Korean pastoral intern finds harmony inside Elkhart County jail

Published: April 29, 2018

By Marshall V. King, South Bend Tribune Columnist (shared with permission)

ELKHART, Indiana — On a recent Sunday afternoon, Sungbin Kim, an AMBS MDiv student from Seoul, South Korea, stood inside a locked room at the Elkhart County Corrections Center, playing a borrowed guitar.

He’d start to sing, and then a dozen other men would join in. Ten of them were wearing colored scrubs as jail inmates. Together, they sang — vigorously and loudly. Together, they were a choir led by a Korean man who almost became an ordained Presbyterian minister but left behind that stability to come to the United States and study at a Mennonite seminary.

Read more about Sungbin’s experiences during his seminary internship.

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