Tuesday, December 24, 2013


“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.’”

-Luke 2:8-14


You will find Him in a feeding trough.

You, on whom His favor rests.

You will find Him where you least expect Him.

Do you hear His whisper this morning? “You will find me where you least expect me.”

This, the very most unexpected place, this is where we find Him. Even more, this is where He finds us.

In the long dark nights, in the lowering of my friends’ bodies into the dark earth, in the resettling of their children into foster-families, in the impossibly hard parenting and the shepherding of my children through searing loss, I have known Jesus. In the endless blending and grinding of food for a feeding tube, and the endless chopping of carrots for soup, and the long lists of spelling words and multiplication facts, and the unexpected joy of just being, we have known Jesus. In the blazing hot sun, in the forever-caked-on-my-heels red mud, over the thousands of potholes, I have known impossible, unexpected Grace.

And this is my prayer for you this Christmas. That in the very most unlikely places, in the hard and the hurt and the dark, you would know the unexpected hope that can only come from our Savior. Impossible grace abounds, even where we least expect it.

Can you hear it? His message to the shepherds is His message to us today. “You will find a baby lying in a manger. You will find my love where you least expect it. You will find me in the mud, in the muck, in the dirt. And in the mess of your sin and the hurt of this life, I will find you.

Merry Christmas. May impossible, unexpected grace be yours through Christ our Savior.



144 comments:

Caroline said...

Katie, I read your book and fell in love with the story God is writing in your life. You are such and inspiration and encouragement to me in my walk with the Lord. I pray you have a great Christmas with your girls!

Lori said...

God must have told you some of us needed to hear these words tonight. Thank you! I am a fairly new reader to your blog and am humbled by your courage and testimony! I can't wait to purchase and read your book! My family is in pain right now emotionally. It is making the holiday very difficult-even though I am a Christian. My brother is in the throes of an alcohol addiction. They just had their first child this past March. The baby is precious, loved and not neglected or abused but I know the environment is dysfunctional and unhealthy. Please pray for them if you think of it. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and your precious family!

Deborah said...

I love that once again we area reminded that we can see/be with Christ anywhere! How amazing that God chose our perfect savior to be born in a stinky, mess so that we could be forgiven of our stinky messy lives. I will read your blog entry to my family before we open our Christmas gifts. Thanks you for being an inspirational gift to me!

Anonymous said...

Dear Katie,
Thank you for writing this blog and for writing your wonderful book! You present your life in a raw, God-glorifying manner and with a humble heart. He has you just in the right spot and though you only can see a tiny part of his plan, keep trusting Him! Know that a girl in Australia prays for you and Uganda each night, thanking God and asking Him to keep showing you His glory and his heart of love and mercy.
xxxxx Have a blessed Christmas, Katie :)
Ally

Anonymous said...

Dear Katie,
Thank you for writing this blog and for writing your wonderful book! You present your life in a raw, God-glorifying manner and with a humble heart. He has you just in the right spot and though you only can see a tiny part of his plan, keep trusting Him! Know that a girl in Australia prays for you and Uganda each night, thanking God and asking Him to keep showing you His glory and his heart of love and mercy.
xxxxx Have a blessed Christmas, Katie :)
Ally

Megan Ann said...

Merry Christmas!!! Much love to your beautiful family. Thank you for these amazing words.

Leah Taconet said...

Merry Christmas Katie! I soooo enjoy looking at your blog and keeping up with you. I just returned from Ghana west Africa and I know for me anyway it was difficult being away from family and friends for Thanksgiving. I hope and pray The Lord will continue to bless you as you continue to serve him! Love in Christ, Leah

Mandey Kinzenbaw said...

Katie, really love reading your blogs. Thanks for the encouraging truth this morning. I am a fellow missionary in Zambia, waiting to adopt two boys into our family here. I have enjoyed watching your girls grow over the years. God bless you and Merry Christmas!

aswesow said...

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful girls!

Corina said...

Merry Christmas to your sweet, beautiful family!

Alisha said...

Your family is so beautiful! Merry Christmas!

stacy said...

Merry Christmas! Your daughters are beautiful!

Angel Hackworth said...

Hi Katie! I received your book as a Christmas gift from my younger sister. I am 17 and while I've never been there, God has given me a love and passion for the people of Cambodia. Thank you for writing this book. It has already made a difference for me! Merry Christmas to you and your girls!

Jacob Buckman said...

Katie,

I am just about finished reading your book, and boy was it humbling! I am a teacher in upstate NY and am constantly trying to think of ways to help children more. Thank you for giving me a way. I would like to send a care package of supplies such as clothes, and other necessities. I would also really love to volunteer, come to Uganda, and see what I can do to help. If you would please email me at kmb05486@sjfc.edu so we can discuss this further, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks,
Kate B

Julie Alexander said...

Katie, your words always touch me in a way I can't really express. I have surrendered to go to the people of Liberia. I am raising funds to go as we speak. I just can't wait to get there! Thank you for being such an inspiration and a source of hope to me.

Julie Alexander said...

Dear Katie, your words have always touched my heart in a way I can't express. I have surrendered to go to the people of Liberia. I am raising funds and can not wait to get there. My prayer is to model my ministry after what you have accomplished. Thank you for being such a source of encouragement and hope for me personally! God bless you.

Ron Rivet said...

Katie, you and your family are beautiful..in a Godly way!

Gigi said...

Katie, God has blessed you with an amazing talent for writing. You take me right there in my mind. I am ready for your second book. ;) The one you are writing in all of your free time. Ha! Thank you for taking the time to share your heart and thoughts with us. You have been such a blessing to us. I can't wait to meet you and your beautiful children in heaven. :)

Anonymous said...

Glory to God, for all the things He has done! I am so glad He found me.
Thank you for being His instrument, and being a light.
Strong testimonies and humility are true Christmas gifts, as are the radiant smiles of His children.
Praise to the Birthday Boy who saved our lives.
Merry Christmas!
~Katrina

Aileen said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Katie! You are all radiant! Thank you as always for your inspiring words.

Anonymous said...

Katie,
I pray you and your girls had a blessed and beautiful Christmas!!!
I pray that Christ covers you and your girls with peace and joy throughout the coming seasons!
God bless you all! And know, I'll be praying for you!!!
May our Lord Jesus be your Rearguard and your Leader now and forevermore.
Christ be with you!

~Sister's in Christ,
Brooklyn

Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


Nancy said...

As always perfect words from our Savior through you at the time when I most needed them. Thank You! I hope that your Christmas with your girls was wonderful.

All in His Perfect Timing said...

Merry Christmas, Katie, to you and your girls!!

Southern Gal said...

I hope your Christmas was wonderful. Happy New Year to you and your sweet girls!

Alanna K said...

Dear Katie, I love your words of wisdom! What a beautiful heart you have, and I want to be like you! Thank you, and blessings to you and your girls. Love YOU!

Ro Elliott said...

