Lentfer Adoption from South Korea!

Nathan Lentfer
Nathan Lentfer Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Hello,

We are Melissa and Nathan Lentfer. We live in Brooklyn Park, MN, a northern suburb of Minneapolis. We had always expected to have biological children, but that wasn't God's plan for our family. After 12 years of marriage, we began thinking about adoption in 2017. In May 2020, we made the decision to adopt from South Korea. 

We had initially been exposed to adoption at our church in South Carolina and then became part of a church with a large adoption community here in Minnesota. We considered a few different adoption agencies and attended informational meetings for the whole range of possibilities: infant domestic adoption, international adoption, and foster to adopt.

We wrestled with all these decisions for a few years. Through our mental wrestling, prayers, and discussions with each other, we eventually ruled out infant domestic adoption and foster to adopt. And then in 2020, God brought about the perfect circumstances for us to make a decision and also be ready to move ahead.

Right before everything closed down due to the global pandemic, and Melissa began a “mandatory sabbatical” from her work, we started watching Korean dramas. We enjoyed the Korean culture and just kept watching. Eventually, we wondered, “Could we adopt from South Korea?” Even though we assumed it wouldn’t be possible, we began to do some research online. And to our surprise, we discovered that not only could we adopt from South Korea, but that there was also an agency right here in Minnesota that we could work with!

We shared about the South Korea program with our family, and they were totally on board and encouraged us to take action right away. Around the same time, we had a couple of financial breakthroughs. Our church family also immediately supported us with a financial gift. It appeared that God was clearing out many of the hurdles that had stopped us in the past.

We are currently waiting for a match from South Korea, and we expect it may be a few more months before we have that match. After receiving a match, we may have another year before we travel to South Korea.

At this point, we need another $18,000 to reach our adoption goal. We Care for Orphans has partnered with us for a $3,500 matching grant. Please consider supporting us on our journey either financially or through your prayers.

Thank You,

Nathan and Melissa Lentfer

 


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Lentfer 09771”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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Raised to date by 18 people
 of  $18,000
19 days left

My Story

Hello,

We are Melissa and Nathan Lentfer. We live in Brooklyn Park, MN, a northern suburb of Minneapolis. We had always expected to have biological children, but that wasn't God's plan for our family. After 12 years of marriage, we began thinking about adoption in 2017. In May 2020, we made the decision to adopt from South Korea. 

We had initially been exposed to adoption at our church in South Carolina and then became part of a church with a large adoption community here in Minnesota. We considered a few different adoption agencies and attended informational meetings for the whole range of possibilities: infant domestic adoption, international adoption, and foster to adopt.

We wrestled with all these decisions for a few years. Through our mental wrestling, prayers, and discussions with each other, we eventually ruled out infant domestic adoption and foster to adopt. And then in 2020, God brought about the perfect circumstances for us to make a decision and also be ready to move ahead.

Right before everything closed down due to the global pandemic, and Melissa began a “mandatory sabbatical” from her work, we started watching Korean dramas. We enjoyed the Korean culture and just kept watching. Eventually, we wondered, “Could we adopt from South Korea?” Even though we assumed it wouldn’t be possible, we began to do some research online. And to our surprise, we discovered that not only could we adopt from South Korea, but that there was also an agency right here in Minnesota that we could work with!

We shared about the South Korea program with our family, and they were totally on board and encouraged us to take action right away. Around the same time, we had a couple of financial breakthroughs. Our church family also immediately supported us with a financial gift. It appeared that God was clearing out many of the hurdles that had stopped us in the past.

We are currently waiting for a match from South Korea, and we expect it may be a few more months before we have that match. After receiving a match, we may have another year before we travel to South Korea.

At this point, we need another $18,000 to reach our adoption goal. We Care for Orphans has partnered with us for a $3,500 matching grant. Please consider supporting us on our journey either financially or through your prayers.

Thank You,

Nathan and Melissa Lentfer

 


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Lentfer 09771”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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Update and Fully Funded!

August 2, 2022

We haven’t given an update for a while! We are currently waiting for emigration permission(EP) from the South Korean government, and we could hear about EP any time now! We have spent our time getting Micah’s room ready and preparing ourselves to be Micah’s parents. We also received a wonderful set of pictures of Micah from May and June (and even more pictures today); these included beautiful pictures of Micah’s traditional first birthday celebration.

On the financial front, we recently received some additional gifts and a grant. Amazingly, God brought it about that most of this happened on the same day! As of this month, we have received enough to cover the rest of our estimated costs for our adoption. Praise the Lord! Thank you so much for your prayers. 

The next step after receiving EP is that our file will go to the South Korean court system to be assigned a court date. When we are notified of our court date, we can get our plane tickets and make other travel arrangements for South Korea! Please pray for these steps with the government and the judge. Each step can take several weeks. Please pray for us during the wait.

Thank you again for your prayers. They mean so much to us.

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First Update from Korea

March 12, 2022

We received our first update on Micah since accepting the referral! Micah’s videos showcased his big smile and determination. He is learning how to walk, and we are starting to see glimpses of his developing personality.

Around the same time, we were notified that our first care package was mailed to Korea along with official documents needed by the South Korea agency. We will have the opportunity to send a few more care packages before he comes home.

At this point, all of the adoption paperwork is with the South Korea agency. This process involves a few steps and will take multiple months. Eventually, we will be notified of our court date in Korea and can then make travel arrangements for our first trip. Lord willing, we will have Micah home by the end of the year!

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Accepted a Referral!

January 27, 2022

We received an exciting referral phone call on Wednesday, January 12. We officially accepted that referral (match) earlier today. Once our paperwork is processed in South Korea, a judge will set a court date for our first trip to South Korea. We appreciate your continued prayers for our family.

Thank you,
Nathan and Melissa

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Reached Matching Grant Goal!

October 18, 2021

Hello Everyone,

We are excited to report that we have officially reached our matching grant goal of $3,500 through your support! We updated the raised amount to reflect the matching grant. Please continue to pray for our family as we wait for a referral.

Thank you,
Nathan and Melissa

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