The Mustard Seed Project
Formally known as Homes for the Homeless Project
What is The Mustard Seed Project?
This Project developed out of a renewed urgency to obey God’s commands to take the Christian call outside the church and into the community. Here in Jones County there has been a recent discovery of families that are homless or near to becoming homless. The hope is to share the love of Christ with each of these families and to help them to receive the "Hand Up" they need to permanently become self sufficient. We are currently in the process of providing furnished homes for families and providing them with life skills that will continue to help them have changed lives.
Assurance of God’s help:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." ~Acts 1:8
Ways you can become involved:
Before you get started please contact the association office to let them know what you will be doing. You will need to get additional information to begin.
Project: Lead your Church or Sunday School Class to adopt a family member of one of the families we are assisting. Host a clothing shower for the family member you adopt. Bring new clothes to help give a new start to the families in need.
Project: Lead your church or Sunday school class to work together to purchase one or more items needed to help furnish the homes that are being given. Call the Jones County Baptist Association for a complete list of items needed. (Ex. bed, couch, washer or dryer, pots/pans…)
Project: Lead you church or Sunday school class to rally together to purchase a used/new car for one of the families in need of reliable transportation. This plays a very important role in their ability to find jobs. Once jobs are found reliable transportation is needed to help families become self sufficient.
Project: Lead your church or Sunday school class to adopt a family for six months or one year and assist with one of the following: lights, gas, or water bill, mobile home taxes, insurance, and rental space. This will allow the family to get ahead as we assist them in budgeting for the future.
Project: Lead your church or Sunday school class to host a household item shower. Help the family by providing things such as: laundry detergent, toilet paper, dish soap, bath soap, shampoo and other items that may not be purchase with government assistance.
Project: Lead your church or Sunday school class in efforts to purchase a mobile home or house for a family in need. Step out in faith and do a project like this in your neighborhood or community.
Other ways you can help:
· As an individual give a house or mobile home you are willing to share.
· Donate land that you would like to see used for this ministry. (Our long term plan is to build new homes to give the poor and homeless with families a new start. Jones County is ready for this kind of ministry.)
· Donate building materials, furniture, and household items needed for new homes.
· Be willing to work, build, paint, decorate, or repair homes that may be donated or given.
· Be part of the solution: We are offering additional services to these families free of charge. Ongoing volunteers are needed in these areas: Job Preparation, Family Counseling, Teaching families how to prepare meal, College Preparation, Budget and Finance Counseling, Children activates, Medical Awareness, Christian Assistance.
· Dream a bigger dream with us! Pray that your congregation rallies behind this project and sacrifices in such a way that would bring glory and honor to Christ. God is at work.
· Allow the Lord to show each of us if this is our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, or ends of the earth mission.
· Please join with us in fervent prayer as we seek the Lord for the present and future of this project.
Financial Support (individual, family, congregation):
· Jerusalem Project: If you live in Jones County, lead your Sunday School Class to adopt this as a Jerusalem Project. Two hundred Sunday School/Bible Study Groups at $100 = $20,000.
· Judea Project: It could be that you live somewhere in Mississippi and you’ve been waiting for an opportunity such as this. Consider adopting this as your Judea Project. 200 Mississippians at $100 = $20,000.
· Samaria Project: Maybe you are a pastor or lay member in a neighboring state or across the country. Consider adopting us as your Samaria Project. Two hundred churches at $100 = $20,000.
· Ends-of-the-Earth Project: It could be that you live outside of this country and you are looking at the United States as your “ends of the earth.” Pray about your contribution to reach a lost USA.
If you are interested in contributing to this need, please contact me at the Jones County Baptist Association 601-649-8114 or my cell 601-422-7097. All contributions may be sent to the Jones County Baptist Association. Please make a note that your contribution is for Homes for the Homeless.
Missional Mobilization Coordinator
Jones County Baptist Association
Laurel, MS 39440