Friday, July 22, 2011

“I thought that if she was just going to die anyway, I should let her die quickly. Then I wouldn’t have to love her, and it wouldn’t have to hurt. Anyway, if she lives, she’ll just grow up to be like this. Who wants to live like this?”

5 months ago my friend Regina, a Karimojong woman who picks fallen branches off our street to sell as firewood and occasionally stopped in for water, came to me desperate. She and her 4 small children had been evicted from their house because for the fourth time in four months she had been unable to pay their rent. As I looked at the three youngest, all on the brink of starving to death, I will admit I judged her. I had been providing the family with food for a while now, how did the children still look like this? But as she breathed the words above I understood. If one’s hope is not in Christ, she simply believes that life is hard and then you die. If this is the case then of course, of course, run from the hard. If you know the pain of losing a child and you know that you will, eventually lose this one too, then obviously your only choice is to run. Immediately, my judgment turned to sorrow.

I don’t think I have to tell you what happened next. Regina, Girl, Capata, Salimu, and baby Katie moved in. They needed a place to go, they needed some hearty meals, and Regina needed someone to teach her how to love her children. Someone to teach her about the Savior.

“I am entrusting you with much,” He whispered.

4 months ago Makerere, the resident “crazy man” of Masese showed up at my gate with his leg burnt to the bone. Believing that his leg was salvageable even after several doctors alleged otherwise, I continued to bandage it daily. The only problem? As soon as Makerere went home each day he again fell pray to the addiction that has haunted him for years. Drunk and stumbling around the slum, his leg would get dirty and he would forget to eat. There was no way it would heal if he kept this up. His house had been burnt down, the reason for his leg wound, and all Makerere really wanted was to die. We begged him to move into the small house in our backyard. (This little house serves as a place for men or families to stay while we minister to them so that both my family and our guests can maintain a semblance of “normal” life while living in community.)

Friends advised against it. “You can’t move the crazy guy into your back yard. You can’t let the crazy guy sit at your table.” But the vote from the kids was unanimous. Yes you can. We packed his remaining belongings (a lantern, an extra shirt, and half of a chair) into our van and made him part of the family.

“I am entrusting you with much,” God whispered.

Last week a grandmother approached me at worship in Buziika and handed me a 6 pound 7 month old. I wasn’t really sure he was breathing. His mother is dead, his father is gone, and this grandmother is just not really sure what to do with him. Figuring he would need at least a month of high fat milk dropped into his little mouth every twenty minutes before he was ready to live in Buziika and be bottle fed by Grandma, we again made the decision to grow. The two of them hopped in the van to come home with us while Grandma learns to take care of sweet baby Juma. In conversation on the way home it was apparent that Grandma had some confused ideas about Jesus and witchcraft. I sighed as I realized that taking care of babies wasn’t all we would be teaching her.

“I am entrusting you with much,” He whispered.

Today Regina and all 4 of her children are incredibly healthy and happy. Though we will miss them terribly, it is time for them to move out, to stand on their own two feet. Regina has been doing some work around the house to build up some savings and with this money and a small loan from Amazima, will begin selling tomatoes and onions to make an income and support her family herself. She is a beautiful mother. She is a beautiful friend.

Makerere’s leg is almost completely healed. Only some pink granulation tissue and lots of smooth brown skin cover the area that was once festering with infection. Makerere is 3 months sober. He will stay here for a bit longer because he is afraid to relapse, but soon he will begin attending vocational school. This face that was once constantly sullen is now ever-joyful. Makerere smiles and sings songs he has learnt at church as he rakes our leaves or picks eggplant from our garden.

While Grandma and baby Juma are still fairly new, Grandma is learning and Juma is already growing. They are a sweet addition to our days.

This house I call home, it is where people flock for help. For a glass of water, for a welcoming smile, for a story of redemption, for a place to belong. “Come and listen,” we say. “Come and listen to what He’s done for us. For you.” These 8 will leave, but more will come. They always come. I don’t know why us and I don’t know why here. Our house is a wreck and dinner is late. We make a ruckus in the grocery store and we don’t get invited out much because surely we will bring a screaming baby or worse, crazy people. We are late to church and sometimes we get there and one doesn’t have shoes and one forgot to comb her hair. We are the messy ones. And we pray and we pray that we could spill out the grace God has so lavished on us.

13 pairs of eyes look at me as if I hold the world. I pray they learn from me half of what I learn from them. They are growing. Trauma from their pasts surfaces and we fight to cling to truth and joy. The days feel long but the years are so short. Time slips away and these little people transform into big people and I pray only that they are becoming people who know Him more.

“I have entrusted you with much,” He whispers.

The book releases in October. I know what this means: more eyes on us. I struggle with the thought of it. All I want is more eyes on Him. I am just a broken mess, grabbing for His feet, reaching out to touch His cloak, thankful for His mercy that washes over me. I am just a little girl, relieved to crawl into His lap and curl up there.

He has entrusted me with so much. And from those who much has been entrusted, much more will be demanded. We want only to represent Him well. So I have taken some time away to feel the weight of it all. 13 little girls, the families in the back yard, friends, family, people in Masese, people in Buziika, people in America looking at me. And satan whispers, “Run. Run and run and run. No book. No blog. No more homeless people in the guestroom. Lock your doors. Take these 13 and just shut yourselves in and stay away from all these eyes because you are not good enough to have so many eyes on you. Run.”

But I look out in the yard and I see only redemption. I see God making thorn bushes into pine trees. I see Him filling our holes with His blood. I see traumatized children that struggle sometimes but laugh mostly. I see them embracing these one-drunk, once-lifeless, once-starving people who are growing in a merciful, healing Father. I see lives changed and I see eternities changed. I see family where there once was only loneliness. And I don’t know why He chose me, this broken little girl, to witness all of it.

I look up. And His voice is so much louder than satan’s. “I have entrusted you with much and I have demanded of you much. But only with me will your life bear much. So run. Run and run and run into my arms. Run. Run and run and run into this world sharing this story that has Me at the center. This making of disciples, it is my business. And I am with you always and my burden is light. I spill through your brokenness and I will be glorified. I promise. I will be glorified.” And that is all I want.

I sat in the heaviness. And I weighed the risks of sharing our entire life, all of it, the joy and the sad, the beautiful and the ugly, with the whole crazy world. And I know. That if on the other side of that risk is the possibility that someone may see Jesus in our brokenness and know that there is grace and purpose in theirs too, then the whole crazy world is welcome. For a glass of water, for a welcoming smile, for a story of redemption, for a place to belong. For a glimpse of a Savior who uses even us, the messy ones. “Come and listen to what He’s done for us. For you.”

