I spend much of my time in a little slum outside of Jinja called Masese that is heavily populated with Uganda’s outcasts, the Karamajong. Those in the community who are not Karamajong are shunned by society for other reasons, extreme poverty or illness or uncleanliness or all of the above. To say that I am in love with the people of this community would be a huge understatment. I do not really even have words to describe the way I cherish these beautiful people. They challenge me, they love me unconditionally, and they allow me to see Jesus in their faces. They have taught me much, one of the biggest lessons being the tension between inefficiency and faithfulness. I want to help them all, to fix all their problems, to successfully find a solution to their horrendous living conditions. But sometimes in an unideal situation there is not an ideal solution. The projects Amazima has strated in this community, are wonderful, but only meet the needs of some of the people, only scratching the surface of the problems. God assures me this is ok. If I continue to preach the Gospel and more importanly LIVE the Gospel in this community, though the outward conditions of the people may never change or may change very slowly, but if these people can come with us to Heaven, a few years of suffering will pale in comparrison. In the mean time, He allows me to see Him in their faces and to love Him in bandaging their wounds and letting their charcoal and mud covered children curl up in my lap.

I have recently been humbled by the privledge to get to know twenty of this community’s women on a very personal level. Juliette was a prositute, sneaking quietly away from her home after her children had fallen asleep and selling her body to be able to put some food on the tabel for them in the morning. Veronica was brewing alcohol as a quick way to make money to support her children, one of whom was litterally dying of starvation. On days when alcohol didn’t sell, she would bring the mash that it is made from home to her family and they would swallow it until they fell asleep. She was making her children drunk so that they were unable to feel the pains of hunger. Todi, widowed after her third child was born, had recently taken in her sister’s five children after her sudden death. “What was my choice?” she asked when explaining the situation to me. “God says I look after the orphans, I look after the orphans.” The of them sleep together on the floor in a home about half the size of my giant kitchen table. Jja Jja Maria looks afer her three grandchildren thought she can barely walk due to severe back pain. Kasifa only has use of one arm as a result of polio when she was younger but uses her one good arm to pick through the trash for some food for her 6 children. They each have a story that would blow your mind.

About 8 months ago, I gathered this group of women in the local mud-and-stick church. All different tribes. All different ages. All different hardships. They had one thing in common: they were all trying to support their families and feed their children and they were not succeeding. And they all had stolen my heart. With the help of some sweet friends, I began teaching them how to make these recycled-paper bead necklaces that are all the rage in Uganda. We spent the first few months just getting to know eachother as we learned, crying with eachother when someone announced that their HIV test had come back positive and laughing with eachother when someone made an awfully mishapen bead. And through this porcess something happened that is incredibly rare in this slum community: we became friends.

Last months, one of the members of our group died suddenly. She called me in the morning to tell me that she had a headache, and by the time a friend got there to check on her, she had passed on, probably due to very advanced AIDS that she had been fighting for as long as she could remeber. I was devestated by the loss of sweet Christine with her huge smile and her gentle, cheerful spirit. But I was also full of joy. Just a few weeks earlier, after a lengthy conversation amoungst the women in our group and lots and lots of questions, Christine had given her life to Christ. The next Sunday at church, we celebrated her baptism. Christine may be gone from this earth, but I KNOW where she is. Death does not claim the victory, Christ does. I watched Jesus Christ make Christine a new person in her time on this earth. Her once frail sick body was suddenly able to move with more energy and work with more vigor. Her smile expanded to fill her whole face and there was a new light in her eyes. Praise and thanksgiving were always on her once cracked and bleeding lips; she was quick to encourage all her new friends. While before she complained that she did not have enough, her new Christ-following self thanked God for EVERYTHING right down to the bitter leaves she used to brew her morning tea. At 47 years old, Christine found what she was looking for. He makes all things NEW. And I know that now in Heaven, Christine’s once ailing body is now fully restored, made perfect in Christ. I am so thankful.

