Sophia Lee

Sophia is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in Los Angeles. Follow Sophia on Twitter @SophiaLeeHyun.

Sophia Lee

My mother’s tears

Family | A Mother’s Day reflection from a problem child
by Sophia Lee
Posted 5/11/19, 12:19 pm

It’s hard to erase the memory of your mother’s tears—especially when you know she’s crying over you. Oh, how I made my mother cry.

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Living the Mexican dream

Immigration | Haitian immigrants who once tried to get to the United States are today building a future south of the border
by Sophia Lee
Posted 5/09/19, 02:11 pm

Long before migrant caravans began overwhelming the southern U.S. border, Tijuana Pastor Gustavo Banda Aceves had a dream. He says he dreamed of a black man who spoke fluent Spanish, leading a large group of other black folks into Banda’s church.

At the time, he was on vacation in Mexico City and hadn’t heard the news that waves of Haitian migrants had been arriving in Tijuana, where he’s the founding pastor of La Iglesia de los Embajadores de Jesús (Ambassadors of Jesus Church).

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A good Samaritan in Scorpion’s Canyon

Churches | In a poor Mexican neighborhood with roosters and pigs, one pastor found an unexpected migrant mission field
by Sophia Lee
Posted 5/06/19, 04:50 pm

The first time I tried to visit Pastor Gustavo Banda’s church in Tijuana, my local guide and I got lost driving around and around the steep canyons in pitch darkness. Eventually, already two hours late, we gave up. The second time I tried to visit, Pastor Gustavo sent a text dissuading us: The winter rains have made the roads here too terrible for travel, he said. Best if you don’t risk it. 

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