Feeding Hungry People and Caring for Every Heart That Comes Through Our Doors
Our two-month search for a new location was remarkable! The cafe board and staff committed to hold our work loosely and to allow God to take us where He wants us to serve the community. We trusted that He had a place for us. We prayed and drove the Northeast and Central parts of our community as well as South El Paso and the Downtown area. We met with ministry leaders and building owners, talked to real estate agents and friends of the cafe.
Pastor Joe Williams of Westside Community Church came to the cafe late one afternoon.
He heard that we needed a new home and wanted us to take a look at his church’s kitchen and fellowship hall. They are already serving the disadvantaged in their area and had been praying about ways to extend their ministry through food and hospitality. To be honest, we hadn’t even considered the possibilities of a Westside location. But God began to work in our hearts.
We visited Pastor Williams’ church the following week, and over the next 10 days it became increasingly clear that this is the place God prepared for us. Their facility meets our physical need for space and a commercial kitchen, and their church’s mission matches ours in love for the Lord and a desire to love our community. Their efforts to serve the vulnerable and homeless through an active food pantry, clothing pantry and partnerships with Region 19 Head Start and CPS are an invitation for us to join them in making a positive and meaningful impact on the community. Doors continued to open for a move to this location! Our board and staff are unanimous in our decision that this is the next, best place for the unique ministry and mission of the Mustard Seed Cafe.
Yes, this location and the opportunities it presents for ministry are different than our original location in the Rio Grande neighborhood. This is a commercial and even more economically diverse area which allows us to serve the privileged, the underprivileged and everyone in between. This diversity has always been a hallmark of the Mustard Seed Cafe – we are truly a place where worlds collide. Our focus over the next two months is 1) to ready the space, 2) ready ourselves and 3) engage the economically vulnerable around us. Take a look at the diversity within a six-mile radius of our new location:
Two Region 19 Head Start programs on-site serving 150 children
Westside Community Church Food Pantry and Clothing Pantry and the individuals and families they already serve
A significant homeless population that centers on the nearby Mesa and I-10 intersection
Four El Paso Public Housing complexes – Sandoval, Machuca, Williams, and Robinson
Sunland Park racetrack area, Ripley business park
Upper Valley, Doniphan Drive & Santa Teresa
EP Police Department Command, El Paso Fire Station 15
A number of other public and private schools – Zach White, Roberts, Lincoln, Herrera school areas
At least eight churches
Canutillo, TX, Sunland Park, NM and Anapra, NM
El Paso Community College – Northwest Campus
We appreciate your interest, help and support of the Mustard Seed Cafe. We invite you to be a part of this next chapter in our story as we earnestly seek to honor the Lord by feeding hungry people and caring for every heart that comes through our doors.