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Reaching out … locally and around the world

 

 

By Pam Griffin

315-4491

@DestinLogPam

pgriffin@thedestinlog.com

The Grace Foundation of Destin has reached out and impacted the world as an extension of the Lord’s work at Grace Lutheran Church since 2006.

When Grace Lutheran Church received a $1 million gift from an anonymous church member in July 2006, the donor requested it be used for under-funded mission work, local or global. Earnings from the principal are distributed through the grant process twice a year, in May and November.

Mike Wind, executive director at Grace Lutheran Church and vice president of The Grace Foundation, told The Log the foundation has given 126 grants for a total of $508,945 since they began.

The recipients of grants given this month are:

1. Mission Love Seeds: Funds to assist in the construction of a worship center facility in the Admiral Village of Antipolo City, Philippines. The facility will include a worship area, bathrooms, daycare facilities, and a worship area.

2. East European Mission Network: Funding for the development of a learning center in Eastern and Central Europe. This request is for the initial phases of development for the first learning center in Saldus, Latvia.

3. Evergreen Lutheran School: To help support the Lutheran School with tuition for the families who cannot afford it and with ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the school.

4. Asha Mission Society: The funds being requested are beginning-of-the-year school expenses. These expenses include annual registration fees, books, book bags, school supplies, uniforms, shoes and socks.

Mission Love Seeds, East European Mission Network and the Asha Mission Society each received $5,000, while the Evergreen Lutheran School received $14,500.

Fourteen doctors and interns donated their time in the village of Admiral.

Fourteen doctors and interns donated their time in the village of Admiral.

Destin-based Mission Love Seeds has received several grants from The Grace Foundation over the last 10 years.

“The blessings keep on flowing for Mission Love Seeds,” said Barbi Carroll-Hawbaker, founder and president of MLS. “John (Hawbaker) and I are so thankful for all the help MLS has received from The Grace Foundation. We could not have made such a large impact in the areas where the mission works without the help of this wonderful foundation. It’s so amazing.”

Other projects they have completed over the years, thanks to the grants, include six water purification systems and medical/dental clinics in the villages in the Philippines; a church, kitchen, restrooms, shower and a grill in the village of Sitio Pantay; homes in Galilee; and concrete walls and steel gates at an orphanage destroyed by the earthquake in Haiti.

 AFTER: The Casaljay family now lives in a new blue home, thanks to a grant from The Grace Foundation in Destin.

The Casaljay family now lives in a new blue home, thanks to a grant from The Grace Foundation in Destin.

“Mission Love Seeds has demonstrated to us the real impact that our grants have had on their ministry,” Wind said. “They are doing tremendous work and have kept us completely involved and informed along the way. We have been made to feel as partners in the endeavors, and not just issuers of checks. Through this process, we have come to know their leadership and have found them to be passionate, honest, hard-working and truly devoted to their mission.”

“Let’s roll … let’s build God’s house,” Carroll-Hawbaker said. “By faith, we see a worship center, school, and playground in the village. It is so amazing what the Lord does with the funds received from Grace, and how He does exceedingly and abundantly more than what our imagination allows.”

Applications for The Grace Foundation grants are accepted for those who impact an underserved and disadvantaged group of people; programs with clearly defined objectives, qualified and committed leadership and measurable outcomes; programs that connect service-recipients to Grace faith values; and capital projects that support programs and goals as defined above.

There will be another review cycle in the fall of 2017 and applications will be accepted through Oct. 31. To receive an application or for further information, contact Mike Wind at 850-654-1679 or mike@gracedestin.com.

Ran in The Destin Log May 27, 2017.

 

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MLS builds worship center in Philippines

 

1Kids and their parents in the village of Buragwak in the Philippines are so thankful to Judy and Crawford Jones of Destin for providing a place for them to hold Vacation Bible School and worship their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Jones provided all the funds to build the worship center.

Before Mission Love Seeds built the worship center, Vacation Bible School was held under a large tree.

If you would like to a part of MLS, visit Mission Love Seeds Charity on Facebook or call 850-865-1055.
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Filipino midwife needs sponsor

Lola Bining is the oldest member of Mission Love Seeds in the Philippines. Lola, meaning grandmother, is 108 years old and will be 109 in September. She lives in the village of Dumpsite.

1008520248 FL_log_faith lola“I met Lola during my first visit to the Philippines,” said Barbi Carroll, founder of Mission Love Seeds. “What a precious lady. God has truly blessed her life. Lola is a midwife and has delivered almost all the babies in the village. The mission needs a sponsor to help Lola with her needs.”

“Let’s all pray God sends an angel to sponsor Lola for food, diapers, medical and other needs.”

Message Barbi on Mission Love Seeds Charity on Facebook or check contact page on this site.

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Love will build God’s house

By Pam Griffin | 315-4491 | @DestinLogPam | pgriffin@thedestinlog.com

It takes more than money to build God’s home. It takes love … a deep love and commitment only God can put in your heart.

