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Understand more about God's call on your life through the true story of an average teenage girl who went beyond the expected to do something extraordinary for the children of a war-torn nation.
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'Kisses From Katie' is the true story about an average teenage girl who stepped outside of the expected to do something extraordinary – leaving her comfortable future, adopting 14 Ugandan children and loving a war-torn nation.
About to start university, American college graduate Katie Davis asked her parents if she could take a gap year to teach Reception children in Uganda. But when she came home to re-starting her life in America, something wasn't right. So she waved goodbye to her university place, designed clothes, her little yellow convertible and her boyfriend and made Uganda her new home.
The stories inside 'Kisses From Katie' deserve to be documented in a movie, including:
• how Katie slowly began to adopt orphans
• how Katie founded a ministry supporting the poor in the slum community of Masese
• how Katie saves lives everyday …
… and did I mention she did all this before she was 22?
Her story holds echoes of Mother Teresa, ripples of Gladys Aylwards and a fresh, missionary voice which inspires whole-hearted kindness and reckless love. An emotional journey, her life-shattering story will bring tears of sorrow and tears of joy as you discover her passionate heart for the gospel.
Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis and Beth Clark was published by Authentic in January 2013 and is our 457th best seller. The ISBN for Kisses From Katie is 9781780780894.
Join Katie on Her Life-Changing Journey
Posted: Thursday, March 21st
In the early days she felt as though she were trying to empty the ocean with an eyedropper, but has learnt that she is not called to change the world in itself, but to change the world for one person at a time.
By the age of 22 Katie had adopted 14 girls and founded Amizima Ministries which currently has sponsors for over 600 children and a feeding program for Uganda's poorest citizens - so it is no wonder she feels Jesus wrecked her life, shattered it to pieces, and put it back together making it more beautiful than it was before.
1. Falling in Love – with a Country
2. In the Crucible of Contradiction
3. Enough to Go Around
4. Saying Yes
5. “Can I Call You ‘Mommy’?”
6. A Change of Heart
7. Deep Hunger, Deep Gladness
8. How Great a Distance Love Can Bridge
9. Everything I Need
10. A Promise to Keep
11. Living the Secret
12. A Glimpse of Heaven
13. Amazing Grace
14. A Different Kind of Education
15. Three Thousand Friends
16. Just One More
17. He Sets the Solitary in Families
18. Counting the Cost
19. A ‘Jia Ja’ for Us
20. Always Enough
“I want to ask you to come with me on a journey.”
“A journey that started three years ago when I thought I knew what my life would look like, and I had no idea. A journey that has shown me more about the fathers heart and his extravagant compassion than I could have ever imagined. A journey that requires me to give more of myself every single day. It’s a journey that took me from a ten month commitment to teach kindergarten in Uganda, to a lifetime commitment of bettering and serving this country.”
“I’m Katie Davis, I’m 21 years old and I live here in Uganda. I run Amizima Ministries and my full time occupation is that I’m a mum to 14 little girls. At an early age people would ask me at career days what I want to be when I grow up and I always said I wanted to be Mother Teresa. Just because, I guess I just loved her heart for children.”
Kate Returns to Ravenwood High School to speak at the Baccalaureate Service 2010: “I’m eating sushi at my favourite restaurant for my 16th birthday when I tell my parents I’d like to explore the opportunity of doing mission work out of high school. I graduate from high school having made a commitment to teach pre-school for a year in the middle of no-where Uganda.”
“My parents were so not bored, and it came to a point when, okay, God says you choice me or you choice to please your dad, so what’s it going to be. And I said ‘alright I’m going back.”
“It is January and I am looking at a little girl, crushed under a brick wall with no-one to take care of her and her siblings. I offer to take them home with me until we find a better solution. I’m not really sure what to do with them, but I know they are God’s children, they stay. It is three days later and the littlest one looks up and she calls me ‘mummy’. My hear breaks in two, I have no idea what to do, but something clicks. I am even more scared than the day I stepped on that plane but I know that this is right. Today I have fourteen.”
“I get a lot of: ‘do you really feel like they’re you’re children’, do you really feel like they’re you’re family’? I say ‘you come over for dinner and you tell me’, because it is, it is our family.”
