On Wednesday, April 13th, we participated in an important meetings, and the most meaningful meetings was with Ms. Heidi Staples of Administration for Children and Families to learn about various programs on adoption and foster care system provided by the US government through all the states and local government. All of us benefited so much from this and gained a lot of knowledge to help homeless children in Korea.
In spare time we did some sightseeing around the Washington DC area. Most notably the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial as they brought me a wonderful memories of visiting the Washington DC with my family when I was also 14 at the time. In addition to my wife and my son, we had Mrs. Kim from the Ministry of Health and Welfare, and Mrs. Han of MPAK-Korea. One poignant moment was when we visited the Korean War Memorial. Mrs. Han remarked, "Our nation is greatly indebted to these brave soldiers. Too great a debt we owe."
The first night at a hotel with Hyeondong
Visited with Heidi Staples of the Administration for Children and Families under Heath and Human Services (HHS) Department. Ms. Staples had a welth of knowledge and experiences in adoption and foster care.
At the US Capitol Building (From Left: Mrs. Kim from MOHW, Hyeondong, Mrs. Han from MPAK-Korea, my wife Jody, and Steve)
Mrs. Han and Jody Morrison at the Washington Monument
Hyeondong eating his first American sandwich and hot chocolate at the Washington Memorial.
At the Lincoln Memorial, me, Hyeondong, and Jody
With my proud son Hyeondong
Mrs. Kim fo MOHW and Mrs. Han of MPAK
At the Korean War Memorial
The stone pavement had these words inscribed:
Our Nation Honors
Her Sons and Daughters
Who Answered the Call
To Defend a Country
They Never Knew
And a People
They Never Met
Stephen, what a touching story and photographs. Congratulations on your courageous decision, and I pray Hyeondong and other kids get along well. I also pray he will be a blessing to you all, and become a living testimony of God's faithfulness. Many, many blessings!ReplyDelete
Jongho Kim (on behalf of Heeun family)
Praise GOD! I am moved to tears....no words to describe the JOY I feel for you and your amazing family. You continue to be a testimony of Faith to us all.ReplyDelete
We look forward to meeting Hyeongdong in person!
Many thanks to MPAK!