An Opportunity to Partner with Chosen Marathon for Adoption

ABBA Fund is excited to partner again with the Chosen Marathon to give 100% of marathon fees back to adoptive families and orphans. This is made possible through generous donations to cover the race costs.

We have 1 day left in this opportunity to double a $10,000 donation! Please give TODAY and share w/ others!

Click on the image below for more info on how you can join us for this years marathon.

 

 

Abba Fund + Noonday Collection Equals a Fashionable Mission

Noonday Collection launched at 2010’s Together for Adoption Conference alongside the Abba Fund, where 10% of funds were donated to the Abba Fund.  Noonday Collection started as a fundraiser for the founder’s Rwandan adoption, but the mission of Noonday goes even further. Every item sold by Noonday Collection is fair trade and helps to create a pathway out of poverty for the person, family, and community behind the purchase. The company has purchased over $35,000 of product from artisans in only 7 months, enabling those artisans to produce and sell more items, put their kids in school, and even buy commodities for their families like chickens.   They have also given around $5,000 directly to adoptive families to help them raise money for their own adoptions.

“Some days I feel crazy that I started a business to raise money for our adoption. Couldn’t we have done a silent auction or something? But knowing that we can empower so many along the way, both here and in the countries where others are adopting from, has been one my greatest joys. And fashion is such a fun bridge for gospel sharing!” says Jessica Honegger, founder of Noonday Collection.  Noonday is now on the look for Ambassadors. These ambassadors buy into the company and receive a sample box, their own website, and free training. In return,  Ambassadors receive a 20% commission for every sale they make.

Are you informed, fashionable, motivated and fun loving? Then becoming a Noonday Collection Ambassador might be a good fit for you. Enough money came in from Noonday Collection sales in three months to cover the Honeggers’  adoption expenses. “Women respond to fashion, shopping with a conscious, and orphan care. We would love other adoptive families to get their adoption expenses covered while providing artisans in resource poor countries with economic opportunities,” says Jessica.  For more information, please email info@noondaycollection.com. 

Join T.J. Ford and Other Longhorns for a Night of Bowling for ABBA Fund


TexasSports.com had a chance to catch up with the 2003 National Player of the Year in college basketball prior to the Longhorns season opener on Saturday and talked about the fundraise.

Q: Last year you hosted a bowling fundraiser down in Houston that proved to be quite a success. This coming Friday (Sept. 10), you are hosting a similar bowling fundraiser in Austin. Why did you decide to change the location and give us some information on the logistics?

A: We decided to change the approach and plan the date and site around UT’s first home football game. I know a lot of former basketball players like to come back to Austin for the first home football game before NBA preseason camps get underway, so we decided to move the bowling event to Austin and hold it the night before the football game. This year’s event is called “Strikes to Unite” and it will take place at Highland Bowling Center (8909 Burnet Road) on Friday night (Sept. 10) from 6-9 p.m. I’m really looking forward to hosting it and seeing some familiar faces back in Austin.

(Note to interested public: Limited spots for the general public remain to this event, and tickets are priced at $1,100 per lane or $300 for individual bowlers. There will be four players per lane and one celebrity bowler per two lanes. For ticket purchasing and additional information on the “Strikes to Unite” event, please contact Nick Barnes via email at nickbarnes7@gmail.com.

Q: What charity will this event benefit and why is this organization and cause important to you?

A: We will give 100 percent of the proceeds from this fundraiser to the ABBA Fund. A lot of families, for different reasons, want the ability to adopt kids. But many of these families don’t have the startup money to go through all the screening process that is involved. That’s what the ABBA Fund is set up to do … helping those interested families get through the initial costs. At the end of the day, we’re trying to help families adopt kids and put them in good homes. At the same time, you are allowing kids to live a better life and be put in better situations.

Q: Who will be joining you as a celebrity bowler at this fundraiser?

