One Happy Family! Katie and her girls. God's girls.
Katie has a new daughter! Her 14th baby girl, Patricia. Welcome to the family little squirrel, you are so cute!
Now let's raise this family some money!!!
Amazima Ministries International
1694 Autumn Place
1694 Autumn Place
Now is the time friends!
I gotta say, part of me wants to be spiritual in this blog, but the other part is just screaming... "You Christians talk and pray and think and pray and talk so stinking much...aggghhhh... stop talking and just do something already."
So if that's all you needed to hear, then there's the address! Send a check to Amazima Ministries International or donate online right now. And while you're at it, invite your friends and family to do the same.
Now, for the rest of us who tend to talk and pray and think and do all that stuff (ad nasuem and often to the point that we miss the moments because we are complicating things too much), here's what I am thinking tonight:
This week we will flood the office and the online paypal account of Amazima Ministries with our money; our sacrifices. Lord, let it be a true sacrifice.
I could give a pep talk; but a picture speaks a thousand words doesn't it? I could try to encourage you; but the Holy Spirit doesn't need me. I am quite sure He already has the attention of your heart. I could try and guilt you into giving; but there is no guilt or shame in these little girl's faces. They now live in the economy of love and we are simply privileged to join alongside of them in this economy. Where there is love, there is no room for manipulation, guilt, or shame. I could give you statistics about orphans, AIDS, Africa, poverty, malnutrition, and the role of the Christian, as described in the Bible, to meet these challenges head on. I could quote a few more lines from Katie's blog or tell you about my own experience living with orphans in Romania and tell you how desperately these children need for us to care.
There are a lot of things I could use this space for tonight, but I won't. I don't need to.
I will simply tell you that I am grateful for each one of you and the way you have prayed about, wrestled with, and dug deep in your heart to figure out how you can be a part of Katie's journey. I truly believe that by walking alongside Katie, we are walking alongside God himself. By joining Katie we are joining in the journey of these 14 beautiful girls, their lives, their future, and their legacy on this earth. By joining Katie we are joining in the care of an entire village worth of children and adults. We are empowering women, helping to educate this young generation of children, feeding the poor, caring for the orphans and being faithful to follow the nudging of the Holy Spirit.
We have seen a small glimpse of where God is working and now we are saying, "Yes, I want to join you. Use me. Send me. I will go. I will give. I will sacrifice. I will obey. I will joyfully follow you to this unknown place so that your children, your beloved children, will be cared for. Yes, Lord... Here am I, send me."
Whether you are in California, Maine, Brazil, England, Netherlands, Texas or somewhere in between... by joining Katie, you join a group of believers who are choosing to say, "Yes, Lord... Here am I, send me." It might be $5. It might be $50. $500. $5,000. Only you know that part. But by doing SOMETHING, today you join in living out the gospel that Jesus modeled here on earth. I trust it will not be the last time you act, the last time you join God in his work, or the only thing you will sacrifice. I know you have given before, you are committed to tithing to your church, your favorite charity, or some other cause... I know Katie was probably not a part of your plan, not a part of your budget... she wasn't apart of mine either.
But there she is. 14 kids and about 1200 hundred on the weekends. And they call her Auntie Katie. And she touches each one of them. And she nurses them back to health, drags them to school :) worships the same God with them, helps the ladies in the village learn a job skill, heals the sick (usually with a basic drop of Tylenol and a bite of chicken), cares for the orphans, and loves on the least of these. How can I not act?
I am praying tonight for an outpouring! That we would raise $6,000 and then some. I am praying for $10,000. I am praying that in a few weeks there would be a piece of land in Uganda sitting there, fully owned, waiting for a clinic to be built upon it. That there will be so much money flowing in that the clinic will be built, and chickens will be running wild around that place and it will be flowing with water and yummy, yummy protein!!!
I am praying our hearts will be moved. I am praying for generosity. Sacrificial living. Sacrificial giving. I am excited. I probably won't be able to sleep tonight. I cannot wait. Happy giving my friends!
More Details Please?
Your gift is tax deductible. Amazima is a 501 (c) (3) non profit and directly benefits Katie. The non-profit organization, Amazima, was built in response to the work that Katie is doing in Uganda.
If you are writing a check include "land" in the subject line so they will know exactly where you intend for it to go. It can be mailed to the address above.
If you are donating online, click on the link above. It will take you directly to a secure, pay-pal account set-up specifically for donations going to buy the piece of land.
If you arranged to give your money to me, I will be mailing it in a lump sum!
To the best of my knowledge, if you are wishing to contribute from somewhere outside of the United States, PayPal will gladly accept your credit/debit card.
In order to protect people's privacy, I am not collecting money personally, it is going straight to Katie's people... so, if you want to know how much we all collectively raised, then please leave a number in the comment field and I will try to come up with the best estimate possible! Even if you have already pledged a certain amount, please tell me again, officially! You can post it anonymously on the comment section.