A daughter to be proud of

April 21st, 2017

Josie posing with her classmates after the awards ceremony~
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Not only has Josie made the honor roll every single marking period since joining our family at the end of 2015 (and has the growing stack of congratulatory letters from our congressman to prove it!), she is known and liked by the staff and the other students at her middle school.  Her team of teachers recently selected her to be a member of the Principal’s Breakfast Club for the month of March.  This honor is given to students who show themselves to be friendly and considerate, respectful, responsible, proud of their school and striving to be the best they can be, respected and admired by their teachers and peers.  A group photo will appear in two local newspapers.

Her school aide wrote about her, “Josie has been such a joy in my life and I’m glad to see her be recognized.”

Josie receiving the award from her principal~

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Joe and I were very proud to attend the breakfast with our girl this morning!  One teacher after another stopped by our table to congratulate Josie, talk about her cheerfulness, respectful attitudes, and determination to learn, and tell us what an asset she is to her school.  The principal’s speech brought tears to my eyes as he described the qualities that will contribute to the students’ future success, qualities that Josie possesses in spite of the many difficulties she has faced in her life.  Josie was called forward to receive a certificate of merit for being an all-around outstanding student.  In spite of her nervousness, she held her head high and kept a smile on her face!

Next item on the agenda?  Writing an essay to be considered for membership in the National Junior Honor Society.  Go, Josie!

 

Josie, it is a privilege to be your parents and we’re behind you every step of the way!  We thank God for all He has done and will do with your life!  We love you so much, sweetie!  

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Guest Post by Steph Carpenter: Help Hope and Brittan

April 21st, 2017

NOTE:  The following post was written by my dear friend Stephanie Carpenter.  Brian and Stephanie knew even before bringing Annie home last summer that God had put two more special little girls in China on their hearts.  Annie has been happy and thriving as a Carpenter!  Now the Carpenters’ second journey to China has begun!

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Please take time to read and share with your network of friends…

Hi Friends of Ting Ministries,

Save the date and come be a Voice For The Voiceless – May 27, 2017

Mt. Zion Road Church of the Brethren
Mt. Zion PA 17046

4 – 7 pm

See attached flyer – speakers, music, pork BBQ, fixings, desserts

Help Hope and Brittan …

If you live in the local area and can attend–we would be so very blessed!

Would you be willing to hang some posters about the event in your church, youth group room, business, school, home school co-op etc.? Please email me, and I will make sure you get posters and flyers.

We are in need of baked goods for that day. Would you bake some brownies or cupcakes or pies?

We are in need of gift baskets! Would you be willing to commit to putting together a basket or donating a gift card for a basket?

Please share with your social media network and friends and family! We would love your support and help. Hope and Brittan need all the voices that they can get to help them be blessed with a family. They will no longer be nameless and voiceless and you can help!

If you are a friend who does not live in the area, Hope and Brittan need your support and help. You can donate to the event via a gift card or a check or online donation.
Www.youcaring.com/return2china

Ting Ministries
904 State Drive
Lebanon PA 17042

Please save the date and come enjoy The Least of These event and learn about orphans around the world and help Hope and Brittan come home from China. Please consider helping in any way you can.

Thank you so much!

Blessings,
Brian, Stephanie and girls
Ting Ministries

James 1:27
Be A Voice For The Voiceless

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Guest Post: Easter and the Gift of the Name

April 18th, 2017

NOTE:  The following post was written by Sasha Carpenter, oldest daughter of our dear friends Brian and Stephanie Carpenter.  All three are steadfast in their advocacy for the most voiceless orphans around the world.  Please give Sasha’s words a careful reading and pass this post on!  Thank you, friends!

 

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Hi everyone– this is Sasha! As we think about Easter this past weekend and the gift of Christ’s resurrection, the Lord has put a few thoughts on my heart and I would like to share them with you.

What are we celebrating? When we gather in church, fellowship with friends and family and express our thankfulness for our Risen Savior– what is at the heart of our joy?

We know Christ died for our sins and because of His death on the cross, if we accept Him, we are given eternal life. (John 3:16). His death means that we are washed of our old, stained pasts and given new life. (2 Corinthians 5:17). When we accept Christ as our Savior, we are adopted into the family of God. (Ephesians 1:5). This is the basis of the Gospel.

I’ve been blessed to grow up in a family that has taught me these truths since I was little. But just yesterday, I had a deeper realization–the importance of The Name.

For what is part of the evidence we are adopted into God’s family? Our name changes. From that day forward, we are no longer on our own. I am not just Sasha Carpenter. I am Sasha Carpenter Christian. As part of God’s family, I have the privilege of taking on His name– Christ.

This is directly paralleled to my earthly adoption. When I and my sisters were adopted, my parents made us part of their family. We took on the Carpenter name. It is that acceptance, that name that has made all the difference. I now have all the privileges of a Carpenter daughter– to have a family, go to university, have US citizenship– because of a name.

Adoption is not just part of the Bible, not just part of the Gospel. Adoption is the Gospel. It is what each of us has experienced when we made the decision to follow Christ.

So, with a renewed vision of what we are celebrating this Easter, I come to you with a request.

Brittan needs $600 to pay her first adoption fee. Hope’s acceptance fee is already paid, but we do not have Brittan’s yet.

When people ask us: “Why do you adopt so many kids?” my answer is simple: Because we have been called to give these children a new life and our name, as Christ has done for us. This Easter season, as we celebrate His death and resurrection, may we also be reminded of the importance of His name.

If you would like to give to Hope and Brittan so they can become part of the Carpenter family, please go to the YouCaring page at: www.youcaring.com/return2china.  Please pass this link on to everyone in your social network!  Thank you.

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