The Lord is good and greatly to be praised!
Bucky Rogers, Benjamin House staff, and short-term missionaries