OH! The faithfulness of our Lord!

For weeks, maybe even months, I have been feeling restless. I have felt God calling me somewhere, but I haven’t had a clue where to go. I never doubted the feeling, I have become pretty good at seeking and hearing God’s voice, but for weeks I have wondered in desperation, “God, you put me here. You gave me 13 children. You can’t actually be asking me to move?” Still the wind whispers, GO. I can’t sleep at night. Those closest to me have heard me say often recently, “God wants me to go somewhere… and I CAN’T find it!” Some mornings I load my babies into the car and just drive aimlessly down the dirt roads, waving at the children, praying that God would tell me where to stop. “Precious Lord, take my hand…” I pray. And as I am driving, His answer is always the same, “Go home, wait, wait.” But I know it is out there, this place He has for me. I KNOW He is about to lead me somewhere and I am just so desperate to get there… oh, I am such a slow learner sometimes.

Simultaneously, I have felt very drawn to a certain group of people, a tribe called the Karamajongs. They are traditionally a nomadic tribe in Uganda, but today with most animals moved to game reservations and trees being cut down into timber and sold like crazy, they have simply become the people who make up the majority of Uganda’s homeless. Much like homeless everywhere, they are shunned by most others. I have always loved and been intrigued by these people, buying the children food on the streets, giving them are old clothes and sometimes bringing them home for baths, though they don’t speak Luganda or English so it is difficult to communicate.

A few months ago, I happened upon a little Karamajong girl I called Hannah (these people are so devalued by society and even their own parents that they are not even given names – can you imagine!?) Something stirred within me, and I asked Hannah if I could take her home. She took me deep into the forest, and guess what I found? A whole little village of Karamajong people. I was shocked (and I am not easily surprised these days). They are a truly different people, wearing mostly skins, eating any food they can find, sending their children to the streets to beg or pick through the trash. The adults in the village spend most of their time drunk, hunters by nature with no animals to hunt, they don;t know what else to do. Many times their children go days without finding something of substance in the trash, and thus days without food. I was in love. “Aha,” I thought, “I will bring these people the Gospel.” (DAD: skip the rest of this paragraph) So I went home, gathered my troops, and it was off into the jungle armed with Bibles and 200 pounds of rice and beans. Chaos ensued. It was NOT AT ALL like feeding the children in our program, who line up, say thanks, and move along. These people had never even heard of a line, let alone were they willing to make one. People were pushing and shoving and shouting. They were pushing on me so hard that I could hardly keep my balance. People were hitting me, calling me all sorts of wonderful names, and even threatening to cut off my head. I loaded all my children back into the van. It began to rain. As I continued serving, a drunk man stood next to me and began banging a plastic plate on my head. I kept serving my food and singing to my Jesus. But in the end, I left, tired, covered head to toe in mud, my heart feeling that I had done more harm than good. Since then I have been praying and praying that God would show me a better way to serve these people, but I just haven’t had a clue what to do.

Anyway, call me dense, but until today, this event with the Karamajongs and God’s calling me to go somewhere have remained completely unrelated in my mind. Until today.

As part of Amazima Ministries, I have 2 employees that go daily to different schools to teach Bible studies. This gives us a presence in many schools all around the area, helps us be the first to know when there are children in need, and above all, spreads Christ’s love and truth to these precious little ones. We have an opening in our schedule, so this morning I went looking for a school to fill it. I went to four schools, all who were not interested in Bible study. As I reached the fifth, I decided it would be the last of the day. I had never visited this school, but only heard of it, it was way up on top of a hill in a place I didn’t recognize. The headmaster was kind and excitedly accepted to have us come for Bible study, even asking if we could find time to come twice a week instead of just once. I agreed and turned to leave. Then I saw it. As I looked out over the hill, I looked straight into the little Karamajong village.

My heart raced. “What do you know about those people?” He looked at me disgusted. “They are filthy. They are uncivilized. They are the poorest poor people in all of Uganda!” Yes, I thought, God’s heart. I began to explain to them how I loved these people, how I had tried to feed them. He looked at me like I was absolutely nuts, but then told me that he needed to introduce me to someone. He brought a Karamajong lady that I have met before in the village. I got chills as I shook Miss Rosemary’s hand. She began to tell of how she had grown up in that same village, being sent to to the streets to collect trash. She was one of very few who had run away and found a way to go to school. She has now been teaching at this school for 10 years, but her heart longs to help her people. She told me that years ago when the government had still supplied food to all schools, she would go down into the valley, collect all the children she could find, and bring them up to the school for lunch. I got goosebumps (its funny, I live in one of the hottest place in the world and I am ALWAYS getting goosebumps! haha) “Yes,” the Spirit whispered. I didn’t know what to say, my mind was churning, “I have food,” was about all I could get out.

