Every once in a while I meet someone who simply knocks my socks off. Katie Davis is one such person.
In truth, I have never met Ms Davis in person. Our literary agent is her literary agent – we both have our first books being published in 2011 – and he first brought Katie’s ministry to our attention earlier this year. I have exchanged notes, letters, etc. with Katie and have come to learn about her story through mutual friends. I also, along with Gina and our 14 year old daughter, follow her blog faithfully.
In December of 2006, high school senior Katie traveled to Uganda for the first time. She was immediately captivated and fell in love with the people and the culture. While in Uganda, Katie met Pastor Isaac Wagaba who implored her to come teach Kindergarten at his orphanage in Buziika, Uganda, called Canaan Children’s Transit Center.
In the summer of 2007, Katie returned to Uganda to teach Kindergarten at Canaan. As she walked the children home from class each day, she was shocked to see the sheer number of school-aged children sitting idly on the side of the road or working in the fields. It was then that it came to Katie’s attention that there were very few government-run public schools in Uganda, and none in the area where she was working. Most schools in Uganda are privately run and therefore require school fees for attendance. Due to the extreme poverty in this region of Uganda, many children are unable to afford schooling.
God laid it on Katie’s heart to start a child sponsorship program, matching orphaned children who are unable to afford schooling with sponsors anywhere in the world. Sponsors pay $300.00 per year to send these children to school and provide school supplies, 2 hot meals each day, and needed minor medical care. Originally planning to have 40 children in the program, Katie had signed up 150 by January 2008. By the grace of God, in December 2008 the sponsorship program had successfully sent all 150 children to school for a full year and provided them with all life’s essentials.
That she was able to accomplish so much of God’s work, in a continent halfway around the world, in an area dominated (to say the least) by men, and do it all before she turned 21, is nothing short of miraculous.
We are trying to arrange having Katie herself on our radio program in January. If the logistics of setting up a live interview from Uganda prove to daunting, we will speak with another member of the board from Amazima Ministries International, the non-profit organization set up to provide financial support for what she is doing there.
We will keep you all posted on the date for this important show. In the meantime, please offer Katie your prayers, and follow her journey at: kissesfromkatie.blogspot.com