Adoption, China, International Adoption, Upcoming Events

Interview: The Gulnac Family Speaks about Their China Adoption and Introduces Katie!

Meet the Gulnac family! They are a first-time adoptive family in process to bring home a special-needs daughter child from China!

A Heart for the Orphan: God’s Call to a Pastor’s Family

“We are the Gulnac family! We are blessed with two girls Lydia (10) and Madilyn (7). We feel honored that Dan has been called to be the lead Pastor of Palmyra Grace church and have been there for 1.5 years. Jessica is a part-time lab scientist with UPMC Pinnacle. The Lord works in amazing ways. Through His Word, lots of prayer, late night conversations and even the mouths of our children He warmed our hearts to another child and specifically a child with special needs. We are adopting Katie, who is about 2 years old at this time and in Beijing in foster care receiving care along with additional therapy for her condition, cerebral palsy.

                    Katie

It is amazing how God used His Word to affirm our decision to adopt in its early stages. Scriptures such as James 1:27, Ephesians 1:5 or Proverbs 31:8-9 as well as passages such as Romans 8:15-16, Psalm 146:5-9 have encouraged us. In general, I was always aware of God’s heart for the orphan throughout scripture, but being in the process has enhanced my ability to see the rescuing heart of God all throughout the Bible – you can’t miss it! And the Spirit uses each passage to remind me that adoption is a way in which we get to reflect the heart of God in our world.

God’s heart is love, especially for the least of these, the marginalized, and lost, and the orphan. As we face each challenge, every piece of paperwork, every bill, God is reminding us just how far He went to show His love toward us and we are encouraged to live out that love toward Katie. We can’t wait to bring her home and love her as our own!

The Gulnac Family – Pastor Dan, Jessica, and their daughters Lydia and Madilyn

“We had many conversations with the girls as we were processing our decision to adopt Katie. Lydia has a very compassionate heart and from the beginning was a huge advocate for Katie in our conversations and prayers about whether or not to adopt. Madilyn is our youngest and she had some concerns about another child. Completely legitimate concerns about sharing toys and such. But one night during bedtime devotions she confessed that even though it may be hard she wanted us to do this because God was calling us to do it and it isn’t about her but what He wants. It was very encouraging to see how God worked on each of our hearts individually and how He united us in our decision as a family.

We have felt absolutely supported, as many closest to us were praying for us during our discerning phase, as we sought the Lord to provide us with clarity and affirmation. We have also received support from others that have adopted or have adopted members in their family by sharing their stories of trials and hope. Lastly, some have chosen to support us financially or with donations of items we will need for Katie.

At this point in the process it would be a lie to say each step is easy and filled with excitement. However, if God is calling you to adoption – you will get to see Him show up all along the journey. Our family was blessed by the documentary “Find Me.” (If you haven’t watched it find it on Amazon Prime or Right Now Media). God’s hand is clearly over us and this process and when we pay attention we get to see Him move in mighty ways. In ways we’ll never forget. This draws us to love, cherish, and worship Him all the more.”

Fundraiser and Donation Information:

Please mark your calendars for a pork barbecue fundraiser and time of fellowship with the Gulnac family!

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020

Time: 2-4 pm (drop-in for as long as you are able!) Take-out is also available!

Location: Fairland Brethren in Christ Church,  529 West Penn Avenue, Cleona, PA 17042 (Across from the McDonalds on 422)

Cost: By donation, no tickets necessary

Also, if you feel led to give a gift to help Katie come home to her family: may give a gift:
1. Online: www.paypal.me/Tingministries
2. By check: Ting Ministries, 29 East Poplar Street, Lebanon, PA 17042

Photo Credits: Gulnac Family

Interview Compiled by: Sasha Carpenter, Administrative Assistant for Ting Ministries

This interview is posted here in its entirety. This interview first appeared in 2 separate parts on Ting Ministries’ Facebook and Instagram on December 12 & 13, 2019.

Avi's Story, Upcoming Events

Celebrating Avi’s Life: Info about Viewing and Celebration Service (aka A Princess Party)

Celebrating Avigayil Christina Carpenter

February 27, 2007 – November 5, 2018

For those wanting to celebrate Avi’s life with us, her funeral arrangements are as follows:

1) Viewing will be Friday, November 9th from 12-2 pm at Thompson Funeral Home 126 S. 9th Street Lebanon, Pa 17042

2) A separate service celebrating Avi’s life will be on Monday, November 12th at 11am at Palmyra Grace Church 799 Airport Road Palmyra PA 17042

All are welcome to attend (children are welcome as well!)
Refreshments to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ting Ministries- Philippines to fund “Tin Tin’s House” for Orphans and street children.

Go Here to See Avigayil’s Obituary page on Thompson’s Funeral Home website

  

    

Our precious princess Avigayil Christina (Tin Tin) went home to be with Jesus in her sleep early Monday morning We had an incredible weekend as a family – first at the banquet of our ministry partners and then at a picnic with our dear friends and other adoptive families. Avi had a great weekend and fell asleep that night laughing and talking.

This is so hard! The depth of our pain and loss is like nothing we have ever known but the peace of Our Lord Jesus is also in our midst.

I am grieving like I never knew possible! Anyone who has ever met Avi knows the deep love and bond she and I share. As our pastor was praying with Brian and myself – I heard Avi say “Mommy I’m running…I’m running.”. She is now running with Jesus and all my rescued animals who have gone home ahead of me.

Avi’s life started Ting Ministries. Her story is one we will share in days and weeks to come. Because of her life, Ting Ministries Philippine ministry began- it was literally all for her and because of her. We provided funds for 2 years to her orphanage to feed her through her feeding tube before we were able to adopt her. We always dreamed to build a home for the street children in her former city and name it Tin Tin’s house and never had the funds to do so. Avi will live on and her life will continue to change countless other lives. She will continue to be a voice for the voiceless.

We will have a viewing later this week here in Lebanon Pa and are having a service to celebrate her life at Palmyra Grace Church in Palmyra Pa…most likely Monday. Details will follow…life has been a big blur since Monday.. all are welcome to come celebrate our dear precious baby and her amazing little life.

She filled me with joy like none other and I loved everything about her- her toothless grin, her smell, her laughter and giggle and her enjoyment of worship music and the beach!

I love you my Avi baby always and forever and someday soon I will run with you baby girl…soon!

Come join us if you are able -we would love to see you and have you share in the joy of her life and the tears of missing her on this side of heaven.

Psalm 16:11
Psalm 4:7

Read Stephanie’s Post from September of 2012 about Avigayil – The Joy of the Father

Adoption, China, International Adoption, Return 2 China, Upcoming Events

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!