My Colombian Dream

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Raised by 29 people in 29 months
Junior Bocanegra   FOREST LAKE, MN
I'm so very close to making the one main dream Ive had my whole life come true, finding my biological mother and family & meeting them all for the first time. This is the one thing that will fill the absence in my heart and being able to embrace the woman who gave me life would be a dream come true. Im so so so close to making this dream a reality. This will be my very first time returning to my home country where I was born . I left Bogota as a six week old infant and returning as a 36 year old adult is a trip I've needed for far too long. The search for my biological mother has been costly as Ive hired an INCREDIBLE private investigator (he's been an absolute blessing to my whole family) , the costs to apply for passport, the costs to retrieve my legal documents from my adoption, the travel that includes airfare, hotel, interpreter while i'm in colombia, taxi costs, and all the other costs for this international travel to finally meet my birth mom. Many of you all know I started this search two years ago and it's actually happening! Im not one to ever ask anyone for anything but it's time to ask for your help. The only family I have right now is just my five children and myself and my fiancee Brian, but I know I will have my biological family soon. If you can please please help reduce the financial obligations I need in order to make this happen, Id be forever grateful and will pay it forward to others who are searching. Any amount will be helpful to reach my goal to raise as much money as i can to have an opportunity for myself (and my children next year) to ebrace the woman who gave me life. By God's grace and mercy He's already shown me I know I can do this with your help. Matthew 19:26, With God all things are possible. Thank you & God BlessMarisa Bocanegra


Update: 07-15-16
It's been 2 years since I found my Mama. The passport applications have set us back, the Visa Approval set us back but my mom & brother were approved. Now just raising the needed funds for them to come to Minnesota since its not safe for me to go to Colombia. Please keep us in your prayers. 
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Update 32
1 month ago
TODAY WAS THE BIG DAY...
This whole month of July was a count down on my calendar at home for my Mama & I to have our very first embrace. I've burnt holes in my floors from pacing, I've kept very busy so my thoughts didn't consume me. (They did anyway) I worked more hours then ever and spent a lot of time at the farm where I'm most at peace. The calendar got down to this last week which was so tough with my son leaving for the Navy, helping roof the house, preparing with my clients, Brian getting approved for a one week vacation when they arrived...My heart is always racing, my mind is spinning, my body shakes, I can't sleep. All because my Mama was finally coming!!!
I got news last night they weren't coming. I'm so heartbroken. I've not cried so much in all my life as I have this week. I know God's timing is perfect but this is SO hard. I've waited so long for this moment. My mama continues to reassure me that she will hold her baby girl soon. I just need my mama here. The Colombian government is taking their sweet time to close my missing persons case. I can prove who I am now but it's still not enough. I can go to Colombia but according to the US Embassy & Immigration attorney it will be a fight to get me back being I was kidnapped & have an open missing/exploited child case on me. My mama and family in Colombia live in a poverty stricken area. They are not wealthy people. I am sending my family $1K beginning of August but it's still not enough to get them here. I'm needing God to talk to me and tell me what I need to do. It's been 2 years 3 months since I've found my mom. There should be no more hurdles we have to jump. Knowing today was suppose to be our big reunion makes me want to fight even harder to get to Colombia. I have the Colombian warrior blood in me and I'm not giving up. Please pray for my Mama and family in Colombia. God always provides!

http://bringmethenews.com/2014/04/24/minnesota-woman-sees-mom-37-years-after-being-stolen-as-infant/
Te Amo Mamá con todo mi corazón!
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Update 31
5 months ago
It's been such a blessing these last 2 years getting to know my family however it's also been the hardest most difficult last two years. My mind, body, and soul continues to crave my "Home" country. It's is very difficult to explain to others so they understand the importance of stepping foot on the soil of which I originated from and being surrounded by all of my family who I have not yet met. I've been working with an immigration attorney to establish my identity due to my falsified documents. My identity is legalized here in the US however all the info on my adoption documents with the Colombian government conflict with the info my mom has and the info here in the US.
Until I have this straightened out Brian, myself, & my immigration attorney agree it's not in the best interest of our children and our family to travel to Colombia as badly as I need this trip. Because of this, it is much easier for my mom to come here to Minnesota. Her and my older brother are coming!!! They'll be here soon. I just want to take this time to say THANK YOU for all your prayers and support these last two years. I still am praying God has plans for my travel "Home" but in His time.
I'm including my moms testimony of my kidnapping and the moment my private investigator connected with her. Tears of joy even after watching her testimony numerous times. God Bless You All!
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Update 30
22 months ago
It's like a Fairy Tale in real life and it's really difficult to swallow. The Good Lord continues to fill my life with such magnanimous bountiful gifts of no end with my beautiful Colombian family. I feel like a royal princess that continues to be honored in such a gigantic way and I don't deserve any of it. I'm just a normal humble person with a pretty content and somewhat simple life. My brother Arquis has completely gone out of his way to welcome me when I arrive in Colombia by turning his home into a home of luxury. When I tell my family it's the time spent with them that is most important to me and nothing else now how can I show my appreciation for everything they are doing to prepare for my arrival. To actually get there for one so i can have that opportunity to give back as much love as they have shown my family and I here in Minnesota. Please keep those donations coming in, every penny counts and I appreciate the help more than I can even explain. Only two months to go!
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Update 29
22 months ago
A few days ago I revieved a letter from my mother. It was an entry in her diary after we reunited and I broke down in tears. The moment I am able to hug and feel my mom's embrace for the first time I just am looking forward to this moment so much. Now tonight I received the love from my brother with his sweet letter and picture to me that says, "Marissa I love you." I am so excited to hug my brothers and sister so tight for the first time also. I can on my afford to take one of my children at a time so right now Hallie will be coming with me to Colombia in December. I am still trying to raise money to offset the financial weight of a trip like this. Thank you to those who've already donated and for all the prayers and support. Please click on the link and make a donation. God bless.
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$1,484 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 29 people in 29 months
Created April 2, 2014
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Honor of Tiffany Smith
5 months ago
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Donna Bass
27 months ago

Love you!!!

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Anonymous
28 months ago
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Denise Warfield
28 months ago

when you get to columbia can you look for my friends birthmom?? he was stolen as a toddler hesus sosa

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ryan redmann
28 months ago

Congrats and best of luck on your journey.

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CD
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carrie draeger
28 months ago

Love you!!! Great to see you so happy and supported by others.

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Anonymous
28 months ago
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Catherine foss
28 months ago
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steve, becky, bailey, and lauren thomas
28 months ago

we love you guys! when you go there, you need to keep yourself safe. colombia is beautiful and dangerous at the same time!

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28 months ago
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