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Duke Family Adoption

With two children (one girl and one boy) most would assume God has blessed us with a perfect and complete family and the American Dream is well underway. We, however, are confident God is at work. While we love our life and our two precious little ones we continue to desire more children. Throughout our marriage we have discussed and prayerfully considered adoption and what it might look like for our family. Within the past year God has placed a great burden on our hearts for the orphan and clearly showed us that we should adopt now. Galatians 4:1-7 is a passage that we continue to pray through and find hope in. In short, we were not born into God’s family; we were born into the slavery of sin then adopted and saved by God’s grace. There are numerous verses throughout the New Testament instructing us to care for the orphan and we see adoption as one of many ways to care for the fatherless. As we began our adoption journey we prayerfully considered both international and domestic adoption. Since our heart is for the orphan we decided to adopt internationally, but from where? The Lord began to whittle down the many options and has prompted our hearts to adopt from China. At this point we are months away from being matched with a child, but there is much to be done! Prayer is the biggest and smallest thing you can be doing for us right now. Here are a few ways you can be praying:

  • Discernment as God leads us to our child and God’s protection over our child wherever he or she is (physically, spiritually, & emotionally)
  • Expediency with the adoption process (all things moving smoothly and quickly)
  • Preparation for our family to transition well through this process
  • God would provide all of the necessary finances

Another way to support us is through financial giving. We are very far from our $40,000 goal. We wouldn’t want you to give or support us in such a way that you make personal compromises, but we are asking that you prayerfully consider sacrificially giving. We are thankful for each and every one of you and your desire to partner with us in this process to give our child a forever family.

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.

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.

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