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A small step in a child’s life

By PAM GRIFFIN

When Destin-based Mission Love Seeds first met Tricia, a little girl in the Philippines with a cleft palate, they immediately felt called to do their best to help her and her family.

Seven-year-old Tricia is making progress since her move to a Mission village in the Philippines, gaining weight by eating nutritional foods, receiving medications and starting school for the first time.

Seven-year-old Tricia is making progress since her move to a Mission village in the Philippines, gaining weight by eating nutritional foods, receiving medications and starting school for the first time.

 

When MLS learned of her condition in August 2015, she weighed 15 pounds and was near death, running high fevers, underweight and malnourished.

“Her skin was blue/gray and her hair was very thin,” said Barbi Carroll, founder of Mission Love Seeds. “Out of frustration with doctors in the area where Tricia and her family lived, near Bacalod, we made a decision to move Tricia and her whole family closer to the Mission office in Antipolo City, better doctors and specialists.”

The new doctors quickly found that she had tuberculosis and would need medication for at least six months.

“In the beginning our concern was only for Tricia and how the mission could assist her and provide vitamins and special nutritious foods so she could pass the screening to receive a free surgery,” Carroll said. “We quickly learned we could not provide food for Tricia without providing for all her siblings. The family lives in extreme poverty and on many days the kids eat less than a hand full of rice.”

With help from Destin United Methodist Women, Generous Heart Ministry and other supporters, MLS has been able to provide food for the entire family, Tricia’s vitamins and her special nutritious foods.

After lip surgery, Tricia is looking more confident ... and even beginning to smile.

After lip surgery, Tricia is looking more confident … and even beginning to smile.

Now 8 years old, Tricia had surgery on her upper lip in May, and it has made a world of difference.

“The doctors did an amazing job, and we are so exited the doctor agreed to do surgery on her lip,” Carroll said. “She is not yet strong enough to have the palate repaired and there is still a long road ahead of her.”

Tricia was released from the hospital May 21 and is recuperating at the home of Mission Love Seeds’ coordinator in the Philippines, Fely Zapanta.

Tricia recently started school along with all her siblings. MLS is working hard to provide food and vitamins for her to gain over 30 pounds so she can pass the screening for cleft palate surgery.

“What we thought would take a few months for Tricia to gain weight and pass the screening has now been more than a year,” Carroll said.

“It has been one thing after another, but God has been there guiding the Mission the whole time,” Carroll added. “He took us to Tricia and by his love and guidance, He is bringing us through step by step to help His precious child.

“God is so amazing in how He cares for each one of us, and by faith we can know we never have anything to worry about. He is always on our side.”

But there are still needs to help Tricia and her parents and four siblings. Food and medicine costs continue weekly.

If you would like to be a part of helping Tricia and her family, and maybe sponsor her or one of her siblings, mail check to Mission Love Seeds, 55 Country Club Drive, Destin FL 32541 or visit missionloveseeds.org and donate using PayPal. You can contact Carroll at missionloveseeds@cox.net for more information or call 850-865-1055.

This article first appeared in The Destin Log July 9, 2016.

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Meet Angelica, one of God’s littlest angels

By PAM GRIFFIN
315-4491 | @DestinLogPam
pgriffin@thedestinlog.com

Angelica was born premature Feb. 20, 2015, in the Philippines in one of the villages supported by Destin-based Mission Love Seeds.

Angelica

Angelica

She has hydrocephalus, a rare medical condition in which there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. This causes increased intracranial pressure inside the skull and may cause progressive enlargement of the head if it occurs in childhood, potentially causing convulsion, tunnel vision, and mental disability. It was once informally called “water on the brain.”

Little Angelica needs to undergo an operation immediately.

Her last checkup was in June 2015. Then, by the grace of God, she was scheduled on March 1, 2016, for her first checkup since June.

