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Return 2 China – Pulled Pork BBQ Fundraiser

Help Hope Junjun and Brittan Aipei come home to the Carpenter family. Hope (8 years) and Brittan (6 years) have special needs. Brittan is six and a half years old and the size of a year old baby. They cannot wait another day to come home! Help the Carpenters return to China, so the girls can come home to their family and get the urgent medical care they need! A night of pulled pork dinner, dessert, and speakers from Ting Ministries and Pastor Asif from Independent Church of India International! (www.indchurch.org)

Details of the Event
Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Location: Fairland Brethren in Christ, 529 W. Penn Ave., Cleona, PA 17042
Time: 1-4 pm

No Tickets Needed! By donation.
Hope to see you there!

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Sasha’s Interview in Russian and How She Found Her Birth Mom – and Extended Family!

After the Interview: I Found My Birth Mom – and Extended Family!

Yes, dear friends, it is true! Only a few hours after I did the interview with Maria on Saturday, she was able to find my birth mom by searching social media. I only found out the news on Sunday afternoon, when Maria told me she had some “updates” and wanted to share them with me. Little did I know, she had been talking to my mom, learning the story of my adoption from the side of my biological family! I was shocked, but it was soon apparent, it was true!

My adoptive parents and I were all so happy to hear this amazing news! My parents, Brian and Stephanie, have always been very open about my adoption. To be able to talk to my birth mom and tell her we have prayed for her all these years: “I love you, I have a good life. Thank you for giving me life. I don’t have questions I need answered. I don’t blame you – I don’t even see anything to forgive,” is an opportunity no words describe. Getting to video call her, and meet my mom, her husband (Papa) and my sister was such a beautiful experience.

Not only have I met my mom and her family, I am meeting aunts, cousins, grandparents, uncles and more! It is an incredible blessing to see and now be a part of such a strong, welcoming family unit. Not every adoption story ends this way and I am overwhelmed with gratefulness, that the Lord has written my story this way. In sharing this news, I know so many friends and families will be excited. I pray this story is also an encouragement to other adoptive families and children. I hope you will join me in giving the glory to God – “Let them know that it is Your hand— that You, Adonai, have done it.” (Psalm 109: 27). That: “A father of orphans, defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling. God settles the lonely in a home” (Psalm 68:6-7).

And if you are wondering, yes, I will be visiting Russia in the near future to meet the other half of my family

(Interview with Maria: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iTnkbegwGM)
Pictured: My mom and dad, my sister, a cousin, an aunt, and my grandparents in Russia

 

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500 Red Pockets for Hope and Brittan!

 

Update: March 31: We have handed out 60 pockets and received about 20 back with more coming every day! We have received notes from all over the world including about 10 notes from kids and parents in Indonesia! Thank you to all who are helping in this very special project for the girls. 

 

 

Just a few of the pockets from Indonesia

 Update: March 22, 2018: We got our very frist red pocke note in already! Don’t wait to join the fun!

Check oout the project we are staritng to spread the excitement of Hope and Brittan coming home! It’s a quick, easy and fun way to participate in a Chinese New Year tradition and way to show the grils how many people are glad they are coming home! Ready?

Three Easy Steps:

1. Write a short note
2. Email the note tingministries@comcast.net or one of the leaders of the project OR if you are local, put it in a red pocket yourself and return it to us!
3. Tell your friends and help us reach our goal of 500 pockets by the end of the semester!

That’s it!😃 GO!

The red pocket is traditionally given to children by parents and relatives as a sign of happiness and prosperity in the New Year. if you’d like to give a little donation in the pocket, you may place it directly in the pocket, donate online through www.paypal.me/Tingministries or write a check to Ting Ministries, 29 East Poplar Street, Lebanon, PA 17042. Please note: Red Pockets

Thank you!.

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Ting Ministries Guest Post: Courageous Faith, from Adeye Salem

COURAGEOUS FAITH

Guest post from our friend and a fellow adoptive mother Adeye Salem. (Click on the heading to go to Adeye’s original post on her blog).
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During the more than ten years that I have had this blog, one of the sweetest blessings for me has been the incredible people who I have met along the way. They’re the families that remind me that a surrendered life is truly the only way to live. They’re the precious families that I have seen choose the road less travelled–and walk it out with so much grace, love and abandonment. Easy? Never! Worth it? Always!  I am so grateful for the families that have always been such a sweet reminder to me that giving God everything that we have and everything that we are is a life I long to live.
Several years ago I connected with Stephanie–a fellow adoptive mom who, like us, had opened her heart and her home to children who struggled more than others. One of their sweet girls comes from the same orphanage as our Hasya and, like our daughter, was so desperately malnourished and was also abandoned in a crib.
Family!  It changes everything for a child.
Stephanie and her husband Brian run a ministry called Ting Ministries which brings help, relief and the unconditional love of Jesus to many around the world. The Carpenters have adopted seven beautiful daughters who all have some type of special need – some mild and some more severe – but they are all their treasured daughters. Their special needs include: deafness, blindness, post traumatic stress disorder, cerebral palsy, spastic quadriplegia, spina bifida, feeding tubes, epilepsy/seizure disorder, need for cochlear implants, club feet, and other orthopedic issues, failure to thrive, global developmental delay, institutionalization, etc.  Their first adoption was from Russia. 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. God of miracles!
With their huge hearts for the fatherless, it was no surprise that God called this faithful family once again, this time to bring home two of the neediest, most forgotten older girls who desperately need someone to come for them. For many months the Carpenters have fought to get one of the girls paper-ready and available for international adoption.
Anyone who has ever adopted a child from hard places can testify to the fact that when we step out in faith and fight for a child to come home, the battle rages. This family has faced trial after trial as they have trusted the Lord for the lives of these two girls. But God has been faithful!  The process is moving forward and the Carpenters are praying for a medical expedite since both girls are not doing well.
Having walked in their shoes a few times, I so understand the heart and enormous amount of faith that it takes to say yes to children who come from unfathomable situations, even if the whole world is against you.  Even if every fiery dart of the enemy causes setbacks and heartache. Even when you have no idea how God is going to provide.
I long for money to be the very last of their concerns. Increased regulations and fees sadly mean that adoptions are costing even more than they did just a few months ago. Of course it shouldn’t be that way, but it is, and we can’t change that. The cost of adoptions should never be an obstacle that keeps a family from a child! Now, more than ever before, families stepping out in faith to bring children home NEED the church to rise up and be a part of their journey by sowing financially. Our churches need to be pouring into adoptions, as do we, the bride of Christ. The problem of millions of abandoned children in the world should be our problem, and there are ways that we can all do something–even when we never feel called to adopt ourselves.
The Carpenters have a long, difficult journey ahead of them as they journey toward bringing Hope and Brittan home. And once home, they’ll face unknown medical issues, many hospital visits, and the usual period of adjustment as a family. Both girls have extensive special needs, and so much is unknown at this point. How beautiful would it be if finances were the last of their concerns?  How amazing would it be if the financial burden was completely lifted by those of us who have a heart for the orphan? Let it be so, Lord!
Would you please prayerfully consider joining with this precious family in prayer and in giving?  They still need about $17,000 to be fully funded.  I know my God can do it! All donations are tax deductible through their ministry and can be made HERE
Thank you so much for praying and for trusting that these two little darlings will be home very soon.  I am so grateful!
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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.


Translation:
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: www.paypal.me/Tingministries