In 2005, a Dinka girl of about nine or 10 was brought to Uganda with a family seeking refuge from the war-torn region in Southern Sudan they hailed from. The young girl, who we’ll call Hope here for the sake of security, did not come of her own accord. She was actually kidnapped by an uncle who, it seems, intended to turn her into his family’s slave. Scared, homesick and alone, Hope was desperate to find a way home to her mother and father whom she loved and missed dearly. But having no money, no knowledge of Uganda’s languages and no friends to help, she found herself trapped in a foreign country and under the control of a demanding and often cruel uncle. (Hope thinks her father, who has many children from many wives but was particularly fond of her, probably tried to find her but was ultimately too poor and old to track her down.)

She lived with the family in a mud house where she was required to cook, clean and take care of the children. With 5 adults and 10 other children to clean up and look after, Hope had her work cut out for her. The family was not kind. For three years she was forced to work from dusk to dawn, was given little to eat and was beaten so often that even the neighbors took pity on her. But she was a smart girl. She learned both English and Luganda quickly, listening to and practicing with the neighbors whenever she had the chance. She was also resilient. Despite working 12-hour days 7 days a week and being verbally and physically abused by the men and boys she lived with, her spirit was not broken.

Then one day, Hope fell for an older boy. He was the son of another Sudanese family that occasionally visited her family. She doesn’t know for sure, but she suspects he was 17 or 18 years old at the time. Hope was 13. I don’t really know the circumstances, but I suspect she craved love, safety and affection so much that it wasn’t terribly difficult for him to lure her into sleeping with him. Maybe, she reasoned, if he really loved her he would rescue her.

What this one act actually amounted to was a broken promise, a broken heart and a baby in Hope’s belly. It wasn’t long before her family discovered she was pregnant. She might as well have signed her own death warrant. In the Dinka tribe, there is little mercy for girls who become pregnant out of wedlock. In fact, it is not unusual for members of her clan to kill unwed pregnant women. They consider it their right and that’s probably what Hope’s family intended to do to her. After all, now that she had been “tarnished” there was no way she would ever be able to secure a substantial dowry for the family. They now valued her even less than they had and they were angry with her for depriving them of the cows, goats and money she would have one day been traded for. And so the family began to beat her more often and more severely, often using her belly as a punching bag in an effort to kill the baby too. They would beat her until she was unconscious, and then beat her some more.

This went on for several days until a neighbor, who saw several beatings and had compassion for Hope, decided to help. With the help of some friends of mine they went to the police and facilitated the first rescue effort. Rescuing Hope was not easy. Dinka men are fiercely loyal to one another and with a few phone calls word spread rapidly that the police had come to take Hope. Within minutes, angry mob of Dinka men appeared from nowhere and created a human barricade. They refused to hand their “property” over to the police. The standoff lasted a while until the police were finally able to force their way through the mob and rescue Hope. Once they got her, they handed her over to the Sudanese Embassy, which delivered her right back to her family’s home.

The beatings continued and became even worse. In fact, one night, the neighbor informant said Hope was beaten severely until she was unconcious, tied up and forced to sleep outside like a dog. With the help of our friends again, the witness devised another plan to help Hope. This time, Hope would have to be rescued without the help of the police, the Sudanese Embassy or any other outside party. She would have to muster every ounce of courage and faith within her and attempt to run away in the night, when everyone was sleeping. She could bring nothing but the clothes on her back, and she would have to trust the people waiting for her at a designated location. 13 years old, pregnant, battered, alone and with little to lose, Hope courageously slipped away, into the night and into our lives.

On December 4, two weeks prior to her due date, Hope gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy. She was staying with friends that live a few hours from us, but with Hope’s family members living all around the community, they felt it was unsafe for her to stay with them much longer. My sweet friend called just to ask me to pray, and over the next couple of days I felt we were absolutely supposed to offer our home to this precious girl and her child. The day after Christmas, our two new family members moved in.

