Sophia Lee

Sophia is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine. She is a World Journalism Institute and University of Southern California graduate. Sophia resides in Los Angeles, Calif., with her husband. Follow her on Twitter @SophiaLeeHyun.

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Heart of the weeping missionary

Missions | How might our communities be changed if we shed tears of compassion for the lost?
by Sophia Lee
Posted 1/01/18, 03:16 pm

A while ago, while interviewing Cynthia Ruble, an American missionary in Japan, I asked her what were her biggest challenges. I knew it was a personal question—but I didn’t expect her to start tearing up. As she recollected the helplessness and anguish of the people she serves, Ruble wiped her eyes and said, “It’s just so, so, so sad, some of these stories. ... These people have a lot of misery. Japan is a very wealthy country, but it’s full of unhappiness.”

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One block away from rehab

Homelessness | For a man living on LA streets, an offer of long-term help
by Sophia Lee
Posted 12/18/17, 04:36 pm

Last week, I wrote about a man named John Simpson who loves movies and musicals, has been homeless for five years, and struggles with alcoholism. Let me now tell you about our efforts to get him help.

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A day in the life of John Simpson

Homelessness | Learning to understand a man living homeless in Venice Beach
by Sophia Lee
Posted 12/11/17, 02:50 pm

John Simpson is a man I met while reporting on homelessness in Los Angeles: He’s 60 years old, about 6-foot-1, and has been homeless for five years. He has flushed cheeks, a belly that protrudes like a loosely tied sack, and a bushy beard nestled with three years’ worth of dirt and crumbs.

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