We look up. We are thankful for the mess. We are thankful for the much. We are thankful for a story to share, the story of His death and His story in our lives.

Would you pray with us? That as eyes turn to us, they would see only Him. That however, whatever, wherever He would be glorified. He will.

168 comments:

Ty said...

I just want to say I have just been informed about what you are doing and I am absolutely humbled to see the strength you have and the strength you have placed in God to do this. I recently over the last yearish have decided to go on a similar track and am even more inspired by all the things you have done. I am headed to Ghana actually to work at an orphanage and see where it goes from there. I need more in life and I think this is it. You and your journey will be in my thoughts and prayers. Wow, it is so amazing how God will use us. Just had to say something. I also have a blog but not sure if you have time to follow you seem quite busy but if you are interested at all its tyswalk.blogspot.com. Thank you for listening to Gods call and everything you are doing to serve.

Blessings Tyler

Leah said...

I have been praying this longer than you realize! I love your family, Katie, and the wide-open-hearted and wide-open-homed way that you all live for Him. I remember my few different days with all of you as blessed ones! He speaks much in your mess :) God bless you, sis! Can't wait to read the book, but rest assured that I'm praying for all the glory to be His, and for all the encouragement of His grace to be yours :)
--Leah

LMinGA said...

Amen! In my life Lord, be Glorified!

LMinGA said...

Amen, in my life Lord, be Glorified!

Sarah said...

Beautiful. You are and your family are truly a living example of Christ Jesus. I know your reward will be great in heaven.

Amy (Amanda) said...

I see Him in you, dear Katie. I read your words and I hear Him. Once I read your words and wanted to just GO, to be like you. But more and more I realize that I want to be like Jesus, and for me that means being His hands and feet at home right now. He's taught me so much about love through you, sweet sister. The love, it's exhausting and requires much of us, and sometimes it doesn't seem like it's worth it... but He always makes it worth it. Praying for you to be strengthened by His mighty power in the Spirit, that He will be made known as His light shines in you.

Janell said...

Katie, you are always pouring out the praise and glory of your Father. That's why I keep reading. Keep pressing on. The work that God has started in you, HE will surely bring it to completion, for His glory alone.

ells said...

Blessings to you....your life does cause me to look deeper and digger harder.... to live a life filled with His Love. Yes, it is amazing for someone so young to be about His Kingdom in such a way...and it does cause me pause to stand in awe of someone so yielded....as I gaze, I see Jesus in you ....Jesus is so bright...and He calls me to yield too... right where I am as well. Can't wait to read your book....both you and Michelle Perry are opening this "older' heart in a new way to compassion....the compassion of Christ.

Anonymous said...

praying!

Brantley and Richard said...

Slow! I am speechless for once! I adore your heart and your passion! So eager to hear you speak at the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta! Your story, your heart and your compassion have been truly inspiring to me for soo long! Until then... brantley

galyn said...

I see Jesus and grace in you and your family. I pray it is clear for you to see your own fullness in Him, because you're AMAZING!

L.O.T. said...

Another tearful read. Thank you! Can't wait for the book. Prayers.

Jen said...

Praying with you. Transformed by Him. Messy and broken together. Hope this video blesses you.

http://youtu.be/uumI-PdeZzY

God bless you, Katie. May you feel His unimaginable love for you and your strength be restored daily.

Arielle said...

I have been following your story for a while now and it never ceases to challenge me to live my life poured out. We may never meet in this lifetime, but girl, I will look you up in heaven. Well done.

Jessica Pierce said...

Katie,

My name is Jessica Pierce. I've been following your blog for a while now - I take breaks from time to time, because I cry everytime I read it; but thank you! I live in Entebbe and work with a women named Robin Hancock, doing health education in the community and malnutrition rehabilitation for 0-3 year olds.

I've been struggling lately. so many problems,unsure of how to solve; so many questions unsure of how to answer; so many people in need, so little to give.

thank you for this post. thank you for reminding me that its not about me. i so so want to run lately - in fact i've been doing that "its easier to lock myself in and ignore it all" type running these last few weeks. but thank you for your honesty and the encouragement to push through, and to keep my eyes turned up!

much love, thanks and blessing,

Jess

Greg said...

Hi Katie,
I learned of Amazima through a news story on NPR, as I'm sure thousands of others did as well. The light of Christ shines through you and we will pray with you. Thanks for reflecting that light back to those of us who, in our unfortunate comfortable way, lose sight of Him, and especially to those who He has entrusted into your care. Your arms are wide.

Greg

Lee said...

Katie,

I have been a reader for a few months and just wanted to let you know that as I have shared your story with others, the only way it has made sense is to say, "Look at what God is doing through His servants!" Keep running to Him and thank you for giving others glimpses as to what that looks like!

Jennifer

Kari said...

Your life will forever be an encouragement to me! Praying...

Linda said...

I will be praying Katie. I read something by Ruth Graham that has helped me when things seem overwhelming: "Discouragement is the devil's calling card."
He will give grace. He will get honor and glory because you love Him and serve with such deep humility.
You encourage this heart sweet girl, and He will use you according to His plan.
Praying, praying, praying. I will commit to pray for you daily and then some.

Anonymous said...

Fellow messy missionary here! I love your hearts, I love your Saviour! I love that they come and that you are entrusted with much. Blessings be heaped upon your heads and those who come to your backyard and to your hearts. He lives in your hearts and so they will be drawn to Him but not to worry because He is leading ultimately to Himself! Bravo! In His service together with you,
Patricia Varga/Hungary

Fuad said...

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Your family is often in my thoughts and prayers. Please pray for me, a sinner.

Jane said...

Thank you for being willing to be vulnerable in sharing you story with so many of us. And thank you for Isaiah 55 earlier today. The scripture captures your mission and reflects His glory.

Callie Andra said...

Katie,
I heard of your blog from a friend of mine, Rebekah Pickett, and have been following you for a month or so now. Word cannot describe how much your stories, your wisdom, and your faith have inspired me. I'm on Project with Campus Crusade this summer and wanted you to know that we had a 24 hour prayer vigil about a week ago and one of the hours was focused on Uganda and your ministry with Amazima. Thank you so much for the heart that you share so freely in your words, and for the contagious love you have for our Savior. God bless, and much love!

A sister in Christ,
Callie

Toni said...

Beautifully spoken....keep looking up!

Anonymous said...

i just wanted to tell you i love hearing from you because you do point striaght to Him...i learn from your words and He definately speaks through you! :) right now He is showing me Matthew 25 where He talks about the three servants...it is great...thanks for being open i will be praying for you and your family!

Sandy said...

