June 13, 2019

This is WHY!

   How would you feel while living in this house? What would you think when you sleep on a dirty and broken bed? What would you do, if you are often hungry? 

  When we arrived and entered this terrible house, it was a HUGE shock! Dirt, the smell of cigarettes and alcohol, the stench, the dark and old house that is about to fall... All this terrifies and the question arises. Do people live here???

  We knew that Sveta was living in terrible conditions, but we had no idea that they were so terrible. Huge shock and silence! I began to understand the young lady much better, why there are some difficulties in everyday life and behavior. Our hearts were absolutely broken when we saw where she grew up or sometimes she came to visit her parents and smaller siblings. I stood silently for a long time and was ready to cry.

  Children seemed to be ok with this... Because they are used to this life and have not seen anything better in life... :( I`m typing and my eyes are full of tears. My heart is heavy... I do not find words to explain this whole nightmare...

Yes, they sleep on this bed

  Do you see a small sandwich and a half orange on the table? Natasha, who is 14 and graduated orphanage this year. She brought the food from the orphanage. The poor girl knew that there was no food at home ...

Here is sleeping 13 year old Vova. Yes, on this terrible and dirty couch, without a bedding,without a warm blanket and a soft pillow and probably full of lice and bedbugs.Can you imagine how cold it is in winter?

There is no electricity in the house

These leaky and horrible doors lead to the street.

The support inside the house so that the ceiling does not fall down on head

A rotting ceiling that can collapse at any time...

Seeing all this nightmare and danger in which children live, we simply could not leave them there!!!

  Parents drink for a long time and absolutely do not care about these beautiful kids...By court decision, they should be deprived of parental rights in several months.

 Children will live until the end of the summer with us. When they officially become orphans (on paper), the state will decide their further fate.

  Kids were so excited to be out of home! You would see how Sveta laughed and was so joyful her younger sister and brother are with her!

Brother Misha taught Vova how to use a fork...

And what kids don`t like icecream? :)

  When we started to wash all their clothes that they took with them. It broke my heart that the clothes were in the same condition as the house. Everything looked like trash and there wasn’t anything to be washed because the clothes were very worn out. Therefore, we are forced to buy these lovely souls ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!

  This is the reason WHY children get to orphanages! Poverty, hunger, hopelessness, alcoholism, abandoned, violence and much more... They survive! This is the reason WHY we attend orphanages. This is the reason WHY we support graduates. This is the reason why BOM supports poor families. And this WHY your support and prayers are so cherished!

  Today, these lovely children are safe, sleeping on clean beds, taking a shower every day, their bellies are full, they spend time together, laugh, play. We study the Bible daily. It was funny when one of the girls began to eat and Natasha said. "Wait! We did not pray yet!" And they live only a few days with us! They quickly learn new things and are so sweet! :)

  But most importantly, they are surrounded by love and care. We are so blessed to take care of them! We do not know what will happen to these kids. We ask you to support us in prayers, please. Pray God to give us wisdom, strength and patience. Pray God to change their minds and precious hearts. They are absolutely  immature and such children! Pray for God to take care of their needs. They have some health problems and we will need time and funds to help these sweet souls. We need take them to a dentist. Also Natasha is 14, but she is so very tiny as a 9-year-old girl! We need to help her body to grow. And many other worries. We need the mercy of God... Thank you so much for your care and love! Your prayers mean a lot for us!!! ♥♥♥ God is so good as always! We love you all!!! :)

June 11, 2019

God sets the lonely in families (part 2)

  Last year, when we first took teenagers to the Carpathian mountains. We were very worried, there were a lot of difficulties and experiences. But God blessed in an incredible way! And it was one of the best trips!!! During the week while we were living with the children together, God began to work with my heart. Knowing the horrible stories from the life of children, it overwhelmed my heart even more knowing what awaits them outside the orphanage... The more I prayed, the more and more God gave me the desire to take several girls into my family to help, protect, teach them life skills and surround them with care and love. I knew it would not be easy... Perhaps even harder than I could imagine. I knew that I would spend more than one night in tears and that more than once my heart would be broken. But the heart pain for these abandoned and defenseless girls was stronger. Stronger than me. Love and incredible desire was beyond my strength. 
 My greatest fear was. Can girls get along with a special girl? Will I not be a witness to insults and strife? Can I handle it? How will Masha feel? and so on...

 I forgot many details of life in the orphanage. But when the girls started living with us and doing some things. My brain turned on in a moment and I remembered that we did the same thing at the orphanage! Wow! At some point, it became shocking to me and scared a little! I was even confused for a moment by suddenness. That I do not remember much, but my brain remembers! I thank Jesus that He set me free and healed my heart!What a mighty God we serve!

