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Adoption prayer reminder magnet from Zazzle.com. The sentence on it -- I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. --  is a Bible verse (1 Samuel 1:27)  which comes from the story of Hannah.

Adoption prayer reminder magnet from Zazzle.com.
The quote on it  — I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him — is  a Bible verse (1 Samuel 1:27).

Hannah is a biblical character. Her story is found in the first and second chapters of 1 Samuel.

Summary  of Hannah’s story from the Bible :

Hannah was one of two wives of Elkanah. She was barren. Though she was the favored wife of her husband, it was great sorrow to her to be childless. Her husband’s other wife not only bore children but taunted her.

Every year she would go with her husband to a place called Shiloh to whorship God and offer sacrifices. And every year Hannah would pray to God for a child.  One year, she prayed in anguish weeping deeply and she made a promise that if God made her bore a son, she would give Him back for His service.

As she was praying, Eli, the high priest,  saw her lips moving and thought she was drunk. After she explained herself, he sent  her away saying her  prayer would be answered.

Subsequently she became pregnant. She  gave birth to a son, Samuel.  After he was weaned, she brought him to the temple  along with sacrifice. She said to Eli, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now  I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.”

Every year after that, Hannah went to Shiloh with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifce. God blessed her more with three sons and two daughters.

Modern versions of Hannah’s story :

We’ve just seen that the story of Hannah from the books of Samuel is a story of miracle: a barren woman who prayed for a child gave birth to a son, which led her to say, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.” (1 Samuel 1:27).

As we can see on the image of a magnet above, Hannah’s word is used by many adoptive parents, Christians and non-Christians. Let’s now see some of their stories.

For simplicity’s sake, we’ll keep the names of Hannah, Elkanah and Eli in the following modern/adoption versions of Hannah’s story.

Modern version 1:

Hannah and Elkanah had been praying to God for a baby many years when they heard of Eli facilitating adoptions of   mixed race babies abandoned in Korea. They believed it was also the will of God for them to adopt a baby. They begged Eli to help them get a baby.

Eli heard the requests of Hannah and Elkanah  and of hundreds of other couples like them. He told them, “I’m a humble servant of God, your prayers will be answered.”

In Korea, Eli and his team collected Amerasian babies  abandoned under bridge, in streets and other places. They also collected babies from the mothers who brought them to their office to be adopted. The children cried for their mothers, kicking and screaming when they took them off their moms’ backs.  One mother tried so hard to keep crying that she couldn’t speak. Eli tried to comfort the sobbing mothers by telling them about Jesus. One mother whose baby  wasn’t weaned yet almost had hysterics in their office.  She didn’t know what adoption was, she thought she could keep track of her baby, so Eli told her it was a clean break and forever.

One of  the babies was assigned to Hannah and Elkanah. Hannah said, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.”

Modern version 2:

Hannah and Elkanah had only one child, adopted domestically. They wanted a second child from Korea.

Eli and his team were deluged with inquiries from couples like Hannah and Elkanah. They had trouble finding the little ones, as other agencies were grabbing them, and some weren’t released by mothers. Since the number of families wanting children increased far beyound the number of Amerasian children available, Eli decided to meet the demand by assigning full Korean children.

He had the assurance of working for God from the Bible verse, 1 Samuel 2:8, “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor.”

He traveled to Mexico to see if there were “orphans” available. The Mexican authorires were insulted when he asked if they could be adopted by North Americans. Eli went to Mexico again. He met one governor favorable to adoptions.  He ordered a round-the-world ticket through Washington, D.C., to Germany, Austria, Beirut, and Korea  to see more orphans, but he was unsuccesful in Europe.

A man of Eli did good job of talking to mothers when they went to the country to find more Amerasian babies and to pass out gospel tracts. He told the moms who they were and why they had came and asked them if they had thought of allowing their children to go to America. Always they had thought of it. Of course he never pressured them. In the evenining Eli team split into teams of two or three to visit homes and gave tracts and told them, “Buddha’s bones are still in his grave, but Jesus’ grave is empty.”

