The king’s heart is in the hands of the Lord, He directs it wherever he pleases… Proverbs 21:1

I have never been one of those people who enjoys taking a vacation from her children. Don’t get me wrong, nap time if absolutely wonderful and even necessary for my sanity, but after a couple of hours of being away from my children, I find myself missing then and ready to be home. A 7 hour school day nearly kills me! Quite possibly this is because so much of my children’s lives, especially the older ones have been spent away from me and now I want to soak up every minute. Possibly, it is just because God wired me this way, craving noise and bustle, loving so deeply that I physically ache to be away from those I love.

You can imagine then, that fundraising trips to the US, though brief, are quite a struggle! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE seeing my family and friends, but I simply dread being away from my precious ones for weeks at a time. Last summer when I was in the states, I was so distraught about being away from Gracie (who was the youngest at the time and needed the most mommy love) that I got shingles!

I couldn’t stand the thought of leaving Patricia for three whole weeks since she is not even old enough to understand the concept of Mommy coming right back. I knew it would be nearly impossible to get a visa for her though. I knew all kinds of people waiting for visas and others whose visas to the US had been denied. It seemed like a shot in the dark but I was determined to try, and pray, anyway.

I was finally granted Patricia’s legal guardian in Ugandan court on April 12, just a month before I was scheduled to leave for the states. I immediately went online to try to book a visa appointment. There were no available appointments until September! Surely not I emailed every address I could find on the website asking if there was anything I could do to expedite the appointment and heard nothing. Each time I called the embassy, I was told the same thing byte the receptionist. She was always very kind, but the answer was, “You must make your appointment online.” Other times the person on the other end of the phone would ask if it was an emergency, but I couldn’t lie. I selfishly wanted to take my baby with me on a trip, but we weren’t having brain surgery. So I just kept telling them that I was coming right back and just really wanted her to visit my family in the states.

The answer was always No.

Not being one to give up easily, Monday morning Patricia and I drove to the embassy. Surely once we got there they would have to give us an appointment! There were only 2 weeks left until we were scheduled to leave. I prayed the whole 2 hour drive to Kampala. Upon arriving and telling the same story to the outside receptionist who unlocks the doors, he just looked at me. “You cannot come in,” he said. This was not what I had expected. I stood there stunned, this had been my one remaining hope. I stood there a few minutes longer and he reached his hand under the bullet proof glass that was separating us to hand me a phone. Bewildered I answered only to have the inside receptionist who I had spoken to the week before on the phone reiterate that I was not allowed to come inside. I got it. As I stood there a few minutes, staring blankly and going over the trip back home and a possible stop to get Patricia lunch in my head, the receptionist must have had pity on me. Or he was tired of me standing there looking stunned. Rolling his eyes, he unlocked the door to let me in. Quick to seize any opportunity, we slipped inside. Once we got in though, we still weren’t allowed to see anyone. We were simply told by a different man that I needed to try to make an appointment online or email the consular. I was almost in tears as I tried to explain that I had already done that many times.

Granted, none of this was the embassy’s fault. They were doing their job for people who had made online appointments well in advance.. But desperate Momma’s can do some desperate things!

We drove home feeling defeated and I frantically texted my dad and sweet prayer warrior friend Cindy to ask them to pray and also ask if there was anyone they could contact in the states that could help. They promised to look into it. On the way home from the embassy, I stopped at immigration to pick up Patricia’s passport which was due to be ready that morning. Since we hadn’t had any luck at the embassy though, I didn’t worry when it wasn’t finished.

We finally arrived home around 4 and at 6 my phone rang. “Ms. Davis, Patricia’s visa appointment is scheduled for 9 am tomorrow.” I gasped into the phone, but the woman had already hung up. I texted Cindy and Dad to ask what they had done or who they had talked to and got the same reply, ” Sorry Kate, I haven’t gotten around to contacting anyone yet!” Of course! I couldn’t help but laugh. Only God had granted us this appointment!

As I got over my initial excitement though, I remembered. Patricia’s passport wasn’t finished like it was supposed to be. You cannot even get into the embassy, let alone have a visa appointment without a passport. They were going to think I was nuts! Frantic once again, I called my good friend Tyler who was in Kampala for the night. He would wait at the passport office for it to open the next mooring and bring the passport to the embassy as soon as it was finished.

