I read most of this chapter of Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption with tears in my eyes.
Katie finds a way in. And she writes: “the harsh accents and tribal jewelry of these new people intrigued me, but what grabbed my attention most was the sheer poverty of this place. I had experienced squalor before, but this was unlike anything I had ever seen. Some appeared to be starving to death, literally. Children were covered with deep infected wounds, fungus and other sores, with their bellies round and distended because of worms and their skin pale and peeling because of severe malnutrition.”
We do not know poverty like this in the United States.
She returns with food, and is nearly mobbed by hungry people. She’s eventually able to set up food distribution five days a week through a nearby school. She organizes 20 women into a craft collective, making necklaces that are shipped to the United States for sale. The women make enough to feed their families and put some aside in savings.
In Masese, a little bit of money goes a long, long way. Things happen. Children get fed. Children can go to school. Money can be saved for the future. Women can do honorable work.
For a number of years, my family sponsored a little boy in southwestern Kenya through World Vision. The money we gave was almost insignificant – less than the cost of one meal eaten out – but it was sufficient to provide an education, school clothes, books, meals and other support. From time to time we gave a little extra, and his family bought cows, goats and clothes for the other children.
The project eventually was completed and our sponsorship ended. We’re now sponsoring two little girls through our church missions program, one in India and one in Kenya. For the cost of both my wife and eating out one time in a month, those little girls get clothes, food, an education and a roof over their heads. And they get love.
A little foes a long, long way. Ask Katie Davis.
Led by Jason Stasyszen and Sarah Salter, we’ve been discussing Kisses from Katie. To see more posts on this chapter, please visit Sarah’s site, Living Between the Lines.