adoption, China, International Adoption

Sasha Performs at the Chinese Spring Festival Gala 2018!

Sasha performs “Three Inches of Heaven” for Bucknell’s Chinese Spring Festival Gala 2018!
Xin nian kuai le! Happy New Year!
At the gala, Sasha was able to share about her two sisters, Hope and Brittain.
Listen to the audience (a lot of Chinese students, families, and faculty) react when Sasha shares the news that this will be Hope and Brittan’s last Chinese New Year without a family.

We’ve stopped at this place, afraid to go any further
Not allowing sorrow to make an appearance
On the next page, the goodbye you hand-wrote
I cannot refuse

We’ve walked this path too hastily
To embrace is not what I’m am truly longing for
It’s too late, I could not wait anymore to look back and appreciate
The scent of magnolia cannot protect against wounds

Don’t look anymore at the sunlight peeking through the clouds
Don’t search anymore for the heaven we had decided upon
Don’t sigh anymore, you said it yourself that humans are transient
Unable to get three inches of daylight
The place where I loved you was heaven..
If you’d like to help Hope and Brittan come home, please visit:

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Ting Ministries Returns 2 China: Help Hope and Brittan Come Home

Thank you to all the friends who contributed to this post and who have been interwoven with our adoption story of Hope and Brittan…
Annie Hamlin Speaks about Her Friendship with Stephanie…
“Many of you may know my sweet, amazing friend, Stephanie Carpenter, founder and director of Ting Ministries. I first “met” this amazing family about 10 years ago. The Lord used Steph to plant a seed, one that would grow and change my life forever!

Not only did the Lord pick a sweet, incredibly faithful mentor for me but He picked one whose heart is exactly as mine.

Steph loves to run – check!

Steph loves animals – check!

Steph is involved in dog rescue – check!

Steph is heavily involved in orphan care – check!
Steph has adopted multiple times – check!
The difference is that this amazing family has adopted 7 beautiful, higher needs girls from all over, including Bulgaria and China. They are in process for 2 more high needs girls from China, who were locked away in a room, left to die. Steph fought to get them file ready and have fought against SO many attacks since their process began.
 Steph’s girls are amazing and beautiful and so very very special but their needs are more than most families are willing to take on. Steph and her wonderful Hubby, Brian, chose to follow the Lord with abandon! Their home and their hearts are so full of love and blessings and tremendous witness. They are the founders of Ting Ministries.”
About Ting Ministries (from their website):
“We are the Carpenter family.  We have seven (soon to be nine) special daughters adopted from all around the world!  Brian and Stephanie Carpenter are founders/directors of Ting Ministries – a 501(c)3 Christian nonprofit orphan ministry.  We are passionate about caring for “The Least of These” and being a Voice for the Voiceless.

Our daughters all have some type of special need – some mild and some more severe – but they are all our treasured daughters. Their special needs include: deafness, blindness, post traumatic stress disorder, Cerebral Palsy, spastic quadriplegia, Spina bifida, feeding tubes, epilepsy/seizure disorder, cochlear implant, club feet and other orthopedic issues, failure-to-thrive, global developmental delay, institutionalization etc.
Our first adoption was from Russia and Sasha was never supposed to walk and was headed to a mental institution.  She is now 20 years old and a double major at Bucknell University. Sasha is also the Administrative Assistant and Director of Social Media of Ting Ministries and has a heart for the aging out orphans.
Ting Ministries got its name from the Carpenters’ daughter Ellianna, whose Taiwanese name is Ya-Ting which means “to listen with your heart.”  Avigayil “Tin Tin” is adopted from the Philippines and her orphanage and region is where Ting Ministries began ministry work in 2009. Today, Ting Ministries works in the USA, Philippines, Ukraine, China and Bulgaria.”
Annie Shares Our Urgent Need:
“I am writing this today to ask for help. Steph, in the middle of their adoption of 2 more high needs kiddos, helped us with our adoption of Will in so many ways, too many to even get into here but now they need help!
This incredibly faithful family needs $4,577 and they need it… like yesterday!!!
The total from their agency for the remainder of the adoptions, including travel and post adoption services, is $35,277
Please take a moment to pray for this family, to share this post and if you feel so led… DONATE!
Not feeling as if you are being called to adoption? Well, this is a wonderful way to help another family who has felt called and has said “YES Lord!”
Just go here to donate –

