Friday, August 18, 2017

Guest Post: Caring for the Bulgaria

Guest Post from our TM Partners in Bulgaria.
Read the original here, on Caring for the Fatherless.


This is Lina.  When this picture was taken, she was 5 and 1/2 years old and weighed only 12 pounds.  She was in an orphanage where abuse and neglect happened every single day.
A new director is now in charge of this orphanage, and she cares deeply for the children.  But poverty in Bulgaria is still affecting the children in this place.  There is NOT enough Bulgarian money to provide adequate care for the almost 100 special needs children who are in this orphanage.
Our ministry just received the exciting news that the Bulgarian court has approved our non-profit NGO status!  This is HUGE because it has given us an open door into this orphanage.  This is THE orphanage I have asked God to give our ministry.  I have prayed for 2 years for THIS place – for THESE children.  The orphanage director wants and needs our help.
We need to raise $17,000 in a very short time.  I will go to this orphanage in October, and I desperately want to be able to provide basic needs for these children.  We need $6,000 to pay the salaries for 5 nannies for one year.  We need $6,000 to provide basic medical care (a doctor and 2 therapists) for these children who all have severe special needs.  We need $3,000 for medical tests for the children (MRI’s and other tests that the government won’t provide).  We need $2,000 to provide nutritional supplements.  The children are underweight and need more food than they are receiving now.
I am also looking for a medical person with a feeding specialist background to go to Bulgaria with me in October or January.  The director is very willing to receive feeding training for herself and the nannies.
Can you help? Can you pray or give?  Every dollar given through our ministry will go through our non-profit in Bulgaria and directly to the nannies and medical personnel.  Every dollar given will directly impact the lives of children who desperately need us.  We need you.
Here is a picture of Lina today.  Isn’t she beautiful?  God’s love heals broken hearts and sets the lonely in families.

Back to School Time: School Fees!

Dear friends, Pastor Mark in the Philippines is sending 20+ children to school an needs to pay their school fees. Can you help?! These children include: Some children from Marawi, the two boys begging for food on the beach (they asked Pastor Mark for help!) and the street boys taken in by Pastor Mark's family. You can see their pictures below. These children cannot stay in school if their fees are not paid.The total cost of school for ALL these children is only 1,250 USD! If you would like to donate towards the cost of school, please go to our Ting Ministries paypal here: (Please go to the button on our website if you are outside the US). Please specify for Philippines school fees.
By helping us, you are an incredible source of encouragement for these children! You are showing them how the Lord provides; what a testament to those who do not yet know Jesus!
To learn more about the many opportunities to become a sponsor for children, pastors, evangelists, and families around the world, visit our Become a Sponsor page

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ting Ministries in Bulgaria: Pleven Video

See how love can change a life! The Carpenters' daughter Lina is the first child in the video. She came home from Pleven at 5 and a half years old, weighing only 12 pounds. Now she is almost walking by herself! Learn more about TM Bulgaria today.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

TM Bulgaria: Pleven Update - Several Aunties Funded!

An update from our TM Bulgaria team. Read our first update about TM in Pleven here.

Ting Ministries is excited to share with you that our Auntie program is underway! Our TM missionary is heading to Pleven next week to get our nanny program started. Our first goal for our program is to fund 17 aunties for two months. The total cost for all the aunties is 2,500 USD. This will also cover travelling costs and TM supplies.

The great news? So far, our supporters have raised 1,000 dollars! We only need 1,500 dollars to meet this need. 

If you would like to sponsor an Auntie for an orphan in Pleven, please contact us at: We will send you a sponsorship form and information.

Full Sponsorship: 70 dollars/month provides the salary and other costs for an Auntie.
Partial Sponsorship: 40 or 30 dollars/month.
One-Year: 840 dollars provides an Auntie for a whole year

Please go to our Become a Sponsor page to learn more about our vision for the aunties. You can also check out other opportunities to get involved and help: orphans, pastor families, evangelists, street children and our auntie programs in other countries!

The Carpenters' daughter Lina. Before: She came home from Pleven at 5 and a half years old weighing only 12 pounds. After: Home 5 years, she is almost walking by herself!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Noonday Collection *Adoption* Trunk Show: Let's Help Hope and Brittan!

