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Friday, February 25, 2011

Passport Through Darkness

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.  I appreciate how Ms Smith handled the subject matter with great care and sensitivity without glossing over the atrocities these women and children live in every moment of their lives.  We sometimes want ministry to be all nice and easy and convenient, but real ministry meets people where they are and they aren't always in the easiest places. 

If you desire to be challenged and encouraged to live beyond yourself and fulfill a greater purpose in your life through the power of Jesus to the Glory of God and the good of others, then you must read this book.  

It can be purchased at by following the link provided bellow: