Beatrice was a member of St. Matthew’s for over 15 years, as are her husband and children today. St. Matthew’s and her faith was an integral part of Beatrice’s life. While at St. Matthew’s, she received her Master’s Degree in Theology at Luther Seminary. She also developed a tutoring program for nearby children of African American refugees who would benefit from reassurance, socialization, meals and help with schoolwork.
She served as a representative of St. Matthew’s to foreign students at the University of Minnesota, working with the International Student Fellowship there. Those who knew her and worked with her at St. Matthew’s supported her and her efforts, locally and in Uganda.
When Beatrice died, the people of St. Matthew’s generously offered support, both in time and financially, so that her work would continue. The Reverend Blair Pogue has encouraged St. Matthew’s Social Justice Ministry to designate funding for the Blue House – in fact, theirs was the first contribution to HMI’s Capital Fund.
HMI holds most of their meetings and events at St. Matthew’s, and is allowed to use St. Matthew’s for its mailing address. A number of board members belong to the parish, and HMI has benefited greatly from the skilled St. Matthew’s volunteers who cook, bake, create handmade crafts and gifts to sell and staff events for the Blue House. Truly, at St. Matthew’s, the spirit of love we saw in Beatrice lives on.
When Beatrice started her work to provide a childhood to orphans in Uganda, she found others to help her develop HMI and the Blue House.
We are thankful for the assistance of:
Nearly 600 individual donors of gifts from $1 to $10,000
Sustaining Supporters whose automatic monthly donations provide stability
The Twin Cities Ugandan Community
The Brother Lawrence Guild of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
The Social Justice Ministry of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church
Friends of Discussion Club
The International Student Fellowship at the University of Minnesota
The Dorcus Quilters of Brooklyn Park Lutheran Church