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.
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.
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:
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!
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....
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!
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....
I first met Aileen in February of 2002, during my first visit to the old Lingap Center - the pig slaughterhouse. She was not attending school or church and she was sitting on the edge of a pig trough with a blank stare on her face. She had a broken spirit, no future, no hope and no place to go. On October 12, 2013, we celebrated her graduation from the University of San Carlos, with a degree in Tourism Management!! She is our third college graduate thus far. She asked me if it was possible for her to thank all of you who helped to make this possible.
"The Blue Danube Discovery" Riverboat Cruise August 11 - 23, 2014
Ruth Brown of Sun Sand and Sea Travel is sponsoring this unique fundraiser on behalf of the Lingap Children's Foundation.
"The Blue Danube Discovery" Riverboat Cruise on Avalon Waterways will begin in the city of Budapest, Hungary and travel down the beautiful
Danube River to Nuremberg, Germany ending in a short motor-coach trip and stay in the city of Prague.
Please call Ruth for a full description of the trip and a catalog from Avalon Waterways. She can answer all of your questions and help you make your travel arrangements.
Please contact Ruth Brown at phone: (517) 398-0116 E-Mail: email@example.com
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...
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!
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...