Blessings to you dear family...lifting you in prayer. May your new year be overflowing with Grace!!!!

Amye Arentson said...

Merry Christmas girls!
I am mid chapter 12 and my heart unexplainably aches to serve the right Lord of my life. The one who was born in a manger. Girls, I am so excited that you know God and are his hands and feet. Bless your family Miss Katie, and I am so proud to serve the almighty God along side you. I believe we are serving and listening to Him where we are today but I would follow him wherever he leads me to and through.
Love,
Amy

Emily C said...

Hi, Katie, my name is Emily and I am twelve years old. I live in Georgia and recently got your book as a Christmas present and fell in love with it. :) I love your blog and so far, even only in the 2nd chapter, your book made me cry. :) Merry Christmas!

xxx emily

J. Mijares said...

Nice reflection on the Christmas message, Katie. It's interesting that when we become Christians, we switch roles, so to speak. It's not Christ in the manger, but us. And it's His tender hand that reaches for us and lifts us up.

Chelsea Driver said...

I have been following your story since I read your book almost two years ago. I am seventeen and have been dreaming of how God could use me ever since I read it. You such an inspiration to me. :)

My question is, are you/have you considered writing another book about your continuing story?

~Chelsea

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family. All of you are an inspiration. May God continue to bless you, as your life blesses Him. Your life blesses Him by giving Him glory in all that you do. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Dear Katie
Merry Christmas and happy new year.
I am reading your book that many people at my church have recommended for me to read. One of our pastors have said I remind them of you. God has placed on my heart to go and love and tell children of God's word I am only thirteen but I know when I'm older God wants me to tell people about him.

grace said...

Dear katie
Merry Christmas and happy new year .
I love your book . One of the pastors at my church recommended it for me to read they said I reminded them of you . God has put on my heart for me to love and teach children about him when I was seven now I'm thirteen and cannot wait to see what God has planned for me. Even though the only way I know you through your book and blog I look up to you knowing your following what God wants you to do.

Joy said...

Beautiful family, beautiful life story!

I love this. You so perfectly put into words what was impressed on my heart this season. Thank you, and God bless you richly this year!

Kaylin Keres said...

Hi Katie! I've been following your blog for a while now and just finished your book. Your girls are absolutely beautiful and I loved reading about each one of them. Could you somehow point out each one in your family picture with her name? That'd be awesome!

Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Hi Katie!! My name is Matisse, I own a copy of your book 'Kisses from Katie.' I received it as a present, and me being a book lover, your book was one of the best books I've ever read. I, myself have been to Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam twice on missions trips and it was outstanding. I loved interacting with the kids and just providing love for them in the 2 months we were over there. Though i wasn't there for very long and never did what you did, i feel your book captures perfectly what it feels like to live in a place like Uganda. you are so inspiring and a true and loving person, with a heart from god. I am truly honoured to have read your book and know your story. Your relying and trusting relationship with god is the one i want in my life and i will work hard to get it. God certainly chose the right person for the job Katie, i haven't met you but i know that he is so proud of you, and your success. Starting Amazima and adopting girls in a different, is truly showing your love for god. I was so inspired by your book Katie. Keep doing what you do and loving those children with all your heart.
Merry Christmas, and have a Happy New Year!!
Love your book, and all your work in Uganda!!!
xxx, Matisse.

Anonymous said...

Hi Katie!! My name is Matisse, I own a copy of your book 'Kisses from Katie.' I received it as a present, and me being a book lover, your book was one of the best books I've ever read. I, myself have been to Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam twice on missions trips and it was outstanding. I loved interacting with the kids and just providing love for them in the 2 months we were over there. Though i wasn't there for very long and never did what you did, i feel your book captures perfectly what it feels like to live in a place like Uganda. you are so inspiring and a true and loving person, with a heart from god. I am truly honoured to have read your book and know your story. Your relying and trusting relationship with god is the one i want in my life and i will work hard to get it. God certainly chose the right person for the job Katie, i haven't met you but i know that he is so proud of you, and your success. Starting Amazima and adopting girls in a different, is truly showing your love for god. I was so inspired by your book Katie. Keep doing what you do and loving those children with all your heart.
Merry Christmas, and have a Happy New Year!!
Love your book, and all your work in Uganda!!!
xxx, Matisse.

marie may said...

Katie and family: Merry Christmas! I received your book as a gift Christmas day and am on the last chapter. God has brought me further in my faith through you sharing your experiences. I have laughed, and cried and shared your stories with others. I have been praying that the Father would show me how I may be of service and hoping that he may lead me your direction. can you tell me if there are any volunteer opportunities with your organization? may God continue to bless you and the service you do for others whom he places before you. thank you for sharing Katie. this story has blessed my life, glory to God!

marie may said...

Katie and family: Merry Christmas! I received your book as a gift Christmas day and now am on the last chapter. God has used your story to bring me further in my faith. I have been praying that he show me how I may be of service to his loved ones and hoping that he leads me your way. are there volunteer opportunities with your organization? May God continue to bless you all and all those he places before you. glory to God in the highest and on earth peace and goodwill toward men.

Erika Stanley said...

I'm impressed by many things in your life - one of them is all the hair you take care of!
Stay strong and may God Bless you in the new year!

Natalia Lebo said...

Hey Katie, merry Christmas and happy New year :-) I'm about to graduate a 2 year missionary school and then I'm moving to Malawi for 4 months and Uganda for 9 months with my best friend for our internship. although i won't be in Uganda until November of 2014, it would be really wonderful to meet you and your beautiful family (and really nice to know someone when i get there). I know you're very busy but I'd love to stay in touch with you and hear your suggestions about living in Uganda :-) find me on facebook @ Facebook.com/lebonumba5 or email me at natalialebo @gmail.com
Keep going what you're doing,
Much love in Christ,
Natalia Anastasia Lebo

Anonymous said...

Katie,
I just read your book and I want to come to Uganda right now and meet you and your girls and help lots of people and children as you have. I am currently in Pre-nursing school as a junior in high school, helping people is my life, actually is God's life for me. You are in my prayers. Happy New Year

Lisa Petrarca said...

Katie, You are such an inspiration of Christ like love. God recently put it on our hearts to bring in a foster boy who's mom passed away. We had just finished raising our Brady Bunch Family (6 kids-5 boys, 1 girl) when I received an email that tore at my heart. We prayed and prayed, Your Will not our's Lord. He began to move and we took huge steps of faith. God is so faithful and I pray that you and your family will continue to grow stronger in and through Him as He moves the mountains. Continue to shine the light of Christ into all you come in contact with. When people get just a glimpse of true Christ-like love…their life is changed forever! God bless you all, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Linda du Bruyn said...

Katie my prayer is for all of us reading you book and blog to react in obedience to our heavenly Father and expect Him in the unexpected! Thanks for sharing your family with us. Wish I could have been there with all of you! Love in Jesus Christ! Linda

Amanda Taylor said...