Katie,
once again my eyes are open. Open to all that God has for us!! You...so far away from here....doing what God called you to do. Trusting.....ever faithful although you get tired and weary. God is forever faithful. As I strive to live my life day by day... I will be reminded that only by "doing" can God in turn use me. Just as He is using you. I will walk in the path He has ordained for me...and I will remember to pray for Katie and her family.....and all that you put your hand to do in His name. Your book....GOD WILL be glorified through it!! And I cannot wait to purchase a copy and spend an evening with a cup of coffee....reading about all that God has for you yet still. I don't know you...but I love you just the same. You are an inspiration to me. Thank you....for giving yourself so un-selfishly!!!!!

Katy B. said...

Katie, I love y'all. I am praying for all of you. God is certainly getting glory from your story.

Kenny Sacht said...

Katie, I want to meet you some day. You are young, I am older at 53. God grabbed your heart earlier, and mine later. My dream is big and He uses you to let me know his heart more.

My precious bride and I are going to change our world! And God just used you again to show me that we can indeed do so!

Katie, would you please pray for this new thing: Wipe Every Tear?

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wipe-Every-Tear/188886867812402

We don't know what we are doing, but He has whispered to us as well to come along on the adventure - bringing hope to the hopeless.

Bless you kid.

Kenny Sacht
Wipe Every Tear

Kenny Sacht said...

Katie, God has just used you again to show me that we can do what he is leading us to do. He showed me a couple of years ago that he wants me to "wipe tears on this side of heaven" starting in the slums of Manila, The Philippines.

Will you please pray for me/us?

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wipe-Every-Tear/188886867812402

I'm sitting here shaking my head (in awe of my lord in you). One day we will meet - in his time when he calls us to set up Wipe Every Tear in Swaziland. We can learn a bunch from you!

Thank you for heeding the call. I love your walk with Jesus.

Bless you kid - REAL GOOD!

Kenny Sacht
Wipe Every Tear

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

PRAYING with you Katie!!! Praying for God to be seen in all you do!!!! Praying for strength to show God to whomever comes to you!! Thank you for sharing HIS TESTIMONY with us!!

Southern Gal said...

Praying God be glorified in it all.

Shelley said...

Reading this, tears are streaming down my face and my 6 yr old son asks why mommy? Mommy why are you crying? I respond that it is good and I am in awe of how AWESOME God is and how you walk the walk. You live a life Christ-filled, and I aspire to do that. Thank you for sharing, thank you for your words, thank you for your ministry. You show us how we are supposed to be. God Bless you and your family and for showing the love of Jesus.

Michelle Lawson said...

Katie, may you find yourself in a constant state of Jesus. Surrounded by Him, protected by His army! A vessel constantly overflowing with abundance. Thank you for letting us in to your world.

Jesus I praise You! Thank you for choosing us and loving us so completely. Thank you for stories and testimonies of Your love being spilled out and redemption winning what was thought to be complete lost.
Protect Katie and this beautiful picture of Christ. These precious little souls. Guard all their hearts and may Your face, Your light, Your love outshine the brightest spotlight that sets itself on this blessed family.
Lord soften the hearts of those that will hear and ready the believers to reap and sow. Thank you Lord for these "members" of the body of Christ. May we learn and be inspired by the Jesus that lives through their willing hands.

Our Beautiful Life said...

your family and ministry continue to be in our prayers...

Rundy said...

I have already pre-ordered your book. If it is anywhere near as good as your blog (and how could it be anything but!) I will value it for how it will make me think about what God is doing, has done, and is calling me to do.

Thank you for sharing your life on this blog, with all of the messiness and brokenness. I encourage you to continue to be bold in telling your stories in all of their reality. It is Satan who whispers to us to only tell the pretty stories because that Liar would have us believe that God's grace is not sufficient to redeem every story.

And like so many other of your readers, I will continue to pray.

Nebuchudnessar said...

Yes, I will pray with you.

You are doing great work for Christ.

Stephanie said...

I'm reading the book "crazy love" and one of the chapter videos talk about how we tend to think of our home as OUR home but really it's God's. All of it is the Lord's and that we should lock ourselves in or lock others out. You are truly doing the Lord's work and everyone can see Christ's love shining through you! God bless dear sister in Christ

Melody said...

I can not wait to read your book Katie! I have followed your journey and all that have know that you ONLY want to Glorify Him! God bless you sweet girl!

Mark Langham said...

This is the gospel! This is taking up what was lacking in Christ's sufferings. This is LOVE! Thank you. This just filled me with so much praise for my Savior. Thank you thank you thank you. Word's fail me....

Be Not Afraid said...

You are always such an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing your beautiful Christ laden thoughts. It is like my spiritual reading for the day. God works so beautifully through you not only in Uganda but in all those you reach across the globe. God bless you.

Linda Zelaya said...

Katie, their eyes will turn to Him. Everytime I read your blog, you make me turn my eyes to Him. Fear not!

charity said...

we sing a hymn in our faith, Because I Have Been Given Much....
I too must give,
because of thy great bounty Lord, each day I live,
I shall divide my gifts from thee, with every brother that I see,
who has the need of help from me.
Because I have been blessed by thy great love, dear Lord
I'll share thy love again
according to thy word
I shall give love to those in need
I'll show that love by word and deed
thus shall my thanks be thanks
indeed....
I wish i could come sing it for your girls as a lullaby tonight, but really they don't need to hear it, because they live it. We are thrilled to hear you are writing a book, God will bless those who hear your story there as He does here...there will be so much more good than trial from speaking Truth. Praying for you all. Charity

Donna Schultz said...

You leave me speechless. You are so full of Christ that it overflows on all you do and every single person you come in contact with. I would like to call you a modern day Mother Teresa, but I am proud that you are my sister in Christ. There are many of us that want to be you when we grow up.

Staci said...

Praying, Katie, praying.

Katy said...

Praying Katie!!!

Katy said...

Praying right now Katie!!!

Kristen said...

Be encouraged, sister. We continue to lift you up to the Father from our place here in the States. One day we will all meet in heaven!

Nancy said...

Beautiful! God has surely given you grace for this journey. Praying for you and all those who show up at your door looking for Him. They will find Him reflected beautifully in you.

Ama said...

Oh Katie! Thanks be to God for the healing of Makerere's leg! I am so delighted to hear that I am crying! I hope the little bit I did, the teaching I offered about debridement helped. I know my prayers did. Please tell him hello for me and that I will continue to pray for his ongoing healing and sobriety!
I have so often wished to be back there in your yard, on your porch just helping. I left part of my heart there, and in other places nearby. I was thrilled to see the picture of baby E smiling today! God has entrusted you with so much, and will always entrust each of us with so much if we would but open to his gifts in our lives. I have ordered your book, and I tell many people about you...I will continue to follow your blog and hope to return to Jinja again to help.
Nancy W.

