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About the Author

 

Kimberly L. Smith is the president and co-founder of Make Way Partners, a mission organization committed to ending human trafficking. She is currently working to build the only private and indigenously based anti-trafficking network in Africa and Eastern Europe. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Kimberly lives with her husband, Milton, in Sylacauga, Alabama.
 

 

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143470212X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434702128
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kimberly L. Smith is President of Make Way Partners, an international organization committed to prevent and combat human trafficking. She is also a published author. Passport through Darkness, her first book, received wide acclaim including the INSPY Best Creative Nonfiction Award. She blogs regularly, sharing rich and reflective stories from her experiences of finding Hope in all corners of the world, including in the vilest forms of human trafficking and her personal, daily struggles with faith and courage. Powerful and well respected news sources such as TIME.com has also published Kimberly's writing.

Fighting to end human trafficking in the darkest corners of our world, skeptics declared many of the tasks set before her as impossible. However, fueled by compassion and incensed by grotesque injustice, Kimberly led Make Way Partners to the successful completion of building the first orphanage on the border of Darfur, Sudan. Building supplies had to be transported nearly 2,000 miles over hostile terrain with no roads or bridges. Today MWP continues to build upon that groundbreaking success and leads a powerful, indigenously based anti-trafficking network spanning Sudan and South Sudan.

Kimberly is passionate about helping others to discover their unique purpose in this world. She leads the daily operations of MWP, and divides her time between each of its international locations, writing, and public speaking in the US and abroad. Kimberly also enjoys blazing new trails with others on their journey--most notably her horse and constant companion, Rusty-the-True--that rescued her along the way.

She can be contacted by e-mail at: kimberly@makewaypartners.org. Please also visit www.makewaypartners.org or www.KimberlyLSmith.com

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Audra Jennings with the B&B Media Group, Inc. sent me a copy of Passport Through Darkness: A True Story of Danger and Second Chances by Kimberly L. Smith.

Phillip Yancey says this about this book:

"Kimberly Smith voluntarily walks through the gates of hell. If you can read her account without being affected, you should check for a pulse."

And I would have to agree with him absolutely one hundred percent!

In Passport Through Darkness, Ms Smith is very candid and painstakingly transparent about the journey God has orchestrated for she and her husband Milton. They are the co-founders of Make Way Partners "a mission organization committed to ending human trafficking". I would greatly encourage you to visit the website and also Kimberly's blog found here.

In her book, Kimberly tells the story of how she and Milton encountered orphans in Spain and how God used them to begin their journey ministering to women and children in bondage through human trafficking and the sex slave industry in some of the darkest corners of the Earth. Kimberly tells how God brought her from simply living life as wife, mother, corporate executive and faithful church member by transforming her life and allowing her heart to be knit with those forgotten lives in Darfur and Sudan.

She tells a truly eye opening and heart wrenching story and she is so transparent about her personal struggles and mistakes along the way. She and her husband literally sacrifice everything for orphans in Eastern Europe and Africa. But, this is a beautiful story of how two ordinary people took steps of faith into broken and very dark places and allowed God to transform them by His redemptive power.

There are parts of this book that are difficult to read.
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I received my copy of "Passport Through Darkness" last week and finished it last night.

I want to THANK Kimberly Smith for sharing her story just the way she did. While at times I thought I would be nauseous there were other times I felt compassion and love, and sorrow. It was truly a love story, between husband and wife, the people of Sudan, and between her and God. I don't think I have ever read a book of such courage. It took great courage to admit weaknesses, failures, and struggles; courage to admit sin and the miraculous forgiveness that follows repentance. I am glad this was not another book of only triumph; it was real life, real struggles, real Christians living out God's plan and seeing his hand at work through his human creation.

There is no way to read the stories contained within this book and not be changed!
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This was a hard book to read in that you are reading about such terrible horrors that are taking place in our world. That's not easy to read. It made me have to think about things that if I'm really honest, I'd rather not think about or even know about. But I know I need to. It's hard to believe there really are people this evil in the world. But as Christians we need to know it and we need to do something about it. Whatever God may lead us to do. We need to listen for what God is calling us to. Thank you Kimberly Smith for listening to God and being willing to go, and then telling us about it.
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I don't write a lot of book reviews because I tend to talk to authors and share their stories on my podcast, but this book is an exception.

If you've ever wondered how God calls people to do His work, and reveals to them His heart, then you will love this book. Admittedly, this book has parts that are hard to read, because Kimberly shares the hard truth, but the hard truth needs to be said and it needs to be shouted from the rooftops.

This book is written very much like a journal, and I felt like I was reading Kimberly's journal as I read of her call to the mission field, her encounters with precious women, children and men.

And there are so many poignant parts in this book that I don't want to write about them all because I don't want to ruin the book for anyone else, but I will share one.

In chapter 8 - A Year At Home - Kimberly shares about her experience coming back from the mission field and how she dealt with it. She talks about the distance between her husband and how walls were being built between them, until they both were invited to speak at a megachurch that supported their ministry - Make Way Partners. They were invited to speak at various Sunday school classes, until one Sunday when after they had their class and were taken out to lunch, they were told that some women in the church basically couldn't handle the negativity of it all, and so they were asked to NOT come back and share their message.

Yes, you read that right. The Smith's shared their stories about the Sudan, sex trafficking, feeding the poor and widows, and some so-called Christians at this church "couldn't handle the truth" because it didn't "uplift" them.
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Kimberly L. Smith and her husband Milton were a `normal' American couple, but something seemed to be missing. When they discovered that God was calling them to live a life on the edge, a life most Christians would sadly call `radical', they had to make a choice: continue in a life of comfort, where they could have as much or as little of God as they liked, or surrender it all and follow Him at all costs, even if they're next step is off the edge of a cliff.

This is how the book begins. But it doesn't even begin to describe the journey two ordinary people embarked on when they stepped out in faith with God. Told by Kimberly, we follow them through the beginnings of missionary work, that leads them into eye-opening discoveries of some of the horrific evils at work in this world. At each turn, they can choose to go back to the comfort of life as they knew it, or continue walking step by step with God. They take up the fight against human trafficking, famine, disease, genocide, slavery, and so much more. Because of Milton's health, Kimberly steps out into the front lines of the battle field alone, and the war almost kills her.

From a literary standpoint, this was an extremely well written book, full of beautiful language and a storyline that flows off of the lips of the author like honey. Yet, this was the hardest book to finish that I have ever read. I `know' of the suffering of people in other countries. But Kimberly takes us on a journey that holds nothing back in describing unimaginable horrors, and like a child peeking through their fingers, I wanted to cover my eyes and stop looking as I read. I wept through the entire book, yet it was impossible to stop.
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