Hope is tall because she is Dinka and doesn’t really look 14. The fact that she has a baby makes it hard to believe sometimes. But she is still very much a young girl. She loves to play and giggle ad get her hair done and do “homework” (which I give her since she is unable to go to school with her baby) with my girls. She is also becomming an excellet mother who absolutely adores her son.

When Hope moved in last December, I was told she would be here for only 2 or 3 weeks. My friends were hopeful that when her uncle’s refugee status expired in 2010, he and his family would return to Sudan, and Hope could move back in to their home. Hopefully after that, they would be able to help her find her mother. Here we are in March and as that has not yet happened, we are guessing that it may not happen any time soon. It is not safe for her to go stay with her friends, and not safe for her to venture to Sudan to look for other family. While my sweet girls are excited to have Hope around for a while, Hope is understadably grieving the loss of two families: her biological family in Sudan and my friends’ family who she thought she would be living with. She has been tossed around so much that she is just devestated right now.

Somehow, she remains resilient. She doesn’t often show her tears and spends most of the day playing with Grace, Jane, Patricia and I or joking with Christine and the big girls. My heart is broken for her, but I have been blessed to watch God renew ad transform her day by day. She continues to exude more joy with each passing week.

People who know of our situation keep asking “how I’m doing.” And here is the truth: each new person in a home throws off the routine all over again. It takes adjusting. When the new family member is a teenager, it often takes some arguing *ahem* discussion. It takes compromise and sacrifice from EVERY family member. But this is also the truth: I am blessed. We have room. Much more than it is challenging, it is fun. What a joy to provide someone in need of love with God’s greatest gift. What a priviledge to provide Hope with a family, to show her that she is not despesible, but loved unconditionally. Hope teaches me to laugh and to HOPE in the face of unimaginable heartache. Our whole family adores her.

Please continue to pray for Hope’s heart as she settles in, as I think she will be here for a while. We are still praying about what the Lord’s best is for her and her sweet son and will do everything in our power to help her get there.

Lord Jesus, Thank you for HOPE. Hope the person, and hope the promise. Thank you for your hope and redemption in her life and in the lives of all of our family members. Thank you for the blessing of being able to love your children. Thank you for a home that always has one more tiny corner for one more extra bed for one more precious daughter. Thank you for your love that just continues to fill us up as we continue to pour more out. Thank you for the opportunity to pour out more. We want more of you Lord. We want to be more life you Lord. We want to exude your hope to all we meet.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15692986098907924480 LKLD

    We will PRAY

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01792912615995204430 3 Blessings

    Hope and her son will be in our prayers. Thank you for sharing her story.Blessings,Amy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12020865969599875558 Jaime

    Praying with and for you, all of you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00568143527910792529 A Blessed Life

    She is beautiful and blessed to have you and all the others that have helped. It breaks my heart to know that this happens all the time but gives me great joy to know that Father has an incredible plan for this young lady!My prayers are with you all!Blessings!

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

    the old song by Whiteheart comes to mind when i read this:we are His hands, we are His feet,we are His people,children of the Lord.we share the Hope, we share the dream,believers in Jesus,children of the King.i want to be more like Christ and follow your example of radical openness.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01736391234043118378 Benjamin

    Thanks, Katie. Ive recently been studying THE Hope, the return of Christ and the rewards and glory and grace we will receive and be a part of… and it's great to see in manifestation the hope we have in this life, and The Hope we have that we can believe Christ is coming back. I love you sister, thank you for showing the unconditional love of Christ… You are a blessing and an encouragement.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01736391234043118378 Benjamin

    Thanks, Katie. Ive recently been studying THE Hope, the return of Christ and the rewards and glory and grace we will receive and be a part of… and it's great to see in manifestation the hope we have in this life, and The Hope we have that we can believe Christ is coming back. I love you sister, thank you for showing the unconditional love of Christ… You are a blessing and an encouragement.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01736391234043118378 Benjamin

    Thanks, Katie. Ive recently been studying THE Hope, the return of Christ and the rewards and glory and grace we will receive and be a part of… and it's great to see in manifestation the hope we have in this life, and The Hope we have that we can believe Christ is coming back. I love you sister, thank you for showing the unconditional love of Christ… You are a blessing and an encouragement.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03603244678280067360 stephanie garcia

    Katie, My husband I have a beautiful son whose birth mother came to the United States to escape her native Sudan. It is our understanding that hers is also the Dinka tribe which makes Hope's story touch our hearts in a special way. Thank you for being willing to be God's hands and feet to those who need it most, when they need it most. God bless you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17247824698674815568 Mom to 9 Blessings!

