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Seymour Family Adoption

You have to go back over 30 years to get to the beginning of this adoption journey! A young girl sat in a small, rural church as a visiting missionary showed pictures of children in need from other countries. The young girl was moved and vowed that one day she would give one of these children a forever home. Well, that young girl was April! Decades later when April married Greg, he also caught the adoption vision. After having two biological children, they knew it was time. Ethiopia became the place where Greg and April’s hearts would land after they both got to spend time there ministering to families impacted by HIV/AIDS. 5 years ago, God began fulfilling the vision by bringing home one Ethiopian boy. Providentially, this little guy was from the very same neighborhood Greg and April had worked in! God is continuing to fulfill Greg and April’s adoption vision in early 2015 by bringing home two more very special children from Ethiopia – biological siblings, Kibrom (9) and Elsabet (2).

This most recent adoption journey has had many unique and unexpected twists and turns. We have been waiting almost 2 years to bring these kids home! In light of the added time and the extra effort to ensure that everything is done ethically and with integrity, there have been multiple added expenses. We are so thankful for the opportunity to join together with the Abba Fund. We would like to invite you to partner with us financially during this final chapter, which includes two trips to Ethiopia to bring our son and daughter home. Trip one will will include a court appointment on February 17 in which the children become legally ours. Trip two will occur 3-6 weeks later to bring them home.

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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.

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 support from ABBA Fund — including the family listed above in their online Family Adoption Fund profile.

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.

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 $5.4 million in grants and interest-free loans to help 972 orphans become sons and daughters in 780 Christian families since 2004 (as of fall 2014) — with more adoptions being assisted every month.

One Response to “Seymour Family Adoption”

  1. jennifer froehlich says:

    Reading your story brings tears to my eyes! Yall are awesome…for years we too have had a heart for possibly a little boy from Africa…not sure when/if God has that in store but love reading about your story!!!!

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