At her funeral, the remaining 19 ladies stood up and said beautiful things about Christine. And afterward, in a community where the culture is strickly every-man-for-himself, where people can hardly feed their own children, let alone their neighbors, those 19 women pooled their rescources and cooked everyone lunch. The community shared a meal together as they never have before. My sweet friends made sure that Jesus was not only glorified in Christine’s life, He was glorified in her death.

For those of you who have been wondering what happened to Jja Jja Grace, our sweet grandma that I had wanted to move in with us: the women took that into their own hands as well. At a loss for what to do one day, I asked the women in 7 of then would volunteer to spend a few hours with her one day of the week. To my wonderful surprise, not seven, but all 20 of them volunteered. I put Jja Jja Grace’s 9 different medicines in seven envelopes, one for each day of the week. On Mondays I go to her house, taking enough food and charcoal for the week and the envelopes of pills. Each day, two or three ladies go to Grace’s house and wash her clothes, cook some of the food, make sure she swallows all her pills, and just visit. They love it, and so does she. There is only one thing I can think of that feels better than helping your neighbor: empowering your neighbor to help their own neighbors.

There are still days when I walk through Masese and feel completely powerless and totally overwhelmed. The illnesses are more than I can treat even if I sit in the make-shift clinic in the back of my van for 15 hours a day. Sometimes the sadness seems almost unbearable, the problems unsolvable, the wounds unhealable. I will keep trying anyway. In an unideal situation, there is often not an ideal solution, this side of Heaven. But this is what I know: Resurection is real. Life is more powerful than death. Light can pierce darkness. I may never see the end of horrendous situtaions on this earth, so instead of trying to fix the situation here and now, I will focus on helping these people come to Heaven with me, so that we may say together “Death and sadness have been swallowed up in a victory. Oh Death, where is you victory? Death where is your sting?” Christ has overcome the mess that is this world and I am humbled to get to witness His salvation on a daily basis.

Recently, one of my favorite men in the world, my dad’s big brother and my Uncle Denny passes away after a long and gueling battle with cancer. He may have been one of the kindest, gentlest men to ever grace the planet. He knew what it meant to live simply and LOVE deeply. I believe that I am a better person because of his example of selfless, unconditional love. (If you haven’t noticed, I have been blessed with A LOT of examples of selfless love in my family, and I am so thankful.) I know that every person in my family and everone in the town of Williamsport is morning the loss of this wonderful man. But we know where He is. Unlce Denny, like Christine, found what he was looking for. He is now a new creation. The way he lived his life makes his death a celebration of the day we see him again. I bet he and Christine will be friends. How I can’t wait to embrace them both one day.
**Will you please consided buying a necklace (or 10!) from these sweet ladies who are working so hard to support their families and see positive change in their community? You can purchase them here http://147millionorphans.com/uganda-necklaces. Check back often because we have four new designs coming soon! Thank you, always, for your continued prayers and support.

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

    So thankful for all that is being done to share the love of Jesus Christ with these precious people… for God working through you to help provide for their families…Once again I am humbled…Welcome home to Christine, and your Uncle Denny…. and God's peace for their loved ones left behind.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07623785043683211984 Katie

    I love the necklaces…and they are all the rage here in America too!! Tell your girls hello for me! Love the post and all you are doing…XOXO

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

    Keep going and keep focusing on the Lord's promises! He is faithful and you are right, LIFE is stronger than death! Saving the soul is much greater than satisfying hunger for a little while here. We are praying for you and will buy some necklaces. Romans 4:20-21

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13267227787400213195 Donna

    What a blessed story…please know you are in my prayers – I pray that God will strengthened you daily!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00799374786076387438 We Are Family

    Simply amazing. You are the real thing, Jesus' hands and feet. YES, I will buy a necklace or two. God Bless you and continue to shine his face on you :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11016058828515830560 Suzanne

    I am just so blown away by all that is happening through you! God bless you and your servant heart.I did post a little story about you on my blog:-)

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

    There is nothing to say after a post like that then AMEN!Praise God of all creation! Let the earth rejoice! Sorry for your loss Katie – trusting God to be your families comfort and strength in the coming days!Love you!Jill

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

    with tears streaming, i read your post. Praise GOD for the testimony of you, of christine, of the other women, and of your uncle denny. He surely does make all things NEW. :))

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16733536889214943597 Debra

    What a beautiful testimony to the work of the Lord and how can one not buy necklaces with a picture like that at the end??

