Compassion Without Borders

Christine Yi

Various Cities. 2003-2006. A heavily stamped passport offers an insight into Seaver College intercultural communication major Christine Yi. The worn booklet has stamps from such faraway places as Guatemala, Myanmar, and Ukraine, to list a few. But rather than accounting for holidays or vacations she’s taken, her passport pinpoints the many places in the world where she has addressed the needs of others—people she calls “fellow brothers and sisters who are hurting and crying out for help.” As involved at Pepperdine as she has been during service trips abroad, Christine is a natural leader and has held numerous positions in student government and in Pi Beta Phi. She has also served as a Step Forward Day site leader, spiritual life advisor, and convocation special programs director. Conversationally fluent in Korean, Christine finds time to help in her parents’ Korean restaurant business in Los Angeles. She speaks openly about believing she is called, “as a woman of God to be Christ’s hands and feet on the earth,” and that God has used Pepperdine “to strengthen my life with convictions of purpose, service, and leadership.” Christine’s willingness to reach outside of herself motivates her involvement in academic, spiritual, and student life. In all of this she has made a lasting impact.