Mustard Tree Missions, Inc.  ©2017
   Mustard Tree Missions (MTM) was founded and is directed by Rick Burton of Meridian, MS.  He has been active in leadership in local churches for many years and was also a youth leader for several years. It was his involvement with the youth ministry of his church which first led him to start taking mission trips to Venezuela.    Originally from the Pittsburgh, PA area, Rick moved south almost 40 years ago and began a career as an insurance agent. After owning his own agency for many years, God led him to sell it in order to give more time to missions.    Rick and his wife, Lokey, live in Meridian, MS where he oversees the Mustard Tree Home Center and the Mustard Tree Food Pantry. He and Lokey attend Life Church Meridian.    Rick is ordained by Liberty Fellowship of Churches and Ministers.
   MTM’s  Venezuelan Director is Rubén Turtulici, M.Ed. of Maracaibo, Venezuela. Rubén is also the President of Fundación Árbol de Mostaza (FUNDAMOST) which is the Venezuelan branch of MTM.    Rubén holds a Bachelors Degree in Modern Languages from Zulia University and a Master’s Degree in International Education from Framingham State College. He also just completed an undergraduate degree in philosophy at Universidad Católica Cecilio Acosta.  He is fluent in 4 languages – Spanish, English, French and Italian.     A native of Maracaibo, Rubén has served in church ministry for many years in many different areas including praise and worship, Christian education and missions. For several years he assisted Teen Mania mission teams that came Maracaibo as a translator and team coordinator.  A school teacher by profession, he has taught both children and adults for 16 years.  After 6 years as an ESL and SSL teacher at the private international school Escuela Bella Vista, he took the position as their librarian.  In 2012, after 2 years as librarian, he decided to leave in order to give his full attention to the ministry of FUNDAMOST.  He is still teaching private language classes and does some tutoring.  He is active with Amnestiy International as the monitor for the state of Zulia and often teaches workshops at CATESFAM, a mental health clinic in Maracaibo.    Rubén is married to Dra. Melyber Rivero. They are currently attending Christ Church, an English-speaking Anglican congregation.  Mely is working in her first year as a medical resident at Chiquinquirá Hospital.    Rubén is also ordained by Liberty Fellowship of Churches and Ministers.            (Click here for Rubén’s most recent newsletter.)
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Made with Xara  Xara  Xara ...the birds of the air will come and nest in its branches. ~ Matt. 13:32

MTM’s Board of Advisors:

Mustard Tree Missions, Inc.  ©2017
   Mustard Tree Missions (MTM) was founded and is directed by Rick Burton of Meridian, MS.  He has been active in leadership in local churches for many years and was also a youth leader for several years. It was his involvement with the youth ministry of his church which first led him to start taking mission trips to Venezuela.    Originally from the Pittsburgh, PA area, Rick moved south almost 40 years ago and began a career as an insurance agent. After owning his own agency for many years, God led him to sell it in order to give more time to missions.    Rick and his wife, Lokey, live in Meridian, MS where he oversees the Mustard Tree Home Center and the Mustard Tree Food Pantry. He and Lokey attend Life Church Meridian.    Rick is ordained by Liberty Fellowship of Churches and Ministers.
...the birds of the air will come      and nest in its branches. ~ Matt. 13:32
   MTM’s  Venezuelan Director is Rubén Turtulici, M.Ed. of Maracaibo, Venezuela. Rubén is also the President of Fundación Árbol de Mostaza (FUNDAMOST) which is the Venezuelan branch of MTM.    Rubén holds a Bachelors Degree in Modern Languages from Zulia University and a Master’s Degree in International Education from Framingham State College. He also just completed an undergraduate degree in philosophy at Universidad Católica Cecilio Acosta.  He is fluent in 4 languages – Spanish, English, French and Italian.     A native of Maracaibo, Rubén has served in church ministry for many years in many different areas including praise and worship, Christian education and missions. For several years he assisted Teen Mania mission teams that came Maracaibo as a translator and team coordinator.  A school teacher by profession, he has taught both children and adults for 16 years.  After 6 years as an ESL and SSL teacher at the private international school Escuela Bella Vista, he took the position as their librarian.  In 2012, after 2 years as librarian, he decided to leave in order to give his full attention to the ministry of FUNDAMOST.  He is still teaching private language classes and does some tutoring.  He is active with Amnestiy International as the monitor for the state of Zulia and often teaches workshops at CATESFAM, a mental health clinic in Maracaibo.    Rubén is married to Dra. Melyber Rivero. They are currently attending Christ Church, an English-speaking Anglican congregation.  Mely is working in her first year as a medical resident at Chiquinquirá Hospital.    Rubén is also ordained by Liberty Fellowship of Churches and Ministers.            (Click here for Rubén’s most recent newsletter.)

MTM’s Board of Advisors:

Staff
Mustard Tree Missions, Inc.  ©2017
   Mustard Tree Missions (MTM) was founded and is directed by Rick Burton of Meridian, MS.  He has been active in leadership in local churches for many years and was also a youth leader for several years. It was his involvement with the youth ministry of his church which first led him to start taking mission trips to Venezuela.    Originally from the Pittsburgh, PA area, Rick moved south almost 40 years ago and began a career as an insurance agent. After owning his own agency for many years, God led him to sell it in order to give more time to missions.    Rick and his wife, Lokey, live in Meridian, MS where he oversees the Mustard Tree Home Center and the Mustard Tree Food Pantry. He and Lokey attend Life Church Meridian.    Rick is ordained by Liberty Fellowship of Churches and Ministers.
   MTM’s  Venezuelan Director is Rubén Turtulici, M.Ed. of Maracaibo, Venezuela. Rubén is also the President of Fundación Árbol de Mostaza (FUNDAMOST) which is the Venezuelan branch of MTM.    Rubén holds a Bachelors Degree in Modern Languages from Zulia University and a Master’s Degree in International Education from Framingham State College. He also just completed an undergraduate degree in philosophy at Universidad Católica Cecilio Acosta.  He is fluent in 4 languages – Spanish, English, French and Italian.     A native of Maracaibo, Rubén has served in church ministry for many years in many different areas including praise and worship, Christian education and missions. For several years he assisted Teen Mania mission teams that came Maracaibo as a translator and team coordinator.  A school teacher by profession, he has taught both children and adults for 16 years.  After 6 years as an ESL and SSL teacher at the private international school Escuela Bella Vista, he took the position as their librarian.  In 2012, after 2 years as librarian, he decided to leave in order to give his full attention to the ministry of FUNDAMOST.  He is still teaching private language classes and does some tutoring.  He is active with Amnestiy International as the monitor for the state of Zulia and often teaches workshops at CATESFAM, a mental health clinic in Maracaibo.    Rubén is married to Dra. Melyber Rivero. They are currently attending Christ Church, an English-speaking Anglican congregation.  Mely is working in her first year as a medical resident at Chiquinquirá Hospital.    Rubén is also ordained by Liberty Fellowship of Churches and Ministers.            (Click here for Rubén’s most recent newsletter.)

MTM’s Board of Advisors:

Staff
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“...the birds of the air will come and nest in its branches.” ~ Matt. 13:32