Growing the Mustard Seed Community
by Christine Sine —
Mustard Seed Associates is bulging at the seams. We are preparing to launch new initiatives and expand existing ones in the coming year and God is blessing us richly with new team members and a growing community of volunteers.
Dr. Forrest Inslee, has spent long hours facilitating and designing curriculum for our upcoming semester away program on Camano Island. His continued leadership of this program is key to its development and implementation. Forrest has also facilitated strategic planning days with the MSA team. He and his daughter Kayra have become important members of the MSA community and we look forward to growing this relationship in the future.
J. Paul Fridenmaker has just joined the MSA board. He has already given invaluable advice on fundraising, and planning for the future and is uniquely gifted to help us grow into the future that God intends for us.
Crickette Scoma and Lyndsay Field are heading up our new garden team and will facilitate the expansion of the garden ministry at the Mustard Seed House as well as the development of the garden on Camano Island. We expect that with their help we will not only be able to continue to produce food for the Mustard Seed House and the new community as it develops on Camano Island, but also start to contribute produce to local food banks. Stand by for announcements in the new year about availability of seed starts and spirituality of gardening seminars.
Nancy Merklinghaus is our new book keeper. Her diligent work in keeping our financial records up to date is invaluable.
James Rempt is the newest resident at the Mustard Seed House. He works for Missio Lux, a ministry associated with the Covenant Church but will also assist Tom in his new blogging endeavours.
Susan Wade, wife of our communication’s director Andy Wade helped compile our best selling Waiting for the Light, devotional and will assist with other publication projects in the future.
We are still recruiting interns to assist with administrative and research projects and would love to add to our garden team as well. We will shortly post additional opportunities for summer interns and staff positions for the Pacific Northwest Semester Away program so keep your eyes open for other ways to join the Mustard Seed team.
We are amazed by the goodness of God to us as we move forward in developing the vision that God has given us. Thank you for your prayers and supportiveness which have helped bring this team into being.