3,500
Funds Raised

 

A Mustard is sown

Building a heart after God’s own isn’t easy. As a couple and a very young family, Manoj and Lincy realised that early. It was in 2008 that Manoj first sensed God calling them to move back to India. They were settled and comfortable in Dubai with Eva, their daughter, being less than a year old. Though Lincy had her initial apprehensions, God restored the peace in her heart and the family returned to Bangalore, India in December 2009. With Bangalore being Manoj’s home city, it wasn’t entirely unfamiliar ground. God impressed upon his heart that it’s cosmopolitan culture and ever burgeoning young adult population presented a unique opportunity, for them, to develop Christ-centered communities.

 In May 2010, they welcomed their second daughter, Zara, and in November 2010 they received direction on the composition of Mustard Ministries.

 They now knew that Mustard would comprise of a café, a book store, gift store and studio.

• The café would be a homely, informal environment with great food, honest conversations, genuine care and concern for people.

• The studio would be a place for Bible studies, workshops, counselling sessions, trainings and more.

 A Mustard seed is sown The cafe - the face & the studio - the heart of Mustard Ministries.

The journey

 Manoj and Lincy faced several impediments in the initial stages of conceptualizing and giving wings to Mustard- be it in understanding project costs, scheduling, government laws and regulations etc. But every single time, God revealed a greater and more glorious plan that added to their momentum. In November 2011, they finally found a space that was bigger and better than anything they had imagined! In May 2012, Mustard opened. Unfortunately, operations closed in July 2012 due to complications in zoning.

Zoay-The life that went quiet yet spoke to many

 Meanwhile, they were also preparing to welcome their third child, in August 2012. Zoay, their third daughter was born on August 7, 2012 with severe complications arising from a fatal condition termed Trisomy 13. She went home to the Lord the same afternoon. Even through this season of grief and anguish, God never let go. He stood with them, His unfailing love strengthened them relentlessly through His Word and specifi- cally 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 which says, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Tilling the ground

Again In August 2014, Mustard was re-opened with renewed focus, zeal and trust in the Lord, in Koramangala, Bangalore.

Our  Vision

 • To be faithful witnesses and accurately reflect the gospel of Jesus Christ through love, excellence, commitment and integrity in all areas of life, both business and social responsibility.

• To restore faith, hope and love in everyday life through the strategic use of Christian resources with a focus on the urban population.

• Helping people realize their God-given potential through discipleship, mentoring, counselling.

Inspiration

Matthew 17:20- “He replied, because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Mark 4:30-32 – “Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”

 Some Statistics on Urban Population:

An April 2015 article in The Economist stated that some 50 Indian cities have 1million residents or more; and forecasted that some 300m people will move to cities in the next 25 years, almost doubling the urban population. By 2051 about 60% of India's population will be in cities. With the rapid pace of urbanisation, each of these areas are adversely impacted. Bangalore has a very high incidence of stress, depression, alcoholism and early onset of heart attacks among the working professionals. Increasing instances of child pornography and attention deficit disorders (ADD’s). Also Karnataka has the 4th highest divorce rates in India.