Could you, at the age of nineteen, move to Uganda, Africa and within a year decide that that is where you wanted to spend your life and adopt several children? I moved to Italy for a year in 1998 but I don’t think the gumption to move to Europe for a few months is the same as taking on the responsibility of fourteen girls and a non-profit, Amzima, to put hundreds of other children through school. That is what Katie Davis did though in 2007.
We have all seen pictures of poor nations in Africa. It does more than just tug on the heart strings. Something is happening in the village where Katie lives though. People are coming together and there is change taking place there.
Davis is very clear up front that this story of change is not her story. Instead, she explains that it is God’s story and how, through her and others in Africa, he is bringing about change. She does tell you about her struggle with this calling though and about the tension she has faced within herself in choosing a life in Uganda and not in the States. She describes a world far away that is both messy and beautiful. She writes of the area’s obvious struggles and unexpected miracles and she does this all with a sweet sense of humor about her short comings as a human being. The same short comings we all face.
I enjoyed reading this book and hope you do too if you decide to read it.
If you want to learn more about Amazima, click here to read about the work being done in the community of Maese. While you are there, be sure to check out the beautiful bead necklaces made by the women in Maese. A friend of mine has one of these necklaces in red and it is a very cool piece of jewelry.