Jenifer said...

Katie,

Glory be, Glory be, Glory be to the Lord! You are his instrument here, and eyes must be on you, but the divine inspiration is UNDENIABLE! Don't let the fear in, YOU will be adored, argued about, ridiculed and persecuted, but God only uses those who are so humble. God be with you and your family. We will shout HIS name from the rooftops BECAUSE of you.

Love,
Jenifer

Anonymous said...

Where the humble lay down their lives, Jesus will be seen. Do not worry or fear, He will be glorified in your sacrifice!

freckles said...

Thank you for sharing your life with others and with me! He is being glorified and you are changing more lives than you can imagine! I pray for you and your loved ones daily!

CathyMA said...

Hi Kate! You worry a lot about eyes being on you. Don't worry so much. Because I found your blog a few months ago, my eyes have gone to Him. I have started reading the bible, something this Catholic girl has never done, and now find Him with me all the time. I don't think I am the only one that this has happened to. Please say hello to Mary Mugosa for me. She is the girl my family and I sponsor. We think about her all the time--her photo is in our kitchen. Have a great day Kate!

Sara said...

Sweet Katie, your prayers are already being answered. Eyes are on you and staring straight into the heart of Jesus. And there is a great cloud of witnesses cheering you on! Keep running. Keep opening up. Keep pouring out. Christ is being glorified and you are being transformed into His likeness. And because of your testimony, so am I. Thank you.

Elizabeth said...

You're posts bless me. Helps me keep my eye on the bigger picture... Jesus.

taniad1992 said...

Yours is a life lived so well for the Lord. Thank you Katie!!! We are all praying for you here in Hungary!

LisaMende said...

I love you Katie and don't even know you! I will pray for your ministry to the lesser of these and I will support you as I can...

christel said...

Definitely praying.
Welcome back.

RaD said...

Wow. Beautiful, touching. Yes, I will pray.

Sandy said...

To God be the glory! For all things. And thank you for once again "bringing" your journey to us, sharing the real life that God has enabled you to live, giving a glimpse of the reality that is living for Him. Praying for extra strength for you as He reaches others through you!

(re)new(ed) creation said...

Hi Katie! I've been following your blog just recently and I really thank the Lord for using you to make an impact in my life as well. I am new to the faith and I struggle with a lot of trials and persecution. But I am humbled down by His works through you and I am always filled with hope that someday, He will use me in His own way. I am such a mess, so much unworthy...but He saved me. And though I live miles away, my prayers are with you and your ministry... your life is a blessing; your blog is an inspiration. and i am hoping to get a copy of your book. :-)

mairi said...

Thank you, God, for the blessing this wonderful daughter of Yours is in my life. I love You. And I love her. Thank you, Jesus.


(I can't wait for the book :))))))

jstromli said...

OH Katie...I feel so selfish about how much this post helped me when I so desire to lift you and encourage you in your journey...praying for you and your family, especially as the craziness of the book promotion begins...praying that reading it will cause all our eyes (Including mine) to look to HIM, just praying praying praying...and giving THANKS for the beautiful gift of YOU! Thank you for BOLDLY going where HE has calledyou...I pray I can do the same...

Kelli said...

Hi Katie,
I just wanted to tell you that I've been reading your blog for awhile now, and I am amazed by the life you lead. You are so clearly glorifying God in all that you do - it's an inspiration to me. You are certainly worthy of many eyes on you. You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be. Thank you for everything you do.

Anonymous said...

Hi Katie,
An old friend on facebook from my old church 20 years ago posted a link to your blog. And I praise God that he did! I have read your whole story from beginning to end and you rock! I have cried many times this week reading your blog and it has ignited a light in me again to come back to Jesus who I had neglected for many years.

You are living the most exciting, wonderful life and giving all your daughters such an amazing foundation of love. Its so beautiful how they want to serve others and help you now as you help them. What a great lesson in life.

I can imagine it must be scary for you right now with the book coming out, but be confident! You are a beautiful girl with God's light truly shining out of your face. And so young and so brave!

You have a talent for writing beautiful stories, capturing great photos and have such an open vulnerable honesty, I believe you can change many many lives. See, you have already helped me come back to the Lord! Imagine how many more can be affected by this amazing journey you are on. God is truly working through you!

GOOD LUCK! It will be great!!

Fiona Porteous, 37 year old British mum living in Amsterdam, who once spent 6 months in Kampala! (So I also love to hear about the Africa that is so familiar to me!).

Mary Beth said...

Praying.

Lou Ann said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for loving HIM and allowing HIM to love others in sacrificial service. Katie, you truly are the free one in this world, not those bound up with critical hearts suspicion as seen in the comments to the NPR interview. My youngest will be 22 next month, so I think of you in light of her. I am thankful that God has given her a love for the lost and for orphans. As a nurse, who originally wanted to use my talents in missions, married and ended up a Pastor's Wife, I appreciated your physical healing touch to those who come to you. When I hear of the things here in middle class America troubling people or in some cases I would say the bondage that "things" bring in their lives, I pray that they would know the freedom you have because you know who you believe, who you trust and who you depend on for your very breath! I reread this post to my husband this morning through tears. As Uganda has changed you, you have changed me through His work in you. Be assured of my prayers for you. And I ask, what do I hear the Savior whisper to me?

Brittany Leigh said...

Katie, thank you for loving Him, for serving Him, for trusting Him, and for being a witness both to those who believe and those who do not. You encourage me and challenge me with each and every post.

Lifting you and your family in prayer, that He would sustain and uphold you, and fill you with His joy and His peace in every moment of this life. He will not fail you. Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus!

Tammy@If Meadows Speak... said...

Lifted up a prayer that He'll be glorified and His fame spread throughout the land, through your book. May it be so. Thanks for sharing.

Madam Pemberly said...

Praying for you and your girls and all the people you are serving!

stephanie Boudreaux said...

We love hearing about your life, girls, friends, struggles and hope. Thanks for choosing to give and share time, knowledge, messiness, and love with whoever God brings you. We are praying. We love you...from Team Boudreaux

iduart said...

Dear Beautiful Katie ~ You are in my prayers! You are a tool of His Love! You are a Princess of The Most High King! You are a mighty example of True Love!

Psalms 59:16-17 But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress. O my strength, I will sing praises to You; For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness.

I praise God for His soldiers like you! My daughter was blessed to meet you when you came home to Ca to speak. I pray to meet you someday too! With His Love ~ Carol Duarte

Amy said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I hear Him in your words.

DL said...

