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"Kruise for the Kids"

We would love to have you join us on an exclusive Lingap-chartered European riverboat cruise in conjunction with Avalon Waterways. This cruise will take us round trip on the Seine River in France from Paris to Normandy.

August 19-26, 2017
Avalon Waterways - Tapestry II

We still have a few cabins available! Please contact to inquire.

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John: My Story

I heard God's Call, but how will I answer? is the autobiographical story of John Drake and The Lingap Center.

During his carrer as an American businessman, John found himself on an international assignment in the Philippines. His story is one of heart wrenching encounters with poverty and fate-filled introductions to those fighting it, culminating in the construction of "The Lingap Center".

This home for neglected, abused, abandoned, and forgotten children has been called "The best of its kind in all of the Philippines". It strikes at the root of poverty by not only providing food and shelter for the children living there, but by providing lifesaving health care, quality education, community outreach and family involvement to ensure that not only are lives saved, but that futures are bright.

Click here to download "I heard God's Call, but how will I answer?" (pdf)

A GreatNonProfits 2016 Top-Rated Non-Profit Organization

Thanks to all of the amazing reviews we got from all of you, 2016 is the fifth year in a row that The Lingap Children's Foundation has received recognition from GreatNonprofits as a Top-Rated NonProfit organization!

Check out the experiences shared by our supporters and add one of your own!

Streen Children Education Program

Street Children Education

A Lingap Center Outreach Program

Beginning in 2008, a street educator from the Lingap Center begain to go to the city park each day. There she teaches those children who are unable to attend school for a variety of reasons, reading, basic arithmetic and hygiene. The program has grown to include an average of 85 children each day ... We provide them with a lunch, which is often their only meal of the day....

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John meets the Presidnet of the Philippines

The Lingap Center is recognized by the President of the Philippines

On January 6, 2006, John was named an "Adopted Son of Toledo City" by the Toledo City Council and Mayor Arlene Zambo. Later, he was named one of the "Outstanding Toledano's" for 2006 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo!

Jackson Magazine

Powerful Dreams

Reprinted with permission from Jackson Magazine

Former CMS Energy Vice President John Drake has always been an early riser. But on one particular morning, he could not sleep and headed to work earlier than normal. Thoughts of how he was going to organize and run an orphanage thousands of miles away....

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Third Saturday Outreach

Third Saturday

A Lingap Center Outreach Program

On the third Saturday of each month, a children's mass is held, followed by a soup kitchen ... During regular months, attendance numbers range from 200 - 600. However January tends to be the most heavily attended month. In January of 2009, over 800 children attended. In January of 2010, over 1200 attended and in January of 2011, over 5000 were present. 7000 meals were provided on that day!

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Latest Newsletter

Latest Newsletter

Typically, my update letters tell about the activities and successes of the Lingap wards, or how they might have come to live at the Lingap Center. However, one question that I frequently receive is, "Who runs the Lingap Center when you are not there?" So, perhaps it's time for you to 'Meet the Staff!'

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John Ryan

John Ryan, Lingap Ward, tells the story of the Lingap Center's impact on his life.


John Drake and Aileen of the Lingap Center

John Drake visited Transfiguration on the weekend of November 9, 2014 and brought one of the Lingap Center wards, and success stories, Aileen who shared her story.


Jackson Citizen Patriot coverage of the Lingap Center

Former Jackson businessman continues commitment to Philippine children

Drake is the president of the Lingap Children's Foundation, which supports impoverished and neglected children through the Lingap Center in Toledo City, Philippines.

CNN Article

CNN Coverage of the Lingap Center

We are very excited to announce that on May 18, CNN ran a major feature story on the Lingap Center on their international online news service. It can be found by clicking on the link below. This is really great news for us!! Please take a look!

The CNN Freedom Project

Faith Magazine

The Lingap Center and John Drake
are featured in Faith Magazine

Reprinted with permission from Faith Magazine

It was common for children to be sprawled out on the sidewalk sound asleep. The locals would simply step right over them as if they weren't even there. I was deeply troubled each time I saw a child living like this, but it was everywhere...

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