Once a month I produce a monthly update and prayer request letter for Mustard Seed Associates. I thought that you might be interested in seeing the various events and projects we are involved in. We would appreciate your prayers for all that is happening.
May 11th, 2009
Dear Prayer Partner,
Greetings to you all on a beautiful spring day in Seattle. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement over this last busy month which enables us to continue to move forward in some exciting directions.
- We all continue to rejoice at the growth and development of little Elias and his older brother and sister Gabriel and Catie. They are all an important part not just of our Mustard Seed House community but also of Mustard Seed Associates. Catie is particularly excited about the upcoming annual Celtic retreat in August and is a very active participant in planning the children’s program.
- Eliacín has had many opportunities over this last month. He spoke about Intentional communities at Northwest University and participated, with 23 sisters and brothers in a weekend of discernment about the future of Emergent Village. He also continues to connect with a larger group of intentional communities in the Northwest and abroad and is looking forward to participating in the Cohousing National Conference in Seattle June 24 – 28. More info here
- We are very grateful for those who have supported Eliacín’s travels and participation in these events with finances and accommodation. His networking has enabled all of us to both broaden our networks and to provide constructive input and resources that we believe strengthen God’s kingdom purposes.
- Tom continues work on the Recession Readiness manual and is currently looking for examples of what churches and individuals are doing in response to the growing economic pressures. He has even started blogging about this at the MSA blog. Read his latest entry here
- I am grateful for the many opportunities that I have had over the last month. The Spirituality of Gardening seminar was a great success and will be repeated May 30th. Read the report here. The garden manual Gardening with God is now available for download and I am delighted at some of the enthusiastic responses we have had to this resource. I have also just returned from a very enriching week at OMSC in New Haven Connecticut where I was teaching a course on spiritual renewal. Students came from India, China, Indonesia, Korea, Uganda, Madagascar, Myanmar, Nigeria, Philippines, and Japan. Read the report here
- Judy continues to work on the Seed Sampler which is generating more discussion each month. The April issue on Suburban Missional Church and Rural Intentional Community in particular sparked discussions about meeting the needs of people where you are. Read comments on Kathy’s, Todd’s, and Jason’s articles.
- We continue to meet together in the Mustard Seed House for morning and evening prayers. We were privileged a couple of weeks ago to participate in Dustin Cross’s ordination which will enable him to more effectively carry out his work with the homeless in Seattle
Prayer Requests for May
- Pray for an engaging and fruitful Pentecost Seattle 2009, a greater Seattle Ecumenical Conversation to happen in May 16 which MSA is a collaborator. Find more information at http://www.pentecostseattle.com
- Pray for Emergent Village as the network discerns ways to move into the future with great hope as momentum continues to build, seeking to turn words and ideals into action.
- Pray for the upcoming MSA events – The Spirituality of Gardening May 30th and The Annual Celtic Prayer retreat August 14 – 16. (please put in hyperlinks) and for our upcoming opportunities to participate and speak at other events:
- Pray of the effectiveness of the Recession Readiness manual and the Gardening with God resources that are available this month. Our hope is that God will use both these resources to enable Christians to more effectively engage the challenges of these tough economic times
- Pray for Judy and her work on the upcoming Seed Samplers on Encountering the “Other” and Writing as Spiritual Discipline. If you would be interested in contributing let me know.
- Pray for the work that all of us on the MSA team continue to do to develop curricular resources for followers of Jesus. Pray particularly for the growing network of collaborators we have enlisted to help with the Living on Purpose and Community cultivation and companioning segments of this.
- Pray for Stacy Christ from North Carolina who will be with us over the summer as an intern. We would also appreciate your prayers for a volunteer administrative assistant 10 hours a week.
- Pray for MSA’s continuing financial needs in these challenging economic times. We are still in need of $3,000 to cover Eliacín and Ricci’s salary for 2009 and for $6,000 to raise Judy’s support to its full level. Please pray about the possibility of joining our support group at this time.