Loving the people of the Rio Grande neighborhood in the name of Jesus Christ through the transforming power of the gospel, friendship, and good food.

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September 27, 2017 / 5 - 7 pm


Come join the fun at our September Community Meal! Bring your family and friends. Make new friends!
Our sponsor this month is Hope for West Texas. This amazing group partners with like-minded individuals, groups and churches as they count others in the community more significant than themselves. They strive to look out for the interests of the community through involvement with their affiliates as they network resources and volunteers to positively impact our community with compassion, love, and kindness, demonstrated through living out the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Check out their website – http://www.h4wt.org/
See you Wednesday night!


Wednesday, August 30, 2017 / 5 - 7 pm


Come share a meal with us! School’s back in session and the Community Meal is a great night out for busy families! We do the cooking and you enjoy your family and friends. Our heartfelt thanks go out to First Baptist Church for once again sponsoring this meal! We love the way that you love our community!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017 / 6 - 7:30 pm


The Mustard Seed Café welcomes El Paso’s youth to attend a Back to School Worship Night at the Cafe on Wednesday, August 9 from 6 – 7:30 pm.

The event will feature worship led by Cross of Grace Worship Team and a message by Pastor Ricky Alcantar. There will be free food too!

“We love the youth of this community and want to encourage and strengthen them as they head back to school this year. We also want to support the families, teachers and counselors who love and care for them. It’s going to be a great night – all glory to God!” said Mustard Seed Café manager, Carmen Estrada.


July 26, 2017 / 5 - 7 pm


Join us Wednesday, July 26 for our Community Meal! Thank you to First Baptist Church – our Community Meal sponsor this month! The meal is their gift to you, your friends, and your family. Doors open at 5:00 pm and we serve until 7:00 pm or until the food runs out! First Come, First Serve!

Community Meal

Wednesday, June 28 / 5 - 7 First Come First Serve

Community Meal

Happy Summer to our beautiful community! Join us this Wednesday night for our no-charge Community Meal! The doors open at 5:00 pm and we serve until 7:00 pm or until we run out of food. Whichever comes first!
These meals are a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a great meal and enjoy time with your family and friends.
See you there!


SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017 / 8:00 AM


Parking Lot Yard Sale
First Christian Church
1140 N. St. Vrain

You Can Help Us in Two Ways -

BRING stuff to sell!
Come BUY stuff!
Proceeds benefit the Café

Bring sale items to the Café by noon, Friday, May 19th!
Thanks for your support!


APRIL 17 - 21, 2017


“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.”

We thank God for each one of the Mustard Seed Cafe volunteers! Our volunteers are truly at the heart of everything that we do. Their commitment to make a difference in the lives of other people is remarkable! They serve the Lord here in many different ways – they sweep, mop, wash dishes, chop veggies, make cookies, stir soup, pour iced tea, harvest veggies, listen when people need to talk, write tickets, clear tables, hold babies, greet guests, arrange flowers, turn the compost, give lots of hugs, clean the store room, log volunteer hours, do laundry, tell people about Jesus, fold napkins, aprons, t-shirts and towels. They plant veggies, sweep the sidewalks, pray with people, serve salads, move furniture, make change, arrange books, write press releases, take out the trash, play the guitar, clean the counters, unload groceries, and lock the doors.

Our volunteers are beautiful people with selfless hearts! We love them – every one of them!THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY!


Last Wednesdays of March, April, May 2017 / 5 - 7 pm


Come enjoy a good, hot meal and the pleasure of good company. Bring your family and friends!
We are a pay-what-you-can cafe during our hours of regular operations. But these meals are different!
No payment is asked! Just come and enjoy yourself! This is a gift to our beautiful El Paso community.
Hasta luego!

Human Trafficking Monologues

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 / 12:45 - 1:30

Human Trafficking Monologues

“The Human Trafficking Monologues” Observe. Listen. Learn.
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month!

Join us Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Mustard Seed Cafe. DHS, ICE, and Homeland Security Investigations in collaboration with other agencies are hosting “The Human Trafficking Monologues.” Come early for lunch at the cafe – pay what you can or pay it forward – then stay for the performance from 12:45 – 1:30. Q and A afterwards.

Register on Eventbrite.com. And wear blue. January 11 is the Blue Campaign’s “Wear Blue Day”. Help us bring trafficking out of the shadows and into plain sight.

Thank You El Paso!

December 27, 2016

Thank You El Paso!

Thank you El Paso for your support
of our gospel ministry.
Lives are being changed!
This year we served 6,164 guests
through our three-day-a-week lunch service.
1,529 additional guests
volunteered in exchange for a meal.
We served an additional 600 guests
through community meals and special events.

Volunteers spent over 8,584 hours

loving our neighbors in the name of Jesus Christ!



The Mustard Seed Cafe Needs Your Help This Christmas

December 5, 2016

The Mustard Seed Cafe Needs Your Help This Christmas

The Mustard Seed Café is not a restaurant…wait, what?
Not a restaurant? It looks like a restaurant; it smells like a restaurant. Hmmm…

The Mustard Seed Café is actually a Christ-centered ministry that just happens to serve and sell food. We do lots of other things and those things are more important than the food itself. Take for example what happened a few weeks ago. It was a quiet day and our volunteers had time to sit and visit. Suddenly, we received a phone call from a former volunteer whose family is in crisis. A broken-hearted mother asked us to pray for her daughter. All of us – staff, volunteers and a friend that God brought through the door – dropped to our knees and prayed. We cried out to God for that young woman and for her family. We pray for them still.

When we were done, everyone set about closing up the café for the afternoon. That’s what we do. The menu at the Mustard Seed Café changes weekly, but we serve the love of Christ and His compassion every single day.

