Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis with Beth Clark and published by Howard Books (2012) is the true story of a young woman who made a remarkable decision. The book tells her story.

Eighteen-year-old Katie Davis researches short-term missions opportunities in orphanages for Christmas break. She discovers a need in Uganda. With her mother she travels there and stays three weeks. Katie is captivated by the young children and does not want to leave. A nearby school offers her a job teaching kindergarten. Katie decides to put off college for a year, break up with her boyfriend, and move to Uganda. She believes that this is a calling from the Lord and she seeks her passion to follow Jesus at all cost.

Her life in Uganda is an eye-opening experience. She learns how simple life really is. With faith in God and only limited help, she establishes a home for 13 adopted children and founds Amazima, a ministry to provide schooling, medical supplies, food, and the word of God to hundreds of children. Katie also works with the women of Masese, a very poor village near her town.

Katie learns to trust the Lord with all of her heart and to know that He will provide for her. She has many experiences with culture and illness while teaching the people of Uganda about the Lord,

This is a great book for teenagers and those interested in missions work in Africa or other parts of the world. Katie’s experiences remind us that God is doing amazing work in places that need it the most. It also reminds teenagers to find and seek God’s plans for their lives.

Kristina O’Brien is a mother of twin girls, an avid reader and a credentialed teacher. She has taught both middle school and high school history. She is currently a stay-at-home mom and enjoys raising her two girls.