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Apples CAN change a life …

Christmas has come to the Philippines … thanks to all the supporters of Mission Love Seeds.

MLS started the Christmas meal and distributions today, Dec. 20, in the now 10 villages plus 40 new families who moved to Galilee. A lot of people, but God has provided and is still providing money to purchase all the needed supplies.

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Off the Mission team goes, loaded like Santa’s sleigh.

The meal includes spaghetti and peanut butter sandwiches (the children’s favorite), and of course APPLES. The children can go back as many times as they want to, until little tummies are full.

Smiles are bright and eyes are glowing as they receive their plates, plus clothes, toys and so much more.

Here is a link to see the photos, with more coming in this week.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=np.147503816.100000103085342&type=1

Here is another link from Day. 2, Dec. 20.

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

 

Thank you to all the supporters for Christmas 2014.

 

 

 

 

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Can an apple change a life?

Mission Love Seeds, with the help of residents, visitors and organizations, has made sure foster children in the Destin community will have tons of toys on Christmas Day.

The 67 foster children from FamilesFirst Network will have a wonderful Christmas morning, with toys and clothes from their wish lists. People in the community responded as never before.

Can you imagine seeing an apple in this precious little one’s hands on Christmas Day? These children are the poorest of the poor.

Can you imagine seeing an apple in this precious little one’s hands on Christmas Day? These children are the poorest of the poor.

But let’s not forget God’s little children in the Philippines, Kenya and around the world who will not open a gift with a toy on Christmas morning or eat a hot meal on Christmas Day.

“Supporters went above and beyond to provide the best Christmas ever for our local kids,” Barbi Carroll, founder of Mission Love Seeds, told The Log. “With the sudden death of my dear brother David Carroll, we are, however, far behind in raising funds for kids living in poverty in our mission areas in the Philippines and Kenya. At this late date, an apple or an orange would be a total blessing to the kids who have nothing.”

MissionLove Seeds can purchase 150 apples for $50 in the Philippines and oranges are just a little higher. Donations are needed to help purchase hundreds, if not thousands, of pieces of fruit by next week.

To donate funds to help purchase fruit for these children on Christmas Day, message Barbi Carroll on Facebook, email missionloveseeds@cox.net, call 650-5583 or send a check to 55 Country Club Drive in Destin, 32541. You can also donate above with credit card.

Mission wants to help more little ones — a meal, a toy, a piece of fruit — not much but enough to bring big smiles to their faces.

“Can you imagine most kids have never had an apple or orange?” Carroll said. “Please help if you can.”

 

Article first ran Dec. 20, 2014,

in The Destin Log.

 

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Children should have a Christmas

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Destin-based Mission Love Seeds is once again planning its Christmas meal and gifts for the children in the villages in the Philippines. Each Christmas, MLS provides dinner and gifts for the children in the Philippines through their Adopt-A-Family program.

Also this year, MLS has plans to feed the hungry and provide warm blankets for kids living in extreme poverty in Mission’s newest outreach in Bondo, Kenya.

Children in Bondo, Kenya, have many needs this year.

Children in Bondo, Kenya, have many needs this year.

“Another Christmas is coming quick, and the children in the Philippines, and now also in Kenya, should have a big smile on their faces when they see how generous the supporters of Mission have been,” Barbi-Carroll Hawbaker, president/founder of Mission Love Seeds, told The Log.

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The little girls love dolls of all sizes and the boys play with their little trucks the minute they get them.

Toys have already been shipped to the Philippines, but it is too expensive to ship toys to Kenya at this time. Instead, money will be provided so Mission Coordinator Victor Oduor Olang’o can provide a small gift or candy for each child in Bondo.

If you or your group or organization would like to Adopt-A-Family this year, message Barbi Carroll on Facebook, email missionloveseeds@cox.net or visit www.missionloveseeds.org to donate online. Checks may be mailed to Mission Love Seeds Inc., 55 Country Club Drive East, Destin, FL 32541. Note if your donation is for the Philippines or Kenya, or you might want to sponsor a family in each country. For more information, call 850-650-5583.

The cost to adopt a family is $25. Adopt one — or as many as you can — and help put a smile on the faces of children.

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Heavenly Delights

If you feel you cannot adopt a family at this time, and would still like to help, call about making a cash donation. Or maybe you would like to purchase the Mission’s Heavenly Delights cookbook. Buy one for $19 plus shipping and get a second one free. Remember, no donation is ever too small.

If you have never helped Mission Love Seeds, try it. And see what a big smile it puts on your face and in your heart. Help provide a Christmas for those who have nothing.

A gift of food and a hot meal will be a blessing to a child and his/her family.

Every child should be able to smile at Christmas.

This article first appeared in The Destin Log Nov. 22, 2014.

NOTE: Think about those who have nothing for Christmas. Mission Love Seeds can’t help them all, they would if they could. But they can help a child to smile in the Philippines or in Bondo, Kenya. And, of course, they help children here inDestin all the time. It is only $25 to sponsor a meal for a family at Christmas. Won’t you help? Please?
Thank you

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Donations needed for clean water supply

 

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Can you imagine drinking this water? The children in Kenya drink it everyday! Children and families should not have to live like this. They need fresh, clean water to drink, and Destin-based Mission Love Seeds plans to drill water wells in the area.

“Seeing photos like this just totally breaks my heart,” Barbi Carroll, founder/president of MLS told The Log. “Kids are dying every day from drinking the contaminated water.”

If you can make a donation to help MLS build a well in Bondo, Kenya, or to help with their other outreaches in the Philippines or locally, please message Barbi Carroll on Facebook, email missionloveseeds@cox.net, or use credit card at missionloveseeds.org.