The headmaster looked at me, and then turned His questioning face to the sky in disbelief. He and Miss Rosemary lead me to a room, a good sized one with cement walls and floor, 3 huge charcoal stoves, 3 huge pots, shelves and shelves of cups and plates and a tap with running water – my dream kitchen. “Wow, this is beautiful,” I whispered. “You can have it.” He said matter-of-factly. “WHAT?” “We don’t use it; the government doesn’t provide food anymore. If you want it, here you will be able to feed the children from the village and not have to be bothered by dangerous, drunken men. If you want the yard too, you can use it to sit and fellowship with them.” I looked around. I looked up. My sweet sweet Lord. As the headmaster went back to his office, I talked to Rosemary excitedly about all we could do to keep these children off the streets, teaching them skills and teaching them about the Lord. She is currently looking for a nearby plat of land that we can teach them to grow food in, so that they will learn a skill and eventually have more than just what we are providing them. She is also going to help me hire some mothers from the village to cook. The school is about to break from spring holiday, but they willingly gave me the key to the kitchen, so we will begin having our program with the children twice a week, and then hopefully go to every day when school is back in and there are more teachers around to supervise. CAN YOU HEAR MY EXCITEMENT?? We have a beautiful place to teach these children the love and truth of Christ, and we will not only be able to feed them, but teach them to grow their own food as well!

I came home so re-energized, two weights lifted at once! I had found the place God wanted me to go and in the same breath I had found a way to feed the precious children I have been dreaming of, all without even looking! As I shared my excitement with Christine last night, she said, “Mom, I have been having dreams for weeks that children somewhere are hungry. I wanted to tell you, but instead I have been praying that God would show these children to you so that you can help them.” Incredible. We sleep in rooms next to each other, spend days together. God had whispered the same things to our hearts without us even knowing. He is so faithful!

Saturday will be the first day that we feed the children, our “trial run”. Rosemary thinks we should expect anywhere between 1,000 and 1,500. I am jumping out of my skin with excitement and at the same time I am flat on the floor in AWE of the Lord and His unending faithfulness to answer all that He has spoken to my heart and more. I am so thankful for this opportunity and we are so thankful for your prayers!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12993840530502146979 Rebecca

    Katie – God is so good!! I’m sitting here in my little sheltered cubicle at work wishing I were with you on your journey to feeding 1,000 children. My heart is overflowing for you, and as always my prayers are with you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15711600541419780707 amyb777

    Once again God is completely blowing my mind. Thank you for sharing this story. Amazing!!! He is so faithful! I will be praying for the hearts of these new children and for provision and wisdom as you serve them. amy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06671155513531459483 Elizabeth

    What an amazing opportunity!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13865476434729958056 Eight Isn’t Enough

    I don’t even know what to say…I am in complete AWE of God. Tears stream down my face as I see the power of God at work….yesterday, today and forever! AMENIn constant prayer,Connie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03838008632130466450 Erica

    Yes, He is SO GOOD! I cried with joy as I read your story! Our family is praying for you daily, and rejoicing with you in every victory! Thank you for letting us see how God is speaking to you and for having such a responsive heart to Him as well- it is amazing what happens when we just listen and respond to Him isn’t it?

  • Anonymous

    Katie that is so absolutely incredible!!! God works in mysterious and wonderful ways, doesn’t He?!?! So often we don’t understand, but it’s moments like these that we must remember in the future when we are clueless as to what God is doing. He is in control and His plan is so much bigger and better than anything we could come up with! I’m so excited for this new ministry! What an amazing opportunity! God Bless!Kami Gordonkamidanae08@yahoo.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04918400618339051084 Lauren

    YAY Katie! I will be praying for enough food to feed the masses and a peaceful atmosphere to share Christ’s gospel with the children! What an exciting opportunity for your children to be Christ’s hands and feet as well.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09256610689313147853 Melissa Irwin

    I am speechless and in awe of our Amazing God! On Saturday I will be feasting with you and the children in my heart…..I am SO excited!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16652243862329017082 Shonni

    WOW Katie…this is so amazing…The LORD is so in love with his children!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07713675655393128500 Tracy

    thank you sweet katie for not only asking and listening, but seeking out those who need the BREAD of LIFE! praying that He keeps multiplying the loaves and fishes through your beautiful mommy’s heart! love you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09883271907594484567 Heather

    How beautiful. We will be praying for Saturday. Praising God with you!

