Four years ago, Katie Davis was homecoming queen at her high school in Tennessee. Today, she cares for 13 abandoned girls at her home in Uganda. Courtesy of Stylianos Papardelas

22-Year-Old Christian mothers 13 Ugandan Orphans

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Katie Davis is a young woman who  the process to adopt 13 Ugandan orphans at the age of 22. Katie Davis now 27 years old says she is just an ordinary person who is not brave, but only doing what God called her to do.
“Offering a glass of water, a welcoming smile, a story of redemption or giving someone a place to belong is treating everyone with love just as Jesus lived,” Davis said. “For a glimpse of the Saviour in us, as Christians can change the world one person at a time.

Davis left her upper-middle class life in Nashville, Tenn., to move to Uganda, to start a non-profit organization and adopt 13 orphans.
In the summer of 2007, Davis walked through the streets of Uganda for the first time, to see many school-aged children sitting idly on the side of the road, begging for food or working in the fields. She was so moved by the tragic scenes that she decided to do the unthinkable: help the needy in Uganda by relying on God’s strength alone.
“I just knew I had a passion to make a difference somewhere. I ended up entering motherhood through a different door. God did not ask us to help the needy – He demands it,” she said.

In an interview with Christianity today Davis said “Before I adopted each of my children, I spent a lot of time in prayer before God and felt him confirm with a decision to bring them into my home. We have had foster children whom I thought I was going to adopt and God opened other doors for them to go back to their biological family, so I didn’t. We have had children who I didn’t really think I was going to adopt, and God continued to open no other doors other than them staying at my house. Through prayer and through different signs and affirmations, God has confirmed each one of my children is to live in my home.”
Davis is the founder of Amazima Ministries, an organization based in Jinja that sponsors Ugandan school children, provides vocational opportunities for poor Ugandans, and distributes food and health care services to the families of more than 1,600 children in Masese, a nearby slum. She is also the author of Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption a personal account of her story.

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