Along the Journey

Kimberly Smith Highland's Blog (Author & President of Make Way Partners)

What will you find in my blog? Adventurous stories and reflections on wild acts of discovering, loving, and freeing the captive bound inside ourselves—and in turn—living our lives in abandoned service for our King as we reach out to the oppressed, trafficked, enslaved, and persecuted!

October 13

MWP Frees 15-Year-Old Girl from Prison

As I sat on the long plane ride to Africa recently, the woman sitting next to me and I made small talk. The usual, “Where’d you start your journey? Where’s your final destination? Kids, grandkids, ponies…” When she asked me the “What do you do?” question, I paused for a blip; it’s always so hard […]

October 9

Legal Abduction of Girls

“In some communities in South Sudan, especially Dinka customary law, it’s okay to take a girl of marriageable age by force as a wife, but one has to inform her relatives. The man does not threaten to attack potential in-laws either.”  “I am talking on behalf of my family that my wife, Madam Ayen Meen was caught on […]

October 4

Love Without Hesitation by Guest Blogger Catherine Huang

Guest Blog by Catherine Huang, MWP Asian Coordinator Recently, I’ve been praying and meditating a lot upon the vastness of God’s love. There is one scripture that keeps coming to my mind. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) When Jesus walked to the […]

October 2

How Natural Lifemanship Prevented a 12-Car Pile Up

According to Chief, the entire fiasco started the day before when Flat Stanley swore an oath of revenge against Chief just because he accidentally ripped Flat Stanley’s arm off. Chief claims he’d only meant to nibble some affection on Flat Stanley; he’d had never met a boy made of paper before. The morning started just as every […]

September 25

Double Your Money–Double Your Power to Save Lives!

Two weeks ago I wrote about unprecedented flooding in my Hovering Hope blog post, documenting mass loss of homes and lives in Sudan and South Sudan. Just a few days later, I wrote in Cholera Falls Upon Us, just as we feared, of the subsequent cholera outbreak that always follows devastating flooding when there is no […]

September 22

What Makes a Man

“Oh! I thought you were tall.” General Wiere Akoon said as he bowed toward me, laying his left cheek against my right one in the traditional South Sudanese greeting and patting my shoulder. “I don’t remember you looking so sad.” I thought, but thankfully didn’t blurt out, as he sized me down. Being the only woman […]

September 20

Dear Papa

“Dear Papa, this is your beloved daughter Faiza. I miss you so very much, yet my baby has come, and I am so very, very happy here in Uganda. You have a beautiful granddaughter.” Sitting with Faiza is like sitting beside a waterfall. Your eyes are drawn to the bubbles and boils, your ears perk at […]

September 12

Cholera Falls Upon Us

Every good storyteller knows that all epic stories have three acts—Act I: Everything is great and you love the characters. Act II: Some crisis presents itself throwing everyone and everything off kilter. Act III: Resolution. Think “Lord of the Rings.” Act I: Frodo and all the hobbits lived in a veritable utopia. Act II: Bilbo […]

September 7

Hovering Hope

“In the beginning…the earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:1-2, ESV). “I don’t know how to do this. I can’t do this. I don’t want to do this. It’s just too much.” […]