by Bucky Rogers
Founder and Executive Director of Benjamin House Ministries
First day on the field is in the bag! Today we went to the rural village of Najjanankumbi, Uganda. It’s a village with hundreds and hundreds of children. I preached at their morning services (which are definitely full of life, and dancing!) They then invited the whole village to come eat a huge lunch with us followed by a huge soccer match between our mission team and a couple of the local teams there.
The greatest 2 moments of the day for me were about as different as night and day. The first was as I led a pastor’s training session for about 200 pastors and ministry leaders. It was incredible. They were locked on to every word and asked so many great questions. It was as if they couldn’t get enough of Scripture and practical ways to apply it. I loved it. Then, I went out to the soccer field and sat down. One by one, kids started coming up to me and sitting down. Before too long, there were about a dozen kids all sitting close enough to touch me. They stared up with their beautiful brown eyes and bright smiles. I was in heaven. As I looked down I noticed one little boy’s feet. His toes were all cut up, toenails mangled and rotting, and he had an open sore on the top of his foot. It hurt me just look at it. I asked a translator to ask him if his feet hurt so that I could find some bandages and try to help him. She asked and her response made my heart drop. She said, “He says it doesn’t hurt anymore. Bucky, these kids hurt all the time. Eventually they stop feeling pain.”
I’m not okay with that. I do realize I could work my whole life to try to keep kids from being in this position, and not end the problem. But I can make a difference for one more. And I’ll wake up every day with that burning in my heart.
Bucky Rogers, Benjamin House staff, and short-term missionaries