The Mustard Seed house is a project under
the Eden Team. Their vision is to mobilize a team of volunteers who will live long-term in the Salt River community in order to demonstrate the Kingdom of God in word and action. Projects include: Bike Club, Burrow Coffee Shop, School Literacy Program, Soccer Club, Community Service and Girls' Art and Crafts
The Mustard Seed House opened at the beginning of 2019. Our goal is to provide a safe place for vulnerable young women from the Salt River area between the ages of 18-30. We aim to care for young women holistically through – education, discipleship, and work-readiness training.
The first resident to move into the Mustard Seed House was Fazlyn. Fazlyn first heard about the house from some friends she was living with under a bridge. She was immediately excited when she heard about our house because despite her dire situation, she still aspired to a better quality of life. She had decided that if there was an opportunity to get out of her current living situation, she would take it. This would be her first step on a new journey.
“Before moving into the Mustard Seed House, I always had goals I wanted to achieve. The environment I lived in before made those goals seem impossible. I didn’t have the proper resources, or any motivation needed to achieve my goals.” Fazlyn recounts.
Even though she was caught in this downward spiral she still had goals for her life. She just needed the opportunity and space
to accomplish them. Moving into the Mustard Seed House was a fresh start for her. The first couple of months were overwhelming. Transitioning from a life without boundaries to a house with rules and curfews was a big change.
“Through all those hard moments I began to see things in a brighter light. Since moving out of my old environment I have been able to see new options I could never see when I was stuck there. I haven’t been the easiest person to live with.
This is something that I am working towards changing, even on the hard days.”
Since moving into the house Fazlyn has already made progress toward her goals. She completed a formal barista training course. She has also started studying for her GED and has completed a quarter of the course work.
“Moving into the Mustard Seed House has led me to some amazing opportunities. I am truly grateful to every person that has taken time to invest in me and support me this year. When I didn’t know how to support myself they surrounded me with constant prayers and heartfelt advice.” she says.
“Looking back there are a few things I wish I would have done differently. But the thing I am most proud of is myself. If I could do it over again, I would correct all the wrongs from my past. Unfortunately, that isn’t possible. What I would like to do is say a huge thank you to my house mom and my house mates. I would like to thank them for always being there for me and never giving up on me, even when I didn’t deserve it. These people will always be a part of my journey and for that I am forever grateful.”