    WOW Katie!Praying for HOPE and hope to fill her heart by the power of His love overflowing from you and your family!I understand the change and challenge of a new member coming into your home! Our family has done it 7 times in 5 years! Love and blessings – Jill

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17400983047819196212 Jessica

    This is so heartbreaking. You really are an incredible person, I know I could not handle the things you seem to deal with every day, with such poise and faith. Beautiful.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09675485453694999261 Mrs. McGoo

    Your obedience to the Lord is making distinct, life changing, tangible differences in lives! Press on!

  • Sarah

    Tell Hope that we love her and will be praying for her every day!!! We too know how adding family members disrupts the home for a while and will be praying everyone gets settled

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

    Beautiful story! We are praying for Hope and her son and for you and your girls. Katie, thanks so much for sharing your heart once again.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11120099039644529628 RaVae Erickson

    Amen and Amen!My prayers are with Hope and her baby boy.My prayers are with you and your family.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16589802484485408119 Teresa

    Thank you for sharing this story. I will keep them in our prayers as we continue to pray for you and yours. God Bless you all.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12628980571629411105 the Skips

    Katie, thanks so much for sharing this story. Always good to get my mind out of this American bubble. My whole family will be praying for Hope and her boy and will continue in prayer for you and your family.Thank you so much for your obedience to the Lord. Inspiring to SOooooo many! On a side note, thanks also for posting about the Radical Experiment…that also is inspiring to so many….God is on the move! To HIM be the glory! Katie, you are LOVED!

  • miss mary

    what an amazing story. So sad yet with hope attached to it. What a blessing you are to her and her son. I know Jesus and you together will help her and show her the light at the end of the tunnel. You will be able to guide her and hopefully put her back with her family. God Bless you. You and your children are in my prayers daily and I will add Hope and her son's to them as well. Much love , big hugs. God Bless

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12779997485604319727 Craig and Bethany

    May the Lord continue to fill and bless you, sustain you all. Hope eternal.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08562044773061891423 ASH

    A beautiful account of redemption. Thank you for sharing; I prayed for Hope and baby just now, that God would cover her with His everlasting love, giving her feet a firm place to stand.

  • http://hopeforethiopiasorphans.blogspot.com Beth

    Praying for all of you. Your heart is after His heart . . . it is apparent in all you do. Thank you for sharing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00977220750000378492 Ashley

    Praise God for His bottomless resources and Love! I am praying for Hope and her child. Praise God she has a safe place to stay. God has blessed you all so very much, and He will continue to do so. I love to read all of these stories and see how God is working through you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10857386464339815551 DeTamble

    That was a bit of an intense read, I'm so glad Hope found her way to you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14866575819981629662 Sarah

    You don't know me and honestly I don't know how I got found your blog, but you are inspiring. I read your entry today and it broke my heart. My roommate from college is a diplomat in Sudan and part of the Dinka tribe. I am emailing her this link to your blog and asking her if there is anything she can do to help this girl be reunited with your family again. If you would like to email me, please feel free to do so at sarahyoder81@gmail.com. I know it is a LONG shot but God is BIG!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14768978998518455134 Heather

    Katie – wow. Praying for your family and the two precious new additions staying with you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07877682982361449979 Becca

    This is beautiful and I love that you shared her story. We will pray!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17946903135252874458 Are These Kids All Yours?

    OH wow….the courage the strength the unbelievable way that she has been spared to find you. PRAYING FOR YOU ALL!!!!!! I have no idea how it feels to be you, but I know you are doing God's Will & Work. We will be praying for the new additions and praying God will continue to heal & uplift you all!

