I will praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-
who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion…
Psalm 103
The Lord has been speaking a lot to my heart recently about healing, hope, and the promise of redemption. It is a lot to put into words, but I’m working on it πŸ˜‰ Until then I wanted to leave you with a VISUAL of healing, hope and redemption. How blessed I am to serve a God who always provides me with tangible examples of His promises.
Those of you who have been following my blog for a while will remeber my sweet friend, Michael. I wrote about him here, here, and here. If you haven’t, please read these stories so you can get a full picture of God’s miracles in this precious little life! I met Michael in August of last year and felt fairly certain that he was on death’s doorstep, or if not, pretty close. His hair was white and fuzzy, his face swollen, his growth stunted, and his skin just about peeling off, all from severe malnutrition. After doing everything I could for him while keeping him in his home and seeing very little imporvement, our family decided to move him in with us as we nursed him back to health. What a blessing it was to watch this sweet treasure’s little personality come out as he began to flourish! I dreaded the day I had to take him back to his step mother, who had been the one to so neglect him in the first place, but I was hopeful as I had been meeting with her several times a week to encourage her to care for this little boy (for the record, it is very uncommon for step parents in Ugandan culture to respond favorably to their step children as they are usually the result of the husband having multiple wives and there is a lot of jealousy involved). I call it nothing less than a miracle that not only did she begin caring for him, she began really, deeply loving him, a love that he so deserved but had not experienced until he lived with our family. This once shy, lifeless little boy who I couldn’t get a word out of for weeks, now runs after my car each time I drive through his village yelling, “Auntie Kate! Auntie Kate! I love you! I’m fine now! I’m fine now!” with the biggest sweetest grin I have ever seen spread across his face. I could keep writing. I could try to find words enough to praise my Loving Father. They would not be sufficient. I will leave you with this…
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. -Psalm 40:2-3
Michael on the day I first met him, August 2009
Bandaging his blistered and cracked little feet.

Michael after a few days at our house enjoying a BIG peanutbutter sandwich!

Michael the night before I took him back to his home.

Michael a few days ago, February 2010… Talk about a transformation!

“Behold, I make all things new…” Revelation 21:5

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  1. Katie, God brought your blog at a PERFECT time in my life and has used your story to challenge my heart & remind me once again that abandoning our lives for Christ is SO WORTH IT. I've been too intimidated to comment with the hundreds of others– I don't imagine you can even read them all. But, I thought this time I might have a chance since I'm the first. πŸ™‚

    I work at an orphanage in India, but the kids here are so well taken care of (praise God!) and my heart aches for the children around the world who don't have it this good. I'm inspired by your story, which has brought me to my knees asking God what more He has for me.

    I can't stop listening to that Radical series! The Word of God is changing my life. Thank you for living it out as an example of JOYFULLY forsaking all for the sake of eternal treasures in Christ.

    Praying for you & your sweet family.


  2. Katie,

    I still can't comprehend your life, but I see the difference you're making in children's lives. I want to think you're some kind of a saint, but I know that you are accomplishing these amazing things because you've allowed God to use your life. Thank you again for sharing your work through your blog.


  3. I'm so happy that God is using you and He has given you direction in your life, I'm praying for the same thing. I also want to be used to help the orphans and outcasts. Thanks for sharing your life and journey.


  4. That is great! Thanks so much for updating on Michael! God is good, all the time! You make such a difference in so many lives! I had the opportunity to be at a conference with Gwen and Suzanne this weekend and tell your story to so many and everything that you do. So many already knew the great things you all are doing! You are all AMAZING women!


  5. Katie, What a transformation. My “Kenyan Parents” I have just adopted them as that since I am obviously not Kenyan πŸ™‚ Works in Kibera Slum, they say that it is amazing when you Love on these kids and give them “value” (Value only God can Give) Then the parents and step parents start to see the value in the child as well. I believe you have done this with Michael and his Stepmother. PTL


  6. i very enjoy all your writing type, very remarkable.
    don't give up and also keep posting as a result it just simply truly worth to look through it.
    impatient to find out more of your current stories, have a good one!


  7. What a blessing beyond what I can express in words to read your words. I'm just thankful you even have the energy and time to write it down for us to read. Thank you for constantly reminding me what a GREAT GOD we serve. Thank you for serving Him the way you do. Bless you. You don't know me but I'm sure we will spend some time together in Heaven.


  8. Hey Katie,

    I just wanted to say what amazing work you are doing! It's truly incredible.

    I've been reading your blog for a while thought I don't think I've ever commented before. I live in Entebbe, not that I'm doing anything nearly as useful as you are.


  9. Hey Katie! i found your blog through a friend….your story is amazing to read. Watching how God is working through your life and in the lives of those around you, including that precious boy, is incredible. HE is working through your sacrifice…thanks for sharing with us-.it is such an encouagement! and praise God for the healing of Michael!


  10. I was pondering the idea of moving to Africa today and i started to read your blog….Its breathtaking being able to read how someone can give up EVERYTHING for the mighty Lord. As i was sitting in my room today, praying, I told the Lord I would give up everything for him. As I read your story i realized just how hard that would be. You are my biggest role model and i wish I could be just like you in worshiping the Lord. The things you do are absoulutly wonderful. Praise the Lord for all he does! He loves us so much an it is amazing to see him working in your life. I can't wait to start my journey with Christ!


  11. This breaks my heart. What a sweet boy! I want to hug him. You are Jesus to so many, good job being obedient Katie.

    Amanda Spuhler


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