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Field Staff & Volunteers

The ABBA Fund Field Staff and volunteers are essential to helping ABBA Fund succeed. The following members provide a truly national outreach for ABBA Fund.

For the Orphan

One of God’s main titles, all throughout scripture, is that of a “Father to the Fatherless”. One of the commands we receive as his followers is to be “imitators of Christ.” If we weave these two realities together then the call to care for & be a voice for the orphan and vulnerable children is very clear.

Early in my involvement in orphan care God placed Proverbs 31:8 on my heart: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute”. As I sought to embrace this scripture as a calling, I started the ministry organization For the Orphan Network, that I now direct full-time.

For the Orphan Network seeks to educate, equip and empower both churches and individuals in Salt Lake City, Utah, to make caring for orphans and vulnerable children a priority. We also support and equip adoptive and foster families. A lot of our work revolves around working through local foster care in our community. We support, in various ways, foster children and the families that are caring for them, families that need help staying together, as well as supporting families that are reunifying.

It’s an honor and a privilege to be doing this “work”, and I cannot imagine doing anything else! We are able to do this work, only through the help of people who also believe and support the mission and vision of For the Orphan Network. 100% of the finances to run the ministry is fund raised. We have donors who generously make one-time donations as well as people who want to support in an ongoing basis through a monthly donation. We would love for you to be a part of our “team” financially or in any other way you feel led.

In Memory of Lois King Church

My mother passed away very suddenly on April 23rd, 2020. My mom was the type of person who was “overly generous” with her time and resources, always put others first. My mom  had a deep love for children and always supported my efforts in working with orphans and vulnerable children. If you would like to make a donation in her memory, I know she would be honored, and so would I!

TEthiopiao DONATE BY MAIL, please send your check to:

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

(Please print out this page or write a personal note to enclose with the check in order to request that ABBA Fund preference your gift toward this missionary work – FOR THE ORPHAN. Do NOT write a missionary’s name on the check – it takes away from the charitible aspect).

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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 missionary profiled on this page as part of ABBA Fund’s work to fulfill our mission. ABBA Fund 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.

As required by IRS regulations, any tax-deductible donation is made to the charitable organization (ABBA Fund) and not the individual (missionary) — otherwise it is a non-deductible gift and should be given directly to the missionary as a gift. 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.

ABBA Fund is grateful for each donation given to our work to provide adoption assistance to Christian families. ABBA Fund, a 501(c)(3) ministry, has provided more than $5.4 million in grants and interest-free loans to help 972 orphans become sons and daughters in 780 Christian families since 2004 (as of fall 2014) — with more adoptive families being encouraged and assisted every month.

Shelly Roberts – Adoption Advocate/Speaker/Author

Over the years God has taught the Roberts family about His deep love for the fatherless which led them on two separate adoption journeys. From a human perspective, there were many reasons for the Roberts family to discount the idea of adoption, not the least of which were their financial limitations. As church planting missionaries living on a tight budget, paying for an adoption did not seem feasible. As they mulled over their list of adoption pros and cons, David and Shelly were deeply humbled when their young sons approached them asking whether they were going to follow God’s call to adopt or listen to the voices of “reason” around them. read more »

Beverly Kelly – Accountant

Beverly and her husband Kip have been blessed with four great kids. Her passion for children needing families began with the loss of their baby, Rebecca, which led them to consider adoption. During a long period of time trying to adopt from Romania, God showed Beverly the magnitude of the need for Christian adoptive homes for children around the world and in our own county. In 2007, Beverly and Kip became foster parents and God blessed them with Katelyn who they adopted in 2008. During their pursuit of adopting from Romania, God also burdened them with the need to help families financially with adoption expenses. Gifted as a self-employed CPA, she blesses ABBA Fund with her passion for adoptive families combined with her financial and accounting services.