  • Anonymous

    WOW! I will definitely be praying for this big endeavor.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17253303288242135440 Laurel

    Wow! How exciting!Praying for you in this new ministry.mama of 13 :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16865091803409849752 Jennifer

    I'm teary eyed and amazed by God's Voice & works. I pray that He works this Saturday!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00726415110309137301 Shauna

    Katie – you are out of your mind!(Keep reading, this is a compliment – hehe)2 Corinthians 5:13-14 If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all and therefore all died.This scripture jumped to mind when I read your crazy awesome experience. Love it! I love that you are out of your mind for the sake of God!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09940754394594870352 Kendra

    I am in tears hearing your story. I truly believe God pointed me to you for direction. We have had some really BIG/unexpected changes at our church in little Rapid City, SD and I think some great things are about to happen. I think He is telling me now to share your story with my “family” so we can see how to bless others with all we have. You are such an example for me to follow. Thank you for sharing your heart. I love it!Peace and prayers to you in your new journey.Kendra

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12958483874573573108 Todd and Jenny

    I am crying…I LOVE how God works! Katie, it brings me so much joy to see your willingness and obedience to God! Love, Jenny (Christopher and Katie’s Mom)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07024588440830519169 Tracy

    What a wonderful, wonderful story. I try to picture myself going to the same village as you did, going through what you went through,and I have to say its sounds pretty scarey. But at the same time you know that Gods hand was with you protecting you the whole time. He brought you out safely and then showed you a safe place to take care of ALL those children. My goodness!

  • Anonymous

    OH. MY. WORD.

  • Anonymous

    WOW – All that you share is so inspiring. It’s not that I am particularly inspired by you (and I think you’d be happy about that). It’s that I am learning to listen to that small, quiet voice that guides me through each day. I know He speaks to me all the time, but in hearing how He is using others through His small voice and their faithfulness…I am spurred on to listen harder and wait for his guidance and then faithfully carry out what He is speaking.GREAT is His faithfulness! I am SOOO excited for you and for His children that will be filled in mind, body and spirit! PTL!!!I have goosebumps now, too…but there’s an inch of snow here. I’m still thinking it’s the same source of your goosebumps!-Heather Marie…praying in Ohioheatherflatt@oh.rr.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01024206808003120158 Talley Images

    I just started reading your blog, and oh, I am in tears… God is so good, and sometimes it is so hard to find Him and so easy to miss Him at the same time…. this is such a powerful witness of how awesome our God is and how He still speaks and provides – abundantly….thank you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17352172624555081972 Patty

    GOD is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08621079524278903715 Chris and Sarah

    Oh my goodness, that is so exciting!!!I’m going to go donate for some seed money for you for their garden.I can’t wait to hear more!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07523641663944007823 thislifeunfolded

    AHHHHH!!!! How exciting IS THIS?! The Lord is SO FAITHFUL as we trust and wait on Him! Hang in there and do NOT let your heart be burdened or fearful that you are in over your head. You are. Ha. But that’s the best place to be. Your GOD is the strength of your heart and your portion FOREVER. (Psalm 73:26)I’m praying for you, the kiddos, and SATURDAY! (:

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00717572082353050374 Audrey

    Praise God for putting that unsettled feeling in our hearts and then showing Himself so mighty and wonderful! I just found your blog and I sit here with tears in my eyes. I can’t wait to hear how it grows!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13475349700071328202 Leigh

    Oh Katie, this is soo soo beautiful! God is so faithful, He fulfills more than we can dream of, I know you know that. Praying for you as always and of course praying for this new adventure God has for you.

  • http://www.kristinjphotography.com Kristin Laughlin

    Ohh Katie! The faithfulness of the Lord and his servant!! In tears, overjoyed for you and in awe of how you are raising your children to listen to His voice! “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, this is the way; walk in it!”Can’t wait to hear of the blessings and salvation that will come from this new ministry! God you are Sooooo good! I will be praying for the Karamajong people and that the gospel will come to them through you and your reaching out to their children!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17769334647328805623 Holli

    in AWE with you! HAPPY EASTER!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11847137588961978936 Amy

    I do not even know you but I cried reading your post. God is so faithful and takes care of those who seek Him. What a testimony of God’s love for His children. Thank you for your service! You have our prayers.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12316447804006046943 Holly

