Mustard Seed Communities 2021
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Face the face that faces you…This is the challenge of Mustard Seed.
Mustard Seed Communities is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that began in 1978 serving the impoverished community of Kingston, Jamaica, as a home for abandoned and disabled children. Over the last 43 years MSC has greatly expanded and now serves in FOUR countries (Jamaica, Nicaragua, Zimbabwe, and Dominican Republic). We care for over 600 children who belong to the most vulnerable, forgotten, and marginalized groups of society. The members of our communities range from the ages of 6 months to 50 years old. They have a variety of physical, and mental illnesses such as: Down’s syndrome, failure to thrive, cerebral palsy, hydrocephaly, autism, microcephaly, blindness, and mental illness. These children come to MSC from incredibly difficult living conditions. MSC aims to improve the economic, social and spiritual conditions for all of the children they care for and to provide a safe loving home for them to live.
The small seed planted over 40 years ago to serve a handful of abandoned children on the streets of Jamaica, now provides a place of hope and dignity for hundreds of people. Children and adults with HIV/AIDS, and young mothers in crisis find shelter and love in our residential care programs. Entire communities find empowerment through sharing and training programs that combat malnutrition, improve access to education, and provide pathways out of poverty.
I have served MSC for nearly 10 years and have visited over 7 orphanages in both Jamaica and Nicaragua. The need is great there! Even after so many visits, it is still so difficult to put into words the beauty among the devastation that I witness. The children we serve at MSC were once cast away, but are now living in beautiful homes where they have the chance to heal and receive the loving care they so desperately need and deserve. Over the years I have worked to transform orphanages from termite infested wooden structures to sturdy cinder block homes. I have held the hand of a boy named Wilfredo while he took his first steps without his legs set in casts for the first time in his life. He was 12! I have witnessed transformation of body, mind, soul and spirit.
It never ceases to amaze me how much love you receive from just a smile. I always receive so much more than I give.
Mustard Seed’s goal is to provide a safe, healthy, loving environment for every child and to ensure that they will never again be abandoned, overlooked or rejected. Once a child becomes a part of the MSC family they are FOREVER a Mustard Seed child. These children, despite their suffering, have somehow pierced the meaning of true joy and that is a priceless gift imparted to all who experience them. Your gift will change their lives forever!
Please know that Missionaries pay for 100% of their travel expenses which means 100% of your donation will go directly to the MSC children.
If you would like to learn more about Mustard Seed, please visit their website at http://go.mustardseed.com/goto/theresamartin.
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