And the founders of Destin-based Mission Love Seeds, Barbi Carroll and her husband John Hawbaker, have that kind of love.

With Christmas just over and hundreds of children receiving gifts, clothes and meals, MLS is ready for its new 2017 fundraising project, building its sixth worship center in Admiral, the largest of the 12 villages Mission supports in the Philippines.

1008454290-fl_log_faith-new-church“There have always been plans to build one in Admiral,” Carroll told The Log. “Our plan is to first build a worship center with a kitchen and restrooms and an outdoor grill, and then later build a daycare/preschool and playground.

“Long-range plans would also include tearing down the make-shift homes and building safe concrete homes much like the houses Mission is building in the village of Galilee,” she added. “The village has a great need for a worship center, but up until now all the land was in litigation as to who the owner was.”

Mission Love Seeds found the land, and when it became available they knew the time was right to begin the project. But funds were needed.

Always believing that with God all things are possible, Carroll put out a call to supporters to help purchase the land.1008454291-fl_log_faith-new-church

And soon, with help from The Calison Foundation, Earl Baumgardner and Charla Jordan Baumgardner, and the Bernice Shanklin Foundation, Judy and Crawford Jones, funds were available to purchase the land and move forward with the project.

1008454183-fl_log_faith-new-church“At this time, the mission is using a lean-to to hold Bible studies, vacation Bible school, feedings and distributions of clothing,” Carroll said. “During the rainy season, all activities have to be canceled.”

Mission’s goal is to begin construction as soon as possible and have the worship center completed by the end of 2017. Men, women and even children of the village will work to clear the land and build the worship center.

To donate

All donations are tax deductible and any donation will be accepted and appreciated. As long as they last, a copy of Mission’s “Heavenly Delights” cookbook with 745 recipes will be given to those who make a donation of any size.a2-cookbook

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, email missionloveseeds@cox.net or message on Mission Love Seeds Charity page on Facebook.

“Will you please help us build God’s house?” Carroll said. “Let’s roll. We can do it.”

 

 

 

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Mission Love Seeds helping others at Christmas

Click here to see article about Mission Love Seeds that was in 2 local newspapers.http://www.thedestinlog.com/news/20161208/destin-based-charity-bringing-christmas-to-children

Think about those who have nothing for Christmas. Mission Love Seeds can’t help them all, but it would if it could.

For the past 12 years, MLS has been providing Christmas for children … toys, clothes, and a meal.

Requests are coming in daily from locals to help children and families who have nothing for Christmas.

To make a donation, send money to 55 Country Club Drive E. in Destin or visit the website missionloveseeds.org to donate using PayPal or credit card. Items can also be dropped off at 55 Country Club Drive E. for local families not adopted. All age toys are needed, plus gift cards of all denominations, movie passes, inexpensive perfume sets, nail polish and make-up sets. Also needed are new children’s clothing and shoes of all sizes. Don’t forget the teenagers.

If you or friends or your organization would like to adopt a child or Family this year, message Barbi Carroll on Facebook, email missionloveseeds@cox.net or call 850-865-1055.

If you have never helped Mission Love Seeds, try it. Do as little or as much as you can. And see what a big smile it puts on your face and in your heart. Help provide a Christmas for those who have nothing.
Make the children and the families smile.

It will be the best Christmas you ever had.

Will make God smile too.

 

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Be Santa’s Helper UPDATE

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Dollar Tree has some wonderful teddy bears and some wind up cars … $1 each!!! Skip lunch and donate some to MLS for the children in our area who need toys.

 

Visit Mission Love Seeds Charity on Facebook to find out about the children you can adopt for $25 for Christmas. Make them smile. It will be the best Christmas you ever had.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/120924667405/?fref=nf

Merry Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toys/clothing for children here and abroad

1007772848-fl_log_com-santas-helpersChristmas is always a busy time for Destin-based Mission Love Seeds. They receive calls from parents here who cannot afford to purchase gifts for their children. All age toys are needed, including gift cards for teens. Also needed are new clothes and shoes in all sizes. If in Destin or close by, drop off items at 55 Country Club Drive E in Destin.

MLS also continues its giving to children and families in the Philippines, Haiti and Kenya. You might wish to adopt a family this Christmas.

For more information or to make a monetary donation, call 850-650-5583, email missionloveseeds@cox.net or message Barbi Carroll, founder of MLS, on Facebook. Donations can also be made at missionloveseeds.org using credit card or Paypal. All donations are appreciated, and no donation is too small.

MLS wants every child to have a big smile on their face during the Christmas season, knowing that God loves them.

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Last week before shipping to Philippines

1By the end of this week, Christmas gifts for the kids in the Philippines will be on their way.

If in Destin or close by, drop off items at 55 Country Club Drive E in Destin.

If you want to send a monetary donation, go to the donate page on this site.

