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Sophia — Meet ABBA Assisted Family #455

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

Hughes 455Darren and Margie Hughes were married in 2003, and soon they discovered it highly unlikely they would be able to have biological children. Since he was a young man, Darren had carried with him thoughts of adopting from China—unaware of where the notion came from. An emotionally trying miscarriage became the turning point in their family’s journey as Darren’s and Margie’s hearts were stirred to pursue the idea of adoption.

Margie also wanted confirmation that this path, which was so often difficult and financially burdensome, was the Lord’s will. One morning, while reading a devotional on her porch, her eyes struck the title: “God’s baby girl.” Tearing up, she continued down the page to Ezekiel 16 where it speaks about God inheriting a foreign woman as His bride. Margie clearly felt that they were to move forward with the adoption. She said, “It was a supernatural birth.”

(And don’t miss the song inspired by their adoption journey … lyrics and a link at the end of the full post!)

Their adoption process began in 2009 — by both recognizing God’s heart for the orphan, and feeling His undeniable prompting to adopt from China.

Many institutional orphanages in China are overcrowded and struggle to handle the many health issues associated with abandoned children, including a high percentage of children with special needs. God led the Hughes to little Sophia in Nanjing, China in May, 2011. Nanjing is the capital of the Jiangsu province in Eastern China with 8.6 million residents. Located in the Yangtze River Delta, it is a major port city, and the transportation hub of Eastern China.

Sophia was born March 2, 2010 in a Nanjing hospital to the biological mother who snuck quietly away after giving birth. One month later, the baby girl was placed in an orphanage, and diagnosed with hepatitis C. The Hughes continued to pray for her, and believed that God would heal her. Just before they completed the adoption, Sophia had a blood test done. Her hepatitis C was gone!

Two days before traveling to China, ABBA Fund wired the remaining funds the Hughes needed from its interest-free loan program. Darren remarked that ABBA Fund was one of the only organizations willing to assist in their adoption. Without their help, the adoption would have been seemingly impossible.

Half the Sky, an organization in China dedicated to ensuring that orphans feel loved and cared for, worked with Sophia’s orphanage. On November 21, 2011, after an eighteen-hour flight to China, Darren and Margie Hughes met their almost two-year-old daughter for the first time.

Now, Sophia is a 4-and-a-half-year-old, strong-willed, brilliant little girl who loves to sing with her dad as he plays the piano. She is an avid outdoors explorer, and can brilliantly answer many Bible questions. The Hughes’ lives are wonderfully changed by her joyful presence, and they have now established their own adoption fund to help other families adopt. This year alone, they assisted four Christian families.

Inspired by their adoption of Sophia and God’s desire to adopt all of us through trusting in Jesus Christ, Darren wrote ADOPTED, which also became the name for the latest CD from the group Butler, Hughes & Hayes to celebrate the truth found in Romans 8:15: “For ye have not received the spirit of bandage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father”  You can listen to the song, ADOPTED, and preview the rest of their Adopted CD at this link:

Adopted Romans 8:15
Darren Hughes ©2013 Whose House Music/BMI

Somewhere on the other side of the world
All alone there lies a baby girl
Abandoned and helpless, no family to love
Her future looks as bleak as where she’s from
Every night she’s learned to cry herself to sleep
In a room too full of tears to relieve
She doesn’t know what’s missing, She’s never had a home
She just knows this isn’t where she belongs
‘Til the sovereign plan of God’s own hand brings a miracle of hope

Adopted in the family, chosen to be loved
Finally a place to call home
No longer an orphan
Now she belongs to a mom and dad who will not let her go
Redeemed, loved, accepted, adopted

In another time and place a baby boy
Was sent to live and die for all the world
To those who would believe Him and obey what Jesus said
Turn from sin and follow him instead
So I gave my broken life to his control
He forgave me of my past and so much more
Now I call him Abba Father I don’t have to be afraid
I am his child so now I wear his name
For the sovereign plan of God’s own hand brought a miracle my way

Adopted in the family, chosen to be loved
Finally a place to call home
No longer an orphan
Now I belong to a father who will never let me go
Redeemed, loved, accepted, adopted

Now I call him Abba Father, my identity is changed
I am his child so now I wear his name

Adopted in the family, Chosen to be loved
Finally a place to call home
No longer an orphan
Now I belong to a father who will never let me go
Redeemed, loved, accepted, restored, changed, forgiven, adopted

Join us in celebrating 10 years of providing adoption assistance for Christian families—972 orphans from 35 countries are now sons and daughters in 827 loving, nurturing Christ-centered families thanks to $5.4 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.



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