Dear friends, we send a big thank you to all who gave to Corina and her family! Thanks to the loving generosity of our TM family, Corina’s family was able to purchase a wheelchair and food items for her! What a difference this has made for Corina, who has Cerebral Palsy. Our ministry will continue supporting Corina on a monthly basis. If her family is on your heart, please know that monthly or one-time gifts are appreciated. (Contact us or see giving methods listed above). Thank you once again for your support, prayers, and encouragement. It is a blessing to Corina’s family and our ministry!
A special post from Director Stephanie Carpenter, mom of 7 -soon-to-be- 9 daughters with special needs.
It’s summertime! For many families, this is a time of fun… and wonder at what you are going to do to entertain all your kids who are now out of school for three months! For the parents of special-needs children, this may prompt even more worries or wondering about how to balance the needs of your able-bodied and special-needs children on the family summer vacation. As the parents of six moderately to severely disabled daughters (excepting our eldest), none of whom walk independently, Brian and I are often met with questions abut how we make vacation “work” for our family.
In the adoption and special-needs community, I am often approached by families who wonder how they will make their vacation an enjoyable experience for all their kids. For parents of special-needs children, there are often other things to be taken into consideration.
How will I get my non-mobile child onto the beach?
How many wheelchairs do we need?
What about other adaptive equipment?
While these are legitimate questions and I am not suggesting you do not bring the appropriate equipment for your child’s needs, our family would like to share how Cerebral Palsy (and other disabilities) does not have to hinder your summer vacation. Instead, we find it Completely Possible!
The beach…What a precious gift to watch our girls enjoy the ocean and the smells of the salt air and the sand between your toes (and the sand everywhere)! We want them all to be able to experience the fun at the level they are able. If they can swim in the ocean, or if they can only lay and feel the sun on their faces and breath the ocean air. We make it a point to bring all of our daughters to our beach vacation to experience this gift!
To make this experience possible, we have found that we can’t concern ourselves with “doing it by the book.”
Ellianna can’t walk and uses a wheelchair? Don’t worry about a cumbersome beach chair to wheel her out to the sand. We’ll carry her! If we can’t carry all of them, we’ll simply take a stroller gently through the sand.
Rachele, with her extensive brain injury, can’t play in the water? That’s okay! She can sit in the warm sun as we talk to her and give her snacks. One of us can watch Olyvia while the big girls play down by the shore!
Rather than focusing on what our girl’s can’t do, our family does what they are able.
This means a lot of personal sacrifice. It takes time, effort, energy and more to bring six special-needs girls to the beach and boardwalk. It means late nights, getting everyone ready for bed. Certainly, there’s less R & R for us as parents than one would hope for.
But is our life on this earth really supposed to be about our rest and relaxation? Our comfort? Or is it about something far greater? As Matthew 25:40 says:
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Likewise, when Jesus tells us to bring the little children unto Him, he does not add on with hesitation: only when it is convenient. Or, only when you feel like it.
When we see our little Avi, with her scoliosis and spastic quadriplegia, breathing in the ocean air with a smile on her face and giggling with joy, we see an image of Jesus Himself. As she looks off into the distance over the ocean, with her curls blowing in the wind, we wonder…if perhaps it is Avi who is closest to the heart of God and if her eyes see things Beyond this earth that we cannot.
Brian and I hope to encourage you to think about a different approach to summer vacation with special-needs. Ting Ministries also works to provide counseling and respite for adoptive/post-adoptive families. If you have a need, we’d love to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.
James 1:27: “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of God our Father is this: to visit the orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
A Friendship that Changed Everything…
Tonight, as I write this article, I am crying as I try to gather my thoughts about everything I want to say. My heart is moved by the story of how two girls’ friendship is now changing the life of a third little girl all the way across the world.
Many of you may know my sister, Ellianna Ya-Ting. She is the namesake of Ting Ministries. Those who take the time to know Ellianna, really take the time, know that she has a heart like Paddington the bear. A lovable spirit that always sees the best in others, and never assumes anyone is angry, and is always ready to help.
But many people don’t ever see that part of Ellianna. Just like people find it strange that Paddington is a bear, most people only see Ellianna’s deafness, cerebral palsy, and learning disability. They miss out on the joy, finding Ellianna “too different” to be a friend.
“Of course you don’t [want Paddington here]. You never have! As soon as you set eyes on [him] you made up your mind about him. Well Paddington’s not like that. He looks for the good in all of us and somehow, he finds it! It’s why he makes friends wherever he goes. And it’s why Windsor Gardens is a happier place whenever he’s around. He wouldn’t hesitate if any of us needed help!” From, “Paddington 2”
Ellianna and Aliyah used to go to the same school. Aliyah always thought it was cool that Ellianna was adopted from Taiwan. They were best friends! While many kids argued over who would sit next to Ellianna, or help Ellianna play at recess, it was Aliyah who Ellianna loved the most. Aliyah didn’t see Ellianna’s disabilities. Aliyah loved Ellianna for who she is. As their friendship grew, little did Ellianna know that she was teaching Aliyah one of the most important lessons you can learn.
