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Adoption expresses God’s compassion for children.

Although the process can be lengthy and expensive, adoption is worth pursuing and advocating for. Children in Iowa and all over the world are waiting to find a loving family and a permanent place to call home.


After hosting two children from Columbia for a few months in 2013, Will and Lori Ekwall knew they wanted to bring Jose (13) and Maria (11) home to Iowa to stay. The Ekwalls already have three children: Isabel, Eleanor, and Kendall.

Ekwall Family

“We went into the program mainly as an advocate family, trying to find a forever family for the kids,” said Lori. “Once Jose and Maria were here, we knew they were really great kids who needed a home.”

The Ekwalls began the adoption process in September 2013 and have spent months waiting for the day when Jose and Maria could come home. In July, the family traveled Columbia to bring Jose and Maria back to Iowa to become forever members of their family.

“There are frustrating times and many waiting periods, but God has also blessed us in many ways in the process,” said Lori.

Application Guidelines

Any family pursuing an adoption can apply for funding, but we do request the following criteria be met:

  • Are residents of Iowa (new as of 2018).
  • At least 50% of the estimated total cost of adoption has already been raised and/or paid.
  • Loans, grants, matching grants, tax credits, or other pledged funding may be considered as a part of the 50% threshold at Walnut Creek Church’s sole discretion.
  • The estimated total cost includes fees associated with the adoption.
  • It is preferred, but not required that at least one adoptive parent be a member of Walnut Creek Church.
  • You must have an approved and current home study from a licensed and accredited adoption agency or social worker before applying.
  • We ask families not to apply if your adoption has been finalized, or if you are just starting the adoption process.
  • $5,000 maximum amount rewarded to families outside of Walnut Creek Church. 

Funds raised each year go toward our scholarship fund to help several families each year. Any allocation of funds is left to the sole discretion of the Mustaches That Matter board and Walnut Creek Church pastors.

For those who receive financial assistance, if the adoption agency that you are working with will not accept money because your bills are completely paid, then we can distribute funds to your church, but not to you directly.

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