    Oh wow. Oh wow…. What a breathtaking moment that must have been for you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00984946345145279521 Erica

    Katie – My heart is ovoerflowing with joy at what the Lord has done. He is SO faithful and so so good. Praying for you, your ministry and feeding the 1,000′s! ;) Our God reigns!! Love to you and your babies.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16999153775307342942 Small Stones

    Katie,I have tears in my eyes right now! I just can’t believe it. God is SO GOOD! As I read your blog, I realized (again…I often realize this when reading your blog) how selfish I am…but also how ruined I am with being practical. I read your story and thought, “YES! This is what I want to do…God bless Katie for doing this work!” And in the same thought I got this sinking feeling of, “If that were me, I would be so overwhelmed! How can it be done? How?!” That Satan is SO SNEAKY! I am ruined with my practical mind. But God gives us the mind of FAITH! Totally impractical and TOTALLY RIGHT AND GOOD! Thank you, Katie, for teaching me with EVERY entry! Thank you for your faithfulness. Thank you for posting your stories. THANK YOU for helping me get away from these stupid practicalities and back to FAITH!Breclyn

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05974215764993049605 Laura

    This is so exciting! God is good and faithful!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16798625543512689427 Oatsvall Team

    I am not surprised or shocked, but I am constantly in AWE of the amazing Lord !!! You go girl … I knew these children were on your heart from when we talk about a month ago … I love you sister … please give a few hundred dirty little angels a hug for me !!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03244489295902919877 Toby Johnson

    Katie,I do not know where to begin except to say, reading your blog, well… it is like reading my dreams in reality. EVERYTHING you do (except the teeth pulling) I have hoped for for years. We are a family who adopts & hopes through the years our family will look more & more like heaven. Our youngest daughter is from Liberia. I just wanted to introduce myself to you, tell you I pray for your work there throughout the day, & cry with you often as I read what God is doing. Maybe if I am lucky someday, we will join you. Till then I shall live vicariously through you! You are not crazy as you sometimes wonder, well or we both are, I guess that's a possibility. sincerely Susan http://www.4321johnson.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02200252760096635906 Auntie Amanda

    I am amaaaaazed! This entry gave me goosebumps, too! God’s protection was surely all over you when you went to their village… be safe, and I am sure feeding them at the new location will go much better (minus some expected chaos i’m sure).love love love you.

  • Uncle Mike

    Amen, Amen, and Amen!! Now we know!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09399540070199994356 Nancy

    Shock and awe. Oh, God is SOOOO Good! How amazing…how like God! Oh, Katie…I cannot WAIT to hear how this begins to unfold. Oh, my! This is BIG…but thankfully, not bigger than our God! :)Hugs…Nancy in CT (mama to ShaoXi)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10111269425357018640 *Overflowing*

    I am sitting here in tears. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how God moves! You are a very obedient servant and I am so blessed to follow this journey the Lord has chosen for you. I found your blog a long time ago (can’t remember how…probably through Gwen or Lindsey) and I am always excited and greatly encouraged to see what the Lord is doing!!! Blessings, stacy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08881500017562498377 Beautiful Mess

    That is so amazing. I love the Lord’s tapestry. I love the way HE weaves things together so beautifully and warm we all just have to cuddle up with it. I am so greatful and look forward with prayer and anticipation to the next step in “the journey” God bless you and the children, ALL of them!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01192302680995801073 Teri

    I just found your blog and thus your ministry and have fallen in love with all that you do! How wonderful, and this most recent post.. wow! I wish I could be right there with you ministering to those children. Thank you for your obedience to His call and for sharing your journey with us! I will be praying for you and your precious children all 1500 of them!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07713675655393128500 Tracy

    His love is deeper than any ocean and His calling for your life is higher than any mountain. You are doing so much in Uganda but I often wonder how much more you are doing right here. Peace and love, Jimmy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04599823501678706998 andrea

    oh goosebumps abounding!! GOD IS AWESOME!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02658566615469274477 Over-Caffeinated X 4

    Oh Katie, nothing surprises me anymore! He is just making a habit of blowing our minds through you! :) How I wish I could take these little ones in my arms and just love on them for a moment or more! Ondrea

  • Jenny from oregon

    Katie, I have been reading your blog and praying for your ministry for months, This is truly from God! I will continue to pray for you and for those precious children! God is so good! Jenny

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15580486427155411343 Katie

    Katie, thanks for sharing how the Lord has spoken to you. I love when the man said “you can have it” we know everything belongs to the Lord, but when he shows us it does make us stop and be in awe.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12560337640607116604 Holly

    Wow! I second Rebecca’s comment. I wish I could be there helping! How blessed you are to be able to do something so very close to God’s heart. I will be praying for you in this next adventure!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01390897119394514696 jan

    i am soooo praising God for what He did! i love Him so much for His mysterious, amazing ways that only He could think of, pull together, and bring to fruition :)the tapestry He is weaving is getting more and more beautiful everyday! thank you Jesus for watching and working in the lives of the faithful. love you katie from a little country town in indiana! xoxoxoxo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02048113160665922341 Nanette R.

