Tuesday, September 15, 2009


"So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be put to shame."
Isaiah 28:16
"For this battle is the Lord's, and He will give them into your hands."
1 Samuel 17:47
"God sets the lonely in families..."
Psalm 68:6
"Not ONE of God's good promises failed, every one was fulfilled."
Joshua 21:45
"The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still."
Exodus 14:14
Some things are going on here that are too sensitive to share due to the insecurity of the internet. So I am just going to ask for prayer. Prayer for wisdom and discerment and grace. Prayer that WHATEVER happens, we would act in a manner reflective of the Gospel. Prayer for the protection of my sweet family. Prayer for understanding. We know that God is Sovereign. We know that God is good, no matter what. We know that in all things, He will work for the good of those who love Him and who have been called according to His purpose. We cling to that.
I believe that the GOD OF THE UNIVERSE spoke my family into existence and that God does not change His mind. I am trusting in that.
We are SO thankful for the body of Christ standing with us.
More soon, I promise.

90 comments:

The Ferrill's said...

Praying for wisdom, discernment, abundant grace and much clarity for you all.
Keep quoting those Truths!

Beautiful Mess said...

PRAYING!

Tammy On the Go said...

thank you for sharing...looking forward to one day meeting you

Blessed Mom of 8 said...

Praying Katie!

Praying peace over the land and hearts to be turned towards God!

Blessings and love,
Jill

mncfi said...

Praying for you and your girls. May He bless you and keep you.

Tammy On the Go said...

I just caught up on some of your post and I am overwhelmed with you, but hopeful in an amazing God who is using you....no eyes have seen...

Kellie said...

I lift you and your sweet family in prayer today. I'm a world away, but with you in the Spirit. May God's hand and blessing be upon you today!

Holly said...

Praying!

Tania said...

I am praying!!! God is a good God and He is on His throne!!!

stephanie garcia said...

This photograph of your family is absolutely amazing. Praying for God's supernatural protection over you and this situation.

Rody and Wendy Chesser said...

Lord we just lift Katie and her precious family before the throne of grace right now. Lord intervene in a mighty way as you have on behalf of your children so many times before.
"Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them." And Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes so he may see." Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha." 2 Kings 6:15-17 You have an army surrounding you in prayer and God who knows you, loves you and as you said...He is GOOD.

Mike, London said...

"Every time we think of you, we thank God for you. Day and night you're in our prayers as we call to mind your work of faith, your labor of love, and your patience of hope in following our Master, Jesus Christ, before God our Father. It is clear to us, friends, that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special."

1 Thessalonians 1:2-5
(The Message)

If ever anyone wants proof that Jesus IS ALIVE, it is to be seen in the smiles of your beautiful family Katie. Be assured we are praying with you and for you all.

Your work inspires us and is changing the world in which we live, little by little.

Thank you!

Kristin said...

Praying friend.....Love you and the family God has established! Auntie Kristin

Leigh said...

Praying for your beautiful family Katie!

Nicole said...

What a beautiful family.

prayers for you

Suzanne said...

Katie
It is so fun to see a picture of you and your beautiful girls all together. Remember God loves them even more than you. Rest in His sovereignity and goodness. He is trustworthy and cares about every detail within your family. I am praying for you.

Apologia said...

Prayed, praying, will pray. Hang in there!

Les said...

We'll be praying!
That pic is amazing! I'm going to have to frame it in our home.

Katie said...

beautiful picture!

:) PRAYING.

Alison said...

I will be keeping you and my family in my prayers! Our God is powerful and nothing misses His attention!

missy said...

praying for you and yours and claiming those scriptures for you.

Diane and all:) said...

Exodus 17:10-13.

MommyBrec said...

We are praying for you and your family! (That picture is AMAZING! Thank you for posting it. What a beautiful family!)

Amanda said...

That is the most incredible picture of your very happy family! Katie, the mission team of 28 people is praying for you and whatever is going on. Know we are supporting you in prayer...

SRH said...

I found your blog because a friend recommended one of your posts on google reader. I've lurked ever since (that sounds so creepy). I just wanted you to know that you're in my prayers.

SRH said...

I am not sure if what I just tried to post to you worked or not. Basically, a friend recommended your website via google reader and I've lurked ever since (a couple of weeks -- though lurking sounds so creepy). I just wanted you to know that you're in my prayers.

