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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 2014 Top-Rated Non-Profit Organization

Thanks to all of the amazing reviews we got from all of you, 2014 is the third 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!

After Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

The Lingap Center was spared from the storm and the Lingap children and staff have been reaching out to our neighors on a small scale. They prepared and distributed 500 basic relief packs with basic provisions such as bread, rice, and water bottles in Medellin, a devistated area on the northern end of Cebu.

Read John's account of the experience



Supporting Disaster Relief
Sadly, the Lingap Center is not equipped for humanitarian efforts on the scale needed. If you wish to contribute to disaster relief, please consider supporting the missions of the following agencies, who have the facilities, man-power and capabilities need:
 
Huff Post Award

Huffington Post: Top Local International Children's Nonprofit Of The Month

The Lingap Children's foundation was voted The Huffington Post's "Top Local International Children's Nonprofit Of The Month" for December 2012 by its readers. Thank you to all the Lingap Center supporters who voted!

See the results here

 
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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CitPat

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.

www.mlive.com

 
Latest Newsletter

Latest Newsletter

As you all know so well, the Lingap Center exists to provide hope for those children who have none. It is my feeling that the only way to achieve this and provide a pathway out of poverty for the Lingap wards is through education. Therefore, we stress education at every opportunity and reinforce it whenever possible. One example is our Lingap Honor Society, in which we honor the top students in elementary, high school and college at the end of each school year. We have a grand party for all of the kids and award a beautiful plaque to each winner. The three winners have their photos framed and placed on the wall for all to see during the next school year as examples of achievement and excellence.

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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

 
Georgia Bulletin Article

Georgia Bulletin Article

Transfiguration Making "Place at the Table" for Filipino street children

Transfiguration Church has chosen the Lingap Children's Center in Toledo City, Cebu, Philippines, as its world mission outreach.


Click here to continue reading in the Georgia Bulletin


 
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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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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Hillsdale College Article

Alumni Spotlight in Hillsdale Magazine

Reprinted with permission from Hillsdale College

Alumni spotlight: John Drake, '74, and "his Kids"
giving Filipino orphans a Better life

Hillsdale native John Drake, '74, recently retired from a 32-year career as senior vice president of human resources and administrative services at Cms Energy Corporation/Consumers Energy Company in nearby Jackson to focus on...

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