Katie!! I am reading your book (after being encouraged to by several friends) and I am sooo encouraged and motivated by your testimony!!! I was thrilled to find that your passion for Christ far exceeded your desire to be a part of the cultural norm!! This is my prayer too and I admire your example so much!!! Lots of prayers going your way!! We serve such an awesome God and He is using you in an incredible way!!

Andie said...

Katie, I am reading your book having already fallen deeply in love with Africa. (I've been to South Africa every year since 2010.) And Kisses from Katie has caused me to fall even more in love with the continent. What the Lord is doing in you is beautiful. You are gorgeous from the inside out.
Love and prayers for you and your precious girls from Dallas, Texas!

Peter said...

I have been looking forward to your Christmas Family Photo this year.
What a beautiful bunch!!
Thanks for the message was just what I needed.
Happy New Year!
Peter

Crystal Stafford said...

Dear Katie, I am on chapter 7 of the book. Everything I read is a song from my own heart and soul, written there by JEsus. I live in Texas and long to do that which you are doing. It literally takes my heart away and makes me want to jump into the screen when I see the videos of you in Uganda. I am praying that the Lord will show me his path and his way, and lead me to many, many orphans to be a mommy of many! Is there a place on your site that refers to needs your ministry has for workers, volenteers or permanent caretakers for orphans? I am looking into that, my heart is going to burst if I don't get to the orphans soon. :-) thanks.

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Alyie said...

I have just read your book. I honestly cried through the majority of it as I, too, fell in love with Uganda. I went for the first time in 1/2013 and an coming back in just 17 days. Reading your story reminded me of God's amazing plan for each of us on matter how crazy it seems. Thank you for sharing.

Kris said...

Thank you for the idea that Baby Jesus was found in an unlikely spot-- a feeding trough. That is beautiful. It supports His teachings that He is the Bread and Water. As I partake of Him through reading His word and serving His children I am nourished spiritually. Daily. Hourly. Moment to moment.

Anonymous said...

i prayed for you today i am on my way to Africa for nine months. i am excited for this opportunity. i know God is going to do a lot in my life he already has. i am going to continue praying for you as you have been laid on my heart as of late. your Blog helps me to realize Courage is about obedience and trusting in the lord thanking you for sharing that :)
Sincerely
Missiongirl
S.R.

Night Owl said...

what a blessing you are Katie. Your book is amazing. I've read it but now I'm ordering it and cant wait til i receive it.

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Impossible, unexpected grace. What would we be without It?!! XO

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Elly said...

Hi I know it's probably odd for you to get a friend request from a random stranger. Well then again with your book it nay not be. I just wanted to explain myself. My name is elly Carlson. I'm 15 years old from Virginia. On new years eve my church had a lock in and my youth pastor did a sermon on Hebrews 3:13 but encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sins deceitfulness. Then my youth pastor transitioned into a song by Mathew west called do something. If you haven't heard it I recommend looking it up. But the song really touched me. And I want to do something. I really feel called and led to do gods work for the rest of my life. I don't know in what way yet but I'll find out. I told my youth pastor this and she gave me your book and told me it was deeply inspiring and that I should read it. I'm only at the begining of chapter 4 and I know I need to be reading it. I feel like God knew I would finally hear him calling to me and that he somehow got me your book. I love it. I want to go to Uganda. I want to help as much as I can. I truly feel led by Christ to make the difference I can in one life at a time. Sharing the best and greatest gift of all. His love. I even talked to my dad about going. Not deeply but he said if I really want to go and I do the research an provide all the info he'd come with me like you and your mom did. So I just wanted to say thank you for all that you have done and I know you will do. And I wanted you to know that you work is effecting people here you don't even know. Thank you so much.
God bless,
Elly
(Check Facebook for identical message and name)

Elly said...

Hi I know it's probably odd for you to get a friend request from a random stranger. Well then again with your book it nay not be. I just wanted to explain myself. My name is elly. On new years eve my church had a lock in and my youth pastor did a sermon on Hebrews 3:13 but encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sins deceitfulness. Then my youth pastor transitioned into a song by Mathew west called do something. If you haven't heard it I recommend looking it up. But the song really touched me. And I want to do something. I really feel called and led to do gods work for the rest of my life. I don't know in what way yet but I'll find out. I told my youth pastor this and she gave me your book and told me it was deeply inspiring and that I should read it. I'm only at the begining of chapter 4 and I know I need to be reading it. I feel like God knew I would finally hear him calling to me and that he somehow got me your book. I love it. I want to go to Uganda. I want to help as much as I can. I truly feel led by Christ to make the difference I can in one life at a time. Sharing the best and greatest gift of all. His love. I even talked to my dad about going. Not deeply but he said if I really want to go and I do the research an provide all the info he'd come with me like you and your mom did. So I just wanted to say thank you for all that you have done and I know you will do. And I wanted you to know that you work is effecting people here you don't even know. Thank you so much.
God bless,
Elly

Anonymous said...

Katie, I started reading your book today. I'm at the third chapter and already I've cried like a baby more times than I can count. Katie you are so inspirational! I'm 13 and a christian and I want to do something about the lost in my town. Please when you read this take just even a second to pray for me and know that I am always praying for you.

Anonymous said...

Katie, I started reading your book today. I'm at the third chapter and already I've cried like a baby more times than I can count. Katie you are so inspirational! I'm 13 and a christian and I want to do something about the lost in my town. Please when you read this take just even a second to pray for me and know that I am always praying for you.

Anonymous said...

You are my hero

A. Reed said...

Psalms 126:5 - They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

I want to thank God for using your life, Miss Katie Davis, to touch me. And I want to thank you for having the faith and courage to share your joys and sorrows with us. I felt compelled to share how your ministry and testimony have touched my life. So here we go. . .

To my brothers and sisters in Christ:

