Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Ministering in 'Murder Dubs'
Books broaden one's horizons and open up new worlds. That may be a cliché, but the cliché about clichés is that they attain the status of cliché because, more often than not, they contain some measure of truth. And so it is with Russell Jeung's memoir, At Home in Exile: Finding Jesus among My Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors. For a native of small-town New England like myself, it's fascinating to learn about someone whose life experience is so radically different, both geographically and culturally.Jeung, a professor at San Francisco State University and a fifth-generation Chinese immigrant, has spent the better part of two decades ministering to Southeast Asian gangs in "Murder Dubs," one the most violent neighborhoods in Oakland, California. For the December issue, he spoke with CT assistant editor Morgan Lee about the joys and frustrations of living and serving among a population in desperate need of the hope that only Christ can offer.