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.