Blog #396: The Ministry of the Mustard Seed Street Church

In our weekly church website blogs, we are in the midst of promoting and explaining those missions and ministry groups that we support in our yearly financial budget, as well as with prayer. We have already looked in these blogs at Cornerstone Counselling, and Restored Ministries, and this week we are turning our attention to The Mustard Seed.

The Mustard Seed is a Christian non-profit organization that has been caring for individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty since 1984. Operating in six cities across Western Canada, The Mustard Seed is a supportive haven where people can have their physical, mental, and spiritual needs met and grow toward greater health and independence.

“I assure you that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Go from here to there,’ and it will go. There will be nothing that you can’t do.” – Matthew 17:20

The Mustard Seed Edmonton’s original building (located at 10635 96th Street) was built in 1912 by German-speaking immigrants from Russia. The congregation, the First German Baptist Church, later changed its name to Central Baptist Church at the outset of World War II. Central Baptist then relocated to the city’s south side in 1967 and the 96th Street building fell into disuse or was converted into a steakhouse and then a nightclub. The building was abandoned for many years until the Central Baptist Church leased the building to The Mustard Seed in 1988.

Today, The Mustard Seed Edmonton has locations throughout the city, including two shelters, two Community Impact Centres, a Wellness Centre, and multiple affordable, supportive housing buildings that those who have experienced poverty and homelessness now call home. Their programs and services include:

Basic needs – emergency shelter, meals, clothing, and hygiene items
Health and Wellness
Spiritual Care
Here are a few of the Edmonton highlights, gleaned from The Mustard Seed’s 2023 Community Report:

· 81,668 nutritious meals to our Edmonton neighbours facing hunger.

· 6,742 health and wellness services that would otherwise be out of reach.

· 121 moved from one of our shelters into affordable housing.

· 203 clients found employment working with our employment coach.

The mission of The Mustard Seed is: “To eliminate homelessness and reduce poverty where we serve. To build hope and well-being for our most vulnerable citizens through Jesus’ love.” As a church, Southgate Baptist supports this valuable ministry. May the Lord bless it richly.

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