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Zedler Family Adoption

We do not know our child yet, so all we can share is how we’ve come to the decision to adopt. Someday, after we know her, we will have the whole story.

We have talked about adoption since the beginning of our family. Throughout the years, we’ve wondered, “Is this the right time?” or, “What happens if we decide not to adopt?” The question became a nudge every day in the last three years. God’s steady whisper impressed upon us that if we ignored this call, we would miss the opportunity to experience a powerful love. If we let fear of the unknown make our decision, we would be imposing our limits on His mighty hand. And, all we had to do is step forward with Him, not to an easy experience, or a perfect experience, but a powerful experience. He would show us where to step every day, but we had to act. Love isn’t given without action. Love is risky by its nature–to give of oneself without any guarantees.

In His mercy on humanity and His design for us, God created family, a place to belong and to learn how to truly love. We’ve learned the joy loving sacrifice brings in a very real way, a way we would not have learned had we not had children. We’ve also seen our boys flourish and believe that the work of love empowers them. How wonderful to see a child become strong and do his or her work for the kingdom!

Now, we feel drawn to grow our family through adoption, a beautiful picture of God’s love for us. We desire a child, and we also know the power of God’s love to heal and the capacity of the human heart to grow when nurtured. Every child should have a family. In our hearts, we both know that with God every day, we will love our child with the same intensity, the same courage, that He gives us to love our biological children.

We are so thankful for the blessing of knowing that this is the path for us and our children, that we will love her, that she will belong. No matter where her heart and her feet go in the future, she will have known home with us. And, we will have the incredible honor of raising her.

To DONATE BY MAIL, please send your check to:

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

(Please do not write the family’s name on your check because that negates the charitable aspect of your gift. 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 family’s adoption needs. As explained below, charitable gifts are made out to ABBA Fund who as the charity has full control over all donated funds.)

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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.

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 support from ABBA Fund — including the family listed above in their online Family Adoption Fund profile.

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 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 $5.4 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 adoptions being assisted every month.

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