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Donations coming in for Christmas

14370268_10155268503171040_684244939991469127_nDonations have been coming in for the children at Christmas.

The children in the Philippines will love these clothes and toys donated by Jana Larson Ryan Larson and Hudson.

Boxes will be shipped soon. To donate, email missionloveseeds@cox.net or check the donate page above.

No donation is too small.

 

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NEWS FROM THE PHILIPPINES IN SEPTEMBER

Lots going on in the Philippines this month.

The biggest news is about the village of Admiral.

Please pray for Mission Love Seeds!

church-landWe have found land to build our 6th church in the Philippines. The church will be built in one of the largest of the 12 villages where the mission is working in the Philippines.
Our plan is to first build a church and then later build a daycare/pre-school and playground. Please pray God provides, so the mission can purchase the land in Admiral.

 

 

The future plan for Admiral is a Church, Pre-school Daycare, Playground and Basketball court. We hope to tear down the make-shift homes and build safe concrete homes much like the houses the mission is building in the village of Galilee. We are in the planning stage at this time, but hope to purchase the land ASAP or as soon as funds can be raised.

The blue X makes the lots the mission hopes to purchase.

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Mission Love Seeds kids living in poverty in the Philippines love their new toys from Jana Larson Ryan Larson and Hudson. Thank you so much.

Mission Love Seeds kids living in poverty in the Philippines love their new toys from Jana Larson Ryan Larson and Hudson. Thank you so much.

 

Thank you so much Carolyn DiFebo and Denis Gagnon for these cute clothes and shoes. You both are so amazing in how you just keep giving over and over again! It is very obvious the kids never leave you heart or your mind. I no sooner ship items you give, I find more at my front door with lots of goodies for the kids and always bags of sweet lollipops. The kids know who the candy is coming from. Thank you, thank you so much! I know your sweet mother is smiling down from Heaven everytime she sees your gifts in the Philippines. Your molther loved Mission Love Seeds and so happy she passed that love on to her wonderful daughter.

Thank you so much Carolyn DiFebo and Denis Gagnon for these cute clothes and shoes. You both are so amazing in how you just keep giving over and over again! It is very obvious the kids never leave you heart or your mind. I no sooner ship items you give, I find more at my front door with lots of goodies for the kids and always bags of sweet lollipops. The kids know who the candy is coming from. Thank you, thank you so much! I know your sweet mother is smiling down from Heaven everytime she sees your gifts in the Philippines. Your molther loved Mission Love Seeds and so happy she passed that love on to her wonderful daughter.

Thank you so much to the Hanes Outlet Store in Miramar Beach! Thank you for your continued support and thank you to Lisa Snuggs who is always available to pick up the donations and drop by our mission office.

Thank you so much to the Hanes Outlet Store in Miramar Beach! Thank you for your continued support and thank you to Lisa Snuggs who is always available to pick up the donations and drop by our mission office.

Thank you, Margaret Tully for the make-up, lotions and bowls! Now, the kids have their own bowls to eat out of when Mission Love Seeds holds it feeding for the kids in poverty in the Philippines .The ladies were so excited to receive your make-up, lotions and shampoos

Thank you, Margaret Tully for the make-up, lotions and bowls!
Now, the kids have their own bowls to eat out of when Mission Love Seeds holds it feeding for the kids in poverty in the Philippines .The ladies were so excited to receive your make-up, lotions and shampoos

Thank you so much, Glenda Phillips Jernigan and the Fashion Exchange! We know you will be closing your doors, but we want to thank you for providing clothes for families living in poverty over the years. The ladies were always so excited when Zapanta Fely announced she was bringing gifts from the Fashion Exchange. You made the ladies feel so special. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! . May God bless you and Jack in everything. you put your hands too!

Thank you so much, Glenda Phillips Jernigan and the Fashion Exchange! We know you will be closing your doors, but we want to thank you for providing clothes for families living in poverty over the years. The ladies were always so excited when Zapanta Fely announced she was bringing gifts from the Fashion Exchange. You made the ladies feel so special. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! . May God bless you and Jack in everything. you put your hands too!

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MLS needs donations to help in Louisiana

Mission Love Seeds and a team of volunteers have just returned from a trip to help flood victims in Denham Springs, Louisiana. Many families lost everything and did not have flood insurance. Our team of volunteers worked very hard knocking and cutting out old wet sheet rock. Appliances no longer work.

14117451_1472520781.4134Now, thousands of sheets of sheet rock, large appliances and other building supplies are needed, so families can get back into their homes.

We are working very close with families in Denham Springs and promised the families we would be there to help. Please help us help the families !!

Many have small children and are living in Campers, RV’s or Shelters. The Mosquitoes are so bad and come out early in the afternoon.

Let’s get families back in their homes ASAP.

Can you help a little … or maybe a lot???

Click https://www.gofundme.com/2mbccqcc to make a donation at Go Fund Me.

Remember, no donation is too small.

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