May/June Hope Box Contents
Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis
What would cause an eighteen-year-old senior class president and homecoming queen from Nashville, Tennessee, to disobey and disappoint her parents by forgoing college, break her little brother’s heart, lose all but a handful of her friends (because they think she has gone off the deep end), and break up with the love of her life all, so she could move to Uganda, where she knew only one person and didn’t even speak the language?
A passion to follow Jesus.
After going on a short mission trip to Uganda during Christmas break of her senior year of high school, Katie Davis’ life was turned completely inside out. Katie found herself so moved by the people of Uganda and their needs that she knew her calling was to return after her trip and care for them. Katie, a charismatic and articulate young woman, is now currently in the process of adopting thirteen children in Uganda and has established the ministry, Amazima, which feeds and sends hundreds of children to school while teaching them the Word of Jesus Christ.
Kisses from Katie invites readers on a powerful journey of radical love down the red dirt roads of Uganda. You’ll laugh and cry with Katie as she follows Jesus into the impossible and finds joy and beauty beneath the dust. Katie and her children delight in saying “yes” to the people God places in front of them and challenge readers to do the same – changing the world one person at a time.
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Senhoa (pronounced “suh-no-a”) is a combination of two Vietnamese words: “sen” (lotus) and “hoa” (flower). A lotus flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with breathtaking beauty, untouched by its impure surroundings. Like the lotus flower, Senhoa was conceptualized in 2007 to represent women and children who are vulnerable to sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SENHOA
- Senhoa Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
- All of their overhead costs are covered by corporate grants and private fundraising initiatives. Therefore, 100% of public donations go directly towards field programs to serve those in need.
- They are dedicated to combating modern-day slavery through long-lasting partnerships with proven local partners. Together they combine their knowledge and experience to create holistic prevention, rehabilitation, and advocacy programs that are culturally sensitive and respectful of service users.
- Senhoa jewelry pieces are individually handcrafted by survivors of human trafficking or young women who are vulnerable to sexual exploitation.
- 100% of Senhoa jewelry profits go directly to the rehabilitation and education of young women who are vulnerable to or are survivors of human trafficking in Southeast Asia.
Visit www.senhoa.org to learn more about how you can shop more responsibly and at the same time employ and employ young at risk girls in Cambodia.
Amazima is a ministry made up of many different people, working together for a shared purpose…
To live out the love of Jesus by educating and empowering the people of Uganda and the communities we serve.
That every person we serve would know Christ and make Him known, resulting in transformed lives, restored relationships, and changed communities.
Amazima Ministries International was founded by Katie Davis in 2008. The organization, based out of Brentwood, Tennessee, feeds, educates and encourages the orphaned, poor and vulnerable in the country of Uganda. The name we chose for this ministry represented what she longed to see take root in the lives of everyone who came in contact with our ministry. In Luganda, the local language, Amazima (Ah-mah-zeemah) means “truth.” Amazima Ministries desires to reveal the truth of God’s unconditional love through Jesus Christ to the people of Uganda.
We show our love for God by obeying His command to care for the least of His people and make disciples of all nations. Every outreach program of Amazima Ministries, whether education scholarship, feeding, vocational assistance or community outreach, is accompanied by Biblical teaching and spiritual encouragement. We know that nourishing the physical needs of these people is not the ultimate goal. We long to see them fed spiritually and restored into a right relationship with God.
AMAZIMA’S CORE VALUES
We have worked to articulate core values that drive our individual and organizational posture. These six stated values serve as guides to remind us what we are about, what is important to us, and what we want to strive for in the future.
PASSION We are not simply employees of Amazima, but men and women passionate about living out the gospel in the communities we serve. We work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. (1 Corinthians 10:31, Colossians 3:23, Matt 5:16)
BIBLICAL TRUTH We are servant leaders who strive to love our neighbors as ourselves. We choose to live and serve according to the truth found in Scripture. We do not avoid conflict, and when it occurs, we approach it in truth and grace. (Mark 10:42-45, Mark 12:30, Philippians 2:2-4, Matthew 18)
RELATIONSHIPS We believe each person is made in God’s image. Since people matter to God, they matter to us. As such, we will intentionally engage the poor, the oppressed and the needy in the communities in which we serve. We believe life change happens through relationship. We will value people over tasks. (Proverbs 22:2, Hebrews 10:24-25, Psalm 82:3-4, Jeremiah 22:16)
FAMILY We believe that children are a heritage from God and a blessing from His hand. We are committed to God’s plan for passing His love down through the ages by encouraging parents to love their children “so the generations to come might know” the love and forgiveness of Christ. We are equally committed to upholding the concept of family as God’s original and primary means of producing a Godly offspring and passing on Godly values from generation to generation. (Psalm 78:5-7; Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Ephesians 6:1-3; Colossians 3:20)
STEWARDSHIP We are responsible with the resources entrusted to us (money, people, and time), recognizing they are God’s gift and provision and not our own. We will be generous in our giving of care, time and finances. (Acts 20:35)
INTEGRITY We will do what we say, and we will say what we do. We place the needs of the team over our own and we value teamwork over individual accomplishments. (Matt 5:7, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31)
Amazima Ministries International was established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2008.
Visit www.amazima.org to find out more about this amazing ministry and how you can support the work they are doing in Uganda.