Burrito Ministry

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. 


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1 Response to Burrito Ministry

  1. Bob Olmstead says:

    And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matt 25:40
    His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Matt 25:21
    For we which have believed do enter into rest. Heb 4:3a

    Derek and Ginger, You are a blessing to those to whom you serve, and to those who read your reports.

    Isa 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.

    Isa 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

    We shall believe the report of the Lord.

    Bob O from Holyoke, MA

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