For many years I had lived my life according to the do not’s of the Bible. I didn’t drink. I didn’t cuss. I didn’t smoke. I didn’t use the Lord’s name in vain. I thought of myself as a ‘good person’ because I abstained from sin. Oh how Satan can capture us with complacency and false contentment! I had not felt the presence of God in so long that my heart had become hardened and calloused. When surrounded with such an abundance of material ‘stuff’ here in the U.S., I had become dependent on the things of this world rather than those of the Kingdom of the Lord. I was just going through the motions. God has since opened my eyes to His will by the conviction your life story has brought upon me. I realized that, even though I didn’t commit the obvious sins, I also didn’t care for others, didn’t give freely from my heart, didn’t love others as He has loved me, and didn’t seek to be self-denying and Christ exalting. I had gotten so caught up in the do not’s of God’s Word that I had neglected the do’s of it.
So how can we know God’s will for our lives? We must put him absolutely first.
Matthew 6:33 - But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
So many of us (including myself) have turned this verse around in our lives. We pursue the cares of this world. Then, once attaining ‘our’ goals and/or careers, we say “Here am I God”. He wants our first works, not our spare time. Also, we MUST STUDY, trust, and APPLY ALL of God’s Words to our day to day lives.
Matthew 4:4 - But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Let me say, I have read the Bible, laboriously, for YEARS. And I will admit, it became absolutely boring and unfruitful to me. This is what happens when we ‘read’ it only. You must ‘STUDY to show thyself approved’. Once I began to study his Word, and more importantly, APPLY it to my life, the pages began to come alive as Christ convicted my heart.
Psalms 119:105 - NUN. Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
We are to walk according to the light given by the Word. LIVE IT!!!!
For anyone who wants to have an experience that will change your life, I present this challenge to you. First and foremost, pray to God and repent of the hardness of your hearts. Now SHOW him you are sincere through fasting, for as long as God leads you to. This was my personal experience. My heart was pricked upon reading Katie’s testimony. I wanted to clear my mind of the abundance of sin and worldly stuff that surround me in this modern day Babylon. (To be clear, I love what the U.S.A. once stood for, I DO NOT love what she is fast becoming.) After several days of fasting and continual prayer to God, He led me to consider how terrible it must be for those suffering and starving souls of this world. As the pains of hunger set in, I put myself in the place of the poor and needy. I began to grow light headed and found it hard to focus on my tasks at work due to the hunger and mental haze it causes. I thought how terrible it must be for the poor and lost in 3rd world countries, such as Uganda, who experience these same infirmities, except with the following MAJOR differences: (Continued in the following post)

A. Reed said...

(Continuing from previous post)

I knew I could at any time go to my refrigerator and satisfy my hunger VERSUS not knowing if and when my next meal would be.

I had a cushy, engineering job to attend where I received a paycheck that is abundantly above and beyond the cost of my needs VERSUS laboriously digging for scrap metal in bare feet all hours of the day to make enough money for a tiny bit of food.

I went home to an air conditioned house, clean running water, and a soft bed at night VERSUS returning to a cramped shack or perhaps a card board box in sweltering heat to sleep on the floor in the midst of malaria infected mosquitoes.

I had money and access to purchase any medicine to fight any sickness that might come upon me due to a malnourished immune system VERSUS living among widespread diseases and no way to attain a cure for them.

I watched my parents and siblings eat plenty and remain healthy VERSUS watching my spouse and children starve along side of me and not being able to help them. (Not having a wife or children, I can only imagine how absolutely torturous this must be.)

The list goes on and on. . .

The most important difference, however, is that I have been blessed by knowing God, His Son, His Spirit, and His Word. I have received salvation through Jesus Christ. When I was hungry, I had a loving Father that I knew could handle any hardship that might come my way. I love how Bro. Adrian Rogers once stated, “Jesus did not come to get us out of trouble, but to get in trouble with us.” God has always been there for me, even when I so miserably fail Him. I know Heaven is in my future . . . VERSUS living in a world of brokenness and suffering, surrounded by and being on the verge of death at all times and not knowing what the future holds, who Christ is, or the love and hope that is in Him.

So often we look down on the people of this world who turn to paganism and worshiping false gods. We turn up our noses at them as being heathen and trash. I, now, can fully understand why these people are turning to these snares of Satan. It is called desperation. If I had been in the state these people are in, I too would place my hope in anything that might claim to help me. Unlike the majority of Americans, these people are LOOKING for salvation. They desire it! They NEED something above the brokenness and suffering of this world in which to place their hope! That is why it is so important that the Gospel of Jesus Christ be spread to them. Their hearts are receptive to it! If they can but only hear of the wonderful gift of salvation and hope of our Lord Jesus Christ!
As I ended my fasting, I looked at the abundance of worldly goods that surround me. Things to accommodate so many ‘wants’ as compared to very few ‘needs’. I could not but feel guilty, thinking of the toys I have, of my fat bank account that I have been clinging to. Why? So that I can buy more toys to distract and distance me from God’s will for my life? Or so that I can retire at an earlier age? Why do we work toward quitting? Do we not realize the next event in our lives following retirement will be death? I want to continue to work for Christ. Jesus instructed us to pray ‘Give us this day our daily bread’. That is all I ask for. Just enough for today. Let the rest be offered to God and my future placed in His hands.
The Christians of this country seem to think they’re not called to do anything for Christ beyond attending church on Sunday. That is exactly what Satan wants us to think! Instead, we are to continually LABOR for the cause of Christ!
1 Corinthians 3:8 - Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
We, in the U.S., have been absolutely blessed by God with an abundance of both spiritual and worldly wealth. This is not ours to hoard! God calls his children to be planters and waterers. He has definitely given us an abundance of ‘water’ and the opportunity to help planters, such as Katie Davis and Amazima Ministries. (continued in following post)

A. Reed said...

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I want to encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ to find a ministry (such as Amazima!!) that is, first and foremost, dedicated to the spreading of the Gospel of Christ, and also to showing his love for others. Then support them, both with prayers and with the finances God has ENTRUSTED to us.
Haggai 2:8 - The silver [is] mine, and the gold [is] mine, saith the LORD of hosts.
The wealth we have been given is all His anyways! I apologize for the length of this ‘comment’. I have never blogged before. I don’t even have a Facebook, but after the drastic change in my life, I couldn’t help but share it. I pray that others who are touched by the work God has done through Katie’s life will act on the convictions God places upon them as he did on me. Let it not just be a ‘spiritual hick-up’ but a life changing experience for the glory of God.

Your life, testimony, and ministry are being used by Christ for reaching and touching the lives of so many more than you know, Miss Katie. So from a brother in Christ, one of the many touched lives, and a 26 year old fellow Tennessean, I sincerely thank you. I hope this will be an encouragement to you and your family. May God continue to use you for the cause of Christ and bless you all abundantly.

Sincerely,

A. Reed

Aliya said...

Hi Katie, I just finished reading your book, and really love everything you are doing with Amazima. God bless!

Aliya said...

Hi Katie, I just finished reading your book, and am so amazed at what God is doing through you! God bless.

Emily Moss said...

Hi Katie!
My name is Emily. I loved your book and I read your blog often. I was 14 when I first felt God tug on my heart for Africa. I'm 18 now, almost 19. I've tried to go so many times, but it didn't work it. I know his timing is perfect though. I know He's called me there, but I have no idea when or for how long. Do you have people come to Uganda to help you? Or is there an organization you know of that needs people to come over to help with? If you read this and have any information on this could you email me? Emlymoss713@yahoo.com
I know you're busy, no rush! Thank you :)
Emily

Besim Haxhia said...

I am so touched from your story which I just came across on faithit and then began looking more at your life and ministry on other pages.

I will keep it short as I prayerfully ask this "How can I get involved in your ministry, I want to come to Uganda?"

I have just graduated from Theology College in Belfast, Northern Ireland, too.

Mother Teresa's mother was born in my home city Gjakova, Kosovo.

Blessings,
Besim

jenn said...