Angelica was seen by doctors at the Philippines Children’s Hospital at that time. The doctor advised that Angelica needs to undergo an operation as soon as possible to place a drainage tube (shunt) between the brain ventricles and abdominal cavity to eliminate the high intracranial pressure. There is some risk of infection being introduced into the brain through these shunts and the shunts must be replaced as the person grows.

Angelica’s family is indigent and does not even have enough money to pay for her checkups.

“Mission Love Seeds has stepped out in faith,” Barbi Carroll, founder/president of MLS, told The Log. “God will provide for Angelica’s needs and she is now scheduled for surgery on April 16. Only problem, we have not been able to raise all of the amount needed for Angelica to be able to have the surgery. Please help if you can if God speaks to your heart. No donation is ever too small.”

Mission Love Seeds supports 12 villages in the Philippines in addition to helping local families in need.

Mission takes the word of God, food, clothing, medical doctors and dental treatment to these poverty stricken villages. The lives of the families there have been enriched through the churches, water purification systems, community centers, schools, homes and much more MLS has built through generous donations from churches, organizations and supporters.

All donations are tax deductible and any donation will be accepted and appreciated. You may donate at MissionLoveSeeds.org or send a check made out to Mission Love Seeds to 55 Country Club Drive, Destin, FL 32541. For more information, call 850-865-1055, 850-650-5583 or email missionloveseeds@cox.net.

This article first ran in The Destin Log on April 2, 2016.

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Mission shipping costs to Philippines are high

My dear friend Lisa Snuggs set up this GOFUNDME awhile but, funds are always needed for shipping . Mission Love Seeds ships clothes, shoes, school supplies, medical supplies, dental supplies and many other needed items in a regular basis. The mission now serves 12 villages in the Philippines and will add 3 more villages in the near future. Thank you all!
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Mission Love Seeds needs help to pay for the cost of freight to ship Medical and Dental Mission Supplies, clothes, shoes, school supplies, food, blankets, books, small toys and tools to our Mission Headquarters in Antipolo City, Philippines. Our Philippine Mission Coordinator, Fely Zapanta, organizes distribution of supplies, and coordinates mass feedings along with Medical and Dental Clinics.

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‘A gold mine’

Oksanna Balta, assistant manager at Dollar General in Destin, called Barbi Carroll, founder of Mission Love Seeds, to surprise her with three large boxes of books for the children in the Philippines.

B7-chu-books“It is like a gold mine for the kids,” said Carroll. “Bible stories, coloring books and activity books of all kinds.”

Also helping and joining the MLS team is Thomas Vazuez, new manager of Dollar General. The boxes should arrive in the Philippines in time for school starting in June.

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UPDATE: Lawrence in Kenya

Lawrence

Lawrence

Many of you have donated to Lawrence’s fund to attend school. The money for his tuition has been sent, but now we need a few more donations to help with total uniforms, total books plus prayer and hymn books and boarding facilities totals ksh 24890=$264.78.
We are almost there. And it is sooooo easy to donate. Just a couple of clicks on Mission’s website at http://www.missionloveseeds.org/blog/.

Thank you all for all your help.

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Donations needed to help boy in Kenya

God is calling on His angels to reach out and help one of His children through Mission Love Seeds in Bondo, Kenya

Lawrence

Lawrence

14 yr old Lawrence is so excited to be selected to attend the MAJIWA Boys Secondary School. Lawrence is to report no later than Tuesday 9th of February and the vacancy will be held open until Wednesday 10th of February. Lawrence has worked so hard and passed the difficult tests to get into this school.

There is one big problem! Lawrence’s mother is a single mom of four kids and is trying to do the best she can for her kids. Lawrence’s mother is an evangelist, and does odd jobs just to feed her family. There is no way she can afford the high cost of sending her son to a boarding school to further his education. Most kids drop out of school after Primary School, but Lawrence has a dream to help his mother and his sisters.

To sponsor this child is a fantastic gift – for Lawrence it would be one step up the ladder out of the poverty trap ..

