Many years ago I felt led to review a map of the world in an attempt to discover English speaking countries in Latin America and Asia. The reason was to identify mission fields where volunteers from the US and Canada could communicate in English.
Most of our mission visitors in Mexico do not speak Spanish and felt frustrated trying to communicate with our Mexican children.
After earnest prayer, I looked at my trusty, world map again and noticed Belize, Guyana, South America and the Philippines and remembered that English is the official language in these three countries. I also learned that the Philippines is much more Latin than Asian because Spain ruled the Philippines for more than 400 years.
I prayed again and felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to visit each of these countries and left for Manila. Philippines about 20 years ago. After landing in Manila, I checked into a hostel and promptly left to look for homeless street children and saw three naked kids shivering, and hugging each other on a nearby street corner.
When I found out that these children had been abandoned, had no food and no one to love and care for them, I felt God wanted us to rescue kids in the Philippines even though we were already understaffed in Mexico, Belize and the Amazon.
Thousands of homeless children roam the streets of Manila, Cebu and Davao. And in Davao, death squads mureder street children for breaking into cars and businesses to steal something to trade or sell for food.
After searching the streets of Manila, Cebu and Davao in subsequent trips, I knew that Davao was where Sparrows Gate should take root and Sparrows Gate Mission pioneered a children's home that in time was incorporated as a non-profit, called The Father's House.
Then Sparrows Gate Mission bought pristine vacant land on Samal Island aided by a generous contribution from my long time friend, Patricia Heaton Hunt, the co-star of the TV series, Everyone Loves Raymond. I designed a children's home and hired a builder to construct it.
Now abandoned children have a loving home and Sparrows Gate intends to rescue more homeless children from the dangerous streets of Davao from A WASTED MIND AND EMPTY HEART...in Jesus name.
Samal is a beautiful, tropical island and major tourist destination, just one mile from metro Davao, which is the third largest city in the Philippines with a population of more than 3,000,000 residents.
Because thousands of visitors come to Samal Island for vacations and leisure activity like the local Pearl Farm, we may open a tourist attraction to help fund the children's ministry in Davao, Philippines..
One idea to help fund our mission, requiring a minimal investment, is a Peacock Park. The feasibility of this business idea is being researched and prayed about. The Father's House children's home is strategically located on a well known and traveled road near other popular tourist attractions.
Peacock Park visitors would pay an entry fee and presumably buy food for the big birds, our own branded T-Shirts, mugs, key chains, photos of themselves with our peacocks and buy tasty, healthy, sandwiches and natural juices.
The main goal for the Father's House, directed by Pastor Paul and Ellie Barner, is that many more abandoned children, come to know love and serve Jesus in Davao, Philippines and beyond.