Katie Davis left her life in Tennessee behind to follow God's calling and today, she's changing lives.
She likes helping people
Katie was 18 years old when she decided to quit everything she knew to pursue a new life on a different continent. She told Today's Christian Woman;
I quit my life… I quit college; I quit cute designer clothes and my little yellow convertible; I quit my boyfriend. I no longer have all the things the world says are important.
The young girl who was a senior class president and homecoming queen felt that she needed to do something more powerful with her life. So, she said goodbye to her friends and family, then traveled to Uganda where she volunteered for a year-long mission to help people.
She's a mom of 13
When Katie arrived in Uganda, she began teaching kindergarten in an orphanage. At the time, she did not know what was ahead of her, except that she had faith she would be led by God.
By 2008, Katie had settled in more permanently and even launched Amazima Ministries. The goal of her organization is to change lives and transform communities for the better.
Five years later, when she was only 23 years old, Katie had become a mother to 13 young girls who she adopted and raised as her own.
In an interview with TODAY's The 700 Club, she revealed that caring for those children showed her what it meant to truly love another person.
Katie admitted that being a mom of 13 is not always easy. But she felt such deep, wild, and uncontainable love for them that she saw them as extensions of herself.
When they hurt I would hurt more deeply than I ever had before, and that when they showed delight over a success or an excitement for God’s Word, my heart would swell within me.
Her home may be chaotic and loud, but this mother would not have it any other way.
Meeting the love of her life
Katie met Benji Majors when he arrived in Uganda to serve as a missionary himself. They had both grown up in the same town in Tennessee but they never knew each other until fate brought them both to Uganda.
She revealed on her blog that Benji was the perfect fit for her already large family. The girls adored him and he was an amazing father to them as well. The couple tied the knot in 2015, a ceremony in which her 13 beautiful children attended and served as her support.
The couple welcomed a 14th child a year later. Katie and her family now live in Uganda and she considers it her "home."