Kisses from Katie

Katie Davis could have carved out a career and established a solid social life, until God radically stepped in.

Forget cheeseburgers, shopping and dating. Katie Davis, a former homecoming queen from Ravenwood High, Brentwood, Tenn., could have enrolled in any university and established a solid social life, until God radically stepped in.

Davis traveled five years ago to Uganda with the intentions that she would be there for a year and then start college. During her trip she taught kindergarten and noticed students stopped attending because parents couldn’t afford the educational costs or they died, sending the children to orphanages.

God tugged on her heart and the girl with moxie accepted. Davis asked for donations and volunteers to provide support for children and adults. Then she dropped a bomb on her parents that Africa would become her new home.

"My parents definitely were not for it," Davis smiled. "They thought I had gone a little crazy--I don't even know what they thought. They have absolutely become 100 percent supportive."

This would open the next chapter in Davis’ life.

“I never planned this for my life. It was just one little step of obedience at a time,” she said. “The next straight thing was to go to Uganda. The next straight thing would be to let people who don’t have a home, live in your house. The next straight thing is to feed this child. It was continuing on that path of saying "Yes" to the next person God placed in front of me.”


Davis (left) was only 19 when she founded Amazima Ministries and raised eyebrows by becoming a mother of 13 Ugandan orphaned children in the village of Jinja, Uganda. Amazima feeds and educates about 2,500 Ugandan children and is planning to create a community farm and teach adults skills so they can become self-sufficient.

“I thought: ‘OK God, can I really do this?’ It’s so much responsibility. I can remember all the tiny details he’s orchestrated perfectly to bring us together as a family,” Davis said. “In that, there’s no room for doubt.”

Amazima in the Lugandan language means “Truth,” a word Davis took from her favorite scripture in John 8:32: “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

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