Love and Hope Orphange



I have been visiting the Love and Hope Orphanage in Daegu. It is an orphanage with either (or both) mentally and physically handicapped children whose parents have given them up. Each and every one of these children are SO precious! Their eyes light up when we walk into the room to visit with them. Their faces are riveted when we read to them. We love to play with them and simply hug and cuddle them. It is such a precious experience. Seriously, these kids are like little sponges absorbing any affection you will give them.

I don't know this little one's name but she is so pretty. On my first visit I caressed her face and told her how beautiful she is. She promptly nodded her head no. I continued to tell her how pretty she was as she emphatically nodded "no" each time I told her. Finally she stopped saying no. I just pray that she can realize that she is beautiful in God's sight and in mine.



This is 11 year old Sang Woo. He is such a cutie with his infectious smile and wonderful personality. Today he sat on my lap and hugged me. As I hugged him he was full of giggles and wiggles! As I patted his back he patted mine too.



Content and Happy. I call him Smiley because that is what he does best. When we arrived at the orphange today I sat down a good distance away from him. He is unable to walk (as most of the kids are in this area of the orphange) so he ROLLS across the floor to come and visit with me. =) What a doll!




More pics to come and video too. It is truly a blessing to be able to visit these little ones. Your prayers are coveted for these dear children.

19 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your experience. It sounds like your visit brightens their day!

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  2. Ouch, my neck hurts! :)
    No, this is so neat! Reminds me when we went to an orphanage in the Philippines, and the kids ARE so precious!

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  3. Beautiful and touching. Thanks for sharing:-) I look forward to the day we can visit the http://www.bridgeoflovehome.com./ orphanage in Mexico, which is still in the start up stages when we went to help both this year and last. It will be awesome to see all the ways God is going to work in so many young lives just like this orphanage you visited.

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  4. I'm still looking in on your blog from time to time Lillian. Please continue to share these pictures with us. It is a joy to see the smiles on their faces in spite of the difficulties they face. God Bless!
    Gayle

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  5. This post reminds me of my college years. My part time job was to work with kids just like these...and I agree...they really do light up one's heart!

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  6. You certainly are a blessing to these children and they can see God's love for them through you.

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  7. Lillian, those pics are precious. God bless you for going. Deborah in Texas

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. My husband, children and I are stationed in Korea, north of Daegu. I would love to visit Love and Hope someday. I recently went o my first orphanage visit and it truly blessed me. Those children are all such precious little gifts from God.

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  9. Bri,

    I don't know where you are currently living but we are also North of Daegu- in Waegwan. Where are you located? We are currrently unable to go to the orphange due to the swine flu but I plan on going as soon as I can. If you read this you are more welcome to join me. My email is crazyseoulsister@gmai.com. My tel number is 054 972 0536. (My name is Lillian btw)

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  10. My daughter is adopted from Korea. I don't remember the orphanage, but she has Ataxia. These photos remind me of her. One difference, my daughter thinks she is the most beautiful woman ever!! LOL! Because she is Korean!! She's quite a stinker.
    (((HUG)))
    Elizabeth/MN

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  11. It is a good person who gives freely of their love and time.

    You are a good person.

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  12. Thanks for your kind comment!

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  13. What a blessing you are Sis. Thanks for sharing the link to your blog. ((hugs)) oh and pink puffy hearts :0)

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  14. My name is Jaci (sounds like Jackie). I am a mom to 5 kids (3 adopted from Korea). My oldest daughter was adopted at 7 1/2 years from this very orphanage. It is called Aemangwon in Korean, right? If you are going back there to visit, will you let me know? There is a 1 year old girl with vision problems that I am trying to persuade Holt International to advocate for. I would like some more photos of her. I just happened upon your blog today. I am excited to read more.
    BTW, my email is jacim77@mac.com Thank you!

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  15. I stumbled upon your blog trying to find volunteer opportunities for my Youth Group in NJ. We are from a korean-catholic church, so I thought it might be nice to take the kids back to their roots and do something for the needy in Korea.

    Do you know of any opportunities, such as info to send quilts and such to Korean orphanages? If you have any contact info or know if the orphanage there accepts any of these things, please let me know!! my contact is nayoungjoe@gmail.com.

    God bless.

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  16. Hi. I'm very touch by this, I currently live in Daegu and I would love to give my time to this any be a couple of weekends a month as I currently work all week. Any info that you have would be fantastic. Please contact me at tiggeredeards@hotmail.com.

    Thank you
    Laura

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  17. Laura,
    I tried emailing you but it was returned to me. Can u email me at crazyseoulsister AT gmail.com?

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  18. Love & Hope is a wonderful place. It embodies both of the qualities in its name, and has ever since years prior to my own involvement there 1988-89. As a chaplain at Taegu (Daegu) Air Base, I led a very committed group of chapel members there for regular visits.

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