Mustard Seed International

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We plant seeds of change in the lives of Indonesian children.

Why We Teach - We plant seeds of hope in the hearts of children because we believe that life-giving education can change the future of Southeast Asia.

We We Love - We love because God first loved us. It is this love that compels us to go into remote areas to start schools, care for orphans and serve those in need.

Why They Lead - We believe in the importance of local leadership; therefore, we train and equip indigenous youth with the necessary tools to help their society flourish.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Mustard Seed International
PO Box 91569
Austin, TX 78709-1569


Phone: (843) 388-9314


Organization details

EIN: 952053950

CEO/President: Paul Richardson

Chairman: C Scott Miller

Board size: 5

Founder: Ms. Lilian Dickson

Ruling year: 1959

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1993


Mustard Seed International empowers the next generation and establishes thriving communities through a holistic model of transformative Christian Education.

Mission statement

TMS uses the following to express its Mission Statement:

"To present Christ as Savior to all we meet, to heal disease and all manner of suffering and to love sincerely and deeply those people whose lives we are privileged to touch."

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Sector: Evangelism Support

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating457 of 103121 of 51
Fund acquisition rating304 of 103316 of 51
Resource allocation rating922 of 103346 of 51
Asset utilization rating236 of 103111 of 51

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,545$98,111$124,035$29,795$1,791
Short-term investments$14,314$12,015$116,072$109,174$145,466
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$119,190$144,274$268,374$363,841$342,284
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total assets$119,190$144,274$268,374$363,841$342,284
Payables and accrued expenses$3,737$9,227$11,670$11,322$37,989
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$3,737$9,227$11,670$11,322$37,989
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$6,250$41,304$41,491$41,666$63,251
Total long-term liabilities$6,250$41,304$41,491$41,666$63,251
Total liabilities$9,987$50,531$53,161$52,988$101,240
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$109,203$93,743$215,213$310,853$241,044
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$109,203$93,743$215,213$310,853$241,044
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$259,839$161,193$156,396$291,109$211,349
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$4,031$4,906$4,379$15,358
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$0$4,031$4,906$4,379$15,358
Total revenue$259,839$165,224$161,302$295,488$226,707
Program services$182,984$217,355$205,138$172,549$227,516
Management and general$55,236$49,732$41,896$37,552$50,437
Total expenses$246,677$282,074$259,200$225,679$290,530
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$13,162($116,850)($97,898)$69,809($63,823)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$13,162($116,850)($97,898)$69,809($63,823)


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Mustard Seed can trace its roots to founder Lilian Dickson's (1901-1983) work in Taiwan just after World War II.

In 1969, Mrs. Lillian Dickson opened and dedicated a Vocational Training Institute and a chapel in Taiwan. These were additions to Mustard Seed's existing Rescue Home for boys. "People will be our kind of work," she explained. As she watched the beaming children march from the Vocational Building to the Chapel, she reflected: "This is the pathway of Hope".

Since then, Mustard Seed has expanded to other areas of Southeast Asia and continues to focus on building education programs. Through the schools we start, staff, and operate, we provide hope to our students, teachers, and the communities they live in. The education, training and discipleship they receive nourishes their hearts and minds. In every classroom and children's home we run, we teach in words and deeds about our greatest Hope. Driven by that Hope, teaching is our small act of worship.

Holding strongly to Lilian's legacy, we are focused on training and empowering indigenous leaders after God's own heart. Currently, almost all of our sites are led by local leaders. We're aiming much bigger - we established an innovative teacher and leadership training program to exponentially increase the number of local leaders who will be equipped to serve communities all over their nation. It is through this generation that the mustard seeds we're planting will grow into something Christ-sized big!

Program accomplishments

2021 In Numbers:

4 new schools opened

93 children received love and care in Mustard Seed children's homes

296 youth received mentorship and life skills through youth outreach programs

77 teachers-in-training were equipped and discipled through the transformation program

436 teachers provided love and mentorship for their students

31 transformation interns served children in village schools

48 communities rose up in new hope for their future

3739 children discovered their true potential through transformative Christian education