I finished reading Kisses from Katie in the middle of the night last night because my 11 month old was awake and so was I. I've read her blog for a couple years now, and have been taught by her lessons in motherhood, suffering, and loving in Christ's name. I was eager to read this book and learn about her whole story.
Katie Davis lives in Uganda, where she moved after high school to serve the poor and suffering (mostly orphaned) children there. Several years later, she has adopted 14 orphaned little girls and works long days feeding, caring for medical needs (she has to look up how to do things online since she doesn't have medical training) and visiting the poor and needy in their affliction. She is certainly being the hands and feet of Christ and the stories of human suffering that she has seen first-hand -- and so often been instrumental to help relieve -- are astounding. Her ministry, Amazima, pays to enroll extremely poor children in school, provide the uniforms they need as well as school supplies and medical care. She also feeds the children at least weekly in her house -- hundreds of them!
While I don't necessarily share all of Katie's views theologically (she often talks of missing God's will or being in the center of God's will), she is clearly being used by God in a place where most of us would not even want to VISIT. Reading about her life shows me how very easy mine is. I see how it is petty to complain that my baby woke up last night. . . because he wasn't awake dying of hunger or fighting HIV, so my care for him was pretty easy. I often lament not having a washer and dryer, but I am only caring for a family of 4, not 15, and not in a place where everyone gets really dirty each day.
I'm so thankful for Katie's work and her writing! May the Lord bless this modern-day Amy Carmichael in all her endeavors!