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!

 

 

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

 

 

 

adoption, China, ICII, International Adoption, orphan care, Pakistan, Return 2 China, special needs

Ellianna Invites You…Pork BBQ Today!

 

 

Hi everyone,
Come out today and see me…support my sisters coming home from China! If you were not planning to come …come anyways…if it rains and your plans change come get some awesome Pork BBQ and hear Pastor Asif speak about orphans in Pakistan. Come purcahse a birdhouse I painted or eat some colored cupcakes I made. Hear about my ministry TING MINISTRIES. IT IS NAMED FOR ME…ELLIANNA YA-TING. HEAR about the work in many countries for orphans…I was once an orphan waiting for my mom and dad to come get me. Come help my mom and dad go get Hope and Britt!

Thanks and you will have fun and I will even blow up some balloons for you!! Come on…you know you want to come!
Fairland Brethren in Christ in Cleona near Giant food store. Today from 1-4 everything is by donation and you can have take out and no tickets needed.
Listen with your heart!
See you soon! Ellianna Yating

If you can’t come after all my convincing you can still help Hope and Britt
www.paypal.me/tingministries
Or Ting Ministries 29 East Poplar Street Lebanon Pa 17042

adoption, China, International Adoption, Return 2 China, Upcoming Events

Return 2 China – Pulled Pork BBQ Fundraiser

Help Hope Junjun and Brittan Aipei come home to the Carpenter family. Hope (8 years) and Brittan (6 years) have special needs. Brittan is six and a half years old and the size of a year old baby. They cannot wait another day to come home! Help the Carpenters return to China, so the girls can come home to their family and get the urgent medical care they need! A night of pulled pork dinner, dessert, and speakers from Ting Ministries and Pastor Asif from Independent Church of India International! (www.indchurch.org)

Details of the Event
Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Location: Fairland Brethren in Christ, 529 W. Penn Ave., Cleona, PA 17042
Time: 1-4 pm

No Tickets Needed! By donation.
Hope to see you there!

adoption, Eastern Europe, International Adoption, joy, Sasha's Story

Sasha’s Interview in Russian and How She Found Her Birth Mom – and Extended Family!

After the Interview: I Found My Birth Mom – and Extended Family!

Yes, dear friends, it is true! Only a few hours after I did the interview with Maria on Saturday, she was able to find my birth mom by searching social media. I only found out the news on Sunday afternoon, when Maria told me she had some “updates” and wanted to share them with me. Little did I know, she had been talking to my mom, learning the story of my adoption from the side of my biological family! I was shocked, but it was soon apparent, it was true!

My adoptive parents and I were all so happy to hear this amazing news! My parents, Brian and Stephanie, have always been very open about my adoption. To be able to talk to my birth mom and tell her we have prayed for her all these years: “I love you, I have a good life. Thank you for giving me life. I don’t have questions I need answered. I don’t blame you – I don’t even see anything to forgive,” is an opportunity no words describe. Getting to video call her, and meet my mom, her husband (Papa) and my sister was such a beautiful experience.

Not only have I met my mom and her family, I am meeting aunts, cousins, grandparents, uncles and more! It is an incredible blessing to see and now be a part of such a strong, welcoming family unit. Not every adoption story ends this way and I am overwhelmed with gratefulness, that the Lord has written my story this way. In sharing this news, I know so many friends and families will be excited. I pray this story is also an encouragement to other adoptive families and children. I hope you will join me in giving the glory to God – “Let them know that it is Your hand— that You, Adonai, have done it.” (Psalm 109: 27). That: “A father of orphans, defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling. God settles the lonely in a home” (Psalm 68:6-7).

And if you are wondering, yes, I will be visiting Russia in the near future to meet the other half of my family

(Interview with Maria: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iTnkbegwGM)
Pictured: My mom and dad, my sister, a cousin, an aunt, and my grandparents in Russia