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07892435958344165293 Kristin Stegent

    Katie, this is beautiful. The community that is happening between you and these women! I loved this post.I make necklaces myself. I love these beads that the women are making and was thinking of another way I might could support. Could I buy some of their beads in bulk to make necklaces myself? I would pay more than they're worth or asking price just to support these women. What do you think?e-mail me if this is a possibility: kristinstegent@hotmail.com

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

    Praise God for the work He is doing! Thank you for giving us a glimpse of HOPE. Sometimes I wonder what good I am doing when there are so many needs around me…but you are right. We have to focus on ETERNITY, and getting those around us to ETERNITY! I love the last picture. She is getting so big!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Katie!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17472835600976543766 melifaif

    Your words are so powerful. But, your service is even moreso. Thank you. I will pass on the link to buy those gorgeous necklaces. God is good.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02200248088883355226 Allison

    for anyone who doesn't have one, go and buy now! I have one, and every single time i wear it (nearly every day because it is SO cute!) i get multiple compliments. it also serves as an incredible reminder. i touch the beads knowing that a sweet lady or child has touched them before me, sharing Christ from so far away

  • Anonymous

    Oh, Katie, what a blessing you are to these women and to me & all the readers of your blog! Oh, that we would all have such a heart of love for the unloveable! God has given me the opportunity to work with women in jail, & is giving me the opportunity to provide a home for them when they exit jail with no where to go. They are just like the women of Masese – unloved w/no where to go and no family to love them. The world is full of such people. Oh, that many more Christians would begin showing the love of God to those who are unloved–WE are his arms to hug them, his lips to reveal His love to them.Have you ever been in touch with World Vision, who I've supported financially before, re: helping the women of Masese to learn a skill or trade? They provide that thru their services. They also build structures, wells, provide medical and education for people like you serve.Love, in Christ,Karen

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

    what a beautifully said post and what gut wrenching stories these ladies and you have. praying for you, sister.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07626592961702989120 Amy

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I am linking to this on my blog. I gotta share what you are doing:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17753445989964700875 ashley

    Thank you for your stories! They encourage me so much! Makes me cry when I think that I will get to meet you all when I come with Visiting Orphans in July:) I hope I can thank some of these women who have so encourage me in my walk with the Lord. Bless you Katie for following where Jesus leads you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09778876948588648027 kristent1

    Hi Katie! Thank you so much for your ministry and thank you for sharing it with us here! You are touching and changing more lives than you will ever know!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01446230133111392637 Micah and Christa Forsythe

    I just love reading your blog! It always blesses me and leaves me wishing we could join you and help you over there. Our hearts are definitely in Africa and one day we pray God leads us there! We pray for you often! Blessings!

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

    Oh Katie,You are truly one of the World's most amazing people! Reading your blog brings me so much saddness and joy and you have helped me know Our Lord better.- Blessings and best wishes from Entebbe.

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

    Oh Katie,You are truly one of the World's most amazing people! Reading your blog brings me so much saddness and joy and you have helped me know Our Lord better.- Blessings and best wishes from Entebbe.P.S. Have you made an Etsy account for these necklaces?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11101854540802098368 Nina

    I'm sorry for all the loss and helplessness you experience. I got one of these beautiful necklaces for myself and due to an order mixup Gwen was so kind to send two more both of which I have gifted to others asking them to let people know where they can purchase them from and the story behind them. they said people compliment them all the time when they wear them, they are gorgeous.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13797631451398420550 Kingdom Mama

    Katie, I'm so excited about these necklaces. I'm going to post about them on my blog this afternoon. I don't know if you know but we're trying to raise money for Amazima over at my blog. I made the mistake of raising money two months in a row, but I'm still playing that God will bless our efforts. We are just overwhelmingly blessed by you!http://www.kingdomtwindom.com/2010/04/im-going-to-try-this-one-more-time.html

  • http://itsallforjesus.weebly.com/index.html Miss Mary

    Again your story has touched my heart and moved me. I am so glad to read your blog post again. When I hadn't seen a post for a while I wondered if something was wrong and prayed nightly for you. Now I know you were going through so much. So sorry for your losses, bur also can't wait to be in heaven to meet them and you. You are amazing , and the women you are helping are as well. Continuing to pray for you, your childern, and your ministry. Blessings to you dear sister. Hugs coming your way..

