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Passport through Darkness: A True Story of Danger and Second Chances

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  833 ratings  ·  145 reviews
As she shares her extraordinary stories of fighting human trafficking as an ordinary mom, Kimberly L. Smith offers hope for readers who wonder if God is calling them to greater things. Passport through Darkness takes readers on Smith's journey to the deserts of Africa and the deserts of her own soul as she tries to live well as an imperfect American mom, crusade for justic ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by David C Cook
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Darby Stouffer
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You know those pictures that you see of malnourished children in Africa?

It hurts, doesn't it? For a minute? Usually no more than that.

We are a strangely apathetic people, we Christians, we Americans, we that are richer than 99% of the rest of the world.

This book seeks to change that. This book is raw, gritty, painful, and *real.* The lady speaks of her labors in the Sudan, of the horrific things she's observed, but she also speaks of her struggles during that time. Of her tendencies towards self
Virginia Welch
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
A riveting read, couldn't put it down. Highly recommend. Here's what I liked and didn't like:

1) Realism
2) Honesty
3) Many anecdotes about real people
4) The story offers hope
5) Logical beginning, middle, and end
6) Timely
7) Informative--you'll learn a lot about places you haven't visited and cultures you'll like likely never come across

Didn't Like:
1) Overly repetitive--there were times when I wanted to scream at the writer, "So just tell us your secret already and quit repeating that you hav
Leah Good
4.5 stars.

Let me start by saying that I DO NOT recommend this to anyone under age 16. It's a brutally difficult book to read, and it delves deeper than people younger than age 16 really need to know. It's still brutally difficult to read for older people, but it's important for us not to close our eyes to the needs in the world our entire lives, even when they are hard and uncomfortable and horrible.

Kimberly Smith and her husband Milton had their eyes open to the tragedy of orphans and sex traff
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Brigid Gallagher
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kimberley and her husband Milton answer a calling to become missionaries and discover the horrors of human trafficking.
Their journey soon takes them to Sudan, where Kimberley teams up with local pastor James, to help save women and children from unspeakable atrocities including slavery, rape, torture...
Milton's health prevents him from joining his wife in what at first appears to be an impossible task - to build a safe place for children to find shelter. Although "Passport through Darkness" ta
Amy (ArtsyBookishGal)
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Passport Through Darkness by Kimberly L. Smith ruined me. See, I have this preconceived notion about missionaries—that they all wear ethnic garb and have 10 kids (because there’s nothing else to do on the mission field when you’re not evangelizing or translating the Bible into native languages.) Or they’re single women who never got married. I know that sounds kind of mean, but it’s secretly (now not-so-secretly) what I’ve believed to be true.

Kimberly L. Smith changed all that.

A corporate execut
Feb 15, 2011 rated it liked it

Kimberly and Milton Smith, lived the average rat race life, and neither was happy with that. Once they both realized that something had to change the path got rocky! Milton knew he wanted to go back on the mission field. Convincing Kimberly was the issue, at first. But once in Spain on a mission, she knew she was where she needed to be, because it would lead to ministering to children who were being used as sex slaves, and to helping to rescue children from such situations.

The big challenge woul
Mar 10, 2012 rated it liked it
This author and her husband started a ministry to help women and children in different countries who are victims of abuse and sex trafficking. It focuses especially on her trips to the Sudan where she ministered to some of the poorest and most persecuted people on the planet. I appreciated her candor in many places, but also found some of her personal struggles a bit too dramatic. Admittedly, she was immersed in some horrific situations, and I can understand the emotional turmoil that would prod ...more
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I tend to rate my books based on the impression they leave on me. This one left a permanent one. I'll be completely honest; this book was very very hard to read. Not on a reading level, but on an emotional level. It brings life to the raw evils that occur in this world, focusing specifically on Africa. I'm trying to find the words for this review, and I can only cry. While this book did a number on my emotions, I'm grateful for the challenge it's laid before me. As Christians, we are called to l ...more
Nov 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
A detailed description of the experience of one woman trying to rescue women and children from kidnapping, slavery and extreme poverty in Africa.

The book reveals details about the daily struggle for survival for Christians in a country whose government does not consider them worthy of protection. It shows impossible conditions of desperate people for basic medical care; when bodies are filled with parasites, nearly dead from nutrition and too many pregnancies, and wounded from gang rapes, mutila
Randy Alcorn
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Foreword by Randy Alcorn

I first met Kimberly Smith when she visited our Eternal Perspective Ministries office. EPM had been supporting Make Way Partners and Kimberly came to share more about their outreach to the orphans in Darfur, Sudan.

I was in the process of writing my book, If God is Good, so I interviewed Kimberly about the suffering she had witnessed and the light God was shining in the darkness. Later I met her husband Milton and thanked him for releasing his precious wife for the cause o
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel-the-world
Kimberly Smith and Milton Smith became aware of Human Trafficking when they spent time in Spain. An orphanage needed some help, and the Smiths decided to check it out. They soon became invested in the children, all of which came from Africa. One day a child came to Kimberly needing some help, found that he had been sexually abused by the director of the orphanage. They went to the authorities, and after a long struggle, the director was removed. This incident led the couple to want to do everyth ...more
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it
How do you 'like' a book that transports you into the heart of evil? Because it leads to the creation of an organisation that seeks to bring the light and love of God into the very heart of darkness, in South Sudan, where Muslim armies have pillaged, raped, and wreaked violence upon countless fellow countrymen who claim faith in Christ. This book made me cry, not because of the horrors heard & witnessed & recorded, but because of the honesty of the struggles that plagued Kimberly and Mil ...more
Jill Boyd
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Passport Through Darkness is about an American couple who fight human trafficking all over the world but primarily in Sudan. It's eye opening, shocking and heartbreaking. What to do?
The content is definitely five stars but the writing is sometimes awkward and hard to follow. But hey, if you're willing to sell/give away all of your earthly possesions and start an orphanage in the middle of a dessert 2000 miles from supplies and endure a menengitis breakout and more, then being a less than perfect
Kate Davis
Great and powerful stories about people and parts of the world that often go overlooked.