Cara said...

This is such a beautiful picture! I am and will be praying! Take heart!

Cindy said...

That is the MOST beautiful picture ever. I will be praying with you. Many are the plans of man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails!

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

Praying for you all- love that family pic- HOW BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!

Kat said...

I'll be praying for you & your family.

Ruhiyyih Rose said...

Praying for you Katie and for Uganda. Love those scriptures!

Julie Pederson said...

God bless you Katie. We are praying. And, what a very beautiful family you all are!

Love and Prayers,
Julie

Laurel said...

What a BEAUTIFUL picture!!! We just had family pictures taken this week with ALL 13 of our children, too.

blessings,

Laurel

shepherdsgrace said...

Father God...please surround them, protect them...soften hearts that need softening...

let Your light shine as wisdom...that the foolish things of this world would be honored and held in high esteem...

may You be glorified through this and in all else...

Mercy, Papa, please...

Meghan said...

We are praying for you and your family. Wisdom, grace, and the peace that passes understanding.

Audrey said...

Praying for truth to be revealed and God to be glorified - He will guide you. Many blessings!

Joy said...

I am blessed beyond words by this picture of your beautiful family. May the God of all peace comfort you. We pray for His will to be done.

Kim said...

yes, I will pray!

Kim said...

yes, I will pray!

Jeff said...

Praying for you and your situation. We may not know what you are going through, but God does and He answers prayer.

PegS said...

The verse that's been tugging at my heart this week, "'It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.'" Isaiah 65:24 Take comfort that even before you posted your request, He heard and was starting the answers!

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and your family.
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; I Pet. 2:9
Love, Celeste

Sheryl said...

katie, your life and your story have moved me in a way that i cannot describe.

Father God, you know the needs. You already have the plans set in motion to meet them. We ask for your protection, for your wisdom to be abundant and for your love to cast out all fear. Thank you for what you are doing. Thank you for your Word and that katie can cling to that. Continuue to do your good work, Lord. We love you and we thank you for those who are willing to go and do the "tough stuff". In your son's name...

Anonymous said...

Praying on behalf of your family and those you love the words of Saint Patrick, a man of love trusting Jesus the Christ in a wild and hard place:

Lord may Katie and all who are bound to her arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, through the belief in the threeness, through the confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.

Grant that they arise today through the strength of Christ's birth with his baptism; through the strength of his crucifixion with his burial; through the strength of his resurrection with his ascension; through the strength of his descent for the Judgment Day.

Lord, grant them to stand today through the strength of the love of Cherubim; following the obedience of angels; in the service of archangels; in hope of resurrection to meet with reward; in prayers of patriarchs; in predictions of prophets; in preaching of apostles; in faith of confessors; in deeds of righteous men.

In your mercy and power, help them stand today
confident in you who keep the strength of heaven: light of sun, radiance of moon, splendor of fire, speed of lightning, swiftness of wind,depth of sea,
stability of earth, firmness of rock.

Give them courage, Jesus to trust God's strength to pilot: God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide, God's eye to look before them, God's ear to hear, God's word to speak for them, God's hand to guard, God's way to lie before them, God's shield to protect, God's host to save them from snares of demons, temptations of vices, and everyone who shall wish them ill, whether afar and anear, whether alone or in multitude.

Give them courage and faith to summon today all these powers between them and those evils,
against every cruel merciless power that may oppose their body and soul, against incantations of false prophets, against black laws of pagandom
against false laws of heretics, against craft of idolatry, against spells of witches and smiths and wizards, against every knowledge that corrupts man's body and soul.

Christ, shield them today, against poison, against burning, against drowning, against wounding, so that there may come to them abundance of love and care.

Christ with them, Christ before them, Christ behind them, Christ in them, Christ beneath them, Christ above them, Christ on their right and left, Christ when they lie down, Christ when they sit down, Christ when they arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of them, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of them, Christ in every eye that sees them, Christ in every ear that hears them.

Make, Lord, the "great cloud of witnesses" visible, that they shall know themselves a part of the communion of saints that transcends all time and all places, that they may know with all knowing that they shall never be separated from your fierce and protecting love. Amen.

Anonymous said...

i will pray for protection!

Leslie said...

That is a gorgeous family you've got there! I am praying for you and the unknown to be made clear.

Amy said...