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14043677672931768639 Tammy On the Go

    thank you for this amazing post…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18331986329670589098 Cherie

    Katie, I love how you love your Saviour!

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

    I almost jumped out of my chair when I saw there was a new post from you. I has just recently read this passage and thought of you, "We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers;constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father"1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 NASBIt is encouraging and a blessing to hear their stories of struggle and redemption. How wonderful to see Christ working in their hearts ans lives.Praying for you and your family!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09163853419493407888 Rachel Danielle

    Oh Katie, you don't know me at all, but you're one of my dearest friends. Every time I visit you on this blog- I come away closer to Him. I'll be storming the Throne of Grace on account of Masese, and on account of all the battles you're fighting. And waiting eagerly for new posts from you on the amazing things that He does. Prayers, and love and blessings, ~Rachel

  • Anonymous

    Katie, words could never express how grateful I am for you and your AMAZING heart. I am going to Africa because of you and I can't wait to get my necklaces in the mail!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00104101345239241496 Kymberly Janelle

    Oh goodness. Your little girl looks so cute in the necklaces!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12319027462810734241 Jennifer

    Mother's Day is coming up here in the US. I've put in my request for one of these! :) What better way to celebrate Mother's Day than to support other mothers & their children?? My necklace will make me smile, cry, and pray!

  • Carolyn

    I actually have two of those necklaces and love them! It's great to hear about the wonderful women who create them.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, Katie, I would love to buy some of these necklaces! My friends and I have made bracelets using the same bead-making method to raise money for a ministry in Guatemala as well. I am praying for the Karamajong people!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06330195253745287970 Isabel

    I'm crying as I am reading your blog post, Katie! What horrific suffering, yet, there is HOPE because of JESUS! And YOU get to be such a blessing! WOW!!!!My husband and I are planning on being in Jinja in the second half of October to see firsthand how we can help long-term (from NZ) – especially the orphans.We're with YWAM and will be staying at the YWAM base there.Would you be open to us visiting you? We would love to go with you into Masese. My hubby could even do some clinics, treat wounds (he's just finishing EMT training and has a bit of experience from NZ, Fiji, Samoa).Please email me at bettsfamily@watchdog.net.nzThanks and heaps of blessings to you – LOVE in Jesus,Isabel from New Zealand

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00310072331960500111 aimee

    one of the best examples of discipleship…ministering to people who then minister to others.thank you for sharing and for being obedient. God bless you and yours and God bless the karamajong.

  • Anonymous

    I was very excited to see your new post. I read it with tears of sadness, at first, and then Joy. I Praise God for the way he is using you to show his love. I thank you and encourage you for allowing him to do it. The love of Christ shines through you as you write. I will be praying for you and those you minister to. My husband and I teach 19-30 year old sunday school. I have passed your blog on to many of the girls in our class. I am hoping that it will encourage them to make more eternal decisions. I know it has for me. God Bless

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00392555999593988598 Kathy Knight

    I happened across your blog… thank you so much for your encouraging words to lead others to heaven. I work in Moz. and live the same life but in a different place miles away. May God multiply your blessings above and beyond what you could have ever hoped for or imagined! Big Mamma

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00392555999593988598 Kathy Knight

    Thank you so much for your work of expanding the kingdom. I too live the same type of life in Mozambique doing the same type of loving on the desperate for Jesus and seeing the results of just loving and taking the hand of those who need Him. Keep on darln' keep on and one day we too will meet in the great kingdom of heaven. May God multiply your blessings above and beyond what you could have ever hoped for or imagined. Big Mamma

