KERSTEN FAMILY - BRING OUR DAUGHTER HOME!
Dan and Tara
We're almost there!
We are so excited to be at THIS stage of the journey, and we are equally excited to invite you and your family to partner with us to see it completed!
We are preparing to travel to Colombia to complete the adoption of our 9-year-old daughter. We expect to travel some time in late November and return to the U.S. with her in mid December.
At this stage of the process, all we need is the final $9,000 to finish the budget for the international travel. After nearly 5 years of investing heavily in this adoption, and being joined by the timely support of many family and close friends, we can see God working the miracle before our eyes.
If you are able, we invite you to help us bring our daughter home by contributing towards this Adoption Bridge campaign. Every gift and every giver is appreciated and will never be forgotten. You will help radically change our daughter's life, destiny, and future. In addition, you will help impact our lives and futures, too. We can't thank you enough!
If you are unfamiliar with the story of our adoption journey, a brief synopsis is below:
Nearly 5 years ago we began the process of adopting from Bulgaria. We waited over 3 years for a referral, but there simply were no children in the system who matched with our profile. Then COVID-19 hit and Bulgaria paused the program significantly.
Along with the rest of the world, we waited. The WAIT eventually became a crushing WEIGHT! But God spoke to our hearts reminding us, "Your child is worth the wait!" So we held on.
Then something unusual happened in November 2020. Our adoption agency, Nightight Christian Adoptions, contacted us about a waiting child in Colombia. We inquired after her and were quickly "soft-matched" with her by Colombian adoption officials. Next, we went through the process of completing a new dossier and transferring to the Colombia program. On September 6, 2021 the official referral for our daughter was issued!
Now we are planning to travel. At this time we cannot share her name, but we can share that she will be 9 years old at the time of adoption. She is energetic, healthy, and very social. However, she will have some challenges moving forward that stem from past trauma.
We are fully committed to our daughter's care and development, the therapies she will need, and giving her love and security as she grows.
Here is a little about our family. Dan is 42 years old and is an ordained Assemblies of God minister working in the National Assemblies of God office in the Men's Ministries and Light for the Lost departments. Tara is 40 and works from home as a writer and editor. Our biological son, Omar, is 10 years old and is in 5th grade.
We believe that our Heavenly Father has adopted us into His family, and the act and ministry of adoption is very close to His heart. We are now praying that God will once again prove Himself faithful and providential, as He moves upon the hearts of others who will partner with us to raise the needed funds for travel.
This is by far the biggest and most exciting thing our family has ever experienced and we eagerly invite YOU to become part of the story!
Dan, Tara, and Omar Kersten
3 Family Updates
We are so excited for your family! We are grateful to be able to share in this journey with you.
Though small in amount, I love investing in the process that provides a child with a God loving forever home.
Love you guys so much!
Konrad & Chelsea Kersten
We hope and pray this helps you gain momentum on bringing your new daughter and our new niece home. We love you!
Jimmy and Renata White
We are so excited for your new chapter!
Congratulations on your new addition! We are happy for you!
So excited for y’all! I was adopted and it was the best thing that could have ever happened to me!
Love you guys!! So glad I get to support you in this process!
Mark and Renée Grantham
We love you!! We’re excited for the culmination of this process and the start of this exciting new chapter!!
Isaac, Jaime, Isabella, Abraham, and Nasya Olivarez are with you and wanted to at least invest this much to your cause! Adoption is the heart of God!
Photos for adoption: Walker family , Stark family, Kirsch family, Harris family, Fuller Family, Khan family,
Congrats! I know it’s been a long journey. We’re happy for you.
We are expecting to get our immigration documents back in a couple weeks. After those processes are complete, we can start looking at travel dates! Yes! ALSO, a couple days ago, we were able to "meet" our daughter for the first time on a ZOOM call. What a powerful, emotional, and awesome 25 minutes that was! Words can't describe. We will Zoom with her again in a week.
We have received our official referral and accepted it!
Our official referral from Colombia is imminent! The National adoption agency is just waiting on some documents from the local social workers!