Thanks for the picture of your beautiful family. You not only are helping so many there in Uganda, but you are touching the hearts of your brothers and sisters who read your story and are inspired to live for Jesus. I will definitely be praying for the current need in your life. I know God has it all under control!

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and your beautiful family! Love the new picture...it's beautiful!

Prayers & blessings,
Lisa in Tucson :)

Kim said...

Praying for you and your beautiful family to be guarded and protected.
Your Sister in Christ,
Kim
Santa Monica,California

Jewels of My Heart said...

Praying!!!!

Psalm 91 sweet family of God.... He is watching over you. ONLY God All Mighty could have created such a beautiful, radiant, joyfilled family...

Anonymous said...

That picture is BEAUTIFUL!!! I love reading your blog! :-D Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

"But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you are my fortress and my refuge in the day of my distress. O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love!"

David and Sarah said...

Such a beautiful picture of your gorgeous family! I'm praying...

Blessings,
Sarah

Tereza Crump aka MyTreasuredCreations said...

hi Katie, I found your blog about a month ago. within a couple of days I read your whole blog all the posts. I have been thinking and praying for you daily. You have deeply touched my life. I am in awe at what God is doing with you and through you. It has ignited a new faith in me. I can see that ALL things are possible to those that believe and trust in Him. I have been checking your blog daily looking for updates and I have been praying, sensing something is up. Please know that you are in the palm of God's hand, He has you and nothing can separate you from the love of God. the picture you shared at the top of this post is beautiful. I can see Jesus in you and all your beautiful children. :) What a privilege to serve our Lord! Thank you Jesus for Katie, thank you for what you are doing through her. I pray for guidance, for supernatural wisdom, that her ears and heart be open to hear your voice only, that she will know what to do and have complete peace because she has heard her Shepherd. I bless Katie in the name of Jesus'. Amem. Amen.

Nina said...

prayers for you and your beautiful family to have whatever you need gladly given...

Isabel said...

have been praying for you daily and will continue to do so. thanks for sharing! God is good - all the time! HE is in control and he loves you and each one of your precious, beautiful, smiley children!!!

Isabel said...

have been praying for you daily and will continue to do so. thanks for sharing! God is good - all the time! HE is in control and he loves you and each one of your precious, beautiful, smiley children!!!

Coneymama said...

Acts 2:25-28 " I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body will live in hope."

Psalm 46:1
"God is our refuge and strength, and ever present help in trouble."

Psalm 46: 7 "The Lord Almighty is with us, the God of Jacob is our fortress."

I'm am so thankful for your post and to know you are safe. We will, as always keep you in our prayers here in Texas!

Colleen said...

Praying in upstate N.Y.!

Amy said...

Praying over you all!

Meredith said...

I just came across your blog this week. I am leaving for Uganda tomorrow. I am 23. Honestly. Your blog encourages me and scares the you know what out of me. What if He asks the same of me?!

Praying for protection over you and your beautiful family.

the Skips said...

our family is praying for you. God is sovereign and so powerful.

Anonymous said...

I will be praying for you and your sweet girls!

Eileen <3

Carey said...

praying...

Holly said...

I always pray for you, Katie! I will pray for this special need! And that is a precious, beautiful picture. :)

Dawn said...

I will continue to pray for you and your beautiful family.

and 2 became 5 said...

i have prayed for you consistently today. You and a few others have consumed my thoughts all day long. I hope you have felt these prayers over there. I am certain that our Lord is right with you. I am certain.

Meli n Pat said...

You DO have a gorgeous family, handpicked by Father! Praying.

Doug said...

Katie,

Read your post this morning and these verses came to mind (emphasis mine):

Ephesians 1:15-23 -
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I KEEP ASKING THAT THE GOD OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE GLORIOUS FATHER, MAY GIVE YOU THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION, SO THAT YOU MAY KNOW HIM BETTER. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and HIS INCOMPARABLY GREAT POWER FOR US WHO BELIEVE. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, FAR ABOVE ALL RULE AND AUTHORITY, POWER AND DOMINION, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God PLACED ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Proverbs 21:1 -
The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; He directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.

Our war is not against flesh and blood and the devil is ticked because he knows his time is short (Rev. 12). Just remember that in a fight between Jesus and Satan, it's about like Samson arm wrestling a baby. Hang tight. He loves all of you SO MUCH!

