After 2 months of traveling around the States, the Reinagels have returned to Mozambique on the eve of our 2-year anniversary of our arrival in Beira! This will be one of two newsletters with some highlights from the trip.
We started off the trip in breath-taking Colorado with Carla’s family, who all drove or flew in from around the States and the world to all get together. It had been about 5 years since all of Carla’s siblings were in the same place, so that was special! Toward the end of our US visit we got to meet up with much of Jon’s extended family in Tennessee, and we had a good time playing games and connecting with them as well.
We were invited to speak at 4 churches that hold a special place in our hearts. It was exciting to be able to share in person what we’ve been up to and how people can partner with us, even from afar. The prayers and support from these churches and many individuals in them are what keep us going, and we are grateful for each one of them.
Sewing School Sales
We brought with us about 2 full suitcases of items the ladies of the sewing school had made, and had fabulous success with selling them! Proceeds from those sales all go to improving these women’s lives and growing the sewing program to impact even more women. A friend put us in contact with an antique mall in Rolla, Missouri, that offered to donate a display space as long as we can keep it stocked! We are thrilled to have at least one permanent presence in the States now, and the plan is to find more locations and move on to establishing an online store next to have a much wider reach.
As a side note, the fundraiser we launched earlier this year to expand the school finished out 100% funded, so a big THANK YOU to everyone who contributed or shared the need!