  • Diane and family:)

    Praying and praying…..for all of you:) Hope is beautiful and I pray that God fill her up with His love which surely flows from you, Katie, and your sweet daughters, and pours onto Hope and her precious Son!!!God continue to move among you all through His Holy Spirit!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15644114368340215333 lauren

    The durability of the human spirit is truly a gift of God. Hope seems so precious, and I imagine her son will be as well as he grows up. God bless each one of you for His glory.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00759105397596654703 noahandlylasmommi

    Praying for Hope. Amazing story.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12955029706756769653 Jewels of My Heart

    I will lift them up in prayer as well as you all….Her story breaks my heart, humbles me, and inspires me.God Bless You All,Daleea

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01026440301591859320 Rachel

    Thanks for your post Katie, I will be praying for Hope, and the hundreds, thousands of women who have been in her shoes. May God redeem her completely and heal her heart. I work with Sudanese refugee women in San Diego…LOVE them. One of our women must be a Dinka as well, she is at least 6 feet tall, and GORGEOUS!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15990026808000443790 natali

    I'm praying for Hope and her son! I'll mention her at my small group this week too. There can never be too much prayer :) )

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13251699587621835032 Jim and April

    beautiful picture and thanks so much for sharing Hope's story! What a courageous young women! I will pray right now for her and her baby boy!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12315978066027368369 jeanne

    Incredible! Something I know nothing about. I am stunned at God's goodness and mercy.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12249564783370426213 Amy

    God has amazing plans for Hope – I can't help but think of Jer 29:11. Tears fills my heart…Thanks for sharing and thanks for sharing your life day in and day out – beyond encouraging for me to stay out of my ugly idols of comfort. Sweetest blessings.

  • Anonymous

    "May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with Hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."Romans 15:13Praying for Hope and for your loving family. God bless you all!Love,Tracey

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00117333167904518647 Suzanne

    Romans 15:13… I love how the NIV words it…May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04827451889594711222 Jan J.

    We will pray for Hope and her beautiful little boy. I know there is probably no element of time to do so, but I hope someday there is a book forthcoming of your life in Uganda. I can't think of anything more inspiring for young people aiming to live a life pleasing God, people of any age actually! God bless your precious family!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15240550954930982004 jessica ann

    You, Are an amazing women… through an even more amazing God!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07632168174118830525 Tonya

    In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old. -Isaiah 63:9I have this beautiful picture in my mind of Him carrying her… and handing her over to you. Amazing love.Lifting you all sky high to the Lord in prayer.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09355193720504216083 AmyQ

    What an amazing and heartbreaking story. sending love and prayers for all of you

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05037873393491290432 Barb

    Katie, You are a blessing to all those children. Hope and the baby are lucky to be with you. Having done foster care I know how it is to add to a family. The best advice I can give is to keep your routine as much as possible and work them into it. This will keep stability for all involved. One thing I learned with my kids, they have a right to their anger but they do not have a right to hurt others when they are angry. Praying for all of you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15471425139745475834 Jeanne

    I found your blog just a couple of weeks ago and I was just amazed at your story…I have been waiting (impatiently!) for the latest post and when I read it…I cannot put into words what I feel..Thank God for you… and I will pray for Hope and all of the children.. and for you..Thank you for being his hands and feet..

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

    Praying here. What an incredible story. God is so good.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08815909849996753531 Giann

    Wow! That is truly an amazing story!!! Thank you for sharing that!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11716840701917741674 A Simple Country Girl

    …praying

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10778418934164225822 hh

    Thank you for making Hope's story known to the Body of Christ. 2Cor 1:9-11"indeed we had the sentence of death….but God who raises the dead…WILL deliver us,…and He will yet deliver us…you also joining in helping us through your prayers, that thanks may be given by many persons…favor bestowed through the prayers of many."With others in the Body of Christ, I am honored to pray for Hope knowing that our God hears us and will accomplish His perfect will in her circumstances. I know that God will continue to bless and sustain you through all things. hh

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

    Ah, Katie! You always leave me breathless! I will be praying for Hope and her little son. What is his name? Heart keeps breaking…may it ever be so…it needs to break…God can't flow THROUGH an unbroken vessel!Much love…Nancy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14712799022811757416 Amy Gilbaugh

