There is a new memoir out that’s not only inspiring, but also eye-opening. Kisses from Katie is about a young woman named Katie Davis who decided to live in Uganda and follow her calling of being a missionary. The book is filled with moving journal entries and detailed stories. The reviews reveal that it’s not only motivating and full of love, but is a tearjerker as well—I really want to read it! Here’s more about the author’s incredible journey:
Davis adopted 13 children by age 21 and started Amazima Ministries International, an organization that allows children to go to school to learn more about the gospel and grow in their relationship with Jesus. Her desire for ministry in Uganda began out of a missions trip she did when she was on her school’s winter break at just 18. Completely impacted and changed, she decided to go to Uganda and follow her heart and passion for the Lord.
Despite the criticism Davis received from even her family and friends in Nashville, TN, she followed her calling. She decided not to go to college and to pursue ministry full-time. Her story expresses her brave, faith-filled journey and reveals God’s provisions amidst the heartache, poverty, illness and the unknown.
Davis has a blog she updates with details about her missionary work and the children she takes care of and loves. The blog is called “The Journey” and can be found at www.kissesfromkatie.blogspot.com. Here is one of her entries just to give you a glimpse of her worldview:
Today there was breath in the chest of a little boy who I thought may die in the night. Today there were hugs and picked flowers and sweet notes from kiddos who knew mama was tired. There were big sisters who helped little sisters and a biggest sister who organized the house cleaning. There were 130 painted toenails, all colors. There were boxes of cookies sent from friends in the States and medicine and food sent over from friends around the corner. There were hands to help and even more that offered to help, and there were voices lifted in prayer.
And today, there was a Savior who paid my ransom with His blood, and it was enough.
It is always enough. Could I just remember? Could I just remember whose I am? Could I just remember the price He paid to live in me? And if Christ is in me, then can’t I find Him in all of these things too – the measles and the vomit, the flowers and the forgiveness and the toenails? Knowing that in all circumstances He is enough and He is working to draw me closer to Him, I praise Him for the good in the hardest of days.
Jesus, you are enough.
You were enough to atone for this ugly sin that wanted to separate. You are enough to fill in the gaps, fill all my holes, make up my lack. My flesh screams, “I can’t go on, I don’t have enough! Not enough strength, not enough patience, not enough…” And I wouldn’t, but I have You. And in You, I have enough and more than enough, Father of abundance, Giver of endless blessings.
I can pour out because I know you fill up. I drink from a well that never runs dry. You are abundantly available to me, ever drawing me closer. You call me into communion with you and I am filled with your life over flowing even in the driest, hardest of seasons. You exchange my lack for your abundance, Christ in me the only hope of glory. Christ in me is enough. Christ with me is enough. Christ on that cross and risen for me is enough. You are enough, Jesus (kissesfromkatieblogspot.com).
As you may notice, Davis’s giving, loving heart encourages and inspires the reader to see through a lens you may not have looked through before. The book is available in stores and online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Christian book stores.
PI readers, what do you think about Davis’s story? Are you interested in reading her book?