Christ is Born!

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.’”
-Luke 2:8-14
You will find Him in a feeding trough.
You, on whom His favor rests.
You will find Him where you least expect Him.
Do you hear His whisper this morning? “You will find me where you least expect me.”
This, the very most unexpected place, this is where we find Him. Even more, this is where He finds us.
In the long dark nights, in the lowering of my friends’ bodies into the dark earth, in the resettling of their children into foster-families, in the impossibly hard parenting and the shepherding of my children through searing loss, I have known Jesus. In the endless blending and grinding of food for a feeding tube, and the endless chopping of carrots for soup, and the long lists of spelling words and multiplication facts, and the unexpected joy of just being, we have known Jesus. In the blazing hot sun, in the forever-caked-on-my-heels red mud, over the thousands of potholes, I have known impossible, unexpected Grace.
And this is my prayer for you this Christmas. That in the very most unlikely places, in the hard and the hurt and the dark, you would know the unexpected hope that can only come from our Savior. Impossible grace abounds, even where we least expect it.
Can you hear it? His message to the shepherds is His message to us today. “You will find a baby lying in a manger. You will find my love where you least expect it. You will find me in the mud, in the muck, in the dirt. And in the mess of your sin and the hurt of this life, I will find you.
Merry Christmas. May impossible, unexpected grace be yours through Christ our Savior.

 

144 thoughts on “Christ is Born!

  1. Dear Katie,
    I am a 12 year old girl and my parents are missionaries in Papua New Guinea. Your book really inspires me! I want to be a missionary when I grow up too. Now I want to be one even more! Your story fills me with so much joy!!! Thank you for following God.
    Kadynn

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  2. Dear Katie, I am a 16 year old girl from Missouri. And I just wanted to let you know that you are my hero. I wish that in my next few years, I will accomplish something as incredible as what you did.

    -Ginna Verhoff

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  3. Katie–
    My name is Ellie Hill. I am 11 years old. I am reading your book for a project at my school. I have a few questions to answer on the sheet I am filling out for my teacher. Since the project is to read a biography–I need to have your birth date. Would you send it to me? By the way–I am really enjoying your book and you inspire me to do great things for God right now and as I grow up! Love, Ellie

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  4. Katie, I don't know if this will get to you but its crazy how God works .. Last summer on a missions trio to Guatemala I fell and cut my hands slightly and I wanted to wash feet the next day, but my mother wouldn't let me because of diseases. In my mind, I was like but if I am doing the work for God then he will protect me and keep me safe. But my mom rebuked me and told me that there is so much sin and evil in the world that I need to be careful… I have been thinking about it since and it brings me to tears everytime.. But tonight I think you summed it up.. I oped your book and read the introduction and you talked about not worrying about our bodies and that's exactly what I needed to hear and I know God set that up for me.. Its been such a burden and I am now ready to approach my mom to seek out wisdom… Thank you for your work for our God.

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  5. Dear Katie, God has captured my heart….again…as I read your book that my mary K lady gave me. Once, I traveled to Uganda on missions – and like you fell in love with a place I could have made my home too. It has been 15 years now, and that desire to return is still apart of me. Unlike you, I returned home from Uganda and got married. I was in Kampala, Kabale. My marriage lasted 5 years. I understand being a single mom and raising children, and so much related to your journey and your adventure …. thank you. thank you so much for your heart to love – for not looking back – for all God has made you to be. One day, I should like to meet you – and return to Uganda –
    Lori

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  6. The work that you do in Uganda is truly encouraging. We do missions in Rwanda. My oldest daughter will be 18 next month and wants to spend some time at the orphanage when she graduates in June. I am excited to see what God has in store for her. We have been twice to Rwanda and it is truly life changing. God is an amazing God and like you, I am thankful that he would chose us to accomplish his will for these precious people. May God continue to bless you, your team, and all the people of Uganda!

