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Traveling around the world and deep into the darkness of her own heart, Smith's worst fears collided with her faith as she and her family discovered the atrocities of human trafficking. But in that broken place a self-centered life was transformed into an international effort to save thousands from modern-day slavery, persecution, disease, and genocide.
As Smith and her husband risk everything for orphans in Eastern Europe and Africa, they see God work again and again in impossible situations, especially in their own lives and marriage. They see God change them-even in their exhaustion, marital struggles, and physical limitations. They see the beauty of living out God's dreams.
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Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2011
"I appreciate Kimberly's efforts and those of Make Way Partners to rescue and care for the orphans of Sudan. I respect the ministry she leads and the fact that it cares equally for all children, whether Christian, Muslim, African, or Arab. By eliminating the divisors of religion and skin color, MWP exemplifies Christian peacemaking." - Jimmy Carter, former U.S. President and founder of The Carter Center.
The journey into my own soul was scariest and hardest thing I've ever done. Yes, even more challenging than building an orphanage in the war-zone of Darfur, nearly 2,000 miles away from our nearest supply chain in Nairobi, Kenya. My world was rocked not so much by the darkness I had to pass through, but by the beauty I found buried within. Finding that beauty---glimpses of what God dreamed of for me---changed everything dear to me, but most profoundly my marriage.
I had walked through hell in Sudan to listen to others' stories, and comfort them with mercy and compassion. But, when it came to my own pain, somehow shame got mixed in there, choking out the truth and driving me to sin and darkness. I couldn't seem to hear the same God of comfort I heard for others. Fear of being found unlovable, unworthy, plain old "Un," drove me to lock entire parts of myself away from even those I loved the most. The woman who defied boundaries-flying straight into war zones-had constructed her own no-go zones within, where even she wouldn't dare to go. And she hurt anyone who dared to breach the heavily-armed border.
I'd heard Believers referred to as "soldiers" the whole of my Christian life. I just never thought much about it personally...until I realized a battalion of troops had been sent out looking for me. They literally fought to save my life. And while it might sound strange-coming from a woman whose life is supposedly about saving lives-their pushing me to share my story in Passport through Darkness is what ultimately saved mine. My heart had been broken for the men, women, and children I'd met in Sudan who'd survived trafficking, rape, persecution, and genocide. I felt angry on their behalf that greed, corruption, and oppression stamped out their voice so I wanted to be their voice by writing their stories. That's what first set my fingers to the keyboard-to make a place for their story, to honor their suffering, to show their dignity in the midst of it all.
But as I wrote, the cloak of their darkness wrapped itself around me so tightly I often felt paralyzed. There were days and long period of times when I couldn't separate their pain and shame from my own. I knew much of my stuckness came from the shame that bound me. But still I hunkered down, hiding.
I thought I could control how much I would let others see. I would tell the stories I heard and witnessed, but not my own-especially not my sin. Maybe I even thought somehow I could serve some sort of penance by being the voice for the voiceless, and never have to hear my own, or even remember its sound.
I was wrong. Diving into the darkness of others awakened my own, and each day as I wrote their stories, I found myself coming more undone. I felt out of control. Falling apart. And, desperate for help.
That's the state I was in when the troops found me: undone. First on the scene was my precious husband, Milton, standing ready. He'd been waiting for years for the walls to collapse so he could finally enter the places I'd shut off from him. God used Milton-and others-to listen, love, guide, confront, press, and hold me until one word, one tear, one memory, one confession at a time my story unfolded like morning glories opening to the rising sun after a long night of darkness. Through the telling I found parts of myself I'd pushed so deep into the darkness that even I didn't know they existed.
Ultimately, I knew it was not just the stories of modern-day slaves to human traffickers I must tell, but my own story of slavery to fear, shame, and sin-and how God has delivered me, and is delivering me.
I have two prayers for Passport through Darkness. First, that it helps us to save more babies from genocide and slavery. Second, that it helps others to understand God has a unique dream for each and everyone one of us, and He will even descend into the depths of our self-made hell and carry us out to find and live it.
If it's true that all we Believers are soldiers in His army, then I am nothing more than a Private. Private Kimberly. He withholds no good thing from us, not even from a Private. He sent and is sending troops to fight lies, speak truth, be His Light in my darkness...and yours, too.
Love, your sister along the journey,
Yen5 Stars Out Of 5Thumbs up!November 14, 2014YenUnforgettable, eye-opening read!
holickbLa Crete, AlbertaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Worth the readDecember 23, 2013holickbLa Crete, AlbertaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Good book. Great plot and makes a person rethink the morals and values and how it relates to our relationship with God.
CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Everyone should read this!September 13, 2013CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was an amazing book - though not easy to read because of the sin and darkness that Kimberly faced as she ministered to others. I appreciated the honesty and openness both in the mission field and at home. At times I felt like I was right there with her. When she was discouraged and felt she wasn't doing enough I wanted to encourage her and tell her she was making a difference. I was amazed at the sacrifices she made and the comforts she gave up to serve. Like others who have commented on this book, I agree that this book should change the way we live.
pootlesuzieKillarney, Kerry, IrelandAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Make a Coffee and sitSeptember 5, 2012pootlesuzieKillarney, Kerry, IrelandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is unputdownable. An amazing story of self discovery whilst in the dark bad places in the world.
A true calling to mission, to help those in the places we don't like to think about in our pretty little lives with our happi-clappi church worship.
This family got down and dirty, getting their feet dirtty on the dusty road, following the Lord.
Wow - read it - Now!!!
DonutChristchurch, NZAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5God's hurting heartJuly 14, 2012DonutChristchurch, NZAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I didn't feel worthy to review a book so close to God's hurting heart so I nearly didn't. It is an incredible eye-opener to what is happening in our world to our brothers and sisters in God's family living in hard places and to the orphans and widows that God speaks about so clearly to help. Kimberley's honesty is heart wrenching and her courage and faithfulness to God astounding. She has been faithful in her calling...
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