The girls are sweet and very different ...
 Luba, brave and confident in herself, at first glance, was very worried and afraid to live in a students dorm ... When she heard that she could live with us, the girl burst into tears...

For one of the girls we were told that she was a difficult teenager. I decided to try and prayed that the Lord would give me the opportunity to try to help this beautiful young lady, to do everything in my power. "Even if she lives several months and go, I will be grateful to You my Lord", I prayed. My heart was broken.We know her from 4 years old, when she was in the Children`s House, which BOM also supports.

Lyuba at Children`s House
Lyuba at the orphaange
On the first day of trade school, it turned out that the administration had "forgotten" Luba to add to the list of students who had to live in dorm and there was no place there. Coincidence? I do not think so! God already knew and prepared a place for her! If people forget, but not God! God has a place for orphaned child!

  Sveta had a similar situation, problems with the settlement in the domitory. She was very frightened, confused and defenseless ... Again an random event? God has no random events! He had already prepared a place for her also! When she officially (according to the documents of the trade school) came to our home. You would see her! She became so happy, joyful and even more talkative!We could not believe our eyes!

"God sets the lonely in families..." (Psalm 68:5)

 Girls live for almost a year with us.This is what Lyuba says:
  •  During these years you have replaced my parents.
  • You support me very much, both emotionally and physically. I learned a lot from you.
  • I changed a lot for the better while living with you. Everyone noticed and is talking about it. I became softer, generous and grateful. You taught me a lot to appreciate what I have. In spite of some difficulty, you need to love what you have, that I live, I have my arms, legs and so on ...
  •   During this year, when I live with you, I do not remember when I was crying. I was more pleased and more joyful!
  • I saw a lot, and learned a lot about what I did not know before. I also learned a lot about God. Since our guests at the orphanage told only about the creation of the earth and nothing else.
  • I learned that God is not only there in the Heaven, but always near. He represents Himself through someone when trouble comes. When it's hard for me, I always turn to God and He helps me. I used to think that God created everything and just watched us. Now I know more about Him. I did not even imagine that He would act so fast in my life!
  • Without you, I would not find a job and get into trouble. Thank you for the help!(Lyuba is going to work soon during summer time).
  •   If I lived in a dorm, then I do not know what would happened with me... I have no idea. But I see how girls survive in the dorm.
  •   I have no one to share my worries as mom and dad are constantly drinking alcohol. And you are always near me and constantly support me! You are always with me when something is wrong.You became like mom for me.
Love heals broken hearts!!! ♥♥♥

The other girl was very reserved, rarely spoke, only briefly answering questions. She always looked sad and with her head down. Sveta has very low self-esteem, uncertainty...At the boarding school, she had little contact with anyone and rarely was friends with someone. Sveta did not know what she wants from life, did not know what she liked or what she loved, there were no desires or dreams. :( She looked like a small cute snail that hid and was afraid to lean out.

Children who grow up in secluded places and are isolated from the world cannot see anything. When they finish an orphanage, it is difficult for them to adapt and face various difficulties. Very often graduates of orphanages are 5-10 years behind their peers and often immature. Sveta is such a sweet girl. God gave the desire to take her into our family, teach life skills and protect against all dangers. Once, when we gave her money for her needs (for a bus ticket to school and other needs). She burst into tears ... and revealed her precious heart about her personal experiences at her family...

Over time, Sveta began to unfold more. Talk more and even laugh! Today, every day you can hear this children's light-hearted laugh in our house! She found friends and became much more confident in herself. She began to defend for herself and to assert her rights. The girl began to study better in school and in her free time to practice her favorite needlework. When she hears words of encouragement, you would see her shining eyes!Sweet girl...

Looking at her, I see myself in childhood, with low self-esteem and many other problems. She still has a lot of problems. But we see huge changes in her life and behavior! This gives us tremendous hope! We pray that Jesus saved her and healed her broken heart!♥

Sveta is studying for cooker in a trade school
  Both girls became wonderful friends. Once Lyuba said: "I never thought that we would be friends with Sveta! After all, in the orphanage, we were not friends at all!" :) When she hugs, she keeps you for a few minutes without letting go. ♥

The girls learned to cook pizza
   Children came from very difficult families, where they were deprived of childhood. :( The girls had to go through and see a lot of things ... Orphanage, a shelter for children and a lot of terrible moments both in the families and in the boarding school. Insult, humiliation, ridicule, indifference, loneliness, abandonment, helplessness, drunkenness of parents, tears, fear, hunger and many, many other things.

