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Barthel Family Adoption

Greetings! We are the Barthel family! This is our third adoption where we are bringing home two little girls. All of our adoptions have been through the special needs programs of their respective countries. Our new daughters are 2 and 1 and we cannot wait to bring them home!

My wife and I have known since we were engaged that we wanted to build a Christian family where Christ’s love is the center of our hearts and lives. Early on we were discussing the possibility of adoption. The depth of love a parent has towards those they have been blessed and entrusted with by God has been shown to us from our own families. We want to continue in the sharing of that love to the next generation. We view adoption as a beautiful reminder of how God chose and loves his children, and see it as miraculous as any way to build a family. God’s hand has been clearly seen with our son and daughter’s adoptions along every step of the way. God has done immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). We wait with eager anticipation on meeting our new daughters.

Each adoption there is a verse that speaks to us about the unique process. We felt that Isaiah 49:16 best fits this adoption, “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” What great comfort there is to know that our loving heavenly Father has our names engraved on the palms of His hands! Even before we were formed, he knew our name, before our children were adopted; their heavenly Father knew their names. He knows the names they were whispered by their birth mother, he knows the names their caregivers call them by, and he knows the names we are giving them. He not only knows them but has them engraved upon his palms. What joyous comfort there is in that!

Adoption is a wonderful, exciting, emotional journey. But the mountains to be moved to make it happen are often overwhelming. There is not only a mountain of paperwork, but a large financial mountain as well. Not just to get them home, but for the medical attention they will need once they are home. For their medical needs, we have health insurance to help. But there is no insurance when you adopt, it is like giving birth without any insurance or discounts, you pay in full. This is a mountain we cannot move on our own as it is larger than our entire household yearly income. We humbly ask you to prayerfully consider standing beside us with prayers and financial support as we bring our two precious miracles home.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

Thank you!

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 $5.7 million in grants and interest-free loans to help 979 orphans become sons and daughters in 854 Christian families since 2004 (as of early 2015) — with more adoptions being assisted every month.

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