From Stephanie Carpenter, co-founder and co-director of Ting Ministries:
“In our current culture where identity is such a hot topic I encourage you to take a listen to my oldest daughter’s testimony/story. Click HERE to listen to her interview with Spirit of Adoption Radio.
This is her story and that of her birthmother. I have had the privilege and honor to meet and hug Sasha’s birthmother and I love her with all my heart. She is my family. This is also her story. Out of her trauma, heartache and grief I was given one of the greatest joys of my life. Every life is precious. Be careful of judgement particularly when answering your adopted children’s questions regarding their birth family because often we do not know the WHOLE STORY!
Our God – because of Jesus Christ – has allowed Sasha to bring 2 mothers together from opposite ends of the world. This is their story!
Sasha ‘s name is Natalya Aleksandra ( we each gave her a portion of her name)
and the verses that go with the name Natalya are from Psalms 9:1-2:
‘I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.
I will be filled with joy because of you.
I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.'”
From Sasha Carpenter;
“I had the honor and blessing of speaking with Spirit of Adoption Radio about an important topic in the adoption community: My identity as an abortion survivor and disabled, international adoptee who found my birth family, but most importantly, who knows that all the questions of “Why?” and “Who Am I?” adoptees often struggle with can only be answered by the Great I AM – my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Pictured Left: Sasha in the arms of her adoptive mother as a baby in Russia
Pictured Right: Sasha in the arms of her birth mother, 21 years later
Written by: Stephanie Carpenter, co-founder and co-director of Ting Ministries
There is a place my heart never left. When we adopted our Avigayil “Avi / Tin Tin” my heart fell in love with the Philippines and our brothers and sisters.
Ministry through Ting Ministries began in the Philippines all because of her tiny beautiful life. Saturday the 27th is her 14th Birthday. The grief of missing her never ends. She went home with Jesus 2 years and 15 weeks ago. I choose to cling to the truth of God’s Word.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
“The rain and snow come down from the heavens
and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow,
producing seed for the farmer
and bread for the hungry.
It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
You will live in joy and peace.
The mountains and hills will burst into song,
and the trees of the field will clap their hands!
Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow.
Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up.
These events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name;
they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.”
To celebrate her life our faithful team/pastor/brothers and sisters in the Southern Philippines are planning an outreach to the city to feed the homeless, orphaned and needy for Avi/Tin Tin’s Birthday.
Please help us celebrate the life of our Princess by giving to other needy children. The children will receive nourishment for their bodies and also their souls. They will learn about Jesus and the Truth of His Word.
Happy Birthday Princess Avigayil Christina “Tin Tin”.
A Special Message from Stephanie, co-director of Ting Ministries
“My heart is full and aching at the same time! Thank you to Ting Ministries supporters….
Tin Tin’s House is soon a dream made a reality. All because of one amazing precious girl who the world would have discarded. She will always be my princess and special treasure. This is so bitter sweet and I am so thankful for my faith in Jesus Christ because without that nothing would make sense. Even so…the house is built with love and tears! Thank you!”
Update: November 21, 2020 (Appeared on Social Media)
We have a huge announcement to share! We are blessed to report that our 2020 Christmas project, Tin Tin’s House, has been FULLY FUNDED by a generous donor!
This news comes just days after we shared this goal with you, our supporters! Tin Tin’s house is named after Avigayil Christina “Tin Tin” Carpenter, the adopted Filipina daughter of Brian and Stephanie, the founders and co-directors of Ting Ministries. Tin Tin’s house has been a dream of Stephane’s for two years and she is so thankful that her prayers for this home have been answered!
This home will allow our pastor in the Philippines to take in 10+ orphans and street children who are need of shelter and counseling. They will experience the love of a family and most importantly, of Jesus Christ.
When we have pictures of the completed home, we will share them joyfully with you! Until then, thank you for your support – and be on the lookout for our upcoming Christmas catalogue, with gift ideas that will benefit Ting Ministries’ partners around the world!
Thank you very much and to God be the Glory!
Original Post: November 17, 2020 (Appeared on Social Media)
Dear friends of Ting Ministries,
We at Ting Ministries in the US and around the world would like to thank you for your faithful support. Though these past months have held unexpected circumstances for us all, your support has blessed us as it has allowed ministry to continue in these difficult times. Recently, our partners in the Philippines have been serving families devastated by the typhoons which pummeled the entirety of the Philippines last week. Yesterday, they collected a special offering for families who lost children in other cities. Through the support of Ting Ministries donors, families also received food and were able to be transferred to a small temporary shelter. We and our pastor’s family in the Philippines were blessed by the support received in the face of this emergency situation. Many children have been left without homes or resources following the horrific flooding.
This week, Pastor John* (not real name) bought a small, dilapidated building close to their own home and materials to make conditions livable for 4 orphans which they will take in. He also applied for a government clearance to bring more homeless kids to the local children’s center. Now, it is our deepest desire at Ting Ministries, to complete Tin Tin’s House. The dream of Tin Tin’s House began after Avigayil “Tin Tin,” the beloved daughter of Brian and Stephanie (co-directors and founders of Ting Ministries) who was adopted from the Philippines, went home to Jesus two years ago.
Tin Tin’s house will be equipped to provide a home to more than 10 children. They will receive meals, education, counseling and learn about Jesus through Pastor John and his family. This on-going project is in addition to the small structure that Pastor John just bought this week. Over the past couple years, you have heard us often share about Tin Tin’s home and seen updates from the Philippines. Pastor John and his family have been working tirelessly – they completed much construction of the house themselves, never quitting, even when funds slowed or stopped. Now, we are so close to seeing the dream be realized!
This year, we are praying and aiming for Tin Tin’s House to be completed by Christmas! $5,000 is all that is needed to complete this project – and with the dire situation facing so many families affected by flooding, the need has never been greater!
Please, will you help us to make Christmas 2020 unforgettable for our ministry partners?! This project is so near and dear to Stephanie’s heart – it would be the best Christmas present ever for her and children in-need!
To help us reach our goal, you may give:
1. By check: Ting Ministries, 29 East Poplar Street, Lebanon, PA 17042
“Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.”
Meet a very special family who adopted 10 girls, all with special needs from around the world. We have served them with their travel through Adoption Airfare® for many of their trips, and they are one of the most joy-filled families we have ever met. Their happiness is truly supernatural. The Carpenter family share about their unique and beautiful family, knit together by adoption.
Hear how their daughter Tin-Tin was born as a product of a rape, and her life became such a precious aroma to God. Her life was used to build a large part of their ministry. Hear more about the story of this precious child, who had an eternal impact in her short life, and is now with Jesus.
Meet Brian and Stephanie Carpenter & Their beautiful family.
Find out more about who they are and what they are doing with Ting Ministries!
My heart is heavy for all those waiting in orphanages around the world. Some are waiting for their families to be able to travel to finally bring them home. Some have families praying for them and longing to have them home.
Most wait with no hope! As I type this I am holding our 5 year old from Stara Zagora, Bulgaria (featured cover photo.) I can not begin to imagine what her first 4 years were like and I can not imagine her in a crib alone and wasting away. Today she is thriving and developing a personality that is full of life and love! She is a gift from the Almighty God to our family.
I want to show you 2 little girls in a desperate situation. We have also adopted from the country they are currently living in. They both will age out soon meaning they will no longer be able to be adopted and the place they will transfer to is NOT GOOD!
Please get in touch with us at Ting Ministries and I will connect you to those that have more information regarding both girls. They are not sisters and do not need to be adopted together.