 And you know what? God turned my greatest fear into a blessing!They became best friends with Masha! :) They protect her when necessary, help, have fun and more. And they even fight together against me and Oksana! Haha

Yes, we have difficulties ... Big and small. It is not easy to be a mom of teenagers with a broken heart and soul. I realized that I, as a mother, need to learn a lot more, very, very much! Every day I learn something new... Every day I learn to depend on Christ, needing His wisdom, patience, and strength. We need a lot of prayer, love and patience ...

Lyuba often remembers and is delighted that we remember and support her from the very childhood.Once a few months later living with us, she asked:" Maybe you adopt me?" And Sveta. "Yes! Yes! And me too!" This is impossible by the law of Ukraine. And I always tell girls that I adopted them in my heart. ♥♥♥We are very attached to each other and love them dearly! We are feeling blessed to support and love them! They stole my heart...

 So, our small family is growing ♥ :) God is doing AMAZING things!

Please, pray for the hearts of these beautiful young ladies! God cover their needs.So that they entrust their lives to Jesus Christ! That He changed their minds and healed broken hearts. So that in Him they find salvation, comfort and peace in hearts. Thank you so much! ♥

May 18, 2019

Camp for Graduates!

An one 15-year-old girl shared with me once.

  "My parents drink. There is often no food at home. My father often has delirium tremens, he shouts, is aggressive, he grabs everything that comes under his hands to hurt someone. More than once he beat my mother before my eyes. Once he left home and was searched for several days. He was in the forest all this time. I am afraid to live in a house with my parents. When I'm home, I shake with fear and can't sleep. I do not know what awaits for me tomorrow..."

  We know this sweet girl from the Baby House, when she was 3-4 years old. Often she looks sad and depressed. Today she graduates the orphanage...
There are a lot of such and similar stories...It is terrible, heartbreaking  and painful for these precious kids...

Every child has experienced terrible moments in life... God repeatedly in His Word says to care for the needs of orphans.
 "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." (James 1:27)

 One of the parts of our ministry is to help in the emotional needs of orphaned children. They live daily in poverty, fear, uncertainty about the future, defenseless, lonely, homeless, abandoned by their parents, seeing violence and mockery in families and so so much more...

  We are starting a HUGE and VERY joyful summer project! Our hearts are thrilled!
Our big desire and prayer to our mighty God to take 50 orphans to the summer Christian camp!Wow! For us, this is a huge amount! But we do not wish to leave anyone aside!

  Thanks to such camps, we make friends with children even more! We get to know each other more, children make new friends, learn about God, get answers to their questions, get hope and much more!
Thanks to THIS incredible trip we have become a huge family! Very often, children come for the Weekend to BOM staff, and we spend time together! It is AMAZING what the Lord does! Even today, when I write a blog post, there are 7 girls in our house. ;)

 Sveta S. "I wanted for a very long time go to the Carpathian mountains very much. I saw mountains on TV, what a beauty there is! And when BOM told us that we were going to the Carpathians, it was a big shock for me and so one of my dreams came true! When we only drived there, everyone was so very happy and thrilled! Most of all, I liked it when we went up on the lifts and you could see all the beauty of the mountains. And of course the mountain Goverla! This is an unforgettable experience, joy, pride in ourselves and our class, when everyone climbed the highest mountain in Ukraine. Thank you very much for giving us such an unforgettable trip to summer camp in mountains! 😍 ❤"

 Their teacher was very surprised and said, "I do not recognize them and can not believe my eyes! What's going on? For the first time in 9 years of work, I see them new!"  The love heals wounds! :) 

This amazing gift not only gives them hope and confidence, but also shows that they are not forgotten, that they are not alone and the Lord loves them! It will bring great joy and delight! Awesome adventures! Enjoying the magnificent creation of the Creator Himself! 
Throughout the year, teenagers often ask us. "Will we go to the mountains this summer again?" :)))

Many of the children live outside of poverty and can only dream of such a trip! For many 14 years old teens, this trip will be the FIRST time in their lives!

For 50 souls it is need $ 6,650. This is $133 for a week. About $20.00 per day for a person. This includes absolutely everything! The travel, rental vehicles, accommodation, food and much more. For us, this is a HUGE amount, but not for God!

