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Encountering God's Goodness in Unexpected Places

Founder of Amazima Ministries, Katie Davis Majors, discusses why she moved to Uganda and adopted 13 girls. Read Transcript


Her house is never in order, dinner is often late,

her family makes a ruckus in the grocery store,

and her kids never get through all their homework.

Such is the life of Katie Davis Majors.

Take a look.

REPORTER: Katie Davis Majors always

dreamed of having a few kids and a house

with a white picket fence, but when she moved to Uganda

10 years ago, Katie fell in love with

and adopted thirteen girls.

After the biological mother of one

of her long-term foster daughters

showed up to claim her, life as Katie

had known it, ceased to exist.

In her book, "Daring To Hope," Katie shares

how she chose faith in the midst of her circumstances,

and what she encountered in the least expected places.

Please welcome back to "The 700 Club," Katie Davis Majors

Katie, great to meet you.

Thank you.

It's great to be with you.

I like your scarf.

Is that African?

Thanks, I don't know.

It's several years old.

OK, you were 18-- right-- when you went on this mission trip

to Uganda?

And you were still in high school.

You said, I'm not going to college.

This changed your life.

What happened?

It did.

I had been there for three weeks over my Christmas

break in high school, and just fell in love

with the warm, hospitable, gracious people there.

And also really felt overwhelmed by the need.

So I was invited back by a Ugandan pastor

who ran an orphanage.

He asked me to come and help him teach kindergarten in a school

that he was trying to start.

So I came back and finished high school

and decided to forego college for a year to move to Uganda

and volunteer.

HOST: And when you got there, you didn't just fall--

Fell in love even more, yeah.

You didn't just volunteer.

You adopted 13 daughters--

13 girls that became your daughters.

How does a single 18-year-old girl do that?

Well, it was over the course of several years.

At first, I founded Amazima Ministries,

which was just really birthed out

of the overwhelming need that I saw around me in the village

that I was living in, but also a lot of the children living

in the orphanage had parents who didn't put them

in the orphanage because they didn't love them,

but just because of a lack of financial provision.

HOST: Just to get food.

I was so broken by that women and men would

have to give up their children just

to know that they would eat or that they would go to school.

And so Amazima began a sponsorship program

that sends children to school and helps parents

with the basic needs of their children,

so that they can stay and be raised in their home

where they're loved.

And we, of course, try to share the gospel with them

at every opportunity.

They have mentors who are Ugandan people

on our staff, who go into the homes and do Bible studies.

And so that was really when I first

knew that I was called to stay and that that

would be my life's work.

But when did you first know you

were called to be a mother to the multitude.

I mean, when did you first know, I'm going

to start adopting these kids?

I had three little girls come and stay with me.

And originally, it was to be a short-term foster placement

while we looked for other family that

might be able to take them in.

And because of the circumstances,

when there wasn't a good place for them to go,

I began the process to foster them long-term.

And God just made it clear to me that actually we

were to be a family.

And so I began the long paperwork process

to adopt them.

HOST: And you had one daughter named Jane

that you'd had, I guess, from a very early age.

And now several years into being her mom,

her mother came back to claim her.

Yes.

What was--

I can't even imagine what that was like.

It was-- I mean, it was so difficult.

We had had short-term foster children before that we

intended to resettle back with their families,

but for Jane we had looked.

We'd done radio advertisements.

We've done newspaper.

HOST: She was abandoned.

She had been completely abandoned

and we could not find any family.

So she'd been with us almost three years.

And we, of course, had intended to make her a permanent member

of the family.

So it was shocking when her mother came

and said, I want to parent her.

And so part of me, of course, really wanted that for her.

And part of me was, no, that's my baby.

She only knew you as mom.

Right, I had gotten her when she was one.

She was very much a baby.

HOST: How did God help you release her back to her mom.

I mean, I wrestled.

It was big for me to question God.

And say, OK, God, I'm praying for this thing,

and you're giving me this thing.

And what do I do with that?

And I think God really showed me that he doesn't always

give us the yes that we're praying for,

but he's always near to us in that struggle.

Do you still get to see her?

I do.

We get to see her sometimes, and she's doing well.

Oh, good.

Yeah.

Well, that's good.

Well, you also went through the death of a close friend named

Katherine.

Yes.

How did you handle that grief?

Jane was kind of the beginning of a season of a lot of grief

and a lot of hardship for our family.

Katherine was a friend who had come to stay with us,

because she was very sick.

So I was helping her with her children.

And then our home is near the local hospital.

So it was just made more sense for her

to stay with us so she could get back and forth quickly.

And again, I had really prayed and believed

that God would heal her.

And so when he didn't, it was very difficult

for me to grapple with.

OK, my version of what would be good and what would be happy

and God's version of what was actually happening--

and I think he just showed me that he does grieve with us

for the hurt of the world.

This is not as he intended us.

And I felt his peace during that time.

Yeah, I guess we get to identify

with Jesus as a man of sorrows.

Absolutely.

And Jesus wept, during those times that aren't fine.

But here you are, a single mom of 13 girls,

and there's a guy that wants to date you.

How does that happen?

Benji has been living in Uganda for about seven years

now.

He'd been there a couple of years doing men's ministry.

He disciples fathers and young men.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

HOST: And you weren't interested at first, right?

I wasn't, no.

And it wasn't even that I wasn't interested specifically in him,

but just that I couldn't wrap my mind around--

HOST: How do I date and have 13 mouths to feed, and--

--what that would look like for me.

I really felt like I had kind of put dream aside

of this is probably not something that God

has in my future.

I'll probably--

But you guys got married.

We did!

We did!

I finally and eventually said yes.

And we got married about a year after dating.

HOST: And you have a child of your own now, so there's 14.

There's 14 children now.

HOST: OK, so more kids on the way, or--

I mean, more children to be adopted?

KATIE DAVIS MAJORS: I don't know.

I don't know.

We'll see.

HOST: Well, this is just a fascinating, fascinating story

of someone who--

you really followed your heart, you followed your dreams.

And what an amazing story that's unfolding.

And you're still very, very young,

so we know there's much more--

many more chapters ahead.

Katie's book is called "Daring To Hope," and it's amazing.

It's available wherever books are sold.

Plus, we have a social exclusive interview with Katie.

To watch that, just go to facebook.com/700club.

Katie, you are such an inspiration and we just--

God bless you.

Thank you so much.

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