Cedar Rapids Man Raises Money For Mozambique Children With Self-Published Novel, River Way Home

River Way Home, a new self-published novel from Iowa writer Jason Wellnitz, raises money for children in Mozambique.
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Jan. 3, 2013 - PRLog -- Cedar Rapids Man Raises Money For Mozambique Children With Self-Published Novel, River Way Home

Cedar Rapids, Iowa - January 3, 2013

In June 2011 Jason Wellnitz (http://www.jasonwellnitz.com) stood outside a modest shack in Gorangosa, Mozambique and watched in amazement as one man led nearly a hundred small children in Sunday school songs and teachings for two hours, by himself. The hot sun beat down and occasionally a drunk would stumble by, swearing at the children. But the children were overjoyed to be there and sung happily at the top of their lungs. Many of the small children cared for their even smaller siblings. Jason was there as a part of an annual mission trip sponsored by a Cedar Falls, Iowa church to work with Food For The Hungry (http://www.fh.org) Mozambique. Upon returning home, Jason and his wife donated funds that allowed an addition to the shack to be completed, giving the children shelter from both the sun and the passers-by.

Feeling compelled to do more, Jason wrote a short novel entitled River Way Home (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AKYJR1Y), drawing from both his time in Mozambique and his upbringing in Iowa. Eschewing the time-consuming traditional publishing route, Jason embraced the growing trend of self-publishing and quickly published the novel on his own. Since it’s release in mid-December, River Way Home has seen steadily increasing sales through outlets such as Amazon.com and Kindle downloads. Jason will donate the proceeds from the first 500 sales of the novel to Food For The Hungry’s efforts in Mozambique.

About The Novel

From Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AKYJR1Y

A boy, Halkeno, waits in a small orphanage in Beira, Mozambique for someone to find him. A successful Iowa businessman realizes there’s a space in his life and goes off searching to fill it. Amazingly, the boy and the man meet and life is very happy for a time. But they never see the tragedy moving toward them and suddenly Halkeno is on his own again. This story of fathers and sons spans four generations and three continents. It answers the question, “when we lose our fathers, do we ever find them again?” and shows that true love lives forever.

About The Author

   In the mid-1970s, Jason Wellnitz was born into a loving family of five in Waterloo, Iowa. He graduated from East Waterloo High School and went to the University of Oklahoma on a full-ride National Merit Scholarship. He graduated from OU at the height of the dot-com boom and set out for Seattle to try his luck. His first business venture fell apart after a year and he moved back to Iowa to try a few more start-ups with slightly better success. Having met the love of his life, Emily, near the end of college, they married a few years later and moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to begin a family. Over the next few years their three children were born and became the joy at the center of Jason's world. During this period Jason managed a team of systems engineers at a Fortune 500 company, building avionics for business jets and writing on the side. In 2011 he traveled to Mozambique to work with Food For The Hungry (http://www.fh.org/). His first novel is River Way Home.

About Food For The Hungry

Food for the Hungry (FH) is a Christian organization serving the poor globally since 1971. They reflect the love of Christ in short-term emergency relief and long-term work to end world hunger. FH responds to help shelter, feed and clothe survivors of natural disasters. FH also does long-term development work with the poor to transform impoverished communities into healthy, productive places for children to grow.

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