Tonight marked one year since the day Makerere stumbled into my yard with his leg charred to the bone. To remember ho far God has carried us, we had a little celebration. We celebrated healed legs and healed hearts. We celebrated strangers-turned-family. We celebrated Jesus’s kept promise of beauty from ashes. We celebrated life.

Just feet from the white and pink frosted cake, on my couch, lay a little boy who is fighting death. 7 years old and merely 20 pounds, HIV snuck up on his family causing his rapid weight loss. Now he lays, under piles of blankets battling severe acute malnutrition.
There is not really a space in my brain or my heart for this – life celebration cake with 18 happy people and 5 ml dropper-fulls of life saving, electrolyte balancing solution into a mouth struggling to hold on, all together in one room.
This is what I know: He is faithful. He is before all things and in Him all things hold together. He gives and He takes away. And as I humbly ask you for your prayers, I will bless His name.
O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.
I adore You, perfect, faithful God.
You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from heat.
I adore You God, my refuge, my shelter, my hiding place.
On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine – the best of meats and the finest of wines.
I adore You, extravagant, gift-lavishing Father.
On this mountain He will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers nations; He will swallow up death forever.
I adore you Oh, God! Our redeemer and Savior!
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; He will remove the disgrace of His people from all the earth.
I adore you, Oh God my comfort, the lifter of my head.
In that day we will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted Him and He saved us! This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”
I adore You, Lord, my trustworthy, promise-keeping Savior.

He is Lord over the life celebration and Lord over severe acute malnutrition. He is good in the life celebration, and He is good in the severe acute malnutrition. He is. Thank you Jesus.
*Awesome photos by my awesome friend Kate*

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  1. Thank you for the update of this precious man and so thankful he found Jesus. We pray for you regularly and your ministry.
    We will also pray for this little boy. God is THE healer.
    Be blessed sweet Katie.

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  2. Hey Katie!

    Thanks for all that you do thru God who empowers you. I'm almost done reading your book & it has giving me an outlook on life that I never would have imagined. I now look at life as thru God's perspective and not my. Thank you for sharing your story & how one person who says “YES!” to God can help change a Nation. God Bless! Thomas

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  3. Hey Katie!

    Thanks for all that you do thru God who empowers you. I'm almost done reading your book & it has giving me an outlook on life that I never would have imagined. I now look at life as thru God's perspective and not my. Thank you for sharing your story & how one person who says “YES!” to God can help change a Nation. God Bless! Thomas

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  4. Hey Katie!

    Thanks for all that you do thru God who empowers you. I'm almost done reading your book & it has giving me an outlook on life that I never would have imagined. I now look at life as thru God's perspective and not my. Thank you for sharing your story & how one person who says “YES!” to God can help change a Nation. God Bless! Thomas

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  5. Such beauty in the Lord's work. Thanks for answering the call, for being obedient, for believing… even when the odds seem alarmingly against you. Never forget that you can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you!
    Blessings–Dianne 🙂

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  6. It is hard to 'rejoice and be glad in His salvation' when I look at the eyes of the boy, wondering what his name is and why he has to suffer and I do not. Only God knows the answers and faith demands that I believe and communicate that God's wisdom is infinitely greater than mine. Keep us informed about the boy's progress and may God grant you the peace and serenity to continue the beautiful work that you do. I pray for you and the people of Masesse every day. – Hal Simmons

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  7. Dear Katie,
    I anxiously wait for your posts each month!!! The brighten my day and help me see beauty in every thing. Thanks so much I pray that God would bless you immensly for the love that you show others!!! And that you'd always be found in His hands!! Love and blessings!!
    Jessica B.

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  8. Katie,
    You don't know me but I've been following your blog for a while now.

    I will be praying for that sweet 7 year old boy. I know what it's like to try to nourish a malnourished child. We brought our youngest daughter home from China 1.5 yrs ago. She was extremely emaciated and malnourished. She does not have HIV but was very sick. But God was faithful!! She is much better and thriving now!

    Your blog post is beautiful! God is so faithful even in the things that are so difficult to understand.

    God bless you and your ministry and all those lives that you are touching!

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  9. I just wanted to let you know that I stumbled upon your blog last week and it has changed my life. I so admire you, your love for God and ALL his children. I know that you don't do what you do for rewards or compliments, but sometimes it's nice to hear anyways. You are amazing. I hope you don't mind that I put a link to your blog on mine. Thank you for your courage to change little lives every single day!!

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  10. Katie, I am almost finished with your book. Wow! Is all I can say. To God be the glory. Your story has affected me greatly. May God continue to use you as an example of loving your neighbor as yourself.

