Tuesday, January 15, 2013

grandma's bookshelf - Kisses from Katie

If you are a grandma, you certainly believe children matter; we believe Jesus when He said, “Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me.” But, in our "world" of "comfort" and "plenty" - at least for most of us here in the USA, how do our lives show this is what we truly believe?

Around the world children are often treated as "unimportant", but nowhere is this more true than in Africa. In the book, "Kisses from Katie" you have the opportunity to see what it looks like when someone takes Jesus at His word and truly values what and who He values; when someone cares for people, "no matter how unimportant they seem" because they believe when they care for those who are deemed "unimportant", they are really caring for Jesus.

Katie Davis was an 18-year old from Nashville, Tennessee, who took Jesus at His Word; so much so, she moved to Uganda, Africa, and cared for children. She washed and cared for their physical wounds and cared for their emotional and spiritual wounds by giving her all to love them with the love of Jesus. To say her story is "challenging" doesn't even come close. Katie ended up adopting 14 girls and literally caring for - feeding, clothing, providing medical care and an education for hundreds of children. She says she can't change a country, but she can be used of Jesus to change the lives of some children who can go on to change their country!

This is a book you truly want to read. It is also a book to recommend to your older grandchildren as it will challenge them to really live what they believe! Katie honestly shares her challenges, sorrows and joys as she lives the life Jesus has planned and called her to live. In so doing, she challenges us to do the same! Challenge your grandchildren to live as people who do the same; when there is a person at school who the others do not include, help them see they can be people who care for and love them the way Jesus does! While they may not end up moving to Africa, they can still be the hands and feet of Jesus wherever they are - and so can you!

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