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!
James 1:27: “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of God our Father is this: to visit the orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
A Friendship that Changed Everything…
Tonight, as I write this article, I am crying as I try to gather my thoughts about everything I want to say. My heart is moved by the story of how two girls’ friendship is now changing the life of a third little girl all the way across the world.
Many of you may know my sister, Ellianna Ya-Ting. She is the namesake of Ting Ministries. Those who take the time to know Ellianna, really take the time, know that she has a heart like Paddington the bear. A lovable spirit that always sees the best in others, and never assumes anyone is angry, and is always ready to help.
But many people don’t ever see that part of Ellianna. Just like people find it strange that Paddington is a bear, most people only see Ellianna’s deafness, cerebral palsy, and learning disability. They miss out on the joy, finding Ellianna “too different” to be a friend.
“Of course you don’t [want Paddington here]. You never have! As soon as you set eyes on [him] you made up your mind about him. Well Paddington’s not like that. He looks for the good in all of us and somehow, he finds it! It’s why he makes friends wherever he goes. And it’s why Windsor Gardens is a happier place whenever he’s around. He wouldn’t hesitate if any of us needed help!” From, “Paddington 2”
Ellianna and Aliyah used to go to the same school. Aliyah always thought it was cool that Ellianna was adopted from Taiwan. They were best friends! While many kids argued over who would sit next to Ellianna, or help Ellianna play at recess, it was Aliyah who Ellianna loved the most. Aliyah didn’t see Ellianna’s disabilities. Aliyah loved Ellianna for who she is. As their friendship grew, little did Ellianna know that she was teaching Aliyah one of the most important lessons you can learn.
Ellianna taught Aliyah how to listen with her heart. God used their friendship to prepare Aliyah’s heart for another little girl, also from Asia, who also has a disability…
Air and Upin: Aliyah’s Goal
In March, Aliyah’s family had the opportunity to travel to Thailand. There, they met a Christian mom, Upin, and her daughter, Air. Air used to be a healthy girl, until she received an injection for epilepsy in her spine, that left her paralyzed. Air reminded Aliyah of her friendship with Ellianna. God laid it on Aliyah’s heart to help Air get a wheelchair, make their home wheelchair-accessible, and help with medical and therapy costs.
Pictured: Where Upin and Air live
Aliyah would like to raise $5,000 USD to help Air and her family. While most 11-year-olds are concerned about clothes, the latest cellphone or video games, or being popular, Aliyah is following the Lord’s command: to visit orphans and widows in their distress…”
Read Aliyah’s letter about Air below.
James 2:115-17“Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.”
What This Means for Us
I find it fitting that both Ellianna and Aliyah are doing what their names say about them. As Ellianna taught Aliyah to listen with her heart, Aliyah is now following God’s Word, moving up towards God and making a tangible difference in the world. I know the Lord is going to use Aliyah in big ways.
As Ellianna’s sister, I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 1:27-28:
“And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.God chose things despised by the world,things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.”
In the eyes of the world, perhaps even your own, Ellianna is nothing important. But perhaps she is closer to God’s heart than any of us.
I pray we are all moved to action by the friendship of these two girls to remember the words of 1 Timothy 4:12, “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers…”
Written by: Natalya “Sasha” Carpenter
If you would like to help Aliyah be Jesus’ Hands and Feet on Earth for Air and Upin you can:
Make a fee-free, tax-deductible donation through Ting Ministries at: www.paypal.me/Tingministries
Send a tax-deductible check to: Ting Ministries, 29 East Poplar Street, Lebanon, PA 17042. Any checks will be sent to a couple of missionaries in Thailand, that helped Aliyah’s family make that trip and who personally know Air’s family.
The Surgery for Sahil is PAID IN FULL!
Thank you so much to all who partnered with us to provide the urgent medical care Sahil needs! We are so excited to tell our partner and Sahil’s family the news.
Praise the Lord!
Update: Monday, May 21, 2018
Folks, we are SO close to raising the necessary funds for Sahil’s surgery! With only 200 USD needed, can you help meet this need TODAY?
Sahil is the son of a Pakistani pastor. His family has been praying for 9 years for the means to get him the surgery he needs to walk. Doctors say his condition is correctable, but 200, much less 800, seems an impossible sum. Every time our contact visits Sahil’s family, the little boy asks if he will be able to get his surgery! Sahil’s family has demonstrated their faith for nine years. Now, let us be the answer to all those prayers. Can you even begin to imagine the rejoicing of the family at the news that their prayers have been answered?
Read the details at the bottom of this post to learn how you can help make this life-changing surgery a reality for Sahil!