Would you like to become part of the great joy and delight for orphans? Would you like to touch the heart of a child and present this amazing and wonderful gift?
To bless orphans and become part of emotional healing and enable them to live with a loving BOM family.
You can send your gift of love through Ting Ministries. Please, leave a note "Camp for graduates". Thanks!
PayPal tingministries@comcast.net

Send a check:
Stephanie and Brian Carpenter
Ting Ministries
29 East Poplar Street
Lebanon Pa 17042

We will divide all young people for 2 groups. The first trip will take place June, 14-20
$133 will remain FOREVER in their precious hearts thanks to your love and care!!!♥♥♥

PLEASE, share the need with your church, family, neighbour, friend etc!And most of all we ask you. PLEASE, pray with us for a MIRACLE!!! God will provide all needed funds and this trip will bring amazing blessings in the orphans hearts in the most incredible way!!! ♥♥♥Thank you so much!!! May God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

May 14, 2019

God sets the lonely in families

   "I felt like a homeless, and now I'm a human..." These words were uttered by a young lady after we bought her several new things. She was so happy and so excited  that she called her friends and talked on the phone, ran to work to show employees her new clothes, took pictures and put up them in the social networks. It seemed the whole city knew that the girl had new clothes! Her joy was not the end!!! :) ♥

   So, what happened? More than a year ago, someone phoned me and said that Masha was going to take money on credit. I instantly rushed to the bank to stop her from this idea and from the consequences of what a girl might expect. Orphans often do not return loans and they often have problems with the law. 

  We met Masha on the street. We know the young lady for a long time and were happy to meet. She was very hungry! We fed her and had fellowship. When I asked the girl, where do you live? She burst into tears... It turned out she had nowhere to live! Oh, my! How?!

  After she graduated orphanage and then a trade school, she lived with her friend in a dormitory for several months. Then her friend moved out, and Masha was forced to look for another housing. For several weeks she lived in a strange family. She came only for a night. In the morning she left and wandered around the city not knowing what to do... Then she was placed in the center for the homeless. She was frightened and ran away from there.

   I understood that I had to do something so do not to leave the orphan on the street... I understood that I could not help everyone, but I can to help an one. The Lord gave me the decision to take Masha to live with me. I was scared. Since there were serious reasons for this.I knew that this would affect our ministry, the privacy of my sister Oksana and my personal life. I didn’t know if a 20 year old girl could change. I had NO IDEA what to do with her and that it was God's plan ...

  I prayed and asked for the help of God, I asked all our friends to pray. I did not know what to do with her. She was so helpless as a small child... She was terrified, unable to help herself and defenseless. I saw that she had a lot of difficulties in all areas of life. I felt helpless because I didn’t know where to start... Because it’s a huge list of things to teach this poor soul. Trust me, huge! 
  We started to learn the elementary things. How to take care of yourself, make the bed every morning, say gentle words. We taught her how to hug. At first she did not perceive it. But today, when she goes to bed, she asks. "Alla, will you hug me?" :)))

 We were surprised that Masha kept all the documents. Orphans usually lose them. Once studying her documents, we discovered that Masha had another sister whom she did not know about... And that her father died some time ago... :( The poor girl was shocked and  overwhelmed. "Why didn't anyone tell me about it at the orphanage?" the sweetheart asked with tears in her eyes...

  Honestly, every day I waited for her to leave... It is difficult for orphans to obey the rules. I waited that one day she would not return home. I was scared and at the same time heartbroken for her. That she is so helpless. That she will again be on the street. Absolutely not mature and not ready for independent life. This poor girl has a lot of issues...

  Orphans have a lot of difficulties after they leave orphanages. They do not understand that because of their behavior, they can easily be killed, that some situations are very dangerous and their actions can completely destroy their life.
  Masha is kind, very trusting and people manipulate her life, using for their own purposes.

About a month later, we began to see results... It was clear that she tried and it gave us a great hope. Masha very quickly found a job and started earning her first money.

  The young lady could not and did not know how to make tea. She was terrified to turn on the electric kettle. I decided to start teaching her to cook with elementary things. When the young lady learned to fry scrambled eggs. She was  so super excited that she cooked it every day for several weeks!!! :)))
Masha learned to use different household appliances, washing machine, vacuum cleaner, microwave and others. She likes to help to cook in the kitchen.

   Once I asked her. If you like to cook so much. Why don't you go to school to learn for a chef? We helped the girl arrange all the necessary documents. During this, we faced many difficulties and realized that the poor soul would never do it herself in her life! If you know Ukrainian system for paperwork :( God loves her and has a special plan for her life! The Lord himself arranged this meeting 1,5 years ago to help this sweetheart!

  Do you know what?! Today Masha is one of the best students in her group! The precious soul not only cooks well, but is very active in the life of the trade school! She gladly performs the important task assigned to her. Also she won second place in the game of chess between adults with special needs and first place among the women! There was no end to our joy!!! Masha exulted!!!That is huge victory for this sweet girl!!! ♥

   If a year and a half ago, the girl did not have dreams and did not know what she wanted from life. Today she has a dream to work in the kitchen as an assistant chef. We pray that her dream will come true some day!

