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Finley Family Adoption

I absolutely love getting to tell people why we are adopting, and whenever people find out that know us, they often ask why. I think people are forward with asking about it because Adoption is clearly not our plan B. We have an amazing son, Jude, that we had biologically about 1 ½ years ago, but since we have been married we’ve known that adoption would most likely be something to pursue.

Adoption is rooted at the center of Mason & I’s identity. This may seem confusing to some, because neither of us were adopted by our parents. This is a different, far bigger, far more eternal type of adoption. 

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God” (Galatians 4:4-7)

Basically, God sent Jesus so that Mason, me, you and anyone else who believes in Jesus would receive ADOPTION. What does that mean? It means that Jesus did not just come and die for us so that we would not get the punishment we deserved (death & hell). But God, in his radical, unimaginable grace and love towards us, goes further. He not only exempts punishment but invites us into his family, giving us the inheritance that is due HIS son, Jesus. 

Receiving and understanding this type of love, grace, and mercy drives Mason and I’s lives. We lay everything we have to offer at God, our Father, who would orchestrate and pursue this type of adoption for us, criminals. And so we worship him, and believe that we are ALL called to care for the orphan. It does not look like physical adoption for some, but for us, it does. James says “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction” (James 1:27). It is not just for adoptive parents, but all of us! And we felt firmly that this call was for us to physically grow our family via adoption.

Additionally, we strongly value each and every life being born. If we are going to hold onto this conviction, we MUST do our part in caring for the least of these. I know that many many situations are broken, messy, and full of hurt. We MUST enter the brokenness. It may not mean everyone personally adopts. But we cannot say that we support every single baby being born and then leave them and their birth families to fend for themselves. We have to tell a better story. And we HAVE a better story! Jesus IS that better story. We are able to partake in modeling the reconciliation and redemption of Jesus who heals ALL brokenness.

And so that is our why behind our decision to pursue adoption. We have been so greatly blessed by the Abba Fund to help make that possible and are so looking forward to bringing home are next child!

 

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.

0 Responses to “Finley Family Adoption”

  1. Andy and Lavonne Blalock says:

    We are so excited about the new child joining your/our family!!! Can’t wait to meet them and hug them!

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