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Kurt Esslinger and Hyeyoung Lee’s Prayer Card

Hyeyoung serves as the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) site coordinator. As YAVs, U.S. young adults live in various Korean cities for a year at a time while they work with agencies such as peace schools, migrant shelters and multicultural ministries. She challenges YAVs to engage the world around them alongside our Korean partners in peacemaking, justice-seeking and ministries that aim to dismantle poverty.

Kurt works with the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) and their Reconciliation and Unification Department, which maintain a relationship with our partners in North Korea, the Korean Christian Federation (KCF). Kurt is also the coordinator for the Ecumenical Forum for Peace, Reconciliation, and Development Cooperation on the Korean Peninsula (EFK), a forum hosted by the World Council of Churches that facilitates face-to-face meetings between the North Korean KCF and the South Korean NCCK, as well as various other international church and organizational partners.