Sunday, May 27, 2012

Group Photo - The 13th Annual MPAK Picnic

MPAK had the 13th Annual MPAK Picnic yesterday at the Laguna Niguel Regional Park, California
Despite being a Memorial Day weekend, around 150 showed up.

Mr. Oshell Oh took the pictures (and he did take many pictures) sent me this photo with a large title in the picture. At first I though the title was too big, but after looking at the photo I realized what he did.
He tried to hide all BBQ grill and the trash cans in the foreground. Next time we will be careful to place the moonbounce in a more photo-friendly location.

Mr. Oh was taking lots of pictures and video shots and interviews as a part of a video/photo presentation that will be shown at the Disney Concert Hall on July 31st when the LA Korean Philharmonic Orchestra performs the Concert of Love event titled "Beethoven's Night" to raise funds for MPAK.  The flyers were handed out yesterday at the picnic.

Thanks to the four members of the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church (선한목자장로교회) that came early to help out with the picnic. Thanks to all the visitors and the first timers that came to our picnic.

With great foods, lots of happy kids entertained by a clown, moonbounce, games, and prizes, and lots of happy families, it was a great day. Thanks to Jae Cho for the cotton candy machine, Susan Kim for preparing the gifts for the kids, Junhyung Lee for running the games for the kids, and Denise Adams for face painting.

Thanks also to the two families from San Diego - the families of Matthew Pustelnik and Morton Park, thanks for coming a long way.

The next major event will be on July 31st at the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and we are expected to have around 1500 in the audience.

Each year the picnic has grown with more kids and families, and MPAK is very much blessed through all the families.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Only If I Had Some Time

There are several things that I wish to blog about...Only if I had some time.

My trip to Korea,

The Saddleback Church event -on what happened

There is upcoming MPAK Picnic this Saturday May 26th at the Laguna Niguel Regional Park, CA.

There is also un upcoming joint event with MPAK and the LA Korean Philharmonic Orchestra (LAKPO) that will have "Beethoven Night" at the Disney Concert Hall on July 31st to raise funds for MPAK.

Especially I wish to blog on the changes in the adoption law in Korea and what it means...

I am still looking for time to sit down and write...Only if I had some time.

Just hang on...I'll get there.

Thanks to all who responded and wished me well on my trip to Korea.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Off to Korea I Go

It's that time of the year, the annual National Adoption Day on May 11th.

I will be traveling to Korea tomorrow, and as soon as I land I will be whisked to Kwachon City Adoption Festival, where MPAK has been conducting this festival for several years with the funding provided by the Kwachon City (just south of Seoul).

In addition to the National Adoption Day event, I will be speaking at a church in Ansung, and to the students at a univeristy in Busan. 

For past week, there has been so much that has happened.  The foremost of which was the Hope for Orphans Institute event at the Saddleback Church.  Two days later, the Summit VIII by Christian Alliance for Orphans at the same place.

Since the event, I had no time to sit down and form my thoughts or download the pictures to share on my blog.  But I am expecting to do this when I am sleepless in Seoul adjusting to their local time, which will take a few days, and then by then I will have to come back home.

I can't promise anything.  But I do intend on visiting MOHW and talk to the government officials, and perhaps visit with some agencies as well.  If there is anything that I can share with my readers, I will be more than happy to.

Steve Morrison