“People say to me, all the time, ‘wow you are so lucky that you found what God wants’ you to do with your life’. I kind of look at those people and say ‘well I didn’t, I didn’t find it was just in the Bible’. So as someone who calls themselves a Christian it’s very apparent that you are to love the Lord with all your heart and love your neighbour as yourself. And I’m like, myself doesn’t want to be starving, I don’t want other people in the world to be starving.”
“Jesus does not ask that we care for the less fortunate, he demands it. When calling ourselves Christ-followers, caring for orphans and the dissolute and the widow are not an option, it’s a requirement. I would like you to join me on this journey that is so far from over, and see what God will do next."
“This moving debut memoir tells Davis’s story of moving to Uganda and founding Amazima Ministries, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to bettering the lives of under privileged children. The profundity of this young author’s commitment to God and to going to ‘the hard place’ is nothing short of remarkable … a refreshing read for those seeking the inspiration to follow the stirrings of their own hearts.” – Kirkus Reviews.
“I am recommending ‘Kisses from Katie’ to everyone I know.” – Stasi Elderedge.
“Kisses from Katie’ is another wonderful reminder that ‘big’ things for the kingdom do not come from age or experience but as an overflow of a deeper love within. I highly encourage you to read this captivating account of obedience to God’s call, and I challenge you to consider what you are doing to ‘care for the least of these.’” – Dr. Wess Stafford, president and CEO, Compassion International.
“Katie Davis has the story that makes radio talk show hosts stop in their tracks and say with deep disbelief, ‘No, she didn’t’. But, yes, she did! Katie Davis is the young dynamo of the gospel, bringing love and joy not just to her children but to an entire village and region. She is an inspiration and a testament to what God will do when one is willing to be used.” – Hugh Hewitt, host of the Hugh Hewitt Show.
“I was blown away when I first heard of Katie’s incredible story. I’m excited many others will now have the opportunity to be inspired and challenged by it.” – Scott Harrison, founder and CEO, Charity: Water.
“Through Katie’s life, we’re reminded how God can use ordinary people to do extraordinary things for Him.” – Rich Streans, President of World Vision U.S.
“Kisses from Kate is another wonderful reminder that ‘big’ things for the Kingdom do not come from age or experience, but as an overflow of a deeper love within.” – Dr. Wess Stafford, President and CEO, Compassion International.
“She is an inspirational and a testament to what God will do when one is willing to be used.” – Hugh Hewitt, host of the Hugh Hewitt Radio Show.
“With reckless abandon, Katie Davis followed her heart to care for orphans living in extreme poverty in Uganda. Her stories captivate the reader to take action, join her work, and make the world a better place for children – one by one.” – Senator William H. First, M.D.
“Wow....if we all had the kind of love that Katie has for the Lord....what would happen in this world!” – Bruce Guy, comment from YouTube.com
“We are 12 and 9 yr old sisters who are inspired by you and want to someday do more to help but for now we are sponsoring. Its a start. We love you!!!!!!! <3” – justinbeiber fan, comment from YouTube.com
“Ms Katie this is awesome. I am an 11 year old girl and I have a love for kids that will never go away u inspire me to do more with my heart and I hope to be like [you] someday and adopt children.” – Madison Craig, comment for YouTube.com
“Currently writing a song at how amazing she is!! :O” – JACKjmDAVY, comment from YouTube.com
“It did indeed make me smile but also cry; very moving in parts!” – J.Kay, comment from Amazon.co.uk
“I haven't wanted to put it down!!! Eyeopening, challenging, envisioning, motivating ... excellent!!!” – Elizabeth Baxter, comment from Amazon.co.uk
“I would HIGHLY recommend this book to Christian and non Christian alike. I would describe this book as both heartwarming & challenging!” – JillyM, comment from Amazon.co.uk
“Katie writes in a very heartwarming, vulnerable style. She lets her readers into her life. She lets them see her world through her eyes of compassion.” – LadyPenelope, comment from Amazon.co.uk
Katie Davis’ true story is like a seed.
When someone reads it, that seed is planted.
When that someone peeks into her incredible journey, that seed is watered.