Eli team  worked hard finding children (and evangelizing). Some mothers watched their children being carried onto the plane and sobbed quietly.

Hannah and Elkanah got one of those babies. And they said, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.”

Eli team and competiting teams did great job in Korea. They sent over 2 800 babies just in three years to waiting couples like Hannah and Elkanah.

Modern  version 3:

Hannah always wanted a large family, but she was infertile. She and her husband Elkanah were Christians and believed in miracles, so they cried out to the Lord for children.  God finally called them to adopt children with the reputable Eli international adoption agency.

The Korean international adoption program which had began as post-war rescue operation grew  from small to thousands per year in the 1970s, reaching its peak in the mid-80s with more than 8 000 children sent overseas per year.

Thousands of children had ended up in Korean orphanages for a variety of reasons, all due poverty, rapid industrialization and urbanization.

Hannah and Elkanah easily adopted four children from Korea, two girls in the 1970s and a girl and a boy in the 1980s.

The first girl was sent to the orphanage as a temporary measure by her mother because of poverty; the second was kidnapped and brought to the adoption agency by her paternal grandmother; the third was sent to the orphanage by social worker after her alcoholic father lost his parental rights; and the boy was lost by her parents and brought to the orphanage by a police officer.

But they will never know the true stories of their adopted children. Their adoption records declared them as abandoned respectively in the doorstep of a police station, in the city hall and a market for the three first children, abandoned  by unknown parents for the last.

At the arrival of the first, Hannah said, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.”

After they got the three other children, they said, “Lord is good, he blessed us with four children.”

Modern version 4:

Hannah and Elkanah were infertile. They believed their infertility was a sign of God calling them to adopt from Korea  where single mothers are shunned from society.

In Korea, an unwed woman in her mid twenties was pregnant. Her boyfriend left her soon after hearing of her pregnancy. She had no support. She prayed God to help her to raise her babay.  She found Eli maternity home which provides housing and counseling for single mothers. Eli, a religous man, belives it’s improper to have a child outside of marriage. He counseled her to give up the baby for adoption. She wanted to keep the baby, but at the end she had no other choice than giving it up.

Her baby girl was adopted by Hannah and Elkanah.

Hannah  ordered from zazzle.com the adoption prayer reminder magnet llke above with the Bible verse, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.”  (1 Samuel 1:27)  below the picture of her adopted daughter.

Modern version 5:

Hannah and Elkanah had three boys. Hannah always wanted a girl. They didn’t want to take the risk to have another boy, so they decided to adopt from China where girls were abandoned because of its one-child policy and Chinese preferrence for boys.

In  poor rural areas of China, local officials took infants aways from dozens of families who could not pay  fines for violating the  one-child policy. The infants seized by offical were put up for international adoption in exchange of money with falsified records.

In China,  every year, 70 000 children are kidnapped and sold on black market. Younger kids are sold to orphanages for adoption and older  kids are sold for forced labor.

Hannah and Elkanah adopted three Chinese girls. After getting each girl, Hannah said, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.”

Modern version 6:

Hannah and Elkanah had been trying to conceive for years. After a last failed IVF treatment, they adopted a girl from India.

The girl was stolen from her family by child traffickers and sold to an orphanage director who put her up for adoption with falsified papers.

While waiting for the arrival of her daugther, Hannah proudly wore a t-shirt with “pregnant on paper” written on it. She started blogging the process of adoption where she wrote their feelings and some nice quotes found in a group for adoptive parents, such as “adoption is love” and “childbirth is an act of nature; adoption is an act of God.”

On the wall of their living room is a picture of their daughter with the verse “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.” 1 Samuel 1:27.

Hannah and Elkanah are not Christians, but they say the verse fits to them because longing for a child is like praying for a child. They could instead say, ” I longed for this child, and the destiny has granted me what I had been longing for.”

Modern version 7:

Hannah and Elkanah suffered long years of infertility. They adopted a girl from Guatemala because it was then the “hot” country for adoption.

Hannah said, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.”

