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Adopted coed finds her birthplace while studying in Korea

Kim DeVries spent the fall semester studying in Korea, and has now returned to Dordt College in Iowa.

DeMotte resident Kim DeVries recently returned from a fall semester in Korea studying at Handog Global University.

DeVries is a junior studying communications with an emphasis in public relations at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. She is minoring in missions and evangelism.

“I want to work for a company that is driven and passionate about helping and serving the people and the environment around them,” DeVries said.

“I enjoy helping and serving others, so to speak and to encourage others to be positive in a world that sometimes is so negative is another way I can use my communications major to the fullest.”

DeVries is of Korean descent, and studied in Pohang, South Korea. Just before leaving, she discovered that she had actually been born in Pohang.

“I had made the decision to study abroad while in college during my freshmen year. I was drawn to South Korea because I was adopted from there when I was just a year old,” she said.

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“I knew God had been at work for this opportunity, so I knew I had no choice but to answer. I also knew there were going to great things waiting for me in Korea.”

The daughter of Jeff and Lois DeVries, she was able to experience the language and culture of Korea for the first time, including using chopsticks.

“It's not by chance I ended up in my birth town 20 years later, but because God had been in control of my life before I was even born.”

“I was able to see pieces of my life come together while I was in Korea. I learned to be thankful for the life I grew up with, but not to only see life through that perspective because we can learn so much from each other,” she added.

DeVries plans to continue to learn the Korean language, and hopes it will assist her in her future career.

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