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  7. Katie! I was just given your book as a birthday present. It's awesome. Please! Tell me how how I can come and help out! PLEASE, PLEASE!!!!!! I am praying. I am sending money. BUT I and my daguhter Katie (who is your age and has dreamed of going to Uganda when a teen) want to come and help out. GOD has put a love of children in our hearts. i would love to help them with homework, read stories, do crafts, play store, goof off. We could make your load lighter for a bit and even give you some more alone time with GOD while we watch over them. I do love the children GOD puts in front of me at the school I work but I am off if the summer! Even though I live in the poorest city of Wisconsin, the govt pays for our children to go to school, eat breakfast, lunch, and a snack. Housing and utilites and fod stamps are given out. Medical care is offered. My money and time would be multiplied a 100 times over in Uganda. Why can't I do both? I am rewriting a letter for the 3rd time today to your mother via Amazima. i have looked up th cost of plane flights, (Of course I have prayed) I've talked to my husband. I've called my pator's wife (has gone multiple times to Hatia orphanges and adopted 2 children) and picked her brain about how to do this. i would pay our way and bring whatever i can to help. I am a teacher/counselor at an emlementary school. My email adress is cerniglia55@yahoo.com. If I need to talk to someone other than you please let me know who. Eagerly awaiting your answer. Kathy Cerniglia, Beloit, WI

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  8. AM HERE TO TESTIFY FOR THE GOOD DEEDS (DR. CAFI) DID FOR ME. I WAS A HIV PATIENT UNTIL I MET (DR .CAFI) WHO CURED MY DISEASE, I WAS BOTHERED, I DON'T WANT TO EAVE MY FAMILY BEHIND, I DON'T WANT TO DIE, THAT WAS MY THOUGHT DAY AND NIGHT, I WAS TOLD ABOUT HIM (DE. CAFI) BY A FRIEND OF MINE, HE GAVE ME HIM EMAIL ADDRESS, WHICH I DR.(CAFILOVETEMPLE@GMAIL.COM) I EMAIL HIM AND TOLD HIM MY PROBLEMATIC ,HE HELPED ME BY CASTING A DIRECT SPELL ON ME,
    HERE AM I TODAY FREE FROM THAT BONDAGE, THANK YOU DR. CAFI FOR OUR HELP

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  9. Words can not describe how much your book has meant to our family! Praying for you, Katie!
    Isaiah 40:29 “He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.”

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  10. Thank You! I Know your Christmas was beautiful because you KNOW Him! Blessings for your new year. I praise Him in the sorrow and muck with you.
    Sooo glad to call you a sister in Christ!
    Erin

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  11. Thanks so much, Katie, for writing this blog and for writing this book. It has blessed me and others too, and I can't wait to read more of the amazing miracles happening in Uganda. God is awesome and surprising.

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  12. I just read your book, my goodness! I sent a donation and also, a copy of a fairy tale I wrote years ago, I hope you receive it sometime, you will love it I'm sure. It's about a pious, young girl named Katarine, who loves God more than anything.
    Happy New Year, may his love continue to bring you courage and peace. Blessings, Karen

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  15. Katie, my daughter, Laura, is a faithful follower of your story and your blog. She has a wish to go to Uganda and help you one summer. For her 15th birthday this weekend she is having some 13 girls (some from Brentwood!) over for a tea party. Instead of bringing gifts, the girls are bringing their pocket money to send to Amazima. I have waited too late to ask you how, but they would all love to send notes to your girls, as well as a gift. If you see this message and can respond, I'd be grateful. God bless you and lift you up each day, and night!

    Alice Griffith griffithclan@bellsouth.net

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  16. Katie, my daughter, Laura, is a faithful follower of your story and your blog. She has a wish to go to Uganda and help you one summer. For her 15th birthday this weekend she is having some 13 girls (some from Brentwood!) over for a tea party. Instead of bringing gifts, the girls are bringing their pocket money to send to Amazima. I have waited too late to ask you how, but they would all love to send notes to your girls, as well as a gift. If you see this message and can respond, I'd be grateful. God bless you and lift you up each day, and night!

    Alice Griffith griffithclan@bellsouth.net

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  17. Katie, my daughter, Laura, is a faithful follower of your story and your blog. She has a wish to go to Uganda and help you one summer. For her 15th birthday this weekend she is having some 13 girls (some from Brentwood!) over for a tea party. Instead of bringing gifts, the girls are bringing their pocket money to send to Amazima. I have waited too late to ask you how, but they would all love to send notes to your girls, as well as a gift. If you see this message and can respond, I'd be grateful. God bless you and lift you up each day, and night!