  Masha loves to be in the fellowship of the church! She loves when we read the word of God together daily. "I feel that something is happening in my heart and it becomes easy and calm there, when we read the Bible". The girl shared her thoughts once. ♥
 It humbles and warms my heart... The main reason is show her the love of Christ!!! That is most AMAZING blessing when a soul feels the presense of God! The precious girl often asks to pray for her salvation. Will you pray for her, please? :)

  It is not always easy... There were many tears and many prayers. Sometimes it was very difficult and unbearably painful... There were moments when I wanted to leave home for a few days and weeks and be alone in the distance...There were moments when I survived the depression. But thank God for many years of serving the orphans, I learned how to overcome this crisis.

   The trauma of childhood is the worst thing that can be... Today I understand very well families with children with FASD(Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). I know very well what a child with a childhood trauma is. I know  what is tantrums. I understand families with children with special needs. I have to learn soooo much yet!

  When I was thinking. Where will this girl go? What does she feel? What will happen to her tomorrow? She will be on the street again, in danger, alone, in fear... I was even scared to think about it. I realized that she was in pain. That is the spiritual struggle of my spirit and flesh. What the farther I am from Christ, the more I hope for my own strength, the more it hurts me. But the closer to Christ, the more I trust Him, the more you feel His presence and the easier it is to endure all issues. When I have no strength, I begin to give up. God shows his powerful hand. ♥♥♥
And we have seen not once incredible miracles in Masha's life! That was something! We were in awe! A real miracle! 

Masha first time in mountains. She was thrilled and thanked million times!:)

   During these 1,5 years, I realized that I needed to change myself ... I realized how weak I was and I can do NOTHING without Christ! I am totally dependent on Him! Totally! God taught me a lot! I am learning daily and happy to be in the school of Christ! It is not easy to live with a teenage girl with a broken heart and soul. But believe me, it's worth it! When God comes first, when you daily understand why you are doing this. It's worth it! It is worth experiencing all the pain and tears when you see the first small glimpses that give hope. It is worth worrying when you see how the suffering soul needs your help and depends on you. It is worth suffering when you see these small or huge changes in the life of a precious person.
Birthday with BOM family :)

  We do not and cannot know what will happen tomorrow. We don't know God's plans for Masha's life. But we thank God for giving the opportunity to help this poor girl and become part of her huge changes in her life. Over the past year and a half she has changed a lot! Everyone in the church community sees these changes and is undoubtedly happy for her. She began to bloom! She began to live a full life and flourish! God taught me soooo much personally and the whole BOM team as well!

   The Lord accepted us into His huge and loving family. He called us His children and surrounded us with his overflowing love. We praying that the Lord help us to recognize and see those around us, who He wants to put in our family. He sets the lonely in families. We are praying that our hearts be open to Him and to others.♥♥♥

And this is only the beginning of the story. The rest of the story to be continued soon…  ;)

P.S.I just finished this blog post and one beautiful young lady sent me a message. "Call me urgently!" I called her back. And she was crying so much in the phone saying that today her mother died from alcohol ..

May 10, 2019

Incredible 5 days!

  During this educating year, we became very good friends with graduates of the 9th grade one of the orphanages. Every week we came and held Life Lessons. Teaching how to solve conflicts, how to behave in society, why it is important to take care of your body, what the Bible says about this and much more. Children leave from orphanages are absolutely not ready for independent life and meet with very many difficulties. With each meeting, we noticed how children change. They began to open up more, to share their experiences and problems, asking for advice. With each meeting we became closer with each other more and more.

  Young souls from very poor families, where parents abuse alcohol and do not care about their children. They meet with hunger, violence, loneliness, humiliation, neglect, fear and much more. Many have not seen their parents since early childhood and do not know where they are... Some live with a grandmother who is very sick, barely walks and needs help herself. Some live with other relatives because they are afraid to go home. These sweet teens age of 14-15 years, leave the orphanage in a month. They are in fear, confused, afraid to start something new, there is no future, there is no hope... :(
We decided to invite them to live as a loving family and bring at least some joy and give them hope showing the care and love of Christ. ♥

   The BOM staff lived with teenagers for 5 days. We ate, sang, prayed, spent time, had fun, taught the girls how to wash dishes, use the washing machine and much more! One of the girls said. "I am so glad to have a great time with you. At least I will learn how to wash dishes properly!" :)

  When 15 souls live together, this is crazy! Ha ha!. "Alla, I did not take a towel with me." "And me and me." Four girls in one voice. "Alla, I do not have pajamas," the other girl. "Alla, I need a pillow." "Alla, I need a blanket." "Alla, how to turn on hot water?" "Alla, I have a headache." "Alla, I want to drink." Now I understand families with more than 10 children! :)))

  On the first night I was sweating! Really. I felt very tired physically waiting for 5 hours until late at night, when the washing machine finished washing for 15 people. Sometimes I waited until 2 AM and barely alive got up at night to change clothes and shoes for drying so that the children would have what to wear the next day. 

