All of us at Mustard Seed Associates are heading into a busy season and we would appreciate your prayers for our travels, speaking and development of the Mustard Seed Village. I will be in Australia May 31st to June 15th spending time with my mother who will be celebrating her 88th birthday. I will also have some time to catch up with the rest of my family and some of my many friends Down Under.
Here is a snapshot of what else we are involved in:
Upcoming speaking for Tom and I includes:
Wild Goose Worship Festival June 23 – 29 ;
Christian Schools International Leadership Convention July 18 – 21;
Recession II Ready or Not July 23rd with Bishop Rickel and Diocese of Olympia;
MSA’s 20th Annual Celtic retreat Camano Island
Kent Covenant Church WA August 19 – 21
Sanctuary’s annual Fall Retreat September 30 & Oct 1
Laurelville Mennonite Church Laurelville PA Oct 21 – 23
Tom spends most of his waking hours these days coordinating the launch of the Mustard Seed Village. An increasing part of his time is consumed in growing the circle of friends to help us launch this exciting project. Please contact Tom right away if you would like to be a friend of the MSV launch. He always has time to get to know another friend and explain how you can be involved in creating the Mustard Seed Village as a center for Christian imagination and innovation…for life and mission in turbulent times.
For Cindy Todd, the summer market season has begun and Snohomish Soap Company continues to grow as she reaches new customers interested in her wonderful product. A promising opportunity has recently emerged. A friend involved in Microfinance in Uganda is facilitating the development of an organic essential oil line as well as a soap manufacturing business. He has asked Cindy to work with him by sharing her soapmaking expertise.
Andy Wade celebrated with volunteers from the Columbia River Gorge Warming Shelter last Saturday in a “Thank You” dinner for their amazing work this winter keeping homeless neighbors safe and warm. Although challenging at times, it was truly a joy for Andy to train volunteers and coordinate their efforts in this important local cause.
Andy’s wife Susan will work with me over the summer to edit a series of Advent meditations. We believe this will provide an exciting addition to the MSA resources. Be sure to check back in October for updates on this exciting new publication!
Robert Watton & Levi Dillard continue to help in the garden at the Mustard Seed House and are also planning the beginning garden at the Mustard Seed Village. This year in Seattle we have sold tomato, squash, basil and other vegetable starts to raise seed money (no pun intended) for this new venture. We are excited about the possibilities that this new garden and ministry will offer us.