Current Projects, Philippines Emergency Need

Toys for Children of the Jolo Fire

26,000 indviduals were recently affected by the devastating Jolo fires in the Philippines. Our team in the Philippines has been on the ground with victims of the fire for the last couple weeks. They are praising the Lord for His provision of 2,800 relief items for victims.

We are looking for Ting Ministries partners who feel led to help raise $500 USD to provide toys for the children affected by the fires. Children are especially affected by such a traumatic event, and something as simple as a toy can be a source of “normalcy” and healing. Not only does this allow our team to provide tangible aid, but it is also an opportunity to share the love of Jesus Christ. To give a gift to a child in need: visit www.paypal.me/Tingministries OR send a check to our mailing address: Ting Ministries, 29 East Poplar Street, Lebanon, PA 17042

Rubble from the Jolo fires
Bangladesh, Current Projects, orphan care, Sponsor, tribal children

Pastor James from Ting Ministries Coming in September

Friends, we are excited to share with you that our TM Bangladesh partner, Pastor James, will be coming to visit the USA in September. We are raising support to cover $1,500 for Pastor James’s airline ticket. If you feel led to help with this need, please give a gift online at: www.paypal.me/Tingministries or, send a check to: Ting Ministries, 29 East Poplar Street, Lebanon, PA 17042.

Top Middle: A young woman reading the Bible

Bottom Left: Women carrying fruits on her back

Bottom Right: A woman visiting a village and distributing candies to the children

 

Also, construction for our TM children’s home, on the border of Bangladesh and Burma, is almost complete – only the kitchen needs to be built. If you would like to help in the final stage of construction, please give a gift and note “Bangladesh Children’s Home.” Below, you can see the school and the living space for the children’s home.

Related: TM Home for Children Under Construction: Become a Ting Friend Today!

100% of your gift will go to the building costs (a total of $2,000). The TM Children’s Home will provide a home for 30 street children, several who are waiting to move in as soon as construction is complete! Thank you for partnering with us to help these precious children. May God bless you.

adoption, Completed Projects, Philippines, provision, Sponsor

The Beds are Here – Check Out How Happy Our TM Boys Are!

We don’t think words are needed…

 

 

 

Who remembers Ting Ministries’ Bed for Boys Project? These photos of our TM boys in the Philippines enjoying these new beds will put a smile on your face tonight! Thanks to all our generous supporters who helped purchase the beds and covers! Our boys give you a big THANK YOU! They are so grateful for the bunk beds!

If you are interested in helping more children in the Philippines, you can become a TM friend to one of our boys and help them go to school. One time gifts also are appreciated. Learn more HERE. Have a good night, everyone!

 

 

Bangladesh, orphan care, street children

Mala’s Testimony: From TM Bangladesh Children’s Home

“I do not have my parents. My father and mother died when I was 7 years old. I could not remember this time in my mind because I was so small. My father was died of Malaria and over the year my mother died of dysentery .told my uncle’s. Since then I was staying at my uncle’s house and I thought that I am an unluckiest among the girl in this world because I do have father and mother. Sometimes I felt very lonely, because I do not have parents of my own.

My uncle’s family is very poor. Since we live in the remote part of our country, our lives are very difficult to survive here. Sometime we can eat food only one time in a day. When there is no food in our home we go to jungle to find plant root and cook or boil it.

I get up early in the morning to fetch water from the fountain and cook food. After that I go work in the fields with my uncle and aunt, helping to them in the fields the whole day as much as I can.
Since my uncle is very poor, our pastor sometimes collects used clothes from local church members and that’s all I have. I wore them until they torn or whole the year. If the clothes are wet I cannot change it. If my father and mother are still alive I can tell them that I need clothes and they could buy for me.

I would like to go to school very much but there are no any schools in the villages. Our pastor has already built a home for orphans; I am very excited to stay and study at the home! So that I may not face difficulties in my future life. (TM home and school below).

Thank you so much and pray for me. Mala.”

Mala is waiting for a Ting Friend to help support her to go to school, in prayer, and encouragement! Learn how to become Mala’s Ting Friend HERE.

adoption, International Adoption

A CP Vacation: Completely Possible!

A special post from Director Stephanie Carpenter, mom of 7 -soon-to-be- 9 daughters with special needs.

It’s summertime! For many families, this is a time of fun… and wonder at what you are going to do to entertain all your kids who are now out of school for three months! For the parents of special-needs children, this may prompt even more worries or wondering about how to balance the needs of your able-bodied and special-needs children on the family summer vacation. As the parents of six moderately to severely disabled daughters (excepting our eldest), none of whom walk independently, Brian and I are often met with questions abut how we make vacation “work” for our family.

 

In the adoption and special-needs community, I am often approached by families who wonder how they will make their vacation an enjoyable experience for all their kids. For parents of special-needs children, there are often other things to be taken into consideration.

How will I get my non-mobile child onto the beach?

How many wheelchairs do we need?

What about other adaptive equipment?

 

While these are legitimate questions and I am not suggesting you do not bring the appropriate equipment for your child’s needs, our family would like to share how Cerebral Palsy (and other disabilities) does not have to hinder your summer vacation. Instead, we find it Completely Possible!

The beach…What a precious gift to watch our girls enjoy the ocean and the smells of the salt air and the sand between your toes (and the sand everywhere)! We want them all to be able to experience the fun at the level they are able. If they can swim in the ocean, or if they can only lay and feel the sun on their faces and breath the ocean air. We make it a point to bring all of our daughters to our beach vacation to experience this gift!

To make this experience possible, we have found that we can’t concern ourselves with “doing it by the book.”

Ellianna can’t walk and uses a wheelchair? Don’t worry about a cumbersome beach chair to wheel her out to the sand. We’ll carry her! If we can’t carry all of them, we’ll simply take a stroller gently through the sand.

Rachele, with her extensive brain injury, can’t play in the water? That’s okay! She can sit in the warm sun as we talk to her and give her snacks. One of us can watch Olyvia while the big girls play down by the shore!

Rather than focusing on what our girl’s can’t do, our family does what they are able.

This means a lot of personal sacrifice. It takes time, effort, energy and more to bring six special-needs girls to the beach and boardwalk. It means late nights, getting everyone ready for bed. Certainly, there’s less R & R for us as parents than one would hope for.

But is our life on this earth really supposed to be about our rest and relaxation? Our comfort? Or is it about something far greater? As Matthew 25:40 says:

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Likewise, when Jesus tells us to bring the little children unto Him, he does not add on with hesitation: only when it is convenient. Or, only when you feel like it.

When we see our little Avi, with her scoliosis and spastic quadriplegia, breathing in the ocean air with a smile on her face and giggling with joy, we see an image of Jesus Himself. As she looks off into the distance over the ocean, with her curls blowing in the wind, we wonder…if perhaps it is Avi who is closest to the heart of God and if her eyes see things Beyond this earth that we cannot.

Brian and I hope to encourage you to think about a different approach to summer vacation with special-needs. Ting Ministries also works to provide counseling and respite for adoptive/post-adoptive families. If you have a need, we’d love to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

In Christ,

Stephanie