Nelson and Christina are ready to begin their GREATEST adventure yet! They will be expanding their family by adopting a girl, aged 3-5, from Taiwan.
Before Christina's cancer diagnosis in 2021, adopting from Asia was already on their hearts. Now, coming out the other side stronger in their faith and marriage, they knew the Holy Spirit was prodding them to begin this next chapter of their lives.
However, they needed to wait three years without a cancer reoccurance and obtain a medical waiver. With God's healing and grace, they will be able to submit the necessary documents and home study to Taiwan after June 1. Meanwhile, they are diligently working on all the paperwork, education, and completing their home study. A match could take anywhere from six to thirty-six months from the time of application with Taiwan.
We humbly share this page with you as a way to update our support system and provide you with information on how you can be a part of our child's story.
We have resources in place that should take care of most of the multiple adoption fees which range between $40 to $2,500 and are due at various intervals. We plan to cover travel expenses with points and miles when possible. The largest adoption fee we will be facing is a one-time fee of $8,300 that will be due upon receiving a referral.
Our support system was so generous to us during Christina's cancer journey and we are forever grateful for your prayers, words of encouragement, supplies, and financial support. We welcome you to join us on this new journey in whatever capacity you feel led to.
PRAYER! The best and most useful thing we need over the coming months is your prayer! Please pray that our home study process is swift and "easy." Please pray for the little girl God will have us matched with, for her mental and physical well-being. Please pray for Nelson and Christina's relationship, for peace and patience.
YOUR NAME! To begin piecing and weaving our little girl's story with our community together, we will be making a quilt to welcome her to her new home. Anyone who donates to this page will have their name embroidered on that quilt, wrapping her in the warmth and generosity of our community.
WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT! Do you have personal experience with adoption or know someone who has? We welcome your wisdom, funny stories, and encouragement.
Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about what's in store for us!
The total cost for a Taiwan adoption is approximately $35,000 - $45,000. All donations to AdptionBridge will go directly to Nightlight Christian Adoption and be used toward their adoption.
Ed and Patti Burkhalter
So happy for you. Praying for the perfect daughter to join your family.
So incredibly happy for y'all! Parenthood is the most amazing adventure of all!