Sunday, February 6, 2011

Passport Through Darkness by Kimberly Smith

Into her second marriage, Smith realized something was not working. The pursuit of the American Dream was eating her alive. Realizing she needed to be part of something bigger, she longed for God's “well done.”

Her husband was having similar thoughts. They sols everything and moved to Spain. They became aware of a home in Portugal that housed African immigrant children who were being horribly abused. The battle for the welfare of the children created a concern in Smith for human trafficking.
They returned to the U. S. and founded a ministry. She traveled to Sudan (her husband;s health prevented his going with her). She found horror. The war and genocide had left “more widows and orphans than [in] any other people group.” (97) She did fund raising in the States to build an orphanage in Sudan.
Smith tells stories of persecuted Christians that are at the same time horrifying and an encouragement. She says of the stories, “I'd never known such evil existed...” (140)
Smith went back to Africa many times, sometimes leading short mission groups. Her life was frequently threatened and she ultimately paid the price at the hands of a gang of raping men. Her absence from her husband put a strain on her marriage. She finally revealed her experience to him and she experienced the true comfort of a loving husband. She is currently leading an effort to build an anti-trafficking network in Africa.
Smith's story is one of encouragement and inspiration. The last few chapters has a bit much of herself, but even so, this is a book very much worth reading. Readers are encouraged to participate in supporting ministries listed at the end of the book, including Smith's own,
Watch Passport Through Darkness book trailer.
Watch an interview with Kimberly Smith.

Publisher information:

This book was provided for review by The B & B Media Group, Inc., on behalf of the publisher, David C. Cook.

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