Passport Through Darkness


Kimberly Smith is a woman who spent many years living two realities: one as an American mother and another as a missionary fighting for orphans living in some of the most dangerous areas in the world.

Her book “Passport through Darkness” shares some of her adventures, while contrasting these two roles in which she lived.

When Kimberly and her husband, Milton, first became involved in missionary work, it was together, as a team. But Milton’s health problems soon made it obvious that his role on their team would be providing support from home, while Kimberly would travel alone to the areas where they were battling human trafficking and the sex slave industry.

This was a difficult arrangement for both of them as they relied on God to guide them. Kimberly faced unimaginable difficulties on the ground in Sudan while trying to found an orphanage there. She witnessed death, disease and desolation regularly, only to return home to face marital struggles.

She and her husband displayed great strength and faith as they battled through.

In 2003, they founded Make Way Partners, which is an organization that strives to help women and children to escape human trafficking and forced prostitution in areas that are considered too dangerous, expensive or remote for most people to go.

Some of the situations Kimberly faced are very difficult to read about, as they are so upsetting. For example, the children in Sudan for whom Kimberly worked to build an orphanage often spent their nights sleeping in trees to remain safe from wild animals in the night. At one point, Kimberly was asked to keep track of how many orphans in the area were dying. Over a 10-month period, she counted 278.

This book is eye-opening and an amazing testimony to obeying God’s calling in your life.

You can learn more about Make Way Partners by clicking here.

Love in Letters: Fishes and Eels?

I receive many letters from my sponsored children throughout the year, and like all children, they often have a funny way with words. Sometimes the letters leave me chuckling, and other times teary-eyed. I’m going to share some of these funny and loving tidbits more regularly, and will post under the title “Love in Letters,” so that you, too, can enjoy these remarkable children.

This is the ending of a letter from my sponsored boy in Albania, 8 years old:

“The number of fishes and eels are there in the sea,

That is the number of greetings I sent to you.”

I love it, and look forward to sending him just as many greetings.

Note: I did not include my boy’s name in this post because he is from Albania, which is one of World Vision’s restricted countries. Sponsors are asked not to share names or photos of children from these countries. The majority of families in these countries are not Christian, and World Vision follows local laws and customs in order to work there. 

Christmas Wishes from Albania

I received a Christmas card this week from my sponsored boy in Albania.

He wrote a message inside: “Dear Friend, I wish to you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hugs!”

The children’s drawings used to make the card are beautiful, and the card includes the verse Matthew 2:10: “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.”







Christmas Wishes from Romania

This week, I received Christmas cards from two of my World Vision sponsored boys in Romania, Cristian and Andrei. Each country has its own style of card, which the children send to their sponsors every year. Below are photos of both the front and inside of this year’s card from Andrei, and also the front of last year’s card from Cristian.


Front of card from Andrei, 2013


Inside of card from Andrei, 2013


Front of card from Cristian, 2012