What would cause an eighteen-year-old old senior class president and homecoming queen from Nashville, Tennessee, to disobey and disappoint her parents by forgoing college, break her little brother’s heart, lose all but a handful of her friends (because the rest of them think she has gone off the deep end), and break up with the love of her life, all so she could move to Uganda, where she knew only one person but didn’t know any of the language? A passion to make a difference. Katie Davis left over Christmas break her senior year for a short mission trip to Uganda and her life was turned completely inside out. She found herself so moved, so broken by the people and the children of Uganda that she knew her calling was to return and care for them. Her story is like Mother Teresa’s in that she has given up everything—at such a young age—to care for the less fortunate of this world.
This book brought me to tears so many times! Katie is really an amazing women and I can only dream to one day be as loving and caring towards people that are less fortunate. She really encompasses the love that God calls us to show towards everyone. I have seen reviews that say Katie was ignorant and childish in how she saw the world but I think that she was just a girl that had total love and faith in God. She showed and described so much love and was really amazing at portraying the needs of the people in Uganda. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. However, it is not a light read because it really makes you think about how lucky you are in life and forces you to reach out and help people that need a little help or a little love, just like God calls us to do.
On top of everything that happens in this book, Katie ends up starting her own ministry throughout her time in Uganda, Amazima Ministries. The fact that she does this while raising a large amount of kids, on the other side of the world, at her age is truly amazing and INSPIRING!