This is an wonderful season for us at MSA with exciting momentum and promise. We are very grateful to God, to our team, our board and the new friends God is bringing our way. There are new ventures on the horizon and we are greatly blessed by God’s direction and provision for our organization. We have just launched a new website and continue to work toward clearer communications, a more community-like presence and greater integration of all aspects of MSA.
Our most exciting news is that we have signed a memorandum of agreement with Creation Care Study Program (CCSP) We are excited about this partnership which will enable us to launch our semester away program at the Mustard Seed Village.
CCSP provides a high-caliber academic semester abroad experience that connects Christian faith with the most complex, urgent global environmental issues of coming decades. They currently offer two programs during fall and spring semesters: one in Belize, and one in the South Pacific (New Zealand and Samoa) where students study for four months in learning-living communities. MSA and CCSP will work together to design this new curriculum which will provide a third option for undergraduates to engage in a study away program. MSA’s program will meet it’s own unique objectives, but also complement CCSP’s other programs.
We are also moving ahead on site development. Last month we met with our architect David Vandervort on the 40 acre property and positioned where we will construct our first pole barn/classroom and initial garden. This is a momentous step and we are excited at the possibility of having our first structure completed by the end of the summer. Unfortunately, accommodation facilities will not be completed for the first students Fall of 2012. They will live at Warm Beach, http://www.warmbeach.com/ a nearby Christian retreat center, for the four months.
As well as that we are starting to plan for our annual Celtic retreat. This will be our 20th celebration and we have given it the theme Jubilee and New Beginnings. So save the date – August 13th on Camano Island.
Please pray for:
- For David Vandervort and the initial development of the Mustard Seed Village site
- For Forrest Inslee and Tom Sine as they work to develop curriculum
- For Cindy Todd as she works on grant proposals
- For MSA’s partnership with CCSP
- For the preparations for the Celtic retreat.