Thank you everyone! ~Ting Ministries Staff
Surgery for Sahil! 100 dollars raised so far!
Dear friends, those of you who read our latest email update saw the story of Sahil, the son of a Pakistani pastor. He has terribly clubbed and twisted feet and has needed a surgery for nine years. Doctors say they can correct his condition.
We ONLY NEED 700 more dollars to completely pay for the surgery! Will you consider giving to this life changing operation today? Sahil’s family have been praying for years to be able to give him the medical care he deserves. Let’s not let such a small amount stand in the way of them seeing their prayers answered!
If you would like to help Sahil:
1. Please use our papal at: www.paypal.me/Tingministries OR
2. Mail a check to: Ting Ministries, 29 East Poplar Street, Lebanon, PA 17042
Please note: Sahil’s surgery
Thank you dear TM friends! Let’s help surprise his family with JOY!
Thank you to all who have given to the Beds for Boys Project! With your help, Ting Ministries was able to purchase six beds for all of Pastor John’s boys in the Philippines. They are blessed and grateful to know this need is taken care of.
Brian and Stephanie Carpenter
Update: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Check out the progress on our Beds for Boys project! We need 30 dollars to purchase the FOURTH of 6 beds!
If you feel led to partner with this project, you can:
1. Donate online: www.paypal.me/Tingministries
2. Or send a check to: Ting Ministries, 29 East Poplar Street, Lebanon, PA 17042
Please note: Beds for Philippines
Thank you to all our TM supporters who have partnered to buy beds so far! We couldn’t continue to help the orphan without you!
Update: Monday, May 21, 2018
Half of the beds for our TM boys in the Philippines are paid for! Thank you to all the donors who have helped meet this need so far. We only need 390 USD to provide beds for all of the boys in the Philippines. Can you help us reach our goal for the remaining three beds? If everyone who looked at our last update gave two dollars, we’d reach our goal! Thanks for helping us make a lasting impact through meeting practical needs in the Philippines. See the bottom of this post for details on how you can partner with our Beds for Boys project.
UPDATE: Sunday, May 20, 2018
Thank you to the generous donor (you know who you are!) who donated another bed for the boys in the Philippines! We now need only 469 DOLLARS to pay for ALL the beds! See below to learn how you can give to this practical, but much-needed project!
Update: May 19, 2018
We have raised enough funds for over one bed so far in our Beds for Boys Project!
This means we need ONLY 599 more dollars to raise to provide beds for all the street boys Pastor John has taken into his family. For our TM family in the Philippines, the cost of obeying the command of James 1:27 and following our Lord’s heart for the orphan means the boys are currently sleeping on a cement floor. While most grateful for a family, they would be amazed to know that others have helped meet this practical need in their lives. You can read the original post and learn how to donate below.
Pastor John in the Philippines has taken in over 24 former street children in the Philippines. Along with sponsoring these children to go to school our TM team also supports Pastor John’s family so they can continue their outreach.
Four more boys recently joined Pastor John’s family. Along with Jeffery and Jerome (top image), there is…
Jimboy, the youngest child at 10 years old, in the white shirt…
and Isamark and Junnex!
Pastor John’s family is glad to open their home to these boys in need. Two of them lost their parents a month ago. Some of them do not even know their own birthdays. All the boys in Pastor John’s family are going to school through the help of TM supporters. They started a small business and when they finish school, they plan to help other street children, like their dad, Pastor John.
Pastor John has shared a practical but important need. His family wants to purchase bunk beds for the boys. Right now, they are all sleeping on a cement floor! Can you imagine? While the boys are simply thankful to have a family, we hope you will consider helping meet this practical need in their lives! The boys pray for our TM family and would be so blessed to receive the beds!
Each bed costs 130 USD and Pastor John needs 6 beds to accommodate all the boys. That’s a total of 780 USD. The beds will be purchased in country to save on overseas shipping costs and practical transportation. 100% of every donation to Ting Ministries goes to the need you specify. To donate to the Beds for Boys, please
Donate online at www.paypal.me/Tingministries
Send a check to Ting Ministries, 29 East Poplar Street, Lebanon, PA 17042
Our TM Philippines team is putting together a Bible camp for orphans in April. There are 100 indigenous children already planning to attend! However, there are also 60 orphans wanting to come learn about Jesus who cannot pay the small registration fee (covering materials, snacks for the 5 days). At the cost of 500 pesos – only $9.57 per child, would you consider helping one or two children come to Bible school? The total for all 60 orphans to be able to come is 30,000 pesos or $574.20. Thank you for helping fulfill the commandments in James 1:27 and Matthew 28:19-20.