Richard Kohng


Richard Kohng is the Outreach Ministries Coordinator at North Park University in Chicago and a member of the Sojourners National Mobilizing Circle.

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Finding God's Presence in the Midst of Hardship

by Richard Kohng 12-07-2012
Photo: Prayer circle, © Brett Jorgensen /

Photo: Prayer circle, © Brett Jorgensen /

Joey Ekburg, Executive Director of the North Park Friendship Center, was never one to mince words. “We pay almost twice the amount for food, and we have more clients than ever before.” It took awhile for the words to sink in and the math to play out in my head. I was never great at math, but the implications were pretty obvious.  

I looked over at the people sitting near the entrance, waiting to pick up food to make it through the week. I wondered what would happen if this food pantry were to run out of food or if the unthinkable were to happen — the Friendship Center suddenly shutting its doors. 

The Albany Park neighborhood in Chicago has served as an entry point for generations of immigrant families, including my own. Many of them come to America looking for a fresh start. Sometimes that search becomes reduced to finding a fresh meal.