Adoption, guest post, International Adoption, Past Events

Noonday Collection *Adoption* Trunk Show: Let’s Help Hope and Brittan!

Hi friends of Ting Ministries! A friend of ours organized a Noonday Collection fundraiser for the Carpenters’ adoption of Hope and Brittan. Go to Noonday Collection *Adoption* Trunk Show to learn more, and head on over to  this page to see the items in the trunk show! There are lots of items for sale including jewelry, bags, scarves, and accessories!
Here’s an excerpt of the event description:
“There will be a live trunk show at my residence August 24, but before that happens, there is an early online opportunity to give even more. If you make an online purchase by August 6th The Carpenter family will receive 15% rather than the normal 10%. Please consider placing your order by August 6th if you know you won’t be able to make it to the show.
Noonday has beautiful jewelry and accessories. If you’re not familiar with them please take a look at the website. Their items have unique stories and would make thoughtful gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas! Please share the link with anyone who might be interested. Let’s make a difference for this family and their daughters!”
Bible Orphan Ministry, guest post, Orphan Care, sponsors, Ukraine, Ukraine Emergency Need

Update: Home Needed for Orphaned Parents and their Child in Ukraine

Sergey, Oksana and their one-month-old son, Yulian

Update August 9, 2017

Thank you to all who have prayed, shared, and donated to Sergey and Oksana’s family. They found housing and have sponsors for several months of housing! How encouraging this must be for this young family. Please continue to keep them in your prayers, that they would come to know Christ because of the love and compassion shown to them through all who cared about their story.

Please read this about this urgent need from our Ukrainian partners at Bible Orphan Ministry. Please keep this young family in your prayers and share their story, so we can find help:


Guest Post from BOM:


Hello everybody! We hope everyone has a wonderful day! We have a problem and we need your help and mercy of the Lord Jesus… 
Please, meet young couple Sergey and Oksana. They have on their hands the newborn baby Yulian, who is only one month old. He is so precious and so sweet baby! Sergey just has found a job. No money for food and everything else. They often are hungry, as there is nothing to cook. BOM provided a little help with clothes for baby boy. Thank you so much for your donations! The biggest problem is that they have nowhere to live! Thus sweet young family with their newborn is homeless!!! Our hearts are absolutely broken. Can you imagine how scared they are??? How many worries, thoughts and fears in the heart? Where to go? What to do? Both orphans, without the support of relatives and friends, both are alone. We know the young father and mother for many years. Sergey and Oksana are very young and do not know what to do. They just graduated from the trade school this year. They still have much to do… Our goal is to help them temporarily with housing. This need $135 per month. Please, would anyone be interested in giving a roof over their heads for little Yulian so that he would be with his beloved parents and be safe? Would someone be interested in helping get rid of the stress and worries of this young family, please? How we can leave precious baby Yulian homeless and unsafe? Would you pray for this sweet family, please? They can find peace, love and grace in Jesus Christ. We would be so thankful for sharing the info! 

Send gift of love through PayPal tingministries@comcast.net Send a check Stephanie and Brian Carpenter
Ting Ministries
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Lebanon, PA 17042
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Please leave a note for “housing for newborn Yulian”. Thank you very much! May God bless you!
Adoption, Ellianna's Story, guest post

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!


guest post, ICII, Orphan Care, sponsors

Completed: Please Read this Story – Immediate Need for Sponsors

Dear Friends of Ting Ministries​, we have an immediate need to share with you from our friends at ICII. Please take time to read this story. Are you looking for a way to get involved with orphan care, but unsure of how you can help? Please keep reading — there are three precious children in urgent need of sponsors! If you would like to help these children in need, please contact us at tingministries@comcast.net or ICII for more information (contact info at the bottom).

