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Jameson and Paxton — Meet ABBA Assisted Family #687

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

In 2012, Gwen Hyde felt challenged in her complacency while reading Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis. The book is about an 18-year-old girl who moves to Uganda to care for the orphaned. She adopted 13 children, whole-heartedly trusting God for provision. Katie also established Amazima Ministries which serves vulnerable children and feeds the Karamojong people—Uganda’s poorest citizens. After finishing the book, Gwen suggested adoption to her husband Jeremy, who quickly warmed to the idea.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the thunderstorm capital of the world, home to the Congo Rainforest and etched with glaciated mountains, dense grasslands, and boundless savannas. However, it is also known for government corruption, ravaging war, poverty, and horrific violence against women.

Add to this intense environment the recent hold on exit permits for 350 children already legally adopted by American families. Since September 25, 2013 these parents have waited patiently, fought hopelessness, battled the Congolese legal system, and sent every extra dollar to their children in the DRC.

Hidden amidst the chaos of the DRC, in the urban capital of Kinshasa, were young brothers: Jameson Tshipata and Paxton Mbuyamba. 

The Hydes desired to adopt siblings, and through a very good local adoption agency, discovered their sons. The two boys were found abandoned the very same week the Hydes decided to adopt. Sadly, abandonment is a common occurrence in the DRC due to the extreme poverty that many families face.

Before the Hydes could meet the boys, the U.S. State Department began what became a 7-month-long investigation to ensure that they were legally orphans with all the correct paperwork. Near the end of this, medical documents needed to issue travel visas for Jameson and Paxton were misplaced causing more delay.  Just one week before the Hydes scheduled to bring their sons home, the DRC issued its suspension of exit permits.  On October 2, 2013 the Hydes visited their sons for the first time, spending two months in the capital city of over 9 million. During his stay in foster care, Paxton suffered from malaria twice, a disease that kills an estimated one-half billion people each year.

In June of 2014, and with a small window of time to act, Gwen had to travel alone to the DRC to finalize the adoption. ABBA Fund compassionately stepped in with the remaining finances needed to bring Jameson and Paxton home. Gwen stayed at a Catholic Mission base in Kinshasa where she quickly learned to haggle in the market. During her stay, Gwen took the boys to the wild, unpredictable zoo where adventure ensued. A curious monkey followed them throughout the day, a feisty gorilla threw a mango pit at them, and the highlight attraction was a rickety bridge leading across a crocodile-infested river. The three of them also visited the imposing Congo River—the world’s deepest river. Comically, Jameson’s first English sentence was, “Hello, my name is Daniel.”

On June 6, 2014 Jameson, age 6, and Paxton, age 4, returned to Indiana with Gwen. The boys enjoyed watching the giant, booming jets at the airport land and takeoff. Out of 368 American families grandfathered in under the Congolese ban, the Hydes are 1 of 15 adoptive families that the DRC has allowed their child to leave in June 2014. This occurred after months of silence, and for no apparent reason. Jameson, now home for 4 months, is a lively boy who loves street soccer and Legos. He’s a little shy when meeting new people unlike his brother, Paxton, who is energetic and quick to volunteer. They are ecstatic to finally have made it home, and are naturally bonding with the Hydes’ 3 biological children: Kaelynn, Daniel, and Finlee.

Join us in celebrating 10 years of providing adoption assistance for Christian families —972 orphans from 35 countries are now sons and daughters in 780 loving, nurturing Christ-centered families thanks to $5.4 million in assistance they received through ABBA Fund. Please support our work to help us surpass assisting 1,000 families in our 10th anniversary year.


Would You Consider Adoption?

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