This story could last forever if I kept sharing every detail, but it was all SO God oriented. I’ll try to simplify. A million more things went wrong. People’s hearts were obviously going to be changed by meeting Patricia in the states because satan clearly did not want her there and did not want God’s hand seen in this process! Tyler showed up with the passport just as our appointment was set to start, but we needed to fill out an online form with the passport information before they would see us so we headed to the embassy library. I filled out the form at least 9 times, but ever time I would hit the print button, nothing would come out. I used 4 different computers and the library tech guy even came to help me; no one could figure it out. Other papers were printing fine, but for some reason Patricia’s visa application would not. At about 11:45 (appointments end at noon) a sweet embassy worker who had seen my frustration let me come use the computer in her private office where we finally got the form printed, only to get to the reception desk and be told that for the visa application they needed a VISA sized photo (has anyone ever heard of that?) not the passport sized photos I had brought (there is about an eight of an inch difference) and they could not see me. “Come back Thursday,” the receptionist instructed. Feeling defeated and lugging a hungry almost-two year old who had skipped her nap, I trudged home.

Thursday I woke while it was still dark. I wanted to be the first person at the embassy, just in case our day was a crazy as Tuesday. Of course it was pouring. Our van got stuck in the mud more than once and I, in my white dress (don’t have a clue what I was thinking when I put it on), hopped out to push – we were NOT missing this appointment for anything! Once again I prayed and prayed the whole way there that i would have everything I needed and that Jesus would fill the room with peace and understanding. We finally arrived as the embassy was opening. Totally nervous after being warned repeatedly about how difficult the appointment would be, I had brought every piece of paperwork the consular possibly could have asked for and then some. After a three hour wait, it was our turn.

And the consular was absolutely the sweetest woman ever. She complimented Patricia and asked a few questions; she smiled and nodded understandingly as I explained my desire to take her with me. And then she said, “Her visa will be ready tomorrow; have a great trip!” JUST. LIKE. THAT.

I walked out of that office not sure whether to laugh or cry. All the things I had heard, all the papers I had prepared, all the insane obstacles, the hopelessness of the whole situation – the visa would be ready tomorrow! I didn’t even mind making the two hour trip back on Friday, I was so thankful! And on May 1, just ten days before we were scheduled to leave, I had Patricia’s visa in my hand, a visa I should not have even been able to interview for till September.

We had a marvelous time in the states with my parents and brother, and I think that seeing Patricia definitely changed some hearts. We feel so blessed to have been able to visit, and SO thrilled to be back at home with the ladies! So many people asked me if my other girls were jealous that Patricia got to come, but I can honestly say no; they were praying so hard that she would be able to come with me, “so she wouldn’t be sad” and were elated when their prayer was answered. Not to mention that they love Auntie Shana (our AWESOME babysitter) so much and are SO excited to see her once or twice a year, that they hardly mind a few days without me!

Romans says, “If God is for us, who can stand against us?” And God IS for us. We read all the time about God moving mountains and changing hearts and working miracles thousands of years ago, and yet so often we let ourselves believe that those miracles were only for that time period. If I have learned anything in the past three years, it is that this simply isn’t true. God hears us and He is alive and working on our behalf at all times, He delights in answering our prayers and showing his power when we place all of our trust in Him. Almost every time a mountain is in front of me, I feel myself starting to panic bit, and laugh at my humanness! God has never been wrong, He has never removed His faithfulness from my life, He has never not done exactly what is best! I am so thankful to serve a Father who loves and cares about little old, underserving me to grant me the desires of my heart. We are truly blessed.

Mountains melt like wax before the Lord of all the earth! The heavens proclaim His righteousness and all peoples see His glory. Psalm 97:5-6

Our prayer is that as you watch the mountains melt, you will glorify the Father with us!

