Penley Adoption

Jessica Penley
Jessica Penley Raleigh, North Carolina

We started thinking about adoption as a couple about 6 or 7 years ago. It was a burden on our hearts to know that there were children who needed loving families. At that time, we were both in full time ministry on a college campus. Although we felt our hearts growing for children who needed homes, we both felt called to continue serving diligently in our college ministry roles.

A couple of years later, Jessica became an Elementary School teacher and Jordan became the Director of Missions at our church. There was an info meeting at church for foster care. We attended the meeting, and eventually decided to become licensed therapeutic foster parents. We provided respite care for about nine months.

A year or two went by as Jessica continued to work as a teacher and Jordan kept serving in his role at the church, and he ended up becoming the local pastor of our Downtown congregation. When Covid first started spreading in our area and had us living in a different pace, God opened up space for us to start thinking about what He had for us in orphan care again. It started to seem like He was leading us to pursue adoption in the near future.

As we moved forward in prayer, we applied to Lifeline Children’s Services. We have been in the adoption process with Lifeline since the end of January 2021. God has worked in many ways in our lives concerning adoption. We are depending on the Lord each day as we take each step in our adoption journey. There are a lot of unknowns, but we have felt God’s presence in multiple ways, including in His Word and through the community at our church. We will continue to depend on Him in the days ahead as we trust in His sovereign plan for us, our child, and his or her biological parents.

We have been generously awarded a $3,500 matching grant from Lifepointe Church Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. We are grateful beyond words for this grant. This is just one way that God has confirmed our adoption story. Would you consider joining our journey through prayer and/or through a financial gift that is significant to you?


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 “Penley 09559”, 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.
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Raised to date by 39 people
 of  $38,300
33 days left

My Story

We started thinking about adoption as a couple about 6 or 7 years ago. It was a burden on our hearts to know that there were children who needed loving families. At that time, we were both in full time ministry on a college campus. Although we felt our hearts growing for children who needed homes, we both felt called to continue serving diligently in our college ministry roles.

A couple of years later, Jessica became an Elementary School teacher and Jordan became the Director of Missions at our church. There was an info meeting at church for foster care. We attended the meeting, and eventually decided to become licensed therapeutic foster parents. We provided respite care for about nine months.

A year or two went by as Jessica continued to work as a teacher and Jordan kept serving in his role at the church, and he ended up becoming the local pastor of our Downtown congregation. When Covid first started spreading in our area and had us living in a different pace, God opened up space for us to start thinking about what He had for us in orphan care again. It started to seem like He was leading us to pursue adoption in the near future.

As we moved forward in prayer, we applied to Lifeline Children’s Services. We have been in the adoption process with Lifeline since the end of January 2021. God has worked in many ways in our lives concerning adoption. We are depending on the Lord each day as we take each step in our adoption journey. There are a lot of unknowns, but we have felt God’s presence in multiple ways, including in His Word and through the community at our church. We will continue to depend on Him in the days ahead as we trust in His sovereign plan for us, our child, and his or her biological parents.

We have been generously awarded a $3,500 matching grant from Lifepointe Church Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. We are grateful beyond words for this grant. This is just one way that God has confirmed our adoption story. Would you consider joining our journey through prayer and/or through a financial gift that is significant to you?


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 “Penley 09559”, 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.
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$250

Matt

Feb 23, 2022

“MUCH LOVE! So excited for you!”

$103

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Nov 30, 2021

“We are praying for you as adoption day gets closer! Johnathan, Shannon, and Wallace”

$300

Samuel

Nov 11, 2021

$225

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Jun 27, 2021

$1,000

Hidden

May 31, 2021

“You are going to be amazing parents, and I am so thrilled to be a small part of your journey with your child! May you all grow in the Lord’s love together!”

$100

Julie

May 26, 2021

“We are SO excited for you and your family!! Love- Ellie Bryan and family”

$1,000

Offline Donation

May 25, 2021

$500

Hidden

May 24, 2021

“So excited for you guys! Praying for you and your sweet little one.”

$300

Hidden

May 24, 2021

“Very excited for you both! What a gift you will be as parents, and what a gift the children God brings to you will be. Praise!”

$100

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May 24, 2021

$50

Hidden

May 21, 2021

$200

Offline Donation

May 21, 2021

$1,000

Offline Donation

May 21, 2021

$200

Zachary

May 19, 2021

$50

Samantha

May 16, 2021

“So excited for y’all! Love Sam and mike”

$200

David

May 14, 2021

“Praying for yall! Such an exciting opportunity!”

$100

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May 14, 2021

$25

Ashlie

May 13, 2021

“I couldn’t be more excited for you both!! I know your future child will be entering the most loving and warm home. Praying for a smooth rest of your process and more financial provision!”

$7

Offline Donation

May 13, 2021

$2,000

Hidden

May 11, 2021

“What an exciting journey for you guys. Praying your future little one will see how loved and valued they are by God through your parenting.”

$100

Jessica

May 11, 2021

$50

Dane

May 11, 2021

$1,000

Zach

May 11, 2021

$50

Carson

May 11, 2021

“Love you guys!”

$100

Evy

May 11, 2021

“Praying now God uses your sweet family to be a light in his kingdom, may God be protecting & preparing the child he already has in mind & the Spirit prepare your hearts as you await the glorious day you 3 will become an official family! However long it takes, may you rejoice in the purposeful waiting and look with expectation to the day God has you take your child home :D Yay so excited for y’all!”

$250

Matthew and Jessica

May 10, 2021

“Love you guys!”

$50

Lauren

May 10, 2021

$25

Sarah

May 10, 2021

$200

Melissa

May 10, 2021

“Praying for you guys!”

$50

Sean and Savannah

May 10, 2021

“So excited for you guys!!!”

$500

Meagan

May 10, 2021

$200

Shelby & Tripp

May 10, 2021

“You guys will make great parents! We have no doubt God will continue to sustain you through this adoption journey.”

$15,000

Offline Donation

May 9, 2021

$250

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May 3, 2021

$500

Offline Donation

Apr 27, 2021

$4,000

Offline Donation

Apr 21, 2021

$3,500

Offline Donation

Apr 21, 2021

$500

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Apr 20, 2021

$1,000

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Apr 20, 2021