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Nicholas & Ivan — Meet ABBA Assisted Family #430

The Count to 1,000 Families Assisted: Celebrating 10 Years of Providing Adoption Assistance for Christian Families


Clint and Joanna Moore felt the tug of God’s heart to adopt before they were married. Joanna’s sister worked for an adoption agency, so caring for orphans was already an important cause to them. Later, a speaker that visited the Moore’s church, Desert Springs Church, further confirmed the redemptive representation of all of us as prodigal children grafted into a glorious family.

In October of 2011, the Moores hopped a plane from New Mexico to Africa. Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world located within the Nile basin. However, its natural beauty of endless golden African plains and flurry of unique wildlife make it a memorable country. This backdrop welcomed the Moores as they journeyed to receive their 3-year-old son Nicholas from a local orphanage.

Moore family 430 - onechildNico’s father had abandoned him as a baby and in those first few years the boy was raised by a mother with a very advance stage of HIV. Inevitably, the mother brought him to the orphanage to be cared for. The adoption process required that the Moores stay for three weeks to bond with their son in his natural environment. ABBA Fund graciously supplied an interest-free loan to help with the expenses of the trip. Located on an expansive plot of land and maintained by an indigenous pastor was a large house for adoptive parents to live with their child during that period of time. Little Nico took to the Moores almost instantly, speaking native Luganda through a translator and showing off his athletic persona.

Clint intentionally and affectionately hugged, kissed, and held Nico from the very beginning—Nico’s attachment to him was immediate. This young boy who’d gone three years without a father unexpectedly received a Godly man to parent him. The transition into the Moore family was smooth and full of grace for Nico as they returned to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Today he is a lively 6-year-old wrestler who adores playing with his new brother, Ivan.

Ivan entered the Moore’s lives 3 years later in 2014 when they returned to Uganda to adopt again. Similarly, Ivan’s father had abandoned the family very early on, and the boy’s mother suffered from acute HIV. This time Joanna and Nico stayed for 5 weeks while Clint remained for a total of 2 ½ months. They grew more confident at traveling to town, shopping at grocery stores, and zipping through crowded streets on Boda-Boda—the popular motorcycle that is taken from a Ugandan-English twist on “border-to-border.” The Moores prepared to bring home two sons, their hearts full of anticipation, the room fully decorated. However, as adoptions are not always set-in-stone, one of the boys would not return with them due to unforeseen legal complications. Ivan, a 7-year-old brimming with joy and Ugandan song, helped heal Clint and Joanna’s grief at the loss of one of their intended sons.

During their time at the adoption house, Ivan played many games of matching—which serves a two-fold purpose of entertainment and teaching English—and he soon became the local champion. Ivan quickly learned the Moores’ traditional family blessing, “Thank you God for four people and one family.” ABBA Fund also supplemented costs on this adoption with another interest-free loan.

Now, the Moores are just 1 ½ weeks home with Ivan and they already see the adoration between the two brothers. Ivan sings all day, thumps his djembe, and is learning to play basketball with Nico.

Join us in celebrating 10 years of providing adoption assistance for Christian families— 942 orphans from 34 countries are now sons and daughters in 750 loving, nurturing Christ-centered families thanks to $5.2 million in assistance they received through ABBA Fund. Please support our work to help us surpass assisting 1,000 families in our 10th anniversary year.

Would You Consider Adoption?

33% of Americans consider adoption. 79% of those are concerned about the costs, the biggest deterrent. Less than 2% adopt.