Hannah and Elknah learned that the birth mother of their daughter  had kept her two older children. They found it unfair that the siblings were separated. They wanted to adopt them but “the birth mother selfishly refused,” they said.

They finally adopted another girl from Guatemala, even if they had heard of corruption was rampant in that country.

Between 1998 and 2008, nearly 30 000 Guatemalan-born children (mostly infants and toddlers) were adopted by Americans. The adoption process was worth tens of millions of dollars a year. NGOs and news organization reported in details, repeatedly, that babies were systematically being bought, coerced, and kidnapped from their families.

Hannah and Elkanah said their daughter was truly abandoned by her birth mother, as the DNA test proved it.

News have also reported about babies given up for adoption by fake mother (woman posing as their mothers), and doctors signing the falsified DNA tests.

They still thank God for blessing them with a second child.

Modern version 8:

Hannah and Elkanah were sad because they had no children, but they had been prayer for a child.

A teenage girl  was pregnant by rape.  Eli counsed her to give up the baby to the loving couple.

Hannah and Elkanah said, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.”

Modern version 9:

Hannah and Elkanah adopted a girl from Ethiopia.

International adoption system in Ethiopia is nothing more than a baby selling business, just like in every sending countries. corruptions, lies, coercions, kidnappings and money keep it going.

When the child started speaking their language, she said she has a family in Ethiopia.

The natural parents had been told that they would regularly receive reports and pictures of the girl and would see her for summers.

Hannah and Elkanah put on their refrigerator a magnet of the girl’s picture with the verse “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him ” written under the picture.

And all the Hannahs and Elkanahs say, “Thank you Lord for the Korean war, thank you Lord for the natural disaster, thank you Lord for the poverty, thank you for social injustice, thank you for the child traffickers,,…, thank you for everthing you had done in the birth parents’ lives and countries that allowed us to have their children. Amen!”


If you want to add another modern/adoption version of Hannah’s story, you can write it on the comment section.


Versions 1, 2, 3 and 4 inspired by Korean international adoptions and by adopters who believe adoption is an act of God.

Versions 5 inspired by Chinese international adoptions and  by adopters who believe adoption is an of act God.

Version 6 inspired by Indian international adoptions and by adopters who believe adoption is an act of God.

Version 7 inspired by Gutemalan international adoptions and by adopters who believe adoption is an act of God.

Version 8 inspired by a domestic adoption (found on Pound Pup Legacy website).

Version 9 inspired by Ethipian international adoptions and by adopters who believe adoption is an act of God.

Suggested readings:

1) A brief history of Harry and Bertha Holt’s works and the origin of international adoption)

2) Chinese parent of missing girl travels thousands of miles reuniting lost sons and daughters as  he searches for his own

3) Carried Off: Abduction, Adoption, and Two Families’ Search for Answers

4) China’s Missing Children

5) Chinese baby sold by doctor to traffickers is  returned to parents

6) New Export from China: Babies

7) China’s One-Child Policicy Leads To Racket of Fines, Kidnapping, Foreign Adoptions

8) Meet the Parents: The Dark Side of Overseas Adoption

9) International Adoption or Child Trafficking?

10) Fly Away Home

Suggested Website: Fraud and Corruption in Internatonal Adoption (The Schuster Institue of Investigative Journalism)é


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My orphanage was ran by Catholic nuns. All children would become catholic in a short time regardless of their family background. (Children who came from Catholic families like me would become more catholic).

The adoption agency that sold me for adoption was ran by Protestants.

Catholics are not saved according to protestants, and vice versa. But they get along pretty well when comes the time to make money from selling a child for adoption.

I was told by Molly Holt (the daughter of the founder of Holt agency) that they promised the nuns I would be placed in a Catholic home, that’s why I was adopted into a Catholic home, but they prayed for each child to meet their Lord Jesus before placing a child.

I don’t know if it was the power of their prayer, but my adoptive father converted to Protestantism (he became a born again Christian, they said) four years after my adoption. At the same time he became a born again Christian he started abusing me secretly. My adoptive mother also became a born again Christian a few months later while becoming an alcoholic.

