February 27, 2019
Avigayil Christina “Tin Tin” Today is your 12th Birthday
Missing you with every breath and waiting to run with you and Jesus. Being here without you is so hard. Until that day I will pour myself into being a Voice for the Voiceless! Like Elisha may I have a double portion of your Holy Spirit to live out Proverbs 31: 8-9 and James 1:27
Our Avi. Her name in Hebrew, Avigayil, means Joy of the Father
Today on your birthday in honor of you we helped an animal rescue in Romania save a precious puppy from a horrible life. He is now safe in the arms of a rescue group and we named him Avi ( Hebrew, meaning – “my Father!”)
2 Kings 2:11-12
” As they were walking along and talking behold a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. As Elisha was watching, he was crying out, “Avi! Avi! The chariot of Israel and it’s horsemen!” Then he saw him no more. So he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.” (Messianic Jewish Tree of Life Version)
Happy Birthday, Avi!
Photos from Avi’s birthdays
Photo of Avi the pup in Romania on our Avigayil’s birthday this year!
Some special flowers delivered for Avi’s special day
A very precious gift from our Family in Russia
A beautiful painting of Avi by Wyatt
Thank you!! We love you all and we love you forever our Avigayil Christina!
Today, as my Avi wisdom I am going to share a need – a need for a little girl that is still an orphan but loved and chosen by God for a very special family! This family needs help to bring her home. We know this family from a divine encounter at a medical appointment for one of our girls.
Today.15 weeks and 3 days since our princess went with Jesus. Yes I am counting not only the weeks but the days and hours as I wait to be running with Avi hand in hand. It is also one week until her 12th birthday – February 27th. Everything is as raw and painful as it was on that very first day. I am not a writer at heart. I don’t like to write. I would rather be outside running or pretty much doing anything else. But today I need to write.
Today, I read the book of Ecclesiastes in search of something. I did not find what I was searching for but I still stand on what I believe. The Bible is true – all of it! I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins and that He rose again. The only song that we sang in church this week that held any meaning for me was “My Hope is Built On Nothing Less”
My hope is built on nothing less / Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness; / I dare not trust the sweetest frame, / But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. / On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; /All other ground is sinking sand. / When darkness veils His lovely face, / I rest on His unchanging grace; / In every high and stormy gale, / My anchor holds within the veil. / His oath, His covenant, His blood, / Support me in the whelming flood; / When all around my soul gives way, / He then is all my hope and stay. / When He shall come with trumpet sound, / Oh, may I then in Him be found; / In Him, my righteousness, alone, / Faultless to stand before the throne.
I could share everything that is wrapped up in every tear I shed every day of missing her physically here with us but what I need to share is the importance and value of her life. Avi inspires us to do more – be a louder voice – help more – adopt more – love more – give more.
When we adopted Avi, we needed help to bring Avi home and someone gave. Someone gave the remainder of her adoption costs and to this day, I still do not know who that person was.
Today I am asking that in honor of our Avi that you would read this adoption story below and HELP! Please give and no amount is too small – all donations will be tax deductible and every penny will go directly to paying their costs to bring home their third daughter from China.
By check: Ting Ministries 29 East Poplar Street, Lebanon Pa 17042
Please note: For Mercy
A friend of mine has written so beautifully what is on my heart about a child with more severe special needs. I am the blessed one to have been given the gift of Avi and her sisters. I ask you to please read and share this story and gift with others. Thank you from a very humbled heart -Stephanie
Mercy & Her Sisters: An Adoption Story
“Adoption. It’s always been on my heart to be family for children who need a mommy and daddy. Special needs children were always tugging at my heart. I yearned to nurture and love them, wanting them to see they have value and worth as a person.
So we began our journey of adoption summer of 2016 and brought home Miah from China, who had just turned 3 years old. Despite doctors’ predictions regarding her cerebral palsy and other medical challenges, she can now walk with the assistance of medical equipment. When we were in the process of her adoption there was another little girl whom we wanted to go back to adopt. So in September of that year we started the adoption process again. But the medical review was very negative, and when we received the update from the orphanage we were devastated. The report indicated extreme developmental impairment. We decided not to go ahead with her adoption, and I was determined to put this child out of my mind. We began to search for another child to bring home. In 2017 we brought home Malia at age 6 years old with cleft lip, cleft palate.
The summer of 2018 God spoke to me and said that we needed to go back and get the little girl we had said “no” to. I realized then that the decision we had made was based on fear and selfishness. I did not want to parent a child that would require lifelong care. You see, we are soon to be 56 and 57 years of age with four adult children. I wanted time to myself. But, I began to meditate on the fact that we are not our own, we are bought with a price by the blood of Jesus. I am not here for myself but to bring honor and glory to Him. I desperately needed to find out if this thought of returning for the child we had said “no” to was my own feeling or the Holy Spirit speaking to me. I had deleted all of this child’s information from my computer never to read it again. But I was able to recover all of her information and history by a few phone calls. As I read over and looked at the updated video I was no longer filled with fear. I had a peace about it. I started praying about it and that if it was the Lord telling me we needed to adopt her then my husband would have to agree. He did not. So I put her picture on the refrigerator and asked him to pray about her and then proceeded to write him a long letter detailing my own journey from fear to courage. I got down on my knees every day in front of that picture and prayed that the Lord would speak to my husband’s heart, since there was no way we could go ahead with this adoption if we were not of the same mind.
One morning as I was reading my devotions, I read, “He will refresh you with mercy”, and I knew right then we were to name her Mercy.
Satan did not want this little girl to come home and decided to ramp up his tactics. I was now facing much resistance from other family members. I asked a few prayer warriors to join me in the fight. But the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. I knew God was urging me to fight for this child despite the resistance.
