OUR MISSIONS

“It's amazing to see, we go to serve and help the vulnerable,
but the reality is they do much more for us because they have a joy that is contagious.”

Our Missions

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Brother Andres cafe
Serving Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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mustard seed communities
Serving the Most Vulnerable Abroad

Encounters with Christ
Mission Trips for Teens and Young Adults

other ways we serve
When the Need Arises and in Our Local Community

 

Brother Andres Cafe

We're on a Mission!

While as many as one in four Americans lives with a disability, these individuals continue to be underrepresented in the workforce. An outreach of Move A Mountain, Brother Andre’s Café employees adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).  We currently have an online store, have hired our first three employees (Patrick, Michael, and Morgan) and are preparing to open our in-person cafe soon!  ith the simple joy of our employees at the heart of our cafe, we aim to create a community feeling that is as warm as the cappuccinos and fresh baked goods we serve. Please visit Brother Andre's Cafe online to shop for coffee, cookies and handcrafted gifts made by talented artisan residents of Mustard Seed Communities and other developing countries (and tell Patrick we sent you)!

 

Mustard Seed Communities

 

“It's amazing to see, we go to serve and help the vulnerable,
but the reality is they do much more for us because they have a joy that is contagious.”

Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for the most vulnerable populations in society. Move a Mountain Missions actually began in 2016 when we led a mission trip with eleven high school students to one of their communities in Kingston, Jamaica. We went there to serve and be a blessing for the most vulnerable, it turns out that they blessed us in ways we could have never imagined. Our mission trip program and the high school and college students who have attended have remained at the heart of our Move A Mountain Missions.  As our mission program rapidly expanded one experience remained a constant: Our friends at Mustard Seed despite their many challenges, have a joy that is contagious which opened our hearts to receive the love of God more fully. We stumbled into a gold mine, a truth as ancient and as new as our Catholic Faith itself: the most vulnerable, those rejected by the world, are privileged channels of God's grace. We felt compelled to find a way to bring the same transforming joy back home. From this desire, God provided the foundation of our ministry, our outreach and recently, the inspiration for Brother Andre's Cafe, a coffee shop in the heart of Pittsburgh which employees adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

MSC began in 1978 as a home for children with disabilities on the outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica, and has expanded to Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. The majority of programs are dedicated to the residential care of children and adults with a range of developmental and physical disabilities. MSC also cares for children affected by HIV in Jamaica, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. MSC Jamaica manages a home for young mothers in crisis so that they have a place to transition safely into motherhood. The vision for each apostolate is to create a loving and caring environment to aid in the physical, mental, and spiritual development of more than 600 residents worldwide.

In addition to residential care programs, MSC is involved in numerous outreach and community development initiatives in the countries where we serve. MSC employs over 400 local workers, offering jobs, training, and economic viability to people who would otherwise have no opportunity to break out of the cycle of poverty. MSC introduces skills into the community to empower its people. Every MSC apostolate is working to become self-sufficient through sustainable agriculture, improving the quality of life for residents, providing a source of revenue to support the core mission, and improving food security within the wider community.

To date, Move a Mountain Missions has taken over 160 teens and young adults to visit the MSC residents - 100 more were scheduled for summer 2020. In 2019, MMM raised enough money to donate a new cottage. While pandemic precautions have temporarily suspended our mission trip visits to MSC, our 2020 Fall Diaper Drive raised $16,027 to purchase 52,574 diapers and other needed items for our friends in need at Mustard Seed Communities. 

Funds raised from mission trips make up more than half of their operating cost used to care for their over residents. Since March of 2020, all mission trips have been cancelled & they need our help more than ever! Click here to learn more about Mustard Seed Communities.

 

Other Ways We Serve

Wherever and whenever there is a need, we do our best to pitch in. Some recent was we have served when the need was presented include:

  • Matthew 25:40 Campaign
    Supporting Local Restaurants while Feeding those in Need - At the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we did what we could to keep our local restaurants afloat and their employees employed while feeding the hungry. The task was simple, hire restaurants to provide meals to the hungry.

  • The Red Door Campaign
    MMM operates out of Epiphany Church in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh - this church also operates as a Red Door location which provided us with an easy way to lend a hand and serve local members of our community in need. Whether the need was providing or distributing meals and essential items to those in need or opening our doors to act as a winter warming station for the homeless, we were grateful for the opportunity to lend a hand.

  • Diaper Drives
    In the Fall of 2020, when our friends at Mustard Seed struggled to find funds to purchase everyday supplies for their residents after the pandemic stripped them of the funds normally brought in by summer mission teams, MMM organized a Diaper Drive in hopes of sending a three month supply of diapers to their facilities. With your help, we raised $16,027 and filled a truckload container 52,574 diapers and other needed items for our friends in need.

 

Mission Trips for Teens and Young Adults

“These young men and women are so impacted by the experience, their Catholic faith so enriched, they return with a new, giving spirit. So we decided to do what we can so more students can have that experience.”

In 2016, we led a dozen high school students on a mission trip to Mustard Seed Communities in Jamaica to help the most vulnerable - it turns out that they helped us. Our friends at Mustard Seed, despite their many challenges, had a joy that was contagious. We stumbled into a gold mine, a truth as ancient and as new as our Catholic Faith itself: the most vulnerable, those rejected by the world, are privileged channels of God’s grace. These young men and women were so impacted by the experience, their Catholic faith so enriched, that they returned home to their communities with a new, giving spirit. So, we decided to do what we can so more young people can also have this life changing experience.

​Contrary to the cultural norms our mission teens live by, the Mustard Seed Residents impact our youth by showing them first hand that one does not have to be wealthy beautiful, athletic, smart, or in perfect health to be inherently and truly happy. In fact, these abandoned, vulnerable children and adults who own nothing, who are mentally and physically disabled, have a joy that is undeniably radiant and pure, and a beauty that words cannot describe. It is our privilege that for one week, the residents share this unconditional and true joy and beauty with our youth  - and herein lies the true impact and take away from our Mission Trips and why we at Move a Mountain Missions are committed to raising funds to take more Pittsburgh youth on these trips of transformation so they may return to their communities with a new sharing spirit of charism and charity.

Since 2016, we have taken over 160 Pittsburgh based young people to visit the residents at Mustard Seed in Jamaica. In 2020, we were scheduled to lead 5 summer mission trips with a total of 100 team members to the community. Since March of 2020, all mission trips have been cancelled due to the pandemic. It is our hope to again be able to lead these trips once the pandemic precautions are lifted. In the mean time, we continue to raise money for Mustard Seed - for housing, diapers, supplies and care - they need our help more than ever! Click here to learn more about Mustard Seed Communities.

MMM Mission Teens Served - Growing by the Year



Over 200 young people were scheduled to travel to Mustard Seed with us in 2020 before all trips were cancelled due to pandemic precautions. Currently, all 2021 trips have also been cancelled. We must do what we can to help support our friends at Mustard Seed. For our young people, we are working on local, weekend mission trips serving our communities and enriching their hearts.

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