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TC Walker Family

We’re going to be parents! God has called us to start our family with adoption, and we are thrilled to bring our girl home.

We live in a small town in Central Illinois, and we love the life the Lord has blessed us with. When we felt God calling us to be parents, we decided to open ourselves up to any possibility. We had always considered adoption as a part of our future, but we thought of it more as a distant someday possibility – something we’d pursue once we had some parenting experience and were more financially stable. But after coming home from serving in Ethiopia, we felt God challenging us to a consider adoption more seriously. So many children need families, why couldn’t we be a family for one?

We prayed, and we discussed, and we prayed some more. For every “what if” that plagued our conversations, we found clarity. “What if we aren’t ready to be parents of an older child?” we asked. Then we realized, we’ve never met anyone who says there were truly “ready” to be a parent – we’ll learn! “What if we can’t support an older child’s needs?” we wondered. Then we remembered we can love an adopted child, and we have a loving community of people to help support us as we support a child! “What if we bring home a child who feels like an outsider in our community?” we worried. Then we looked around, and recognized adoption is a part of our community – our child will be welcomed just as our neighbors’ adopted children have been welcomed!

Then the big “What if,” the most reasonable of our concerns: “What if we can’t raise the money to adopt an older child?” To find that answer, we looked to the Word: God didn’t let giants or blood-thirty rulers or city walls get in the way of His plan – did we really think He’d let something as small as money get in the way of His plan for our family? Our God is so big, so strong, and so mighty – He will provide!

So here we are, matched with a beautiful child in Bulgaria, waiting for approval for our first trip! From the beginning of this process, God has blessed us. With each step, we have been amazed at our community’s generosity and support. We are big believers that it takes a village to raise a child, and in our case, it also takes a village to bring our child home! We know that God is providing for our adoption through the support of our friends and family, and we are so grateful that He has added this opportunity to partner with ABBA Fund to continue funding our adoption.

We ask that you prayerfully consider being a part of our village.
This adoption has already so blessed our lives – let it bless yours, too!

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

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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.

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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