Her name is Katie, and after high school graduation in 2007, she went to live and work in Africa. Her parents weren't originally thrilled with her choice, preferring her to go to college instead, but she convinced her mother to take a short trip with her during her Christmas vacation of her senior year. She fell in love with the people and the work. And couldn’t wait to graduate high school to go back.
Her father agreed to give his blessing as long as she only stayed for nine months and then returned to the US to attend college. She’s following that plan. Along the way, she and her father started a non-profit organization, Amazima Ministries, to fund the orphanage and school where she worked and liveed. Katie hoped to raise $3,000 and instead ended up raising $26,000. That was enough to hire people to carry on her work while she’s getting her education. Isn’t God wonderful?