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Byler Family Adoption

After a year of being married, we adopted our oldest daughter Olivia and ever since then, adoption has been a very special part of our family. We were then blessed to have our three little incredible boys that kept life wonderfully full and entertaining! We felt so blessed as a family and as we watched our children grow, we knew that adoption would play another role in our family. We just didn’t know when or what it would look like. It was on our 10 year anniversary that we made our decision to start researching all of our options for adopting a child. The orphan crisis had been weighing heavy on both of our hearts and we knew we had to something about it. We knew we had enough love in our hearts to love another child. We knew we could financially provide for another child. We knew that the need was great.

As we started pursuing all of our options, some doors opened and some doors closed, and it was during worship service one Sunday morning, that the Lord gave us both direction and we knew He was calling us to go where the children were waiting and the need was desperate. I still remember the emotions flooding through me at that very moment when we realized we would be adopting internationally and from a third-world county – feelings of being scared, joyful, nervous, excited and so overwhelmed from all of the unknown….but at that moment, we also knew that there was a baby in an orphanage waiting for us to come for them and bring them home, and we started our mission of finding them.

This was an incredibly emotional point in the entire process. After researching and learning of the millions of innocent children that have been orphaned due to no fault of their own, and learning of their heartbreaking living conditions, and the amount of children simply starving and suffering from easily cured illnesses, was extremely heart wrenching. We learned that there are over 153 million orphaned children in this world! More than the entire population of Russia! Innocent little children just waiting for someone to come for them, and it broke our hearts. We were so burdened by everything we had learned, but we decided that we were going to approach our adoption process with HOPE! We knew we couldn’t save every child that needed a family, but we knew we could change the life of one orphaned child, and so we moved forward with determination and seeking God’s guidance, which led us to Ethiopia.

And then unexpectedly, God started stirring in our hearts again – something we hadn’t even considered before…..adopting 2 children. I still remember feeling so inadequate for what I felt the Lord was calling us to and asking Him, “Lord, will we be able to do this?! To raise two little babies that are going to need so much extra care to make up from all the basic needs they never received? Are we capable of juggling it all?! Are we strong enough for this?!” And the Lord spoke so clearly and gently to my heart, and His answer was “No. No, you are not strong enough to do this. BUT I AM. And I will give you every bit of strength you need, every step of the way.”

It was in that moment that the Lord gave me such peace, and I knew that He wouldn’t call us to something and not provide for every single need! It’s not about us or what we think we can or can’t handle. It’s about an incredible God who is able to do so much more than we could ever think or imagine! And it is about being able to give two little orphan girls a family, a hope and a future – something that every child deserves!

As a mother, I can’t imagine not being there for my children when they are sick, when they’re scared, or when they’re up in the middle of the night crying…..yet, there are millions of innocent little orphaned children that have no one to hold them when they’re scared, no one to take care of them when they’re sick and no one to give them food when they’re hungry…. I can’t even begin to grasp how scary that would be for a precious little child that has either been abandoned or had their parents die….. And there are over 5 million orphaned children in Ethiopia alone.

Abba Fund is an incredible ministry, that views “adoption” as the best possible orphan care any child could receive, as it transforms an orphan into a son or daughter. We are so blessed to partner with Abba Fund in our fund raising efforts and would like to invite you along this journey with us, to give two orphan girls from Ethiopia a home, and impact generations to come!

When we first found out the cost of adopting two orphaned children from Ethiopia, it was extrememly overwhelming. At that point, we had to make a decision. We could decide that it was impossible and that there was no way we could afford it and walk away from it all -or- We could continue moving forward trusting that the Lord would provide the miracle we needed to raise the funds. Thankfully, miracles are God’s specialty and He has provided in incredible ways! Due to the the amazing generosity of our family, friends and relatives that have joined with us in this mission field, the Lord has provided $22,000 for the adoption fund for these little precious ones. It has been an incredible privelge to watch the Lord provide for these babies!

At this point, we still have $14,000 left to raise before we can complete the adoption. We know that these little girls are in an orphanage right now, living in conditions that none of us would ever want our child to endure. So we are more determined than ever, to reach out and ask you, our friends and family, to become a part of these little girls’ journey home.

Would you consider joining us financially by giving to this adoption fund that has been set up for these two little baby girls? By donating on our Abba Fund page, it offers two unique opportunities. First, your donation is 100% tax deductible as orphan care as you are helping two baby orphans be adopted into a family and making an impact in the orphan crisis. Second, you will have an opportunity to personally become a part of their story as someone who helped them find a family, and see their transformation as they shed their orphan status and become daughters and sweet little sisters.

Please will you also join us in prayer for their health, their safety and that the Lord to be glorified in every aspect of this adoption. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for every word of encouragement, every prayer and every financial contribution. We are so thankful for all of our friends and family and have surrounded us with love during this emotional and life changing chapter in our lives.

Blessings,
Jeff and Amanda Byler
“Adopting one child won’t change the world; but for that child, the world will change.”

 

 

 

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

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**AN IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION FROM ABBA FUND ABOUT YOUR DONATION**
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.

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