I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise will continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad!
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt His name together!


I sought the Lord and He answered me,
He delivered me out of all my fears.
Those who look to Him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cried and the Lord heard him
and delivered him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps 
around those who fear Him, and delivers them.


Oh, taste and see that the LORD IS GOOD!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

Just wanted to share with you this incredible picture (and quick update) of Musoke, a little friend that we have been nursing back to health. Musoke and his dad have been staying with us while he recovers from severe acute malnutrition and gets started on his ARVs and tuberculosis treatment. As you can see, our Mighty Father has revived him from the brink of death and he is well on his way to recovery. We will be sad to see him go but so excited for him and his father as they transition into their new life healthy and happy!


Just this week, Musoke got the chicken pox. Chilcken pox is usually more severe in children with HIV, so we would really appreciate your prayers. Please also join us in praying for his father’s salvation, and for Musoke’s. His continued restored health is certainly a testimony to the wonderful Savior we serve!

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  1. Katie, I love reading your blog. I just picked up your book because it is a must read for our missions team before we come to Uganda, I am in the process of raising money to come there next February 2013. I am so excited to see what God is going to do.

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  2. In the midst of my current trial (a health scare), I look at your work and really put things in perspective. Thank you Jesus. Thank you Katie for loving these people. CeCe

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  3. Lord, let Your mercy fall on this faithful servant! Give Katie courage and strength to walk in the path You have given her. Bless this child who knows You because of Katie's obedience. Heal by Your mercy and for Your glory. Lord, teach us all to love in accordance with Your commands.Amen
    Phil.2:13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure
    Psalm 25:5 guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

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  4. In case you didn't know, you are a big celebrity here in Brentwood! I keep trying to tell everyone about you and what you have done, but everyone already knows you!! They say: oh yeah, katie, I've read her book!!! oh yeah, I've bought the necklaces, I read her blog etc.. So amazing to know how many hearts you have touched and the love keeps spreading! Thank you for what you do! Praying for you, your little friend and 14 little princesses.

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  5. Happy Mothers Day Katie!! I have just finished your book. I can't keep your ministry, children and you out of my prayers. You are the New standard for mothering. Congratulations for representing our Savior with so much integrity! Blessings on this Mother's Day!

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  6. Katie,
    I have started your book and I just love it. it makes me think about how much I have, and how much I want to give. Thank you so much for telling all of us about your family! I wish I could meet you some time.
    Love,Haley

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  7. I am Glad you took The leap of faith that others only dream about…I have felt that same miracle and faith this past year…I want to help somehow. I am going to ask God how he wants me to help. I will pray for the right thing to do… Love you and I will pray for all every day…

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  8. Hey Kattie and Family…
    I will pray for you everyday.God wants me to help you so I will. I have 3 children and have always wanted 12.I can't adopt here in the states cause of regulations.MY husband and I are not together because of his addiction…I know God does not want me to divorce him and I hope you and your Kids will Pray for me and my Family too. I will start spreading the word and get you and all as much help…I have experienced God's miracles in our lives this Winter…I have so much faith I know God wanted me to read your book for a reason… God's Love for me came through to me in a dream and i have felt the same love for others walking on the street that I never met. I Love you all and will pray for you all and Uganda…All the poor of the world…

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  9. Dearest Katie,

    Here's a simple 'Beloved and Blessed Mother's Day' to you (:
    Remembering and thanking God for godly mothers today.

    with lots-a-love,
    rachel (from Malaysia)

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  10. Katie, I just wanted to remind you of Galations 6:9. You probably already know it 🙂

    “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

    May Love, Light, and Laughter be always yours, Mother of Many 🙂

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  11. I am so encouraged by your walk with the Lord and how God is so greatly using you in Uganda. Your faith in action is such a blessing to me and so many!

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  12. Katie,
    I'm 19 yrs old, and I recently finished reading your book. Thank you for writing it. I can't believe how ignorant I was to the suffering that human beings go through in other parts of the world, I know I've been in deep denial about it too. Reading your book has rocked my world upside down. I wish I could be more articulate in expressing the effect it had on me. Please know that I am seeking god and a relationship with him, and your book has helped me profoundly.

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  13. Hi Katie,

    I heard about you from some friends who took a six month missions trip to Uganda last year. (They came to work with the Kehns in the ABIDE program.) After reading your blog, I was SO moved by what God was doing in and through you that I forwarded one of your posts to the Young Adult Group at our church. How awesome for those “20 Somethings” to see someone their age being so surrendered to God's calling and work. I was especially in awe at what God was doing in your life because at the age of 18, when I was planning on going on a short term mission's trip to Africa, I did something incredibly foolish and decided to walk away from the Lord. I subsequently sqaundered over four years in the pig-stye of the world. I have since come back to the Lord and He has made beauty from the ashes, but those prodigal years(the “inheritance” of my youth)are lost forever…so many “good works” were lost and it is my passion that young people see the enemy for who he truly is – “a lion seeking whom he may devour”. I let him devour precious years of my life, and the pain of that loss makes the testimony of your great gains for the Kingdom that much sweeter.

    Also, as a mom to six at home, I can't even begin to tell you how TREMENDOUSLY encouraged, convicted, and inspired I have been by the mother's heart that God has worked in you. I love my children, but the seeds I sowed to my flesh for so long reeped a great harvest of selfishness and selfcenterdness. Take someone so self-absorbed and throw her into a calling that demands sacrifice, and let me tell you, it hasn't been pretty. But I am persevering, knowing that “it is God Who is at work in (me) both to will and to do for His good purpose…” He has used you mightily to stir me to press into Him for EVERYTHING. Thank you for your obedience, surrender, transparency and willingness to be broken and poured out on behalf of the One Who gave ALL of Himself for us.

