Most of my first six months living in Korea in the spring of 2013 is a blur. It was my first real experience living out of the United States and I was overwhelmed by the new and exciting sights, sounds, and tastes of Korea. There is one memory that does stand out because of how strongly it made me feel.
About two months into my stay in Korea I visited a children’s home that the church I was attending partnered with. It was my first time visiting a children’s home and I did not know what to fully expect. We spent a full day of activities with the children, but reflecting back on the experience, I cannot remember what activities we did together. What I remember most about that day is the feeling. These kids were just like any other kids and they had a zest for life. Their smiles and laughter were so special and a memory that I hold onto as a reminder that all people, but especially children should feel love and joy.
One of my favorite Maya Angelou quotes is, “At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” This quote speaks the truth about how I hope to live my life – to do my best to make others feel love and joy in their lives
KKOOM is a very special organization that has a heart for helping marginalized communities especially children throughout Korea. KKOOM helps fill real basic needs for children but also works to provide an extra special program, camp, or experience. As one of the newest members of the KKOOM board, I am learning each day about the real-life impact KKOOM has and the small part that I can do to help.
-Margaret Cleveland, Board of Director
Korean Kids and Orphanage Outreach Mission