Inner City/Domestic Missions: “To the ends of the earth... here"
Workshop » Global Topics
Dr. Andrew Kim
For many, there is a big difference between inner city missions and international healthcare missions. Yet, they are really two sides of the same coin. The best inner city missionaries I’ve met have been those people preparing to go overseas. And, similarly, working in the inner city is one of the best training grounds for going overseas. We are called to be missionaries- and we need to go through the same process and preparation whether we’re called overseas or to the inner city. The unreached and unengaged groups throughout the world are unreached and unengaged for various reasons: political situation, hostile environment, etc. Many inner cities in the US are similarly unreached and unengaged for the very same reasons. Both are places where injustice is the norm and the lack of a witness is destroying these communities.
Andrew Kim grew up in New York, and graduated from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire before returning to New York for medical school at SUNY Downstate. He then said goodbye to the Northeast (hopefully not forever) for the South, to be a part of a unique Christian family medicine residency program in Memphis, TN. He stayed on as a faculty member with Resurrection Health with special interests in HIV/AIDS and obstetrics. Now, Dr. Kim, with his wife Esther, who completed the same residency and did an extra year of obstetrical training, have moved to Atlanta where they live in the Clarkston neighborhood. They are working with a team to start a community-based, Christ-centered primary care clinic for the large refugee population that resides in the city and specifically in Clarkston. They are amazed everyday, meeting neighbors from some of the most persecuted and unreached and unengaged people groups in the world.