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They Come Back Singing: Finding God with the Refugees by [Smith, Gary]
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Where do you go after two decades of working with poor and homeless people, inmates and the mentally ill living in low-income hotels? For Smith, a Jesuit priest and author of Radical Compassion, the answer was to follow God's call to work and live with some of the most disadvantaged people in the world, the Sudanese refugees living in Uganda. This book, a record of his six years in two refugee camps as priest and administrator, reveals not only the truly ghastly conditions in which people live and often die, but also the spiritual strength that supports them. Smith's collection of journal entries, letters and other narratives shines a spotlight on individual stories, including masses and celebrations, a blind woman who doesn't need eyes to see clearly, the intense suffering as the last of a family's children dies and the terror of armies that attack and burn villages. Smith also documents his own struggle to learn a foreign language, culture and values, as well as his anger at injustices and, powerfully, his intense love for the people. We find redemption in our lives by honoring our relationships, Smith writes. (Feb.)
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Book Description

A moving and inspiring account of one priest’s
life-changing experience among
Sudanese refugees.
 

In 2000, Gary Smith, a Jesuit priest, left a familiar life in the Pacific Northwest to live among Sudanese refugees struggling to survive in refugee camps in northern Uganda. He traveled to this dangerous, pitiless place to be with these forsaken people out of a conviction that “Jesuits should be going where no one else goes.” But he also went to discover the answer to a question many of us ask: What is most important in life? For Smith, the answer came down to connecting with other human beings, to relationships—“to being loved and giving in love.”
Smith’s journal is a vivid, inspiring account of the deep connections he forged during his six years with the refugees in Uganda. Along the way, he discovers a suffering people who, despite being displaced by a brutal civil war, find the spiritual strength to let go of the many and deep sorrows of the past. Smith is both a witness to and a teacher of how the Holy Spirit’s power provides this spiritual strength to move forward.

Gary Smith, SJ, worked for six years with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Sudanese refugee camps in Uganda. He is the author of Radical Compassion: Finding Christ in the Heart of the Poor, an account of his ministry to the poor, disabled, and needy in Portland, Oregon.


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  • File Size: 1562 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Loyola Press; 1st edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00272MZWA
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