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59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Geoff F.

Donor

Rating: 5

Make Way Partners bravely goes where few would dare to go and does what we think is impossible; proving what faith can do. This organization has integrity beyond words and I support them with all my heart.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Talk about courage, passion, love, commitment and dedication--Make Way Partners is a place where all of these things blend together to make a difference in the world of children in Sudan and around the world. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of an organization that holds powerful healing, transformation energy.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

MWP is a powerful organization as evidenced by its history and results. It speaks loudly of what God can do where there is real faith and commitment. It is truly an unbelievable story except for the fact it really happened. With a small team of volunteers, the Smith's threw their whole lives into following God's will. And God's will is for all people in the world to know His love. One way that MWP is doing that is by loving children in North and South Sudan who have lived their whole life in fear and terror through no fault of their own. Over 1000 children are now housed in three orphanages, loved, fed, educated. The Smiths saw the wisdom of finding believers who live in Sudan to partner with them to do the work of MWP. I feel so blessed to be able to be a part of this ministry and know that I am participating in God's work in Sudan, a dark place where God's light is brightly burning!

1 PlainsHobbit

Donor

Rating: 5

Having been a supporter of Make Way Partners since 2005 has allowed me the privilege to watch as the work done through Make Way Partners to combat human trafficking continues to grow. I remember hearing the remarkable stories coming out of Sudan in the early days of what would eventually give birth to MWP's first orphanage in that country. I have seen Make Way Partners used to accomplish amazing things. While the world around them gives in to despair and corruption and hate, those working for Make Way Partners and it's ministries hold out a message of Hope and Love and Forgiveness. It is a beacon of Hope in a desperate place. Lives saved. Lives changed.

2 Dana44

Donor

Rating: 5

We are so touched by Kimberly and the Make Way Partners Organization. Our family supports them as much as we can. They are bravely doing what few would be willing to do. Kimberly's book, Passport Through Darkness was so eye-opening and was a huge blessing.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard of MWP through Focus on the Family Radio Show. I was touched by their works in Sudan. They risked their very own lives to rescue the fatherless. Because of that, my husband and I have been supporting this ministry. We love to receive letters from our children in Sudan! Many times their letters brought tears of joy as I could tell of their strengths, their dreams and their hopes in life. I am thankful these children have a safe shelter and are loved!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned of MWP when I read the book "Passport Through Darkness". It opened my eyes to whole different world in which the level of suffering was far beyond what I could even fathom. How could I turn a blind eye without at least doing something. When I realized that the people who ran the organization put their own "boots on the ground" and participated in the risk and suffering that the people they were ministering to were enveloped in on a daily basis, I knew it was a passionate burden for them; being faithful with money is not an issue when you are willing to give of so many other areas of your life for a burden such as this. I feel totally comfortable donating to them, and realize that every dime we give for the care of the our adopted orphans, go to minister to that child. I consider it a privilege to be able to give to this organization.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with MWP began when a church member did a presentation on what he saw when visiting MWP's New Life orphanage/school in South Sudan. I was so moved that I went home and picked out a child for my husband and I to sponsor. When MWP started this school, there were hundreds of orphans in the area sleeping in trees to avoid being attacked by hyenas and wild dogs. Through the efforts of MWP, there is an orphanage there now that is home to 750 children. They provide complete and total care for these children. Our church now sponsors two more children through MWP. They have opened my eyes to how blessed we are in the USA, and how, as Christians, we are called to care for orphans and widows -- those less fortunate that ourselves. MWP leadership follows this calling so well. I am so proud and happy to be able to partner with this ministry.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My heart goes out to orphans, all over the world. When I read Kimberly Smith's book, Passport Through Darkness, I knew this was the organization I wanted to sponsor a child through. My husband and I have sponsored one child, for two years now, and love the fact, that all money goes directly into the welfare of this child.

1 MichaelandJen K.

Donor

Rating: 5

I became familiar with Make Way Partners after reading Kimberly Smith's book, Passport Through Darkness. Our family currently sponsors three children in Sudan through the organization, and I can't say enough good things about the experience. 100% of sponsorship funds go directly to the care of the children, and we are constantly updated as to the conditions and circumstances in the areas the children are living. Make Way Partners is committed to going where no one else dares to, and it is an honor to support them!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Through another charity I learned of a book entitled "Passport Through Darkness", a story of one woman's discovery, along with her family, about the horrors of child sexual trafficking and child abandonment in Africa and Europe. This small, efficient organization has grown from this family's commitment to the "starfish principal"--you cannot save every child, but you can save one at at time. From that philosophy has come the development of orphanages in one of the worst political environments on earth--Darfur and the Sudan, along with efforts to abolish international sexual trafficking, especially in children.
I support many charities; in no other is there such a commitment to caring for children no matter the personal risks to the staff. They literally put their lives on the line on a daily basis in that war torn land.
Please consider them in your plans to help the most helpless--that is what they do very well.