    Alice Griffith griffithclan@bellsouth.net

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  18. Katie, my daughter, Laura, is a faithful follower of your story and your blog. She has a wish to go to Uganda and help you one summer. For her 15th birthday this weekend she is having some 13 girls (some from Brentwood!) over for a tea party. Instead of bringing gifts, the girls are bringing their pocket money to send to Amazima. I have waited too late to ask you how, but they would all love to send notes to your girls, as well as a gift. If you see this message and can respond, I'd be grateful. God bless you and lift you up each day, and night!

    Alice Griffith griffithclan@bellsouth.net

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  19. Katie, you're so incredibly inspring. I have just started your book and I feel as though it's changing my perspective on my life and how God is calling me to live it! Thank you for writing it, and sharing you're story. You rock, girl! Keep touching lives in the name of God.

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  20. Katie,
    I read your book and I think what you are doing is so amazing. I have been to Uganda 4 times and will be going for my 5th time this summer. I have completely and utterly fell in love with the country and the joyous people who live in it. I used to have a in depth plan for my life, once I graduate high school (in June) I would go to college at the University of Washington and then would get a good job where I would be able to travel to countries, like Uganda, and help the people there with whatever profession I chose to do.
    But I believe God has a different plan for me. I have had a very tough year and have gone through so many struggles which brought me closer to God and helped me listen to Him and I am positive He wants me to go to Uganda and serve Him and the people there next year and hold off on college for a year or maybe more. The only catch is I do not know where he is calling me to go. I know many people in Uganda but I do not know where I could stay for a year and build relationships and serve people. I know God will point me in a direction of where he wants me to go in Uganda but I believe he was nudging me to try and contact you. Everything you have done is so incredibly amazing and inspiring and whether you have a word of inspiration or an idea of a place I could stay to serve I would really appreciate it. If you read this, I would love to be able to talk to or email you.
    Thank you so, so much for taking the time to read this.
    If you would be able to contact me my Facebook is Isabella Chaffey and my email is bellachaffey@comcast.net.

    Thank you and God Bless,

    Bella Chaffey

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  21. Katie, I just bought your book, I had been wanting to read it for a while and forgot about it until a few days ago when I was at Hastings. I started to read it there at the store because I didn't have money to buy it. I went again the next day. And then the day after that, I was just like, ok I have to buy it. I looked at my bank account, knowing I didn't have the money, but then I was wonderfully surprised that I received reward money from my bank for this past year! I was so excited and just wanted to share that God is stirring something in my heart. And I know this is the Holy Spirit working in you but I wanted to say thank you for being obedient, for following God's call. You are truly an inspiration to many many people. God Bless

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  22. Dear Katie
    I am AMAZED at your courage, perseverance and fortitude – your book has been an inspiration to me and I feel the Holy Spirit stirring within me as I read. Please keep blogging … I am nearly finished your book and don't want to stop hearing of the good work the Lord has assigned for you to do. Love in the Lord – Mandy

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  23. What's up Katie!!! 2014!!!! Yes, I am a little late, but finished the book = ). Hope all is good!!! Was introduced to the book by a friend, Kady Cherry, in 2014 so it's her fault for telling me about it so late!!! I just got in the mail the bracelet from Amazima Ministries!!!! Please thank the ladies for the great handy work!!!!! Please have all those around you, including yourself, say a prayer for me, Abraham Ramirez!!!!

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  24. I am reading your book “Kisses from Katie” and I love it and have been telling everyone about it. What an inspiration you are. God's love shines through you. You are such a motivation to me to get up and make the world a better place for all, or one.
    Judi

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  25. HI KATIE AND FAMILY,
    YOU ALL BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN OF GOD. I LOVED RECEIVING YOUR BOOK AS A GIFT AS I TO HAVE DREAMED OF SERVING GOD IN AFRICA. YOU STORY INSPIRED ME. HOW MANY CHILDREN HAVE YOU ADOPTED AS OF CURRENT DATE? IPRAY IF IT BE GODS WILL I WILL MEET YOU AND ALL YOUR BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN ONE DAY.
    TERRI

