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Causes: Children & Youth, Christianity, Foster Care, International, International Human Rights, International Relief, Religion

Mission: Committed to prevent and combat human trafficking and all forms of modern–day oppression by educating and mobilizing The Body of Christ in countries: 1) Where women & children are at highest risk of human trafficking, forced prostitution and other forms of modern-day oppression. 2) Where little to no other help is available because it is considered either “too” dangerous, “too” expensive or “too” remote for most people to go.

Results: An orphan-care network consisting of three orphanages, New Life Ministry, Hope for South Sudan, and Our Father's Cleft, provides over 1,500 orphans safety from exploitation and a bright hope for the future. Each orphanage has an education system in place, training and developing leaders for the next generation. The medical network allows Make Way Partners to give life-saving treatment to 45,000 people each year.

Target demographics: vulnerable women and children at-risk to human trafficking.

Direct beneficiaries per year: care for 1,500 unadoptable orphans and their surrounding communities

Geographic areas served: Sudan and South Sudan

Programs: • indigenously led anti-trafficking network • nutritious food and clean water • shelter and 24-hour security • quality education and training • Christ-centered discipleship • proper healthcare and medicine • emotional trauma care and healing support

Community Stories

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