I’ve been reading this incredible book, Kisses from Katie. I’m sure many of you have heard of it. I’ll admit, I was reluctant to open the cover and commit after receiving it as a birthday gift from one of my best friends. She couldn’t say enough about how it would change my life but I was sure it would only make me feel like a loser for not giving my life to help orphans in a foreign land. But alas, it was time to start another book for my pre-lights out reading ritual and this one kept staring at me from my nightstand. The first night I read it, I couldn’t put it down. Surprisingly, instead of guilt, I felt an amazing rush of joy and peace as I closed the book that first night. I laid my head upon my pillow feeling inspired instead of accused and lighthearted instead of guilty.
If you haven’t picked up the book, I urge you to get it and open your heart to Katie’s inspiring story. What a remarkable young woman. A modern day Mother Theresa. I thought her story would make me feel guilty for not choosing a similar path but the way in which she honestly shares her journey made me feel encouraged instead. I am in awe of her choices and her strength yet I know that is not the path the Lord chooses for every one of us. Her story does, however, put in me a passion to do what I can from the place God has called me. I may not abandon every Western comfort to live in Africa and mother 13 children, but I can share the blessings he’s given me (both financial and spiritual) with those in need.
If I am convicted of one thing it’s that we have not brought enough attention to the cause he did lay on our hearts before we started the blog and released the book. My heart connected to Compassion International’s Child Survival Program the moment I heard about it. How could I care so much about the women around me getting the chance to have healthy, happy babies when women all over the world are robbed of this blessing due to poverty and lack of proper medical care? I quickly signed up for the program and for a mere $20 a month, I have the blessing of helping 38 mothers and their 40 children in Lenchani, Kenya. Through the program, these women receive food, medical care and training from pregnancy and through the early stages of motherhood until their children are eligible for Compassion’s Child Sponsorship program.
I urge you to read more about this program and ask the Lord if he would have you partner with us. Katie’s book truly opened my heart and mind to the numbers of children and families around the globe who are in need. Of course I knew this was the case but reading her detailed account of life in Uganda brought faces and personalities to those numbers which makes the reality of the need more personal.
I do not ever want to be so wrapped up in my stuff that I forget about the needs of those around me – near and far. I pray we will all open our hearts to ask him to reveal our part in being his hands and feet to the world.
Knowing I’m called to compassion,