By Pam Griffin | 315-4491 | @DestinLogPam | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.”