Meet the Director
Amy Washington's Story... All about her life & family!
At a very early age Amy accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of her life, but
she could not have fathomed the path that God would lead her on after that.
She was raised in a Christian home as the eldest of five children where she was home-schooled and brought up working on the family farm.She graduated from high school under her parents’ dedicated teaching, and continued her education at the University of Georgia where she earned a business marketing degree in May 2009.
Amy has always adored children, and dreamed of one day becoming a mother, but little did she know how the Lord would orchestrate her life. Throughout her childhood and college years, she served the Lord in many different areas through church, ministries, and mission trips, but she had always dreamed of going to Africa.
After graduating from UGA in May 2009, Amy was finally able to fulfill that dream. Although she had travelled to other countries sharing God’s word and loving on children, nothing captured her heart like the babies and children of Uganda.
“A life not lived for others is not a life.” – Mother Teresa
“I had been many different places and worked with many different people, but I never experienced such a deep love for a place and people before. Never had I so strongly felt God’s peace and call to leave my home and make a lifetime commitment somewhere. I had never felt so passionate about loving and helping a people before. The babies and children of Uganda truly stole my heart.”
– Amy Washington
In the summer of 2009, Amy travelled to Jinja, Uganda and worked with malnourished & orphaned babies that would touch her heart and change her life forever. After her return, God began speaking to Amy’s heart and calling her to full time ministry in Uganda.
Amy went back to Uganda again in January 2010, and then in July 2010, Amy moved to Uganda to continue working with malnourished and dying babies.
In July 2010, while working in a village, a severely malnourished little girl was placed in Amy’s arms. As Amy stared into this little girl’s almost lifeless eyes, Amy knew this child was going to change her life.
Amy’s precious little girl’s name is Amina Hope. Amina means “Amen” in the local language, and she truly is the “Amen” of Amy’s life. God’s hand has guided every step of both Amy and Amina’s life as He bonded them very quickly. As God directed Amy away from the baby home and towards helping expectant mothers, He clearly called Amy to begin the adoption process for Amina and become her forever mom.
In late fall of 2010, Amy was forced to return to America without her daughter. After a long 6-month wait in her adoption plans, God worked miracles and moved mountains for Amy and provided for her to once again be united with the little girl who stole her heart on that hot July day in the summer of 2010.
In May 2011, Amy only returned with plans for adopting her special little girl, but within a few short weeks God chose 5 more precious orphans to bring into her home that would never leave again.
Amy’s dream in life has always been to be a wife and mother. She grew up playing dress-up, house, and dolls. Amy always wanted to home school her children, as her mother had done with her, but never dreamed of homeschooling her adopted children in Africa as a single mother. Nothing makes her happier than living the life that God has given to her now – HIS plan for her life! It may not be what Amy had thought, or look the way she thought it would look, and she is so thankful!
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55: 8-9
(L-R) Patrick, Amina, Amy Washington, Joy, Josiah, Betty Babirye (Kupendwa Ministries' Assistant Director), Donna, Christine (Betty's adopted daughter), and Safina. 2011
Amy continues to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness as a mother to her children and Executive Director of Kupendwa Ministries. She continues to live with her family in the Jinja area and work with Kupendwa Ministries as the Lord faithfully guides each and every step that she takes. She continues to live out the call to be crucified with Christ, to die daily to yourself, and to live for the glory of God alone.