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Cowan Family Adoption

Meet the Cowan’s – Dan, Jodie, James, Claire, and AJ!

August 21, 2012 we received some challenging news about our unborn daughter, Kayleigh Hope. She was diagnosed with some rare conditions including Spina Bifida and Trisomy 13. While our family was devastated we chose to celebrate her life and glorify God. On December 31st we celebrated Kayleigh Hope’s life for five glorious days before she was returned to Heaven. She is very much a part of our family and God continues to use her mightily changing our lives and many of those around us.

In May of 2014 we prayerfully considered God’s prompting to move forward with adoption and started the process in October of 2014. Specifically, our prayer is to be used by God to “help the least of these.” We committed to not put God on a timeline, not tell Him what to do, and to faithfully take only one step at a time. We simply asked God to use us as He saw fit and to prepare us for His journey. Through a series of God-sized movements we have seen him flex and we stagger in shock and awe.

Our expectations were not low, but regulated. It’s not that we didn’t expect God to move, we know He’s already moving – our prayer was to be useful in His hands and weaved into His movement. We had guarded our hearts and were ready to wait for the next several months to hopefully be matched with a birth mother, collect nursery items, raise support, and pray.

Two days after completing our final requirements our agency called with an emergency placement. A three day old boy needs a home and without hesitation we said “Yes”! Fast-forward through a sleepless 48 hours and baby AJ was coming home.

As we pulled in the driveway at 11:30pm that night sixty friends were waiting outside to celebrate AJ’s homecoming, pray for his birth family, and commit to help shepherd his life as part of his larger family. En route to meet AJ we had bought a few diapers, wipes, formula, and bottles. Our friends had filled our house with most everything we could ever need – this was church.

Who prays prayers this big? Who actually waits to see God flex and blow-up our little ideas of what we think ‘should’ happen? We are learning how to pray and how God’s economy scales. We stand in awe and wonder at His movements throughout our story. We have grieved the loss of our daughter, celebrated her homecoming, and been committed to see how God will use her short life for His glory. We have seen Him provide for AJ and we are in awe at His perfect timing. The ‘J’ in AJ stands for Josiah. In Hebrew it means ‘healer of the broken hearted’ or ‘Jehovah has healed’.

We are currently seeking support to assist us in completing this chapter of our adoption journey with AJ. We would first ask you to pray for AJ and his birth family. We serve the God who specializes in reconciliation and our prayer is that AJ would have a life long relationship with his birth family. We pray that he would be a mighty man of God and pursue his maker with all his heart and mind, glorifying his Creator all of his life. We ask that you pray for us and that we would continue to be available in all we do and say for God’s use and His glory.

We believe God has done the amazing and placed AJ securely in our loving home. We would be honored if you would prayerfully consider giving a gift to help complete this chapter of our lives. We are grateful to share our story and are very thankful for the ministry Abba Fund provides.

In His loving shadow,
Dan, Jodie, James, Claire, and AJ

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.

early 2015) — with more adoptions being assisted every month.

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