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From Bulgaria with Love

Family has always been extremely important to both of us, and we wanted to begin having children at a fairly young age. We tried to have biological children for two years, and went through fertility testing, only to discover that we will most likely not be able to have biological children, unless we tried fertility treatments. We had always planned on adopting at some point anyway, we just weren’t sure what the timing would look like.

We arrived in Okinawa in October of 2013 and once we got settled into our new home, we began discussing and praying about whether to pursue adoption at this time, and we both felt the answer was a resounding yes. Christ teaches us throughout scripture that we are absolutely called to care for orphans, and while that doesn’t necessarily mean that every family is called to adopt, we have no doubt that ours is. One of our favorite verses in the Bible talks about pure undefiled worship or religion is to take care of the orphans and widows, and keep yourself undefiled by the world. We are trying to do just that, and this is an incredible opportunity.

This marathon has opened doors for bringing our family and friends together to help with the costs of the adoption. We are so thankful for the opportunity to participate in this event, and for the assistant it gives in bringing our children home. Any financial assistance we receive will help alleviate some of the burden of the cost of the adoption. It is a worthy cause, and we are so thankful for the opportunity to participate.

There were a lot of factors that went into us choosing Bulgaria, but in the end we feel that this country will be a great fit for our family. As we prayed through our options we were steered to Bulgaria, by country requirements, the fact that we are living overseas, and the culture of Bulgaria. As we have done more research we learned that orphans who age out of the system in Bulgaria are extremely likely to end up in human trafficking rings. While we can’t help every child, as much as we would like to, we definitely want and need to do something to help these children.We are studying the culture and trying to learn some of the language, to be able to pass that on to our children. We will be adopting two or three siblings from Bulgaria. God has done so much in our hearts through the process of beginning this adoption. He has been teaching us incredible things about His love, and what it truly means to love as He loves, to love because He loved us first. Caleb and I choosing to adopt these children is a beautiful reflection of the first adoption, our adoption as children into the family of God. I have never seen my children, they do not know me yet, but I still love them with all of my heart, and I pray for them every day. In the same way, Jesus died for our sins before we were even born, before we knew Him, so that we can be a part of the family of God.

But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Galations 4:4-6

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. Ephesians 1:4-6

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 1:27

Please prayerfully consider joining our team through prayer & encouragement, registering to run, coming out to cheer the team on or by making a generous contribution to alleviate the financial burden of adopting our children.

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 loving, nurturing homes through assistance to 827 Christian families since 2004 (as of fall 2014) — with more adoptions being assisted every month.

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