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

    Praise the Lord!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03796808566902777825 Fuad

    Amen!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03058875857691631115 Melissa Davis

    Whenever I read your updates I literally get chills, and feel the presence of the Lord in the lives of all the people you touch. I am so thankful you had a safe and happy trip!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02227930801383983272 amanda

    I'm so, so happy for you!You are truly an inspiration. I have been struggling in my prayer life lately because it seemed like everything was going wrong. My husband was laid-off for over a year and his current job is barely enough to help pay the bills. He goes to interviews for other, more reliable jobs and never gets a call back. Bills weren't being paid on time, we were having to borrow money from family members… I just felt defeated. But by reading your blog and listening to the Radical Series you recommended I've felt so uplifted. I kept wondering what God was trying to teach me by all of this, what was it He wanted me to learn? How could any of this help in any way? All I was getting from it was stress and worry and bitterness. But after praying continuously and just giving it all over to Him I've felt such a peace.So, thank you for being so, so inspirational. Thank you for teaching us all about the power of prayer and for opening our eyes to present day miracles.

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

    Awesome,awesome God! You are so good to us and do such amazing things! We leave in 20 days to come to Uganda and I cannot wait to meet all of your girls and you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01080036401167775659 Sara

    What an amazing story! God DOES still move mountains! Amen! I can't wait to hear more about your trip and how Patricia changed hearts. Bless you!

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

    Wow, that truly is incredible! Can't wait to hear more about your upcoming book. :)

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

    Praise the Lord for His goodness and moving mountains only He can move!We love you Katie, and are praying for you, your girls and all the lives you touch, bring God the glory only He deserves!!!

  • Dave (germany)

    Thank you for posting this,it was worthwhile wainting for it!!! To read about your life and God's faithfulness is so encouraging for me and the struggles I face just look tiny compared to what God brings you trough.Thank you and praise the Lord :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11866781944242761406 Rochelle

    God is amazing. Love how he continues to work those miracles today and you clearly see them!

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

    the beauty the love the grace, how undeserving we are and how amazing He is! What a great story I am so happy for you and your girls. We are His righteousness through Jesus our Lord.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18398602085337490871 Theresa

    I am in tears. Thank you for your post and I'm so glad it worked out.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17253303288242135440 Mama D.’s Dozen

    Love this story!The times at the embassy bring back so many memories of our times at the embassy in Ghana, while we were there for 6 weeks completing our children's adoption.So glad that you were able to bring Patricia home with you.Laurel :)

  • Jess

    This is amazing:) I just recently heard about you and your mission work and every post i read makes me cry! haha:) I am praying for you and your girls every day.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14485406690863800462 Ria Thurston

    Tears. Tears are forming as the TRUTH of who our KING IS is stated clearly through this miraculous story. WOW! God. Is FAITHFUL! Thank you for sharing and being his vessel. Amazing!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03220565180729043147 chelle374

    I just wanted you to know how encouraging your blog is to me! My husband and I (along with our two children) are in the process of moving to France as missionaries. I have recently started a blog to keep people informed about our progress. When I wrote my last post yesterday, I talked about how that verse in Romans has been on my mind so much lately after dealing a lot with the affects of Satan in our lives. Anyway, I enjoy reading about your journey and pray for you and your girls.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03915866386101823126 I am His Beloved

    Absolutely beautiful. inspiring, powerful! Yea Jesus! We praise you for this miracle that occured, all Glory goes to you Jesus! LOVE love love your blog Katie and your pure beautiful heart! You are loved.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14639293095200720758 Kristi J

    awesome katie…AND, i loved that LL and Patricia got to see and meet too!! They were too cute together!! So glad she made it with you, kristi

  • http://weelittlehouse.com Jen G.

    Hi Katie,I found your blog (through another friend) last week and I've been obsessively reading ever since. Your stories move me to tears and give me chill bumps. It is evident that God's fingerprints are all over your journey and that you are truly living at the center of His will. My 2 1/2 year old son and I have been praying for you every day before naptime. He looks up at me, puzzled and questioning, like "who is this Katie that we have started praying for?" But we will continue. I was in Uganda about 3 years ago. We worked at a church and orphanage in Busia, and we drove through Jinja (is that where you are?). My heart longs to go back. Who knows, maybe I can talk my sweet husband into giving up a year of our lives to move there. :) I know how that "just one year" thing went for you.Blessings to you and your girls. -jen

