Meet Lisa. Lisa had always been interested in helping others locally, but it wasn't until she and her husband learned about the challenges facing children in Uganda that they decided to become sponsors through Benjamin House Ministries. Lisa has always been a great friend, supporter, and god mother as she patiently waited for God to provide her and her husband with a child.
In the meantime they “ wanted to support a child and family, so the child could get an education!" Lisa recalls. That child was Percy. Lisa's sponsorship has allowed her to attend school and pursue her education.
Lisa traveled to Uganda to meet Percy and serve with Benjamin House Ministries in person. She was able to spend the day with Percy and meet her family. It was so joyful to see a child and her sponsor connect. Lisa's sponsorship has made it possible for Percy to attend school, which she loves. "The family does not have to worry about being able to afford school," Lisa says. "Percy loves school and loves learning!"
Another experience that impacted Lisa was seeing the lives of street-involved children. She says, "It was eye-opening and heartbreaking to see the struggles that these children face daily."
Lisa's experience in Uganda inspired her to become a foster parent in the United States. Lisa says “When I was in Uganda, we met a single mother who was living in a very small space with five children. Two of them were not hers, but she still cared for and loved them as her own. My husband and I have struggled with infertility for years, when I met this woman in Uganda, I saw God showing me even if I can't get pregnant, I can still have a family and pour my love into a child that can be adopted as my own."
Lisa encourages others who are considering sponsoring a child or becoming a foster parent to be spiritually ready and prepared to support them in any way possible. "Being a foster parent is not easy," she says. "You have to welcome the unknown and how quickly things can change.”
Lisa credits Benjamin House Ministries for showing her what children in Uganda face daily and helping her to make a difference in another child's life. "I am forever changed by my experience in Uganda," Lisa says. "BHM helped show me what the children in Uganda face daily and made me want even more to make a difference in another child's life."
Lisa’s advice to anyone becoming a new sponsor is, “you should become their friend and treat them as if they're family."
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