Remember, no donation is small when it comes from a big heart filled with love.

 

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Mission coordinator in Bondo, Kenya

Victor Oduor Olang’o, his wife, Caren, and one-year-old daughter, Dorcas, are moving from Nairobi back to Bondo, Kenya, where Victor grew up. He will be the mission coordinator and work closely with Mission Love Seeds to improve the health and safety of those in the village.

Victor walks for miles on the dusty roads to check on the families in Bondo.

Victor walks for miles on the dusty roads to check on the families in Bondo.

 

 

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Bondo, Kenya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first major project will be to dig wells to provide clean, fresh water for the villagers so they do not have to drink water from the dam.

 

This small child must ride long distance to get the family's water supply and at the same time, care for the small sibling  so the parents can work during the day

This small child must ride long distance to get the family’s water supply and at the same time, care for the small sibling so the parents can work during the day

Children get water from the dam.

Children get water from the dam.

Animals share the same water villagers use for drinking and cooking.

Animals share the same water villagers use for drinking and cooking.

 

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Time to think about Christmas

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  It’s that time of year when MLS begins planning Christmas for the children,

and some of the first donations are now being received.

Toys and other items will need to be shipped in November to arrive in the Philippines in time for Christmas.

If you would like to donate toys, other items or financial help, send to

Mission Love Seeds Inc.
55 Country Club Drive East
Destin, FL 32541
phone: 850-650-5583
fax: 850-650-3523
Email Us
www.missionloveseeds.org

      or use the donate button on this site.

 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 at (850) 865-1055.

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

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Four huge bags of Beanie Babies for kids living in poverty in the Philippines! Perfect!

 

 

Four huge bags of Beanie Babies for kids living in poverty in the Philippines! Perfect!

All the Beanies were donated by David and Tara Brinkley and made possible by Katie McDeavitt Holbrook.

Just in time for Christmas! Perfect.

Just in time for Christmas, Thank you, Jesus!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MLS distribution in Philippines

In August, Mission Love Seeds distributed clothes, shoes, blankets and more to the families in the Philippines. A hot soup lunch was provided, also.

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10th Anniversary of MLS

 

mugsblueBe a part of Mission Love Seeds 10th anniversary celebration and purchase mugs in black, blue, yellow and a few left in green.

 

They are $10 each or 4 for $35. Postage will be $7.50.

 

Ask about discounts for larger amounts.

 

Help MLS continue its work and be part of its anniversary year. Great way to let your friends and family know about Mission and the work they do.

Contact us or order here.

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MLS celebrates 10th anniversary

Barbi Carroll and Pam Griffin will be at Destin United Methodist Church Sept. 5 and 6 to raise money for MLS projects. Come visit with them at the Fall Flair and help celebrate our 10th anniversary.

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2013 Fall Flair

The sixth annual Fall Flair Arts And Crafts Show, sponsored by Destin United Methodist Women, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 5 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive.

Booths feature baked goods, homemade crafts, jewelry, books, Christmas items and more. Dine at the Soul Café. Proceeds go directly to the church, which uses them in the local community.

 

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Teens work to make water safe

By Pam Griffin

Clean water is the primary issue in Bondo, Kenya, and is Mission Love Seeds’ latest outreach project.

“The water situation is serious, and the most vulnerable are the elderly and the children,” said Barbi Carroll, co-founder of Destin-based MLS. “Families survive on dirty, unprotected water from the local dam and must walk hours to collect their daily water supply. Many illnesses come from the water, and the bacteria that cause cholera are all present in that unclean water.”

Children and their families must share contaminated water with animals due to scarce water points in Bondo.

Children get water from the dam.

Children get water from the dam.

In the warm sunshine of mid-morning, a mother gives her mud-caked boys a bath in the lake at Victoria Dam, while a few minutes later a woman and child come to fill large plastic jugs for drinking a few feet away. Later, a dog runs into the lake for a drink and a swim. Near dusk, cattle and donkeys gather to drink.

To make it worse, the lake is highly contaminated because most of the runoff drains there. The dam is the main water source for about 1,800 people, and in periods of drought, people will walk 10 miles or more to fill up barrels of water and then return home.

“It never goes dry,” said Victor, mission coordinator for Mission Love Seeds in Bondo. “It is the most reliable place to get water around here. But the water is not clean.”

MLS plans to eventually drill water wells, but right now the plan is to harvest and treat the water.

Brock and Benjamin Baumgardner experiment with water harvesting at their home in Alabama. The boys have worked with Mission Love Seeds for many years, in the Philippines and in Kenya.

Brock and Benjamin Baumgardner experiment with water harvesting at their home in Alabama. The boys have worked with Mission Love Seeds for many years, in the Philippines and in Kenya.

Two 16 year olds, brothers Brock and Benjamin Baumgardner of Alabama and Destin, spent more than two weeks in Kenya this summer with their father, Earl Baumgardner, helping Mission Love Seeds. They know first hand the conditions that children live in on a daily basis.

The boys are now doing experiments in water harvesting at their home in Alabama to help MLS provide clean water for the children in Bondo. Brock and Benjamin are trying to make a difference for the children. Water harvesting is the capture of rain where it falls or the run off and taking measures to keep that water clean.

Mosquitoes are another real problem in Bondo, and Mission Love Seeds has plans to provide mosquito nets for each child. Each net costs only $5, a small amount to save a child’s life.

If you would like to help with clean water and/or mosquito netting, visit missionloveseeds.org, call 850-650-5583 or send check to Mission Love Seeds Inc., 55 Country Club Drive East, Destin, FL 32541.

This article first appeared in The Destin Log on Aug. 23, 2014.

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