An interview with mother of 13 and Uganda missionary, Katie Davis

Amazima Ministries
By Trillia Newbell
Imagine moving to a foreign land an ocean away from all you know, all you love,  and all that is safe and comfortable. Then imagine falling in-love with this land and its people to the point of no return. Now imagine  leaving all you have behind and unofficially adopting children; 13 girls to be exact. All the while being single and only 20 years old.

This is the reality for Katie Davis who in 2008 founded Amazima Ministries International based out of Brentwood, Tenn and  Uganda. Davis who has been there since 2008 doesn’t have plans on leaving any time soon.

“My life and my family are in Uganda. This is where God has called me for this season,” said Davis.

Davis currently has 13 daughters and one foster baby. Ugandan law states that a single woman must adopt children of her own gender. Though she has not officially adopted her daughters, she is in the process and has legal guardianship of some.  Her plans are to attempt to finalize the adoption process after her 25th birthday, the legal age to adopt in Uganda.

Her desire is simply to share the love of Jesus to those around her, this is the most enjoyable aspect of her ministry. “I love getting to love people.  To stop for one and pour out Jesus. I could not ask for more,” she said.

Davis, originally from Brentwood, Tenn, traveled to Uganda for the first time in 2006. Upon her returning in 2007 she began to teach Kindergarten at an orphanage for children who would otherwise be unable to go to school.

From her site Davis says, “People tell me I am brave. People tell me I am strong. People tell me good job. Well here is the truth of it. I am really not that brave, I am not really that strong, and I am not doing anything spectacular. I am just doing what God called me to do as a follower of Him. Feed His sheep, do unto the least of His people.”

Her faith is compelling and when asked what Scriptures she often goes back to she said, “I have been reading through Exodus and God continues to remind me of His faithfulness to His people.  It is what I need to hear often.”

Amazima  needs financial support. Their on-going feeding program for 1,800 kids in Masese costs about $2,000 every week.

But Davises greatest need is prayer.

“Pray that God will fill me each day to pour Him out and that He would give me eyes to see how to love well the ones He puts in front of me,” she said.

For more information or to donate visit the Amazima Ministries website at www.amazima.org.

More about Katie:
Katie has recently published a book, Kisses from Katie
Find out more about her book by visiting http://www.amazima.org/katiesbook.html
Katie Davis book

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