I found this book both fascinating and heartbreaking in more than one way.
First of all, although I think Kimberly Smith's ministry has done great things for the orphans in the Sudan region I was troubled by her decision to take many short-term mission trips without the presence of her family. Ultimately, Kimberly herself addresses this issue and she and her husband do find peace in their marriage. I believe the most important ministry a woman has when her children are living at home is to take care of her family. Beyond this, I do believe women can have a ministry but generally think it should be with the family.
Slavery, cholera, genocide. These are just a few of the dangers faced by Kimberly when she ministered in Sudan. Part of her mission was to share the stories of those living in the Sudan. These stories were beyond heartbreaking, but I do believe its important to be aware of what's going on around the world so we can pray for those undergoing persecution.
The most extraordinary transformation that takes place in the book is in Kimberly herself. God brought her to a broken place during her travels and showed her the need to get beyond herself. She underwent cholera and a personal attack.
Ultimately Kimberly reminds the reader that God can use us in spite of ourselves, whether our "mission" is in the Sudan or closer to home. I will not soon forget Kimberly's journey.