I am in the middle of reading a book written by a 22 year old young woman. The title is "Kisses From Katie," and it is written by Katie Davis. Katie is from Brentwood, TN. She was homecoming queen in high school and graduated at the top of her class.
For the past 4 years, Katie has lived on her own in Uganda. Not exactly the normal life path for a young lady with a privileged upbringing and the grades, money and good looks that often lead to doors of opportunity and success in our country. But wait... her story is even more abnormal than that. I said that Katie lived alone, and I meant that in the sense that she does not live with her parents or a roommate, but she actually does live with 14 other people. Fourteen little girls, to be exact. Fourteen adopted (or in the process of being adopted) DAUGHTERS!
I'm not going to tell Katie's whole story here because she does an AMAZING job of telling her own story in her book and in her blog and in video clips that are online and I would highly recommend you check out each and every one (links are below), but what I do want to do is share with you some of the quotes that I've read so far in her book that have been ringing in my ears and flashing before my eyes ever since:
"Sometimes working in a Third World country makes me feel like I am emptying the ocean with an eyedropper, and just when I have about a half a cup full of water, it rains. I just keep filling up my little eyedropper, keep filling it up and emptying my ocean one drop at a time. I'm not here to eliminate poverty, to eradicate disease, to put a stop to people abandoning babies. I'm just here to love."
"I hadn't come to Uganda with a degree in education; I wasn't a nurse; and I certainly didn't consider myself a missionary. I had absolutely no idea what was involved in running a ministry and frankly did not possess the business knowledge or organizational skills required to do so. I was in no way qualified, but I was available.. I have learned that something happens when one makes herself available to God: He starts moving in ways no one could imagine."
Katie's Blog: http://kissesfromkatie.blogspot.com/
Katie's Book: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1451612060/simonsayscom
Carla Ritz. Proof positive that God uses cracked pots!