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02414655086213403805 Julie

    Needed this story, Katie. I have had a "few" mountains in front of me lately as my hubby and I received our referral for a little darling in China with a cleft lip and palate. After waiting 3 years for her, we now have to be re-fingerprinted and update our Immigration paperwork as it has "expired" after so long. We are DYING to go and be united with our sweetie and are just praying for God to move some mountains for us as well!! Please, keep us in your prayers!Julie Stanley2 bio sons, one daughter adopted last summer from Ethiopia…and one on the way from China:)www.liveoutjames127.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03517295803452245389 sara @ it’s good to be queen

    wow! that is so so good. I love reading about God's faithfulness. Thank you for testifying.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04672700321346330620 nmetzler

    What a beautiful story of God's faithfulness! Blessings!Natasha

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15955682726148579441 Christie

    Oh Katie, What a blessing!I'm blessed to be able to follow your journey and see God move mountains in your life.You are such an inspiration to so many and your testimony, I'm sure, is changing lives for God's glory.Thank you for sharing…In Christ,Christiehttp://satisfactionthroughchrist.blogspot.com

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

    thanks for writing about this! i have been praying for my son for over 6 months and needed to be reminded that God delights in answering our prayers and that His faithfulness knows no limits. i will keep praying.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13757656602852760492 Sharon

    Amazing story Katie! Thanks for sharing, I was enjoying every detail of it! God is awesome! I just got back from Uganda a little more than 2 weeks ago. I miss it so much! We went from Kampala to Jinja, so I was imaging the ride there, bumpy but beautiful, haha! We all wanted to come meet you and see Amazima, but we realized you were in America! I was so disappointed when we found out we weren't going to be able to. Now that I have heard this story I almost feel bad, cause God truly wanted you and Patricia in America! I am glad everything went well. I hope to get to meet you and your girls sometime in the future! Galatians 6:9Blessings, Sharon

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17361521090616338263 Bill and Christina

    Amazing! Praise God!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09086179213614605103 ThyHandHathProvided

    Praise God. His hand reaches everywhere and to everything. May He continue to bless you and your family.

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

    And looking at them Jesus said to them, "With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."Matthew 19:26 NASB"If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.John 14:14What an Awesome GOD!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13644030244507143684 John and Sarah

    Your blog posts and stories are showing my how real miracles still are! It is amazing! The power of prayer is sooo strong!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you!! –elizabeth c.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08029109725079550528 Sarah

    A.MEN. =)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15285684636719502964 florence

    An absolutely AMAZING, UNBELIEVABLE story!! God does care about the most minute details and He desperately wanted your daughter to go with you o this trip (more than you did)! You displayed such tenacity and faith and glorified God in the process. I'm so happy that you had a wonderful trip. God is so good- thank you so much for sharing this!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13809153693769121608 Michelle

    Awesome! You don't know me but I love following your blog and rejoice with you!!!

  • Jaimee

    You are such an inspiration! It is amazing to read and see how much He is at work in you and your children's lives. Thank you for sharing bits of your life in writing. God truly has His hand on your lives. :)

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

    oh Katie, it's so good to have you back. Thank you as always for sharing such an encouraing testimony…and an apt reminder for me in this season….our God is a great big Godour God is a great big Godour God is a great big Godand He holds us in His hands.

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

    LOVE THIS STORY OF GOD's AWESOME MIRACLES!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing. It is a God Thing what a mommy's heart will do for their child(ren). ANYTHING!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10333320970798407597 Jessica

    Such a beautiful and inspiring story Katie! Much love and many blessings your way. God's hand truly is in everything."Trust in the Lord with all your heart…"Sincerely,Jessica

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12409249925532122785 Carey

    Amen! How wonderful. Praise God!!

  • http://solehope.wordpress.com/ solehope

    Katie, you are an inspiration to so many and how TRUE this post is! I am watching God move mountains in my life right now! Tyler and I have been in contact a little about the possibility of family moving near you to help in what you are doing. God is calling us to Africa and we are just leaning on doors, seeing which ones open and which ones close. :) Thank you for this post today!!

