Just in case you were getting too comfortable…

Poverty and squalor and disease and desolation are REAL.

They have names. And faces that stare back and hands that squeeze mine tight.
They are beautiful people in need of REAL love.
This is Betty.

This is Nabakoza.
They are real people. They are my friends. They are God’s children.
Please pray specifically for Nabakoza as she may be nearing the end of her life. At 23, she weighs just 37 pounds (not typos.) She has been severely neglected all her life. My sweet friends Renee and Shana drove 2 hours to the hospital in Kampala only to be told that they would not take her, she was too far gone. After trying four different hospitals, all claiming they couldn’t help, they brought her home where we are just trying to keep her warm and cuddled and covered with the love of Jesus. She undoubtedly has been loved on more in the last 4 days than she has been ever in her life. We are so thankful for the opportunity to tell her that Jesus feels her pain, sits here with her, and loves her beyond what she can imagine.
for more of the story and updates on Nabakoza, check out Renee’s blog www.servinghischildreninuganda.blogspot.com
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06101132263339427001 Southern Gal

    It breaks my heart. Oh, but for you to be able to love on her and comfort her with the depth of God's love and mercy. A dear friend and missionary, Joy Bausum, loved reading your blog. She had just begun a two year stint in Malaysia a couple of weeks ago. She collapsed with a blood clot in her brain. The Lord took her home yesterday. Her family was not able to get to her in time. Please pray for the Bausum family. If you have time and wish to, please visit my blog or Joy's Facebook page to read of a fellow worker who loved the orphans and widows with her whole heart. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=106672722724035#!/group.php?gid=106672722724035&v;=wallGod's peace be with you.

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

    Heartbreaking, Katie.Thanks for loving on this precious soul for ALL of us.The Spirit nudges a reminder that poverty isn't just across the sea from me…Pattiwww.pattilacy.com/blog

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09566931712540199116 Karyn

    This is heart breaking. I'm so thankful that you are there to be a loving witness of Christ. Amazing.

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

    Praying with you both Katie!may God bless you all for being His hands and feet daily!Love,Jill

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01158109379150463976 Kim

    Praying now from Hong Kong,Kim

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

    This is heart wrenching.I gasped, couldn't breathe and the Tears streaming down my face are non-stop. We can only pray they hear of Messiah in time and know of Elohim's love for them. We will see them in Heaven one day and the joy to see them happy and healthy…What is the story on Betty? Bless you for bringing this story to us. I know I will never ever again complain about anything. Nothing. I have more than I will ever need.God Bless and prayers are with these 2 beautiful girls.♥♥♥

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02703122439142892617 Adventures In Babywearing

    Oh, my heart. Praying. Bless you.Steph

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13481930991215306755 Lauren

    This post breaks my heart. I am in tears for this woman. At the same time I am praising God that he brought you and other wonderful people to shower her with HIS love right now. I'll still be praying for a miracle…

  • Anonymous

    They will not be forgotten. Thoughts & prayers are with them.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03292953988964358728 Jeff

    You are amazing, Katie. You are such an inspiration! I pray God will mightily bless you.

  • Anonymous

    Praying for our Father to cover them with peace, and praying my heart will not forget them.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06422541324979298134 Just the Two of Us

    My heart is breaking for these children. The tears just can't stop flowing …..God bless you for showering them with Gods love. My prayers are with them .

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16352196676526508960 foxy

    Oh my goodness. Thanks to you for doing God's work here on Earth. You are an angel to those lovely people. I am praying for all of your strength and recovery… especially Namukosa.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01954120667567569503 Karen

    Praying for this beautiful child of God! Praying for you and Renee as you love her!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00612565348775180171 Abigail

    Thank you, Katie. I WAS getting too comfortable. Praying for you and for these girls. Thank you for giving them real love.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11781906520217811783 Ginny Elizabeth

    thank you for this post. for their NAMES. for the pictures. for the TRUTH. i pray that the spirit tugs on our heart, to not just see these pictures and have pity on them… but that we can actually do something. i am sad and embarrassed to admit that often i can desensitize myself to these images- maybe it is bc i do not want to feel the pain. but how selfish is that of me? i am praying for these girls and the others. i pray God continues to open our eyes to what is around. i pray in america we tune in to the holy spirit. i pray for protection and an overwhelming love and peace over these girls. that they never feel neglect again. thanks for your post always. many blessings sister.