    I will pray. Her story is not an original, but is bound within the pages of the Divine Story. Her name is Hagar; beaten by Sarai, she runs away. And on her flight this pagan, pregnant, peice of property meets Yahweh, and is given the privalage given to no other woman in Scripture: she gives a name to God. El Roi, the God who sees me. I pray the same for Hope.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00324479985950087358 PegS

    Thank you for sharing. Praying for you all!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10397109841147755623 Joshua

    Praying for you and for Hope and her son that reunion will occur with loved ones and that God will be glorified in this situation. Thank you for being the instrument of his love them!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06398275797516344496 sabina

    Dear Katie, I have been following your blog for the last 2 months. I am so touched by your open heart and love for the Lord. I will continue to lift you up and your ministry. I got saved at 8 because I wanted to be a missionary like Amy Carmicheal. I am amazed at how your obedience has transformed so many lives. In my thoughts and prayer, Sabina

  • Anonymous

    I have been reading your blog for the last few weeks. I want you to know that I am praying for you and you are doing amazing things!In Christ, Michaela Horton

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16250379150320815001 Amy

    Oh you are being such a blessing in her life.Amy in Ga

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

    Katie,What a blessing to have Hope in your home. Thank you also for the conformation that I am not loosing my mind. While adding 3 new children to our home and having to deal with 4 different cultures and languages, this has been a hard transition. I am grateful to know that I am not alone. I know that the Lord is with me, but it is hard to say the very least…and yes the children do argue…wow, do they. i am praying for you and your new additions. I love you dearly and love your heart for Jesus. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. blessings

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00926288492859154147 wannabewriter

    I just stumbled on your blog!….and i cried, i cried for my heart because i have neglected others….i cried because what you are doing will be used as an example to the rest of christians on the last day…..i cried because you loved the lord so much that you gave up all for him…and i am still crying and pleading to the lord to change my heart to see with his eyes and be filled with boldness to follow him…..i will pray for Hope and i will pray for you too…i don't know you but i can say this i love you with the love of christ…your blog has changed my life and now i will not allow myself to live a mediocre christian life. your sister in christ.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13321007003482028375 Nita

    Praying for you all today. I have a 13 y/o daughter. She is so blessed.

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

    We will be praying for Hope and her sweet little man!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09314650686389576712 Shareen

    You dont know me and i dont know how often you get your responses. I just feel like i should let you know i think you are a very amazing woman. With strength, love, compassion, and i admire you for that. I am 28 years old with 5 of my own kids whom i thank my heavenly father every day for there being in my life and there safty. To here the thinkgs these kids go thorough breaks my heart. I will keep you and these kids in mine and my family prayers :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07623278709585687108 Rachel

    Katie, I treasure your blog and pray for each of these children whose lives God is using you to touch. I have a request, though… is there any way you could change your blog background to a light color with dark type? The black background and white type are so hard to read and hurt my eyes. Usually I paste your posts into Word so I can read them there, and I wonder if your other readers are having this issue as well. :) Regardless, keep writing. We love your blog.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16588611704639601981 Jenny

    What a heartbreaking story. You're amazing Katie, and the things God does through you and your girls are amazing too. :) Praying…

  • Anonymous

    wow i am overcome with grief — the story about hope was so painful for me to read i can only imagine how much she must hurt! I am so thankful that she and her son are safe for the moment! I will pray for safety, healing and prosperity–

  • inspired

    you are such an inspiration. i am so intrigued by your stories, life, and Gods promises and miracles he does for you. i am currently deciding whether to leave US again for missions work. thank you for your stories

