Eric Burtchell joined Mustard Seed Communities as Director of Fundraising and Donor Engagement in March of 2021. Eric visited MSC in Jamaica for the first time in early October and shares his thoughts about the experience.
“On the last day of my trip, I was asked to ‘Describe my trip in one word.’ To my surprise, and to the surprise of Fr. Garvin, I couldn’t. For a week I traveled the entire island to experience all but one of our Apostolates and each time I stepped into a new home my breath was taken away. At each home, regardless of the surrounding environment (be it inner city Kingston, the mountains of Moneague, or the cool hills of Mandeville), there was a sense of joy and peace that I could not put into words.”
“For the last 6 months, I have spoken with many of you about your experiences at Mustard Seed Communities. Now that I have seen the labor of love that has gone into building the homes, the meticulous care that is provided for the residents every day, and the abundant joy that exudes from the residents and staff, I understand the beauty which is Mustard Seed Communities.”
“After a month of being home, I can finally describe my trip in one word, ‘awe-inspiring.’ Upon reflection of all that I witnessed, it is clear to me that something divine is taking place at MSC. I am truly thankful to be part of this great community and I look forward to working with you all to expand and grow Mustard Seed Communities and its great work.”