At just 18 years old, Katie Davis did what most girls her age would not. The homecoming queen and senior class president had a world of opportunity on her horizon, and she traded it all for a life that many cannot imagine.
In December of her senior year of high school, Katie went on a mission trip to Uganda, where God wrote new desires on her heart, and opened her eyes to a different kind of opportunity.
In praying and seeking God about her next steps after graduation, Katie decided to forgo university and her yellow convertible. Instead, she committed one year to teaching kindergarten in an orphanage in Uganda.
It was her obedience to God, and faith in what she could not see, that led to Katie making Uganda her permanent home in 2008.
She launched Amazima Ministries, named after the native Ugandan word for “truth.” The organization seeks to transform lives, restore relationships and radically change communities through the truth of Jesus Christ.
Her book Kisses from Katie—A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption became a New York Times bestseller.
By the time she was just 23 years old, Katie had become a mother to 13 young girls whom she adopted and raised as her own.
Katie tells TODAY that she learned the most valuable lesson about true love and what it means to love through the foster and adoption process.
“In those early days of laying sleepy heads on pillows and training tiny hearts to know Jesus, I had no comprehension of the wild, devastating, uncontainable love I would feel for them. I didn’t know that they would somehow become extensions of me, that when they hurt I would hurt more deeply than I ever had before, and that when they showed delight over a success or an excitement for God’s Word, my heart would swell within me and I would be unable to contain tears of joy. I didn’t know that sometimes I would look at them and feel so much love that my heart would physically ache within my chest.”