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.