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They Come Back Singing: Finding God with the Refugees

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In a discouraging and dangerous place,

he found a people of amazing faith and forgiveness.

For years, Gary Smith, a Jesuit priest, led a familiar life in the Pacific Northwest. Then, one day in 2000, he left that life behind to spend six years among Sudanese refugees struggling to survive in refugee camps in northern Uganda. He traveled to this dangerous, pitiless place to be with these forsaken people out of a conviction that “Jesuits should be going where no one else goes.”

Smith’s journal is a vivid, inspiring account of the deep connections he forged during his life-changing experience with the Sudanese refugees in Uganda. Along the way, he discovered a suffering people who, despite being displaced by a brutal civil war, find the strength to let go of the many and deep sorrows of the past.

Ultimately, They Come Back Singing is a window to the spiritual life and growth of a priest whose generous spirit and genuine love allow him to serve—and be served—in truly extraordinary ways.

“Read this remarkable journal for an intimate look at one of the most

important humanitarian and religious issues of our time.”

—James Martin, SJ, author of This Our Exile: A Spiritual Journey with the Refugees of East Africa

Gary Smith, SJ, worked for six years with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Sudanese refugee camps in Uganda. He is the author of Radical

Compassion: Finding Christ in the Heart of the Poor, an account of his ministry to the poor and disabled in Portland, Oregon.

 

In a discouraging and dangerous place,

he found a people of amazing faith and forgiveness.

For years, Gary Smith, a Jesuit priest, led a familiar life in the Pacific Northwest. Then, one day in 2000, he left that life behind to spend six years among Sudanese refugees struggling to survive in refugee camps in northern Uganda. He traveled to this dangerous, pitiless place to be with these forsaken people out of a conviction that “Jesuits should be going where no one else goes.”

Smith’s journal is a vivid, inspiring account of the deep connections he forged during his life-changing experience with the Sudanese refugees in Uganda. Along the way, he discovered a suffering people who, despite being displaced by a brutal civil war, find the strength to let go of the many and deep sorrows of the past.

Ultimately, They Come Back Singing is a window to the spiritual life and growth of a priest whose generous spirit and genuine love allow him to serve—and be served—in truly extraordinary ways.

“Read this remarkable journal for an intimate look at one of the most

important humanitarian and religious issues of our time.”

—James Martin, SJ, author of This Our Exile: A Spiritual Journey with the Refugees of East Africa

Gary Smith, SJ, worked for six years with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Sudanese refugee camps in Uganda. He is the author of Radical

Compassion: Finding Christ in the Heart of the Poor, an account of his ministry to the poor and disabled in Portland, Oregon.

 

Review:

"Where do you go after two decades of working with poor and homeless people, inmates and the mentally ill living in low-income hotels? For Smith, a Jesuit priest and author of Radical Compassion, the answer was to follow God's call to work and live with some of the most disadvantaged people in the world, the Sudanese refugees living in Uganda. This book, a record of his six years in two refugee camps as priest and administrator, reveals not only the truly ghastly conditions in which people live and often die, but also the spiritual strength that supports them. Smith's collection of journal entries, letters and other narratives shines a spotlight on individual stories, including masses and celebrations, a blind woman who doesn't need eyes to see clearly, the intense suffering as the last of a family's children dies and the terror of armies that attack and burn villages. Smith also documents his own struggle to learn a foreign language, culture and values, as well as his anger at injustices and, powerfully, his intense love for the people. 'We find redemption in our lives by honoring our relationships,' Smith writes." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In 2000, Gary Smith, a Jesuit priest, left a familiar life in the Pacific Northwest to become a missionary in Africa, where he lived among Sudanese refugees struggling to survive in refugee camps in northern Uganda. Among other reasons, he went to this dangerous, pitiless place to discover the answer to a deep question many of us ask: What is most important in life?
They Come Back Singing is Smith's inspiring journal of the deep connections he forged and the life-changing lessons he learned during his six years as a missionary in Africa. As he seeks the answer to his question, Smith is both a witness to and a teacher of how the Holy Spirit's power provides the spiritual strength to move forward in even the most difficult circumstances.

Synopsis:

A moving and inspiring account of one priest’s

life-changing experience among

Sudanese refugees.

 

In 2000, Gary Smith, a Jesuit priest, left a familiar life in the Pacific Northwest to live among Sudanese refugees struggling to survive in refugee camps in northern Uganda. He traveled to this dangerous, pitiless place to be with these forsaken people out of a conviction that “Jesuits should be going where no one else goes.” But he also went to discover the answer to a question many of us ask: What is most important in life? For Smith, the answer came down to connecting with other human beings, to relationships—“to being loved and giving in love.”

Smith’s journal is a vivid, inspiring account of the deep connections he forged during his six years with the refugees in Uganda. Along the way, he discovers a suffering people who, despite being displaced by a brutal civil war, find the spiritual strength to let go of the many and deep sorrows of the past. Smith is both a witness to and a teacher of how the Holy Spirit’s power provides this spiritual strength to move forward.

Gary Smith, SJ, worked for six years with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Sudanese refugee camps in Uganda. He is the author of Radical Compassion: Finding Christ in the Heart of the Poor, an account of his ministry to the poor, disabled, and needy in Portland, Oregon.

