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Go: Mexico


Go: Mexico

Dru Mcilhenny

I had one of those moments.

One of those moments when you're like: everything is working together. Not just for my good, but His glory. Jaw dropped, eyes semi-watering, crazy thankful.

Go Rings went to Piedras Negras, Mexico this weekend. Country 16 with a Go Ring on my finger? Check. I was supposed to be on a road trip through OKC and Arkansas, but He had a slightly different plan. I'm way glad He did.

The ladies of Iglesia Aleluya with their perfect handmade rings.

The ladies of Iglesia Aleluya with their perfect handmade rings.

Go Rings has been overwhelmed lately. Happily overwhelmed, but overwhelmed nonetheless. One of the glorious problems with a small business is the balance of supply and demand. Demand has always outweighed our supply, but it hadn't been consuming until recently. It became obvious that Dru and I couldn't be the only ones making rings anymore.

God straight-up provided. Through a San Antonio connection, we got hooked up with Aleluya Church in Piedras Negras, Mexico. On Wednesday we got confirmation that their women would like to learn how to make Go Rings; 48 hours later I was headed south toward the border. The Aleluya women love the idea that their hands can physically further the Gospel and we do, too.

Nora, Marina, Guadalupe, Rosario, Claudia and Mary. These women's fingers are the ones that will be crafting the next 550 classic Go Rings. The sweetest part of this partnership is that most of their wages are donated to Casa de Misercordia, the local orphanage that Aleluya Church supports.

Speaking Spanish, I got to train our ladies on how to wrap, snip and knot Go Rings into place. It's not easy to catch on, but ring by ring these mamasitas got it on lock. The look on their faces once they mastered the trade was warm, proud and full. I won't soon forget that. These women are patient, talented, dedicated and hilarious. Hearing their prayers and jokes made me really glad I speak their language. I have big trust in their ability to bring Go Rings to a new level.

After each woman mastered the “anillo perfecto” or “perfect ring,” we headed over to the orphanage that will benefit from their wages. We had a birthday party for two of the chiquitos, Juan Antonio and Estrella Esmerelda. We pizza-ed, piñata-ed, partied and kinda fell in love with the 20some youngesters. Having this time with them made me deep proud of our newest employees. They are loving these kids joyfully, even through ring-induced finger calluses.

That look on Claudia's face -- she's getting the hang of it. 

That look on Claudia's face -- she's getting the hang of it. 

This weekend we realized a dream I didn't even know I had. I know that sounds cheesy or like it should go on a Christian bookstore mug, but it's true. I didn't know that I had a dream of empowering others and making Go Rings about more than sending people out to spread the Gospel.

Dru and I have high hopes and big prayers for this partnership. Whether it's a temporary solution to a good problem or the foundation of a new aspect to our business, we're happy to see what Jesus has in store for these golden-hearted Mexican women.


Guys, this is gonna be good.


Go + God bless,