    All that I can say is that God is more amazing than that word can accurately describe! WOW! (I’m a friend of Mike and Suzanne Mayernick)

  • Anonymous

    Katie:WOW! I’ve got cold chills too…(but it IS cold here-WA state!) :o) But I think my cold chills are totally related to what God is doing there with you, and how He used this post to encourage me! I’ve also been wrestling with feeling like God wants to do something in/thru my life, but I can’t figure out what. I’ve been getting impatient, but seeing how He moved in your life is an encouragement to me to wait on His plan….I’ll be praying for Saturday….Better get a BIG pot for beans and rice for 1000+ :o)Lisa H.Washington State, but Southern Girl by Birth

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02177123327789264535 Cheryl

    Wow! I am always in awe of how the Lord is using you sweet girl!I am blessed by your faithful heart and your love for God’s children!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07514265213573291402 ~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~

    Oh how I wish we were there to feed them with you! I don’t have the right vocabulary yet to express my love and devotion to our faithful God. I’m convinced that we will have a new, explosive vocab when we pass into eternity, one that can actually do justice to the things we wish to express.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06389413470877884061 Tracy

    Katie ~ Your posts always bring me to tears of praise and humility. What an amazing testimony of God’s faithfulness your life is. Thank you for being obedient to His calling on your young, precious life. Thank you for reminding us older, perhaps less courageous ones, where JOY in life is truly found! Praying for you and your new “place” in His will!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03521179311710429893 Dawnelle

    thank you as always for sharing- absolutely incredible!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10489358121927055615 jess lehman

    “Teach me Thy way, O Lord, teach me Thy way!Thy guiding grace afford, teach me Thy way!Help me to walk aright, more by faith, less by sight;Lead me with heav’nly light, teach me Thy way!When I am sad at heart, teach me Thy way!When earthly joys depart, teach me Thy way!In hours of loneliness, in times of dire distress,In failure or success, teach me Thy way!When doubts and fears arise, teach me Thy way!When storms o’erspread the skies, teach me Thy way!Shine through the cloud and rain, through sorrow, toil and pain;Make Thou my pathway plain, teach me Thy way!Long as my life shall last, teach me Thy way!Where’er my lot be cast, teach me Thy way!Until the race is run, until the journey’s done,Until the crown is won, teach me Thy way!”

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00306049499606669381 drea

    Praise God, we will be praying. God loves these children, so expect something BIG!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06723131712935063028 Amy Jo

    Oh, I was really hoping you would have a new post up…but WOW…wasn’t expecting it to be SO good. I’m SO happy for you, your family and your ministry and am praising God right along with you. God is SO good! Sending you love and sweet blessings, Amy in OR

  • http://www.xanga.com/preciousgem26 Cathy

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now, what an amazing God we serve! I will be praying for you as you begin this new aspect of your ministry.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08421255470546931006 JoEllyn

    Praying from Virginia!

  • Robin

    Wow katie! I’m returning to Uganda in August to open a home in Entebbe. Reading your blog has really caused me to open my heart and my home to be more than just a baby home. I’m praying for you! Thanks for being an inspiration as you do what God asks you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08199441762126775966 mom

    Mom said…I love you so much and am constantly in awe of the service you provide to the poorest of poor!How wonderful that u will be feeding those beautiful children on Holy Saturday. You are the most incredible gift to them and continue to amaze me. Happy Easter and blessings to u on this most special Sunday.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06834214006532421314 Jen

    Katie, I’ve been following your blog for a little while now. My friend Amanda actually had the chance to talk with Gwen a few days ago about possible ministry opportunities in Uganda. It is very near and dear to our hearts – we are both in the adoption process right now! My family and I are adopting three little girls who were found in a rock quarry outside of Kampala. We recently learned that one our girls comes from the Karamajong tribe. Her father was killed in a raid and her mother fled with her and eventually died in the quarry. I have been doing so much research about the Karamajong people lately and I just about burst out into tears when I read this post. I am grateful beyond words to know that there is someone in this world who gives value to these people’s lives. I could not imagine if my little Sarah was treated as though she didn’t even exist, yet the reality is that there are so many other “little Sarah’s” in that exact situation. Thank you for loving. Thank you for listening. And thank you for following.~Jen