Warring w/ you and your family.

Much love,
Doug & Stephanie

SiLa said...

Dear Katie, from the moment I heard of riots in Kampala I started to pray extra for my children in Uganda, for Compession and you and your children.
May God give peace and grace to Uganda. I praise Him for His wisdom and strength. He is ours strong Rock and Safe Harbor. Amen.
Bless you Katie and blessed Jesus

melissa said...

Katie, you are beautiful...you remind me alot of my cousin Katie Mercer, her family is in Costa Rica doing mission work...if you get time,theirs is MercerFamilyNews.com...I know everyone here is praying for you,as what I usually am doing.... but Im doing something different this morning...I have a feeling you need to hear this too...As you hug and love on your kids right now, Im hugging and loving on my 14 mos old, Emma Grace too..We are right here w/you, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER feel alone...where 2 or more are gathered....no amount of distance can seperate us, we are all in this together...Love you, you are an inspiration, and when you feel like your not always "there", your ALWAYS here w/us....God Bless...

DeutscherBesucher said...

We are praying for you right now.

Brooke said...

prayers going out for you and yours.

Debra said...

Wow! What a picture of pure joy! I am in awe! God is good! We pray for you and my children are inspired that they can do "BIG THINGS" for God when they see what you are doing in Africa. It is a ministry that is bigger than just what is happening there. Thank you for walking in obedience to His call.

sara said...

We are praying in the STRONG name of Jesus.

Love the picture of you and your girls...absolutely beautiful.

Laura said...

Before I even read your post I wanted to print that gorgeous photo and put it up in my office to remind me to pray for you, your family and your ministry. I am praying for protection for you and your daughters and for wisdom, discernment and grace for what is going on now and lies ahead in your journey. Satan is always out to get those who are making an impact for the kingdom. Thank you for allowing us to be partners in prayer in the fight. May God bless you with peace as you show His love to those around you.

miss mary said...

Lifting you and your girls up in prayer as I do each night. Praying for wisdom for you and strength for rough days ahead. G.B.U. dear one. Big Big Hugs.

Luciana Mira said...

God bless you! Im from Brazil.. and I'll pray for you!

isabellecrouche said...

Praying for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

I found your blog recently and you are such an inspiration! I am praying for you and your girls!! God bless you all during this very difficult time!!!

Michelle

Aimee said...

Katie, I began reading your blog several weeks ago - from the beginning. You are such an inspiration and motivator to our family because of your willingness to trust and follow where God leads. We are certainly praying.

Aimee

Laure said...

Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.

May your coming and going be in the power of the Holy Spirit, Katie.

Who art thou, O great mountain before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring fort the headstone, thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.

Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you.

Our Lord Jesus alone be praised for His life in you, Katie.

agirlwrites said...

Your family is so beautiful! :) I would love to be blessed with so many children.

Anonymous said...

This is the most beautiful picture I have ever seen! I have beem inspired by your boldness to go make disciples in Uganda. I wish to take the Gospel to Sudan after graduating from highschool in 2012!
You and your precious daughters are in my prayers.

Hannah H.
Alabama

babydoc said...

You're amazing!!! God bless.

Liz UK

Christina said...

What an amazing picture...amidst whatever you are facing, there is such joy. Praise God for that. May His joy indeed be your strength.

Kate Kelly said...

We do not know each other (the link to your blog was given to me by a friend of a friend of yours) but reading about what God is doing through you has really been a blessing to me. I have been thinking and praying about you and your little family over in Uganda... I am so thankful that God has called you to serve His little ones there...

Praying for you... -Kate

Anonymous said...

I visit your site often, but have never left a comment. I couldn't resist commenting on this beautiful picture ... It looks like a big group of angels!

Steph

Anonymous said...

I'm praising God for you Katie and thanking Him for your great work and testimony! May God continue to hold you in his arms and carry you through every minute and each hour of every day as you work and live for Him as I can see it is only through Him that you can carry on this great work. God bless you and your whole family! There and in the States.
I learned of your blog through my wonderful daughter who faithfully follows you and prays for you! You have touched so many hearts and lives! Even my 15 year old grandaughter follows your blog.
I'm praying for you all!
God bless!

Mimi said...

I am praying for you. You are a true mother, beautiful and strong.May God keep you and your children safe in his arms.