Over the past few months, I have put together an idea that was birthed during a prayer time in Mexico during our 2 month stint in summer ‘21. It is a T-shirt and more (I’m personally more favorable to hoodies) company that would help us achieve our most important mission in life - to glorify Him. That is where Art on Mission began. On a balcony looking over the Pacific wondering what could we do to help ease the financial burdens that families like ours experienced just looking for a treatment to make their loved ones better. We talked to so many people in Mexico who were pulling every piece of their financial life together for the hope of healing.
While we were there we met a very special family to us. Our children played together in the pools and we tried to encourage one another during some of the most challenging times we had known. What we found was a sense of hope brewing in our situation and theirs. After returning home from Mexico, we stayed in contact with this family. Regularly, Hannah would receive calls or texts and try to be a light to them from afar. We really think our time in Mexico and our relationship with her sparked a Holy Spirit fire in her to salvation. Her return to her home was not as hopeful as our time in Mexico. It is hard to be sick when people do not surround you, believe you, encourage you, or are ready to help you move heaven and earth to get better…this is where she lived.
One night it all came like a wrecking ball. I looked on Facebook, and I saw her picture with the acronym R.I.P.
I wept. I wept some more because the disease won. The disease took a precious life far too soon. And I wept because I realized the hopelessness that had to be experienced to bring her to this point. It was at this moment, Hannah and I resolved we would do whatever we could to help people not feel the hopelessness that ends like this. We watch it first hand, but we have a support system in our family, in our church, in our friends, and in those whom we have not yet met.
To that end, artonmission.org formed to be a place where we could wear the hope we have in Jesus. A place where hope can be taken into dark places and start conversations and interactions that have eternal significance.
All proceeds (except for the Equipping gear - that goes to missions at church) will be used to help pay for the bills that cause people to be without hope. We are starting a Whitman’s Warriors Foundation for HOPE to be realized. A hope that shouts to the hopeless. Not only in finances but a hope in the One who truly brings healing.