May the Lord continue to bless you! We are always praying for you!

DL said...

We are always praying for you! May the Lord continue to bless you!

teresa said...

praying with you - that they will see Him, know Him and grow in relationship wit Him.

RoJo said...

I am moved to tears and will pray fervently that you will continue to be open. Open not only to those in need, but open to sharing God's story of which you are such a wonderful part.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Robin Johnson
Frisco, TX

nonie said...

You are an amazing young lady who serves an amazing and awesome God. May you continue to serve and share with all of us your lives and struggles. You are truly a light unto the world through Jesus.

Mary Beth said...

"The days feel long, but the years are so short." Oh sweet girl, you have so much wisdom and you like Mary are choosing the better thing... you are sitting at the feet of Jesus and absorbing all the love He has for mankind and then showing it to a lost world. I pray that God will surround you with His love and will block any negative response you get from the world. I know that God is so pleased with you all that you do, but even more He is delighted with your soul!!

Alisha Darsey said...

This is such an amazing and powerful post. I feel almost breathless from reading it. The Spirit of God is in you and you point me to the Lord. Thank-you! He will continue to use you. I am praying for you. Love, Alisha

Anonymous said...

Oh Katie,
You are that Beautiful little girl sitting in the lap of Jesus.
Always open to letting others share His lap with you.
Thank you so much.
connie

L.A. Krueger said...

No one will take His glory from Him, Katie. He has asked you to live by faith. Doing so every consequence belongs to Him. The devil is poised to come against you when that book you've lived meets the hands and hearts of the multitudes. No matter. Really. No matter. Your worship is to follow Him ... even to the death of what you think is your reputation or earthly goods or even your life. No one will take His glory from Him. No one.

I believe in Christ Jesus in you.

And yes, I. am. praying.

You Can Call Me Jane said...

Oh, Katie. What words. What incredible stories. These stories force our gaze on Him. The strength that He gives you, the miracles He preforms, the lives He is changing (through you and your ministry). Do not worry or be afraid. You are doing an excellent job of pointing us all to Him:-).

Ranger said...

the work you are doing touches me to the heart, your blog reminds me of what my faith really means and why I love God and it draws me to look around me with new eyes for what I should be aware of and working for where I am. Bless you and what you do, and I will gladly and thankfully pray for you {}

Anonymous said...

Thank you.

Melissa Ens said...

Yes, Lord... be glorified through the book, through the stories, through all of us messy ones who dare to live out in the open with eyes on us because you have invited us out into the light... You are huge, You are amazing and You are so good. Please, Lord, continue to whisper louder than satan can scream because Your Voice is peace. You are our peace. Continue to be Katie's peace and her family's peace. In the Name of and for the Glory of Jesus, amen.

janice said...

God Bless you Katie Davis.

Unknown said...

Katie, you are absolutely inspiring to me. I will pray for you and your family. Your life is a testament to what I pray and hope I can someday do myself. Serve full heartedly wherever God calls me! Keep running into his arms. I have been following your blog for about a year now, I am just another pair of eyes watching you from America, but you have truly shown what the hands and feet of Jesus can do. I am going to Uganda with a team from my church in August and spoken with your ministry to potentially meet you and your family and help out! They directed me to the feeding programs you do on Saturdays and I am more than ecstatic to see everything! I will be praying, from one sister to another, keep running, run hard.

Dawna said...

Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I am so blessed by you sharing how you have allowed God to use you as vessel for loving and helping others and have given you the added ability to express your experience in such a meaningful way. My perspective on serving God in my everyday life is forever changes.

Dawna said...

Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I am so blessed by you sharing how you have allowed God to use you as vessel for loving and helping others and have given you the added ability to express your experience in such a meaningful way. My perspective on serving God in my everyday life is forever changes.

florence said...

I am constantly amazed at how the Lord is working through you to transform lives- physically, emotionally and spiritually. He is being glorified through your life, Katie! Your heart, your actions are making God's name BIG! I so appreciate your humble attitude regarding the book and wanting God to be glorified, not you. He will be. I will praying as October approaches and I look forward to buying my copy!

Ruthy said...

Katie,
dear girl, so loved and trusted by our Saviour to carry out his precious work amongst such precious people.....what a wonderful burden He is helping you bear! When I read your gifted writing, how you have the energy to make poetry when so much is demanded of you! I am brought to tears!Thank God He brought you to this place, where your service brings so much life and joy and the Lord brings healing to these lives, each one for whom He died...thank you for all you do and allow God to do through you, thank you for your ministry and thank you to your family back home who support you in this, though it must be hard for them......may our God and Father continue to bless you and make you a blessing in that place; may He bring joy and gladness and healing into those lives - and strength and energy, grace and wisdom as you make huge decisions every day - such a load for a gifted [yet] young girl to carry............and yes, may He let you touch the hem of His garment so that others can experience His healing presence through you! Father - bless all those precious ones in Katie's care, and send her the help she needs to carry on this important ministry, guide her through each day dear Lord, and refresh her in every way I pray, through Jesus Christ...........Amen!

Anonymous said...

What a blessing! Thanks for sharing you world with us... I see Jesus there!

Anonymous said...

Thank-you for being faithful.

Kathi in Iowa

Tiffanyann said...

I have read and all ur blogs u have wrote. I love reading ur blog and am beyond blessed u share ur family story to all of us in the world. I pray ur family is blessed beyond ur imagination. That the world eyes will be open to what u share.

havefunbegood said...

Praying.
-Amy

Anonymous said...

Katie, THANK YOU for keeping this blog. It is helping me to be a better person. Through my church I work with the children in my neighborhood. Though they are fortunate to have enough to eat and a place to live, many of them are undernourished emotionally and spiritually. Reading about your work helps me want to continually do more. Thank you so much! I am praying for you and your children.

danyellie said...

his is a beautiful post. Be assured that He is ALREADY getting glorified, and people are ALREADY looking to Him through your stories. How can you not? Even your writing points to Him. You're a beautiful person, and for your heart I thank Him.

Love,
Danielle

AmyLou said...

Glorified He is, I look daily to see if there is new post. As a foster Mom to 5 and 2 bio it can seem like an island. It is easy to get lost in the cause, the biblical demand and suddenly feel overwhelmed. You are a lighthouse in the darkness and I look forward to every post.. Praying for you and your precious family, for faithful obidiance, that I cant wrap my head around.
Much Love and Prayers
Amy

Melissa Davis said...

So many already read your blogs and see Jesus SHINING so brightly through you and those around you Katie. Do not worry :) More will come to know Him through your experiences and words. May God continue to bless you and your amazing family and friends.

the_blissful_mommy said...