Cathy80

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Make Way Partners is focused on helping vulnerable children in Sudan and South Sudan, where other agencies are hesitant to go because of the significant danger. They partner with indigenous people who have already demonstrated a heart for those most at risk of human trafficking, starvation, genocide and more. What they have accomplished in a short period of time is truly miraculous. They are not only providing a safe environment for the children to live, they are providing education, nurturing and health care. They recently opened their first high school, recently opened a new orphanage in the Nuba Mountains, and expanded another one. They developed a farm and orchard to grow their own food, and they are striving to develop a hospital in a country where people who need hospital care have to be flown to Kenya. They are continually moving forward, trusting in the Lord's direction. It is a very effective, efficient ministry.

Rachel124

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have sponsored children through MWP for over three years now. What I most appreciate about MWP is their commitment to going to hard places and vulnerable people with the love of Christ. Passport Through Darkness by Kimberly Smith is one of the most heart-wrenching books I have ever read....reading it made me weep, but it also made me so grateful for MWP and their focus on the HOPE, LOVE, and LIGHT of Christ that is flooding the darkness. I so appreciate Kimberly Smith's raw honesty about evil alongside of her strong conviction and steadfast trust that Christ is stronger than any evil and that He lovingly rescues and redeems His children!

Donor

Rating: 5

After reading Passport Through Darkness, I invited Kimberly to speak at my church. She is the real deal, following Jesus' calling no matter what the cost. Her story is living proof that even in the darkest corners of our world God's light is able to shine. My family sponsors one of her orphans and the letter we received from him was so personal. At one time we had sponsored through Save the Children, but ended up canceling because we were constantly bombarded by mailings asking us to give more. It made us question how much of our money was being spent on our child versus all of the marketing materials we received. With MWP, I have no question that every dime of my money is going toward the care of my sponsored child. This organization is different, in that it is indigenously led, by people who have incredible faith in the face of some of the worst evil that exists on this earth. MWP's mission is not for a bunch of Westerners to come in and provide aid, then leave. Their goal is to give as many orphans as possible a chance to grow up feeling hope and knowing God's love, to get an education and as adults use their positive influence to change Sudan from within.

Donor

Rating: 5

I heard Kimberly speak at a church I was visiting and bought her book after. Kimberly and Make Way Partners are amazing to work with. I chose to sponsor a child through their organization because 100% of your donation goes to the child you support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have eagerly joined the Make Way Partners family just this past year. Kimberly and Milton's hearts and pro-active compassion for the especially needy children in both Africa and Peru are extremely challenging and encouraging. Her transparency throughout her books and ministry is real life, yet perservering. She and teammates work side by side supporting deeply caring indigenous leaders/workers who provide the daily provisions, shelter, teaching, and hands-on care for the orphans. We are blessed to share in even a small part of this quality ministry.

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Donor

Rating: 5

After reading Passport through Darkness, my life changed. I was educated and humbled. I have thanked God for allowing me to be part of Make Way Partners. My husband and I are blessed to support 3 beautiful children that I pray for and love like my own. My heart hurts to know that there are leaders that care so little for the people they are suppose to protect and educate. Instead they enslave, kill and rape or allow others to do so. Kimberly Smith and the volunteers put themselves in harms way consistently to help the children that are seen as no value to their country. I am thankful that Kimberly listened to the call from the Lord, took action and gives these children an opportunity to survive, thrive and help their country become a God-fearing, caring place.

1 Jason85

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We've supported MWP for 5 or 6 years now and are amazed at what they accomplish in a dangerous part of the world. They're a lean organization relying on local leaders to get things done. We'll continue to support MWP for many years to come, great work!

Donor

Rating: 5

Make Way Partners is a unique ministry reaching forgotten children on the other side of the world. They receive not only material things to meet their physical needs, but care, protection, love, and faith. Because love is fleshed out for them by their leaders and mentors, they learn that there are good things waiting for them in life. Jesus is more than a name to them; He is alive in those who rescue them and hold them close to their hearts.

I am amazed at the miracles that keep this wonderful ministry going. It is so obviously dependent on a God who cares enough to call those who will risk all for His purposes. And His purpose is to let each one of these children know that they are unique and precious--to Him and to many others around the world. Any small amount of support will become much in the hands of Kimberly and her support staff. Their prayers and their faithfulness guarantee that Make Way Partners and the children they rescue will keep on keeping on, guided and upheld by Father God.

