200,000 Signatures Needed by Feb 17!
200,000 signatures to make your voice heard at this government website by Feb 17 (KST) in support of adoption in Korea.
현재 한국에 거주하는 고아 아이들을 사랑하는 분들께 긴급하고 절박한 공고를 알려드립니다.
현재 남인순 의원에 의해 입양법 개정을 위한 법안이 발의 되었는데 거기에는 정부의 요보호 아동에 대한 책임과 관리에 대한 강화 부분이 명시되어 있지만 실질적으로는 많은 고아 아동들이 입양의 기회조차 잃어 버리고 시설 보호로 전락하지 않을까에 대한 우려가 되고 있습니다.
2014년 입양법 개정에서 성년 입양인들이 친부모를 찾게 하는 목적으로 친모의 호적에 아동을 올려야만 입양이 가능하게 한 법 개정으로 많은 아이들이 유기되거나 살해되는 안타까운 일들이 일어났고 그것은 법개정 전에 공청회를 통해 이런 우려의 의견을 피력하였으나 모두 받아들여지지 않았고 결과적으로는 힘없고 목소리 없는 아이들이 피해자가 되었습니다. 입양인들이 친부모를 찾는 것은 아동 단독 호주로 등록이 되더라도 친부모에 대한 정확한 신원확인과 관련서류를 받기 때문에 아무런 문제가 없었지만 입양 자체를 없애려는 목적을 가지고 이런 악법으로 개정하게 되어 결과적으로 수많은 아이들이 유기되어 친부모가 누군지도 모른채 시설에서 자랄 수 밖에 없는 결과를 가져오게 되었습니다.
이번 법 개정도 마찮가지로 표면적으로는 요보호 아동에 대한 정부의 책임을 강조하지만 우려되는 것은 그로 인해 또 다시 아이들이 가정에서 입양되어 사랑안에서 자라는 것 보다는 시설보호가 우선시 될 위험에 처해 있습니다.
이러한 법 개정안은 외국으로 입양되었다가 안타깝게도 잘못된 가정 교육과 학대를 받고 돌아온 몇몇의 성년 입양인들의 의견으로 시작되었습니다.
The informational meeting on expat adoption had been pushed back to January 20. Same time and place: 11am at the Urban Collective next to Vatos in Itaewon. Help spread the word and see you there!
Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Excited to announce that I just signed the contract with InterVarsity Press to publish my next book, Praying for Your Missionary in November 2018! My desire is to increase prayer support and encouragement for missionaries throughout the world through this book. Please pray for an anointing upon this project and that God would use it for His glory to help finish the mission in our generation. Thank you always for your support :)
Here is the FB page for the book:https://www.facebook.com/prayingforyourmissionary/
With the tremendous support and partnership of our friends at Polaris Project, there will be another screening tour of Save My Seoul in early 2018. Winner for Best Documentary at the 2017 LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, Save My Seoul looks at the open secret of sex trafficking in South Korea. Help us raise awareness and shine a light in this dark industry impacting millions in Korea and around the world.
Please spread the word and we hope to see you there!
To register go to the link: http://polarisproject.org/communityevents
All events will start at 7pm
Thursday January 11 – Washington D.C.
Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW
Thursday January 18 – New York, NY
Regal E-Walk 13, 247 West 42nd Street
Tuesday January 23 – San Francisco, CA
Opera Plaza Cinema, 601 Van Ness Avenue
Thursday January 25 – Los Angeles, CA
Cinemark 18 @ Howard Hughes, 6081 Center Drive in the Promenade
Tuesday January 30 – Miami, FL
Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Avenue, Suite 3005, Coral Gables
Thursday February 1 – Atlanta, GA
Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive
Thursday February 8– Raleigh, NC
Regal North Hills Stadium 14, 4150 Main at North Hills Street
Thursday February 15 – San Antonio, TX
AMC Rivercenter 11, 849 East Commerce Street in Shops at Rivercenter
Tuesday February 20 – Minneapolis, MN
Lagoon Cinema, 1320 Lagoon Avenue
Thursday February 22 – Chicago, IL
Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark Street in Century Shopping Center
Tuesday February 27 – Columbus, OH
Studio 35, 3055 Indianola Avenue (To Be Confirmed)
Since 2011, HOPE Be Restored has been providing support and scholarships for stateless children in various parts of the world. Stateless children have no citizenship, no passport, and few, if any, options for education, medical aid, and jobs. In Thailand, for example, they are not given a legal means to work, except in the sex industry. As a result, many stateless children fall victim to sex traffickers who take advantage of their vulnerable situation. But one glimmer of hope is if they are able to graduate from a college or university, Thailand will give those students Thai citizenship. That opens up a whole new world of hope and opportunities for them and their families. We were able to support one of the first stateless students to graduate from a university in Thailand several years ago. And in South Korea, there are estimates of over 20,000 stateless children hidden in plain sight, without any government willing to help them.
HOPE Be Restored is committed to restoring hope and creating new futures for these precious souls.
DID YOU KNOW, that $1,000 can help a stateless student through one year of college in Thailand? And after just 4 years, that student will have a whole new world of opportunities opened up to them.
Would you prayerfully consider sponsoring a scholarship for these students during this coming Christmas season?
If you feel led, please give this season and give a new future to a child today:
In Korea: Hana Bank: 573-910013-48605
In the USA or through credit card: http://give.footstool.org/hbr
* Note: after donating, please email email@example.com and let us know the amount given to "State of Grace"
Thank you for all who have prayed and supported Save My Seoul over these years. This film was a tool that God placed on my heart to make back in 2011 so that through it, it would bring about a cultural shift in Korea's understanding of sex trafficking and prostitution. Please continue to pray that God would use this as a means of changing hearts, attitudes, laws, and most of all, to bring an end to slavery in South Korea. I'm so blessed by the feedback we've gotten over the film and our editor recently sent me this photo of the recent award it won at a film festival for best documentary. All glory and thanks to God, our Great Abolitionist. If you haven't seen it yet, you can download the video through iTunes or Amazon video.
Thanks for your prayers. I had an amazing time in Sydney last weekend. New Life is a ministry I started 15 years ago, and as they celebrated that special anniversary, I was honored to be called back and hear the fruit of the gospel that had multiplied over the years. From those early days of when we first started, 11 of those former junior high kids and college kids are now in pastoral ministry, faithfully serving the Lord in Australia, Korea, and the US. Hundreds have been saved and so many have returned to the Lord over these years. Amazing. In some ways, I felt like I went off to college and came home to see old friends and family again. And as I was able to catch up with them, it gave me a taste of what heaven will be like - sharing what the Lord had done in our lives over the years, eating good food, visiting old favorite places that were familiar ... yet different, more developed and better than what I had remembered. Overall, it made me thankful again for the calling God had placed over my life. I love serving the Lord and seeing lives changed through the power of the gospel. Wouldn't trade my life's calling for anything else. Thank you for your prayers and thank You God for your grace. You are faithful. You are good. Always.
"However, I consider my life worth nothing to me if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the Gospel of God's grace."
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