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Gant Family Adoption

First of all, thank you for coming all this way just to read our story! Our adoption journey is an odyssey. Just like an epic journey, we feel like every detail of this entire process has a fascinating story, far too spectacular to fully enumerate here, in less than 50 characters. For example, just to post this outline of a request for giving we had to drill a hole in the very computer on which we type for over an hour just to get it to work. Perhaps, that is a testament to how much we need your help along the way. It takes a village to raise a child. Amen? YES, LORD!

God has allowed infertility so far in our marriage and we believe it was to lead us to adoption. We figured we weren’t producing children on our own for a good reason. It turns out we were right! God commands us to care for the widows and orphans in their affliction (James 1:27), and he lead us to that through our own separate, very personal upbringings, which came to a pinnacle when we attended an adoption conference in Louisville, KY in October of 2013, two years ago this month.

Scott knew he wanted to be a dad as a young man. He knew he wanted to have a daughter due to the amazing Godly women that poured themselves into his life. He was occupied in his job field with work among the special needs adults, and has found a great skill in that area. With educational and professional background in teaching and a heart and experience with youth group work, Scotty is well-equipped by Our blessed Lord to care for children.

Furthermore, When Scott married Krista, along with two wonderful stepsons (Noalin and Jacob), he entered into a relationship that required actively choosing to give up his own selfish pursuits in time, energy, and finances to help raise these magnificent boys. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13) While Scott did not lay down his mortal, fleshly existence for the lives of his stepsons, he does continue to choose putting them before himself. And, there’s more love to give, yet.

Krista is all heart, hands, and feet. She has adored the idea of adoption since her rebirth from the blood of Christ Jesus, who adopted her as His beloved daughter (Ephesians 1:5); and has, since her baptism in 2009, felt drawn by the Holy Spirit to explore her part in the adoption community since that time. Being called by The Lord to emergency nursing, Krista, has the applied skills required to help with special, traumatic situations, when her patients are rendered most vulnerable. Who among us friends can disagree that the most vulnerable are our widows and orphaned?

We just received our letter of recognition from the Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services in Illinois, and have been notified that we are on the waiting list to receive a child. Right now, we have clear direction to apply for a match with a distressed birth family in need of a willing adoptive family for their unborn baby. We continue to pray about further involvement in the foster care system where we live, but before we proceed any further we must raise funds for state-mandated education and for a home study. Those fees total around $2,000-$3,000 and the placement fee for an infant will be about $10,000. We have faith that Our mighty Father, provider of all good things, will help us with this as long as we are in His glorious will (Psalm 34:10b). This call to action is for you dear friends and brothers & sisters, who feel called to be used by God to help us with this. Our unending gratitude to your generous hearts lends us to this prayer for you, beloved family, that the God of the Universe, Who holds all things in His loving hands, will bless you immeasurably as you continue on from here. Thank you!

In Christ’s Sacrificial Love,
Scott and Krista Gant

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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