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03055228527853781498 Doug and Steph

    Katie, I don’t know you, but my husband and I follow your blog regularly and your faith is such an encouragement to us!! With your permission, I’d love to issue a challenge to myself and the rest of your blog readers:We are all SO AMAZED at what God did, and yet, it took Katie’s participation in following His voice and seeking to find what He was calling her to.I personally know that God doesn’t want us all to just sit here and be amazed, and WISH that we could participate in caring for these children as Katie does!! We CAN participate!!! How do you think Katie is going to feed 1000 children every day unless those of us here come alongside and join her in this work??? :) Even if it is a small amount, I bet we can ALL give something to help feed these children! I just want to challenge everyone who reads to pray and ask God how to be IN this with Katie instead of watching it from afar… I think we can all find something to give up over the next week – a cup of coffee, a dinner out, a pack of gum…. :) You get the idea! Let’s HELP Katie feed these children!! And don’t forget to involve your children!! They will LOVE the challenge of giving up some small thing to help other children!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10827192112143399346 Kari

    Katie, thank you for listening to the whispers from the Lord. God is faithful. Your life and service ARE changing the world…they are a testimony of God’s love for His children.We are praying for you, your children and the new adventures of Katie!!xoxo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13589698549708645809 Cindy

    So that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs. You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy. Ps 65:8.I asked God this morning to provide, through his people, a million dollars –or whatever is needed– to feed these at the end of the earth.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13006198193450517574 Amy

    Thank you Katie and THANK YOU GOD! How precious and GOOD you are! Amy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05868083706958840588 Carrie S

    I don’t have the words for you Katie, just prayers. You stir a lot of Good Godly things up in me, and I love to be part of your journey. God give you continued strength, courage, and peace.Carrie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10925615006720302501 Renee

    Awed and inspired beyond words. Wow…we really are clueless to how BIG our God is! Bless you, Katie!!

  • Anonymous

    Your words, heart and ministry have left me breathless everytime I read your blog. What fire you have, what courage to follow and a heart like most only dream of. May the Lord continue to bless you in ways that give you goosebumps, may your faith touch the lives of so many more and may you be filled up in ways only our Father can do. Blessings to you, my sister, and your family!! Keep doing what you’re doing, you are beautiful! God is good! May Saturday be a wonderful celebration of life and the truth of our sweet Jesus!Anya

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04455698547207302964 David and Sarah

    Oh, our sweet, sweet Lord. He truly is good and cares for those who have no one to care for them. He never forgets the sparrow, does He?Blessings,Sarah

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06091232102936751058 The Ferrill’s

    All it takes is a willing heart and a door opened by our Lord!!!!!!!!Praise the Lord for His ways and purposes are so much higher than we can imagine!Lord bless you, sweet thing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13903634002688714614 Valerie

    Katie – I am a friend of the Oatsvalls and have been following your blog for a few months. I am so touched by your spirit, God’s work in your life, etc., etc. God has called me to help with a program called Sweet Sleep and I am working towards a mission this July in Uganda. So excited. I was so touched by your story of the Karamajongs and am praying that Saturday goes well for you and your “trial run.” Katie, I know this is bizarre as you don’t know me, but I have to ask as I feel God pushing me to do so: do you need anything that I could physically send you from the States? School supplies, toiletries, baby wipes? I’m just totally grasping here but I have felt this overwhelming “push” to ask you if there’s anything like that that you need that I could mail to you. Please let me know. :)Thanks for sharing such an amazing story and your journey with all of us! Be well.Valeriehttp://pigsnbuttons.blogspot.comvemangrum@comcast.net

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03689278594300065949 Brooke

    Katie,God can never cease to amaze us. How amazing! I hope your trial run with the new children goes well and that you and your kids have a joyful Easter! In Christ,Brooke

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06806107872956157971 Malia’sMama

    You really can FEED that many new children? Wow! Blessings! I can’t even imagine the positive ripple effect.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14285090805313382135 Maria

    Once again the Lord leaves me BREATHLESS! I have no words, just raw, undescribable, goosebumpy, excitement for YOU!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11584257439048980434 Jami Janelle

    wow! tears of joy run down my face for all that God is doing in and through you. thank you for sharing your journey. I know God speaks to my heart regularly through what you share. May God bless you and fill you to overflowing so you can continue the awesome work He has called you to! much love and prayers!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03552944942986801747 Blessed Mom of Four, Now Five

