I expected to read it and and then have a desire to either go to Uganda or bring a child home from there. I walked away though with something quite different. Katie's example really challenged me to stop viewing my home as a place of refuge for our family and start viewing it as a place for outreach and ministry. When we first moved here I felt very strongly that as the pastors family I needed to provide a safe home environment where we could all come to for recharging and family centered focus. I remember once being volunteered for a fundraiser where people bid for the right to eat dinner at our house to raise money for youth camp. This idea was terrifying to me because I felt like my family was always being evaluated outside these doors so why on earth would I open up my home for someone to pay for the right to come in and no doubt form opinions. Can you tell I was pretty passionate and let's go ahead and say it, insecure about this?
Well Katie's view and example are much different. I was shocked to read about this mother who moved in perfect strangers for weeks at a time so she could take care of their wounds and illnesses. Not only that but she also opens up her home to hundreds of kids to come to eat and take a bath. You know what the coolest part of all of this was? Her girls started to do the same. They learned what it meant to use their home as a place to bless others and this became a natural thing for them. I love that!