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.

Art for Orphans, China, Current Projects, International Adoption, special needs

Flying Zhong Home – Meet 3 Sisters Bringing Home Their Brother, One Card at a Time!

Read the awesome story of the Kelley family, friends of Ting Ministries, whose daughters put together an artwork fundraiser to bring home their brother from China! Zhong is the best friend of one of their daughters who was adopted from China last year! This is their third China adoption but first adoption fundraiser – so let’s share the word and some encouragement! Check out some of their artwork below and visit their website to see more!

The Story

“Zhong’s three sisters, Grace, Ruthie & Mackenzie, have been working hard on creating a set of Christmas cards and greeting cards in an effort to help bring their new brother home! Our goal is to raise enough money for all of Zhong’s plane tickets home […] then, if the Lord wills, we can also work on paying toward all the other adoption expenses we owe and upcoming travel expenses.”

The Artwork:

“All of the watercolors & stamped backgrounds were created by Ruthie, our 13 year old, & Grace our 8 year old who has cerebral palsy (mentioning her CP as I’m super pleased with her artistic efforts despite her challenges with hand coordination) and then Mackenzie, 22, added her hand calligraphy to all the cards […]”

See the full product gallery on their website here!

“Envelopes are included. We are taking pre-orders for two weeks before printing so that we can get exactly what you want and not have too many extras of one kind or another. We will work hard to have the cards available to pick up and/or shipped to you by Thanksgiving.”

The Kelley girls are selling Christmas cards, greeting cards, birthday cards, thank yous, get well soon cards and MORE!

Guest Artist: From a Fellow Adoptive Mother, Gallery Artist, and Children’s Book Illustrator

“Cady Driver, a fellow adoptive mom, who is a professional artist in North Carolina, is sharing her prints with me to add to our fundraiser!!! She already sold enough of her beautiful watercolors on antique hymnal prints to fully fund her entire China adoption expenses, so now she wants to bless others! She allowed me to select 5 of her bird hymnal prints and is having her printer ship the prints directly to me at printing cost. Cady is not taking a dime. Cady is a gallery artist and children’s book illustrator and she wants to give God the glory for her talent and bless others with it. When Cady learned about the girls’ card fundraiser, she offered to let us also make available her gorgeous hymnal prints! These can be easily framed in an inexpensive 8×10 frame or matted or floated in a larger frame. These make beautiful gifts!

You can see more hymnal prints on their website here!

“The hymnal prints are coming from North Carolina and will take about 1.5 weeks turn around once I tell the printer how many we need…. so I should have those ready for you to pick up first week of Dec. For shipped prints, I would expect them to arrive to you during the second week of December.”

Orders

*We are taking preorders now through November 20th, 12pm EST* (after Nov 20th please ask me about remaining stock)

FILL OUT THE ONLINE ORDER FORM HERE

Please fill out the entire order from, or I will not get your order. You will receive an email confirmation if you completed your order. Also please remember to go to the DONATE tab to submit donation & shipping! Thank you!

Suggested Donation Amount: 

Cards – $25 for each 20-pack of cards (with envelopes) and “

Hymnal Prints -$25 for each 8×10 hymnal print.

Pickup & Shipping: We will have free local pick up from my front porch (near the Greenfield Walmart). I’m happy to ship any quantity of cards or hymnal prints for the $5 shipping to anywhere in the country.

For example, if you order 100 cards or say 10 of Cady’s hymnal prints…..it’s still only $5 to ship everything! I can take cash, check, or Paypal donations using the link below. We will do our very best to get everything to you as fast as we possibly can! This is our third China adoption BUT our first ever adoption fundraiser so this project will be a huge learning curve!

PayPal for the Adoption Fundraiser Here

We hope you enjoy the girls’ cards and/or Cady’s hymnal prints. And thank you so much for helping us to Fly Zhong home!

-Blessings, The Kelleys

 

Philippines, street children

Feeding Program – The Hope of Snacks in Alleyways

Our local team in the Philippines recently led a food outreach for vulnerable children and youth in the Philippines! Here are some of the pictures we received from our team. Just think: how easy it is for us to grab a snack from our full refrigerators or complain when we “just can’t find something good to eat!” Some of these children may have families. Others may live in between alleyways. The mini pack of snacks that they received from our team members may be their meal for the day.
 
Friends, our hearts hurt when we see such pictures and we yearn to do SO MUCH MORE for these precious children. But we can’t do it without you! Our feeding program in the Philippines is one of the most essential outreaches our team does on a regular basis. Would you consider supporting them for $20, $10, or even $5 dollars? Every little bit makes a difference and 100% of your donation will go directly towards on-the-ground ministry and make a difference for children like these!
 
If you would like to give a gift towards the Philippines Feeding Program, please:
2. Or, send a check: Ting Ministries, 29 East Poplar Street, Lebanon, PA 17042
 
Please specify Feeding Program in the memo or note! Thank you very much for partnering with us to be a Voice for the Voiceless! (Proverbs 31:8-9)
Orphan Care, South Asia

Encouraging Update from Pastor “James” in South Asia

An encouraging update from Pastor “James” in South Asia:

Note: Names and pictures of pastors or others are not shared for their protection and safety. God is good all the time, all the time God is so good. We really praise God for His abundantly blessings giving to us and for His guidance in the ministry.

We visited villages for sharing the gospel to those who have never heard about the word of God. Some people had joined at the sharing event and receptive for gospel and five people were accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal Savior. Those who have accepted Christ they invited us again to go to their villages. We are praying to go in their villages again and sharing the gospel. Please join us in prayer for those villages to know who is Lord of lords and King of kings.

The house churches are doing fine with their ministry activities and daily lives. They are leading by turns in their ministry activities such as home visit, prayer meeting, bible studies.We are praying we will be able to visit those churches who still need more for teaching, so we may go and spend more time with them for teaching and practices.

Children in South Asia attend Sunday School

Recently, we prayed for four women and one child. Two of them are healed from their sicknesses in the name of Jesus of Nazareth! Six believers were baptized!

We also had one day church leadership seminar for men and women. The theme was: “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Cor 11:1). 25 leaders were present. The seminar went well. The leaders were learned & experienced many things on seminar which they said that they can do in our respective fields. Please pray for them that they may teach in their villages what they have learned from the seminar.

At the children’s home, everyone is doing fine with their studies. They are all growing day by day in their learning and daily lives. They are experiencing about the love of God’s. We praise God for providing for a home & schooling. We thank you so much for what you have been doing for us and His Kingdom.

Featured Image: A recent child dedication

South Asia, Sponsor

Seven Seconds for Seven Children

Can you spare 7 seconds for 7 children? Meet our newest children waiting for sponsors in South Asia!
 
Sponsorship costs only 50 cents per day! That’s right – only 50 CENTS per day! When you sponsor a child with Ting Ministries, you are doing so much more than meeting a financial need. YOU are the answer to children’s prayers each night. YOUR love might be the closest they have ever come to knowing the love of a mom and dad. YOU inspire hope and confidence for these children as they grow in their faith and education. You’ll have the opportunity to pray for, write to, and provide basic living and educational needs for your sponsor child! Thanks to our supporters, our sponsor children can continue to live in a safe, Christian environment and go to school!
 
Please consider becoming a sponsor today. You can sign up in LESS than 2 minutes and we’ll match you with a child based on your preferences. Click here to go to the sponsorship registration form.
 
Thank you from the Ting Ministries teams in South Asia and the USA!