We are making breakfast burritos with no green chili! What a shame, right? Our “customers” want something a little easier on the stomach in the morning. We serve our brothers and sisters in Christ as they leave Shiprock detention center. They are released somewhere between 5:30-6:30 am. They are dehydrated, a little hung over and HUNGRY!
On Saturday nights we make homemade breakfast burritos in our own little assembly line. We wrap them in foil. Put them in the fridge and gather the other supplies for the morning and hit the hay early. The next morning all burritos are warmed in oven and placed in a cooler. Coffee is made for 36 cups and sometimes we get dozens of donuts donated to load as well!
We park outside the detention center. Tables and chairs are unloaded. Our little meal is spread out and we turn a little lamp on to show tired groggy eyes where we are in the dark parking lot.
And then they come. Battered and bruised. Broken hearts and orphan spirits. They sit to eat and look nervously around just in case someone cared enough to come pick them up. The stories of trauma and crisis pour out over coffee. As they rise to leave, we ask, “Can we pray for you?” Only one “no” received so far. What a joy to pray hand in hand. Sometimes they pray too! Then they wander off into the new morning light.
Any burritos left are loaded back in the truck and go to the local shopping center for the homeless that gather there. More prayers. More new friends.
We call it burrito ministry.