Since I discovered the amazing story of an unlikely hero in China (previous post), I’ve had my eye out for other heroes who are often unsung but deserve to be heard and respected. When I visited my mom in June, she gave me a book called “Kisses from Katie”. It looked very interesting, so I put it on top of my “next-read” stack, not thinking much more about it.
Recently, on the way to work, as I was listening to “A Christopher Closeup” episode on EWTN radio, I perked up when I heard the host introduce Katie Davis. As a NON-believer in coincidence, it seemed a good idea to pay attention to this broadcast. It was soon very apparent that this young woman has a truly amazing story.
Of one thing I am certain….one person can make a difference. My kids have heard me preach it (still trying to convince my daughter to watch Schindler’s List specifically for that reason!). I love movies and books and news stories and any other means of conveying the importance of this fact. Well, Katie and her book do just that.
This former high school class president and homecoming queen made a life-altering decision at the age of eighteen. That in itself is incredible, considering how most of us at eighteen are still pretty self-absorbed and immature! Instead of following the path most teens choose, or the one their parents and friends influence them to pick, Katie decided to follow her passion for Christ. Literally leaving her life behind, she flew back to Uganda, where she had visited during a Christmas break mission trip her senior year. That decision has lead to the establishment of a non-profit providing families and children with food and education. It is a very unique approach and one worth learning about and supporting. (click on the photo above for more information and to donate.) Not only that, she has adopted 13 girls, while barely beyond being a girl herself.
She admits life is hard – no rose colored glasses here. But she also admits that this experience requires her to depend solely on God spiritually. Everything she depended on was stripped away. And now she is much closer to Him. When she first arrived, she had to wash her hair in a bucket. She can’t run to the drive-thru for burgers and fries. But she drives frantically to assist with a dying woman who needs transportation to the hospital. She gets all of her girls up in the morning, she homeschools, cooks, welcomes strangers who become friends.
She’s suffered the loss of a daughter who was returned to her birth mother. She has seen death and life, miracles and pain, filth and infection and joy. All because He carries her through it…..and she lets him.
1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.