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Adopting in Faith Adoption

We have been married for 4 ½ years and have a 2-year-old biological daughter. When we first got married, adoption was something we thought about, but only as a distant possibility. It was so easy for us to live our comfortable American lives, forgetting about orphans in our own country, much less those living in orphanages around the world. Over the last few years, God has stirred our hearts so that we are no longer able to do nothing.

Our passion for adoption began with our own adoption.

Ephesians 1:5 tells us that God “predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.” We were separated from God at birth because of our sin, and it is only through the blood of Jesus that we are adopted by God. The orphanages around the world are full of children who are there at no fault of their own. As we were, they are incapable of helping themselves.

During 2015, we met friends at church who have a heart for adoption. At their encouragement, we read “Orphan Justice” by Johnny Carr. The book brought conviction to us as Johnny challenged his readers with not only many facts about the plight faced by orphans, but also truths from The Bible . James 1:27 stuck with us, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” While this verse calls Christians to care for orphans, that will not look like adoption for everyone; however, we feel that for our family it does. We consider being parents a great responsibility, but also a great joy and are excited about adding to our family in this way.

Your prayers and financial gifts are critical to help us provide a home for a child. We have just begun this journey and are working with Bethany Christian Services. We are planning on bringing home a toddler from China sometime in the next one to two years.

To DONATE BY MAIL, please make out the check to ABBA Fund (do not write the family name on the physical check, which will invalidate the charitable aspect of your gift … instead either print out this page to send with it or include a separate note to request that we preference your gift toward the family profiled on this page) — then mail your check and preference request to:  

ABBA Fund, PO BOX 868049, Plano, TX 75086-8049

Using the online form on this page automatically submits a request to preference your gift to the family profiled on this page as part of ABBA Fund’s Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund. ABBA Fund administers this fund and maintains full control and administration of all donated funds. We also strive to honor our donor’s preference requests in accordance with IRS and Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) guidelines.

The IRS allows donors to state a preference of how their contribution is used and request that the gift support a particular family — and it allows the charitable organization (ABBA Fund) to fully consider that request as long as the donor understands and acknowledges for charitably given tax-deductible gifts that the ultimate authority regarding the disposition of your gift is at the discretion of the charitable organization. By using this online form, or other method described above, you are acknowledging an understanding of those IRS guidelines.

As required by IRS regulations, any tax-deductible donation is made to the charitable organization (ABBA Fund) and not the individual (family) — otherwise it is a non-deductible gift and should be given directly to the family. Every gift into the Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund is helping reduce the financial burden of adoption for families that have qualified for adoption assistance from ABBA Fund.

ABBA Fund is grateful for each donation given to the Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund, and broad participation in the fund helps ensure that ABBA Fund is able to assist each approved family with the grant and loan funds preferenced to reduce the financial burden of their adoption. ABBA Fund, a 501(c)(3) ministry, has provided more than $6.5 million in grants and interest-free loans to help 1,012 orphans become sons and daughters in 912 Christian families since 2004 (as of early 2015) — with more adoptions being assisted every month.

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