Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Sun Lae Kim

Serving At: United Methodist Mission in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Location: Mongolia, Asia and Pacific

Home Country: South Korea, Asia and Pacific

Sun Lae Kim, missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serves with the United Methodist Mission in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Ms. Kim was born in the Republic of Korea into a Buddhist family. When she was 13, her mother became a Christian and a year later she, too, gave her life to Jesus Christ. She is today a citizen of the United States and has strong historical links to the General Board of Global Ministries. She went to Mongolia in a special service category in 2002 and was a missionary in Russia from 1993 to 1998.

Sun Lae’s home congregation is the Korean Community United Methodist Church of Englewood, New Jersey, in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference. She worked and studied in the Philippines in 1982. Sun Lae can speak and read Korean, Mongolian, Russian, and English.

Her contacts with missionaries led to the conviction that she, too, could enter mission service, to utilize her skills on behalf of the Gospel and to serve people in the name of Jesus. Sun Lae directed her education toward such service, receiving a Master of Theology degree from the East Asia Graduate School of Theology in the Philippines, a Master of Arts degree from Scarritt Graduate School (Nashville, Tennessee), and a master’s degree in Biblical literature from Faith Theological Seminary, New York.

In Mongolia, Sun Lae focuses on congregational development and outreach ministries in the thriving United Methodist Mission based around the city of Ulaanbaatar. The mission includes a literacy program, Christian education, worship at the detention center, a community outreach program and church development.

”As Jesus Christ became a human being to serve the people in the world, I’d like to be in solidarity with people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I feel a sense of urgency to serve in mission to bring God’s love and peace in the world today.”

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Supporting Conferences: Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, New York Annual Conference, North Georgia Annual Conference

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