by Bucky Rogers
Founder and Executive Director of Benjamin House Ministries
In about 20 hours, I will be boarding a plane to head to Uganda. My family and team of like minded people are moving there soon, but that’s not why I’m headed over right now. This is the first of two trips where I begin the leaving process. We will be finding partnership ministries, locating where to build our central campus, and visiting rural villages to see how we can affect the orphan care crisis there. I will lead a team of 40 doing ministry in villages who have never seen anyone other than their tribe, and others in the main city in a very urban context. We will speak to a family of 4 in a mud hut, and to 3,000 students in the city center. And, in the excitement of all we will do, I will have one thought… why do I have to go back to Moore, S.C.? Don’t get me wrong, I love our city. Spartanburg has had my heart for 9 years now. But I have another home, and I cannot wait to get there.
Over the next 15 days I will be blogging about our journey, and I hope you’ll join in and experience it with me. Follow the story and find yourself standing with us in the dirt path to the bush, washing the feet of people who have just had jiggers removed from them with razor blades, pumping water for a widow from a local well, and standing before kids who have absolutely no hope, and promising them there is something more. Comment. Ask questions. Dig deeper.
by Spartanburg Herald Journal
Staff Writer for the Spartanburg Herald Journal. This article was published online by the Spartanburg Herald Journal on 11 June 2015. Read the original article at https://www.goupstate.com/news/20150611/spartanburg-man-to-launch-ministry-to-help-orphans-in-uganda.
The Rev. Bucky Rogers will host the global launch of Benjamin House Ministries from 5-6:30 p.m. Friday at The Underground at Anderson Mill Baptist Church, 4455 Anderson Mill Road, Moore.
In Uganda, 81 children are orphaned every day.
The Rev. Bucky Rogers said God called his family to prepare a place for those children.
Rogers will host the global launch of Benjamin House Ministries from 5-6:30 p.m. Friday at The Underground at Anderson Mill Baptist Church, 4455 Anderson Mill Road, Moore.
Benjamin House Ministries is a grassroots effort to care for orphans in Uganda.
Rogers, executive director of Benjamin House, said he and his wife, Julie, have known for years that they would spend their lives in service of orphans. The couple built their family of five through adoption, including a child with special needs.
After a mission trip in 2013, Rogers, a pastor at Anderson Mill Road Baptist, said it became clear God was calling his family to move to Uganda and start an orphan-care ministry to meet the ever-growing need there.
“Julie and I have determined that we don’t really own anything that we have and so we feel like we need to share it with the people around us,” Rogers, 34, said. “We’re just not going to sit in comfort when there’s somebody out there that needs us or needs to talk. Over the course of your life, you’re going to have hundreds of opportunities to invest in things. Some will be for you. Some will be for others. There are children dying every day. Children who have never known what it’s like to have a home. You have the opportunity to make a difference. To change that statistic. To become a forever family to a child you’ll never meet, and I think that’s worth investing in.“
This global launch of Benjamin House Ministries, which will include the world premiere of a short documentary, will begin a fundraising effort to build the ministry in Uganda.
Special guest for the event will be presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
As a former Baptist pastor, Huckabee has a special interest in overseas missionary work. Huckabee was the 44th governor of Arkansas, serving from 1996 until 2007.
Rogers, a pastor of students and worship arts, has served as student pastor of Anderson Mill since 2006.
Bucky Rogers, Benjamin House staff, and short-term missionaries