Christians are removing children from their poor families to sell them to Christian families.

Christians are separating babies from their unwed moms (because the self-righteous man says that it’s improper to have a child outside of marriage).

Christians are adopting/buying those children to “save” them (because it’s so easier to indoctrinate a child than to convert an adult).

Adoption is a modern way of evangelising the world.

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“The root of the trouble seems to be money. I have been told that anyone in California can buy a healthy American baby for $3,000. If we bring in more children we weaken the monopoly which will cut the price of babies. People in this racket don’t want overseas babies brought in. I think God has a special place in hell for people who sell these littles ones. ” From Bring My Sons From Afar by Bertha Holt.

“You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.” From the Bible, Romans 2:1.

Total amount earned by Holt in 1975 only from selling girl K-6714: $1,300 .

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A New Testament,

given to girl K-6714 by Holt,

K-6714 also received from Holt, a Korean children’s songs book, a Korean-English/English-Korean dictionnary, and a bag to carry them.


Another thing that Holt failed to write on my records is that before sending me to the USA, I was transferred from St. Paul to another home.

The first days at that home, I thought I was already in the USA, because of my limited understanding. I knew the USA was a country of fairy tales where rich “miguk saram” lived, but I didn’t know how far the USA was from Korea. I understood I was not in the USA yet only when I heard that two children were going to the USA.

I stayed in that house longer than other children. (My adoptive mother said there was a “problem” before my arrival. I don’t know what the problem was. Maybe, Holt knew my adopters were not US-citizens, but sent me to them anyway.)

A young woman, who was in charge of preparing me for my departure, gave me the New Testament only after making me read few sentences in the Korean children’s songs book. Another girl of my age didn’t received the New Testament because she couldn’t read.

When the big boss learned that a child has left to USA without a New Testament, she scolded the new employee. She said other gifts were only optional, and the New Testament was a must.

Why was that a New Testament a must, and a children’s songs book an option?

In 2003, Molly Holt told me that at the beginning, they sent children only to Christian families. Then, they decided to send them also to non Christian families. In my case, because they promised to the nuns of St. Paul, they sent me to a Catholic family. She said that they prayed for each child to meet their Lord Jesus.

It means that I didn’t only became a product to sell, I also became a tool for evangelisation.


In the New Testament given to me by Holt, it says:

What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder (Matthew 19: 6).

Sorry, mom. I hope you can read this from the heaven (or the hell, or wherever you are now)
God didn’t join us together.
Holt joined us together because you had money. Holt is not God.
Holt separated me and my real family. Holt is a human organisation.

When God joined me to my real family by creating me in my mother’s womb, He didn’t ask them money. When Holt joined me to you, they asked you money.

Holt/Adopters prefer the follwing verses:

Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, “Give them up!” and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.” Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth. (Isaiah 43:5-6)

Mom, I know you too loved the above verse. I’ve heard it from you.
But, I have to tell you that I wasn’t your daughter; I was the daugther of Kim Jeong-Jin and Yeo Byung-Rae. You had no daughter. This verse wasn’t intended to you. I became your adopted daugther because you wanted one badly and you had the money to pay to Holt.

If you believe “your children” in this verse means children born in another woman’s womb are yours, it’s equivalent of saying God creates children in the wrong wombs, in the wrong places and the wrong countries; it’s equivalent of saying God makes huge mistakes and you are putting adoption agencies above God.


A verse from Old Testament:
[Evil men] snatch the fatherless from the breast, And take a pledge from the poor (Job 24).

I would replace Evil men by Holt/adoption agencies.


When I could still read Korean at 9-11 years old, I read few verses of the New Testament. Today, when I opened it, I noticed I have underlined one verse in Korean, which is Luke 17:2.

It would be better for him if a millstone were hung round his neck and he were cast into the sea, than that he should cause one of the little ones to sin.

I don’t remember at all what I had thought after reading it and why I had underlined it. Would it be possible that I had thought of my family torn asunder by Evil men?

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