Eastern Europe, International Adoption, Sasha's Story, speaking engagements

Let’s Talk About Moses…Guest Post from Sasha

Sasha, the Administrative Assistant and Web Designer for Ting Ministries, speaks about a Biblical adoption story we may tend to miss, and her own journey to finding her birth mom.

 

My Story: Russia & Redemption

Thank you for your encouragement, support, and prayers for Ting Ministries. In this month’s update, I’d like to share a few words the Lord has laid on my heart. Some of you may know that this coming fall, I will be a senior at Bucknell University. Next fall, I plan to pursue a Master of Arts in Religion (Biblical Studies track) at Evangelical Seminary. This spring, i am blessed to share about the open door the Lord has placed in my life. At the end of April, my Russian TA helped me find my birth mother, younger half-sister, and relatives in Russia! After I did an interview in Russian with my friend Maria, she helped me look through my adoption documents. After less than an hour of searching, she found my mom on Russian social media. Since then, it has been an incredible privilege to video call my mom, tell her I forgive her and that Jesus loves her, and learn more about the previously unknown circumstances surrounding my adoption. Just a small excerpt from my story follows and you can read more and watch the interview on my blog here.

My mother was very young when she was pregnant with me and when her dad (my biological grandfather, after whom I am named) took her to get a very late-term abortion. The force of the procedure is what caused my very mild Cerebral Palsy. When I was removed from the womb, doctors thought I’d be dead – but the Lord preserved my life! My mom stayed with me in the hospital until one day, when she came to visit me, I was gone. They had moved me to an orphanage, but didn’t tell my mom what had happened. For 21 years, she thought I was dead. On his deathbed, several years after my birth, my grandfather asked for my mom’s forgiveness for making her give me up. What a beautiful story of redemption the Lord has been writing and is continuing to write, for everyone involved…

 

Let’s Talk About Moses: What We Miss about this Biblical Adoption

As this new chapter in my life is unfolding, I find myself turning to the story of Moses. One thing I realized we don’t talk about when we talk about Moses is that…Moses was adopted. The Lord chose him to be saved from the life of a slave and to be given a life of privilege, so that one day, he would return to his people, his family, and lead them out of bondage (Exodus 4:18). We know that the Passover in Exodus foreshadows the ultimate sacrifice through Christ’s death on the cross. This new realization of adoption in Moses’ story only serves to add more assurance that adoption is at the center of God’s heart. When we accept Christ as our Savior, we are adopted into God’s family (Ephesians 1:5). I’d love to share more about my story and God’s Word with anyone individually, or at Bible studies, prayer meetings, a Sunday service, or other venues! Please don’t hesitate to contact me and Ting Ministries.

The Story Continues: Return 2 China

Not only does my family celebrate my adoption story the Lord is continuing to write and pray for my relatives, that they may come to know Jesus. We are also soon bringing home my two sisters Hope and Brittan! We plan to travel at the end of June and are only $3,000 dollars away from completing the adoption. If you feel led to help us in the final weeks of Hope and Britt’s adoption, you may give online at: www.paypal.me/Tingministries or send a check to our mailing address at the top of this letter. Thank you, dear friends, for your continuing encouragement and support.

 

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Ellianna Invites You…Pork BBQ Today!

 

 

Hi everyone,
Come out today and see me…support my sisters coming home from China! If you were not planning to come …come anyways…if it rains and your plans change come get some awesome Pork BBQ and hear Pastor Asif speak about orphans in Pakistan. Come purcahse a birdhouse I painted or eat some colored cupcakes I made. Hear about my ministry TING MINISTRIES. IT IS NAMED FOR ME…ELLIANNA YA-TING. HEAR about the work in many countries for orphans…I was once an orphan waiting for my mom and dad to come get me. Come help my mom and dad go get Hope and Britt!

Thanks and you will have fun and I will even blow up some balloons for you!! Come on…you know you want to come!
Fairland Brethren in Christ in Cleona near Giant food store. Today from 1-4 everything is by donation and you can have take out and no tickets needed.
Listen with your heart!
See you soon! Ellianna Yating

If you can’t come after all my convincing you can still help Hope and Britt
www.paypal.me/tingministries
Or Ting Ministries 29 East Poplar Street Lebanon Pa 17042

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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!

Adoption, Eastern Europe, International Adoption, Sasha's Story

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 http://www.paypal.me/Tingministries or write a check to Ting Ministries, 29 East Poplar Street, Lebanon, PA 17042. Please note: Red Pockets

Thank you!.