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

    I feel so convicted after reading this. The irony that I worry about weighing 5 – 10 pounds more than I'd like and this sweet girl weighs just 10 pounds more than my three year old daughter. It's almost like so many of our problems are BLESSINGS when compared to what millions of others endure each day.Praying for you all.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11580849302049323984 Gretchen

    May God wrap His loving arms around her….I will pray for her…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17014131105695691106 Tea with Tiffany

    This made me cry. Praying for more love and healing to flow to those in need. Thank you for your love.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07471258158560028800 okiru

    just before i thought love existed, i remember one day when i opened my eyes and saw the sun was shining so bright over my head. i lived all my life day by day and i didn't know what tomorrow brings but God surely has a plan for each one of us, in Isaiah 49:16, Katie always remember that God has engraved each ones names in his own palms and he can never forget us no matter the difficult moments we go through. i will be praying with you and my dear sister (bedridden at the moment) for man offers protection to the out side but God protects the fragile hearts of ours, am glad you get to share with her the message of Christ our Lord. anyway right now i can ask my friends to say a prayer with you guys in Jinja and your ministry too. thanks for loving each one of those children, your are a true saint

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

    This just made me cry. Thanks for sharing. I'm praying

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

    thank you for sharing this, katie. you were on my mind just yesterday, and now i know why.what amazed me when i looked at namukosa's picture was that she is a year or 2 OLDER than you! i'm sure your mind is spinning at the different paths your years have taken. how overwhelmed you must be.please continue to open our eyes as your time permits–we need it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13231974649745160750 Becca Harley

    Praying with you – lifting you all up – to the One who has called us by name. For His Peace, healing, and love to surround you all

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12953306972843220886 Jen

    "At the same time I am praising God that he brought you and other wonderful people to shower her with HIS love right now."I echo what Lauren said. It doesn't seem like much to say a prayer, but not only did I pray fervently for Betty and Namukosa today, I, too, thanked Him for sending you and Renee to love on her. I am so glad that they get to experience the joy of knowing that they matter to God!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02172488677947988197 Verlinda

    Always remember, God works through His people to do great things. To God be the glory for the time to love and for love! As long as breath is in the body… PRAY. I said PRAY!!! He hears us.

  • Anonymous

    This post literally breaks my heart. Praying for her and your family.-Mary

  • Anonymous

    I thank you, Father God, that we know YOU sent your son to give us LIFE and life abundantly!! (John 10:10) We pray for Your good and perfect will to be done here on earth, as it is in heaven. In Jesus' name, I speak LIFE and healing to Nabakoza!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10593883156905667032 Bobbie


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

    I am pretty much speechless, but thank you for bringing this to light, for loving these precious people, for making their lives matter. Praying for all of you. God bless.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02633863925376070097 Jenifer

    We can all do something…I will pray…for all of you…thank you for being hands and feet….Jenifer

  • Anonymous

    Perfect title. Devastating truth. Praying for you all.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14134711904453411100 Helena

    You are truly doing what the Savior has asked us to do, comfort those in need of comfort, mourn with those who mourn and succor those in need of succor. Bless you and bless those whose lives you touch, including mine. Thank you for the post!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10617508981475618427 Taylor B.

    fKatie,Thank you for loving on her and for taking her in!! My heart breaks for the both of them! This put all of life into perspective, so thank you!!! PRAYING!!!!!!!Believing in a mircale,Taylor (Bloomington, IL)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02208970923255053284 AK

    Entirely heartbreaking. I so wish more could be done or something could be easily changed.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16232520603742106246 Caroline

    Wow. I just realized how comfortable and complacent I have really gotten. God really spoke to me through this. Thank you so much for posting this. This broke my heart and made me cry; I can promise you that I am praying for these girls.

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

    I am so thankful that you and your friends are there to love people who so desperately need to be loved.

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

    Thank you for sharing. It is what we need to see. We will pray more fervently for these precious people.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13794963391034730901 Bryan and Chelsey

    Oh Heavenly Father .. please protect these girls….

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10863709840858888617 Debi

    Speechless, praying, crying out to God on the behalf of these precious ones, Betty and Nabakoza.God have mercy and thank-you for the love and grace that these women are being covered with.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13794963391034730901 Bryan and Chelsey

    This post is absolutely heartbreaking, but absolutely what God wants for us to feel about His children! Praying for Africa. <3

  • http://bethlambdin.wordpress.com/ bethlambdin

    Thank you for making me very uncomfortable……..there are no words to describe my feelings of sorrow when seeing these pictures & reading the stories.I am changed today by this post. Don't stop making us uncomfortable!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03609730666428629663 Emily

    I am to comfortable…. And I have to get out of my comfort zone…. [That is also part of the reason I commented on the post after this one....]In Christ.

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

    My computer is down at home, and I am so far behind on catching up the happenings of my sisters in the LORD who are serving God faithfully. I will be much in prayer. THank you, because I was growing far too comfortable.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13529249915048384723 E.T.’s Mom

    YES, I was getting too comfortable and am sad to say I needed that reminder. Thank you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18152183781452301642 Sarah Katheryn Heinss

    Katie, I don't know if you will even see this message, but if you do, how can I come? I graduate from college in May and was wondering if I could come and serve with you in Uganda for the glory of God. My e-mail is skh0002@auburn.edu. Thank you!

  • http://www.journeyofawoman.wordpress.com viviene

    =( i don't know what to say… speechless…

  • cindy brown

    I recently bought your book because it looked like "good reading". Wow was I wrong! All I keep asking myself is " Lord what now, what do you expect of ME?". Thank you for teaching me at 60 years old what it means to love others with Jesus love. May God bless you and all you do in His name as I continue to seek His guidance.