Almost one year after they got married, Brian & Mary Beth Lambert were expecting their first child! At their 24 weeks ultrasound screening, they received devastating news that their child would not survive outside of the womb. The doctor callously described the nature of the child’s condition and encouraged them to terminate the pregnancy. Brian & Mary Beth refused, choosing to treasure any time they would have with their child.
When they found out they were having a boy, Brian recalled the Scripture of the patriarch, whose name was associated with both sorrow and strength (Genesis 35:18). So Brian and Mary Beth chose to name their son Benjamin. Throughout the pregnancy, Brian & Mary Beth read the Bible to Benjamin each night, knowing that when he opened his eyes in Heaven, he would recognize his King, never having known the sorrows of this broken world.
The Lord took Benjamin away on March 5, 2010, 10 weeks from his due date. He entered the world three days later, and was buried next to Mary Beth’s father — the grandfather he will only know in Heaven.
Benjamin’s story has touched many hearts and Brian & Mary Beth’s choice to value life has been an inspiration to all who hear it, including our founders. Benjamin House Ministries seeks to show the God-given value of every child, just as the parents of its namesake did.
by Kimberly Henderson
Sometimes it takes being broken ourselves to get us to the point that we will willingly minister to those who are broken around us.
Take yesterday for example. As I stepped out of our van to head into church, my shoes fell to pieces. Literally. Pieces. Right there in the parking lot.
First, I lost both heels in huge chunks. Then smaller, crumbly pieces followed suit. It was the craziest thing. I had to walk carefully and a little tip-toey so I didn’t leave a huge mess with every step. But even with me walking with the greatest of care, I had to pick up pieces of my sole as we made our way in and as I made my way to and from the stage for choir.
We “just happened” to have visitors at church yesterday. People from Benjamin House Ministries, a ministry doing incredible work in Uganda. And what did they have with them in order to raise money for and awareness about their ministry?
Not just t-shirts.
Not just beautiful handmade necklaces and bracelets.
They had shoes.
The ones you see pictured above.
Shoes I was able to purchase and slip on my feet between services. Shoes and a shirt purchased with money that will now be sown back into the lives of people in Uganda.
And I can’t quite get over it. How God met me in my place of need and, in doing so, allowed me to help provide in a small way for people in their place of need.
Would I have stopped at their booth and given anyways? Maybe so. I hope so. But it was the brokenness I was walking in that made it a certainty.
How thankful I am that He let those shoes break exactly when they did. I want to remember He is a God who meets us in our brokenness. A God who tenderly helps us pick up the pieces of our soul. A God who takes those broken places, leads us to a place of healing and then allows us to minister out to others.
May we trust Him with our broken places-expecting Him to lovingly and powerfully meet us in them, knowing He can bring beautiful purpose out of pain. And may we become faithful and humble partners in His ministry of hope and wholeness. Because we have a world that is deeply hurting and is in desperate need of hope.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Bucky Rogers, Benjamin House staff, and short-term missionaries