Shelba Forrest

Living W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I believe that what Kimberly L. Smith has birthed and sustained against all odds and challenges is nothing less than the hands, feet and heart of Jesus here on earth touching the broken and afflicted with genuine Love. MWP you are absolutely beautiful and inspire me to serve in love whatever it takes. Thank you.
Patrick from Malta

Donor

Rating: 5

MWP is a wonderful organization that we have been proud to be a part of for over three years. Kimberly's heart for these children is genuine. I am so thankful for the work that is being done to rescue these precious children, and give them a hope for the future. Please check out this wonderful ministry, they are truly changing lives!

Donor

Rating: 5

We love supporting MakeWay! For all three of our boys' birthdays, we try to help raise awareness of this great organization by asking people to donate to MWP in lieu of a gift. Kimberly's blog is always so raw and inspiring. We pray regularly for the work they do all over the world as well as for all the children in their orphanages. God is moving through MakeWay Partners!

Donor

Rating: 5

Make Way Partners inspires me to pray and to give. Kimberly is a truly amazing woman who is using her gifts & talents to make a difference in so many lives. God has repeatedly provided miraculous protection for her, and I pray that he will continue to do so.

Donor

Rating: 5

My family and I have been a child sponsor for about 2 years and they have been very professional the entire time. We have also met several members of the ministry and they are very passionate about the children they help! They do a great job!

Bobby8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Make Way Partners has encouraged me again and again in my walk with our Lord. The lengths that Kimberly is willing to go in fulfilling God's call can be measured only by what God expects. I praise Him for her (and Milton's) surrender to do a work that most of us would never have the courage to try.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard about MWP several years ago when Kimberly was a guest on Focus on the Family. I had heard about human trafficking but was shocked at the statistics. I went to the MWP website to find out more about the work they were doing & was compelled to give financially. I read Passport through Darkness & was amazed & so grateful for Kimberly's courage & determination to save the children despite the danger to herself. I have been a supporter of a child for about 3 years & it is so touching to receive his letters & see his pictures as he grows into a young man. God bless all of the dedicated, faithful servants of God who work with MWP. They are truly serving & protecting the helpless & innocent.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm really thankful to Make Way Partners the remember me in their prayers and send me the news latter I have to request to all friends we need your help for orphan and deserving Children of Pakistan we are running a school for these Children but we have not enough recourses for the Children if you have passion for needy Children of Pakistan you can contact us:

Naeem Younis
The Shine Education School System
Ashraf Town, Qila Didar Singh, Gujranwala Pakistan.
Email: naeemyqds@gmail.com
Cell No: +92-302-646-0293

Donor

Rating: 5

We came to MWP through the recommendation of an acquaintance, and we've been so impressed that we're trying to line up plans to travel in as volunteers next summer. Their communication is great, and the work that they're doing is really amazing -- hard, lifesaving labor in places that nobody else wants to go.

Donor

Rating: 5

I read Kimberly Smith's book and just knew I had to help in some way. It took me a year to get financially able to do so, but I'm so happy that we are able to help an orphan financially, through personal prayer and encouraging letters to her. I love that 100% of what I give goes to the child we sponsor! How many other organizations can proudly say that! Keep up the good fight Kimberly! If not in this life, I look forward to meeting you in the next one!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Make Way Partners is one of the best organizations for changing lives
and saving the most volunerable of children and women. The updates
that are provided are so detailed and donations are literally providing life saving help
to orphans. If you want to do something to make a difference in this world donate here.

Amalie V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great things being done through this NGO and greater things are yet to come. i've read Kimberly's book "Passport through Darkness" and how the whole mission began- its so shaped and based on strong faith that doesn't waver. so thankful for the work being dome in and through this NGO.

Donor

Rating: 5

Since we first heard of Kimberly Smith of Make Way Partners on Janet Parshall's Christian radio talk show on WMBI in Chicago, we were greatly impressed with the work they were doing with orphans that were victims of the calamity in South Sudan.

We strongly endorse this ministry as it deserves the support of all Christian believers.

Peter and Joan Jensen
Schaumburg, Illinois

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After hearing Kimberly Smith speak about her huge transition from corporate life to a meager life of serving like we are asked to do by our heavenly father, I can became convinced like her that there is more to life than just living it. Kimberly and all help her employees are giving more than just time. They are giving their lives daily living it out as Jesus has asked us to do. They are trying to impoverish the poor, they are saving lives daily, And helping to raise sponsorship around the world for these orphans. I have been volunteering since I retired two years ago and have since become a sponsor. Their charity work should be on the A+ list.

