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Aliyah to Listen with Your Heart

Aliyah: To ascend, to go up towards God

Ya-Ting: To listen with your heart

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.”

Aliyah and Ellianna Ya-Ting

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.

Ellianna’s friend Aliyah did not miss out. 

“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:

  1. Visit Aliyah’s YouCaring page HERE.
  2. Make a fee-free, tax-deductible donation through Ting Ministries at: www.paypal.me/Tingministries
  3. 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.
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I am Ellianna!

Hi everyone! Ellianna here! 

My mom let me share this exciting news with you on Ting Ministries – I have started my own blog, here at I am Ellianna! As a short introduction to my blog and Facebook page:

“I was adopted from Taiwan and I’m the face of Ting Ministries, a non-profit organization that helps special-needs and teenage orphans all around the world! Even though I’m profoundly deaf and have Cerebral Palsy, I’m a Voice for the Voiceless. I love to paint and you’ll find my Art for Orphans here too. I love my sisters, friends, and walking tacos! Follow my blog to see what I’m up to each day!”

My first official post is coming soon, but for now you can check out My Top 10 List of Things You Should Know about Me by going to this link: http://iamellianna.blogspot.com/p/my.html.

Bye for now! Don’t forget to be a Voice for the Voiceless!


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Title-This-Painting Contest (Details Below)

Question: What do you get when you mix two adopted sisters with a lot of paint?
Answer: Art for Orphans (by orphans!)
Hannah and Ellianna were busy on a sunny afternoon painting! By the end of the day, it was hard to tell which was more paint-covered: the canvas or the girls?!

There are no words needed – look at the joy on their faces. These two sisters were meant for one another. Many adoptive families are often asked: How do you choose your child? After all, there are so many. Our answer? You just KNOW. This was true for Hannah and Ellianna and it is still true for the two girls waiting in China. Please HELP Hope and Brittan by going to www.youcaring.com/return2china. Ellianna and Hannah thank you! They are waiting excitedly for their sisters to come home!

Update: July 9, 2017 *THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED*
Thanks to everyone who submitted titles. Keep an eye out for the winner to be announced in the next few days!
Starting tomorrow at noonTing Ministries will be holding a Title-This-Painting Contest. We will unveil a picture of the whole canvas and YOU can help choose the title. Submit your title in the comments (here or on Facebook), message us, or send it in an email to tingministries@comcast.net. The contest will run for a week, ending at 9 pm on Sunday, July 9th. Ting Ministries will choose the best title to be painted onto the canvas. Feel free to show us your favorite titles by liking the comments. The person who sends us the winning title will receive a printed frame of the painting, as well as a set of handmade greeting cards and a Team Ting shirt!
Get sharing and be ready to title on!
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A Stella-r Snow Day!


Winter Storm Stella brings…

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Lots of snow

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No school

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Lots of shoveling

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Lots of fun and a first for Hannah “Annie”…playing in the snow! 

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You decide by the smile if the SNOW was a hit!

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The faces of adoption…

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Our special-needs dogs from adopted from Ukraine…

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Check out Shelter Friend-Ukraine on Facebook to learn how you can help street animals in Ukraine! We have awesome ministry partners there and international adoptions are very welcome.

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Happy Snow Day everyone!

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Student of the month at Paramount Sports Complex – Gymnastics

Guess who was named STUDENT of the MONTH at Paramount Sports Complex? That’s right– Ellianna Ya-Ting of Ting Ministries!
“Ellianna Ya-Ting Carpenter loves gymnastics and Paramount…Ellianna works hard at everything she does and has a smile and personality that lights up the world…She is deaf and has cerebral palsy…Now you should see her jump, do handstands, vault to a handstand and do pullovers on the bars. She has the spirit of an Olympic gymnast– work hard– never give up– try again– realize you are blessed….”

Here’s what Ellianna’s teachers had to say about her: “Ellianna was chosen to be the student of the month because she really is an inspiration to us all. Her joy is infectous and we love having her at Paramount! Keep up the hard work Ellianna– you prove that possibilities are limitless!Picture