The family who will live in #19 is excited
watching construction taking place.
The family who will live in #19 is excited
watching construction taking place.
New uniforms for the children in Galilee and Pantay were made possible
by Crawford and Judy Jones.
Prayers are needed for the family of 8-year-old Lemy Otieno of Nairobi, Kenya. He passed away last night from complications of malaria and a brain tumor.
Lemy is the grandson of Jane Atieno Oteke, a wonderful and sweet lady who has taken orphans into her home for years in Bondo, Kenya, where Mission Love Seeds now has an outreach.
Victor Oduor Olang’o, who is taking photos of MLS and doing research in Bondo, once lived with Jane, and is staying with her now during his trip to Bondo.
Funds are needed to pay the hospital bill before Lemy can be released for burial, and monies will also be needed for funeral expenses. Mission Love Seeds is very familiar with this practice. It’s the same in the Philippines.
Please pray God will provide all that is needed to help the family with hospital and funeral expenses. God is hearing the cries of Lemy’s grandmother, Jane.
If you would like to help with these unexpected expenses, click on donate to use pay pal. Or send check to 55 Country Club Drive, Destin FL 32541. Or email email@example.com for information or to let Barbi know a check is on the way.
Thank you for your help.
By Barbi Carroll
For almost three months, Mission Love Seeds, a non-profit organization based in Destin, has worked to help achieve better results and improve the lives of 28 orphans at an orphanage in Watamu, Kenya.
MLS first learned of the orphanage through photos, posted by Athena Marler Creamer on Facebook, that showed the children sitting inside a classroom. MLS later learned the kids were orphans and were infested with jiggers, not to be mistaken for chiggers we have here in the U.S.
The school, church, bedrooms, outdoor kitchen and all buildings on the property had dirt floors, food was scarce, and children walked long distances for their daily water supply.
After learning about the terrible conditions the orphans were living in, Mission Love Seeds began raising funds to help make life easier for them. The first call was to the Mission’s dear friend, Jane Carron of Generous Heart Ministry in Destin, who has partnered with MLS many times.
Without hesitation, Jane agreed to provide four jigger treatment clinics. Each clinic treated almost 200 orphans and villagers.
Generous Heart also agreed to provide concrete floors for the three-room school, while other supporters provided concrete floors for the orphanage and church. A wall was knocked down in the orphanage to enlarge a bedroom, and three rooms that once had dirt floors covered with vinyl flooring have been replaced with a concrete floor.
In addition, donations were made for a water line and meter for clean drinking water, 50 comfortable chairs, and tables for the children to eat on with tablecloths and flowers, and a new TV for the orphans enjoyment and educational needs through videos.
Enclosed shoes and two pair of socks were given to each child and will help keep jiggers off their feet. Cute pillowcase dresses from Presbyterian women in Destin brought smiles to little girls’ faces.
Donations also allowed the purchase of six soccer balls, school supplies, lollipops and candy, peanut butter, oats, red beans, soap, toothpaste, small toys, books, over the counter medicines, reading glasses and a huge first aid kit.
Also donated were cute toothbrushes and dental supplies from Dr. Douglas Pohl of Fort Walton Beach, and Mission donations provided a two month supply of food and a new and improved, outdoor kitchen was built with an eating area. Donations were raised for many goats and chickens as a permanent source of milk and eggs.
Mission Love Seeds director/photojournalist Earl Baumgardner and his 16-year-old twin boys, Benjamin and Brock, just returned from Kenya where they checked on Mission’s work.
All the projects planned by MLS have now been completed at the orphanage in Watamu.
Mission Love Seeds is now moving on and working on new projects to provide basic needs to those living in deplorable conditions in Bondo, Kenya, where the only water sources are from the local dam or rain water. The children and their needs are tremendous, and, with the generosity of MLS supporters, we are able to do our part and share the love of Jesus Christ.
Thank you to all the Mission supporters who helped make all this possible.
Mission Love Seeds teams up with many organizations on a regular basis, working together as one. When the projects are completed, Mission then continues to work their own projects.
The Mission’s work in Watamu has been completed, but our work in Kenya and Africa has just begun, as our work in the Philippines continues.
To stay updated on Mission Love Seed’s work or to make a donation, visit www.missionloveseeds.org or the Facebook page Mission Love Seeds Charity.
Barbi Carroll is president of Mission Love Seeds which she co-founded with her husband, John Hawbaker, in 2004.
