Community Service Project (Froman Family)

When Russian President Vladimir Putin closed the door on American adoptions, God opened another for Teri and Ryan Froman of Spring Hill.

The couple, who already adopted their 4-year-old son Maxim from Russia, wanted to adopt again, but had to look elsewhere.

“We spent time praying about where God wanted us to adopt,” Froman said. “China is where God led us.”

They also believe God led them to Both Hands, a faith-based organization with a mission to serve orphans, widows and adoptive families.

The organization works similar to a 5k run in which participants seek sponsors to raise funds for a cause. In this case, the Fromans organize volunteers to perform much-needed services for widows in a community. The family and team then send out letters to potential sponsors. The funds raised through sponsorships is used to help family’s seeking adoptions.

The Froman’s project all came together on Saturday when more than 40 volunteers helped Marti Krieghbaum, a Spring Hill woman who lost her husband four years ago. Volunteers painted, repaired decking, pressure washed, pulled weeds, laid mulch and perform other needed repairs to Krieghbaum’s home.

Krieghbaum realized the under-served population of widows when she started a widow ministry at Thompson Station Church.

Froman said she has learned a lot from working with Krieghbaum, who she now considers a close friend.

“I’ve learned how deep the need is for widows,” she said. “But we shouldn’t wait for a project like this to help them. They need our help all the time.”

Froman said their goal is to raise $30,000 for this project. Donations as of Friday tallied about $4,000, she said.* The money will help them adopt a little girl from China.

Donations for Saturday’s project included a washing machine, materials from Landscape Management Company of Columbia and River Bend Nursery, Tito’s Mexican restaurant and supplies from Lowe’s and Home Depot.


*Update 3/25/16: The Froman's completed their project by raising $23,075!

This article was written by Collin Killough of the Columbia Daily Herald in collaboration with the journalism students of Zion Christian Accademy on 7/18/2015. The article can be viewed HERE:

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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress...

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