January 6, 2012

Matching Grant

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 Grace home very soon. We have felt led to pursue a daughter from the States and are now waiting for the specific child God has for us.

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 $2000.   All donations are tax-deductible. If the grant is fully matched, they will pay $4000 toward our adoption!
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 www.handinhandadopt.org. If you have further questions about the Hand in Hand matching grant program please feel free to give us a call at 334-450-9848 or email us at cristalkohring@gmail.com.  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 handinhandadopt@gmail.com.
Please send all donations made payable to “Hand in Hand Christian Adoption” postmarked by January 31st to: (for tax purposes please include our name on the outside of the envelope only…do not put our name on the check itself)

Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc.
Wes and Cristal Kohring
18318 Mimosa Court
Gardner, KS  66030
Thank you for your prayerful consideration in helping Grace find a “forever” family.

Walking Hand in Hand,

Wes & Cristal Kohring


  1. I found your blog through Marsha's FB page. I sort of knew Wes, Kasey and Shelby growing up, and my parents and their parents knew each other from Nashville.

    Anyway, I'm really excited for you guys and your adoption! We brought home a little boy last summer through the blessing of adoption. I will be praying for you!

  2. Just curious as to how your fundraising experience with Hand in Hand turned out. I am just starting to research grants for our adoption and came across Hand in Hand. Some of their policies seemed a bit odd, particularly the limited timeframe for donations to be matched ("due date is typically 6-8 weeks from the time a grant is approved") and the fact that any funds received after that date "become part of the general operating fund of Hand in Hand." Did it all work well for you? Do you have any cautions or encouragement for us regarding Hand in Hand? I would love to hear from you. My email address is pmuntz @ multnomah.edu Thanks!