New adventure

Many of you may have been aware that we have been meaning to spend a few years living in Korea. Recently, God has connected us with a chance to do just that. We would like to announce that we have been appointed as Mission Co-workers to the Republic of Korea through the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. We will be site coordinators for the Young Adult Volunteer Program Korea site in the City of Daejeon.

For Kurt, this is a continuation of the calling he received at a PC(USA) youth conference in East Texas when he felt the Spirit nudging him toward a ministry that reaches out to the outcast and others who are told they “do not belong” because of their differences. God lead Kurt to engage people who were different from him, and to learn about different cultures, to show that God loves us all for our differences, rather than in spite of them. For Hyeyoung, God has been calling her to care for the underserved of society, which lead her to receive a social work degree, and work with Korean, Asian, and Latina/o communities in Chicago. This new work for Hyeyoung and Kurt is a natural step as they will help introduce PC(USA) young adults to Korea culture, building communities of belonging, and addressing issues such as the root causes of poverty, reconciliation in regions of violence, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

As we begin orientation in Louisville, KY, we invite you to prayerfully consider joining us through your time, talents, and financial contributions in carrying out God’s mission in the PC(USA) and Korea. There are several ways to become involved in this work. From February through May 2013, we will visit churches, presbyteries, and other groups to share the stories of our call and the work of the global partner we’ll be joining in Korea. We would like to schedule a time to visit with you before we leave the U.S. Please contact us and send us your mailing address and preferred email address to

Thank you for your current and past support. We hope you will join us on this shared journey and new beginnings in our life. We also look forward to taking a new member of our family with us to Korea as we expect the birth of our first boy in March! Together we will work to fulfill God’s mission in the PC(USA) and Korea. We will be in touch through letters and other media. We would love to hear your ideas and reflections as well.

Peace and blessings to all of you!

Hyeyoung Lee and Kurt Esslinger
“God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

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