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Ellis Family Adoption

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40. That has become our theme verse as we have entered our adoption journey. We are Chip and Alicia Ellis and God has blessed us with 4 biological children ages 3-12. We always thought adoption would be something we would do after we started our family, but after our first child was born with severe brain damage we didn’t think we would ever be able to adopt.

A couple of years ago the topic of adoption began to come up again. It seemed like every sermon, podcast, song, magazine, etc. that we encountered was on adoption. We began talking about the possibility again wondering if God was trying to show us something that we thought was impossible. We had just been through a 5-year period of chronic medical issues with our son, several which threatened his life. We saw God work miracle after miracle and He was growing our faith in those trials.

We had some friends that had done orphan hosting and my wife began to inquire about it. That was something we had not heard of before but it intrigued us. We weren’t sure we could adopt, but we figured we could host for 5 weeks and maybe help a child find a forever family. Little did we know that God was about to open our eyes to a bigger plan.

One night we looked at the organization that was recommended to us for hosting and they primarily worked with 2 countries and only one of them was open for hosting at the time. The very next day we got a letter in the mail from one of those 2 countries. The letter was a thank you note from the child that received our Christmas Shoebox that our son had put together about 9 months earlier. We have done those every year and have never gotten a thank you note. Of the millions of kids that get those boxes each year, ours went to one of the countries we were looking at hosting and the child writes a thank you note that shows up in our mailbox the day after we look at the hosting site. We were blown away and had no doubt God was calling us to host.

We were privileged to host the most precious 11 year old that summer who plugged into our family quickly. By the end of 5 weeks, we were sure that God wanted us to do more than host. He wanted us to provide her a “forever family”. So the day she left, we began the process. We have raised about $10,000 so far and need about $25,000 more to be able to bring her home forever. Please prayerfully consider helping us bring her home to a family that will love her and point her to Christ.

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.

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