    Wow, prayers for your Saturday! How awesome it is when we know God has spoken and paved the way. If you havae time, I’d love for you to check out my daughter’s blogjosie-tatumsmission.blogspot.comMy 6-year-old is often more spiritually sensitive than I am, and it is my greatest joy to encourage her in her heart’s desire.Blessings,Robbie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07066054608851938727 MommyBrec

    I think it is Saturday in Uganda…THE BIG DAY! Praying for you and thinking of you as you start this new ministery! I love you, Katie!!Breclynsixteensmallstones.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13457564298803730077 lori

    Katie-Thank you for being a faithful servant and sharing what God is doing thru you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09347404212291472767 Sunny Mom

    You are truly an inspiration that our Lord is using in unbelievable ways. I am in AWE of your compassion and depth of love for the hungry and poor. I am only achieving an ounce of what you do everyday but am praying to do more!

  • Anonymous

    Yay God!!!! Wooooohoooooo!

  • http://www.xtremeteamsinternational.com Larry and Terry Singletary

    Dear Katie,Please contact us – Larry and Terry Singletary at xtremeteamsinternational@yahoo.com. We lived among the Karamojong people who live on Mt. Moroto for 10 years – they are called the Tepez. We lived behind the mountain in our tent site for much of the time. They are actually building us a village now as I write this so that we can go there and bring people from all over the world to be trained to “go” to the places where the real Gospel is not lived out and preached. There is a remnant among those we served. It is true…The Karamojong are the most needy of the needy. It is difficult to live there and my heart goes out to you as you venture into this world that most could never comprehend. It takes great care and wisdom to work among these people. It is not the people – but the spirit that controls them and the politics involved in serving them. Please contact us! May God bless the fruit of your labor sweet sister!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15086159305727578037 Grace

    I think i’m sick with Africaphobia!!!! I miss y’all sooooooooo much! it’s gotten to the point that you and your kiddos were in my DREAMS last night!!! haha…i wanted to make sure curry came home with my wallet too…its navy blue with white polka dots…you can keep the ugandan money inside…i bought it while i was there and it got left…thanks! NKWAGALA NYO!!!!! (add a few more so so sos onto the much!!!) :)grace

  • http://openid.aol.com/EmSoccer2121 Emily Joy

    Katie! Your blog continues to bless me! It touches my heart every time I read as I see the glory of God overflowing from you all over Uganda! I pray that God blesses you on this Easter Sunday. He is RISEN!!!I am a sophomore at UT, I’m from Murfreesboro, and I went to church in Franklin at Christ Community. It always touched my heart that you are from Brentwood, so close. Anyways, I going to be doing a speech on thursday, persuading people to become more involved in the international orphan crisis. I would love to use your blog as a source, but I wanted to get your permission!Again, I pray you and your family are having a blessed Easter!!! LOVE IN CHRIST!

  • http://openid.aol.com/EmSoccer2121 Emily Joy

    I’m sorry, I didn’t leave a way for you to contact me. If you would just email me at ewindham@utk.eduThank you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10364597628874625620 Karen S

    I admit to being a total computer know-it-not. I want to share this blog with my friends, because it is so inspirational to me, but every time I cut and paste the html code for the Amazima badge, it doesn’t work. Am I missing something?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02073015344421698020 Alexandra {{Awareness Warrior}}

    God is good!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16167513814805350359 emily

    Another incredible story of His faithfulness, I can’t wait to hear how it goes.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04894327623930026527 Jenny

    Hi Katie,I’m trying to figure out how to email you. I don’t know how I got to your blog, but I’ve been following it, and LOVING it.Long story short: I am one of 3 girls from TX who raised funds to go to Uganda with our church. The trip fell through, but we still feel called to serve in that area. Do you need help? Or could you use 3 girls for 2 weeks on a mission trip to visit you? We can come anytime between June and September. Email back: leman.jenny@gmail.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03120852834788254896 jajbs

    I am a new reader of your blog and I want to let you know how much it is blessing me! Thanks for sharing this story. God is amazing! I am sitting here with tears streaming down my cheeks! HE IS SO FAITHFUL!!!!amanda

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14338356511622073158 Kelly, Mom to the Putty’s

    Love, Love it. There isn’t anything in this world like a God moment that undeniably only He could set up.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17247824698674815568 Blessed Mom of 8

    Katie – that is one amazing God story!Praising God and thanking Him for the work you are allowing Him to do in and through you!You are such a blessing! My 14 yr daughter is so inspired by what you are doing. She is waiting on God to tell her where and when to go do His work. She feels a deep calling to missionary work. Thanks for sharing the good, bad and AMAZING with us!Prayers continue being lifted up on your behalf!In His amazing grace,Jill

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05326182756224957660 The Hattons…

    I got the shivers and goosebumps all over reading your post.God is so God. Thank you again for sharing your stories. They bring such encouragement to many.

