Thursday, April 16, 2015

Grants Update

Jasper Speaks:

God is moving in the financial arena for our adoption. We have received word of approval for two grants. One was a direct grant from an agency that prefers us not to share exact information about the grant but they provided funds directly to our agency for expenses. The other is one where we could use your help. It is a matching grant awarded through the wonderful Hand In Hand Christian Adoption fund. They will match up to $2500 we raise. We cannot give to ourselves so we need people who feel led to come alongside us and give. If you feel the God may want you to give, here is the support letter they designed for us with all the information on how you can help:

Dear Family and Friends,

As many of you may have already heard we feel that God has called us on a new journey to provide a “forever” family to a child through the process of adoption.  We have started down this path of adoption and will be excited to bring a child into our home within the next six to twelve months.  We have felt led to pursue a child from Uganda and are now waiting for the specific child God has for us.

This road to adoption is full of many joys and challenges, the greatest joy being the inclusion of a child into our family and the greatest challenge being finances.  The costs of adoption include the expense of a home study, adoption agency, lawyers, travel expenses, etc., with the total cost ending up somewhere around $35,000.

We were recently awarded a matching funds grant to help with the expenses of our adoption through Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc. a non-profit private operating foundation.  Hand in Hand will match any funds that are donated through our friends and family for the expenses of our adoption.

All funds received through our friends and family will be matched dollar for dollar by Hand in Hand up to our awarded grant amount. All donations are tax-deductible.  Please find enclosed a grant award letter that will explain more about the matching grant program from Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc. You can find out more about Hand in Hand through their website at If you have further questions about the Hand in Hand matching grant program please feel free to give us a call at 314-605-1312 or email us at kendrarains@icloud.  You may also contact Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc. with any questions you may have.  They can be reached at 913-248-5015 or by e-mail at

Please send all donations made payable to “Hand in Hand Christian Adoption” postmarked by May 15, 2015 to: (for tax purposes please include our name on the outside of the envelope not put our name on the check itself)
Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc.  
Jasper and Kendra Rains
18318 Mimosa Court                                      
Gardner, KS  66030  

Thank you for your prayerful consideration in helping a child find a “forever” family.

Walking Hand in Hand,
The Rains Family

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