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  26. HI KATIE AND FAMILY,
    YOU ALL BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN OF GOD. I LOVED RECEIVING YOUR BOOK AS A GIFT AS I TO HAVE DREAMED OF SERVING GOD IN AFRICA. YOU STORY INSPIRED ME. HOW MANY CHILDREN HAVE YOU ADOPTED AS OF CURRENT DATE? IPRAY IF IT BE GODS WILL I WILL MEET YOU AND ALL YOUR BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN ONE DAY.
    TERRI

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  27. HI KATIE AND FAMILY,
    YOU ALL BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN OF GOD. I LOVED RECEIVING YOUR BOOK AS A GIFT AS I TO HAVE DREAMED OF SERVING GOD IN AFRICA. YOU STORY INSPIRED ME. HOW MANY CHILDREN HAVE YOU ADOPTED AS OF CURRENT DATE? IPRAY IF IT BE GODS WILL I WILL MEET YOU AND ALL YOUR BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN ONE DAY.
    TERRI

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  28. I just read your book and I had already been praying about if God wanted me to be a missionary in Uganda and after reading your book it really showed me where he wanted me to go. I'm only 15 so I can't really move to Africa now, but I know when he is ready for me to go, I'll go. Thank you for being an inspiration and I pray that God continues to work through you and everything you do.
    Luke 4:18,19
    “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
    He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
    to set the oppressed free,
    to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

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  29. How true we find Jesus in unexpected places and times
    How is it going Katy. We haven't seen anything for a while. Praying for you always

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  30. My teacher read excerpts from your book and I started to cry. I am not a very sentimental person but when I listened to your meaningful words I couldn't help but tear up a bit. Thanks for all you do with those kids and thank you from my whole class.

    xxxxxx 🙂

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  31. Katie, My name is Kennedey Moffet. I am almost finished with your book and I am so inspired. I go to a Catholic High school and have wanted to do missionary work for a while now. When I learned about your past and the life you are living now I felt like God was calling me to do the same. Your story is amazingly beautiful and inspiring. I would like to know how you got started in Uganda and how you found out about the opportunity to fly over there to help? I am so willing to follow in your footsteps to see if God is calling me to do the same.I would love to hear back from you. May God be with you, always.

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  32. I'm so sorry for the sins committed against your girl. And so thankful that God has drawn her to Him and given her a mother to love and protect her. We're so lucky to have God on our side.

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  33. Katie,

    I am reading your book right now, and it is an inspiration to me. I feel the call upon my life to get into street ministry and teen ministry. Thank you, for all that you`re doing! I hope some day to make it to Uganda and visit you 🙂

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  34. hi my name is Ruth and I am 11 years old and I live in the small town of Wilmore, Kentucky. you have inspired me so much! I am halfway through your book and just asked my mom if she could look for out of the country mission trips for my age and she said she would think about it. but I really have always had a passion for teaching children the gospel. I pray the King of the universe guides your every move as you face each day with courage.

    love, Ruth

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  35. Hi Katie, I have just read your book. Wow it touched my heart. I could not put your book down.
    You are an inspiration. and just reminds us all of how much God loves us. And is always there for us no matter what. Love to you and your family Katie.

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  36. Katie, I have read your book 5 times and I love to read it over and over again. It brought me tears a lot and excitement in my heart every time i read it. I am so inspired by your life testimony and your heart. Some of the story you tell in the books, I can relate so much because it was the same feelings and thoughts that I have during those times that I am living alone in a foreign land and follow Gods leading and leave everything behind. You are such an inspiration. Keep up the faith.

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  37. Hi Katie, I have just read your book and decided to look up the website. What a joy it was to see the photo posted in Decembr 2013 of you and your daughters. They are all so lovely..you certainly have your hands full! I know God blesses you abundantly and will continue to give you wisdom, patience and strength to parent these beautiful young women. They (and their Mum) are such shining lights for Jesus in their community.

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  38. Dear Katie, thank you for writing your book and opening my eyes to what I can do for God right here where I am. May you continue to be blessed with your family. Yes Jesus loves you and he loves me and He loves us all unconditionally. Let us all remember that all are God's precious children.
    Jesus love,
    Christine.C

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