Mud began in 1997 based on the passage in the bible in John chapter nine. Jesus spit on the ground and made some mud and used it to heal a blind man. For over 17 years, we have been telling people, “if God could use mud to make a blind person see, how much more could he use YOU???” We believe that God desires to use ordinary people in extraordinary ways if they will only allow themselves to be available. From our humble beginnings as a youth ministry and drama team, we have grown to include all sorts of ministries around America and the world.
What started out as a rather typical youth ministry in a church in South Carolina, eventually grew into an organization which ministered in 27 states and 17 countries around the world. We led high energy camps for children and youth our drama teams performed at churches all over America. We sent teams of people to do evangelism, construction, and ministry all over the globe. Finally, we realized that as people were beginning to apply our message that God could use anyone, we built a logistics department that served to provide support to missionaries.
When people ask what defines us, though, it’s not the camps or the missions or the drama. It’s been our desire to go wherever we’re called. If there’s a need and God tells us to go, we go.
Mud began working with kids suffering from Nodding Syndrome in 2011. After taking several teams, we began to sense that God might be doing something bigger there. In August, 2014, we launched Mud Project One. In Luke 15 Jesus tells the story of leaving 99 sheep to go after the one that was lost. God has called us to leave behind the other awesome ministries we’ve been doing and go out to reach the forgotten people of Northern Uganda. We hope you’ll join us for a trip or at least learn a little bit about this mysterious disease.
Our Core Beliefs
1. We believe in God the Father, Jesus his only Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1-2, John 1:1)
2. We believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. (John 14:16)
3. We believe that God desires to use ordinary people to do extraordinary things (See the story of David in 1 Samuel 17 and the story of Moses in Exodus) and that He calls all Christians to ministry (Matthew 28:18-20)
4. We believe that the Christian life is not only about getting to heaven, but also about making this world a better place through good works and sharing the good news of Jesus. (Matthew 5:13-15, John 10:10)
5. We believe in keeping the main things, the main things. We teach the core beliefs of the faith which mainstream Christians can agree on, while leaving the issues that can sometimes divide us to be taught by the local church. (1 Corinthians 9:21-23)