Greetings, in the name of Jesus!
Each of Independent Church in India’s (ICII’s) four children’s homes were founded for the purpose of providing a light of hope for children who are scared and alone in the dark landscape of their poverty-stricken and cruelty-filled world, where there is no one else to help them. We want to be able offer them compassion and relieve their suffering. Yet all too often, yet more young faces full of hopeless desperation come forward to us out of these shadows, and we have to turn to others to join with us in reaching out to them.
We have just such a sad story to share with you today, about three totally innocent children in Pakistan who have become orphans. Even though their story is tragic, it is not hopeless – God can bring hope in their lives through you. Please read on, and pray about how the Lord can use you to give a new life to these dear children.
Rafiq and his wife had three small children: a son, Shamil, and two daughters, Angelina Rose and Arqa. The family was living in suffocating poverty. Rafiq worked hard at a brick company, where he made low wages as most Christians do in Pakistan. But through all their struggles Rafiq was faithful to Jesus, and whenever he had a chance he would share the Gospel at his workplace. Rafiq would do evangelism when he could. One day Rafiq was arrested for sharing about Christ and he had to appear before the judge. If Rafiq would have denied the resurrected Christ that day, the judged might have released him. Instead, because he would not deny Christ, Rafiq was sentenced to life in prison with no hope of parole.
Rafiq was thrown into a crowded prison cell along with thirty or forty other convicts. The prison was smelly, filthy and putrid; there wasn’t even a toilet in their cell. The only food they were given was very unsanitary rice and dhal (beans), full of worms and bugs. Whenever a person got sick in the cell, there was no medical treatment. As a Christian, Rafiq was a prime target for bullying and abuse by other prisoners.
After spending more than two years in that hideous place, and due to all of the nightmarish things that have happened to him in jail, Rafiq has become mentally disturbed. The last time his children went to see him, he was weeping, incoherent, and he no longer could even recognize his own children.
On top of all this, their mother was unable to provide for her three children, so she left them with a family member and vanished, never to return. The children were passed along to four different families, none of whom wanted them or could bear the burden of providing for them. At such young ages, their lives had become unbearable. Often the children were forced into labor. Rather than receiving any love, they were treated as slaves.
One of Independent Church in India’s Pakistani pastors named Mehbob was preaching the Gospel in the area where the children were living, and he discovered them in this terrible condition. The family they were staying with told Pastor Mehbob they didn’t want the children and would no longer be responsible for them. Frustrated that the three kids had been left to them, the family was considering turning them over to a private orphanage nearby. It is well-known in the area that girls in that orphanage are often used for prostitution and boys crippled so they can beg for money, just as in the movie “Slumdog Millionaire”.
Shamil is seven years old, Angelina Rose is six, and Arqa is four. Pastor Mehbob currently has only one sponsorship for $30 per month, which barely provides for himself alone. Still, he was filled with compassion for these three children and has taken them for now into his own home to rescue them from having to go to that orphanage. But he can’t afford to provide for them properly. ICII wants to help these children find safe and loving homes where they will be well cared for. We are looking for those who would like to personally sponsor these children. It takes only about $60 per month to help a child. You can fully sponsor a needy child for $60, or $30 for a partial sponsorship.
All throughout India and Pakistan, there are tragic stories of young children who vanish into the night, never to return again. Terrible things are done to kids like these every day, by those who practice evil so horrible it is unspeakable. We can not turn our backs on these precious children who are in desperate need of our help. This is your chance to help us rescue three innocent young lives who have suffered greatly, all for Christ’s sake.
To give through Paypal toward helping these children, please use this link:
http://indchurch.org/projects/three-orphans.html
You can sponsor these children, and other kids who urgently need
support, at our child sponsorship page:
http://indchurch.org/wp/sponsor-a-child
100 percent of gifts given for this project will be used towards these three children’s most urgent needs. Any gifts we receive for this project over the amount that is needed will go toward meeting the needs of orphans in Pakistan.
Please visit our website at:
http://www.indchurch.org
If you would be able to send a gift by mail, please make your check or
money order payable to “Independent Church In India” or “ICII”, mark it
“Orphans in Pakistan”, and send it to the address below:
Independent Church in India
PO Box 238
Fredericksburg, PA 17026
Thanks so much, and have a blessed day!
Reaching the Unreached in India, Pakistan, and Africa,
Lowell and Kathy Smith
Independent Church in India
http://www.indchurch.org
(717) 865-7885 (717) 865-7885
info@indchurch.org
Completed Projects, guest post, Orphan Care, Ukraine

The Shoes Off His Feet

“Some years ago, when [Andriy] came to church, he looked and was dressed awfully. Pastor Misha was so sad […] He took off his shoes and gave it to Andrei. It was just one and last pair of shoes that our pastor had. Later […Andrei] said: “I was so ashamed, I felt terrible, but no one helped me, only your pastor took off your shoes and gave it to me.
Reading this, I sat in silence. When Andriy said he felt ashamed, I know I cannot begin to imagine this feeling. Yet, how many other orphans face the same shame? As Bible Orphan Ministry shares, how many orphans die before the age of thirty?

Though there were many other people who could have helped Andriy, but he himself said it was only the pastor who helped. He took the shoes off his feet and gave them to Andriy. This is the truth of following Christ. If it is in our power to help someone – will we? You may say: “Yes, we should help others. But this is an extreme case I won’t come across in my life.”
What if the Lord is waiting for us to “go and visit the orphans and widows in their distress?” (James 1:27). We have the resources – five dollars, ten dollars. Maybe the Lord is calling us to give of ourselves.
The pastor didn’t have to give his own shoes. But when God placed a need in front of him, he responded, truly following Proverbs 3:28. “If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” Has the Lord placed a need in front of us? Have we responded, or tried to ignore it and go on our way?
Thank you to those who helped pay Andriy’s funeral costs. He accepted Christ the day before he died! Please read this post from BOM. Our friends shared these words from Andriy’s brother Misha: “Dear friends, thank you for your help and prayers. I felt very strongly that you were praying for me for my brother. Thank you friends for your financial help. And thanks for the prayers again! It’s very hard to talk for me now. Friends, thank you for everything! Amen.”
Pictured: Misha is in the gray shirt.