She’s twenty-two years old, raising fourteen little girls in a dot on a map called Uganda. How did Katie Davis, high school student from Nashville, Tennessee, end up mothering children in East Africa? In her own words . . .
“Jesus wrecked my life.
For as long as I could remember, I had everything this world says is important. In high school, I was class president, homecoming queen, top of my class. I dated cute boys and wore cute shoes and drove a cute sports car. I had wonderful, supportive parents who so desired my success that they would have paid for me to go to college anywhere my heart desired. But I loved Jesus.
Slowly but surely I began to realize the truth: I had loved and admired and worshiped Jesus without doing what He said . . . I wanted to actually do what Jesus said to do.
So I quit my life.
Originally, my quitting was to be temporary, lasting just one year before I went to college and returned to normal, American teenager life. But after the year, which I spent in Uganda, returning to ‘normal’ wasn’t possible.
I quit college; I quit cute designer clothes and my little yellow convertible; I quit my boyfriend. I no longer have all the things the world says are important. I do not have a retirement fund; I do not even have electricity some days.
But I have everything I know is important. I have a joy and a peace that are unimaginable and can come only from a place better than this earth. I cannot fathom being happier.
Jesus wrecked my life, shattered it to pieces, and put it back together more beautifully.”
Katie’s boldness and compassion truly inspired me. I was amazed to find such wisdom in one so young. The lessons she has learned touched my heart. And she also loves one of my favorite verses!
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” ~Psalm 37:4~
Katie’s commentary: “It is not about God making my dreams come true but about God changing my dreams into His dreams for my life. As I go with Him to the hard places, He changes them to the most joyful places I could imagine.”
“The truth is I saw myself in those little faces . . . He blinds Himself to my sin and
my filth so that He can forge a relationship with me. And this is what He did for me with these precious children. He blinded me to the filth and disease, and I saw only children hungry for love that I was eager to share with them.”
Have you read enough? Are you ready to learn more about this extraordinary young woman? Follow this link to purchase your copy of Kisses from Katie.
Soak in her story and let it change you. Then pass it on to every young person you know.
***Thanks to Howard Books for providing a copy for me to review. I’m planning to share this book with my students. I pray that my copy becomes tattered and worn from passing through many hands.
Giveaway: This is the first October giveaway post!
At the end of the month, I’ll be giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card. All you have to do is comment on a giveaway post to be included in the drawing! So share your thoughts on this remarkable young woman below!
Here are a few more pics to enjoy before you go. All the photos come from Katie’s beautiful blog, which you can find at this link.