I would love to highlight a ministry that is near and dear to me. Make Way Partners is a ministry begun by a woman named Kimberly Smith, author of Passport to through Darkness. She fights human trafficking by taking in children who are rescued victims or the orphans of women stolen into slavery.
I first learned about this ministry while listening to an interview on Focus on the Family in which she told of the lives of children in the Sudan and other parts of the world who are being victimized and terrorized by traffickers. These children watch as their mothers are torn from them and stolen away forever. Many of these children were, themselves, under the yoke of slavery. She has created safe havens for these children. With the help of sponsors she has been able to provide shelter, school, ministry and love to boys and girls who were otherwise hiding in the wilderness. Many of these children were forced to sleep in trees and being eaten by wild dogs if they happened to fall out in the night.
What broke my heart was the story of a little boy named William who, at only three years old, was wandering in the refugee camps in Sudan with no one to care for him. I fret about whether my children are brushing their teeth well and getting a good education but this toddler is sleeping outside without food, care or loving kiss of his mother.
It was then that I prayed about sponsoring a child. God provided and we were able to sponsor Lopir, a little four year old with a deep scar in his forehead. When we first began to sponsor him we got information about his back story and a photo. His eyes were cautious and doubting, so haunting. His mother was blinded by traffickers and he was left to fend for himself. That was two years ago and now the photo we have of him is of a smiling and happy little boy.
These Sudanese children are unadoptable orphans, they are caught in constant trafficking raids, genocide and civil wars. They are trapped in a dark world. Make Way Partners is providing a way for them to grow up safely in a loving environment.
Make Way Partners works in many countries where people, particularly children, are most at risk. For more information click the link below. Together we could end modern day slavery.