Bible Orphan Ministry, Eastern Europe, orphan care, Ukraine, update

New Life in Ukraine

Dear friends, thank you to all who helped Artem and Yana move closer to our friends from BOM. Once struggling to live on their own, now Artem and Yana are enjoying their new life with our BOM family.

 

 

Praise the Lord for the work he is doing in these young souls! They are finding a new sense of purpose as they travel with BOM to visit and help at orphanages. Just recently, they went with our partners to deliver items to orphan graduates. They also went out for some fellowship and fun. You can see the happiness and belonging on their faces. Please pray that the Lord would continue to work in their hearts, that they would come to know Jesus through the love of BOM, Ting Ministries, and our faithful supporters.

 

 

Bible Orphan Ministry, Eastern Europe, orphan care, Ukraine

Ting Ministries and Bible Orphan Ministry – Hope After Hosting for 2 Ukrainian Orphans

Update: April 15, 2018
Thank you for those who responded to the need for Artem and Yana! Immediately after we sent out the newsletter, we received well over our goal! Thank you for helping Ting Ministries and Bible Orphan Ministry reach these young lives. We are so blessed at the response and praise God that we will be able to help them get a new start surrounded by mentors. Please pray that Artem and Yana would feel the love of Jesus overwhelmingly through our team and supporters and that they would come to know Jesus. Please pray also for their protection and that Jesus would give them peace instead of any fear or doubt they may feel as we soon begin this transition . James 1:27 and 2 Corinthians 5:17

Question: What happens to host children who are never adopted?  This is a common question in the adoption community and one with real implications for children.

Where Artem and Yana are currently living. BOM told us they get water from a basin in the sink and take outdoor showers in the summer.

Today, Ting Ministries is working to aid two former host children through the help of our in-country partners, Bible Orphan Ministry. Brother and sister, Artem and Yana (names changed for privacy) were hosted several times, sadly aging out before they were adopted. We at Ting Ministries knew these children and were able to stay in touch with them

Yana and Artem with our BOM partners. 



Our BOM partners were able to spend a day with them and saw first-hand their terrible living conditions – no firewood for the winter, little available water, no money for food. Unfortunately, for orphans who “age out,” this is the norm. Not an exception.

 

The living conditions inside. 

 Our friends from BOM spent the day with them supplying practical needs, loving them and sharing the Gospel, demonstrating the love of Jesus in a very real way. Ting Ministries and BOM were heartbroken to hear that Artem and Yana begged to go with our partners, asking: “Can you take us with you now?” 

BOM took Yana and Artem for a meal together.
Artem and Yana told us:
“We are so thankful to you all and miss you terribly! May God protect your paths. Thank you!”
BOM helped Artem and Yana go shopping. They never learned how to cook. Artem didn’t know how to shave using shaving cream, as it was always too expensive. We are so grateful by our BOM partners who mentored and loved these kids!

 

 

 

These two teenagers are trying to survive on their own, without any support. Artem is studying and Yana wants to go to university, but there are few opportunities for them outside of the orphanage.

We plan to help Artem and Yana move closer to our BOM partners so they me be mentored and taught by our BOM partners and other Ukrainian Christians. We have already raised the money for Artem and Yana’s bus tickets. But they each need 200 USD for adequate summer clothing. BOM’s van was also damaged on the torn up roads to the village and the cost of repairs amounts to 155 USD.  In order to fulfill this need for Artem and Yana, we need a total of 555 USD.

The roads to Artem and Yana’s village.

 

An outside view of the place where Artem and Yana are staying currently.


We have the ability to change the lives of two orphans for the better. They are not just names and pictures – they have fears and dreams. They are longing to be loved.

What are we living for?

Please pray for Yana and Artem, that through the love of Ting Ministries, BOM and all our supporters, that they would come feel and know the love of Jesus.
If you’d like to give and help answer Artem and Yana’s prayers for someone to come and care for them, you can: donate online at www.paypal.me/Tingministries or send a check to: Ting Ministries, 29 East Poplar Street, Lebanon, PA 17042

International Adoption, special needs, Two From U, Ukraine

Happy Birthday Olyvia: Wishes and Reflection

Happy Birthday Olyvia!

Olyvia just celebrated her birthday at the beginning of this month. She was adopted from Ukraine with her sister Rachele in 2014, when she was 9 and a half. Her only physical special-need from birth is a mild form of spina bifida.

Now, she is 13 years old. A teenager! Below, you can see Olyvia and Becca, her new friend from church! Becca is a week younger than Olyvia.  Please, let that sink in. 
Most people when they meet Olyvia remark, “Oh, how cute is she! Is she about four years old?” No. She is a teenager. She should be in middle school, playing sports, having sleepovers, and going to birthday parties for her friends.

The treatment and neglect of children in her Dom Invalid (orphanage for special-needs children) was so horrendous, her body shut down and simply stopped growing. Termed failure-to-thrive Olyvia’s body simply stopped growing due to lack of care, touch and nutrition. In Eastern Europe, this is the norm for orphans with disabilities – not the exception.

Olyvia and Rachele’s adoption opened Brian and Stephanie’s heart to Ukraine. Today, we are parnters with Bible Orphan Ministry and Shelter Friend  – Ukraine. Read about our partners’ work here.

At Ting Ministries, we are dedicated to raising awareness about the plight of special-needs orphans around the world. We are blessed to be Olyvia’s family and honored to be her Voice and a Voice for the thousands of Voiceless orphans still waiting for their families today. 
Happy Birthday to our  Солнышко (Sunshine)! Мы любим тебя!

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
904 State Drive
Lebanon, PA 17042
USA
Please leave a note for “housing for newborn Yulian”. Thank you very much! May God bless you!
Completed Projects, guest post, orphan care, sacrifice, 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.