Baby Kawell Adoption

Sam and Hannah Kawell
Sam and Hannah Kawell Madison, Alabama

Hello and welcome!

This is a page for our family and friends who are partnering with us in our adoption ministry. We will post updates and prayer requests, answer questions, and enjoy sharing this journey with you!  Many of you have asked how to support us, and so we created this page! We are extremely thankful for you all.

Here’s a quick run down of the situation:

We have completed an extensive home study with Lifeline Children’s Services, and are now in the waiting and matching phase. It could be a few short months until we welcome baby Kawell into our home, or it could be a few years. No matter the time frame, it presents an opportunity for all sorts of preparation.

Lifesong for Orphans is one way we are prepping for baby’s arrival! Lifesong is non-profit that has come alongside us and offered a $6,000 interest free covenant loan to assist with the unexpected legal and travel costs involved with adoption. This page you are perusing right now is one part of Lifesong for Orphans ministry. This page provides adopting families with a platform to fundraise and share their stories. We are very grateful to be partnering with them, as we can’t fully know what to expect when it comes to fees!

 

Here is what we can expect financially:

In general, we expect our total investment in Lifeline’s adoption ministry to come to about 30k, but extra travel, legal entanglements, and a myriad of other scenarios could lead to a hefty increase in expense. We also will need to trade in our car to make room for more carseats. Yay! We have saved and planned a good deal, and are excited to begin the process! 

We are not actively fundraising. However, many of you have asked to support us financially, and so we have partnered with Lifesong, using their platform as both a blog and a means to recieve financial support. Having such generous family and friend support will ease our minds and give us the safety net needed to walk alongside these birth mothers without feeling restrained by funding, or fearing the cost of legal battles. 

 

And finally, here is the “why” behind adoption:

We see adoption as one of the main ways Christians can live out the gospel as a family unit. It is practical and tangible. We see it as a way to strengthen our reliance on the Holy spirit for guidance, and grow our trust in our Father. We know it will be a tool in conversation to talk about “why” we adopted, thus leading to the Father’s adoption of us as heirs to his kingdom. And, finally, we know God has given us a good desire for a family full of children. We have both felt a desire to adopt since before we married, and it is finally time. We are looking forward to seeing His sovereign hand over this experience.  

 

 

A quick side note:

Adoption is not what the Lord has planned for every family. It is only one branch of Jesus’ ministry while here on earth. However, orphan care is something we should all be concerned about, especially if we call ourselves the children of God. If anyone is interested in practical ways to live out the gospel through orphan care, we suggest picking up a copy of Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please feel free to reach out with questions; we love to talk about adoption and all we are learning along the way!

Sam and Hannah 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction)*. Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Kawell 09908”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
  • *3.5% fee for donations given with an American Express card
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My Story

Hello and welcome!

This is a page for our family and friends who are partnering with us in our adoption ministry. We will post updates and prayer requests, answer questions, and enjoy sharing this journey with you!  Many of you have asked how to support us, and so we created this page! We are extremely thankful for you all.

Here’s a quick run down of the situation:

We have completed an extensive home study with Lifeline Children’s Services, and are now in the waiting and matching phase. It could be a few short months until we welcome baby Kawell into our home, or it could be a few years. No matter the time frame, it presents an opportunity for all sorts of preparation.

Lifesong for Orphans is one way we are prepping for baby’s arrival! Lifesong is non-profit that has come alongside us and offered a $6,000 interest free covenant loan to assist with the unexpected legal and travel costs involved with adoption. This page you are perusing right now is one part of Lifesong for Orphans ministry. This page provides adopting families with a platform to fundraise and share their stories. We are very grateful to be partnering with them, as we can’t fully know what to expect when it comes to fees!

 

Here is what we can expect financially:

In general, we expect our total investment in Lifeline’s adoption ministry to come to about 30k, but extra travel, legal entanglements, and a myriad of other scenarios could lead to a hefty increase in expense. We also will need to trade in our car to make room for more carseats. Yay! We have saved and planned a good deal, and are excited to begin the process! 

We are not actively fundraising. However, many of you have asked to support us financially, and so we have partnered with Lifesong, using their platform as both a blog and a means to recieve financial support. Having such generous family and friend support will ease our minds and give us the safety net needed to walk alongside these birth mothers without feeling restrained by funding, or fearing the cost of legal battles. 

 

And finally, here is the “why” behind adoption:

We see adoption as one of the main ways Christians can live out the gospel as a family unit. It is practical and tangible. We see it as a way to strengthen our reliance on the Holy spirit for guidance, and grow our trust in our Father. We know it will be a tool in conversation to talk about “why” we adopted, thus leading to the Father’s adoption of us as heirs to his kingdom. And, finally, we know God has given us a good desire for a family full of children. We have both felt a desire to adopt since before we married, and it is finally time. We are looking forward to seeing His sovereign hand over this experience.  

 

 

A quick side note:

Adoption is not what the Lord has planned for every family. It is only one branch of Jesus’ ministry while here on earth. However, orphan care is something we should all be concerned about, especially if we call ourselves the children of God. If anyone is interested in practical ways to live out the gospel through orphan care, we suggest picking up a copy of Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please feel free to reach out with questions; we love to talk about adoption and all we are learning along the way!

Sam and Hannah 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction)*. Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Kawell 09908”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
  • *3.5% fee for donations given with an American Express card
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Grant Applications

May 14, 2022

Just a quick update:

We have applied to two separate grants, both of which were created specifically to assist adopting families. One is called Show Hope, and the other is called Always Endure. We should hear back from them either this month or the next. A potential grant could range from a couple thousand to perhaps 10k. We are praying that at least one of these grants will work out. 

We will update when we hear back! 

Nothing new to report on the wait for a match. Our ongoing job is to pray for those mamas making tough decisions, such as making an adoption plan for their little one. It is also our job to learn patience… so if anyone has truly figured that out yet, let us know 🙂 

Much love, 

Hannah K

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Lisa

Jan 5, 2022

“We are so excited for y’all! We will be praying for you and your future little one as you go through this process. Clay & Lisa Pennington”