Meet Derek and Kristy! They have been dating for 23 years and married for 17 years! Derek and Kristy met online when they were just freshmen in high school. Kristy’s family had just purchased a brand-new computer, and the next day on October 9, 1999, she was connected to the internet for the very first time. Believe it or not, that was the day derek_guy15 met ladychick_1999 in a Yahoo! Chatroom. They dated all through high school, decided to attend the same community college, and got married in the summer of 2005. By 2012, they had completed grad school and started their careers.
Their journey to parenthood has been nothing short of a miracle. Despite two pregnancy losses and a cancer diagnosis that could have caused infertility, God has trusted Derek and Kristy with three amazing biological children. – Elise (9), Ava (6), and Cameron (2). There is nothing they love more than being their parents. Derek and Kristy believe every child deserves the unconditional love of a mother and the steadfast love of a father, and they have always known adoption would be a part of their story. In fact, while they were dating and talking about marriage and starting a family, adoption came up just as naturally and as frequently as having biological children.
Derek and Kristy believe that when God calls us to something, He equips us to fulfil His calling. They feel so much reverence and gratitude that their Heavenly Father continues to bless and equip their home with such peace and stability. With God’s grace and guidance, they are able to provide their children with security so that they feel safe and sound, and they are able to meet their basic needs: shelter, food, clothing, medical care, and protection from harm. They’re blessed to have a stable and strong marriage, to have a very rich relationship with their parents and grandparents, and to be a part of a loving church community that gives them all a sense of belonging, tradition, and cultural continuity. They also absolutely make sure their sweet children know that they will always love them. They certainly aren’t perfect parents, and they practice the art of sincere apologies and forgiveness daily, but they do have a loving and stable home and the desire to share this beautiful life with their children. Psalm 127:3-5 teaches that, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!” Furthermore, James 1:27 teaches that “religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” For Derek and Kristy, the Bible makes their calling quite clear. They are to love and take care of one another, and they are called to make sure that every child is taken care of and a part of a family. While they can’t adopt every orphan in the world, they can do for one what they wish they could do for millions.
Derek and Kristy are thrilled to be officially matched with a little boy in Eastern Europe with cystic fibrosis who will turn 8 this summer. The journey ahead for this precious boy is a long and difficult one. Cystic fibrosis is having a big impact on his lungs and liver. The truth is, a life of difficulty with cystic fibrosis is his reality whether or not he has a family. But, oh, what a difference a forever family will make for him. He is worthy of love and the best possible care. Glory be to God that this boy will soon have a mommy and a daddy and three siblings who will stick with him through thick and thin, making sure he has the best care possible and that he is loved immeasurably all the days of his life. Derek and Kristy ask you to prayerfully consider coming alongside them to bring their son home. Your donation is greatly needed and greatly appreciated. Thank you for your love, your prayers, and your support.
7/1/2022 — FIRST TRIP in JULY