This article first appeared in The Destin Log, June 7, 2014.
Lisa Snuggs and her daughter Phoenix Catao collected and donated dozens and dozens of underpants for the children in the Philippines. Each child received 2 pair. Thank you Lisa and Phoenix.
Supporters of Mission Love Seeds also donated enough to purchase the needed goats for milk and chickens for laying eggs. Each child also received a new pair of shoes, a toy and candy.
The old kitchen at Breath of Heaven Children’s Home in Watamu, Kenya, was unsafe and unsanitary.
But then Earl Baumgardner and his sons, Brock and Benjamin, arrived with donations from Mission Love Seeds and its supporters, and soon a new kitchen was ready to use.
First stop was shopping, to purchase necessary items and construction materials.
Improvements have been made to the kitchen and a dining area off from it. The new kitchen is beautiful, safe, and sanitary. The children have a table to eat at.
Thank you to all the supporters who made this possible.
The first dinner for the children on the new tables. The tables, made by Earl and his boys, have tableclothes and the children have flatware. Each child was given a pretty set of knife, fork and spoon form Lisa Snuggs and JoLeigh Penton.
The new plates were from Earl, Benjamin and Brock Baumgardner.
The girls pillowcase dresses are from the Presbyterian Ladies in Destin. Pretty silk valentine rose and heart shape candy were from Dollar General and Castelo Caroline.
Let’s travel 5,681 miles from Watamu, Kenya, to Antipolo, Philippines, for a look at a great day for the children in the villages.
Even though the children living in poverty in the villages in the Philippines are so far away from the Breath of Heaven Children’s Home in Kenya, all the way across the Indian Ocean, all these children have the same needs — food, medicines, shelter … and love.
And Mission Love Seeds is there to see they are fed physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
MLS has been working in the villages for 10 years, and so many changes have taken place. Churches, schools, libraries, water purification systems, playgrounds, basketball/volleyball courts … and now houses … have been built.
And as MLS celebrates its 10th anniversary year, they continue their original mission every month … feeding the children.
The Mission Love Seeds team in the Philippines, headed by Mission coordinator for the Philippines Fely Zapanta, held a distribution after the feeding April 12 in the villages of Admiral and Dumpsite.
Mission Love Seeds is so blessed when a thoughtful friend, celebrating a birthday, shares their special day with kids living in poverty. Lourdes, a dear friend of Zapanta Fely and MLS, did just that! Every child was treated to a huge, warm plate of delicious food. ”
MLS also addresses their medical/dental needs, educates them, clothes them, and tells … and shows them … the love of Jesus.
The Mission Love Seeds team in the Philippines, headed by Mission coordinator for the Philippines Fely Zapanta, held a distribution after the feeding April 12 in the villages of Admiral and Dumpsite
A Bible study program for adults, and Vacation Bible School for the children, are also part of the program.
“Thank you, Jesus,” said Barbi. “Thank you, Lourdes! Thank you so much, for being a blessing to the Mission kids in the Philippines!”
Elsa Alonzo Pacamana also took time to help Fely by using her car to take clothes and supplies to families. Elsa would not allow the Mission to help with fuel. “Elsa is an angel and true servant.” said Barbi Carroll, founder of Mission Love Seeds. “We really appreciate Elsa and her help! May God return all the blessings, ten fold.”
If you would like to be a part of Mission Love Seeds, visit www.missionloveseeds.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or send check to Mission Love Seeds, 55 Country Club Drive E, Destin FL 32541. Always remember, no donation is too small.
The Baumgardners are there. It is always so exciting when one of the team can actually go to a mission site.
Director/Photojournalist Earl Baumgardner and his twin boys Benjamin Baumgardner & Brock Baumgardner visit the orphanage, Pastor Samuel Oguna Samuel and his wife Josephine Omutanyi for the first time.
Here are the first pictures in from Earl and the boys.
Such a true servant!
Mission Loves Seeds Director/”Photojournalist and dear friend Earl Baumgardner picking up heavy bags of shoes, medicine,schools supplies, clothes, and food. All the bags are so heavy!
Earl drove all the way from Montgomery, Al today to pick up the shoes and supplies for the orphans in Watamu, Kenya. Earl was in Destin just long enough to stop by Barbi and John’s home to pick up the bags.
Safe trip. We love you, Earl!