Hope and Brittain…


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Team Ting’s Make-a-Wish Trip (June 2017)

Avi was blessed with a Make-a-Wish trip to Ocean City, NJ along with her family and a couple close friends. Though she has scoliosis and spastic quadriplegia, Avi loves to smell the salty ocean air and let her curls blow in the breeze. The days were full of laughter, fun, and sand! It was Hannah “Annie’s” first time at the beach and her first time on amusement park rides – it turns out, she is quite adventurous! Thank you, Make-a-Wish!

See the joy on their faces and imagine – each of these precious children once had no hope, no reason to smile. They were neglected and abused and had no one to call family. Their disabilities brought even more of a stigma upon them. Now, because they were adopted, they are able to enjoy all the things other children can.

While we rejoice in the redemption of adoption for our girls already home, there are two in China still waiting. Hope and Brittan are still waiting for their mom and dad, for beach trips with laughter, for sisters and friends who will love them, take them on fun trips, and paint their nails. So today, I ask you, as their sister, please don’t forget about Hope and Brittan. Please help their wish come true here. 

adoption, Aging Out, Annie's Story, China, faith, International Adoption, special needs

One Year Ago Today…

1 year ago today God did a miracle – Hannah “Annie” was adopted- hours before she would have aged out and would.never have been able to be adopted! We can not imagine life without our smiling sweetheart. Do you know what life is like for those unadopted with special needs- especially those with severe needs? God is still a miracle working God and working miracles for Hope and Brittan! Join us…
June 27 Oswald Chambers
“…I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord. —Jeremiah 1:8
God promised Jeremiah that He would deliver him personally— “…your life shall be as a prize to you…” (Jeremiah 39:18). That is all God promises His children. Wherever God sends us, He will guard our lives. Our personal property and possessions are to be a matter of indifference to us, and our hold on these things should be very loose. If this is not the case, we will have panic, heartache, and distress. Having the proper outlook is evidence of the deeply rooted belief in the overshadowing of God’s personal deliverance.
The Sermon on the Mount indicates that when we are on a mission for Jesus Christ, there is no time to stand up for ourselves. Jesus says, in effect, “Don’t worry about whether or not you are being treated justly.” Looking for justice is actually a sign that we have been diverted from our devotion to Him. Never look for justice in this world, but never cease to give it. If we look for justice, we will only begin to complain and to indulge ourselves in the discontent of self-pity, as if to say, “Why should I be treated like this?” If we are devoted to Jesus Christ, we have nothing to do with what we encounter, whether it is just or unjust. In essence, Jesus says, “Continue steadily on with what I have told you to do, and I will guard your life. If you try to guard it yourself, you remove yourself from My deliverance.” Even the most devout among us become atheistic in this regard— we do not believe Him. We put our common sense on the throne and then attach God’s name to it. We do lean to our own understanding, instead of trusting God with all our hearts (see Proverbs 3:5-6).
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Congrats Grad!

In the time of graduations and commencements, we have one more grad to congratulate around here! Hannah “Annie” had a graduation party in her class! 

She has quite a story–from an aging out orphan in China to an orphan advocate in the US. Please take the time to really look at these two pictures. The first is Annie in China, before she knew she had a family coming for her. The second was taken about a year later. 

When Ting Ministries says family can transform a child–this is why. Look at that smile! Hannah is super smart. She is already understanding and speaking English while maintaining her Chinese! When Ting Ministries says every child deserves a family–this is why. We rushed to China just in time for Hannah. If we hadn’t, she would have aged out, never knowing the love of a family, never going to school, and never having opportunities to be a voice for orphans–including her two sisters waiting in China, Brittan and Hope. Can you please consider helping Brittan and Hope to have the same opportunities as Hannah? Please go to to learn more, donate, and share their story. Hannah is home now because people came alongside us to make sure she made it. Now, Hannah wants to make sure the same happens for her sisters.

Congratulations Hannah! We can’t wait to see the big plans the Lord has for your life.

Jeremiah 29:11
Proverbs 31:8-9