A: We should have former UT Basketball players Royal Ivey (Oklahoma City Thunder), Dexter Pittman (Miami Heat), Terrence Rencher and Reggie Freeman. We’re also scheduled to have former Texas Football players Eric Metcalf, Roosevelt Leaks, Kenneth Sims and Donnie Little and former UT swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Aaron Piersol. We have a wide variety of athletes coming back to help out.

Adoption Funding Advice

picture-39 Randy and Kelsey Bohlender have a contagious passion for adoption. They are full-time missionaries in Kansas City and recently started the Zoe Foundation to further a vision for adoption in America! One of their goals is to assemble a national database of thousands of state approved, home-study ready Christian families who have said ‘yes, I can and will adopt a child’! They are thinking big!

They also understand first hand how much finances can be an obstacle. Below, Randy shares some great advice on funding an adoption –

Think big.
Often times, people go the bake sale and car wash route. Unless you’re planning on washing every car in your city at a hundred bucks a pop (and charging extra for trucks), you will ever wash enough cars. And as for bake sales, even at a dollar a muffin, can you sell thirty thousand muffins? The surprising truth is that it doesn’t take much more work to do a large scale dinner or auction than it does to do a car wash or a bake sale…but the return on your work will be a hundred fold.

For our first adoption, we held a benefit dinner. My first inclination involved a bucket of chicken and a case of bottled water. My smart wife and our friend convinced me this wasn’t the best idea. “Hokey” I think was the word they used. We ended up catering a $25/person meal at a nice restaurant in a fun location. We sold tickets that let people pick their price – $50, $75, $100, $250 and up. I don’t think we sold a single $50 ticket. Most were $75-$100 with plenty that sold for more than that. We raised $13,000 that night. You’re not going to do that on your best car wash….

Think broadly.
It’s too easy to think “We don’t know anyone who would help us adopt….”. You need to think beyond who you think might help you to every living soul you’ve ever met, and their rolodex, and their friends’ rolodex. We got the word out using the internet, word of mouth, and mailed invitations. We also gave a stack of invitations to the connector types in our world – the kind of person who can’t get through a restaurant without talking to five people. Those people really delivered for us.

There was a second wave of people who heard from friends, and in the end, a significant chunk of our first adoption’s finances came from strangers. I can’t speak strongly enough about the importance of blogging your adoption journey – when you’re back against the wire, people you do not know who have followed your story will step up and help financially because they want to see this story to completion.

Think boldly.
You are not asking for a birthday present for yourself, or even a trip to Disney for your child. You are asking for help in changing the life of a human being for eternity. Anyone with any sense will know that even with an expensive adoption, the long term cost of raising a child far outweighs the upfront expenses you’re trying to cover. You are the one taking the majority of the workload – getting the baby home is just step one.

Thinking boldly means asking for specific amounts, through specific ticket costs, etc. The agency will not ask you to ‘do whatever you can’….they’ll have a solid number. Granted, you’d take $10 from someone as quickly as you’d take $10,000, but the people you’re asking for help from need to know that the numbers have five digits, not two.

Most people are looking to do something commensurate with the need, not the minimum they can get by with. That’s why so few people bought $50 tickets – once they saw what we were really needing, most of them stepped up further than they would of had we been vague about it. It is not easy to raise the necessary funds, but it’s doable. Don’t let fear stop you from doing what is right. Life depends on someone’s willingness to step beyond fear into the heroic.

Read the whole post here.

Haiti Photos

My wife and I have a special place in our heart for the children of Haiti. While our oldest two adopted children were not born there they were born to Haitian immigrants living in the States and spoke Creole in their home. The needs in this country are staggering and I am thankful for folks like Aaron+Jaime, Steve+Maris, the Livesays that continually raise awareness to them.

I posted awhile back that it would be good for my soul to watch a video or look at photos each day from another part of the world to remind myself that this world is fallen and full of need. It is also a reminder that God is redeeming this world and has called us to be His hands and feet in bringing healing and hope to the nations.

Here are some photos of Haitian children by Debra Parker (visit her site if you would like to purchase any of the prints below)

Let them move your soul.

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