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Basile — Meet ABBA-Assisted Family #???

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

You can help the Florance Family — and about two dozen others — become an ABBA Fund assisted family.

Their adopted son Basile cannot leave the Congo yet, and they are now responsible for his ongoing care. A typical day of care is about $12.50 … so $25 for two days of care … $88 for a week …

Congo adoptive families are financially tapped, emotionally drained and feeling abandoned. The family’s hearts have been knitted to the hearts of their children in the Congo – even though they are thousands of miles apart, these children are their sons and daughters. These families have humbled themselves to ask for your help … please consider providing from a few days of care to a week or more. Visit for more information on how to help.

As for the Florance’s story, Joe and Lavender were unprepared for the pain of miscarriage after giving birth to 3 healthy biological children: Eden, Briar, and Levis. It was then that Lavender pondered adoption, although she’d always had a heart for it. Joe, on the other hand, had never seriously considered it—until he heard a pastor’s moving account of Africa … specifically the Congo.

The Florances had friends who adopted from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Also, a visiting pastor from the DRC spoke at the Florence’s church in California about an orphanage he oversaw in Lubumbashi. These two events highlighted the tragic need of children in the Congo for caring, Christian homes. Soon after, the Florances heard God speak that their son was waiting for them in Africa.

After a summer of seeking God in prayer, the Florances heard from the pastor in the DRC. Nearing the end of September 2013, the same orphanage director visited a neighboring village about a 7-hour-drive away from Lubumbashi. Lubumbashi is the subtropical mining capital of the Congo—bordering Zambia and the Kafue River—and the second largest city in the nation, claiming half of the world’s cobalt. Also center to the civil war in the 1990s, it is home to

thousands of orphans. The pastor and his team travelled to remote Mufunga Sampwe, a war-ravaged village where 1,000 starving children lived abandoned out in the open. The village was overseen by a chief and a handful of ruling women. Only 2 women were caring for all the children, the village a 6 hour drive from any food or water source.

The Lubumbashi pastor rescued 11 children whom returned to the orphanage with him in Lubumbashi. Among those children was Basile, Joe and Lavender’s 5-year-old son. Almost immediately after deciding to move forward with the adoption process, the Florances raised $14,000 in a silent auction at their church. However, at the same time they decided to adopt, the DRC issued a suspension of exit permits – the document which allows a child to leave the country. The Florances knew they would have to wait at least a year before bringing Basile home.

Basile is now legally theirs, but they are unable to bring him to the U.S due to the suspension of exit letters. Basile turned 6 in July, is very intelligent, and enjoys practicing martial-arts with his friends. They recently were connected to ABBA Fund through a community of Congo adoptive families supporting and encouraging each other during this tedious government standstill while looking for financial assistance.

The financial strain of caring for Basile while he remains in the DRC, and the deferred hope that the Congolese government will overturn its decision, is strenuous on all waiting parents. Yet, Joe and Lavender’s love for Basile far exceeds the pain of delay. They’ve learned to love extravagantly–sacrificing time, money, and predictability.

Join ABBA Fund in celebrating its 10-year-anniversary by standing with and supporting families like the Florances as they fight to bring their son home from the Congo. ABBA Fund has made it possible for 972 orphans from 35 countries to join 827 loving Christian families. Let’s continue to believe for the children who wait patiently for the day when they can join their American families.

Would You Consider Adoption?

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