    God gave me an idea that I wanted to share with you and those who follow your blog. At our church, we are going to be hosting a Women's Breakfast where your jewelry will be “on sale” for women to purchase (much like a Jewelry Party). We are going to hold it in September so women can purchase early Christmas presents. Have you ever considered putting together a simple catalogue (like Gospel for Asia does) that could be passed out to those who don't have access to the Internet?

    May God sontinue do “exceedingly, abundantly, above ALL that you could ever ask or imagine.

    Much love to you in Jesus,
    Laura

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  14. To be able to do this simple collage of photos has no name. First it's such a priviledge to have the pictures, but even more to own that past full of hope, but most of all the heart and love. God bless you. This is true preaching.
    ~Erika

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  15. As a foster parent here in the States, you have been an inspiration. While I have bonded with my kids I have tried to keep up a small wall to keep myself from falling completely in love, only to hurt when our kids go back to their families; although that is exactly what we work towards. You have taught me to trust more in the Lord, let go, and allow him to lead me; even though I thought that's what I had been doing all along. The wall has crumbled and I have found that it wasn't a very strong one to begin with. Bless you and thank you for opening my eyes, for now I have jumped in whole-heartedly and I know that in the end, when it's time to say good-bye to this bunch of kids, the Lord will take care of my hurting heart and I will be even stronger the next time.

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  16. I began reading this blog 2 weeks ago, right from the start. Now that I'm all caught up I'd like to pray an immense blessing over you and your precious family, over Amazima Ministries and all the wonderful work your group is doing. Thank you for keeping my eyes, mind, and heart on the things of this world that need prayer and action.

    Steph
    Calgary, Canada

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  17. Hi Katie, i'm from Brasil and I read your book and I felt in love with your story! I'm 16 and I wish someday I can make difference like you do. How can I talk with you and ask you some questions?! I really want it.
    Be sure i'll pray for you and your childs everyday, and the Lord will hear me and make it possible when it's time. Kisses and hugs from someone who loves what you do.

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  18. Thanks for sharing this Katie. I was in Uganda exactly when you posted this and wished I could have visited as we went through Jinja as we went to Musana for a visit and I know we were close.
    I praise God for your mission and for the Mighty Hand of Gad as he uses you and Amazima.
    I am praying for Musoke and wait anxiously for a good report on his health.

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  19. Hi Katie, my name is Brooklyn. I'm a missionary kid to Ecuador so I know what it's like to get up from your home and just leave to another country. I think u r amazing with all that you're doing! I just read your book and I can't imagine what it's like to have 14 girls but I'm sure it's a lot of fun most of the time. Thanks so much for all your doing and I'm praying for your family and Uganda! Oh and by the way I'm 13.
    Lots of love,
    Brooklyn

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  20. I went to school not knowing what I really wanted to do and fell in love with service. Fell victim to society's expectations and went back to school thinking that well I could be a teacher and make a living and serve. Finished school second time and failed to find that spark in my life failed to find the thing that I felt that God wanted me to do. Then I realized I was not on the journey God had meant for me. I'm serving and working now with children who need the love and commitment of people who care and I'm not gonna get rich and the hours far out weigh the pay but I am happy and it feels right. I cannot imagine anything differrent at this point. Your book truly inspires me! Think you for being the light and love God has to offer us!

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  21. Hi!!
    I'm Aili.
    I am a 11 year old girl.
    I want to be just like you only go to Mexico.
    I have been there 3 times.
    I have 2 adopted siblings and 2 brothers.
    I got your book and just stared reading it.
    I love it .
    My blog is ailigirl.blogspot.ca
    and my email is ailiburlando@hotmail.com
    I love what you are doing!!!

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  22. I know the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy. Psalm 140:12
    Katie, I prayed for you, your kids, your ministry today. May God stir more hearts to uphold not only Uganda but you as well.
    Blessing!
    Jonna Kay

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  23. Hey Katie! I've been following your story for I while now and have loved every bit of it 🙂 I'm leaving for Uganda tomorrow, and even though I know it's highly unlikely that I will see/ meet you while I'm there… I am hoping for some reason we'll just run into you somewhere 🙂 But thank you for sharing your story and inspiring so many people, including myself! – Jill Vreugdenhil

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  24. Kaite..Youhave changed my life and so many others. I can't even thnk how much people thank you. You are my role model! It's amazing the differnce from the that little boy after you started to take care of him. I'm praying for you and all the people you take care of. Always trust in God. 🙂

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  25. Katie you are such an inspiration! I'm so in love with your book also!
    It's so remarkable what God is goinfg through you! You daughters are blessed with yours and His love! May you always be covered in prayer and love!

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  26. Alexa age 12

    I am glad my mom let me post a comment because i am amazed by you katie. you make Uganda sound like the most amazing place in the world.
    it is amazing that you have opened up your home and your heart to so many people.
    he lives in you!!!!

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  27. These are hope-generating photos that encourage my faith as well…just seeing his face before and after, and knowing that what has happened to bring this one child back to health and hope can happen for so many more as well. It encourages me (and surely other believers)to help you help them; not only because it brings hope and life back to these children, but because your love and care reveals to each child how much our God and Father loves each one of them as well.
    Thank you for sharing them.

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  28. Katie I read your book and have been reading your blog for the past few weeks (started all the way back in 2007). These pictures brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful little boy he is and what a wonderful God we serve. Thank you for sharing all that God is doing in Uganda. It has been an inspiration as well as a challenge reading your stories. I will be praying that God will continue using you to do amazing things for these great people.

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