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Locals some of first responders after Katrina

By Pam Griffin

Destin’s Mission Love Seeds remembers 10 years ago very well. The group was one of the first organizations to respond to help families in Mississippi after they lost everything in Hurricane Katrina, Aug. 29, 2005.

Mission Love Seeds and its volunteers were some of the first responders in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.

Mission Love Seeds and its volunteers were some of the first responders in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.

Less than a year after Mission was founded by Barbi Carroll and her husband John Hawbaker to work in the Philippines, God called them to help families devastated by Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi. This was MLS’ first major disaster and much was learned to prepare for other disasters in the future.

“We were so blessed to have the use of Legendary’s brand new show room in Destin to sort relief supplies for victims of Hurricane Katrina,” Carroll, president of MLS, said. “We had over 30 people sorting and labeling everything to get it ready for families in Mississippi.”

In the beginning, after the storm, relief supplies were delivered to families in Mississippi every week … several 24 foot trucks with housekeeping and building supplies, appliances, cabinets and even front doors. Then they began taking supplies once a month. More than 200 truckloads of furniture and supplies were delivered and distributed to the families.

Once a house was rebuilt, volunteers went in and set up entire homes with beds, furniture, appliances … right down to linens, towels on bath racks and pictures on the walls.

Hundreds of families were adopted at Christmas so everyone had a nice Christmas, especially the children, and MLS teamed up with Destin United Methodist Church to rebuild the Pearlington United Methodist Church.

But it was only because of generous supporters in Destin and this area that all this could be done. The Eimers group used their truck to collect donations of food, clothing, and supplies … everything needed to rebuild lives … and the people of Mississippi waited eagerly for the big trucks to arrive with all the donations.

Residents waited for all the trucks filled with donations to arrive in the Pearlington-Waveland, Miss., area. These cities were ground zero for Hurricane Katrina.

Residents waited for all the trucks filled with donations to arrive in the Pearlington-Waveland, Miss., area. These cities were ground zero for Hurricane Katrina.

Many of these volunteers went on trip after trip eager to drive trucks or do whatever was needed. There were hundreds of volunteers who gladly gave of their time and money to help families who lost everything.

“My husband and I are so blessed to live in such a giving community,” Carroll said. “Everyone, including businesses, hotels and restaurants, all came together to help and gave everything they could for families who lost everything.”

Article first appeared in The Destin Log Aug. 29,2015.

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Mission’s first water well dedicated in Kenya

After more than six months of digging the well, hitting rock, blasting rock, digging, hitting rock and blasting, again and again, Destin-based Mission Love Seeds dedicated its first water well, dug by hand, in Kenya on July 25, 2015.

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The well, made possible by a grant from The Grace Foundation of Grace Lutheran Church in Destin, will serve more than 300 families in the Bondo area. The children no longer have to drink dirty water, eat food cooked in contaminated water and carry water for long distances to their homes.

“To God we give all the glory,” said Barbi Carroll, co-founder and president of MLS. “Thanks so much to Victor Oduor Olang’o who worked so hard and never gave up when we kept hitting solid rock.”

There is much to be done in Bondo. MLS wants to purchase Bibles for everyone, make repairs on the school, and feed the hungry.

For pictures of step by step building of the well and other projects in Kenya, visit Mission Love Seeds Charity on Facebook.

This article first appeared in The Destin Log Aug. 8, 2015.

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Sponsoring a child

kristine julyThis is Kristine, the little girl I sponsor in Galilee in the Philippines through Mission Love Seeds, Inc.. She is so adorable and sweet and is doing so well in school. I love her so much. Love her hat and purse.

Wouldn’t you like to help a precious little child in the Philippines? It is only $30 a month … don’t eat out one night. And you can watch them grow and learn and they quickly work their way into your heart. Contact MLS if this is something you would like to do … especially with Christmas coming. Email missionloveseeds@cox.net.

Make their face and heart …  and yours … smile.

When you sponsor one, let us know your story on FB Mission Love Seeds page …  and be sure to send photos.

 

 

 

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Time to celebrate Christmas — in July

Little girls give hugs and smiles to their new Barbies.

Little girls give hugs and smiles to their new Barbies.

It’s Christmas in July for Destin-based Mission Love Seeds. The organization is collecting Barbie dolls, small trucks, stuffed animals, books and other small toys to give children.

If you would like to be a part of Christmas for the Philippines and children here and in Kenya, drop off your items at The Lisa Snuggs Real Estate Group, 225 Main Street, Suite 15, or 55 Country Club Drive, both in Destin.

Also, monetary donations will be appreciated to help with shipping costs and other purchases that are made in the Philippines for the Christmas dinner. Mail to Country Club Drive address or visit missionloveseeds.org to donate online. Also, you can Adopt-A-Family for Christmas for $25 and provide a meal for them.

If your church, office, school or organization would like to have a special love offering or toy donation for the Mission Love Seeds program in the Philippines, call Barbi Carroll, president/founder, at 850-865-1055.

Remember, no donation is ever too small and every child should have a Christmas.

