While waiting in line at a Welcome Week event, Jenny and Cole met two international students, Lucy and Yorick, who just recently arrived in Texas from China. They made a discovery - the pair had never before eaten a burrito.
This is Texas. The land of Tex-Mex. Without thinking very long or hard about it, I can name six different burrito and taco restaurants within a five minute drive of the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). And for Cole, who eats burritos as often as possible, typically multiple times a week, even being in Texas for just two weeks without having a burrito seemed wrong.
So four of us took Lucy and Yorick to Chipotle for lunch. And they loved it! Lucy in particular was surprised by the tortilla's size and ended up taking half of hers to go, saving it for dinner.
Sharing the meal was a great opportunity for us to get to know them a little better. They shared about what their hometowns were like, what their parents do, where they have traveled and studied, and what they want to do in the future. After the meal, we invited them to another BSM event, and they agreed to come, so Lord willing we will see them again soon and be able to continue building these relationships.
A relationship founded on burritos is a good relationship, indeed. And the experience was a great reminder of how easy it really can be to establish a relationship with anyone, even someone so different from ourselves. Everyone has to eat, so sharing a meal is one of the easiest ways to spend time with people. Once you are together, conversation is natural. With a little intentionality, you can get to know another person and share with them the love of Jesus.
This is the second blog about “Welcome Week" written by Kinsey Cline, campus missionary at the University of Texas at Dallas. Read her other story, Fajita Feed, here.