This is how much Laurence needs at this time so he can enroll at the Secondary school.
The Total school fee for the whole year is ksh 44777=$476.35.
Total requirements, total uniforms, total books plus prayer and hymn books and boarding facilities totals ksh 24890=$264.78,

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One of many forms


Lawrence knows education is the best safety net against poverty, but He needs our help
Please help this boy, if you can! God will bless you for it! Please message me if you have any questions — Barbi Carroll

 

You can message on FB Mission Love Seeds Charity page, donate on this website or call 850-865-1055.

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Christmas donations 2015

If you would like to see the hundreds of photos we received this Christmas, visit Mission Love Seeds Charity on Facebook. Here is the link.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/120924667405/

Here are just 2 of the beautiful photos showing children in Kenya with toy donations in front of the school MLS is redoing for them. The other is from the Philippines. The children helped by Mission always say a big “THANK YOU.”

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There are 27 underprivileged kids at Wellspring Performing Arts Christian School in Niceville that Mission Love Seeds wants to provide for this Christmas. Although many donations have been received for children in Philippines, Kenya, and Haiti, only 2 or 3 have been received for these children.

B3-com-santa helperAll age toys are needed, especially gift cards, movie passes, inexpensive perfume sets, nail polish and make up sets. We hope to collect as many toys as possible. We can also use new kids clothes and shoes of all sizes.

All toys and clothes need to be received by Dec. 12. Email missionloveseeds@cox.net, visit missionloveseeds.org to donate using PayPal, see Mission Love Seeds Charity page on Facebook, drop off toys at 55 Country Club Drive E in Destin or call 865-1055.

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By Barbi Carroll

Mission Love Seeds, The Destin United Methodist Women and Generous Heart Ministry have joined forces to help seven-year-old Tricia who has a cleft palate and lives in the Philippines

Tricia, along with her mother, father and four siblings, were recently moved from the remote village where they lived. The family traveled by plane to be near better doctors, specialists and to be closer to the Mission Love Seeds office in Antipolo City, Philippines

Seven-year-old Tricia is making progress since her move to a Mission village in the Philippines, gaining weight by eating nutritional foods, receiving medications and starting school for the first time.

Seven-year-old Tricia is making progress since her move to a Mission village in the Philippines, gaining weight by eating nutritional foods, receiving medications and starting school for the first time.

The decision to move Tricia and her family was made after learning the doctors were doing very little to help Tricia, Tricia kept running high fevers and doctors couldn’t explain the cause. Tricia was already underweight and malnourished, but doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with her.

As soon as Tricia and her family arrived in Antipolo, she was taken to see new doctors. Tricia tested positive for tuberculosis. Tricia’s mother also tested positive for TB. Both Tricia and her mother will need to take medication for at least six months.

In the beginning our concern was only for Tricia and how the mission could assist her and provide vitamins and special nutritious foods so she could pass the screening to receive a free surgery. We quickly learned we could not provide food for Tricia without providing for all her brothers and sisters. The family lives in extreme poverty and on many days the kids eat less than a hand full of rice.

Because of the many prayers and financial support from DUMW, Generous Heart Ministry and a hand full of other supporters, we are able to provide food for the entire family on a weekly basis and still continue to provide vitamins and special nutritious foods for Tricia.

Tricia still has a long ways to go before she can have surgery to repair her cleft palate. What we thought would take a few months for Tricia to gain weight and pass the screening, could now take up to a year.

In order for Tricia to receive a free surgery she needs to gain at least 30 pounds. When we first leaned about Tricia and her condition she weighed only 15 pounds, and a child her age should be around 52 pounds.

We are so thankful for organizations like The DUMW and Generous Heart Ministry. Both Generous Heart Ministry and the DUMW have partnered with Mission Love Seeds in the past. Generous Heart Ministry fully funded a school in the Philippines, built houses for families living in poverty, supported an orphanage in Haiti and took part in many other projects.