  This time we saw a REAL need. We need another washing machine! If the Lord has promted your heart to bless in this, we will be VERY grateful! :) ♥ Donate HEREThank you so much!

  Often, children come to us for the weekend and one washing machine does not cope. :)
This time there were many children. Only 10 girls in my house. One bathroom and shower. And you wait for two hours for your turn. That`s a problem. Lol. But I`m okay to wait as the girls enjoyed the bathtub at least a little bit. Since there are no bathtub in orphanages.
We have only two beds to sleep. The girls slept on three in one bed. Someone slept on the floor, someone in sleeping bags due to lack of bed. One girl N. is so tiny that she slept on the armchair, having put several chairs. It was very uncomfortable to sleep, but the sweet one was glad that she is not at the orphanage. And in this inconvenience she found joy.

Several, children came in terrible shoes and it fell apart from the rain. Thank God we found shoes! Brother Misha gave his shoes to one boy. How great that size fited! The kids were so excited!

One day we rode bikes. It was supposed to be raining, overcast and cloudy. We prayed and went to the beautiful waterfall with faith. We were lucky to see how the fish goes to spawn! It was so fun and another experience in the life of teenagers! It was getting hot. And instead of rain, we returned home with sunburn! Lol!
Although teenagers have returned tired, but happy and full of wonderful emotions!

For many years the children did not leave the orphanage and everything was for the first time for them! The orphanage is far away in the village, where there is nothing for entertainment. Kids often roam the grounds of the orphanage in wistfulness, not knowing what to do. This leads to depression even more. :(

  The other day teenagers had the chance to go on a picnic. We sang psalms, heard the Word of God and ate the most delicious kebabs! We have cold and rainy days now. Again we prayed for a nice weather. And God was so good to us !!! For several hours the rain stopped, and we were even able to play different games and launch a kite! It was a real miracle! Praise God!!! All the children were delighted! For many teenagers everything was for the first time !!! For the first time in communion with the church, the first kebabs, for the first time in their lives, launched a kite, and so many Christian friends showed love and care.
  We had an amazing and such a beautiful day! At the end of the day we had an adventure. The van would not start. But everyone was very happy and thrilled!!! Many thanks to all who blessed, brought so much joy to orphans and helped to make this day so special !!! 😍


  Being in a zoo, you would see the joy and delight of precious souls when they petted and fed the animals !!! One girl said excitedly: “Oh, I’m ready to hug and kiss you!” The children NEVER been in the zoo! Can you imagine their delight and joy?!

 We took them to McDonalds. Oh, how much joy it was! But since there was no place because of the crowd. We took food with us. The kids were so excited !!! "Wow! McDonalds. I've never been there!" Teenagers often repeated. We had to explain to the kids how and what to eat.

 To watch video HERE :)

  We became wonderful friends! They are so sweet and soooo precious! Oh my! These beautiful souls have taken a special place in our hearts! I can not express all my feelings now! 😭 These INCREDIBLE days will remain forever in our hearts! None of the children wanted to return to the orphanage and asked to stay for a few more days ... It was hard to say goodbye ... 😢 

   The next day, one girl wrote. “When I returned home, I learned that my father was drunk and I had to go to the orphanage. I so want to get back to you! I love you very much! ” Tears. It is so heartbreaking ... 💔 They are abandoned, alone and unprotected...They are so very young to start independent life so soon...

 Many thanks to all, who bless these sweet children! Many thanks to those, who give hope and future to these young souls! And thank you very much for the opportunity to not only tell, but also show the love of Christ !!! ♥ Although we are very tired physically these days! But trust me! It's worth it! Worth to see happy abandoned children! It is worth to bring incredible joy and delight in the life of young hearts! It is worth giving hope and showing the love of Christ! ♥♥♥

P.S.While I am typing this blog post. Two more girls asked about coming to us. One young lady asked: "Can I come to you for a few weeks? We have no water in the trade school for a week already. I can not wash and do everything necessary and it is very boring here, I do not know what to do..."

