“The place God calls us to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s hunger meet” Frederick Beuchner
It feels like God’s been prompting me (Rachel Bowyer) to think about where my deep gladness and hunger meet for the last eight months or so.
I first heard this phrase at our national conference in March where Dr Wynand de Kock spoke on A God of Everything. Then as we prepared for our AGM in Aug we listened to his talk again and this phrase struck me. A couple of weeks ago, a good friend lent me the book Kisses from Katie and there it was again – on Page 88. Katie explains
‘I had been more than happy all my life in my home in Brentwood. But my deepest gladness and the world’s deep hunger met in Uganda. My heart sang in Uganda. Everything in Uganda made me feel alive.’
As I read these words, it was as though God said, “Durban – replace Uganda with Durban.” The place where my deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet is Durban. I know this is where I am supposed to be, even when things are challenging or tough. It’s the place where God wants me to be, where I need to find my place in God’s story.
Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption is much more than Katie Davis’ story. It is the story of a country ravaged by poverty that needs a bit of hope. It is the story of a God who calls us to love one another because He first loves us. It is the story of a girl who knows the value of God’s love and knows that she can’t swoop in and tell the Ugandans that God loves them. Many of them have never been truly loved before. She can only demonstrate that love by loving them just as they are. It is truly a story of relentless love and redemption.
Kisses from Katie is an amazing story. It’s all the more so amazing because this isn’t about Katie. She’s a main character, but this is God’s story. She knows that she can’t do this without Him. She believes that everyone should know the love she does and she knows the only way they will is if she lets God’s love shine through her.*