They Come Back Singing


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They Come Back Singing

Finding God with the Refugees


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.

Gary Smith, SJ 

Gary Smith, SJ, a Jesuit priest of the Oregon Province, has lived among and ministered to the poor since 1969.

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Books by Gary Smith, SJ

They Come Back Singing

Finding God with the Refugees

A moving account of a missionary in Africa. They Come Back Singing explores the question “what is most important in life” in an inspiring story of the connections Smith forged as a missionary to the refugees in Africa.

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Radical Compassion

Finding Christ in the Heart of the Poor

Through touching stories, Fr. Smith chronicles his life and work among the homeless.

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