The Grace Foundation of Destin has reached out and impacted the world as an extension of the Lord’s work at Grace Lutheran Church since 2006.

When Grace Lutheran Church received a $1 million gift from an anonymous church member in July 2006, the donor requested it be used for under-funded mission work, local or global.

The Grace Foundation focuses on a wide variety of organizations, both locally and globally, with a particular emphasis on those where a Grace Foundation Grant will have a significant impact, and on organizations that directly affect hope and healing.

Recently, the Fall 2017 Grant Cycle recipients were announced and totaled $52,600.

• Mission Love Seeds: Funds to continue construction of a worship center in the village of Admiral, Antipolo City, Philippines. The funds will be used to provide materials and labor for construction of the building, water purification, and outdoor grill.

• East European Missions Network: Funding for the development of Learning Centers in Eastern and Central Europe

• Reins of Freedom: Provide group equine assisted psychotherapy for children and adults who cannot afford treatment (focus on sexual abuse)

• Christian Friends of New Americans: Financial support required for establishment of a Skill Enhancement Program for the Ethiopian refugee community living in the St. Louis area.

• MOMS: To assist with childcare and operating expenses.

• Mark and Meghan Mantay (Missionaries to Uganda): Career missionaries sent by LCMS partnering with Lutheran Church of Uganda to build, support, and equip future pastors, and equip and enable leaders in finance and business practices

• David Kight (YWAM): Help pay for three months Discipleship Training School and three months mission work.

Since 2006, The Grace Foundation of Destin has awarded more than $550,000 in grants to 57 different organizations and individuals, helping organizations make better lives for others around the world.

Mission Love Seeds

Destin-based Mission Love Seeds has received numerous grants over the years from Grace Foundation.

“The blessings keep on flowing for Mission Love Seeds,” said Barbi Carroll-Hawbaker, founder and president of MLS. “John (Hawbaker) and I are so thankful for all the help MLS has received from The Grace Foundation. We could not have made such a large impact in the areas where the mission works without the help of this wonderful foundation.

Some of the other projects they have completed, thanks to the grants, include six water purification systems and medical/dental clinics in villages in the Philippines; a church, kitchen, restrooms, shower and a grill in the village of Sitio Pantay; homes in Galilee; and concrete walls and steel gates at an orphanage destroyed by the earthquake in Haiti.

MLS will use the $20,00 grant to help build the Mission's sixth church in the Philippines, a long-needed project.

Mike Wind, executive director of ministries at Grace Lutheran, told The Log the grant for Mission Love Seeds was a little more than usual.

"We were blessed this time with a larger than normal amount of available funds," he said. "We feel very strongly about the work that MLS has been and is doing and are honored to be able to support their work through the grant process."

“This grant means so much to Mission Love Seeds,” Carroll-Hawbaker said. “After working in the village of Admiral for more than 12 years and holding Bible studies in a lean-to and under shade trees, children and their families will finally have a nice Worship Center to study the word of God and families won't have to worry about the Bible studies being cancelled due to pouring rain. We are so thankful to the Grace Foundation for helping to make the Worship Center possible.”

The Worship Center will be used for shelter from typhoons that slam the Philippines every year and for activities such as weddings, baptisms and many other gatherings.

“Thank you Grace Foundation of Destin," said Carroll-Hawbaker. "You have never once turned Mission Love Seeds down for a grant. MLS has been approved each and every time.”