There is a growing awareness, in the United States of America, of the atrocity that is human trafficking. Many are already aware of drug trafficking and the lasting, damaging effects on individuals. But when humans are used as chess pieces in a sick game—for unthinkable reasons we won’t go into detail here—something has to be done to put a stop to it all. Fortunately, like we said, awareness is growing and many great organizations are doing something about it. If you’ve seen social media posts or ads with people wearing a red “X” on the back of their hand, they’re representing the End It Movement.
At Mission Painting, we have partnered with another organization making an incredible impact on human trafficking: Forgotten Children Worldwide. If you read on our homepage, you’ll see our goal is to help women and children who are at risk of being trafficked. Although FCW does a lot of work internationally, it’s worth noting how prevalent this problem is on a domestic level as well.
The following post will outline a little more about FCW, how partnering with them propels us in what we do, and why we’re so bent on the “Why” of Mission Painting.
Human Trafficking and Forgotten Children
Founded in 1999, Forgotten Children Worldwide now operates in Asia and Africa to help thousands of vulnerable women and children. We love the bible verse that propels them: “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” -Psalm 82:3
Mission Painting has partnered with FCW in this way. We funnel 10% of all profit to this amazing organization. And trust their leadership to use those dollars for the good of those involved. We love knowing where those dollars go, and Forgotten Children Worldwide has the 2020 annual report to prove it. In other words, to select Mission Painting as your premier interior or exterior painter in Kansas City, see where your money is going below.
- 40 medical screenings were provided in 2020 for children in Nepal who needed an MRI.
- 300 girls were impacted by an empowerment program that FWC helps in India.
- 249 dental and medical check-ups in Uganda
- 35 in Malawi
- 11 in Zimbabwe
- 95 mosquito nets for 95 children in Uganda
- 28,823lbs of clothing sent to children in Hubli, India.
- $2.5m in total revenue—amazing considering the year 2020!
- And this last one is our favorite . . .
- 100% of children aided through any and all of these efforts hear about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We can’t harp on that last bullet point enough. Although there are even more statistics in the annual report than those few bullet points, we are so grateful FCW includes that rounded out 100%.
Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
At the beginning of their annual report, FCW starts out like this:
2020 was a challenging year for everyone, but it was particularly difficult for the poor and vulnerable. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, however, you stepped up and stood in the gap. Thanks to the generosity and commitment of our supporters, the mission of safeguarding orphans and vulnerable children was able to continue.
At Mission Painting, we read that and think about our incredible customer base here in Kansas City. Because of YOUR painting decisions in 2020, we were able to help an incredible nonprofit in their toughest year yet. Thank you so much for your support of our mission. Together, we get to aid vulnerable women and children at risk of human trafficking.
Now, as for the last bit—on proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We truly feel the best way we honor The Lord is to be excellent at our craft. We like to think Jesus made some pretty good tables, so we should strive for nothing less than the best paint job for the most sacred space on earth: your home.
In our pursuit of professional painting and personalized service, we never lose sight of our vision: loving our neighbor, serving our city. That’s the process we’re committed to, and sometimes that means having conversations about the faith that drives our business and other awesome businesses like FCW’s. For as great as all those FCW statistics are, and for as wonderful a it is to see a new coat of paint on your home—we know there is a message that has eternal implications: the Good News that Jesus Christ lived on this earth among us, died the death we should have died and rose again that we might have life.
There’s no better time to proclaim FCW’s annual report or Gospel message than Easter. Although it’s a message for every day of the year, please forward this post to anyone you know who wants to work alongside a bigger cause. A bigger mission for this life at hand.