Hi friends of Ting Ministries! A friend of ours organized a Noonday Collection fundraiser for the Carpenters' adoption of Hope and Brittan. Go to Noonday Collection *Adoption* Trunk Show to learn more, and head on over to  this page to see the items in the trunk show! There are lots of items for sale including jewelry, bags, scarves, and accessories!
Here's an excerpt of the event description:
"There will be a live trunk show at my residence August 24, but before that happens, there is an early online opportunity to give even more. If you make an online purchase by August 6th The Carpenter family will receive 15% rather than the normal 10%. Please consider placing your order by August 6th if you know you won't be able to make it to the show.
Noonday has beautiful jewelry and accessories. If you're not familiar with them please take a look at the website. Their items have unique stories and would make thoughtful gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas! Please share the link with anyone who might be interested. Let's make a difference for this family and their daughters!"

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Why Both? Orphans and Animal Rescue

From our animal rescue partners at Shelter Friend - Ukraine.: "Often people who drink a lot or homeless are more kind to animals then so called normal pet owner... On the photo is an elderly man who died alone, who lived alone, who drunk a lot... But he saved two dogs and three cats from streets. He was [sharing] food with them and they cuddle at night to warm each other. Man died and relatives will take what ever is left from house except animals.. so we offered them shelter..."
Some people ask us at Ting Ministries why we care about both orphans and animal rescue. If you have ever seen the healing a hurt, abandoned animal can bring to a hurt and abandoned child - that is why. This man knew how it felt to be alone. So, when he saw the lonely animals, he offered what no one else did to him - a home and love. Likewise, our dogs, adopted from Shelter Friend - Ukraine. are an integral part of not only our personal family, but of our TM family and vision. They were abused on the streets, and it is incredible to see the love and understanding they have for our girls, who came out of years of orphanage neglect and trauma. God truly "sets the lonely in families..."(Psalm 68:6) with beautiful results. Learn more about TM's work with Animal Rescue on our website and please check out our partner's Facebook page and website at:

Update from Shelter Friend - Ukraine

"Often I feel sad about such a stories more then about just strays... Often people who drink a lot or home less are more kind to animals then so called normal pet owner... On the photo is an elderly man who died alone, who lived alone, who drunk a lot... But he saved two dogs and three cats from streets. He was [sharing] food with them and they cuddle at night to warm each other. Man died and relatives will take what ever is left from house except animals.. so we offered them shelter...
Please share our page so more people will hear the plea of our animals
If you can adopt - adopt
PayPal - or International adoptions are welcomed!!! Thank you!!"

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Making Disciples: Update from Bangladesh

Dear friends - we have much tor rejoice about in Bangladesh! Thank you to those who have been praying for our TM family and missionaries. Pastor Sanga says:

"We had fellowship, follow-up, more teaching, sharing more on church and congregations leading, making discipleship, gave them encouragement. We knew that our teaching, training and seminar are not vain but it’s fruitful and effective. We had also women seminar on Christian family and women leadership in the ministry. The seminar went very well. They are very much pleased such kind of seminar for women."

TM missionary sharing the gospel

Sharing the Gospel with unreached people 

The women's seminar on Christian family ministry
Teaching on discipleship

The women's seminar on leadership in the ministry

Our TM team in Bangladesh has planted 8 churches in various villages and there were 15 people who came to know Christ! Praise the Lord! Please pray for the strengthening of their faith and for their neighbors who still do not know Jesus. Here are some photos of baptisms:

Time of prayer for those who have been baptized

Our TM missionaries also spent time with the youth, singing and worshiping and praying with the sick...

Pastor Sanga says: "After prayer she was healed in the name of Nazareth Jesus! Praise the Lord!"

This woman's stomach pains lessened after prayer! Imagine what a testimony of Christ and encouragement!

How encouraging to know we have new brothers and sisters in Christ, halfway across the world. Please continue to keep TM partners in your prayers - they face heavy persecution and risk, but this is why they continue! Please pray for their safety, particularly as heavy flooding has damaged many roads in Bangladesh this month. If you would like to help our TM pastors and missionaries continue their ministry, there are several ways to help!