  • Erin

    Katie,Thank you so much for speaking the words and living the life that Jesus asks us to speak and to live. Thank you that as a 21 year old you are speaking truths that Christian leaders the world over are not willing to speak. Thank you for speaking these truths into my life that my soul is so desperate to receive, that my ears are so desperate to hear, and that I so so rarely hear from Christian leaders. I have recently come across your blog and have been working my way through it all…. the words you are speaking and the example you are living have literally been changing my life (that is, JESUS is changing my life as He speaks through you) and giving me the courage, strength, and conviction to live as Jesus asks us to live. Thank you for living with such courage and faith- it is serving as an example to so many of your Christian brothers and sisters around the world when such modern-day examples are so lacking. Press on and continue to LOVE…. you are storing up great rewards in heaven, which is where our real reward lies and where our TREASURE is. :) God bless you and much LOVE to you!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13197805393703582708 Amy

    Hi Katie,I have given your blog a Stiletto award because I couldn't think of a woman who fit the bill better than you. I just hope it brings some more people to the blog and into the Amazima family.Blessings!Amyhttp://momonraw.blogspot.com/2010/03/blog-award-otherwise-known-as-me-really.html

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05794749940790581565 Them Pates

    Keep going sister. My husband and I are praying for you and the girls. You are such an encouragement to us. May the Lord continue to give you the strength and grace you need for every situation.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02504295002651725809 Sandy Chastain

    I don't know who gets to read this but I run the Children's program at my church. We give a portion of our offering to this ministry b/c Katie's story is so…real. The kids can relate to her and her blog in a way that they can't to other missionaries. So thank you. They look forward to the weeks when I let them look at the blog and we discuss what is going on. This week we will be checking it out, and praying hard. Thank you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08903610481444673170 Angel Lyz

    She will remain in my prayers. You also, will remain there.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07106663102680630472 terence and carala

    Wow! I will be praying for her, for you, and for many others like her. We are in the process of adopting a girl from Russia. We feel God's call on our lives to go overseas to serve in orphan ministry or something of the sort. I'm glad I found your blog…you are an encouragement to keep trusting God with the plans he has for our future, whatever that may be. Thanks for sharing your life with us, and with so many others. God bless you!Carala

  • Anonymous

    I will be praying for Hope and her son and lots of nights I stop at my little prayer kneeler (foraged from my mom's basement) and pray for safety over your home…both spiritual and physical safety for you and your girls.

  • Anonymous

    Hi, Katie! I don't want to share anything personal online, but I will tell you that I'm in middle school. I just wanted to let you know that it has truly been a blessing to be able to read your blog. Every time I read it my heart is filled with love and compassion for these Ugandans you write about. I have been to Swaziland myself, and while reading all of your stories, I want to visit Africa again so badly! Oh, and I also go to David Platt's church, which you have mentioned in an earlier post; I LOVE my church(:Anyway, thank you for taking the time to keep others posted. I pray for your wisdom, your family, and the people God chooses to cross your path daily. God bless!Psalm 63:1-81 John 2:15-17

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16497361976779101474 Stephanie Deal

    Katie, I know you may not have time to read all of the comments, as their are obviously LOTS of people who truly care about you. I came across your blog in the ec devotion magazine. I'm 19 years old and your story has continually inspired me. Thank you for allowing God to use you to impact thousands of lives for His kingdom. I keep coming back hear to read more stories and to see the pictures of God's people. Thank you for following Him whole-heartidly! Prayers are numerous to our Lord for you and the people of whom you are ministering to.Thank you for living out 2 Timothy 4:12 "Do not let anyone look down on you b/c you are young, but set an example to the believers in love, life, speech, faith and purity." Thank you for being an example to all believers & me.Your Sister in Christ,Stephanie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16328474533813926256 Pineapplelover

    What a beautiful testimony of Jesus! His love is shining through!! Thank you for loving and serving! This is what is real…all believers need to see this and open themselves up to HIS amazing HOPE and LOVE!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05565109368542827752 Dana

    What a hearbreaking story. Thank you for every person you help. You are a truly inspiring person.Dana

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17898216116010442643 Mr T

    Thank you

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13101330975829168592 Daveana

    Katie, I was directed to your blog from a acquaintance's. I have spent the last five hours reading every post, engrossed in every detail of your story. With a broken heart and an uplifted spirit, I sit, with my head spinning. I'm in awe that you, the same age as I, have such an awesome testimony. I will be praying for you as your journey enfolds, and as God uses each new person who enters your life to show you something new. He is ever faithful, which, I have read, is plainly evident in your life.Love, Blessings, Prayers and Grace to you Katie, a servant of the King.Daveana

