Mustard Seed Ministries

Mustard Seed Ministries pays kindness forward

July 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

Making a difference with kindness In the early morning hours of May 19, numerous volunteers gathered at 241 Park St. in Sparta. Their mission was to make a family’s needs become a reality by installing a new roof on their home. Phil and Carol McVickers were in dire need of a new roof on their home for at least 10 years, but could not afford one due to Phil losing his job at the local school district and not being able to find steady work for the last few years. Carol works three jobs just so they can keep their heads barely above water while trying to stay up on the bills as much as possible. A brown tarp had covered part of the roof for the last three years just to keep rain and snow from coming into the attic area. The volunteers were led by a nonprofit organization from Rockford known as Mustard Seed Ministries. President Troy Winters was contacted by an anonymous individual who had asked if Winters could put something together to help the McVickers with a new roof. The individual was not only led by the Lord to contact Mustard Seed about a new roof for the home, but was also gave $1,000 toward the materials for the project. Mustard Seed is usually approached by homeowners who need work on their homes, such as wheelchair ramps, roof repairs and many other repairs. “This was one of those unique situations you don’t come upon too often,” said Winters. “The majority of the people we help are low income and just don’t have the funds to put toward the remodeling of their home.” The initial estimate came in around $1,300 and the project was in need of another $300 to make this successful. Thanks to the generosity of the Sparta Lions Club, the project was going to happen. Many businesses and individuals stepped up to the plate by donating things like food from Family Fair, beverages from McDonald’s, lumber from Standard Lumber and a dumpster from Venman’s Landscaping. A portable restroom was even donated by Plummers Disposal. Dave Vander Kodde, a licensed contractor, was on hand to oversee the project to make sure everything went smoothly without issues. Dr. Chris Hawkins, a […]