You are such an inspiration. I know you must hear that quite often but let me tell you just how true that is for me. I have been a preschool teacher off/on for several years. Recently I've been struggling with whether to return to that job or take another one. Then I found your story. I've heard at least a 1,000 times that I have a gift for challenging children. I had a child who could barely talk but as my student he blossomed into an amazing (and talkative) little man. I had another child who was ADHD but as my student, I managed to make him more focused and engaged. I know teaching is what I am meant to do and your story reminded me of that. God bless you and thank you for being such a wonderful soul and for sharing your incredible gift with those children.

jenn said...

You are such an inspiration. I know you must hear that quite often but let me tell you just how true that is for me. I have been a preschool teacher off/on for several years. Recently I've been struggling with whether to return to that job or take another one. Then I found your story. I've heard at least a 1,000 times that I have a gift for challenging children. I had a child who could barely talk but as my student he blossomed into an amazing (and talkative) little man. I had another child who was ADHD but as my student, I managed to make him more focused and engaged. I know teaching is what I am meant to do and your story reminded me of that. God bless you and thank you for being such a wonderful soul and for sharing your incredible gift with those children.

Anonymous said...

You are an inspiration...
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So just out of shear curiosity I typed this into Google... "How to find meaning in life" I kid you not there was a wikihow link that came up with the 8 steps to have a meaning life (with pictures). I don't know what that shocked me but it did. Do people really think they can find meaning in life through Google? Is that what our generation was come to? You're probably thinking well you Googled it so why can't other people. I Googled it just to see what would pop up though not because I was actually looking for an answer.

What brought up this whole thought process was because I took my adderall this morning and got a ton of work done and then got bored. My boredom normally leads me to websites like distractify.com, elitedaily.com and faithit.com. Today it was a faithit.com kind of day. I'm not a very religious person (I'd say more spiritual) but I love this website because if you ever find yourself losing faith in humanity the stories on that site will restore it. I will warn you though you might want to have some tissues near by because a lot of the stories will bring you to tears, happy tears but still tears.

This afternoon I came across a 4 min video of a 21 year old girl from Tennessee who went to Uganda right after high school to do some mission work for several months. She was suppose to return home but ended up staying and starting Amazima Ministries International. This girl is just a few years younger then me and today she inspired me. I was telling someone about the story right after I watched it and they asked me if I would do it I said yes; her next question was you'd give up everything to go help them  and again my answer was yes. I live in a major city  in the South, I have a cute apartment that I pay to much for but love, I make pretty good money for my age but at the end of the day does any of that matter? No... When I'm 90 years old and look back on my life I probably won't even remember the apartment but what would remember making a difference in someone else's life.

I've been to Africa I've seen the conditions these people live in and for them it is normal, for most of our generation they couldn't even fathom no having their iPhone not to mention not having AC, a shower, a bed or even a house tall enough to stand up straight in. I truly think that our generation needs to see something like that first hand because it is a life changing and eye opening experience. We forget that not everyone lives like we do, not everyone gets clean water and a meal everyday. I think what Kate is doing is amazing, she is better these kids life not because someone told her to but because she wanted to. I hope one day I get the opportunity to do something that will make a difference in someone else's life. Below is a link to her blog and I encourage everyone to go look at what she is doing and I hope it touches your heart like it touched mine. This world is a crazy place and sometimes we just need to be reminded that there are still good pure hearts out there. We need to be reminded that not everyone does things for the fame and the fortune some people still do things out of the kindness of their heart.


To Katie:
I have no idea if you will see this but I want you to know that I have the utmost respect for you. For someone at the age of 21 to be doing what you are is amazing. I hope that one day I become half the women that you are already. I wish you the best of luck and maybe one day I can come to Uganda and help you.

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ariana lorenz said...

Katie,
I am so completely inspired by your story. I am 22 and quit honestly am living the same way you did when living in the states. Your story has completely changed my way of living and thinking. I have always gone to church and followed the gods word but I as well still tend to complain at times about how horrible my life is because I can't have those designer shoes or that cool expensive car. I realized after hearing your story that god has always given me everything I need and that sometimes it may not be what I want but it's certainly enough to be grateful for. You made me understand the true meaning of selflessness and what it is to truly love for god and him only. I can't tell you how much you are not only changing things in Uganda but you are also changing things here in the states and you are bringing awareness to believers and nonbelievers that god is the answer and that material things are just that. I think through you us young adults here in the states might just be inspired enough to change this generation and to give our lives to god and not to materialism. I think our generation live for materialism way too much because well that what we know but through you and your story were beging to know simplicity and loving god and living completely for god. I admire you and am so thankful you have shared your story, you are going to not just going to be the change Uganda needs but the change our generation needs! You are a blessing from The Lord any so many more ways than I think you truly realize, so thank you so much and god bless!
Love,
Ariana

ariana lorenz said...

Katie,
I am so completely inspired by your story. I am 22 and quit honestly am living the same way you did when living in the states. Your story has completely changed my way of living and thinking. I have always gone to church and followed the gods word but I as well still tend to complain at times about how horrible my life is because I can't have those designer shoes or that cool expensive car. I realized after hearing your story that god has always given me everything I need and that sometimes it may not be what I want but it's certainly enough to be grateful for. You made me understand the true meaning of selflessness and what it is to truly love for god and him only. I can't tell you how much you are not only changing things in Uganda but you are also changing things here in the states and you are bringing awareness to believers and nonbelievers that god is the answer and that material things are just that. I think through you us young adults here in the states might just be inspired enough to change this generation and to give our lives to god and not to materialism. I think our generation live for materialism way too much because well that what we know but through you and your story were beging to know simplicity and loving god and living completely for god. I admire you and am so thankful you have shared your story, you are going to not just going to be the change Uganda needs but the change our generation needs! You are a blessing from The Lord any so many more ways than I think you truly realize, so thank you so much and god bless!
Love,
Ariana

Megan Petty said...

What a joy to see these pictures of your girls! I recently started reading your book and so in my mind they are still so little, when in reality they are stunningly beautiful young women! Thank you for the work you are doing and for sharing your story and the stories of those around you. You and they are truly an inspiration! I am so looking forward to sponsoring and getting involved in Amazima and these beautiful people. You are all in our prayers and I cannot wait to see the continued good work that you do and that God does through you.

Megan Petty said...

Dear Katie and family,

I just recently began reading your book and so in my mind the girls are all so tiny and young. What a thrill to see your Christmas pictures! What stunningly beautiful young women! I, like everyone else who has become familiar with your story, am so touched by the need in Uganda as well as the work that you are doing and that God is doing through you. I am very excited to become more involved in Amazima and to sponsor a child. Thank you for being willing to answer the call that God put on your heart and for sharing your story. It is truly an inspiration and a message that needs telling!

Irene said...

Katie, I have read your book which I found full of blessings and was very inspirational to me. God is blessing you in many ways and I will pray for you on a daily basis and for the children in Uganda and have asked my family and friends to also pray for you here in Scotland. What a beautiful gift you are giving to the world and may our dear Lord continue to bless you in all that you do. Irene

Irene said...

