Kisses From Katie
A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption
My Life in the Red Dirt of Uganda
The bestselling account of a courageous eighteen-year-old from Nashville who gave up every comfort and convenience to become the adoptive mother to thirteen girls in Uganda.
What would cause an eighteen-year-old senior class president and homecoming queen from Nashville, Tennessee, to surprised everyone by skipping college, lose many friends (because they think she has gone off the deep end), and break up with the love of her life, all so she could move to Uganda, where she knew only one person and didn’t even speak the language?
A passion to follow Jesus
Katie Davis left over Christmas break of her senior year for a short mission trip to Uganda and her life was turned completely inside out. She found herself so moved by the people of Uganda and the needs she saw that she knew her calling was to return and care for them. Katie, a charismatic and articulate young woman, is in the process of adopting thirteen children in Uganda and has established a ministry, Amazima, that feeds and sends hundreds more to school while teaching them the Word of Jesus Christ.
“Kisses from Katie invites readers on a journey of radical love down the red dirt roads of Uganda. You’ll laugh and cry with Katie as she follows Jesus into the impossible and finds joy and beauty beneath the dust. Katie and her children delight in saying yes to the people God places in front of them and challenge readers to do the same, changing the world one person at a time.”When you think of what one young woman can accomplish by simply being open to God’s call, no matter the cost, you begin to ask questions like, Am I really open to God’s will for my life? Through Katie’s life, we are reminded of how God can use ordinary people to do extraordinary things for Him. We simply need to be willing to be used.” — Rich Stearns, President of World Vision U.S.
A testimony from Katie herself:
“Sometimes I want to spend hours talking with my best friends about boys and fashion and school and life. I want to go to the gym; I want my hair to look nice; and I want to be allowed to wear jeans; to be a normal young woman living in America, sometimes. But I want other things more. All the time. I want to be spiritually and emotionally filled every day. I want to be loved and cuddled by a hundred children and never go a day without laughing. And I want to wake up to a rooster’s crow and open my eyes to see lush green trees that seem to pulse with life against a piercing blue sky and the rusty red soil of Uganda.
I want to be challenged endlessly; to be taught by those I teach. And I want to share God’s love with people who otherwise might not know it. I want to work so hard that I end every day filthy and too tired to move. To make some kind of difference, no matter how small, and I want to follow the calling God has placed on my heart. I want to give my life away, to serve the Lord with each breath. At the end of the day, no matter how hard, I want to be right here in Uganda.”
— Katie Davis, author of Kisses from Katie
Table of Contents
Foreword by Beth Clark
- Falling in Love – with a Country
- In the Crucible of Contradiction
- Enough to Go Around
- Saying Yes
- “Can I Call You ‘Mommy’?
- A Change of Heart
- Deep Hunger, Deep Gladness
- How Great a Distance Love can Bridge
- Everything I Need
- A Promise to Keep
- Living the Secret
- A Glimpse of Heaven
- Amazing Grace
- A Different Kind of Education
- Three Thousand Friends
- Just One More
- He Sets the Solitary in Families
- Counting the Cost
- A Jia Ja for Us
- Always Enough