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Mayo Family Adoption

Carlos and Jenny Mayo were united in married on February 14, 2005. They met in May 2001 on the Captain Hook Pirate Ship Dinner Cruise in Cancun Mexico where Carlos worked as the Pirate and Jenny had taken her Mother there while on vacation for her 50th Birthday. During this time they commited themselves to God and his will in their lives. They waited on the Lord and were married more than 4 years later. Jenny was initially told due to a medical condition she would not be able to have children. Carlos’ grandmother worked in an orphanage so he was open to adoption. God blessed them with 4 biological children. During this time they were foster parents in NJ for 6 years for a specialized foster care agency taking children with special needs into their home and hearts. Over the years, some after more than a year with our family, each of these children were reunited with their biological family. This created a hole in our hearts they didn’t know existed. A hole that had remained open until2 years ago when a friend of theirs who had adopted 2 children, showed Jenny a picture of “An Qing” and asked them if they we were going to continue fostering or would consider international adoption and adopting her. Jenny’s friend had seen her picture through Rainbow Kids and began to pray diligently to find a Christian family for this little girl with special needs.It was love at first sight. Their excitement soon turned to fear when they inquired about her and found out the costs associated with international adoption. They decided to pray about it and to put it in God’s hands. As they started the process, one by one, one paper and fee at a time our prayers have been answered and paperwork has been completed and paid. During the process to adopt “An Qing” we were introduced to her “little brother/best friend” Qiu Tian. He was also on the Rainbow kids website with Special Needs. We knew in our hearts we were to bring them both home. The plan was to travel and bring them both home at the same time. As the expiration date for the Travel Approval (TA) came for An QIng, enough funds were not raised to bring home Qiu Tian at the same time. In August brought home AnQing, our daughter, but we had to come home without Qiu Tian, our son. I can not put into words the feeling of bringing one child home and leaving another child. His TA (Travel Approval) expires September 23, but they have asked the CCCWA for an extension. They have until Nov 17 to finalize his adoption. We need to travel by Nov 3 to complete it in time. If we do not complete his adoption by then, we will not receive another extension. We would have to wait 1 year until after the adoption of our daughter was completed before we could start the process again. This process took us 22 months. That would make it almost 3 years until we bring our son home again. We do not have the ability to meet the financial obligations of this 2nd adoption as we now have more expenses for a 2nd trip. It is clear that we need financial assistance to bring our son home. They have been humbled by the knowledge that God, in His sovereign plan, ordained these two children specifically for them and his timing of adopting them a few months apart. They have also become even more aware of the parallel between the physical adoption and their own spiritual adoption as children of God and they began to search the internet for funding agencies. We see adoption is a clear picture of all of us as sons and daughters grafted into a heavenly family through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.” – Ephesians 1:5
“… you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.
Now they have a 7 week timeline.


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.

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