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  11. God brought your story into my life recently, and it is such an encouragement to my soul. GOD SO POWERFULLY REVEALS HIS GLORY THROUGH YOU, KATIE! 🙂

    “Now the LORD God appointed a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort. So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint. And he asked that he might die and said, 'It is better for me to die than to live.' But God said to Jonah, 'DO YOU DO WELL TO BE ANGRY FOR THE PLANT?' And he said, 'YES, I DO WELL TO BE ANGRY, ANGRY ENOUGH TO DIE.' And the LORD said, 'You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night.'”
    – Jonah 4:6-10 ESV

    How often do we go through life “pitying the plant”…being upset or frustrated about earthly things? And then, when God shows us mercy by revealing to us our poor attitude (which is essentially our willingness to set aside our eternal perspective of the MERCIFUL BLESSING that is our eternal life hidden in Christ!!!) thereby giving us a chance to draw near to Him and heal our affliction, we reject that mercy with our selfish response. “YES, I DO WELL TO BE ANGRY…” What is the plant(s) in your life? What things cause you to set aside eternal perspective for the short-sightedness this world provides? When God comes to you…is the best you give Him “YES, I DO WELL TO BE ANGRY”? Think of what He, and His son Jesus Christ, have sacrificed for you. Don't waste your life with pity for the plant. Put your trust is God, and remember the following truth:

    “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
    – Romans 8:28 ESV

    Knowledge of the only true God (John 17:3) leads to trusting God…and trusting God leads to dependence on Him. Dependence on God, and His son Jesus Christ is the only REAL strength we will ever experience.

    Check out Katie Davis…who lives this reality every day.
    http://​kissesfromkatie.blogspot.com/

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  12. hi katie.i am sophia.i know you don't know about me but i have heard a lot about you.i am 9 and i live in new lenox,illinois.when my mom first told me about you in africa i was amaized.god has made you for a special reson.to help these beautiful youg special girls.i'd like to learn more about you.you are very special. p.s.tell the girls i would love to be there frends. sophia

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  13. Will be praying for your 7 year old friend. Will pass the word along too. We are going to Rwanda this summer for two weeks. Praying God will call us there and that we will listen and obey. Thanks for obeying. Ill be praying strength, grace and peace into your family today and in the days to come. God is the life giver and that life comes in all sorts of ways. To be free to dance in heaven is the ultimate life gift.

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  14. He is Lord over the life celebration and Lord over severe acute malnutrition. He is good in the life celebration, and He is good in the severe acute malnutrition. He is. Thank you Jesus.

    YES!!!

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  15. that is amazing what you do. i pray for youl guys all the time. i hope there would be a lot more people like you in the world katie. God bless youo!

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  16. I read your reply and my heart breaks for your loss and in the same breath rejoices in the life you will bring into your home!
    After reading your reply I felt an over whealming sense to to tell u about a book I read (well, have read three times) that gives me a renewed strength and joy. It is called Heaven Is For Real. It is a true story. It is worth reading.

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  17. dear Katie, I just finished your book. I am humbled and overwhelmed with your compassion.I thank the Lord for you, and His great love.

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  18. Dear Katie Davis,
    Your work in Uganda is incredible! Your book makes me want to visit you and your family in Uganda, and to do mission work there. I also like how devoted to God your are, and your loyalty inspired me to spend more time with God.
    Thank you,
    Danielle

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  19. Dear Katie Davis,
    Your work in Uganda is incredible! Your book makes me want to visit you and your family in Uganda, and to do mission work there. I also like how devoted to God your are, and your loyalty inspired me to spend more time with God.
    Thank you,
    Danielle

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  20. You are awesome!!! I just read about you and what you have done. I respect you and am truly in awe of you. I will be praying for you and your family. I pray that GOD keeps you on this earth to carry out his will and your mission. I love you for what you are doing for these people, our neighbors. GOD BLESS YOU KATIE DAVIS we need more of you in this messy world.

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  21. You sound like my friends the Baker's in Mozambique. I've heard Heidi for more than 15 years live in the reality that God revealed to her:”There will always be enough (through me).” Might want to check the book about it at: “http://www.amazon.com/Always-Enough-Miraculous-Provision-Children/dp/0800793617 Even the most desperate poverty, the most devastating illness, the most heart-wrenching grief is not beyond God's help. His love and power have no limits-and that's a message readers from all walks of life need to hear. The modern miracles that Rolland and Heidi Baker experience every day in their work with Mozambique's throwaway children, movingly chronicled in Always Enough, will inspire anyone looking for hope in the midst of suffering.
    The Bakers, formerly missionaries in Indonesia and Hong Kong, share how their work for the past eight years in Mozambique, one of the poorest nations on earth, has borne spiritual fruit beyond their wildest dreams. Every day presents multiple impossible needs. But in the face of everything Satan can do, as Rolland and Heidi lay down their lives and “minister to the one,” there is always enough.
    Readers will discover that the simple practice of choosing to step out and trust God every day unleashes his provision for every need.

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  22. Katie, I Praise God for His calling you and drawing you to Himself and for your obedient heart and soul. To think you had a- 'heart like David' at such a young age. I'm 82 and although I gave my life to Jesus at a young age… I didn't yield every thing to Him until only 6 years ago, yet He kept 'hounding' me and drawing me closer and closer. Am reading your book and sobbing with thanksgiving for your love, honesty, dedication and blessings to others and our Saviors' abundant faithfulness. His Strength, enabling and ability to LOVE through you. Am led to leave this Word for your heart.”God's calling is His enabling.” Our class motto back in 1951 when I graduated from Bible college. II Pet.1:3 “Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we have ever received!” MSG. Love You and praying God's richest blessings on you. My husband & I are former missionaries to Zimbabwe. Liz Vallance

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  23. Hi Katie,
    I am 1/4 done reading your book and I could not wait but come read your blog as well today. Its great you have realized such a naked truth of life about the Lord Himself so early in your life. I am lucky I was gifted this book. May God bless you and the people you love.
    -Mallika

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