DUMW have provided funds to ship boxes of clothes and school supplies to kids living in poverty in the Philippines. They provided funds to build a house, provided hundreds of new Barbie Dolls for kids among other things.

Both organizations are always there to help, whether it is to provide supplies for a natural disaster or provide a school or house for a community. Mission Love Seeds knows they can always count on Jane Carron, Generous Heart Ministry, and the ladies of Destin United Methodist Women.

The Bible clearly tells us “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9).

If you would like to be a part of MLS’s projects, especially Tricia’s medical needs, mail check to Mission Love Seeds, 55 Country Club Drive, Destin FL 32541 or visit missionloveseeds.org and donate using PayPal. View more photos at Mission Love Seeds Charity page on Facebook.

Barbi Carroll is co-founder/president of Mission Love Seeds. This article ran in The Destin Log Dec. 12, 2015.

 

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UPDATE: Mission plans a busy season of giving

Nov.  17, 2015

Thanks to supporters, Mission Love Seeds has already had dozens of children in Haiti and at the school Mission supports in Bondo, Kenya, adopted for Christmas.12227093_10154354171971040_2755455470850765565_n

Mission has now received news that there are hundreds of children not at the school you can adopt for $25 for Christmas.

And also there are 27 underprivileged kids at Wellspring Performing Arts Christian School in Niceville who need to be adopted. You can see their photos at Mission Love Seeds Charity on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/120924667405/.

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To adopt a child for Christmas in Bondo, Kenya, send $25 per child to 55 Country Club Drive in Destin or visit the website to donate by credit card. Notify Mission at missionloveseeds@cox.net or call 850-865-1655.

 

Nov. 7, 2015

Last year, thanks to your generosity, Destin-based Mission Love Seeds adopted 56 local foster kids. This year, clothing and toys for the hundreds of children in the Philippines are already on their way to arrive in time for Christmas, but donations are still needed to provide a Christmas meal for children in 12 villages.

 Lisa Snuggs (left) and Barbi Carroll with the head of the orphanage Martine M. Longchamp and some of the orphans in Haiti in 2010.


Lisa Snuggs (left) and Barbi Carroll with the head of the orphanage Martine M. Longchamp and some of the orphans in Haiti in 2010.

MLS also has others to provide for this year — Haiti, Bondo, Kenya, and Wellspring Performing Arts
Christian School in Niceville.

“This year, God is calling us again to help orphans who were devastated by the earthquake in Haiti,” said founder Barbi Carroll. “I have already been given a list of children, their ages and wish lists. You all helped many of these kids after the earthquake in 2010, when Earl Baumgardner, Lisa Snuggs and I traveled to Haiti to deliver relief supplies.”

Many of these kids are asking for clothes and shoes for Christmas. If you would like to help by purchasing Christmas gifts for one or more of these orphans, visit Mission Love Seeds Charity on Facebook, missionloveseeds.org, email missionloveseeds@cox.net or call 850-865-1055. A wish list will then be sent to you, or you can call and get it. Their pictures are on the Facebook page.

“The head of the orphanage, Martine M. Longchamp, is an American Airline stewardess who will be coming to Destin to pick up all the gifts and deliver them to the orphanage,” said Carroll. “No time to shop? No problem! I will shop for you.”

Please wrap gifts, put child’s name and number on each gift. Place gifts in box or bag and close. The gifts need to be received in our Destin office, 55 Country Club Drive E, no later than Friday, Dec. 5.4-snowmen-animated

To adopt a child for Christmas in Bondo, Kenya, send $25 per child to 55 Country Club Drive in Destin or visit the website to donate by credit card. Pictures of the children are also on MLS Facebook page for you to choose which one you want. Notify Carroll at the contact information above.

Also this year, Mission Love Seeds has chosen to help Wellspring Christian School in Niceville. Use contact information above to find a child to help.

Helping will make you feel so good on the inside and put a smile on a child’s face … and a smile on yours, too.

This article was first published in The Destin Log Nov. 7, 2015.

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