McDonough MBA Student Crosses Borders with New Book

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On New Year's Day, 2003, McDonough School MBA student and missionary Mike Kim
packed a couple of duffle bags and set out from Southern California for the China-North
Korea border on a one-way ticket. He would spend the next four years leading North
Korean refugees through the 6,000 mile underground railroad, an experience that would
become the basis of his recently released book, Escaping North Korea: Secrets of the
World's Most Isolated Country.

His desire to help the people he met drove him to set up Crossing Borders Ministries, an
organization dedicated to aiding North Korean refugees. Originally a vehicle for helping
North Koreans navigate the perilous escape route and gain asylum, the non-governmental
organization has since established several shelters and orphanages along the border to
provide food, clothing, medicine and shelter.

Kim's work enabled Crossing Borders to evolve from a small operation to a self-
sustaining, independent NGO. He has since handed the reigns over to a management
team, but he still serves as a donor and consultant to the organization. He says his
consulting work has been greatly enriched by his time at the McDonough School. “I'm
able to think broader and bigger," he says.

The missionary turned NGO organizer and author wants to continue making a difference
by writing books and serving as a consultant to NGOs.

Find a more complete summary of Mike's experience on page 29 of the latest issue of
McDonough Business alumni magazine.

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