Katie. The world is watching. And when we read your words we hear Truth. Keep talking. Keep walking. I weep with weakness and inspiration and grief fas I read your struggle because of course - we hear those same lies, all of us. But you saying it out loud? Not arguing with the enemy but running to Jesus? It's the Truth that sets captives free....and I send an offering of sincerest love and support from my corner of a messy life. xoxo Esty

Kitchener said...

Thank you for your honesty, Kate. It is so inspiring. We all face doubts and fears, but the Lord is faithful and He provides for our every need. One day at a time. One moment at a time. I will be praying for the release of your book and for your beautiful ministry. Thank you for sharing. Blessings!!!

Melissa said...

precious. I'm glad someone told me about your blog. I'm also tempted to run from the spotlight, even if it's pointing to Christ. This was good to read.

Heather Conrad said...

Beautiful. Humble. Inspiring. God-centered. Thank you.

lifebreadgurl said...

thank you Katie, for giving us the reminders of how to live for our Lord. We need your perspective because all too often it is so easy to forget as we live here in America and are distracted with so much.

lifebreadgurl said...

Thank you Katie for the reminder of what it looks like to follow our Lord. We need that perspective as we live here in America and are distracted with much.

Suzanne said...

such a great reminder for me today to look at all He has entrusted me with and ask the questions.. "what am I doing with it?" and "is He being glorified?" thank you for the reminder and for allowing us in to your world!

Linda said...

Yes

Anonymous said...

I will pray.

Lolly said...

Sweet Katie,
I check your blog daily now - it is such a strength, conviction, inspiration to me - to press on ever closer to my Saviour. I read this post, and with tears, bowed my head and prayed for you, for Makerere, for Grandmother and Juma, for Regina and her children - that Christ would reign in you all, that they would not just be healthy and sober and well-fed, but that they would be filled with the only filling that lasts - filled with Christ and His peace. Oh, dear Katie, though I've never met you, I love you. I love your heart for Jesus, your love for everyone around you. I struggle, as the homeschooling-mom of two boys to be patient with them, to direct their eyes to Christ. Then I read about your dear family, and I am humbled and reminded of what's important in this life. I thank God for your love, for your ministry, and I pray His blessings on you, His hand of safety on your family, His grace for your long, weary days, His love for all those hungry souls that come to you. You make me think so much of Amy Carmichael. I don't know if you've read any of her books, or even if you're familiar with her. She was a missionary to India in the 1800's, who, as you've done, took to her heart the broken and needy (children, mostly) that came across her path and loved them and told them about her Saviour. It was through her work that temple prostitution of children became outlawed in India. If you haven't read from her, please do. She, like you, struggled daily with feeling overwhelmed by the need that surrounded her, and was continually made aware of God's faithfulness and provision, even in the face of her weakness. I continue to pray for you and yours. Keep your eyes on Jesus - He will be all that you need.

In His Great Love,
Laura McCoy

Cindy said...

Well, if you weren’t so darn loveable, all eyes wouldn't be on you ;) “Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” I am so thankful that you are willing to share your life. I know that your life is harder than I can understand, but the outcome does make me want to imitate your faith. You spur us on to love and good deeds. So thankful for you, praying for you <3

April Jacobson said...

Katie,
Thank you for breathing the fresh air of the gospel into my life today!

Shawn H said...

Katie I have read, and reread your post many times. And each time it makes me cry and very excited. Reading YOUR story has shown me JESUS!!!!!! My family will pray for your family. ...That you may stand firm in all the will of God... (colossians 4:12)

Anonymous said...

I come to your blog periodically to witness the love of God lived out loud. In your writing you repeatedly demonstrate how you accomplish these things with the power of God and not your own. I would guess the book will do the same. Of course critism will come but you know whose Word is the only one you need to listen to. Many blessings on you and your work.

MsMills said...

Katie, I've always seen Jesus in you -- from the first time I heard about you. You are a beautiful example of Christ's strength in our weakness and the glory He gains through the "foolish things". I praise God for your life. He is high and lifted up in your midst and so I trust He will also be through your story. <3

MsMills said...

Katie, I have always seen Jesus in you -- from the first time I heard about you. You are a beautiful example of Christ's strength in our weakness and the glory He gains through His use of the "foolish things". He is high and lifted up in your midst and so I trust He also will be through your story. <3

Anna said...

Katie- so overjoyed to read your post. I have been taking baby steps and feeling the need to RUN RUN RUN the other way as well. I said to a friend, "how can I do this thing when I just feel so broken." I know in my head that God uses our broken ness. That its all a big beautiful mess. My vanity and pride gets in the way. ONce again I will be praying for forgiveness and stepping out in faith.

Anonymous said...

I.AM.INSPIRED...into ACTION!!! Katie, thank you for your blog bc it open my eyes to a scripture God spoke to my heart l1 years ago and now I understand why!!!!

Alisha said...

Yes! We will pray. When I see what is going on there, I see God.

Amber said...

"...and I see eternities changed."

Katie, NO ONE who learns about your heart could judge you. If they do, well-those are the souls we're praying for. You are not perfect but your big ol' heart is, girlfriend! You will have nay-sayers, you will have judgement calls...because Satan is good. BUT, for every one of those people are a million people who LOVE and pray for and adore and cheer for YOU and YOUR daughters and the crazy guy and the people of Uganda. Katie, I pray you feel absolutely drenched and completely covered in prayer. I hope and it will be in my prayers that you and your family will feel completely overcome with peace and prayers and JOY. That from this book you won't feel judgement but will feel completely rejuvenated!
Much Love, Admiration and Prayers
AmberK
He is in YOU and He is what you do. Don't let ANYONE take that from you. And when you feel down or judged-look into your daughters' eyes, look into your back yard, look in the smiles and look in the hearts of those going out your front door. Proof is in the puddin', Katie.

millicent said...

Praying with and for you!!! You are doing what all of us should be, yet we live in fear of "what if". Blessings!!!

CJja said...

God Bless.

Tammy said...

Love reading your blog. You are very inspiring to me. I can't wait to read your book. I will pray for you and your family, and I pray that I will know when and what God calls for me to do. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful stories. You do point all the wonder and glory of your life to Jesus. It's amazing to read about, things and story and miracles, that only He could do.

Tammy

Liz said...

Speechless, Katie.

God bless you.

RaVae Erickson said...

Wow, is all I can say, Katie. Thank you for taking time out of your beautiful, crazy, mess to share with all of us. Praying for you.

HollyMarie said...

I will pray... and I look forward to reading the book.. praying it points many people to Him and ignites a fire and passion in all who read it.

Butterfly Kisses said...