  • Janice

    God Bless you and Patricia. You are a fierce and determine mama. Bless you Katie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17784037855201508825 in a world surrounded by men

    Praise Him. I'm sitting looking at some mountains in my life at the moment. Thank you for the encouragement and much needed reminder.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06338707461622262068 Diane Larson

    Katie,You don't know me but I needed to hear your story. The mountain in front of me is the adoption of an amazing 11 year old Ethiopian boy that doesn't speak English, hasn't been to school and needs an amputation/prosethis. I am so nervous but I love him so. He is to join our family in the next month or so. Thanks for the amazing way you follow our Lord!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04989587338864674079 love

    oh, katie. this reminds me so much of my time in uganda getting our son's passport and visa. it was SO much work and just one thing after another, but it was so perfectly orchestrated by God. i, too, needed the passport the next day for a visa appointment and my friend and i went and stood under the tent of the passport building all.day.long until it was ready. it was the most prayful, hard, but JOYFUL thing i have ever done. i'm so glad that you got to bring patricia and i am certain she changed many, many hearts. praying for you always.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06240696987027358314 Flower Patch Farmgirl

    What a glimpse of God's goodness for your girls and for ALL of us. He cares about these things — He cares about us.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00321669455326392110 Melissa

    So neat to see God's hand in every detail of our lives. It is not about us and what we do, but what he does and is doing in our lives. The Lord definitely got all the glory in this story! So cool!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12015835036557507551 Frazier

    I know exactly what you are talking about Katie. Some of the most stressful days and weeks of my life were spent in the passport and visa process to get our daughter home from Uganda. I know miracles still happen today- one is sleeping in her Dora PJ's in the next room. If the visa had taken even one more week our surgeons told us she would have died from her typhoid infection going septic. God is real and He has a plan for each one of us. God Bless and Jebali Mirimu!

  • Anonymous

    Amazing things can come from our awesome God. I love every post from you. Please don't stop!

  • Irina H

    Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and PRAISE YOUR FAHTER IN HEAVEN. Matthew 5,16I praise our heavenly daddy every time I read about your life and experiences on this journey. You're a great encouragment for me personally! THANK YOU AND PRAISE THE LORD!!!

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

    so awesome!

  • Lise

    Katie,Your Journey is so full of Gods Love.Just recently I visited your feeding program with the Long Creek Group in May.I got to meet Tyler and Shauna.You and the children are very blessed to have them in your lives.And , I was blessed to see how God is moving mountains in your lives there.I will continue to follow your journey and pray for you.God Bless Lise

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14842174293231097524 Linden

    WONDERFUL STORY! I WILL POST A LINK TO IT ON MY BLOG JUNE 30. THANK YOU.LINDEN SWIFT

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00934668190493614005 A Homemaker’s Heart

    Praise God!!! Thanks for sharing ALL the details, it shows our God's awesome power and glory displayed.We are keeping youo in a prayers!!!

  • Asiaha

    God is Good :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06486681175605114098 Ethiopiana

    Katie,I really needed this message today. Thank you so much. I am so happy that you share these stories.Lisa

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

    Katie, my question is this…when you run into so many obstacles how do you know if it is satan trying to defeat you OR God simply closing the door? Honestly, after so many things going wrong in your situation, I would have (in my lack of faith and discernment) thought that God was telling me "no."

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

    Isn't He just wonderful?!Blessings,Sarah

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16181609714639957493 Sarah@VintageChic

    I love hearing how God moves mountains! Thank you for sharing!

  • http://www.pensieve.me Robin ~ PENSIEVE

    Ah, hon…your story continues to serve as gentle reminder for me to see overwhelming obstacles as opportunities for God to show Himself mighty. Your own faithfulness and obedience and reliance on God to provide is a lovely portrait of what God desires in his babies.

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

    What an amazing story! Thank you for sharing… :)How about a heads-up on the fundraising tour next time… I would love to hear you speak.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18136731845815385051 Andrea

    Praise God! What a mountain mover He is!!! Thank you for sharing, and for not giving up. You totally ROCK!

  • Emily

    Amazing!! What a beautiful testimony! Glad BOTH of you had a nice visit in the US. Thank you for all you do!Jude 2,Emily in Texas

  • Emily

    Amazing! What an AWESOME testimony!! So glad you BOTH were able to come to the US. Thank you for your selfless service for God.Jude 2,Emily in Texas

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

    this made me smile and just be filled with joy and awe over our Father

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04589241552736413904 Famaddict

    My situation right now is so very different from yours, yet I am experiencing the Lord in much the same way. He is always so good.