The reason I rated down is because the writing. It's sometimes difficult to figure out what is going on (how long she's been in a certain country; what she means by some statements that she intends as foreshadowing but come off as confusing...), and also takes some creativity on the reader to fill in holes such as setting details. Still, entirely worth the read!
Scott Worden
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is is a true story of a female missionary who spent a few years in Sudan experiencing hardships you may never experience in your entire life. This book will make you realize how blessed you are and to hopefully do more for others in this broken world.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Shiloh by: Clay Richardson
Shelves: 2012, african-reads
I read it in one day, couldn't put it down, but these are the stories that move my heart.
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Natasha by: Heather Nicolas
Shelves: autobiographies
I read this book during just a few days during our summer holiday in Denmark. It was absolutely riveting! A hard read. I shed tears more than once. But I believe life is not able being comfortable and avoiding the hard things - we can be an instrument for change, just like the author Kimberly. She wrote this book very honestly and vulnerably. She's not a saint. She simply had to do something when she came face to face with evil (something many of us don't have to deal with, often by choice). I d ...more
Jestine Myers
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am not usually a fan of non-fiction, but this story tugged at my heart. Kim and her husband begin working on missions trips by moving first to Europe and later traveling to Africa to fight for widows and orphans. The story outlines her struggles, her doubts, her fears, her failures, her successes, her marriage, and all that goes on inside someone living today while fighting for tomorrow. She slowly does some amazing work while doubting her abilities and the toll of her work on her family.

I ga
Bob Morton
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story about an amazing woman. It opens with a suburban housewife and ends with a woman that is broken and ready to be used by God.

Kimberly Smith has written of her life and her attempt to rescue the children of a country torn by war. But she is not only trying to keep the children safe but minister to the people of the area. What she went through without the aid of her husband, who had diabetes and had to remain home as it got worse, becomes a secret that she cannot tell others,
Helen Lien
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: africa
“Africa runs on her own time and showed no respect for my “early bird gets the worm” mentality. Most of what brought me success or won achievement at home simply didn’t work in Africa.”

The book takes us on a journey to the war-torn South Sudan, where the things are so different from the world we've been used to. It is not only a book talking how christians should rely on God to walk through darkness and dangers, but also a true story narrating the cruel reality faced by millions of people on th
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Like some other readers wrote in their reviews, I too would give it more stars for the content but the writing style (or lack of editing?) made it difficult to read. I wonder if the author could summarise her book into 1 sentence? There were too many threads in this book but I do not regret reading it. And I will even recommend it to some of my friends.

(Spoiler here)
As another reviewer wrote, the 'emotional handwringing' at times irritated me. Being from Africa, I knew straight away, the first t
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Kimberly's life mission is incredible, and the stories she shares are nothing short of horrific. I was profoundly moved by most of the content of the book, but the structure and composition are less than noteworthy, and detract from the book's actual message.
Tami Yeager
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have a handful of books that have impacted my life in powerful ways; this book is defiantly in that handful.

Challenging, beautiful, raw, and very real. I love the author from afar and feel a kindred heart to her.

A must read for those who are seeking God's dream for their lives.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very emotionally difficult book to read but well worth it.
Amy C Quartermaine
Not for the faint of heart

Warning: This book is raw in it's emotions and realities. Some of the stories are quite real and harsh. This was one hard book to read!
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Still processing but this is a game changer. She has a very hard story to tell but brings us through it to find hope and joy at the end. Very raw at some points but how could it not given the topic?
Kent Pelton
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was not what I thought it would be when I picked it up. Ms. Smith didn't lose me, though. My interest was peaked and my outlook on life was challenged.
Reed Benson
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
If I were only grading the fact that this book exposes the difficulty and necessity of fighting the horrors going on in Sudan, I'd give it four or five stars. But the writing style really made it a drag to read at times. I was also reading two other books around the same time, but I put them on hold so I could power through this one just to get it over with.

No offense to Kimberly Smith; the content of her stories gripped me, but the way they were written made me cringe. The dialogue is pretty aw
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kimberly Smith and her husband Milton are introduced to the horrors of human trafficking almost by chance, when their missionary activity in Spain leads them to an orphanage in Portugal. There they come face to face with Uncle Buster, a man who is bringing in children from Africa, filming their abuse, and posting images on the internet. Passport Through Darkness: A True Story of Danger and Second Chances is Smith’s first person account of this event and what happened next.

On exploring traffickin
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“...we think being a Christian means to go to church on Sunday and trying to be good through the week. Now I see it means suffering, being willing to let the hard things happen to you, so that God can use us to do His work on this earth!” 3 likes
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