 

 

 

 

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MLS building another church

Destin-based Mission Love Seeds plans to build its fifth church in the Philippines in Bacolod where the mission began an outreach earlier this year.

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The church will be built where the kids are sitting in the blazing heat. Mission Coordinator in the Philippines Zapanta Fely and Ruby Lee Demafelis teach vacation Bible school to the children are eager to learn more about Jesus Christ. The church will be used for Bible studies and multi-purpose. MLS has faith that God will provide everything needed to build His church.

“At this time, we don’t have the first penny to begin building the church, but by faith God will provide like He always has in the past,” said Barbi Carroll, president/co-founder of MLS. “We can already see the church on the land, packed to overflowing with kids and their parents. If you would like to be part of building the church, message me on Facebook or email missionloveseeds@cox.net. No donation is too small. Lets build this church.”

 

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Many people in Destin have already started collecting and buying items for Mission Love Seeds to send to the children in the Philippines this Christmas. Shipping begins in October so packages will arrive at the MLS office there in time for Christmas.

Andy Cook, his wife Kimberly Bryant Cook, and their children Easley, Embry, Kaylee and Aven drove all the way from Alabama to deliver back packs, school supplies, plus $215 which will go a long way to help pay for shipping.

Andy Cook, his wife Kimberly Bryant Cook, and their children Easley, Embry, Kaylee and Aven drove all the way from Alabama to deliver back packs, school supplies, plus $215 which will go a long way to help pay for shipping.

The colorful back packs and schools supplies include writing paper, art paper, pencils, erasers, scissors, pencil sharpeners, rulers, Glue sticks, colored pencils and much more.

The back packs and school supplies will be shipped to children living in poverty in the village of Galilee, where the Cook family sponsors a child through the Sponsor A Child Program.

The donation was made possible by Andy and Kimberly Cook, Thrivent Financial and supporters in the Wiregrass area.

If you would like to be a part of Christmas for the Philippines and children here and in Kenya, visit www.missionloveseeds.org to see how and where to donate. Clothing, toys (including the traditional Barbie dolls and small trucks), books for the little library, videos and CDs, and toys for the under ones. Also, monetary donations will be appreciated to help with shipping costs and other purchases that are made in the Philippines for the Christmas dinner.

On Facebook visit the Mission Love Seeds Charity page to see donations as they arrive and the work that is being done by MLS.

 

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A first time for everything

Blessings just keep coming for Mission Love Seeds children in the Philippines thanks to Destin residents. A recent pool party was made possible by Dollar General and its manager, Castelo Caroline.

First time to see a pool

First time to see a pool

This was the children’s first time to see a pool and they used new toys, floats and balls to have a fun day.

Dollar General donated the floats and swim toys and Mission Love Seeds coordinator in the Philippines Fely Zapanta came up with a plan to make the toys fun for the kids.

 

The children from the village of Galilee were invited to a swim party at a pool about an hour away from the village. Fely and the village leader Lala organized the whole event. Lala works for the Barangay and was able to use the government transportation to transport the floats, toys, food and children to the pool site.

Loaded and ready to go.

Loaded and ready to go.

If you would like to help the children supported by Mission Love Seeds, whether in the Philippines, Kenya, Appalachia or right here at home, visit www.missionloveseeds.org, call 850-650-5583, email missionloveseeds@cox.net or send a check to 55 Country Club Drive, Destin FL 32541.

 

 

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When Barbi Carroll, founder of Mission Love Seeds, opened her door, imagine her surprise when she found 500 toothbrushes, donated by Nancy Hartsock Williams.

“The tooth brushes will be distributed during a Medical Clinic that will be held later this year in the Philippines,” Barbi said. “God is so good! Thank you, Jesus.”

The toothbrushes are all packed and ready to ship.

If you can help with shipping costs, click donate above or contact Barbi at missionloveseeds@cox.net or on Facebook at Mission Love Seeds Charity.

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And more surprises came from Dollar General.

“Tthe Lord just blessed Mission love Seeds with tons of children’s cute shoes and all kinds of cool items,” Barbi said. “My vehicle is loaded down with boxes from Dollar General. Thank you, Jesus! Thank, you, Castelo Caroline.”

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Children help with building houses

Children work hard in the village of Galilee, Philippines, to help build the houses. This is house #20, going up fast thanks to hard work of the villagers.

 

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Graduation 2015 in Galilee

Mission Love Seeds’ class of 2015 has graduated in the village of Galilee. After the ceremony, lunch was served with one of the children’s favorite meals, spaghetti.

Gifts were also presented to the young graduates.

Mission coordinator Fely Zapanta (left) and teacher Alice with 2015 graduates.

Mission coordinator Fely Zapanta (left) and teacher Alice with 2015 graduates.

 

Boys in class

Boys in class

 

Girls in class

Girls in class

 

 Children also received gifts from supporters here in Destin.

Dollar General and Castelo Caroline donated  sunglasses for graduation.

Dollar General and Castelo Caroline donated
sunglasses for graduation.

David and Tara Brinkley gave Beanie Babies to the children.

David and Tara Brinkley gave Beanie Babies to the children.

To see more photos, visit www.facebook.com/groups/120924667405/

 

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