1. We are raising funds for a motorbike. It costs about 2,404 dollars and will help our team get to villages more quickly and safely. Right now they are traversing the jungle and crossing rivers and the journeys take days. A motorbike is a practical need and one that will help spread the Gospel to even more lost souls!

2. There are some ongoing needs. We have 5 Pastor's families waiting for sponsors! Things like clothing outreaches are also made possible through your support. 

This pastor and his family need a sponsor!

3. You can make a one-time donation by a) using the PayPal on our website. b) Send a check to Ting Ministries, 904 State Drive, Lebanon, PA 17042. Please specify what you would like the donation to be used for (100% goes to your specified program).

Though the needs may seem overwhelming, there are lots of ways you can get involved - even 5 dollars makes a difference! You can know that your gift will be of great encouragement! Please join us in praying for our TM family, as they are praying for us!
James 1:27, Mark 28:19

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Won't Someone Let Him In?

"The earth makes room for every flower, that reaches for the sun; "We're glad you've come" is whispered on the breeze. But when I enter the spring of my dreams just like a wildflower that burst on the scene, will I find my place with a gentle wind? Tell me, will they let me in?" "Let Me In," Rigoletto

Look at this beautiful little boy! T is from an Eastern European country and his name means "flower." He is diagnosed with brain damage, epilepsy, and spastic quadriplegia (Cerebral Palsy). He reminds me so much of my sister Avi, who also has spastic quadriplegia and whose bright eyes and giggle bring us joy every day. Please don't let medical terms scare you off from helping us find T his family. Imagine how this flower will blossom and grow with love! Won't someone let him in?
For more information about T, please visit the Waiting Child Advocacy page. (Please contact us for the password).

This is Why...

Ting Ministries Bulgaria - This is why Pleven is our current focus! I was there! I saw! My heart broke!
Angelina was adopted in June of 2012 weighing 12 pounds at nearly 6 years old. No words needed to describe the after photo - but this is after years of hard work and lots.of love and nutrition and medical care.

And this has not been the worst I have seen nor adopted! This is why we adopt. This is why we live orphan care everyday.

This is why Pleven! Our own Ting Ministries daughter is a Pleven girl. I said I would go back and we are! We don't make the difference - God.does! He is the one leading and guiding. 
                                                                                                 -Stephanie for Ting Ministries and our family

Thursday, July 27, 2017

An Encouraging Day for Team Hope!

Wow! Pastor Mark and Team Hope had a wonderful day today. They have been traveling to evacuation centers and spending time with the children at each one. They bring supplies, play with the children, and share the love of Jesus! See Team Hope in Action!
It is all possible thanks to YOU, our supporters! Thank you to those who donated to make the children's relief program possible! Thank you all for your prayers. Please continue to keep Team Hope in your prayers as they are travelling to another evacuation center tomorrow!


Team Hope at the evacuation center

Speaking with the children

Unpacking supplies

TM Bulgaria: Announcing Pleven!

Ting Ministries is excited to announce we are expanding our work in Bulgaria to the Pleven orphanage. As some of you may know, the Carpenter's daughter Angelina came home from Pleven at 5 and a half. She weighed only 12 pounds. 

Today, she is almost walking! Gone is the little girl who never smiled - she is full of joy, fun, and laughter.

 Ting Ministries works in Bulgaria in several ways already (See Where We Work). Today, we are pleased to begin work in Pleven by the continued funding of the Lelya "Auntie" program. Currently, there are about 80 children in Pleven and 15 aunties who come to the orphanage for 4 hours a day. (Disclaimer: TM Bulgaria is not a continuation of, nor affiliated with The Pleven Project. We are an independent organization with our own team).

How it Works:

The aunties each look after one or two children and play with them, talk with them, and provide much needed stimulation often missing from orphanage care (due to lack of time and workers). The difference between the children with aunties and those without is clear. Even just a few hours with an auntie has shown great benefits: the children are more on-target socially and mentally, and the better care results in better overall physical development. The hope is the care of the aunties prepares children's development to thrive in the care of an adoptive family. 