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14418639910107255186 Katie K

    I was so touched by your story and just ordered my necklace. Can't wait for it to arrive so I can share it with my own daughter. May God continue to watch over and bless you and your family!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05025104225794869065 Tish

    ordered necklaces!!! thanks you for such a wonderful story of God's grace!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09039085669177145548 ddaggett

    What a beautiful testimony and life you are living in Christ. Thanks for sharing about those individual women who have become your friends and sisters.Our son Seth married Rebekah Slagle. It is Mark Slagle who shared your blog with us. Our daughter Kenna makes bracelets for the milk fund for babies in Kalomo, Zambia after we were there for 3 months. God bless you. We are lifting your name up to the Father!

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

    The Father is good. Praise Him that you have given yourself over to Him. The love of Christ is coming through you to touch His beloved. This is so beautiful I hang on every word I wait anxiously for the next post. I am new to the knowledge of the passion of our savior for his bride. so when I read your stories it is such a raw and vibrant touch with the love of our Father. Thank you for counting the cost and counting all things lose beside Him. my prayer and thoughts are with you. You are in the throne room and our Father is blessed good and faithful daughter.

  • Anonymous

    I bought some of those necklaces before I even read this! I immediatly recognized them. They are gorgeous and I can't imagine how they do it. You are a special blessing to each one of those women, as they are to you. Thank you for what you do. My little sister died the day before yesterday for 20 minutes and God raised her from the dead! She also died today for an hour, but God revived her!! She had major open heart surgery and it all went south. She is 4 and adopted from Serbia, Europe. You can read all about it at Allarepreciousinhissight.blogspot.comMattie Patterson

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

    The text came in…"Katie's got a new post!" Mad dash to the computer, and how do I not think to bring kleenex with me? I grabbed Frank's laptop and sat down for a good (out-loud) read. Started choking up. Looked over and I think he was doing the same.I know I've said it before, but I think it bears repeating: What you are doing for the kingdom is inspiring, and I know God is using you to not only change lives in Uganda, but in America, too. THANK YOU not only for sharing your life with Uganda, but for sharing your life with us. My favorite part in this one was reading about Christine coming to Christ and the remarkable change that followed. I look forward with all my heart to being on the other side–having eternity to enjoy the company of those who have gone ahead of us. I just read a line I loved: Death is but a swinging door.With eyes fixed on eternity, pressing on and praying for you.

  • Konni in Texas

    All glory to the Lord Jesus! Always a joy to hear how God is working in and through your ministry.Blessings! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08181761632688005703 Jenn

    What an amazing story!!! I have sold 40 of the necklaces so far (we are using them as a fundraiser for our adoption from Rwanda), and I have people clamoring for more! I am looking forward to sharing this post with everyone who purchases one so they can hear these stories. Thank you for sharing their testimony and for being the hands and feet of Jesus. You and these women will be in my prayers.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12061035774509241772 Tracey

    I just ordered two necklaces–mother's day gifts for mother's I know will appreciate helping other mother's.

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

    Seeing the face of Jesus in the outcasts of the world is a special priviledge and given to the hearts that are willing to see. I pray that the Body of Christ will be stirred also to see Jesus in the people that God has in their lives. Thank you for the sacrifices you make and sharing the joy they bring. I will order necklaces to share with others and to be able to share in the lives of those who God has sent you to.

  • http://www.williamsinthewilderness.com Kristi

    Katie,I am always excited to read your posts about the Karamojong! We are headed to Karamoja in June, and I expect we'll experience many of the same struggles you face with not being able to meet each and every need. I pray that God will use us as he's used you to share his love and his hope with them. What an amazing example of the power of restoration in these women's lives! He is redeeming them and once again using the outcasts of this world to lead the way. Thanks for sharing your stories! It's so encouraging to see God at work among the Karamojong :)Kristi

  • http://www.knowntome.net Barbra

    Thank you so much for your post, Katie! Humbling! Thank you for sharing with Christine and all the people there. It means everything!I am praying for you today and for all that depend on you there!Barbra

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06120586931456209609 Boy oh Boy oh Boy!

