Because we have been adopted into God’s family, we seek to emulate our heavenly Father by providing for abandoned and neglected children.
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’
— Romans 8:15
The members of Grace are actively involved in both local and international adoption and foster care. There have been numerous adoptions at Grace and several families are trained in foster care. There is a wealth of experience with the foster and adoption process in our congregation for you to draw upon if you are interested. We are always seeking to grow in our ministry to orphans and needy children.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction.
— James 1:27
Through the ABBA Fund, we are able to offer interest-free loans to church members that are seeking to expand their families through adoption.
What is the ABBA Fund?
The ABBA Fund provides assistance to churches in establishing and administering church adoption funds. In addition to the general ABBA Fund, there is a specific fund set up by ABBA for the use and benefit of Grace Reformed Baptist Church.
There are two ways to be involved with the Grace ABBA Fund:
- By contributing to the fund, you can make a tax-deductible gift that will be available for members of Grace who are interested in adoption.
- By applying to use the fund, you can express your interest in receiving an interest-free loan from the fund for your adoption expenses.
Why is Grace using the ABBA Fund?
Tax law makes it difficult for churches to sponsor their own privately-managed adoption fund. Even if that wasn’t a barrier, it takes significant expertise to manage such a fund. ABBA provides the expertise to manage such a fund for Grace at no cost and allows people to make tax-free contributions (to the extent allowed by tax law) for the benefit of families considering adoption.
How do I contribute to the Grace ABBA Fund?
You can contribute in several ways:
- By placing a check in the offering plate. Your check must be payable to “ABBA Fund”, and you must write “Grace, Mebane Adoption Fund” in the memo line.
- By sending a check payable to “ABBA Fund” directly to:
P.O. Box 868049
Plano, TX 75086
Please write “Grace, Mebane Adoption Fund” in the memo line of your check.
- By making an online donation. Please be aware that 3% of the donation amount will be taken as a fee by the credit card processing company.
I am interested in adoption. How do I apply for a loan from the ABBA Fund?
- First, please let the elders know about your desire to adopt. They will schedule a time to meet with you and discuss the process.
- Next, you will need to start the home study process required by all adoption agencies. The cost for the home study is not covered by the ABBA Fund.
- Next, download the application and fill it out. Once you and the elders have signed it, you can submit it to the ABBA Fund.
ABBA Fund Application (PDF)
- After your application has been reviewed, the ABBA Fund will make their recommendations to the elders.
Who decides how the funds are dispersed?
Once your application is received, the ABBA Fund will make recommendations to the church elders about the amount that should be lent. The elders have the ultimate discretion, however, over the loan amount to be extended.
Can I make a contribution designated to help a specific family within our church?
Yes and no. In order for gifts to be tax-deductible by law, the intention must be to benefit the church. That said, folks can give to ABBA Fund and indicate a “preference” for who they would like to receive the money. Donors should understand that ABBA Fund ultimately has full discretion over the funds but will do their best to accommodate the donor’s preferences.