  • holly

    Our God is worthy of all praise!! Thank you for letting us witness His marvelous deeds in Uganda!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16326244792061380446 Kylie and crew.

    Thanks for the post!! Your heart to mother your children is wonderful!! I look forward to you next post. I also can't wait to read your book. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13963931911436397173 miss mary

    I had left a long post but it said it didn't post, so I'm not sure if it did or not. I am just so glad you are all okay and that Elohim was in control for things to work out for you. Be blessed

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13957967815380521979 Lisa

    I have just recently started following your blog and I am so touched and inspired by what you are doing. I know that God is blessing your every move. Keep us updated!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04015802647611871793 Sara Beth

    wow… that is all I can say. I pray for you and your girls daily and stories that you share just remind me of what prayer is capable of…thank you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12636744544055467313 LeAnne

    WOW!! is all I can say! Every time I read your posts I am inspired and amazed. God does still move mountains and we lose sight of that. It is refreshing to hear the way HE moved yours!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09205232073759118794 na4us

    Hello Katie,I have been reading your blog since last year, and everytime it makes me cry and cry and cry. I'm not sure why other than I can feel God in your words speaking directly to my heart. Thank you. Bless your heart. Sometimes your words are the only ministering I get and I think my heart is just hungry for words from Jesus. As I write I can't stop the tears and I just want to tell you that you make a difference….such a huge difference in the lives of so many. You inspire me and I just wanted you to know that unknowingly, you minister to a mamma in Kansas, USA. I will continue to pray for you and your girls. God Bless You.With Love,April

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13552751640928061480 Valerie

    Our God is SO good. What an amazing story, although I guess none of us should really be amazed since GOD is the author of AMAZING! ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16455102039326469551 The Passionate Housewife

    This was such an inspiring story! So many when faced with obstacles give up forgetting that our battle is not with flesh and blood. If God has a plan and has laid something on our hearts than we can be sure it's not going to be easy! Sometimes in dire, seemingly impossible circumstances is when His glory shines through the brightest! This story was so encouraging to me and a great reminder. And on another note my mamas heart is so very glad sweet, little, precious Patricia was able to be with her mama! Our family continues to pray for you and your ministry… p.s. Thank you for sharing the link on David Platts sermons, my husband and I have never been more challenged!

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  • Missie

    Thank you for the reminder about how awesome our God is! He is so faithful!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06200341750306367403 lance

    our God is AWESOME!!! Your story gives me hope… as we as a famliy are on a journey to care for the children of Ukraine. At this time we have purchased & began renovating a building… trusting God to supply the children that need care… May God continue to bless your courage & obedience.

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

    Amen! Thank You Jesus… oh, how You love us…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12412462202701704816 Lauren

    Can I quit my job and come stay with you for 3 months (leave my kids at home with daddy, or heck bring'em with me!)? Love your work, love your heart! Thank you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07051821102578257785 Tereza Crump aka MyTreasuredCreations

    If only more of us would do what you did: persevere and stay in faith. You were not moved by the NOs. You kept persevering in faith, in prayer, in calling, in asking. you did not give up. I think God cannot resist that kind of faith. The bible says that is how we please Him with our faith. Faith of a little child, that keeps believing, keeps asking, even when she keeps getting a no. I have 4 children. I know what it's like to have a child ask you for something non-stop. Your heart finally melts and you give in. :) Praise Jesus! We have an awesome God. Thanks for the beautiful story. I can't wait for you book to come out and I love reading all your posts. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01632202038546420119 Cassie

    that is so awesome!!!!! SO awesome to hear of God coming through for you like that!

  • http://www.pattilacy.com/blog patti

    I love your momma's heart…God bless.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08084422859566849327 Matthew

    This is so wonderful! Praise the Lord…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07612244252364885289 FollowJC

    What a beautiful post about God's faithfulness… Praise Jesus!

  • http://ms-fighter.blogspot.com/ Nickey

    You are a wonderful inspiration to so many. I don't think you realize how many lives you impact. Not just were you are but in the states also. Thank you for your stories I love them and they give me piece and hope and so many other emotions. Due to my illnesses I was very angry for a while and I am now learning to love God's children, the human race, without judgment all over again. I have found myself appreciating the simple things in life that God provides for us and to see his beauty and wonder all around us.God Bless you for what you do.