Ellianna taught Aliyah how to listen with her heart. God used their friendship to prepare Aliyah’s heart for another little girl, also from Asia, who also has a disability…
Air and Upin: Aliyah’s Goal
In March, Aliyah’s family had the opportunity to travel to Thailand. There, they met a Christian mom, Upin, and her daughter, Air. Air used to be a healthy girl, until she received an injection for epilepsy in her spine, that left her paralyzed. Air reminded Aliyah of her friendship with Ellianna. God laid it on Aliyah’s heart to help Air get a wheelchair, make their home wheelchair-accessible, and help with medical and therapy costs.
Pictured: Where Upin and Air live
Aliyah would like to raise $5,000 USD to help Air and her family. While most 11-year-olds are concerned about clothes, the latest cellphone or video games, or being popular, Aliyah is following the Lord’s command: to visit orphans and widows in their distress…”
Read Aliyah’s letter about Air below.
James 2:115-17“Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.”
What This Means for Us
I find it fitting that both Ellianna and Aliyah are doing what their names say about them. As Ellianna taught Aliyah to listen with her heart, Aliyah is now following God’s Word, moving up towards God and making a tangible difference in the world. I know the Lord is going to use Aliyah in big ways.
As Ellianna’s sister, I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 1:27-28:
“And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.God chose things despised by the world,things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.”
In the eyes of the world, perhaps even your own, Ellianna is nothing important. But perhaps she is closer to God’s heart than any of us.
I pray we are all moved to action by the friendship of these two girls to remember the words of 1 Timothy 4:12, “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers…”
Written by: Natalya “Sasha” Carpenter
If you would like to help Aliyah be Jesus’ Hands and Feet on Earth for Air and Upin you can:
Send a tax-deductible check to: Ting Ministries, 29 East Poplar Street, Lebanon, PA 17042. Any checks will be sent to a couple of missionaries in Thailand, that helped Aliyah’s family make that trip and who personally know Air’s family.
Pastor James (pictured far right) tells us:
“In 2001, I was lifted a stone for removing fresh water at the small river since then my back was paining. Then the pain was happening after 5-6 months but the pain was not serious that time. But now, the pain is very serious and I went to the hospital and the doctor had given me advised for x-ray. The X-ray report was not good; my back bone has a piece of broken and split it. I couldn’t move freely and was in deep pain. The doctor told me that I must need operation to remove a piece of broken bone otherwise I couldn’t move freely and will be pain all the time. The doctor told me that I must go to India for this kind of operation. Please pray for my situation so that I may go in India and operation it. I need your prayers because it will be expensive for operation.”
We all know how physical injury can seriously impede our ability to accomplish day-to-day activities. Pastor James travels on foot to share the Gospel to many villages and remote people groups. We pray that his health would be restored in full, so he would not have the worry of aggravating his injury and so he can continue to serve in the work the Lord has given him. Dear friends and supporters, would you join us in praying for Pastor James’ health and prayerfully consider helping with the cost of this surgery? The total cost for the travel & medical expenses is $5,000 USD. If you would like to help pay for Pastor James’ surgery, you can:
1. Use our paypal at: http://www.paypal.me/Tingministries
2. Send a check to: Ting Ministries, 29 East Poplar Street, Lebanon, PA 17042
Thank you for partnering with us and our team around the world to reach the lost for Christ!
TM Family and Staff
The Surgery for Sahil is PAID IN FULL!
Thank you so much to all who partnered with us to provide the urgent medical care Sahil needs! We are so excited to tell our partner and Sahil’s family the news.
Praise the Lord!
Update: Monday, May 21, 2018
Folks, we are SO close to raising the necessary funds for Sahil’s surgery! With only 200 USD needed, can you help meet this need TODAY?
Sahil is the son of a Pakistani pastor. His family has been praying for 9 years for the means to get him the surgery he needs to walk. Doctors say his condition is correctable, but 200, much less 800, seems an impossible sum. Every time our contact visits Sahil’s family, the little boy asks if he will be able to get his surgery! Sahil’s family has demonstrated their faith for nine years. Now, let us be the answer to all those prayers. Can you even begin to imagine the rejoicing of the family at the news that their prayers have been answered?
Read the details at the bottom of this post to learn how you can help make this life-changing surgery a reality for Sahil!
Thank you everyone! ~Ting Ministries Staff
Surgery for Sahil! 100 dollars raised so far!
Dear friends, those of you who read our latest email update saw the story of Sahil, the son of a Pakistani pastor. He has terribly clubbed and twisted feet and has needed a surgery for nine years. Doctors say they can correct his condition.
We ONLY NEED 700 more dollars to completely pay for the surgery! Will you consider giving to this life changing operation today? Sahil’s family have been praying for years to be able to give him the medical care he deserves. Let’s not let such a small amount stand in the way of them seeing their prayers answered!
If you would like to help Sahil:
1. Please use our papal at: www.paypal.me/Tingministries OR
2. Mail a check to: Ting Ministries, 29 East Poplar Street, Lebanon, PA 17042
Please note: Sahil’s surgery
Thank you dear TM friends! Let’s help surprise his family with JOY!