74 results for author: jon.reinagel


Leadership Development

Think of the Marshall Plan to develop Europe after World War II and the billions of aid that goes to Africa every year. They both sought growth and development by giving loans, but one was a huge success and the other has been an abysmal failure. Why? Studying the differences between these two situations gives deep insight into the core needs of modern-day Africa. So what sets these situations apart? Before WWII, Europeans already had bridges and skyscrapers, engineers and mechanics. They had already lived in the world they were trying to rebuild. On the other hand, few people in Africa have a clear understanding of the world they are looking to ...

Library Biblioteca Beireano

We regularly meet with several local pastors and ministry partners to brainstorm ideas for how we can reach our city for Christ more effectively and help disciple people to go deeper in their faith. In one such meeting, one partner shared his story of how the first church he attended as a new believer had a pastor who was illiterate. The sermons were shallow, and left more questions than answers in this young man’s mind. Thankfully, he was invited to a missionary’s home and told he could borrow books to go deeper, grow spiritually, and learn the Bible. As a result of those studies, he is now a very learned and influential pastor in our town, ...

Restoring Hope Sewing School

Classic charity seeks to help people, generally through handouts. Classic business seeks to fill a niche in the market and make a profit. But what if these ideas are combined? Social entrepreneurship seeks to help people--not with humbling handouts, but through empowering, profit-generating business ideas and training for the people who need it most. We latched onto this philosophy and opened up a sewing school for widows and single mothers who struggle to provide for themselves and their families. Rather than handing them food or money, we train them in a skill that will alter the course of their lives, permanently  We call this branch of Equip ...

Back in Moz

We're Back in Moz! There and Back Again It's been a while since we sent out an update, we've been busy traveling the world! Here's a recap of our trip: Drove 6,000 miles in the car Flew 23,000 miles in an airplane Passed through 8 airports Visited 7 countries (en route) Slept in 18 different places Spoke at 8 churches / groups It was great, but let's just say we're glad to be home, sleeping in our own beds, kids back in school, and all of us back into a semblance of a normal routine! First we flew to Germany where we ...

Youth Literacy Seminars

Creating a library in a good step, but our goal reaches far beyond this. We aim to bring a culture of literacy and self-learning to Mozambique. To further this goal, our library has outreach for the youth and their parents. The first outreach was titled "The Importance of Reading for the Today's Youth" My people perish for lack of knowledge. - Hosea 4:6  

Returning to Moz

There and Back Again It's been a while since we sent out an update, we've been busy traveling the world! Here's a recap of our trip: Drove 6,000 miles in the car Flew 23,000 miles in an airplane Passed through 8 airports Visited 7 countries (en route) Slept in 18 different places Spoke at 8 churches / groups It was great, but let's just say we're glad to be home, sleeping in our own beds, kids back in school, and all of us back into a semblance of a normal routine! ...

Children’s Literacy Seminars

Over half of Mozambique is under 16 years old. Most children have no access to books in their heart language. Where will they learn how to read? Early childhood literacy is key to a good education and a happy life. Think about it: if you come into school already knowing how to read and write, then school is a joy for you - your teacher loves you, your classmates are always asking you for help and you enjoy being there. Now think of school if you don't know how to read and begin to fall behind the rest of your classmates. These children are easily discouraged and it is difficult for them to walk the miles it takes to get to school every day. In ...

Happy New Year!

Prayed for us Sent us words of encouragement Donated financially Contributed to helping us furnish the new building Sent stuff to us with visitors Bought products from the sewing school Visited us in Mozambique Spread the word and told others about us Helped us find new partnerships Read our updates and stayed in touch Kept up with our Facebook posts Joined our Facebook prayer page If you did any of these things, you played a role in making this our best year yet, and we invite everyone reading this to get more involved in 2018! ...

Financial Management

  We believe in developing the whole person, and as such we teach on many practical issues from a Biblical perspective. Bernardo has given various financial management seminars, both for the staff and at local churches. We seek to empower and influence believers with the skills they need to be godly stewards of their finances. Also, because most Mozambicans grow up with very little, they aren't taught how to steward what they do have. This lack of knowledge is even more pronounced for the ones that are the first in their family to go to university or to get a good job; after all, if you didn't grow up with a car or a bank account, who is ...

John Maxwell Leadership Training

  In order to take the staff to the next level, we went through the 21 Laws of Leadership with our Mozambican staff in tandem with Cohen Architectural Woodworking's leadership team. The course lasted around 30 weeks and the experience was invaluable. We had to translate the content twice - once into Portuguese and once into the context of Mozambican life, but every member of the staff grew and was encouraged to press on in their own personal leadership and growth. It was also an amazing experience hearing CAW's leadership team talk about what they were learning and their specific insights into leadership were invaluable to us.