  • Lolly

    I'm an avid follower of your blog, and have been so blessed by it. I was thrilled to click on it today and find a new post! Praise God for His intervention with Patricia's visa! This post was just what I needed this morning – as I made the first phone call to start the wheels turning on "possibly" our third adoption. I needed to be reminded that trying not to get your hopes up so as not to be disappointed is not a God-centered view. Our God is kind and loving, and loves to give good gifts to His children. How good to be reminded of that. Thank you. So glad you had a good trip.

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

    This is fantastic you can bring her to your visit with family. I still cannot believe what God can do. Should we ever stop being amazed? These stories grip me Katie. Thanks you again and again.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17713950857572341241 Amy

    love & prayers & hugs to you and all the children. you don't know me but i'm a fan and it's a small world. xoxo – amy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10962413050616926943 Sara

    Thanks for the sweet reminder. God is faithful.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12669480734704146389 Lindsey

    Oh my!! I was holding my breath as I read this, even though I knew the outcome!! I had the pleasure to meet sweet Patricia while you were here at Holy Family & my baby got to share a snack with your baby!! It was a beautiful moment for me! I am blessed to know you (even just a little bit) & get to pray for you & share your Mommy struggles, pains, joys & even panics!! May God continue to bless you & your beautiful family, here in the U.S. & in Uganda!

  • http://beingniceisfree.com Lisa Peterson

    Dear Katie,Once again a wonderful blog entry reminding us that God is in control. I have experienced almost exactly what you write about – things move in Africa time in Africa but when God intervenes – they move in light speed. Awesome stuff! Keep the faith and keep loving those beautiful children of yours!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15887793549770593022 Dionna

    This is a wonderful post. So many people would have given up. But God honored your perseverence.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05638402783215623202 Chelsea

    hello,so i am in love with the work you are doing. i am currently working in Sierra Leone, West Africa working with orphans and youth. im encouraged by your blog. i pray God blesses the work you are doing!

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

    SO beautiful and faith building, Katie. I loved every single detail!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00741780118438694378 Baylee

    WOW. God is so good! I am so glad that you got to bring your sweet baby with you! I know what you mean about not wanting to leave your kids, while I do not yet have kids I know that I will and that when I do I will not EVER want to leave them! My mom is the same way, she is allways so ready for us to come home! I am praying for you Katie!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10674278855865751383 *Given Much Mom*

    Yay! :)

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

    Wow! 90 comments. I hate to add to them, but PRAISE TO OUR LORD MOST HIGH!! I had nearly forgotten about praying the impossible request that you would be allowed to bring your little one with you. You see our Vacation Bible School was starting up and for me it is a very exhausting endeavor, but so very rewarding, that I said those prayers in May, then kind of forgot about it all. I have not even checked your blog until today, 7/23! But I remember vaguely praying something like, "I don't know how, but You do Lord. Please grant this." So, praise and glory to Him. I'm sure you must be home now enjoying all your other girls! May He cont to remind me of His greatness through you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03956579568061258585 MamaMimi

    What an incredible story!

  • Anonymous

    WOW! Cant say anything more really. I will pray for you everyday.

  • http://www.pattilacy.com/blog patti

    Praise God! I love it when answers to prayer come quickly!!!Patti

  • Anonymous

    God id so good!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00159331507524630072 Joy

    I'm new to your blog (found it because Ashley Smith [racksadoptionstory.blogspot.com] shared about you and your ministry on her blog. What a story, thank you for taking the time to write it. God is so amazing and this will help me to have more faith in the future. So glad you got to bring your little one with you… as a mom of two young girls, I know how hard it is to spend even a few hours apart.

  • http://melindatoad.com Mel

    Absolutely beautiful. I am praying for you and your daughters. Your testimony of Christ is awesome!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14113290959278724543 Yusuph

    Am really moved by this testimony. God is great.Am going through the same thing, I applied my Visa for spain yesterday but it very hard for a Tanzanian to be granted a Visa, well our God is so Mighty and i have faith.Please Keep me in Your Prayers

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09166131494462987725 Jamie

    Praise God! We need a reminder every day!

  • Don Braziel

    May God richly bless you!!


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