    I just received my necklace in the mail today and I love it!! I just ordered it a few days ago!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06114749986833861830 Rodney

    You inspire and humble me. I just ordered a necklace and posted a link to your blog on my FB page. They would make a great Mothers Day Gift.Paula

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05654883074848409833 Keisha Suzanne

    Auntie Katie,My heart continues to break with you for those who are suffering and not seeing the love of Jesus from others around them. In the words of Mother Teressa"THERE ARE MANY IN THE WORLD WHO ARE DYING FOR A PIECE OF BREAD BUT THERE ARE MANY MORE DYING FOR A LITTLE LOVE" -Mother TeressaI'm ready to embark on another journey to Zambia and live among the needy, once again. I'm eager to share the love in word and Deed and pray that I'll have the strength and wisdom that only our Savior can provide me (like you), from day to day. My prayers are with you along with my heart. I find myself often dreaming of coming to work beside you and leaving my home and Zambian's behind. It's such an encouragement to see someone else out there with the heart for the under dogs in life and your endurance never ceases to amaze me.Hugs to you Katie-

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03334487532765154597 Don

    It is tempting to desire a blanket solution. But each situation is as unique as the individual. I believe the individual or personal level is where God asks us to work. Perhaps I am beginning to realize that God can work around our weakness, imperfection, selfishness, and lack of time/resources if we submit to His power and obey His commands. God gave us His grace because we need it, not because we might like to have it. Even our best righteous acts look like dirty rags in comparison to God and His glory (Is 64:6). Jesus said in response to the rich man calling him “Good Teacher”, “No one is good—except God alone.” (Mark 10:18)The “love your neighbor as yourself” standard or goal is unreachably high without Christ and Holy Spirit until we are risen again with Christ. Before that time comes, we are encouraged and instructed by Paul in Philippians 3:12-16“12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.15All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16Only let us live up to what we have already attained.”I think “press on” means with His leading, His strength, His wisdom, His power, His provision, and His love. With all He has given to us, let’s all obey Him, and press on together!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17348923263045900069 Lena

    The Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Isaiah 60:19I thank God that you are an inspiration to me. Thank you for your heart. May God bless you and keep you safe.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12090625311019812351 Erin

    I love your heart. I love your work. I love your honesty. You remind me of my friend Sarah. You challenge me and make me want to stay so close to God, completely surrendered to Him so that I can be used by Him to touch others. God Bless you Katie!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01337306222005427212 Cheryl Read

    I purchased one of these necklaces. Love love love it! So beautiful for so many reasons.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05175375089271635858 Theresa

    I purchased a necklace and I want to do more. I don't have much to offer in terms of monetary donations, but please, tell me what I can do. I read your post on November 20, and I was wondering how Angelina is doing? Her story moved me deeply. I imagined my own two-year-old in that condition and the grief is unbearable. Please, let me know if there is anything I can do. I can try to gather supplies that you need and ship them to you, or.. I don't know. But I know I want to help. My email is HISchild037@gmail.com, and my name is Theresa. God bless you and your girls. Your love is big.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08543633305746839753 Jimmy Armstrong

    You probably already know this, but I saw these beeds everywhere at the Christian Alliance for Orphans conference this weekend in minneapolis…very cool

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05143765099100795398 A Nerd and A Free Spirit

    Wow! Awesome necklaces! What a great blog. I can't find the follow button on your blog…. I'll keep looking. I'd like to follow…~Kathryn

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

    Katie, I will forever be challenged by your faithfulness…..

