|My new friend Amanda|
On Saturday, I made my second trip down to Huntington to help the Marshall Medical Outreach serve the homeless and others there who are in need of medical care. The faces of those we served stay with me—a couple stories in particular kindle in my thoughts. There were small ones, and pet dogs, and this group’s ability to find beauty under their feet ministers to me. I am speechless with gratitude.
In the afternoon, we moved a few blocks down to Harmony House—an organization dedicated to helping the homeless find permanent housing and social services. The residents enjoyed lunch, medical services, a checkers tournament, and getting their nails done. Among other things. And there, I made a new friend.
Her name is Amanda Coleman. Amanda works for Harmony House, helping residents get connected with services in their community. After only talking a few minutes, her beautiful heart kind of knocked my socks off. Amanda told me about a ministry she and her husband Tim started in 2012 when they lived in Louisville. It’s called the Burrito Riders. The Burrito Riders is a nonprofit ministry that delivers hot breakfast burritos by bicycle to the city’s homeless two Saturday mornings a month. In just over a year the Burrito Riders of Louisville handed out more than 5,000 hot breakfast burritos—giving away about 300 on each 90-minute ride.
“While on the surface it might seem that the Burrito Riders’ primary task is providing hot, hearty breakfast burritos to communities in need, we actually work to go beyond the burrito. In fact, the burrito is only the excuse we use to meet people… Our truer goal is to connect with the people that we serve, and to show them, through a building of relationships, that they are valued and respected. We hope to have an opportunity to show them God’s love, in a world that sometimes seems unjust, through our actions…”