About the Author

Gary Smith, SJ, worked for six years with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Sudanese refugee camps in Uganda. He is the author of They Come Back Singing, a journal of his time in Uganda, Radical Compassion, an account of his ministry to the poor and disabled in Portland, Oregon, and Street Journal.

Table of Contents

Contents

Author’s Note xiii

Introduction xvii

Part 1: Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement

Journal: August 2000  3

Killer Lightning 8

New Life, New Hope 11

Letter from Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement 14

Letter from Kampala 18

And in God There Is No Darkness at All 21

Journal: June 2001 26

A Mother’s Voice Crying Out in the Wilderness 35

A Paratrooper in a Diaper 39

Letter from Arua  43

Cause of Death: Life 47

Letter from Mwanza, Tanzania  50

Journal: September 2002  54

Letter from Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement 59

Everything 62

Part 2: Adjumani Refugee Settlement

Letter from Adjumani Refugee Settlement 67

Standing Naked before an Angel 70

Journal: December 2003  76

A Noise in the Night 85

Yayo 90

The Beautiful Mouth of Jacelin Ojok 94

Journal: June 2004  104

Confirmation and Kalashnikovs 115

Letter from Nimule, Sudan  123

Holding Job in My Arms 126

Kogwon Narju 132

African Gem 138

Letter from Kampala 144

God Does Not Forget His People 147

A Love Story  154

Hakim 159

A Bridge to the Eternal 164

Holy Week and a Cloud of Witnesses 171

A Long Night’s Journey into Day 177

Say Yes Again and Forgive Forever 181

Journal: June 2005 189

The Tears of Rose Adoo 195

Journal: August 2006 202

God’s Sweet Gift 210

Those Damn Jesuits  216

Afterword 223

 

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Jean Alice, July 25, 2013 (view all comments by Jean Alice)
Slaughter and fear of death forced hundreds of thousands from their homes to refugee camps in northern Uganda. I was close to tears at some stories of Sudanese refugees who had lost five, six, seven children to diseases that could be cured by twenty cents of medicine. Every page reminded me of people close to starving, and my own privileged life as an American.

The deep faith and joy as they sang and danced to praise God; the gratitude that a white man, a Jesuit priest, had come to share their lives and their several languages, comforting and encouraging them for six years in their close to impossible situations.

I was inspired by the lives of the refugees and of the priest who lived among them. I hope I will never again take for granted the luxuries in my own life.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780829427011
Author:
Smith, Gary
Publisher:
Loyola Press
Author:
Smith, Gary N.
Subject:
Clergy
Subject:
Catholic church
Subject:
Inspirational
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Smith, Gary N.
Subject:
Catholic Church - Uganda - Clergy
Subject:
missionary in Africa
Subject:
They Come Back Singing
Subject:
Gary Smith SJ
Subject:
Religion Western-Inspirational
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in 0.76 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Where do you go after two decades of working with poor and homeless people, inmates and the mentally ill living in low-income hotels? For Smith, a Jesuit priest and author of Radical Compassion, the answer was to follow God's call to work and live with some of the most disadvantaged people in the world, the Sudanese refugees living in Uganda. This book, a record of his six years in two refugee camps as priest and administrator, reveals not only the truly ghastly conditions in which people live and often die, but also the spiritual strength that supports them. Smith's collection of journal entries, letters and other narratives shines a spotlight on individual stories, including masses and celebrations, a blind woman who doesn't need eyes to see clearly, the intense suffering as the last of a family's children dies and the terror of armies that attack and burn villages. Smith also documents his own struggle to learn a foreign language, culture and values, as well as his anger at injustices and, powerfully, his intense love for the people. 'We find redemption in our lives by honoring our relationships,' Smith writes." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
In 2000, Gary Smith, a Jesuit priest, left a familiar life in the Pacific Northwest to become a missionary in Africa, where he lived among Sudanese refugees struggling to survive in refugee camps in northern Uganda. Among other reasons, he went to this dangerous, pitiless place to discover the answer to a deep question many of us ask: What is most important in life?
They Come Back Singing is Smith's inspiring journal of the deep connections he forged and the life-changing lessons he learned during his six years as a missionary in Africa. As he seeks the answer to his question, Smith is both a witness to and a teacher of how the Holy Spirit's power provides the spiritual strength to move forward in even the most difficult circumstances.
"Synopsis" by ,

A moving and inspiring account of one priest’s

life-changing experience among

Sudanese refugees.

 

In 2000, Gary Smith, a Jesuit priest, left a familiar life in the Pacific Northwest to live among Sudanese refugees struggling to survive in refugee camps in northern Uganda. He traveled to this dangerous, pitiless place to be with these forsaken people out of a conviction that “Jesuits should be going where no one else goes.” But he also went to discover the answer to a question many of us ask: What is most important in life? For Smith, the answer came down to connecting with other human beings, to relationships—“to being loved and giving in love.”

Smith’s journal is a vivid, inspiring account of the deep connections he forged during his six years with the refugees in Uganda. Along the way, he discovers a suffering people who, despite being displaced by a brutal civil war, find the spiritual strength to let go of the many and deep sorrows of the past. Smith is both a witness to and a teacher of how the Holy Spirit’s power provides this spiritual strength to move forward.

Gary Smith, SJ, worked for six years with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Sudanese refugee camps in Uganda. He is the author of Radical Compassion: Finding Christ in the Heart of the Poor, an account of his ministry to the poor, disabled, and needy in Portland, Oregon.

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