“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.”
— MARK 4:30-32
In the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, strong emotions and high levels of distress echoed throughout the Korean community. Virginia Tech’s Provost requested that Dr. Josephine Myong Hwa Kim provide counseling services for Korean students on campus and in the surrounding community. In response, Dr. Kim founded Mustard Seed Generation, Inc. (MSG), a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to education around mental health issues of Korean Americans. From 2007 to 2014, MSG held conferences around the United States and the world, bridging families and bringing much-needed messages of healing to the Korean American community.
On May 2017, several Korean students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and beyond participated in organizing the Let's Talk! Conference to raise awareness of the mental health needs of Asian Americans. Through the conference, they were able to witness the hunger of Korean parents, youth, young adults, and church leaders in wanting to learn and talk more about holistic well-being -- and more specifically, what that looks like for Koreans living in America. In response, the HGSE alums have revived Mustard Seed Generation in collaboration with Dr. Kim to provide such resources to the Korean and Korean American community.
Mustard Seed Generation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the Boston area.
mission & vision
The Mustard Seed Generation exists to foster the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth of the Korean American population by cultivating healing and reconciliation of individuals, families, and communities in Christ and equipping the Church to be at the forefront of this development.
The Mustard Seed Generation provides culture-specific, gospel-centered conferences, partnerships workshops, group counseling, and training to the Korean American population with the Church and the local communities so that the Korean American population may thrive to its fullest.
what we do
Here are the ways we fulfill our mission and vision:
1. Conferences & Workshops
Oftentimes, the experiences of Korean Americans are not discussed in the mainstream culture or in the day-to-day life at school, work, or church. At Mustard Seed Generation, we are fully aware that what Korean Americans go through is unique and require attention that is culturally specific. That is why we provide conferences and workshops nationwide that are intentionally designed to open conversations relevant to Korean Americans as multicultural members of the American society. We share practical, research-based information relevant to the Korean American community. Counseling and group discussions also play a vital role in our conferences and workshops because we believe in the power of sharing stories.
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Topics we cover
pressures to succeed
leading small group
masculinity & femininity
how the church can support mental health
We believe that each community requires unique attention and that close collaboration with the community is key to sustainable change. Therefore, we make every effort to partner with local community leaders and members to plan conferences and workshops that best suit the community's needs.
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2. providing online resources
As a project to make resources more accessible outside our conferences and workshops, we are in the process of creating a blog documenting research and information that may be relevant and useful to the Korean American community, as well as collating directories of counselors in different areas of the United States. If you would like updates, please subscribe to our newsletter list below.