The Plan:

TM is establishing Christian contacts in Pleven. As with all our other country programs, these contacts are an essential part of the TM family. They are on-the-ground, seeing the differences and carrying out the programs. They are like-minded in their values and Christian beliefs, dedicated to helping the orphan and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. 

In the future, TM Bulgaria plans: 1) For every child to have an auntie. 2) To extend work in other regions and orphanages of Bulgaria in the future. 

How You Can Help!

You can help the Auntie Program right now. 1,000 dollars is needed for the Auntie program to be funded for the month of August! This is the salary, shared between all the aunties.

To help fund the auntie program for the month of August: 1) Use the PayPal on our website. 2) Send a check to Ting Ministries, 904 State Drive, Lebanon, PA 17042. Please specify for Bulgarian Auntie program

If you would like to become a monthly sponsor, contact us and we will send you a sign-up form with information. The cost to sponsor one auntie is 40 dollars per month.

Thank you friends and supporters! May God bless you for being a Voice for the Voiceless.
Proverbs 31: 8-9

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Completed: Marawi Children's Relief: Emergency Update (Part 2)

UPDATE 7/26/17: Our goal for the Children's Relief is FULLY FUNDED! Thanks to everyone who gave, prayed, and shared. Stay tuned for more updates as Pastor Mark continues working in Marawi. 

To see the first update and pictures from Marawi please go to this post. 

A collection of updates from Pastor Mark on the ground in Marawi. 

Pastor Mark: "This is one of the kids and his name is Andrew* (not real name). He told me that he was brainwashed to join the ISIS. He wants to go with me to Zamboanga... oh... I really wanted to cry!"
Oh, how our hearts ache for Andrew. Please keep him in your prayers! Just imagine how many countless children there are in similar situations. 

The children asked Pastor Mark if they could have a party. Not part of the original plan, the team put together an instant party for these children who have been uprooted, traumatized, and on high-alert since the ISIS attack. Here you can see what Pastor Mark is seeing: children finally being children again in Marawi.


The children Pastor Mark is helping Marawi fled their homes. Right now, they are living in tents and many of them did not even have a pair of underwear. Can you imagine? They were so happy to just receive one new pair of underwear. 

580 dollars is needed to reach our goal - so every child can be helped by the relief program and recieve food, clothing, toys, etc. If you want to give a gift of love to these children, who have been displaced and/or orphaned by ISIS, you can: 1. Use the PayPal on the side of our website. 2. Send a check to Ting Ministries, 904 State Drive, Lebanon PA 1702. Thank you dear friends! You are making a world of difference for these children.

Completed: Marawi Children's Relief: Emergency Update: Please Share!

UPDATE 7/26/17: Our goal for the Children's Relief is FULLY FUNDED! Thanks to everyone who gave, prayed, and shared. Stay tuned for more updates as Pastor Mark continues working in Marawi.

Below are just some of the pictures sent by Pastor Mark who wrote: "We are having a children's party for the traumatized children. This is not actually part of our agenda but when we talk to the children... they asked us if we can have a children's party for them so we prepared an instant children's party for them..."

Dear friends, very late last night we had an emergency need from Pastor Mark. He and the team were going down for children and youth relief in Marawi and were shocked to learn their preparations for 300 children were nowhere close to the 700 that awaited them. While they have started the relief already, they need 580 dollars to ensure all the children can recieve a meal, enew unnderwear, clothing, toys etc. Thank you to our one donor so far! There are some particularly wrenching stories Pastor Mark sent us, which will share throughout the day, as putting them all together would not do them justice.
Please look through the pictures and if you want to give a gift of love to these children, who have been displaced and/or orphaned by ISIS, you can: 1. Use the PayPal button on the side of our website. 2. Send a check to Ting Ministries, 904 State Drive, Lebanon PA 1702. Thank you dear friends! You are making a world of difference for these children.

Unpacking and distributing toys

A family that was displaced from their home by ISIS

The meals for children

Pastor Mark's team talking to, playing with, and comforting children

The instant children's party