Katie, thank you for writing this blog which I have just discovered after reading your book. What an inspiring beautiful book and love for Our Lord that you have. Please know that I and others will be praying for you and all your beautiful children in Uganda back here in Scotland.

Irene said...

Katie, I have read your book which I found full of blessings and was very inspirational to me. God is blessing you in many ways and I will pray for you on a daily basis and for the children in Uganda and have asked my family and friends to also pray for you here in Scotland. What a beautiful gift you are giving to the world and may our dear Lord continue to bless you in all that you do. Irene

Grace Reynolds said...

Hi Katie!
I'm a grade 7 student from Ontario, Canada. I read your book and was inspired by it. I am writing my grade 7 original speech on you!
God bless you and your family!

Grace Reynolds said...

Hi Katie!
I'm a grade 7 student in Ontario, Canada. I read your book and was inspired by it. I am doing my 7 grade original speech on you!
God bless you and your family

Tikva1014 said...

Hi Katie! I am reading your book right now, and wonder if my family and I could sponsor a child with whom you are involved? Also, do you ever allow teens from the U.S.A. to stay and serve with you? I have been serving on mission trips to Cuba and Mexico since 2010, and your ministry is one that has touched my heart. Thank you so much and God bless!

ANNET said...

Hi Katie
A friend of mine gave me your book and it has been a source of encouragement. I am currently in the US studying but being far a way from my daughter has been very difficult.Each page I read, I see faith, hope,courage,strength. You are a blessing to many, you are a perfect example of a warrior! Today at church the pastor said, "the day you recognize that you are nothing without God, that's when your glory will come". Your book has shown me what it means to totally surrender everything to God. Thank you for the great work you are doing in Uganda! when I come back home, I'll look for you. God bless you !

Anonymous said...

you have a very beautiful, special family!! I will be praying for you

Anonymous said...

you have a very beautiful, special family!! I will be praying for you

Anonymous said...

Katie,
I am a 15 year old girl living in Georgia. If only you know how much i get from every single one of your posts. You are remarkable!

Anne Marie Van Cleve said...

I just wanted to let you know how inspiring you are to me. I recently spent two weeks in Kenya and then Uganda this past Thanksgiving. I've read your book and I loved every single bit of it. I have felt God pulling me to missions for awhile and you inspired me to even go on that trip. Now I am hopefully returning to Jinja this summer. I hope to be working at Amani Baby Cottage. I'm trying to convince my mom to go with me this time. I want her to see the place that I fell in love with. I am continuously praying for you. Thank you again for everything you do.

Anne Marie Van Cleve said...

Katie, you are my inspiration. I have read your book and it inspired me while I went on my first mission trip this past Thanksgiving. I spent two weeks in Kenya and Uganda. I fell in love with Africa. I fell in love with the children. They all were so full of God's wonderful joy. I am hoping to return to Jinja this summer and volunteer at Amani Baby Cottage. I am hoping to bring my mom with me this time to show her the place that I fell in love with. May God bless you with everything you do. Thank you again.

Anonymous said...

Hi Katie! I loved reading your book and blog and I'm keeping you and your lovely girls in my prayers. May this new year bring you joy and peace and the strength to keep doing God's work!
xoxo another Katie

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Be encouraged this day - the work God is doing in and through you is moving and inspiring. Lord bless this sweet family. xo

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Katie, for being God's hands and heart for people who are hurting, and for showing the rest of us what it means to look like Christ. You are doing the hardest work on earth with such grace. I read you often; you are such an inspiration. Thank you, Katie, thank you.

Elsa said...

Your girls are so lovely, they are so lucky to have you in their life :)

Anonymous said...

Katie, I am in the process of reading your book right now. I am currently living in Kenya right now teaching as a student missionary. I just now found your blog. Id like to know more about your life and talk with you when you get the chance. As busy as you are.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for being such an inspiration to me. You encourage me to live radically for Christ everyday. I attend Lipscomb and they communicate the importance of using your gifts to further God's kingdom here on earth. You do such a good job of that.

Ansley Waller said...

Thank you for being such an inspiration to me. You encourage me to live radically for Christ everyday. I attend Lipscomb and they communicate the importance of using your gifts to further God's kingdom here on earth. You do such a good job of that.

Dianne Yates said...

Thank you so much for sharing your life and family with me. Thank you for reminding me of the greatness of our God. You and your ministry is continually in my thoughts and prayers. Dianne

Anonymous said...

Katie, my passion is helping people and my dream is to move to uganda and teach children, just like you! however I have no idea where to start! I'm unsure of who to contact or talk to, would it be possible if you could help guide me, how did you start?

flubba-blubba said...

Hello Katie, I'm inspired by your story. I'm a little mistrusting of charties. Is there any way I can contribute directly to you? I want to help you, help others. Thanks. Feel free to reach out to me at barsenault@msn.com. Thanks, Bob

Faith Abigail said...

Katie,
I read your book about a year ago and I want to tell you that you are such an inspiration to me. One day I will be a missionary, though I'm not sure where yet. It is one of my dreams to adopt many children. Your life is so encouraging to me. Thank you for all you have done for the world.

If you would check out my blog sometime that would mean the world to me: asongofstruggle.blogspot.com

Keep chasing hard after God. In Christ, Faith

Derek Koehn said...

I just finished reading your book! WOw! It changed my life! I have 3 boys and so I kno how hectic life can get with 3 but children are such a blessing and fun!! I would love to visit your beautiful family in Uganda and sit at your table and share a meal! I have so much to ask you and talk about and it would just be so much fun to be around all that energy! May God richly bless you everyday, I know He has already cause I see the glow on your face! I want that same joy!! I will pray for you..
~Angela~

Kadynn Williamson said...

Dear Katie,
I am a 12 year old girl and my parents are missionaries in Papua New Guinea. Your book inspires me. When I grow up, I want to be a missionary too.your book has made me want to
do it even more!!!!! i am filled with so much joy!!!!

Kadynn Williamson said...

Dear Katie,
I am a 12 year old girl and my parents are missionaries in Papua New Guinea. Your book really inspires me! I want to be a missionary when I grow up too. Now I want to be one even more! Your story fills me with so much joy!!! Thank you for following God.
Kadynn

ginna_rosie said...

Dear Katie, I am a 16 year old girl from Missouri. And I just wanted to let you know that you are my hero. I wish that in my next few years, I will accomplish something as incredible as what you did.

-Ginna Verhoff

Anonymous said...

Katie--
My name is Ellie Hill. I am 11 years old. I am reading your book for a project at my school. I have a few questions to answer on the sheet I am filling out for my teacher. Since the project is to read a biography--I need to have your birth date. Would you send it to me? By the way--I am really enjoying your book and you inspire me to do great things for God right now and as I grow up! Love, Ellie

Anonymous said...

