On behalf of the hundreds of community members served by Benjamin House Ministries, thank you for your continued support in transforming the lives of orphans and vulnerable children, preparing them for their futures, and building up the next generation of leaders through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
These are confusing, anxiety-filled, and uncertain times for all of us. But this doesn't mean the important work of inspiring hope across Uganda has stopped. Since 2015 our organization has sponsored 330 children! Our services just look a little different during this time of uneasiness and uncertainty. Today, President Museveni addressed the country regarding COVID-19, updating Uganda's preventative measures. President Museveni announced a number of new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, including a ban on movement, even the use of private vehicles, and a ban on setting up food banks starting today at 10pm EAT (or 3pm EST) and ending on April 14.
Many of the parents you help support are currently without work and to be without work here, even for one day, means no food on the table that night. Today, we are reminded of God's perfect timing as we completed distributing food to all 3 of our sponsored regions in time for these measures to take effect!
Here's what we have been able to accomplish since President Museveni's COVID-19 address on March 18, 2020:
These program changes have not been easy, and our staff has been incredible at adapting. We have had to get creative with our programs, and will continue to work towards our goal of empowering and discipling families! While our physical doors may be locked, your support is essential during this time of uncertainty and means this important work can continue.
As we wait to be able to see these families face-to-face again, we know that many of you are looking for extra ways to stand with us and help provide for families during this crisis. So, what can you do?
As the local and global situation continues to change, our needs may also change over the coming days. We will continue to communicate with you during this time.
Know that we as a staff are praying for all of you, as well.
Joakim Matende and the Benjamin House team
Benjamin House staff, short-term missionaries, and our founders