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12546288621924817904 Kristy

    What a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing! And that sweet baby dripping in those beads…precious! Who wouldn't want to purchase them after that?! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18234324593027826036 Sandee

    I bought 10 and am spreading the word…and plan to buy more!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11227452489512899262 Sally Big Woods

    A friend of mine posted this quotation on her Facebook, and I immediately thought of you:"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor in the morning the devil says "Oh crap, she's up!"" I keep you and your family in my prayers. You faith is an inspiration.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18285961315353431063 Laura

    You encourage and enable me to be a better servant of God and His precious people. Thank you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11770902190128752383 Stefanie and Bill

    The harvest is plenty but the workers are few. Praise God that these women are learning to work and provide for themselves and their babies. Praise God as you work along side them and share about the love of Jesus. I am in Ukraine adopting my 5th Son and as I look into the faces of the children, I, like you am overwhelmed. I purchased 5 necklaces and intend to give them as gifts with you blog website attached. May the Lord bless and keep you as you work His harvest!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07468947043504678635 Joanna

    Katie, I just wanted to pop on and wish you a Happy Mother's Day. I am so grateful God allowed me to find your blog; you and your walk with Jesus inspire me. Thank you again for sharing your life so intimately with so many people you have never met. God bless you and your family! With love, Joanna

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16835005258125873195 Jacki

    Katie-HAPPY MOTHERS DAY. Those children must cherish you so much. They might not have ever known such a love without your sacrafice on their behalf. May the Lord's presence be ever so great over you on this special day. You are so special to so many all around. We are thinking of you today.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04715014641519303614 Stephanee&Zach

    Happy Mother's Day Katie! You don't know me but I pray for you often and have been reading for over a year. My heart breaks for these women but swells with joy at hearing the work that God is accomplishing in their lives through you and others. Thank you for sharing about the Radical series as well – God is wrecking us and breaking our hearts in deeper ways that we thought possible.

  • http://hope4joy.wordpress.com Carla

    Hi Katie. Right now I am living in Nateete, near the Kampala area of Uganda for a few months. My hometown is a completely flat region in Canada. Last week I had the opportunity to go to Mongalo (sp?) where the Uganda Jesus Village has some land. There is a high peak/plateau that they want to make into a prayer home, and I was meditating on Isaiah 25, about the mountain in which God will prepare a feast, and swallow up death & tears forever… This week we hope to go to Jinja where a local pastor is prepare places for us to visit… Thank you for how you are loving Jesus! May He pour out His Spirit upon you, and the women, men and children in your midst. Love, Carla Raes

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14225033735388865046 lilly riera

    I received my beautiful necklace last week and if the story behind the necklace wasn't enough to speak of, the absolute beauty is! They are fabulous so if you have not yet ordered yours, do it now! They will make beautiful gifts as I do not know one woman who would not be proud to wear these jewels.

  • Vancouver, Canada

    God Bless You.1) When my cousin was a young lady God told her that if she married her boyfriend then He, God, could not bless her the way He had planned. She broke up. Today she is in her sixties. Her son is a Pastor, God fearing and a spiritual leader.She and her husband have been pastor's in a church and a blessing all their life.I know about her sacrifice because my mother was nanny in her home for her younger siblings at the time.Interestingly I have met the person who was her boyfriend and it is exactly as God told her. She would never have been blessed the way she has been until now or been able to be the blessing she has been if she had married him. He is a great person I have nothing bad to say about him but life would have been so much different for her.2) When God puts his sight on you, you can run (Jonas), scream, fight what ever, He gets it the way he wants, thankfully. If we do not give up the things he points out to us He removes them and that in my experience is twice as hurtful as giving them up on his advise.3) I found your blog five days ago. I was searching on orphanages in Africa and found a blog that mentioned your blog. I have been reading at least 10 hours now and gotten through it all though some of it I will go back and reread.Why did I stick… well You are the first I have read that reminds me of Mother Teresa. The way she describes God's love and the "love your neighbor" command is so the same.4) I am planning to move to Africa. I check you blog every day now.Thank you for the insight gained through your blog.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02997589934363963420 KimMikeal

    You are so AMAZING, and God is being glorified in your every word. Thank you for bragging on HIM and His power, which enables you. I have gotten a reality check in reading your life stories. Our problems are so frivilous compared to what you are dealing with! We are so blessed in the USA, we have NO idea what we have. Thank you for sharing your stories, and being a faithful and obedient daughter to the King. I look forward to speding all eternity with you, as we praise God together.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15034270645601842489 the lewisi female

    So glad you posted this, I bought one for every woman in my family for birthdays and mothers day and every time I wear mine I get tons of compliments. It so great to think about the hands that made these beads and the necks that might have worn them before me. Reminds me to pray! Many blessings!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16320213769604271755 Lori Butcher

    One of my friends posted your blog on facebook. I'm very touched and bought some necklaces.

