Now on Facebook

May 3rd, 2017

Hi everyone!  A couple of things happened recently that made me realize it’s time and I’m ready!  It’s a good venue for quickly sharing important needs as well as featherweight photo posts without significant content.  That’s just where I am in life right now.

If an occasional weightier post needs to be written (such as the big, upcoming Pleven post with before-and-afters of many of the children!), I can publish it here and share it on Facebook.

Plus, after seven years of blogging, I miss the human interaction you gave me through this blog.  So…hope to see you there!

~Susanna Weslie Owens Musser


Nathaniel was ready to drive me down to Virginia for the A Mother’s Rest planning retreat, but that didn’t work out like he’d hoped~



A daughter to be proud of

April 21st, 2017

Josie posing with her classmates after the awards ceremony~


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~



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!  



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!




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.

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!

Brian, Stephanie and girls
Ting Ministries

James 1:27
Be A Voice For The Voiceless