World Communion Scholar to Serve Women and Children on the Margins
By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.
At age 17 Kathy Kyong Kim immigrated to America from Korea. "My mom would recite to me, Trust in God, and everything will be okay," said Kim. She relied on these words from her mother while devoting time to church and developing a strong relationship with God. It was during the summer of her senior year of high school when Kim attended a church retreat that changed her life. "When a pastor asked the group who wanted to be a missionary, I made a solemn vow to God that I would do his work and be a missionary."
With the help of a World Communion Scholarship, Kim is pursuing a Master of Divinity from the Claremont School of Theology with an emphasis on religious education.
Kim says that women and children bear a disproportionate share of the burden of poverty today, and their numbers are increasing. "The role of the Christian in alleviating hunger and poverty is crucial," said Kim. "God has placed the responsibility for leadership on the Christian's shoulders."
Kim feels called to Christian mission, citing the statistic that two-thirds of the world's population has never heard the Good News of God's love in Christ. "I believe that the Good News has to make sense to them in their language and culture. I would like to be the one who shares with them the transforming love of Jesus Christ." Kim's vocational goal is to become an ordained pastor who goes to a third-world country to help women and children.
Work in her local church is preparing Kim for missionary service. She organizes and directs a vacation Bible school that serves 80 children annually. Kim has also been a leader on short-term mission trips to several countries developing English and Bible School camps. In the church, she has trained volunteers to be Sunday school teachers for nursery, preschool, and other children's ministries.
World Communion Sunday is one of six United Methodist Special Sundays and is celebrated on the first Sunday in October.
Gifts to the World Communion Sunday offering equip racial and ethnic-minority students in the United States and international students to transform the church and communities. Offerings from World Communion Sunday support World Communion Scholarships (General Board of Global Ministries), with at least one-half of the annual amount for ministries beyond the United States, and the Ethnic Minority Scholarship and Ethnic In-Service Training Programs of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
"As a disciple following the teachings of Wesley and Christ, I believe that I have a responsibility to share the blessings that God has bestowed upon me," said Kim.
Hygh is the director of communications for the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church.