To my dear friend,
I’m so sorry I haven’t written for ages! The last few weeks of school were wild getting all my work in but holidays have finally begun, a break which I have been waiting for most of the year.
Holidays are wonderful. Oh my, they are one of my favourite things in the way that there is time to relax, time to see friends without thinking ‘What work do I need to squeeze in after we catch up?’, time to watch movies, time to go to the beach and watch the sunrise, time to breathe I guess.
In this last week, I have had the time to read a book I have been wanting to read since my birthday, called Kisses from Katie. My lovely cousins Bec and Jo were encouraged and loved this book and so they bought it for me to read as well! The story is written by a twenty-two year old girl from Tennessee called Katie Davis, who went to Uganda for a short term mission in 2006 and fell utterly in love with it’s people. In the book, the readers follow her experiences over 4 years as she moves back to a poverty stricken area called Jinja, where she follows God’s call for her to love the people unconditionally. Her servant heart and her joyful, humble attitude to working with the Ugandan people is what is so beautiful in this book, focusing on God’s power, control and love which continues to work despite her own weakness and inability. She wrote in one part of the book…
“People from my first home say I’m brave. They tell me I’m strong… But the truth is, I am not really very brave; I am not really very strong; and I am not doing anything spectacular. I am simply doing what God has called me to do as a person who follows Him.”
I am so SO encouraged and challenged by her faith, her absolute devotion and abandonment for her God and the way she loves!
I want to just read the book over and over again, but she also has a blog from Uganda which she posts about her family of fourteen abandoned Ugandan girls, her struggles and her joys. Have a look! http://kissesfromkatie.blogspot.com.au
Hope you’re having a great holiday, my friend.
Love, Ally xx