April 18, 2019

Weekends with a loving family

   Often for the weekend graduates of orphanages from different regions come to us to spend time together. Often, trade schools are located in villages or very small towns, where there is absolutely nothing to spend time with your family or have fun with friends. Simply nothing! Children who spent their childhood in closed institutions, are accustomed to decide everything for them, what to do and where to go, often can`t and do not know how to manage time, do not have dreams, do not know what they like or would like. After school, and especially on weekends, these teenagers do not know what to do. Not surprising! After all, they were not given a chance, they never tried anything. They suffer. Often just wander the streets from ignorance of how to spend time. From despair, they either sleep all day or spend time in social. networks. Sometimes because of this they commit crimes. This is depressing and leads to even greater depression. Therefore, our visit to the trade schools is a special event for these sweet students! They are always very happy, always waiting and saying, thank you for not forgetting us! 💖

    It is impossible to visit all schools at one time. Therefore, we decided to invite young people to spend the weekend with the BOM family. Since some have scholarship 400 uah($15.00). They can not even pay for a ticket on the bus. BOM pays their fare. Teenagers live with us for several days. We ride bicycles, go to an entertainment center, spend time outside, walk in the park, ride sleds in the winter, feed birds, play snowballs and much more. On Sunday, the children attend our Church, where they can hear the Gospel, comfort, encouragement etc. We eat together, pray, read the Gospel, mentor, teach and much more. The young adults learn to help each other, take care, and simply learn to live in a loving family.

   And you know what? Thanks to this, we became VERY good friends with young people! 💓Thanks to the Weekend, we noticed a HUGE change in behavior, relationships and learning! Children began to open up and trust us more. Thanks to these special meetings and weekends, we have become especially close. These teenagers have become especially dear to us! God makes amazing changes in precious hearts! They call us "mother and father" 😊 It warms and blesses our hearts. 
                         It is not necessary to give birth to become someone's mother. 😍

One day after a similar weekend, the next day, some guys did not want to come back to trade school. One of them even shed a tear... Poor guy.

Also, a 15-year-old boy came in one day to say goodbye to us to go back to school, but he spent the whole day with us instead of being with his family. When, I asked why? With a sad face, he said. "And what's the point? Mother is drunk, she don`t need me. She has her own life ..." The young man has no father. It breaks our hearts to a million pieces.💔 They are very, very young and it is very hard for them without support!

  About 15 teenagers are expected next week. It will be crazy 5 days! But we are so excited! At the end of April and at the beginning of May there will be a few days off. For us, this is a great opportunity to gather young souls and have a great time together! But only for food we need $500 to feed such a crowd! Nadiya, is a great cook. She always cooks to eat for young people.

  If the Lord promts your heart to be part of the amazing changes in the lives of these sweet children. If the Lord gives you desire to bless and feed the hungry so that the orphans can spend time with the BOM family. You can send your gift of love through Ting Ministries.

PayPal tingministries@comcast.net
Send a check:
Stephanie and Brian Carpenter
Ting Ministries
29 East Poplar Street
Lebanon Pa 17042

 We also need someone who would like to support this project monthly to bring joy and bless these young people.

Thank you very much! Trust me, a weekend with a loving family is an incredible joy and a huge blessing for many precious souls! But we cannot do this without your participation!😊 Every gift is invaluable!May God bless you!!!


March 25, 2019

"Come... and rest awhile"

And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
(Mark 6:31)

   We live too much in public as many of you I believe :) We are excited and carried away by public meetings in orphanages, trade schools, giving consultation for needy souls, visiting lonely and afflicted, church meetings, babies, taking care of teens, societies, paperwork, too much work on computer, emails, bookkeeping, blogging, social network and such like things. Problems with young people is worse — and yet at times we are wearied and exhausted with both these, and both at once. That`s not easy to be a mom for teenagers... Details in another blog post :)
  There are times when we give and give and give and feel like we can’t go on. Until like being made keepers of the vineyards of others — our own vineyards are not kept. Jesus understands that. He whispers, “Come away by yourselves to a quiet place and rest a while.” We needed that quiet time with Jesus to recharge our batteries and renew our spirits to continue in our vocation. These times of retreat were important to not only get away from the pressures of a many souls that would seek to conform us to its ways, but  refresh and vibrant relationship with God. 

We felt burned out, emotionally tired. Our batteries were running out to the point that we became ill. The BOM team started having heart pains, a high heart rate, terrible chest pain, back pain, dizziness, weakness and much more.The last weeks have been very hard and very stressful...
We prayed that the Lord would send funds so that we could go to a "desert place" and rest. We felt that our forces were running out.

