How will Mustard Seed help with Transportation?

This is an area of Mustard Seed where we would love to see many get involved.  Venango County has offered, through their RSVP (Retired Seniors) program, to handle volunteer drivers by providing county driver’s transportation insurance and county vehicles for volunteer use.  In other words, if you are willing to help drive someone to a doctor’s appointment or some other critical “transport of last resort” type of need; we have a way that you can serve.

If you are 55 years or older, you can become a volunteer directly with RSVP.  We will help you do this.

If you are under 55 and still willing to drive, we can accommodate this as well.

This is the information we need on all driver volunteers in addition to the Volunteer Form in our sidebar:

  1. A copy of your Driver’s License
  2. A copy of your insurance card
  3. A clean driving history
  4. Child Abuse & Criminal Record Check clearances

For more information please contact us and we will have you fill out the appropriate forms to get started.  Contact Randy Powell at (814) 432-8061 or Heather Mohnkern at (814) 671-0735.

Be Involved…

Become the contact person at your church/organization who helps coordinate volunteers and resources. Volunteer your skills to help in whatever way you can. Help with a project, give a ride, listen and help, pray and much more. Donate items such as building materials, appliances, food, clothing, furniture, money, etc. Prayer Warriors are always welcome!!

If you are a person who…

  • Has a heart for hurting and disadvantaged people
  • Has a passion burning for sharing the Gospel through words and actions across our community
  • Has time to get involved in one of our main work areas:  Home Repairs, Building Ramps, Delivering Household Goods and Out-of-County Transportation; then we have some simple steps that you can take.
  1. VOLUNTEER APP – We would love to have you fill out a Volunteer Application that can be accessed and printed here on our website.
  2. CHURCH LIAISON – Be a liaison from your church  that can communicate the needs of Mustard Seed Missions back to your members and pastor; we need these people desperately for this to be a Venango Co. collaborative project and to fulfill the need we think God may bring us.  What an opportunity!

Please call the office at 814-437-1982 if you have questions on how to be involved.

Steering Committee meeting regularly…

So far approx 12-15 people have been meeting as Mustard Seed Missions of Venango County.  Items discussed at our last meeting on November 9th at 8:30 a.m. were as follows:

  • Current project needs –  how we are attempting to minister in Projects # 1 – # 3 (see them listed in our Project menu)
  • Future Direction as a 501C3 – by-laws drafted by Dave Mayer of Good Hope Lutheran/Zion Lutheran are being considered and modified to accommodate our mission & vision of Mustard Seed Missions
  • Website & communication tools – discussed development of such tools beginning with our website & with our new listserv; these tools to serve volunteers and our organization as we collect resources
  • Fund-Raising ideas were discussed by those who desire to help Mustard Seed Missions

If you would like to be involved in helping to structure and organize this vital mission.  Please consider filling out the form in our sidebar to get involved!

Thoughts by Randy Powell, Pastor at First Baptist Church in Franklin

A seed is planted…Mustard Seed Mission of Venango County

There have been several pleasant surprises here in Franklin in my first ten months: the ease of making the transition due to the overly friendly people, the amazing ecumenical cooperation among our churches, and now the fulfillment of a vision that began before I arrived but which I have become a part of.

Mustard Seed Mission of Venango County:   a cooperative effort where Faith Works.

This group is the official name of the Venango County Children’s Roundtable’s effort to come to an understanding with local churches in order to help (primarily) the children who are on the CYS caseload.  Of course, when you help the children, you help their families; and when you help families, you help the community.  This effort represents cooperation between more government agencies than I can possibly keep track of (amazing in and of itself) and more churches and denominations (a God thing if anything is) than I can list.

My involvement began this past spring as a substitute pastoral representative at a meeting of about 20 people where we heard about the work of Seeds of Hope in Tioga County, an organization that has been doing something similar for the past ten years.  Other meetings followed, and the numbers began to grow; 30, then 40, and finally over 75 in September.  By then, there were representatives from about 50 churches throughout the county that had attended or expressed interest.  There was a critical mass of enthusiasm and hope, but a beginning still needed to be made.

And now, in the last 2 weeks, we have chosen representatives to be on a committee that will begin to move this vision into reality.  Our first priority: get out into the real world and help one of the families that we’ve been talking about all year.  That is now a reality that will soon be coming true; a local mom with a teenage daughter living in a home that is not safe will be receiving new windows, probably a roof repair, likely some new plumbing, and new doors (more or less).  All this with the generous donation of people’s time and money, and especially the help of people with training and expertise in the building trades.

Soon, the project will be regularly helping with unsafe housing, rides to doctors appointments (using county vehicles, expanding an already existing system), and mentoring and counseling of families.  Each time a church offers real help to real people the potential exists to turn that moment into the beginning of a relationship.  Our goal, even beyond the very big task of helping in these situations, is to help construct the support structure that every person and family needs.  Where does that structure exist already?  Within our churches, as those of us who have been blessed with a church family know.  Where is the answer to drug abuse, alcoholism, neglect, anger, hopelessness, insecurity, grief, and every other such trouble that is common to man?  In the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We, Mustard Seed Mission, are not a social service organization; those already exist.  We’re not an evangelism arm of our churches, they exist too.  What we are is a mixture of both.  By offering real and meaningful help to people, by showing the love of Jesus Christ through deeds not just words, we show to those in need that they have value; that God loves them.  If those who receive our physical help decline our spiritual help, we offer them God’s blessing and leave the door open; if those who receive our physical help wish to know why followers of Jesus Christ would be willing to help them, we have an answer ready to share, “we love because he first loved us.” (I John 4:19)

Will it be easy?  No.  Will it be without bumps along the way?  No. But then again, what worth doing really ever is, and can you think of anything else our churches should be doing more than this?