Bride Photographed with Her 13 Ugandan Daughters Explains Why She Adopted Them


What kind of life would you expect for an 18-year-old who was homecoming queen and the senior class president? She also had a yellow convertible, designer clothes, and a boyfriend.

She had parents who encouraged her to go to college to get a solid education. Would you expect for this young woman to give up that lifestyle in Nashville, Tennessee, for a much different life in Uganda?

At 18 years old, Katie Davis did not go straight to college after graduating high school. She felt strongly about serving in Uganda for a year-long mission trip first.

It was supposed to be a temporary trip, but it became her permanent home. In 2008, Davis founded Amazima Ministries.

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According to its Facebook page, the ministry’s mission is to “live out the love of Jesus by educating and empowering the people of Uganda and the communities we serve.”

Her calling didn’t stop at founding this incredible ministry, though.

She felt called to adopt children as a young, single woman. Davis went on to adopt 13 girls.

One of the greatest lessons she learned about love was from this foster and adoption process.

She told TODAY that it was not simply a case of love at first sight when it came to adopting her daughters.

“I’m sure there is truth in the stories many tell of that moment they saw their child for the first time and knew instantly that God had ordained him to be theirs, and fell in love. But I think so much more often, the action of love precedes the actual feeling,” she explained.

That view of love would someday influence her view of herself not just as a mother, but also as a wife. In 2015, Davis married Benji Majors.

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She wrote on her blog, “My husband’s love is just another way God has chosen to pour [out] His extravagant love on me, another constant reminder that He rejoices over me, and over each one of our daughters.”

“I watch them come alive under the loving gaze of their new father, I hear the delight and the certainty in their voices as they call ‘Dad.'”

Many brides on their wedding days have sisters and friends surrounding them in photos. Katie Davis Majors had her 13 daughters surrounding her in a tearjerking photo that serves as a reminder of God’s redemption, faithfulness, and love.

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Carolyn Fultz is a former contributor for Liftable Media. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Hope College.
Carolyn Fultz is a former contributor for Liftable Media. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Hope College. Carolyn's writing has been featured in both online and print media, including Just Between Us magazine. She resides in Phoenix with her husband and children.
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