Katie, I'm so glad you are working on a book. Your story is HIS story and must be shared. I share your blog with everyone I meet and they too are filled with joy, peace, love, purpose, and hope. ** If you need someone to edit your book, I am a writer and would be honored! Hugs--dianne :)

Beloved_Persis said...

I read missionary stories and biographies to my children. We love reading about people who serve God in the ways He calls them. I'd say you are a present day Amy Carmichael. Thank you for serving our most High God and Lord and Saviour, Jesus, Christ!

Enjoy Country Living said...

Thank you for sharing all of your life. Have been praying for you , your children, your ministry. So nice to hear such good news. Another great post and can't wait to see your book. Be Blessed...Hugs From Ohio

Ande said...

Praying for you and your family and the kingdom work you're doing, Katie! Every life you touch is marked with the love of Christ — what a beautiful handprint.

Blessed Mom of Four AND More said...

Oh, Sweet Katie, that He will be glorified. As I pray for our lives, I pray for you and your family.

Oh, that others will see you, and when they see you, see Him.

Oh, that your words and your wisdom and your conviction will burden others to live a life in TOTAL committment to Him.


To God Be the Glory!

Robbie in south Georgia

PastorMac's Ann said...

Praying.

Amy Lou said...

I'm so inspired by your life!! You challenge me to be reckless, to care less about my life and my healthy boundaries and just give everything to Him and His people!! Praying for renewed strenght and grace for you. Praying for special times with your family and more love in your home!!! Thanks for not hiding but being an inspiration to so many!!

Lauren said...

Your life is precious, to Jesus and to so many looking on already. You'll find your way in this new part of your journey, by stretching your arms up and receiving His love, just as you've been doing all along.

Amy said...

Keep on. Every moment. One at a time. Precious, Katie...He leads you. Trust Him. Even in *this*--the book, the attention, the questions, the time you'll have to sort out differently...you can trust Him that All. Is. For. Purpose.

Kaylee said...

Katie,
You inspire me the way you are. I want to be a missionary in Rwanda when I get older becuase im only 10. I feel like God is calling me there. I pray that God will shine his light through and on you for the rest of your days.
God Bless You,
Kaylee

Sheryl said...

Thank you for sharing. I've been reading your blogs for over a year now and wanted to say thank you.

Reading your blogs about you opening your home and heart to so many is intimidating for me to read some times because I am too afraid to try myself.

I pray that you have great success with the book and many opportunities will come from it.

Erika said...

You inspire me to stop complaining and keep moving. Your faith is truly inspirational. Thanks for being so mold-able for God and teaching the rest of us SO much! My prayers are FOR you.

Laine said...

Katie we continue to pray for you EVERY SINGLE DAY...
What a privilege to come to His throne and pray for your sweet girls and for you.
You have the wisdom of a 100 year old woman hidden in the heart of a youthful girl...what a treasure you are! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your life with all of us in blog world...no, thank you for sharing your life with those in Uganda. The ripple effect of Christ's love in you reaches us all...praise GOD!

Yahweh Sisters Ministries said...

Katie through your craziness I hear him....I hear him whisper to me...."Robbie do you love me?" Then go feed my sheep....(I am a critical Care Nurse) I sit with the dying every-week....and because I have felt him and heard him through your words I am learning....to bend the lower....lower to wipe the vomit off the floor...bending lower to wipe the feces from the dying HIV patient......bending lower to bath the patient with TB...YES it is exhaustings but you are right my dear friend....I will keep bending lower because that is where we will see His face....thank you for your willingness to be used for His Glory in this lost and dying world.
For years I have been praying for God to show me what my path would be? The whole time it was right in front of me....
Being able to sit with the dying and to ask them "Do you know Jesus?".....sitting with the ones who have the no-one telling them "I will be your family!"
You are being used mightly my dear friend...I will keep you in my prayers. Can't wait to read the book and don't you worry God will get the glory.... People all across the world are learning to bend the lower right where we are! xoxo
Robbie
http://yahwehsistersministries.blogspot.com

Yahweh Sisters Ministries said...

Katie through your craziness I hear him....I hear him whisper to me...."Robbie do you love me?" Then go feed my sheep....(I am a critical Care Nurse) I sit with the dying every-week....and because I have felt him and heard him through your words I am learning....to bend the lower....lower to wipe the vomit off the floor...bending lower to wipe the feces from the dying HIV patient......bending lower to bath the patient with TB...YES it is exhaustings but you are right my dear friend....I will keep bending lower because that is where we will see His face....thank you for your willingness to be used for His Glory in this lost and dying world.
For years I have been praying for God to show me what my path would be? The whole time it was right in front of me....
Being able to sit with the dying and to ask them "Do you know Jesus?".....sitting with the ones who have the no-one telling them "I will be your family!"
You are being used mightly my dear friend...I will keep you in my prayers. Can't wait to read the book and don't you worry God will get the glory.... People all across the world are learning to bend the lower right where we are! xoxo
Robbie
http://yahwehsistersministries.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Who are you? You are amazing. You have challeged my faith. Mercy.

Grammie said...

Katie, This is my first visit to your blog. I am blown away. I praise Jesus for you and those who walk with you in His plan. You will be in my prayers. Thank you for this gift. My God bless you greatly. Betsy G. South Carolina

TarynRitchey said...

You are an amazing woman of God, Katie! So inspired by how you are listening to the Lord and obeying Him and what He has called you to do. I have been sharing your story with my family and close friends to be praying for you and all those who God leads to your home. You are a light in the darkness, Katie. God HAS entrusted you with much and look at the amazing things He has done through you. You have been in my thoughts and prayers since I first began to read your blog and learned about Amazima ministries. Keep fighting the hard fight. May God continue to give you the strength, comfort, and peace in your heart. May He continue to guide you and give you the confirmation that this is exactly where He wants you. God bless, Katie, God bless.

Anonymous said...

I never comment, I only read and cry and long to read more! And the reason I think we all keep reading is that ALL we see in you, in your family, in your story....is JESUS!
And He, in you, is captivating!

Unknown said...

Thank you. I was feeling hopeless, afraid and discouraged today. As I read this post, I saw the hopeless situations and the hopeless people AND I saw Jesus coming to meet them Now I can see Jesus too coming to meet me today.

Mama D.'s Dozen said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

Perfectly POWERFUL!

I can't WAIT to read the book ... to share it on my blog ... to tell the world what HE has done through a young lady named Katie and her 13 beautiful girls.


Hoping your week is BLESSED!!!

Laurel

Jenny said...

Your humility and love are a wonderful reflection of Christ...such a beautiful example of how He wants to work through each one of us if we are open and obedient to His voice. Changed lives - the best proof of God's great love and redemptive plan. What a privilege it is to share in the miracles that He is doing there. May God continue to bless you with strength, courage, wisdom and compassion.

