In Kisses from Katie Katie Davis tells the true story of how at 18 her heart was changed by a country: Uganda. Feeling called to go there she put off college for a year and moved there to teach Kindergarten. Eventually she started a ministry called Amazima to help the people of Uganda, now lives there full-time and is in the process of adopting 13 orphans.
This is a powerful book. I do not think you can read it and not be affected by it, but you have to read the whole thing. If you just read a summary of Katie’s story it is easy to misunderstand why she has done the things she has. By reading the whole thing you can see why God has called her to this work and the difference she is making.
It was easy to for me to relate to Katie’s experience because something similar happened to me on another continent. While I have no plans like Katie, under slightly different circumstances I could see myself doing something similar. I think anyone with a heart for orphans or poor in other countries can relate to her story.
In many ways Katie reminds me of Chinese missionary Gladys Aylward. They both left their homes with little support and moved to the other side of the world to care for children. Through their efforts they helped bring about major changes in the community they serve.
On the whole this is a powerful true story. I give it five out of five stars.
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Soli Deo Gloria!