Missions Statement

Josephine Kim

When the massacre happened at Virginia Tech in April, 2007, I was contacted by the school to conduct outreach and counseling with mostly Korean and Korean American students on campus. It had been apparent to me for a long time that our culture discourages us from speaking about such topics because of the stigma attached to emotional issues. However, just because we don't talk about it, it certainly doesn't mean problems don't exist, and the Cho incident was a blatant reminder that conversations and education around such issues needed to happen soon.

In an urgent response, I co-founded Mustard Seed Generation, Inc., a non-profit organization, which aims to assist Korean Americans in developing all aspects of their healthy identity as a "whole" person. Our conferences are different from most retreats, because we will be providing a comprehensive experience that will target all areas of development which I frequently speak about, including the spiritual, social, intellectual, moral, social, physical, and emotional components. The conference will feature informative seminars on topics related to Korean American cultural issues, family and parental struggles, perfectionism related to academic stress and career pressures, identity development, spirituality, career development, and more.

For me personally, the most exciting part about our conferences is group counseling. I'm excited to have other Christian, Korean American counselors on-board with me to facilitate this endeavor. Of course, on top of these exciting programs, our first and ultimate goal is to foster spiritual growth, and each day of our conferences will conclude with a worship service that will help to culminate the growth experienced each day.

Many of us want to change, but we're afraid to take risks. Change can be scary, because we know it doesn't happen without growing pains. I hope you will find the courage and the strength to grow and stretch as Korean Americans, as people, and as God's children.

With warm regards,
Josephine Kim, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC
Founding Executive Director

David Jung

Mustard Seed Generation, Inc. exists to reach Korean Americans and to plant seeds of Truth into hearts of believers and non-believers, so that they may grow every aspect of "wholeness" and develop an authentic faith that consists of sharing, serving, and living for the Word of God.

"What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It's like a mustard seed you plant in the ground. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade." These are the verses found in Mark 4:30-32, and it is the foundation and vision of MSG. It is MSG's greatest desire and hope that each Korean American individual will fully develop themselves and receive the salvation of Jesus Christ into their hearts ("planted"), becoming a worthy servant for Christ through their spiritual, mental, social, and physical beings ("growing"), so that we may expand God's kingdom by being great witnesses and examples to the world ("shade for the birds").

MSG believes God wants to work in your life and that He has great plans for you. We believe we can shoulder such great responsibility through the growth that only comes through training and discipline, while worshipping our one and only true God!

God bless you,
Pastor David Jung, M. RE., M.AR.
Founding Director of Spiritual Programming

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