  • Lori

    I found your blog because a friend of mine posted it to facebook. I'm so touched by your blog and the work you are doing. I clicked right over and bought some necklaces. God bless you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14080391089956518090 Rachaellh

    Katie, thank you for everything that you do for so many. I know that you are ragged and weary and I also know that God is holding you so closely. You are an inspiration to us here in the States. I was honored to place my necklace order.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02719759168848883254 Margaret

    I bought two of these necklaces for my mother and mother-in-law for Mother's Day. :)May you be blessed as a mother and mother-figure to so many! Many blessings on you and your ministry!

  • Danielle Contarino

    Hey Katie! You don't know me, but someone gave me your blog link on my blog. I just wanted to lift you up and encourage you! You are not only changing Uganda and Tennessee my friend, but you are changing the entire world! I'm in Vietnam right now with 40 other lovers that are being challenged and encouraged by you continually. We were in Africa from January to March and actually in Jinja for a short time! Keep pressing in Woman of God! The impact you are making is far greater than you will ever even know! Oh how He loves you Katie, Oh how He loves you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08914541642283188574 Dutch

    Katie, you are such an inspiration. These people are so lucky to have you. I'm so lucky to have found your blog. Of course I bought a necklace. I'm going to take it to a little boutique in my neighborhood hoping that they will buy several. God bless you and all you do.

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

    i ordered one and it is a new favorite!! i love telling my friends about the beads!!! thank you katie for reminding me the face and hands of Jesus…priceless.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02255107565212742542 Denise Murphy

    Hi Katie,Im sure so many people are following you and just falling in love with you by your blogs even if they never met you. That is the same for me, but know that your blogs are making me fall in love with your family in all your temporary homes. Just a few months ago I was in Uganda near you. Wishing I could have come and met you. Know that you are not alone, and I have a heart that feels like it might explode too. Its like the best hurt in the world.You just get to see Jesus everyday in those beautiful African eyes. AHHHHH. So…… flipping……., make your insides burst in joy, that really has no English words to describe it. Loving you over here in Asia!

  • Anonymous

    I have decided to be a missionary and you have inspired me greatly. Thank you for all you do. "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves, do what it says. He who listens to the Word, but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at himself in the mirror, and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But he who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, not forgetting what he has heard but doing it, that man will be blesses in all he does." Somewhere in James 1. :)Thanks

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05374575211569488068 lulu and family

    thank you for your work. thank you for sharing.

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

    Katie,It always moves my soul when I come to your blog.I will continuously pray for you.I didn't know that you needed people for the beads, I chose the bag :) Love the 147 million bag.Oh girl, you are such an angel on this earth.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11586066822993946977 babydoc

    Trust that all is going well for you…you've been missed in blogworld.

  • http://aroundtheworldin40weeks.com alison

    I just got my necklaces the other day. They are BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love wearing it and thinking about the people you are helping. You are doing amazing work. I'll be praying for your ministry as I wear your beautiful jewelry.

  • Konni

    Katie,Continuing to pray for you, your girls, and the Lord's ministry there. Keep your heart and mind fixed upon Him!In the joy and peace only Jesus can give,Konni

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01032343326670764708 Lisa Taylor

    Katie – I have just stumbled on to your blog and am deeply moved by your ministry in Uganda. I clicked on the link to buy necklaces but it said that only 50% of the money goes to help the women and their families. Our family would like to help support you personally. How do we go about that?heathlisakatetaylor@yahoo.comLisa

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08141129184472549489 Sydney

    SO SO SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04992383392884444939 The Dunns

    She is so beautiful with her beads wrapped around her! Praise The Lord for her today!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11085799430452145113 Travis

    Addressing poverty of spirit, poverty of relationship, and poverty of material possessions all in one women's group. To God be the glory!