  • Anonymous

    Reading your blog is the highlight of my day. It makes me realize I need to be out doing more for the Lord. Thank you so much for sharing.It is so awesome to read how God is working in your life.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07514265213573291402 ~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~

    Hi, katie – just thinking about you this morning and praying for all of you. Looking forward to hearing how the feeding frenzy went :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07523641663944007823 thislifeunfolded

    you’ve been on my heart a lot lately…especially tonight.He who has called you is FAITHFUL.and good grief! you’re racking up comments galore! blogspot’s not going to know what to do with you! ;) praise the Lord that the work of His hands is reaching many ears!i hope your morning is a beautiful one.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09768158710291676368 redmaryjanes

    I am always speechless when I come to your blog. I think that you are living such an amazing life and walking with God in a very powerful way.I will be praying for you that everything goes well tomorrow. I cannot imagine feeding 1,000 children, but I would love for the Lord to bless me with that experience. You are beyond inspiring and proof that one person can make a profound difference in this world.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02075803094406584935 Bethany_D

    Hi there. You don’t know my, but I have been creeping your blog lately. My husband and I just left Uganda, we spent a couple weeks in Wakisi, just outside of Jinja. Where is this tribe/school you talk of?? Anywhere near Wakisi?? Because, my church back home desperately wants to help fund a food distribution program 2-3 times per week for at least 2-5 years. Let me know! Keep posting, and keep allowing yourself to be lead…amazing things will happen!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09399540070199994356 Nancy

    Katie girl…you need to fill us in on the Karamajong work, and how your first time went!!!! Dying to know! Praying for such a move of God!Hugs…Nancy in CT (mama to ShaoXi

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13786155586401067362 Michelle

    I saw a movie today, called “The Cross” and I thought of you. What the Lord is doing there is beautiful. Thank you for opening your heart and listening to Him as He leads!

  • Anonymous

    Katie, We can't wait to see how feeding the masses went! I check your blog several times aday to see if you have a new post.We hope your feeling better & wondered how the potty training is going. Love you,Uncle D. & Aunt V.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05299742371822203727 Angela

    I just found your blog through Gwen (she came and spoke to my women’s group at LifePoint Church in Smyrna yesterday). I am crying at my computer as I read this post and your blog. God is SOOO good!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08911806171753682549 Jenn in GA

    i can’t FATHOM planning to feed 1,000-1,500! what a great thing God has given you to do…again.one more thing…what ever happened to the water filtration systems that the team that came last month tried to bring, but the luggage holding it got lost?

  • http://homesteadblogger.com/inallthingsgivethanks/ gloria

    Katie,It’s been a while since I have visited your blog and after reading this post all I can say is GREAT is HIS Faithfullness!!!Wow, our God is an awesome God!!!!!!I am so excited for what God can do thru you!!!Yeah!I’ll check back again soon and meanwhile I will be praying,gloria

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09109937501400737782 Matt and Crystal Kehn

    Dear Auntie Katie,Thank you for your work and willingness to be led by the Spirit.I serve as the Director of ABIDE, a Youth Discipleship program in Mbarara, Uganda of Juna Amagara Ministries. Visit the websites for more information: http://www.kehnsjam.com/abide and http://www.amagara.org.We are beginning a new year of Training and equipping high school graduates in their long vac. Every weekend we serve in a ministry outreach with the students. Could we come to visit your ministry and participate in the service of feeding the Karamajong children sometime this year?Please let us know your ideas.Thanks and God bless,Matthew KehnABIDE Directormatt@amagara.org0772 893528

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00766781480171618998 Summers

    this story gave me chills as well! God is Good! thanks for sharing!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00570992549443199154 Joyful Le

    this was absolutely beautiful! I recognized this story from your book – but I'm glad I read it because there was soooo much more in your post!! so good! Everything – and i mean – everything you said in this blog just resonates with me – deep down in my core!What a patient, faithful, loving, tender God we serve!love you so much Katie!


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