Katie, I don't know if this will get to you but its crazy how God works .. Last summer on a missions trio to Guatemala I fell and cut my hands slightly and I wanted to wash feet the next day, but my mother wouldn't let me because of diseases. In my mind, I was like but if I am doing the work for God then he will protect me and keep me safe. But my mom rebuked me and told me that there is so much sin and evil in the world that I need to be careful... I have been thinking about it since and it brings me to tears everytime.. But tonight I think you summed it up.. I oped your book and read the introduction and you talked about not worrying about our bodies and that's exactly what I needed to hear and I know God set that up for me.. Its been such a burden and I am now ready to approach my mom to seek out wisdom... Thank you for your work for our God.

Lori Panning said...

Dear Katie, God has captured my heart....again...as I read your book that my mary K lady gave me. Once, I traveled to Uganda on missions - and like you fell in love with a place I could have made my home too. It has been 15 years now, and that desire to return is still apart of me. Unlike you, I returned home from Uganda and got married. I was in Kampala, Kabale. My marriage lasted 5 years. I understand being a single mom and raising children, and so much related to your journey and your adventure .... thank you. thank you so much for your heart to love - for not looking back - for all God has made you to be. One day, I should like to meet you - and return to Uganda -
Lori

Rhiannon said...

The work that you do in Uganda is truly encouraging. We do missions in Rwanda. My oldest daughter will be 18 next month and wants to spend some time at the orphanage when she graduates in June. I am excited to see what God has in store for her. We have been twice to Rwanda and it is truly life changing. God is an amazing God and like you, I am thankful that he would chose us to accomplish his will for these precious people. May God continue to bless you, your team, and all the people of Uganda!

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Kathy Cerniglia said...

Katie! I was just given your book as a birthday present. It's awesome. Please! Tell me how how I can come and help out! PLEASE, PLEASE!!!!!! I am praying. I am sending money. BUT I and my daguhter Katie (who is your age and has dreamed of going to Uganda when a teen) want to come and help out. GOD has put a love of children in our hearts. i would love to help them with homework, read stories, do crafts, play store, goof off. We could make your load lighter for a bit and even give you some more alone time with GOD while we watch over them. I do love the children GOD puts in front of me at the school I work but I am off if the summer! Even though I live in the poorest city of Wisconsin, the govt pays for our children to go to school, eat breakfast, lunch, and a snack. Housing and utilites and fod stamps are given out. Medical care is offered. My money and time would be multiplied a 100 times over in Uganda. Why can't I do both? I am rewriting a letter for the 3rd time today to your mother via Amazima. i have looked up th cost of plane flights, (Of course I have prayed) I've talked to my husband. I've called my pator's wife (has gone multiple times to Hatia orphanges and adopted 2 children) and picked her brain about how to do this. i would pay our way and bring whatever i can to help. I am a teacher/counselor at an emlementary school. My email adress is cerniglia55@yahoo.com. If I need to talk to someone other than you please let me know who. Eagerly awaiting your answer. Kathy Cerniglia, Beloit, WI

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You're all beautiful! God bless you and yours this year! <3

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Becky said...

Words can not describe how much your book has meant to our family! Praying for you, Katie!
Isaiah 40:29 "He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak."

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Thank You! I Know your Christmas was beautiful because you KNOW Him! Blessings for your new year. I praise Him in the sorrow and muck with you.
Sooo glad to call you a sister in Christ!
Erin

benjamin-brooks said...

Hey Katie! My name is Benjamin, and I just started reading your book. How can I go on a mission trip there?

Family doc said...

Thank you for reminding us, again and again, that our Lord just asks us to say, "Yes". And He supplies the ability, the resources, even "to will and to do" for His purposes

Robyn Bowman said...

Thanks so much, Katie, for writing this blog and for writing this book. It has blessed me and others too, and I can't wait to read more of the amazing miracles happening in Uganda. God is awesome and surprising.

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I just read your book, my goodness! I sent a donation and also, a copy of a fairy tale I wrote years ago, I hope you receive it sometime, you will love it I'm sure. It's about a pious, young girl named Katarine, who loves God more than anything.
Happy New Year, may his love continue to bring you courage and peace. Blessings, Karen

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Alice said...

Katie, my daughter, Laura, is a faithful follower of your story and your blog. She has a wish to go to Uganda and help you one summer. For her 15th birthday this weekend she is having some 13 girls (some from Brentwood!) over for a tea party. Instead of bringing gifts, the girls are bringing their pocket money to send to Amazima. I have waited too late to ask you how, but they would all love to send notes to your girls, as well as a gift. If you see this message and can respond, I'd be grateful. God bless you and lift you up each day, and night!

Alice Griffith griffithclan@bellsouth.net

Alice said...

Katie, my daughter, Laura, is a faithful follower of your story and your blog. She has a wish to go to Uganda and help you one summer. For her 15th birthday this weekend she is having some 13 girls (some from Brentwood!) over for a tea party. Instead of bringing gifts, the girls are bringing their pocket money to send to Amazima. I have waited too late to ask you how, but they would all love to send notes to your girls, as well as a gift. If you see this message and can respond, I'd be grateful. God bless you and lift you up each day, and night!

Alice Griffith griffithclan@bellsouth.net

Alice said...

Katie, my daughter, Laura, is a faithful follower of your story and your blog. She has a wish to go to Uganda and help you one summer. For her 15th birthday this weekend she is having some 13 girls (some from Brentwood!) over for a tea party. Instead of bringing gifts, the girls are bringing their pocket money to send to Amazima. I have waited too late to ask you how, but they would all love to send notes to your girls, as well as a gift. If you see this message and can respond, I'd be grateful. God bless you and lift you up each day, and night!

Alice Griffith griffithclan@bellsouth.net

Alice said...

Katie, my daughter, Laura, is a faithful follower of your story and your blog. She has a wish to go to Uganda and help you one summer. For her 15th birthday this weekend she is having some 13 girls (some from Brentwood!) over for a tea party. Instead of bringing gifts, the girls are bringing their pocket money to send to Amazima. I have waited too late to ask you how, but they would all love to send notes to your girls, as well as a gift. If you see this message and can respond, I'd be grateful. God bless you and lift you up each day, and night!

Alice Griffith griffithclan@bellsouth.net

Hailey Hawks said...

Katie, you're so incredibly inspring. I have just started your book and I feel as though it's changing my perspective on my life and how God is calling me to live it! Thank you for writing it, and sharing you're story. You rock, girl! Keep touching lives in the name of God.

Bella Chaffey said...