Donor

Rating: 5

Responsible, ethical and caring. I have donated to help women and children and that's exactly what they do.

Sally56

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for Kimberly and Milton who saw the need of suffering children in Sudan left homeless because of disease, famine or war. I sponsor a child and think if I can help one child, what a difference that child might make in the future of Sudan. I realize we are limited in what we can do because of the war there. Our prayers were answered when the supplies for the year made it through the war zone to the children. It is awesome to see how God is working through Make Way Partners to make a difference in the lives of these orphans.

Donor

Rating: 5

Who would dare attempt to stand between the murderous intentions of evil and the beautiful dignity of human beings? Who would willingly incur loss and suffering on behalf others? MWP does this each day, rescuing women and children in the most dangerous places on earth, and providing food, shelter, medicine, education and resources, all through empowering indigenous leadership. I love knowing that my small donations contribute to justice, protection, and care for the most vulnerable and least protected. I love hearing the stories of lives saved and growing stronger. I trust the wise stewardship of Milton and Kimberly Smith.

Cathy79

Donor

Rating: 5

Make Way Partners is reaching orphans that would otherwise be left to die or be abused. We sponsor one boy in South Sudan and are grateful for that opportunity.

Donor

Rating: 5

My family and I have been sponsors of 2 children in South Sudan through Make Way Partners for over 5 years. We consider them part of our family. Make Way Partners is changing lives and making a difference in Sudan and South Sudan. So proud of this amazing organization and for all that they do!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We easily forget about that which we do not see. We forget the plight and pain of those with nothing--no family, no hope, nobody and nothing. MWP does not forget them and they help us see the needs while providing a way to help and partner in bringing hope and life to unadoptable orphans. MWP saves lives plain and simple. So thankful for MWP

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known of Make Way Partners for several years. I pray for them daily and send a financial gift when I can. I am so blessed when I get Kimberly's emails and read how the Lord is using this organization to provide for the orphans in Sudan. I am also thankful for the indigenous leaders the Lord has provided who give of themselves unselfishly to care for these traumatized children. My daughter fully supports a child and my 12 year old granddaughter partially supports another.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are the BEST. Helping in areas where others have been afraid to go. Making a world of difference in children's lives - saving them from death in most cases.
I've been a child sponsor. I fully believe and support all they do.
Carolyn

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While I cannot physically go and help the work of Make way partners,by praying and donating to the work,I feel I can play some small part in doing what the Bible commands us to do.To stand up for those who are oppressed,and those who are the most vulnerable.
Make way not only care for the physical needs ,but more importantly the spiritual needs of each precious child. I can wholeheartedly recommend giving to this organisation.

Donor

Rating: 4

I have been a doner to Make Way Partners for several years because I believe in their cause.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Make Way Partners goes to the most foresaken places on the planet, places of darkness and evil. With hearts full of love, they reach out to donors and would-be volunteers, offering retreats, materials, speakers. MWP is low profile, but it penetrates the consciences of governments. I organzied a benefit concert with a student group, and MWP gave us everything we needed to raise money and awareness. We had a full house, and one Saturday afternoon, musicians, students, teachers, friends & family came together to support the work of MWP. What were some of the comments: "I had no idea there was still salvery in Africa." And, "They really protect those women and children?" "How come I don't hear more about this?"
If you want to put money and time and resources in an organization that supports indigenouse people fighting the evils of slavery in their homeland, MWP is the ONLY way to go.

Donor

Rating: 5

MWP is doing what no one else does -- going into lawless lands and rescuing the oppressed and the "least of these" as Jesus commanded. I thank God for the work they are doing to save lives. It is a blessing to be a part of this ministry. Our Make Way Partner child is beautiful and we are privileged to be a part of her life if even in a small way.

1

Donor

Rating: 4

We have been a child sponsor since 2008. Make Way Partners has always made us feel personally connected to our child. Their updates, newsletter, and email have kept us in the loop. They go above and beyond the norm to be the handd and feet of Jesus. God bless their ongoing ministry!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter and donor of MWP for 7 years and can attest to their mission to fight against human trafficking and other forms of oppression and marginalization of people everywhere - I love how they keep you constantly up to date with the conflicts in the areas that they work in and the fact that they work in some of the most desperate places where other organizations either can't or don't want to work because of the extreme risks and costs involved - God bless and continue the work MWP!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this ministry! I love their mission, vision, and trust their leadership!

They are financially responsible --- both having the seal approval from ECFA and also making available their 990s and a third party financial review each year on their website.