  • Anonymous

    Katie-This story you have shared has truly touched me in a very personal way.I am a thirteen year old girl, just a year younger than Hope. I cannot even begin to IMAGINE what it would be like to be in such a situation. losing your family, having a BABY, and having to run away. I can't even begin to tell you how much I hurt for Hope.Please, if you ever read this comment and get the chance, tell her that I'm praying for her. That another girl her age loves her like she was my own sister.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12826271371136998634 Roger Bachman

    Wow Katie, you must really get blessed with all these people that pray for you and are touched by your blog. I'm not sure if you will see this comment or not, but I wanted to see if you have heard of this moringa tree? It is supposed to be a powerful healing plant and I thought of you. It might be useful over there instead of prescriptions, if it will work. Be encouraged about finding a spouse because there are guys out there that would like to find a women like you, myself included.Also thanks for sharing the Radical series from Brook Hills, it has encouraged me to do some things. I hope this sweeps over america. Rest is our Father's love,Roger

  • Anonymous

    thats SO sad!! I am around that age as well!! It makes me sad to hear that a kid my age was beaten! :( That the Lord God that she is alright and had a wonderful son! God is good!Love and Hope to all!~Ren@e~

  • Carolyn

    Wow God works miracles every day! I will be praying for Hope and her baby for their safety and health. God bless Hope and God bless you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13591187695260044990 Joanne Amos

    I am praying. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10451218797361747138 jess-90

    Katie, you do not know me but you have brought tears to my eyes, joy to my heart, and praise to our Father! Thank you for living life the way God made us to live! I pray for you as my sister in Christ. Thank you for reminding me that living for God and not of this world is exactly the best way to live even when it seems crazy or hard. You have a beautiful family!!!! God's love and light is shining through you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10451218797361747138 jess-90

    Katie, you do not know me but you have brought tears to my eyes, joy to my heart, and praise to our Father! Thank you for living life the way God made us to live! I pray for you as my sister in Christ. Thank you for reminding me that living for God and not of this world is exactly the best way to live even when it seems crazy or hard. You have a beautiful family!!!! God's love and light is shining through you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08779350467861040501 garrett gregory

    katie. a friend led me to your blog and i wanted to let you know that i have been challenged by your faithfulness to your calling. God is using you! it's so obvious. i laughed when i saw you went to ravenwood. i went to brentwood and had many friends at ravenwood. you and your family will be in my prayers.garrett

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17925548585141226159 Ali Campbell

    Hi Katie! I feel a little silly posting since I don't know you and you don't know me. A friend passed your blog along to me, and I'm not even sure how he came across it! I just returned from a two-week trip to Costa Rica and will be moving there in a couple of months to work with Young Life, a Christian youth outreach organization. I won't be working with the poor, but rather bringing the truth of Christ to the (often very wealthy) international community. It's not what I ever imagined doing, I wanted to be doing something more like what God has led you to do in Africa, but God has led me to this ministry, in this place, and it's still incredibly daunting!I've been trying to process this recent trip and my impending move and I've felt a little lonely and underprepared for this work God is calling me to. But reading you blog has been so encouraging to me! God used your words to remind me that HE himself will be my comforter, my joy. Thanks for helping me be courageous…for reminding me that God has called us to be AVAILABLE, whether we feel equipped or not and that He will do the equipping. Thanks for being so honest and vulnerable. Your blog has blessed me more than you can imagine!

