LINGAP CHILDRENS FOUNDATION
May 1, 2011
I have known John and Judy Drake for over 30 years, and the story of the Lingap Center is truly a journey of hope for some kids who had none. It was by accident, or more likely that this was God-ordained because I'm sure it wasn't how John envisioned spending his retirement years. But hope he has brought to some kids who the world had forgotten is truly miraculous at Lingap Center. Every story is a touching and real because I've met some of the kids personally through John's generosity to bring them to America for a visit. These kids experience a happy ending, instead of the horrors that awaited these 'street' urchins who no one else wanted, except for horrific sex trading or slave labor. Even the Church rejected them. The reason this is such a worthwhile foundation is that every dime goes to helping kids. John covers ALL administrative costs, and this labor of love has so positively impacted the 'lucky' orphans who attend Lingap, but also the THOUSANDS of kids who show up for their 3rd Sunday events. John has taken kids from the gutter, with no food or chance at survival, and gave them HOPE. 14 kids are even in college now, and more to come - an unfathomable outcome just a few years ago. This is one financial gift that I absolutely love to give because I've seen how it impacts lives. This is truly the Lord's work being accomplished through some very special, committed people. Please consider a generous gift or at least prayers for these folks, and know that it ALL will go to rescuing kids from some horrible circumstances.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I've attended nearly every one of the annual Fund Raiser events in Jackson, Michigan, and I look forward to hearing how my donation is helping some very sweet kids with lots of potential to have hope and be loved. This year's video about the kids was a tear jerker, and made me realize how lucky most of us are compared some some parts like this town in the Philippines.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Somehow expand the advertising all over the country to get additional help for some very needy kids. I wouldn't change a thing about the committed people who work on this very incredible project. What a great organization.
Donor & I donate through "A Place at the Table" recurring payment program to ensure ongoing funding for these kids.