A charity that puts 100% of donations towards helping children of need always gets my vote of approval
For years our Church sponsored a school in Haiti, only to find out that the funds were being misappropriated. Our pastor then looked to find a charitable organization that truly cared about the welfare of others that could be trusted with our stewardship. John Drake came to our Church and gave a talk on how the Holy Spirit called to him in the Philippines. This man unselfishly gave of himself to help the forgotten children there. Every dime that you donate to this organization goes to help the children have a home, get nourishment and get an education. The children he has helped have spoken at my Church to say how the Lingap Center saved their life. I admire John Drake and the work he does at the Lingap Center and I love the children there. For the price of a fast food dinner for your family you can sponsor a Place at the Table for a child and you can know that every dime ($25 a month) is spent on the child-- not some CEO. God Bless John Drake and the children of the Lingap Center.
John Drake keeps every Lingap child in his heart and and in our minds. I thank him for allowing others to help support those who serve as God's hands and feet on this important mission.
John has brought the story of the Lingap Children's Foundation to the First Presbyterian Church of Hillsdale, Michigan on several occasions. We are moved by how the Lord has worked through John and the Lingap family. Our Ladies' Society and our whole church mission support Lingap with conviction that this foundation is doing as Christ instructed--minister to the poor and needy.
A charity that utilizes 100% of what you donate to the cause is one in a million and that is exactly what the Lingap Children's Foundation is. This is our #1 charity now and for years to come. John Drake is exactly the kind of person you want to support and trust.
John Drake spoke at our church and we have been donors ever since - giving monthly. 100% of the overhead is handled by the Board, so every penny you donate goes to the children. John was asked to help and God has worked through his generous hands to help these children - in a personal way - and to bless the donors, with the knowledge they can be part of this blessing.
I heard John speak at a mission week at our church. His devotion and passion to these children moved us to become monthly donors. His personal contact with us throughout the year is remarkable. the earthquake and typhoon were a personal experience to us, as we learned of the children's generosity towards others. Beauty blossoms where God's love exists...it has unfolded to include not only those children that have grown and shared as they do..but it had enriched us as well. It should be noted that 100% of your donation goes to the children, the Board absorbs the expenses.
I had the great good fortune to spend a weekend at the Lingap Center in 2010 as a guest of John Drake, the Founder, and had an amazing experience. This opportunity came about because I was working in Cebu, Philippines at the time and happened to be a member of Transfiguration Catholic Church in Atlanta, Ga. Transfiguration was launching a partnership with Lingap and I offered to go to the center and write a report for my Pastor. In short, Lingap Center is an extraordinary place and the work that has been done so far to give the children not just a chance to survive but an opportunity to thrive and share their God-given talents with the world puts Lingap in a class of its own. In my view and from my observations and experience, the Lingap Center is a reflection of the Holy Spirit working through mortal men and women here on earth. The Lingap Center is indeed divinely inspired and is a model for others to follow. God Bless the continued work of John and his team at the Lingap Center. Maureen Kennedy Shanahan
Having a Filipino father and always being interested in helping Filipino children to lead a better life than their parents, I was very impressed after learning about John Drake's efforts for the Lingap Children's Foundation. Since then, my husband Gene and I have contributed to Drake's efforts to provide these children with a "hand up" rather than a "hand out" approach, which is what my father would have done without hesitation. We are amazed at what this man has achieved since devoting the rest of his life for the benefit of these Filipino children.
Frances & Gene Schayer
If you want to make a difference, then Lingap is an organization where you can have significant impact. My wife and I support a number of organizations in both education and child welfare, and I can say with certainty this is the one where I know our support is completely focused on those whom the mission serves. We are each made in the image and likeness of Christ, unique and never to be repeated. John Drake and the Lingap center trustees understand this at their core, and I have profound respect for their tireless servant leadership.
When people are thinking about a charity, one thing that they may wonder about is how much of the money that is donated is used for running the charity i.e. administration, and what percentage actually goes to the beneficiaries of the charity. In the case of the Lingap Children's Foundation, 100% of the donations go directly to the kids.
I have known John Drake for many years and am in awe of his work for the Lingap center. His diligence in pursuit of this ministry are almost indescribable. We are so happy to be at least a small part of this effort as donors.