by Bucky Rogers
Founder of Benjamin House Ministries
Today, we went to a school a bit out from the city. When we got there, they were a bit restless. You can kind of tell within a few minutes which crowds will be really locked in to the message, and which ones will…well…struggle to be locked in. This one was definitely the latter. They were on the edge of being wild. Even as the worship was happening and our guest artists were presenting, they were just not quite paying attention.
As Jason got up to preach, they were still disconnected and loud. I started getting pretty discouraged until I saw him. He was probably about 16 years old and was standing inside one of the classrooms facing our stage area. He was up on a chair with both hands on the bars that are on the windows (that are on all windows in Uganda), with his face as close to the bars as he could get them. His eyes were fixed on Jason and you could tell that he was 100% in.
I then started looking around and there were others. In the midst of the chaos, there were pockets of people, even people outside the gates of the school, who were listening hard and with expectation. These kids are all over Uganda. They’re waiting for someone to take an interest, to look beyond the rough exterior, and to invest in them. I believe this country can be changed. I believe that some of these very kids that we’ve ministered to could very well lead their nation to a great awakening. Hope is difficult to mine, but once it is found it is stronger than steel. It drives and moves us to be better than we can be. I can’t wait for that to be our story for the rest of our lives.
Benjamin House staff, short-term missionaries, and our founders