Kisses from Katie: A Must Read

My sister-in-law mailed Kisses from Katie as a Christmas present. She always comes up with the best presents whether it's for me, Eric, or the kids. She's cool like that. Plus, since she works at a Christian book store, we get the very best reading! 
Anyway, she called to tell how wonderful this book was and I didn't doubt her. I picked up the book that night and the following day I finished it. "Auntie Katie" draws you into Uganda as she describes and tell her experiences with the sick children, parents, and grandmothers. These are the sickest of the sick and the poorest of the poor. Katie intended to stay only a year after high school and then return home to go to college. But God had other plans for her and Uganda became her home. At 20 years old, she had adopted 14 girls and continues her work in Uganda and runs a program called Amazima.  With her program Amazima, she sponsors the neediest children so that they can go to school and eat regularly. She also sells beads for the women in the village so they can support their families. The Ugandan women in this program sell their beads to Katie with the understanding that they cannot drink or make alcohol, pick through the trash for food,  or prostitute themselves. Some of these same women had been giving their children alcohol just to keep them from the pain of starvation. 

I am amazed at her courage to literally lose everything to follow what Christ has laid on her heart and serve the "least of these" daily. She states in her book that if 8% of Christians alone would help/care for/ adopt a child, we could care for  the 143 million orphaned children in the world today! 

One more thing, if you think being a 20 year old woman adopting 14 children and caring for the poor in Uganda is crazy, read the book. I guarantee it will change your mind. This book is one you'll want to keep to read and re-read. Promise! 

Kristi  – (January 1, 2012 at 3:29 PM)  

I don't know how I didn't know that Katie had written a book. After reading her blog, I can only imagine that it must be wonderfully written!
Thanks for the tip!

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