We’re excited to share our new small book tote collection. These bags are all made from fabrics donated to the Make Welcome Refugee Sewing School, our sister organization. A few of the totes come with matching wallets. They all have deep slip pockets so items won’t get lost in the bag. You can also use them at the farmer’s market as shopping totes or for carrying items along on that beach or lake getaway. Because they’re made with upholstery fabrics, these totes are tough and made for carrying whatever you need. if you’re looking for a tote for a good cause, these small bags fit the bill.

And what books would we recommend you carry along in the tote? Some of our current favorites are You Welcomed Me by Kent Annan, a look at the Biblical reasons why Christians should welcome refugees with open arms instead of fear and suspicion. Another great read is Mary Pipher’s The Middle of Everywhere which explores the unique issues facing refugee families as they adjust to American culture. This might sound dry, but she fills the book with insightful stories from her work as a counselor in refugee communities.  Finally, we really love After the Last Border by Jessica Goudeau. This book reads like fiction, but is instead a very well-written account of two refugee women’s journeys to resettlement in Texas. We wrote a review of the book last year.

Go grab a tote and get a new book. You’ll grow in your understanding of the refugee crisis, as well as investing in vocational training and social support for refugee women 


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