  • http://www.ellenstevens.com ellen stevens

    i know quite well the fragile, vulnerable dance of opening your heart and home; it fills our lives with the unexpected and our memories with unending stories.looking forward to seeing the unexpected stories that your dance brings.ellen

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11332822555765142547 Camie

    Oh my goodness! I am praying right now, and bless your heart! Camie

  • Emily Houser (and Hailey)

    Katie…thank you for blogging your Journey!!! Thank you for being real and honest and open in your blogs…thank you for sharing your heart! Through you a seed has been planted on my heart…in my SOUL…I am forever changed for having read through your journey. I pray for you and your family…and ALL of Uganda..and for Amazima. I would like to come with my husband next year for two weeks…it would be an amazing blessing for God to orchestrate us into the Journey that is Katie Davis. I have been up very late every night…talking to God..asking WHAT can I do. Katie what you are doing is what God placed on my heart years ago. And now I have a 3yr old, 5 yr old, 7 yr old and 3 step sons (7, 13 and 16)…I CRIED and lay in bed restless..feeling like I MISSED my call. I resented my every day ordinary American life (since starting to read your blog)…got frustrated when my daughter threw a fit over the color of her shirt, or my son over the length of his pants, or my youngest throwing his nightly fit over what I made for dinner. Inside my heart is screaming…we HAVE clothes..we HAVE food…alot of food..and yet we are unhappy and cranky. After several days of reading your blog..I decided to have my 7 year old daughter read it…you have placed a seed in her too. She is changing…she is looking at money differently. We now have a "Lunchbox" on the counter that says "God's Lunchbox" and anyone can choose to put their change there..or their dollars..and when it is full we are sending it to Amazima. Out of the blue my daughter Hailey asked me .."Mommy..can I write a letter to Helen?"..and I said..Sweety who's Helen…and she gave me a silly look and said..It's KATIE'S DAUGHTER..and I think she's about my age.." Then we went to your blog and pulled up the pics..and sure enough there is precious little Helen :) Is there a way that Hailey could write to your girls? I will help her…so that ALL of the girls get a letter :) Hailey's favorite Blog is the "soup one"…"because Katie made her soup and let her sleep in her bed all night" It's amazing to me that everything that was in the Soup blog…how you talked about the dentist leaving..and letting u use his toold..and then you had to try to steralize them and pull that little girls tooth out…and give her medicine…THE BIGGEST thing that stands out to Hailey is how you LOVED on her..and made her soup..and let her sleep with you all night long :) Gosh I feel as if my thoughts are bouncing around..and I've pretty much written a blog..on your blog :) So for tonight I will wrap it up! We are praying..and we love you all!! If there's a way to write to all the girls that would be awesome!Could you guys pray for our family, that we would recognize our UNnecessary things…dowsize our spending and bills to what we NEED..and not what we want. And what things we can sell to help your hands and feet to reach even more! All Our love, The Housers

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12470201808290045840 paige

    i have just found your blog today & have spent an hour ( while i'm at work…smile) reading about jsajsa grace & hope …i am blown away.i'm certain you don't want any praise for yourself but i am so amazed to see the hand of god on your life & therefore on all these girls…wow….i just wanted you to know that my family of 6 ( i have four daughters ) will be praying for you & yours here in atlantaxo

  • http://weiss-nicht.livejournal.com/ weiss-nicht

    praying for you

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09544925837445850268 Lolly Caruana

    Jesus, please uphold Katie in Your strong arms tonight. Strengthen her with hope, envigorate her with revelation of Your love. Protect her household from the evil one and use each individual to speak life and truth and grace to one another, bringing honor to You. Provide for each of their needs and bring healing. I pray today for lifted burdens in Jesus' name. Bring helpers to strengthen Katie in her ministry to You. And I pray in agreement with Katie, that You would raise up workers for the harvest. In Jesus' name I pray with faith and expectation, according to Your Word.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10619634019229377839 Amy

    Katie, there is an award for you on my blog today:http://admafrica.blogspot.com/2010/04/awards-and-sundries.html

  • http://abbymk.blogspot.com Abby

    wow. this is an amazing story.Hope, her son, you, and everyone else involved in this situation will be in my prayers! God bless you all with wisdom.AbbySouth Carolina

  • http://coffeesteam.blogspot.com/ Dette

    God bless you, Katie. I have come to your blog via a tweet I've been following.. and, I must say my heart goes out to you and God's work that has been entrusted to your hands. You made me realize how much my own struggles pale in comparison… I pray He will continue to sustain you.You are a blessing,Dette


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