John and his wife spent a weekend in Sugar Land in May 2017 to present a mission appeal at St Laurence Catholic Church. Even though I've been to the Lingap Center in Toledo City, Cebu, Philippines, watched the videos on the web site countless times and heard John speak before, I am still so moved by what the Lingap Center has accomplished. The outpouring of positive emotion during his presentation was overwhelming. But it's only because of the real message of hope, happiness, opportunities and success that John witnesses. My wife and I will continue to be financial supporters and strong advocates of the Lingap Childrens Foundation.
I was blessed enough to visit the Lingap Center for a week in late May/early June and the experience exceeded my expectations. John Drake spoke at our church 3 years ago and my wife and I have been Place at the Table contributors since then. We were so impressed with the approach to operating the Center, but most of all, the success that the Center has had with children who really had no hope at all. Seeing the squatter villages where several of the children used to live and the Center itself first hand gave me a great appreciation for the truly miraculous efforts of the Lingap manager and staff and the far reaching impact that the Lingap Center has on the surrounding community, especially the schools and a few of the children's families that the Lingap staff provided a small bag of food to, gave me a great appreciation for what is being accomplished. As John likes to quote, "Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God." In this instance though, while I saw many things in the squatter villages that must break the heart of God, what I was most touched by is that my heart is rejoicing at the Lingap Center and it's kids for God's heart must also be rejoicing. We will continue to be strong supporters of the Lingap Childrens Foundation and have already started encouraging others to join us.
This is a fabulous non profit and have been donating to them for years! The work they do to save children's lives is incredible!
I've been a donor for "Place At The Table" for several years now. It is my absolute favorite charity. What Mr. Drake has accomplished is totally unbelievable. He's changed the lives of so very many people. Please go to their website, read their story and donate as best as you are able......and don't forget to remember the Lingap Children's Foundation in your prayers.
I can't let 2016 go by without encouraging everyone to vote for the Lingap Childrens Foundation. They have not only rescued these children from the street, but have educated them; hence, their lives will be forever changed. Please go to their website and read of this incredible endeavor. More importantly please consider their "Place At the Table" program. For a mere $300 a year they are able to house, feed and educate a child. This is truly a wonderful program.
I've been donating to and following Lingap since it's inception. It very simply does excellent work, God's work.
I've been associated with LinGap a long time. It is THE MOST OUTSTANDING organization of it's kind.
True loving help for the most vulnerable in the Philippines. No child should have to grow up on the streets forgotten and The Lingap Center gives them a loving home. I've donated on a monthly basis since learning of them 4 years ago and am constantly warmed. Y the work they do.
I've been donating to the Center since 2006 and have been to the Center 5 times. It has been the best experience of my life. John took us to visit the schools and homes the children came from. He has saved these children from deplorable conditions and given them a great chance at a new life. The Center and staff are the best. The children love having us there and we love showering with our love. I'm planning on going again this year, and can't wait to see them all
again. Please keep donating to this great Charity.
Hi this is Dave in Tucson Arizona. I am extremely blessed to be married to an alumni of Lingap Children's Foundation. I met Aileen Bantolinao when she was completing an internship as part of her college degree from University of San Carlos. Aileen was working at the Marriott Hotel in Cebu and I was very impressed with her demeanor and personality and realized very quickly that there was something very special that set her apart from the other employees. After her internship was completed we started dating and I took the time to find out that she was raised from age 8 at the Lingap Children's Center and was now completing her college degree in Tourism Management. This climate of success was created by the Lingap Children's Center under the guidance of John Drake. It is an age old axiom that the values a child learns at an early age are what sets their life time agenda. In Aileen's case it is obvious that the values instilled by her Mother before her passing and the real world, work ethic and personal traits of human respect and pride in self and accomplishment from the Lingap Center are the heart of what sets her apart and makes her a joy to be around. She is appreciated by all who know her. Aileen enjoys life and is obviously, very appreciative of her opportunities and takes every opportunity to help others in subtle ways.. always giving a "hand up" and not a hand out. From the beginning of our relationship and constantly reinforced, is my understanding of just how irreplaceable the upbringing at Lingap is to Aileen and hundreds of other young people who would NEVER have the opportunity to achieve without the Lingap Children's Center. I am very proud to start our continuing donations to Lingap tonight and will continue to do so in the years to come.
After hearing John Drake speak, our family was immediately touched by this charity and the children's situations. After hearing more about the Lingap Center we decided to help with donations, and we are very glad that we have. This charity is a not only saving children from the poor streets of the Philippines, but staging them for a successful life by not only looking after their needs to be feed and clothed, but the Lingap center is amazingly focused on their educational and mental well being of all the children. The team there has also been apart of so many miracles it would be to hard to list them all. If anyone would like to read more about John Drake and the wonderful miracles, he offers his story in a free ebook: http://www.lingapcenter.org/pdf/GodsCall.pdf . This is a real life story of the Lingap Center and the children. It is a story that will touch your heart to what a true miracle that the Lingap Center is.
John Drake spoke at a mission in my parish several years ago and was inspirational. I made a one-time donation but decided two years ago to donate monthly. I know the foundation is saving and improving the lives of many children and am happy that all of my donation goes directly to support the children. I have talked with John personally and his letters are very informative.