And he did it! He heard our prayers! Our Heavenly Father sent the necessary funds! I was super excited that I cried all day from happiness! Yep. I was shocked and amazed!

The longest sledding track 3 km, where you can get a speed 50-60km per hour

Amazing view!

Yes, so much snow. In many places 2-4 meters high

We planned to climb some place between the mountains and see its beauty. But the wind was super strong that it was easy to be knocked off your feet and I began to choke on the lack of air. We returned so it was extremely dangerous and this year not a few people died in the mountains :(

So, we could renew your batteries and had so much fun! We refreshed our fellowship with our Saviour and enjoying the amazing Ukrainian nature and breathtaking winter mountains.

We are so grateful to our donors that, not knowing it, they became the answer to our prayers! Our gratitude will never be enough! We heartily thank those who made it possible and blessed us renew our emotional and spiritual strengths! Now with new strength, we can take care of hundreds of others! 😊May God richly bless you!!! ❤❤❤

March 9, 2019

Trust in the LORD

 " Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
    In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
( Proverbs 3:5-6)
  With broken hearts, we would like to inform you that little Elijah’s surgery did not take place. It was shocking news for everyone that an hour before the surgery it was canceled. The doctor during the examination said that the mucus that is collected in the lungs of the baby can complicate his condition. He prescribed antibiotics in the hope that this would somehow help Elijah. Another doctor says that the baby can be operated in such a state... You can never know the truth. But trust the Lord!!! 
  The next surgery is scheduled for March, 18-19. 
   Many pray for the little angel and we are so grateful to everyone for your precious love for the boy and his sweet family! This is a huge support for the BOM team and his family for sure! We can only trust the Lord, He knows the best time. It is not easy... It is not easy to understand why baby’s surgery is constantly delayed. But do we have any other way than to trust the Lord?.. Even when it’s hard and you don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, trust the Lord. Only He is the way out and your Light!!!

" Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
    In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
( Proverbs 3:5-6)
P.S. We are still raising funds for his rehabilitation and other needs. More details HERE

March 4, 2019

Tomorrow surgery

  Finally! Finally tomorrow will be the surgery of little Elijah at 10.00AM (Ukrainian time)! Praise the Lord!!! THANK YOU so much for your prayers and financial support !!! Parents are VERY grateful to all of you!!! ♥♥♥

  For various reasons, the surgery was postponed. God knows the best time.Often due to the fact that the baby felt not well. He was constantly in the hospital and often in intensive care... Only recently, he spent a month at home, which was a real miracle!
 The doctor warned us that the surgery is very complicated and we all should to be ready for everything... He explained that they would separate the two hemispheres of the brain and it will last at least 10 hours... That is Elijah can live with one half of the brain. Speech, brain activity, intellect, movement of parts of the body are all preserved. Of course, the little angel will need a long time for rehabilitation...

Little Elijah in the hospital with blood to his surgery

  We do not know how much time and money it will take to rehabilitate the baby... It is very difficult to say. We know that only about $700  will be spent on the 5 day intensive care of the boy after the surgery. The operation itself will cost $3,000. In addition, a lot of the rest of the spending on medicines, tests and much more. 
 Also, the father of the family cannot go to work as he is at home with their little daughter Diana, while Stela and Elijah are in the hospital. Therefore, the family is starving and without means of subsistence...They don`t receive any social assistance and payments from government to support the family. Our goal is to raise $3,000 for the rehabilitation of Elijah and food for the family for the first time until Vadim gets a job. This poor family that has gone through soooo many challenges needs support and encouragement! 
Could you please bless and show the love of Christ? Every little gift of love is a huge blessing for this sweet family!Elijah dreams to start walking! We really hope that the surgery will be successful and the baby's dream will come true! We ask you to pray earnestly for the Lord to send all the necessary means to the boy and his precious family. God gives peace and calm in the heart of the parents and Elijah. That God himself led the surgery and bless the hands of doctors. His precious life is valuable and in God's mighty hands.May the Lord be glorified through this operation, and all may see the goodness, power  and mighty of our Savior!!! 

If you wish to bless little boy and his sweet family you can send your gift of love through PayPal tingministries@comcast.net
Send a check to:
Stephanie and Brian Carpenter
Ting Ministries
29 East Poplar
Street Lebanon Pa 17042 USA

Please, leave a note: "for little Elijah".We will add the sum to thermometer on the blog. Thank you so much!!! May God bless you!!!

 P.S.Look how little Diana loves her brother! Aren`t they cute and lovely?! ♥♥♥


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