Book Review: Kisses from Katie

Katie Davis is a former homecoming queen and senior class president. She left home at eighteen on a mission trip to Uganda. From that experience she dedicated her life to doing something more sacrificial than just giving up her vacations to serving Jesus. She now dedicates her entire life to serving fulltime in Africa.

Today, Katie lives in Uganda, where she is the adoptive mother of fourteen young girls.  She is the head of Amazima, a ministry that daily serves hundreds of children in Africa. Katie is originally from Nashville, Tennessee, where her family lives today. Her friends, family and boyfriend didn’t really understand her calling, but that never slowed her down.

Fulltime ministry has never been easy for Katie. She has struggled and cried and broken her heart. She has stepped out in faith and trusted the Lord. After high school she exchanged the North American suburban dream for a life of service, poverty and sacrifice. Katie has no formal training or experience in theology, childcare or fundraising and receives little guidance or support from others. However, she is giving all she has to glorify God and serve the most needy in Uganda.

Katie’s book tells the story of how the burden grew in her heart to go to Uganda and expand the ministry that today is meeting the physical and spiritual needs of thousands of children. She seldom knows where her resources will come from and she has no organizational plan. Her ministry consists of finding needs and addressing them. Some days she provides medicine, other days it is education, but most days she provides mercy and the love of Christ.

This is a wonderful book to show us all how God is calling us to serve those in need. We often come up with great excuses why we can’t serve. But, if Katie, an undereducated, unfunded, untrained teenage girl can do all this, what is our excuse?