Katie,
I read your book and I think what you are doing is so amazing. I have been to Uganda 4 times and will be going for my 5th time this summer. I have completely and utterly fell in love with the country and the joyous people who live in it. I used to have a in depth plan for my life, once I graduate high school (in June) I would go to college at the University of Washington and then would get a good job where I would be able to travel to countries, like Uganda, and help the people there with whatever profession I chose to do.
But I believe God has a different plan for me. I have had a very tough year and have gone through so many struggles which brought me closer to God and helped me listen to Him and I am positive He wants me to go to Uganda and serve Him and the people there next year and hold off on college for a year or maybe more. The only catch is I do not know where he is calling me to go. I know many people in Uganda but I do not know where I could stay for a year and build relationships and serve people. I know God will point me in a direction of where he wants me to go in Uganda but I believe he was nudging me to try and contact you. Everything you have done is so incredibly amazing and inspiring and whether you have a word of inspiration or an idea of a place I could stay to serve I would really appreciate it. If you read this, I would love to be able to talk to or email you.
Thank you so, so much for taking the time to read this.
If you would be able to contact me my Facebook is Isabella Chaffey and my email is bellachaffey@comcast.net.

Thank you and God Bless,

Bella Chaffey

Amanda said...

Katie, I just bought your book, I had been wanting to read it for a while and forgot about it until a few days ago when I was at Hastings. I started to read it there at the store because I didn't have money to buy it. I went again the next day. And then the day after that, I was just like, ok I have to buy it. I looked at my bank account, knowing I didn't have the money, but then I was wonderfully surprised that I received reward money from my bank for this past year! I was so excited and just wanted to share that God is stirring something in my heart. And I know this is the Holy Spirit working in you but I wanted to say thank you for being obedient, for following God's call. You are truly an inspiration to many many people. God Bless

Anonymous said...

Dear Katie
I am AMAZED at your courage, perseverance and fortitude - your book has been an inspiration to me and I feel the Holy Spirit stirring within me as I read. Please keep blogging ... I am nearly finished your book and don't want to stop hearing of the good work the Lord has assigned for you to do. Love in the Lord - Mandy

Abraham Ramirez said...

What's up Katie!!! 2014!!!! Yes, I am a little late, but finished the book = ). Hope all is good!!! Was introduced to the book by a friend, Kady Cherry, in 2014 so it's her fault for telling me about it so late!!! I just got in the mail the bracelet from Amazima Ministries!!!! Please thank the ladies for the great handy work!!!!! Please have all those around you, including yourself, say a prayer for me, Abraham Ramirez!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am reading your book "Kisses from Katie" and I love it and have been telling everyone about it. What an inspiration you are. God's love shines through you. You are such a motivation to me to get up and make the world a better place for all, or one.
Judi

Terri Lewis said...

HI KATIE AND FAMILY,
YOU ALL BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN OF GOD. I LOVED RECEIVING YOUR BOOK AS A GIFT AS I TO HAVE DREAMED OF SERVING GOD IN AFRICA. YOU STORY INSPIRED ME. HOW MANY CHILDREN HAVE YOU ADOPTED AS OF CURRENT DATE? IPRAY IF IT BE GODS WILL I WILL MEET YOU AND ALL YOUR BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN ONE DAY.
TERRI

Terri Lewis said...

HI KATIE AND FAMILY,
YOU ALL BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN OF GOD. I LOVED RECEIVING YOUR BOOK AS A GIFT AS I TO HAVE DREAMED OF SERVING GOD IN AFRICA. YOU STORY INSPIRED ME. HOW MANY CHILDREN HAVE YOU ADOPTED AS OF CURRENT DATE? IPRAY IF IT BE GODS WILL I WILL MEET YOU AND ALL YOUR BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN ONE DAY.
TERRI

Terri Lewis said...

HI KATIE AND FAMILY,
YOU ALL BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN OF GOD. I LOVED RECEIVING YOUR BOOK AS A GIFT AS I TO HAVE DREAMED OF SERVING GOD IN AFRICA. YOU STORY INSPIRED ME. HOW MANY CHILDREN HAVE YOU ADOPTED AS OF CURRENT DATE? IPRAY IF IT BE GODS WILL I WILL MEET YOU AND ALL YOUR BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN ONE DAY.
TERRI

Abigail said...

I just read your book and I had already been praying about if God wanted me to be a missionary in Uganda and after reading your book it really showed me where he wanted me to go. I'm only 15 so I can't really move to Africa now, but I know when he is ready for me to go, I'll go. Thank you for being an inspiration and I pray that God continues to work through you and everything you do.
Luke 4:18,19
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Anonymous said...

How true we find Jesus in unexpected places and times
How is it going Katy. We haven't seen anything for a while. Praying for you always

Anonymous said...

My teacher read excerpts from your book and I started to cry. I am not a very sentimental person but when I listened to your meaningful words I couldn't help but tear up a bit. Thanks for all you do with those kids and thank you from my whole class.


xxxxxx :)

Kennedey Moffet said...

Katie, My name is Kennedey Moffet. I am almost finished with your book and I am so inspired. I go to a Catholic High school and have wanted to do missionary work for a while now. When I learned about your past and the life you are living now I felt like God was calling me to do the same. Your story is amazingly beautiful and inspiring. I would like to know how you got started in Uganda and how you found out about the opportunity to fly over there to help? I am so willing to follow in your footsteps to see if God is calling me to do the same.I would love to hear back from you. May God be with you, always.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for the sins committed against your girl. And so thankful that God has drawn her to Him and given her a mother to love and protect her. We're so lucky to have God on our side.

Anonymous said...

Katie,

I am reading your book right now, and it is an inspiration to me. I feel the call upon my life to get into street ministry and teen ministry. Thank you, for all that you`re doing! I hope some day to make it to Uganda and visit you :)

allie age 10 said...

Hi katie, you are my hero! i read you book, and love it.

RUTH said...

hi my name is Ruth and I am 11 years old and I live in the small town of Wilmore, Kentucky. you have inspired me so much! I am halfway through your book and just asked my mom if she could look for out of the country mission trips for my age and she said she would think about it. but I really have always had a passion for teaching children the gospel. I pray the King of the universe guides your every move as you face each day with courage.

love, Ruth

Georgette said...

Hi Katie, I have just read your book. Wow it touched my heart. I could not put your book down.
You are an inspiration. and just reminds us all of how much God loves us. And is always there for us no matter what. Love to you and your family Katie.

Rhozzel Nazareno Defante said...

Katie, I have read your book 5 times and I love to read it over and over again. It brought me tears a lot and excitement in my heart every time i read it. I am so inspired by your life testimony and your heart. Some of the story you tell in the books, I can relate so much because it was the same feelings and thoughts that I have during those times that I am living alone in a foreign land and follow Gods leading and leave everything behind. You are such an inspiration. Keep up the faith.

Ann said...

Hi Katie, I have just read your book and decided to look up the website. What a joy it was to see the photo posted in Decembr 2013 of you and your daughters. They are all so lovely..you certainly have your hands full! I know God blesses you abundantly and will continue to give you wisdom, patience and strength to parent these beautiful young women. They (and their Mum) are such shining lights for Jesus in their community.

Christine Webster said...

Dear Katie, thank you for writing your book and opening my eyes to what I can do for God right here where I am. May you continue to be blessed with your family. Yes Jesus loves you and he loves me and He loves us all unconditionally. Let us all remember that all are God's precious children.
Jesus love,
Christine.C