When Katie explains how she is simply living out the Gospel, quoting Jesus’ words then giving the examples of what she does – day in day out – that seed becomes a shoot.
When that someone watches the countless YouTube videos about what this young women has achieved for the people of Masese, that shoot grows leafs.
When that someone puts down her book and picks up the Gospel, that plant finds nutrition.
When that someone learns to love their neighbour - with the same love Jesus has for us - that plant blossoms.
When that someone becomes an example of Jesus' love, much like Katie, others are drawn towards them and start asking questions, that plant begins to grow fruit.
That is the power of testimony. It inspires people into more than simply giving money to a charity, or signing an e-mail petition, or brushing off the guilt by wearing a charities rubber wrist band. It wills people into action. It inspires genuine change. It creates Gospel-doers.
Reading books like ‘Kisses From Katie’ can be daunting – “how can little old me doing anything like that!” Please don’t fret; instead be encouraged by Katie’s humble words:
“People tell me I am brave, people tell me I am strong, people tell me good job. Well here’s the truth of it. I am not really that brave, I am not really that strong and I am not doing anything that spectacular. I am just doing what God called me to do as a follower of him – ‘feed his sheep and do unto the least of his people.” – taken from a YouTube video called Amazima, by Courtney Polivka.
“Helping to educate and empower the people of Uganda with God’s love.” – Amazima Ministries slogan.
In 2008, Amazima Ministries was founded as a non-profit organisation by 19 year-old Katie Davis. The organisation educates and encourages orphaned and vulnerable children and the poor in and around Masese, in Uganda.
In the Lugandan language, Amazima (uh-mahz-i-muh) means ‘truth’. The organisation Katie Davis, author of ‘Kisses From Katie’, founded is split into five outreach initiatives:
As many Christian organisations do, child sponsorship is crucial to providing an education for the poor. The ministry currently sends 600 orphaned and vulnerable children to a Christian school where they are feed, given school supplies, medical care and spiritual guidance.
Amazima is dedicated to loving the slum community, where the poorest of the poor struggle to live every day. They provide:
· Daily Feeding Program
· Give free mosquito nets
· HIV management and counseling
· Free/low cost Healthcare
· Malnutrition Rehabilitation
· Bible Studies
Every Saturday, the sponsored children come to the Amazima pavilion for Bible study, worship, lunch, and lots of play. Ugandan men to lead this time, giving the children a male role model and spiritual leader. While much of their lives are unstable and unpredictable, the children rely on seeing loving faces of friends and mentors each Saturday.
Slum life is difficult, there are simply no jobs! Unsanitary living conditions, malnutrition, disease, and hopelessness swallow their dreams for their family.
Self-sustainability is the goal of gathering together the women together to create handmade, Ugandan necklaces. Through the organisations links with America, the necklaces find a marketplace to be sold. With these new jobs, the women are empowered to quit the dangers of trash picking, prostitution and alcohol brewing.
Every outreach activity has an element of discipleship, biblical teaching or spiritual encouragement.
All this was sparked by a young woman who decided she couldn’t return to America after visiting Masese, in Uganda. It’s amazing to think that the simply action of one person acting out the gospel call can amount to so much good!
“I have learned that I will not change the world. Jesus will do that. I can, however, change the world for one person. So I keep stopping and loving one person at a time. Because this is my call as a Christian.” – Katie Davis.
The need of our world may be great, but if every Christian stops to love, one person at a time, imagine what our world could look like.
“22 year old, Katie Davis, is inspiring the western world with her book – ‘Kisses From Katie’. The American college graduate decided to quit Uni, quit lye-in’s and quit the American dream to move to Uganda.”
“5 years on and she’s feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, caring for the broken, adopting the orphans and loving her African neighbours. In fact, she’s living the gospel!”
“Her story reminds us of Mother Teresa, and the ripple effect of her book should encourage us Brits to give more of our time, effort, money and skills to the gospel. Be inspired and read her story for yourself.”
|Author / Artist||Katie Davis and Beth Clark|
|Publisher||Authentic (January 2013)|
|Number of Pages||288|
|Page last updated||15th December 2017|