No, we are not asking for gifts for us 🙂  But in preparation for our trips, we are learning that gift giving is an everyday part of Korean culture. It has been fun looking for and finding small, uniquely Iowan/American gifts to take to share with people we meet. (It is going to look like I’m smuggling a honey bear army in my checked baggage!) We are also planning on taking some items that are harder to come by, or are more expensive there to leave with the agency to use in either their maternity homes or with the children waiting to meet their forever families. People have asked about us having a shower for items for our little guy.  We really have been blessed already, and are asking anyone who would like to, to consider getting one or two of the items listed below for us to take to share with the agency, and the mothers and children they serve instead.

  • Gerber rice cereal
  • Vitamin syrup /chewables or iron supplements
  • new baby clothing or small toys
  • prenatal vitamins
  • skin cream for the mothers
  • diaper cream (desitin) or vaseline

If you would like to send an item or two – please let me know so we can figure out when to connect, and plan for space. We will probably take some on each of our trips – but would like to take the bulk on our first trip.

And of course, prayer is always a perfect and generous gift, please pray for the workers, birth mothers, foster families and children, that they may listen to and honor God in all that they do and that they would recognize Him as the creator and giver of the most true Gift.

Watch this weekend for another blog post – this time about how we (and our child) have been blessed by this culture.