Chris, Arica, Calli Grace and Hudson said...

Katie, I am so thankful that your book is coming out soon.
I know before it evev comes out that it will be one I will
Treasure for myself & give away to others. I cannot even begin to explain what your honesty and realness and leaning hard into our Fathet do for my heart. You bring me straight to Jesus's feet everytime I read a post and leave so blown away by who He is and what HE is doing in your life and family. I pray you will continue to be strengthened. You are a bright light shining His light and encouraging those of us who are believers to never stop turning our faces, hurts, hearts and troubles to Him. Grace to you. Arica

Lori@momsbyheart.net said...

I hope you don't mind, but I have shared a few of your words on my blog so that my readers can benefit from your amazing witness. Looking forward to the book! Lori
http://momsbyheart.net/sunday-inspiration/

megs said...

Katie-
I have been praying for you since I stumbled upon your blog a few months ago. Thank you for sharing your life with us. It's encouraged me in so many ways.
I can't even begin to tell you.
Thank you for living in faith and pouring out love!

Suzanne said...

just saw your blog as a friend had mentioned it. Be encouraged. God is answering yours and others prayers. When I read about you I was in awe of what God can do. Especially when I read this post. I stood in awe of what he has done and is doing in and through you. I stand in awe of his answered prayers and working in the lives of people that have come to visit you. I pray for strength for you. I pray for peace and comfort in His promises and hope that when you see hurts, disappointments, etc. that you will see that Jesus is and will always be the answer.

Sheri said...

Hi Katie - I just found your blog and your new book - wow. I don't even know what to say. I'm a 48 old mom of two and your story has blown me away. You are truly an amazing young woman and I admire you from afar. Bless you sweet girl.

Stacia said...

Sweet Katie, You are beautiful and amazing. You clearly hear our Abba Father's voice. Stay encouraged & strong in the Lord! You may never even realize the width & depth of how many hearts are being touched through you saying 'Yes' to His call. Many blessings, many prayers on your behalf.

Kristen said...

Thank you for sharing. May God Continue to Bless others through you.

Dawn said...

Oh, sweetie, we see Jesus. He alone can do in and through you what He is doing. A city on a hill cannot be hidden! I pray that as His story of you gains attention, that you are able to stay in His lap, and be the daughter of His, and the mommy of your girls that he has called you to be.

Jellybean said...

God is reaching many of us through you, Mommy Katie! I saw you in our college/career class bible Study Book at church. I saw you on WSMV-TV while cleaning the kitchen. A good friend told me she was reading your book. A book by this amazing Christ-follower, I thought? I downloaded it immediately and wasn't able to put it down. I cried tears of joy and tears of pain and am praying for you and His ministry that you have begun in Uganda. God has blessed you, those beautiful children and each of us. He IS being glorified through you. Thank you for your willingess to serve, for sharing your story with others and for motivating all of us to look further at what the gospels call us to do...to care for the least of these. I am praying for you, my sister-in-Christ. Rachel, Gallatin, Tenn.

Haven Conner said...

I wish I could have heard you in Birmingham. Blessings, Haven

Building Bridges to Orphans said...

I just finished reading your book! I couldn't put it down! I had to come right to your blog to be caught up! So thankful you stepped out and wrote your story and I would say your prayers are answered...God gets all the glory. You have pointed us to Christ all throughout the book and have challenged and inspired me!!! Bless you and all your children! Jenny

Stacie said...

Thank you for reminding me also that messy is okay. I have 6 children, not 13, but sometimes one of them doesnʻt have slippers on their feet. Sometimes one of them leaves the house without brushing their hair. I never cared much. I know they are loved, they are happy, but others will criticize. Other have made me feel ashamed that my children donʻt look perfect all the time. Thank you for reminding me that those outward appearances are NOT the most important thing.

Anonymous said...

This has been a blessing to me, I'm so grateful you're sharing your experiences with the rest of us. Thank you for showing us a glimpse into your world. Blessings.

Dalyn (AKA The Queen of Quite Alot) said...

I'm reading the book now and I'm seeing Jesus all over every page baby girl.

Anonymous said...

The love of Christ shines SO brightly through your story! Oh, His love is RADIANT!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. All I see in your words and actions is the LOVE of Christ! Your faithful obedience to God's calling is such a breath of fresh air to witness. God has led me to you and your story... and I am forever grateful! You are in my prayers. I love you! Keep being the beautiful servant you are! He will continue to move mountains with the love you have for Him!

Kailey said...

Katie,
I just finished reading the book you published and you asked for prayers about in this blog. I say prayers over it..for you, your family and all of the people God is transforming through you. I am 22 years old and I completely see myself in the pages you have written. I feel the same strain that you explain in the book between living in the world and living ALL for GOD. I literally have the "same" parents, "same" boyfriend, "same" expectations of life, and same calling from God. My life has been radically changed because of the words I have read. God is completely glorified from front page to back page. I pray for you and the unreached people of Uganda that will be eternally saved because of your obedience. I pray for God's will to be enacted in Africa, America and all over the world. Matthew 5:13-16..continue to be the LIGHT shining bright through Uganda, Katie. I love you, sister in Christ.

Kailey

Kathy said...

I finished the book and am getting acquainted with your blog and the Amizima. What you write puts my eyes on Jesus. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Be encouraged....your willingness to share your story is such a blessing. All I see is Jesus...it's crystal clear that it's not about you, it's all about Him. It's strange how you can hear something time and time again but never truly understand. God's work through you and your family has opened my eyes. I'm forever grateful.

Kathy said...

Katie,
I am a high school who just finished your book about half an hour ago. I want you to know that it truly does - and will continue - to influence the world. I've felt lost lately. Don't get me wrong, I'm a normal kid, but over the past year or so, I've been restless, occassionally feeling useless. Your story has encouraged me to seek my vocation, even if it is not as extreme as moving to Uganda :)
Thank you for sharing your story and allowing the Lord of All to shine through you. Thank you for helping our world.

April said...

Katie,
Thank you for having the courage to share the story of you and your daughters with us. God used your book to change my life when I read it last Christmas. I was struck by your faithful openness and obedience to God's promptings.
Your story birthed an excitement in me to follow God on whatever adventure He has for me. Because no matter how challenging life is, if He's called us to it, there's joy and grace there.
I've shared your book with others and prayed for you. Some of the things you bemoan encourage me because they show me that God uses "ordinary" and young (I'm 27) people to change the world--as you said, one person at a time.
Thank you for being an example of courage and obedience. May the Lord richly bless and provide for you, your family, and your community.