A few months later my husband agreed to go ahead with the adoption. He had slowly realized that to say “no” to adopting this child would be disobedience and a sin since God was clearly asking us to bring her into our family.
Children with special needs have value. They are made perfect and designed just the way God wanted them to be. I want the world to see what they will add to our lives in regards to their gifts and strengths, and how they are wanted and valued, instead of what they take or require. We live in a society preoccupied with deficits as opposed to strengths. We need to dwell in possibility, helping our child thrive, respecting their timeline for development, setting a foundation for engaging our child’s gifts, whatever that may look like for the child, instead of trying to fix what is wrong. Many of these special needs children grow up and go on to accomplish great things.
But there are lives that come into the world neither to do great work nor to bear great burdens, but simply to be. They are the flowers of the garden which have no active mission. But they gladden the sight of Jesus. By their mere perfume, by their mere beauty, they have brought Him joy: by the very preservation of their loveliness in the valley they have lifted the Master’s heart.
Is adoption hard? Yes, but hardships develop beauty in the soul; they thrive on them; they bring out all the best in them; ease and comfort only leave them barren.
We still are carrying the financial loan from Malia’s adoption and now will be adding to that loan with Mercy. But nothing is hard for God. Without a sound or sign, from sources invisible and seemingly impossible, He will provide when the timing is right.” ~Judy, friend of Ting Ministries
Ting Ministries – Proverbs 31:8-9 BE A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS
“…Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.
1 Peter 1:13 NLT
It is 9 weeks and still my words fail me…God’s Word does not. Missing our girl with every breath! The ministry and the needs of orphans and needy around the world continue.
The Tin Tin house in the Philippines will be built and many have already given and are praying. A special thank you to everyone. We have received the first professional drawings of what Tin Tin’s House will look like.
Ting Ministries continues to raise funds for the Tin Tin House and many other needs in the Philippines ( as well as many other countries). Three of the boys have received sponsors since Christmas. Thank you!
Just today the team in the Philippines gave gifts to over 400 poor and needy.
“Let us build a foundation for the homeless kids here sister. Let’s build a home for them that one day they can have the eternal home in heaven… my heart cries for the homeless every day…” Pastor John, Philippines
We are writing today with news that we have raised the first $2,000 for Tin Tin’s Home in the Philippines. In honor of Avigayil “Tin Tin,” this home will allow Pastor John in the Philippines to bring more children home, like the ones in the pictures above. Pastor John and team just found these children, alone and naked, wandering the streets. Our hearts ache for these children. Tin Tin’s home will give them a safe place to live, the ability to go to school and most importantly – the chance to be part of a family. Because of Avi’s adoption, Pastor John’s heart was moved for the orphan and he has already taken in over 20 former street boys – and while the family’s hearts have room for more, they need to build a place for the children to live, adding a building next to Pastor John’s home.
Many of you have asked how our family, particularly Stephanie, is doing. Stephanie is heartbroken with grief over the loss of Avi – and it is the need of these children that is keeping her going. So today, we Stephanie’s deepest wish to you:
In honor of Avi, will you help us build Tin Tin’s home? This project will cost approximately $20,000. With the first part raised, we can now start building the foundation on faith.
If you would like to give a gift to help Tin Tin’s Home become reality and to help Avigayil’s life make a difference for children in the Philippines:
1. Donate online at: www.paypal.me/Tingministries
2. Send a check to: Ting Ministries, 29 East Poplar Street, Lebanon, PA 17042
Memo: Tin Tin’s House
From all of us here at Ting Ministries – thank you!
For those wanting to celebrate Avi’s life with us, her funeral arrangements are as follows:
1) Viewing will be Friday, November 9th from 12-2 pm at Thompson Funeral Home 126 S. 9th Street Lebanon, Pa 17042
2) A separate service celebrating Avi’s life will be on Monday, November 12th at 11am at Palmyra Grace Church 799 Airport Road Palmyra PA 17042
All are welcome to attend (children are welcome as well!)
Refreshments to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ting Ministries- Philippines to fund “Tin Tin’s House” for Orphans and street children.
Our precious princess Avigayil Christina (Tin Tin) went home to be with Jesus in her sleep early Monday morning We had an incredible weekend as a family – first at the banquet of our ministry partners and then at a picnic with our dear friends and other adoptive families. Avi had a great weekend and fell asleep that night laughing and talking.
This is so hard! The depth of our pain and loss is like nothing we have ever known but the peace of Our Lord Jesus is also in our midst.
I am grieving like I never knew possible! Anyone who has ever met Avi knows the deep love and bond she and I share. As our pastor was praying with Brian and myself – I heard Avi say “Mommy I’m running…I’m running.”. She is now running with Jesus and all my rescued animals who have gone home ahead of me.
Avi’s life started Ting Ministries. Her story is one we will share in days and weeks to come. Because of her life, Ting Ministries Philippine ministry began- it was literally all for her and because of her. We provided funds for 2 years to her orphanage to feed her through her feeding tube before we were able to adopt her. We always dreamed to build a home for the street children in her former city and name it Tin Tin’s house and never had the funds to do so. Avi will live on and her life will continue to change countless other lives. She will continue to be a voice for the voiceless.
We will have a viewing later this week here in Lebanon Pa and are having a service to celebrate her life at Palmyra Grace Church in Palmyra Pa…most likely Monday. Details will follow…life has been a big blur since Monday.. all are welcome to come celebrate our dear precious baby and her amazing little life.
She filled me with joy like none other and I loved everything about her- her toothless grin, her smell, her laughter and giggle and her enjoyment of worship music and the beach!
I love you my Avi baby always and forever and someday soon I will run with you baby girl…soon!
Come join us if you are able -we would love to see you and have you share in the joy of her life and the tears of missing her on this side of heaven.