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Faris Family Adoption

Meet Brooklyn! She is 10 months old (as of November 2014) in China. She has a condition called biliary atresia, where the ducts that carry bile from the liver to the small intestine are blocked and damage the liver. She is currently in liver failure, and she needs a liver transplant ASAP.

We found her through a China Waiting Child Advocacy group. There were many inquiries and comments about her. Maybe someone will adopt her, we hoped. Maybe the someone is us, we wondered.

We (Nick & Jesse) have been married for 8.5 years and we have a 4-year-old daughter, Rhet, whom we adopted from Ethiopia in 2011. We felt drawn to adoption as a couple even as we were dating. We wanted a family, and there are children who need a family–it seemed simple. We’ve now also experienced the complexities of adoption over these nearly nine years of marriage. It is joy, and it is grief. It is brokenness and redemption. It is beauty and ashes. We live in these tensions, and we knew we would be called to adopt again…we just didn’t realize it was right now.

But maybe the someone IS us.

We had nightly long conversations about the possibility of pursuing the adoption of Brooklyn. We each shared feelings and thoughts of fear that were holding us back. We prayed together, for specific things, for specific direction, for specific leading from the Lord. Those were big, vulnerable prayers.

And then one night, the Lord answered us. Clearly. Definitively.

And we knew that the someone is us.

We don’t know how Brooklyn’s story will unfold, but we do know that she deserves a family that loves her, that will fight to get to her, that will push through the hard for her. Every child deserves a family who will do that. We could spend our lives wondering if anyone will, or we can make bold choices to follow the Lord wherever He leads.

We are working lightning fast to bring our little gal home. We are praying for medical expedites on every level, and we are trusting God to provide each expense and fee as it presents itself. He has been so faithful!!

We need your help! Please lift Brooklyn up in prayer constantly. We confidently believe God will move mountains to sustain her health and to get her home. Please pray for us, that the Holy Spirit will continue to give us His peace to move boldly with faith. And please consider helping us financially, if you feel led. We are so thankful for our village of family, friends, and even strangers across the country and world that are helping us bring Brooklyn home.

The someone is us!


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**AN IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION FROM ABBA FUND ABOUT YOUR DONATION**
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 780 Christian families since 2004 (as of fall 2014) — with more adoptions being assisted every month.

2 Responses to “Faris Family Adoption”

  1. Simon says:

    God adopts us. What a privilege to be involved in something that He started!

  2. Nate and Jess Stemm says:

    We are praying for sweet Brooklyn!!

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