Rejoicing in Katie’s life

We received word that one of our graduates, Katie passed to her eternal home this morning after a battling a brain injury following a car accident on July 26th. There were so many people praying for her to recover but God had other plans and called her to Him. Katie was a treasure to those who knew her – she was loving, kind, energetic, helpful – she was about 6 weeks away from graduating from nursing school because of her desire to take care of people. She will be missed! Please continue to pray for her family as they will be going through some difficult days ahead.

Katie's smile was contagious!

Katie’s smile was contagious!

Here is Katie’s story in April, 2005 and the wonderful way He changed her life while at the Walter Hoving Home: My name is Katie. I am 22 years old and have two younger brothers. At the age of 14, I started digging my hole. I was drinking, drugging, clubbing, and being with men. Throughout those years I always achieved highly at sports, but never in the classroom. At 18, I gave into crack cocaine. In the beginning I didn’t think I had a problem but all the while I was stealing from family, friends, and out of every store to get money. It didn’t take long before I was living on the streets. I was robbing people, manipulating people, and living in abandoned apartment buildings. By this time, I was so numb inside I didn’t care who I hurt, because I didn’t love myself.

On my last run, two cops found me in a bar. I had two warrants in two different states. I remember when the cop put the handcuffs on me, I felt so relieved that I didn’t have to scheme for my next hit. I was also grateful to not have to live that lifestyle for that moment. While locked up in Maryland, Jan and Ashley from the Walter Hoving Home came to give their testimonies about how Jesus made them new. They gave out ‘One Lady at a Time’ books. I took one and read it. I knew for a long time that God was the only way to end my destructive cycle. I called the 1-800 # in the book and was accepted.

Today, I know I will have a better future because I want God to be involved. Today, God is breaking me down and piecing me back together for his purposes and not mine. Today, my family is proud, supportive, and encouraging me to seek that relationship with the Lord. Today, I am not on an emotion rollercoaster or giving into impulses, Jesus is my balance. Today, I am one step closer to loving myself.

My future plans are to finish the program at the Home and hopefully, soon after, get into ministry work here in New York or over seas.  Eventually, I want to go back to the streets of Baltimore to make a difference. I would also like to go to a Christian or Bible college. But whatever my future holds, it will turn out because it is in His hands. The verse I leave you with is Psalm 3:2-3: Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver her.” But you are a shield around me, O lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.

As we watched Katie struggle to survive in the last week through the family updates – it was clear by the comments of friends and family that Katie continued to serve Christ and be a vessel of His grace and love to others.

Katie, you will be missed but we know as the family of God we will see you again.


9 Responses to Rejoicing in Katie’s life

  1. laura dougherty says:

    Misery and joy dance together as if they have a right to. I am deeply saddened that katie is no longer with us, however I feel joy for her that she is with God. Katie was my big sister when I arrived at the home in new york in july of 2005. She was a vibrant spirit with a warming smile, and she made me feel for the first time in years that someone cared…she will be missed dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with her family thru this difficult time. A quote by philip venisser…”it is up to you to illume the earth. Kate, your light is still shining..the many positive and profound ripples you created will continue through out eternity. Sleep well my friend.

  2. Michelle Wright says:

    Thank You for your eternity changing effect on Katie’s life. God is Good. He is all knowing.

  3. kimberly says:

    Katie was at the Walter Hoving Home when I arrived. We worked on the maintenance crew together and everyday she was an inspiration to me to just keep going. Before now I did not realize how truly deep the bonds that I formed with my sisters at WHH really ran. Katie helped to change my life forever and she will never ever be forgotten. Such a sad loss.

  4. JoAnn Thurman says:

    God quickly answered Katie’s prayer and His plan for her was exceedingly abundantly beyond all that she asked or thought! Can feel your loss but so grateful for ministries like yours. I’m sure the Lord has a high place for all of you. God bless you and the family who supported her. His thoughts are not our thoughts, His ways are not our ways! To Him be the praise forever and ever!

  5. Maritza says:

    Katie – When I think of you I always remember your smile, your boisterous laugh and your willingness to help others. You drove people to never give up and to look to Jesus as the source of my strength. You were an overcomer with a servants heart.

    Though one day we will see you in heaven, you will be sorely missed here. God’s blessings to your family as they allow Jesus to heal their hearts on your passing. Love You Katie! You have been a very positive influence to the lives you touched. It’s not how you start the race that counts, but how you finish! Victorious…Maritza

  6. Lori Hope says:

    I wish jail and prison would of changed my daughter but,it didn’t. It is sad to say but, sometimes I just wish she would be arrested just to clean from heroin. It breaks my heart to see her killing herself, so I don’t see her much. I try and text or call when she answer the phone or responds. Her dad died in 1997 when she was 12 ever since she has been on many drugs.

    • Pauline says:

      This comment is for Lori Hope, Lori, I read your post here on Katie’s page and I would like to ask your daughters name that we may lift her up before Jesus. I also would like to leave you with some encouraging words. God is not through with her yet! I speak from my own experiences from pain of abandonment, sexual and physical abuse that led me into a 25 years of life destruction by drugs, promiscuity, lying, stealing and depression BUT a GOD!! I am not a resident of the Walter shoving home, though I bless the name of Jesus for their work. I am a woman who was in and out of jail dabbling in this drug and that drug while prostituting to support my habit. My family gave up on me, and I can’t blame them for giving up from all the pain I caused them, all the broken promises, all the collect calls, all the missed birthdays & holidays, all the lying & stealing. But one day, when I just got tired of the cycle I fell down on my face and cried out to God cause get was all I knew about, or so I thought. I didn’t know Jesus . But today,in stand here sober, free of sin and reunited with my family because I surrendered to Jesus! God has not forgotten your daughter, please don’t give up on her. And more so, please don’t give up on GOD and when he will come and turn your daughter around and place her on solid ground. God is a redeemer, a savior, he will redeem and save your daughter. The prayers of the righteous avail the much. What is your relationship with Christ Jesus? Where does your faith stand? Do not grow weary in well doing, keep praying & fasting, keep lifting up the name of Jesus. When praise goes up, blessings come down!!! Praise Jesus today and everyday and I pray your blessings that come down are spiritual blessings to the deliverer nice & restoration of your daughter. That she may come to know Jesus as her personal savior, that she will taste and see his goodness. God is able, he is just, he is the great I AM!! I look forward to your praise report and your daughters testimony. With love, a sinner who has been washed in the blood of the lamb!

  7. Leopoldo says:

    This site was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something which helped me.

  8. Thanks for finally writing about >Rejoicing in Katie

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