As the Christmas seasons begins, we ask that you consider supporting our gospel ministry. We need people to come alongside of us as financial ministry partners. Would you please join us? Visit our website DONATIONS page.

Thanksgiving at the Seed

Thursday, November 26, 2015 / 9:30 am

Thanksgiving at the Seed

We Love Our Community!

Free Hot Cocoa and Hugs!
Come get warm before the parade!
9:30 a.m.
Mustard Seed Café
Café Entrance
1140 N. St. Vrain at Arizona Ave.

November Food Handlers Class

November 9, 2015 / 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

November Food Handlers Class

Join us in the some of the most soul-satisfying work you’ll ever do! The Lord is working at the Mustard Seed Cafe and what a privilege it is to join Him in that work. Every day He brings precious souls through our doors and bids us to love them in the name of Jesus Christ. It is our purpose to carry His saving love to each one!
Attend the food handlers class to learn how to properly handle food and beverages. The sweetest and most humbling part of the work is the privilege of handling people’s hearts. See you there!

Gardening Wednesdays!

Every Wednesday / 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Gardening Wednesdays!

PLEASE come help us garden EVERY Wednesday from 8:30 am – 10:30 am in our garden on the grounds of the cafe in the back. We have TWO master gardeners who have volunteered their own time to help us maintain the garden AND teach anyone who arrives gardening techniques! What an incredible opportunity! FREE gardening lessons!!

Look at what we’ve been up to over the last two and a half years…

Mustard Seed Work Days – September 20, 28, 2013
Volunteers are at the heart of what we do! 10 soldiers from Charlie Company at Ft. Bliss and volunteers of all ages came to help us move into our new space. We moved equipment from storage units and warehouses, cleaned, assembled shelving, and unpacked dishes. Lunch was provided on both days by generous Mustard Seed friends.

Garden Build, Friday and Saturday, August, 2013
25 hard-working volunteers, two days, 20 + hours later, we’ve got eight raised beds and all kinds of yummy vegetables planted. John Pfirman, our foreman for the day,
directed the work and kept us in line. A fabulous day in the neighborhood!

Neighborhood Health Fair, July, 2013
First Christian hosted the annual neighborhood Health Fair and volunteers from other groups and Mustard Seed helped out however they could. It was great fun and a wonderful opportunity to get to know our neighbors.

CCDA Immigration Forum, May, 2013.
We co-hosted the forum along with other local CCDA groups. Matthew Sorens, of World Relief Advocacy and author of Welcoming the Stranger, was our guest speaker. We also had the privilege of hearing immigrants from our own community share their stories. Our eyes were opened, and our thinking was challenged. Mustard Seed Café prepared baked rigatoni, salad, garlic bread, and almond cake.

Coffee, Beans, and Rice, April, 2013
First Christian Church hosts this annual two-day fundraising event. Good music, good coffee, yummy desserts, and beans and rice are the weekend’s offerings. All proceeds go to El Paso’s Kelly Memorial Food Pantry and families facing food insecurity in northern Chihuahua, Mexico. Mustard Seed brought Everything Cookies and worked alongside other volunteers during the event.

CCCDA Café, February, 2013
Noel Castellanos, CEO of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), spent several days in El Paso sharing about the vision and mission of CCDA. He provided basic information about what it takes for the church to be involved in long-term transformational development in local communities. Attendees made connections and affirmed our shared desire to reach out to those in need in our respective neighborhoods. Mustard Seed Café made chicken salpicon, black bean and corn salsa, and Everything Cookies!

Ciudad Nueva Neighborhood Christmas Store, December, 2012
We purchased gifts and volunteered at the Christmas Store, which supports our neighbors by providing fun, affordable items to buy for their loved ones.

Christian Community Development Association National Conference, September 2012
Patsy and Christi joined a group of nine other El Pasoans in Minneapolis, MN for this remarkable four-day conference. The Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) is a network of Christians committed to seeing people and communities wholistically restored. Mustard Seed Café is part of El Paso’s local CCDA group. We believe that God wants to restore us not only to right relationship with Himself but also with our own true selves, our families and our communities. Not just spiritually, but emotionally, physically, economically, and socially. Not by offering mercy alone, but by undergirding mercy with justice.

Mustard Seed Thursdays, September, 2012 – May, 2013
We prepared and served healthy, yummy snacks to @ 80 kids who are a part of Ciudad Nueva’s afterschool programming. The kids liked everything we prepared except for the 15 Bean Soup! The soup is tasty, but a little too healthy for the kids.

Downtown Church Connection Fall Festival, October, 2012
We prepared and served a delicious turkey chili and jalapeno cornbread to the several hundred folks who attended the festival. Lots of food, families, and fun.

RIPE Eatery’s Help the Mustard Seed night, Fall, 2012
Ripe Eatery, a yummy Westside favorite, dedicated a portion of their profits on a particular Monday night to us! Lots of Mustard Seed friends came to enjoy Ripe’s delicious cuisine and a fun night together.

Neighborhood Health Fair hosted by First Christian Church, August 2012
We painted faces and played with neighborhood kids during the health fair.

Community Interest meeting, December of 2011
This was our first public meeting and it was held at the El Paso Community Foundation Board Room. Over 120 people showed up to learn more about the Mustard Seed Community Café. Featured speakers were Blake Barrow, Rescue Mission of El Paso; Sami DiPasquale, Ciudad Nueva Community Outreach; and John Shwarting, Kelly Memorial Food Pantry. Christi, Patsy, and Shelley introduced them- selves and shared the Mustard Seed vision with everyone.

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Thanks for visiting!

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For more information about volunteering with us, visit our volunteer page.

We hope to see you soon at our cafe!

Mustard Seed Bird