They care about the heart --- both the hearts of those they serve in Sudan and South Sudan --- but also us as donors, sending thoughtful, thought-provoking, invitations to seek out God's heart in our midst and our purpose in the world. They do this through their blogs, newsletters, and also when you interact with their staff. It feels like being a part of a family when you follow this ministry.

They do what they can't do --- serving in warzones and lawless lands where everything seems to be really hard and where its impossible to get things done. Yet, God makes a way for those they serve. It's inspiring to see how often God intercedes for the most vulnerable.

It's essential --- they purposefully serve where no one else will go - because its too dangerous or too corrupt and stand behind indigenous leadership. The ministry they provide literally saves lives and literally stands in the gap for others.

I am a child sponsor and deeply value the growth I've seen in my child --- both physically (he is so healthy now) and also spiritually and emotionally. He dreams big and that is a gift to all orphans in warzones. Pictures would be enough evidence just to see the progressive transformation in his life.


1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported Make Way Partners for almost 2 years now through full child sponsorship. I have been inspired by the courage and faithfulness of the leadership of this organization that displays God's love in a way that is life changing. It is a blessing for me to witness and have a part in the beautiful display of God's love through MWP.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a child sponsor and supporter of Make Way Partners for over 5 years. Make Way Partners is so unique because they are caring for the MOST vulnerable children in war torn---that no one else is caring for! Also, my husband and I respect Make Way Partners' approach of ministry: They work through indigenous leaders! They are ECFA accredited and guarantee that 100% of my child sponsor donation is going towards caring for my child! We feel safe placing our donation in MWP's hands because we know it is reaching the people.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a child sponsor since 2006 and now sponsor children in honor of my nephews so that they can experience the joy of knowing a child in Sudan and seeing them as family. Make Way Partners is an amazing organization through which God is at work and on the move on behalf of His children --- the unadoptable orphans and widows at risk to slavery. As I've partnered with MWP I have grown to trust their leadership and am impressed with their mission to the least of these.

As I've watched the children that I support grow I am honored to see how much, in so few years, has developed in their lives and am eager to see what change-makers they will be in their own country, community and future families.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Make Way Partners is an organization that truly cares about the starving and abused children of the world, and are willing to put themselves in danger in order to go to Sudan and other places to minister to these sweet ones, I am proud that I have had the opportunity to volunteer at times for them.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

The child sponsorship program is a great way for my family to connect with the fight against human trafficking. MWP provides not just supplemental help but total care to these vulnerable orphans. While we wish we could physically adopt our child in Sudan, we know that without an org like MWP going to these extreme locations we would never have the chance of helping to care for a child in need like ours. We still consider him a part of our family and love to write him letters and see him grow!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

For 5 years, my wife and I have sponsored a young woman at one of the orphanages in South Sudan through the child sponsorship program. It has been a delight to see her grow from a little girl into a young woman. We believe strongly in the work God is doing through Make Way Partners to protect orphans and widows in this war torn country. We encourage anyone to sponsor a child so they may have the Christian discipleship, education, food, and medical care these children receive through donations to Make Way Partners.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported Make Way Partners by sponsoring a child for several years. I have met the founders and many of the people who work for Make Way via various volunteering opportunities. They are all genuine people who care deeply about the needs of those they serve. I believe wholeheartedly in their mission and know that they steward their resources well.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Make Way Partners has opened my family's eyes to the needs of the trafficked, forgotten, and poor of the world. Through their personal newsletters and opportunities to personally get involved with rescued children, we have been given opportunities to do so and to keep these vulnerable children in front of us.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Make Way Partners is a great organization for coming to the aid of the most vulnerable people in the world--and particularly in the Sudan. They truly do care about the dignity of people and the glory of God through it all. Their staff are genuine in their own faith and truly are godly ambassadors for faith in Christ.

2 Aaron N.

Donor

Rating: 4

This charity; is a new organization to me, that I just recently learned about in the past 6 months. It's primary focus is on human trafficking, mainly children of Sudan. Unlike other child sponsorships, all monies given goes to the children's housing, clothing, food and schooling. You become there parents or family. But not only can you sponsor a child after they are taken out of hostile conditions, you can choose to sponsor the missionaries that work with this organization.
I give support to the workers, and hope to start assisting a child in need soon. It's worth the money and investments. I hope you will consider sponsoring either the workers and or child.
God bless

2

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been supporting MWP for over 5 years. We are so happy to support a child through MWP. With all the scandals and lack of transparency with many organizations, it's refreshing and comforting to see the transparency and good stewardship of MWP. They give 100% of the donations to the designated project. No admin fees! Thanks for all the work you are doing! Keep up the great work!