Kintsugi and Whitestone

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery that honours the artifact’s unique history by emphasizing, not hiding, its brokenness. The object is redeemed by the infusion of gold and through this process, the seemingly broken and useless article transforms into a beautiful and one-of-a-kind pottery.  

Many people around-the-world are intrigued by this form of art not only because of its design and aesthetic features but because it speaks to the heart of humanity that craves redemptive stories. The story of redemption brings such hope to every person on this planet who shares a sense of brokenness, fear, shame, guilt and failure. 

At Whitestone, we believe that Jesus of the bible is the author of this true redemption. We know that, through the power of His love, each person can experience the fullness of restoration that is filled with the richness of gratitude, freedom, faith, joy, peace and love.

Just as the Kintsugi art sees the brokenness as a valuable part of pottery, Whitestone values the brokenness of the individuals who we journey with — whether they are people leaving prison or addictions. We believe their pain can be turned into gifts to serve others.

We believe that the journey to restoration is not about speed but direction, not about result but process. We walk alongside each of our program participants as they go through their personal empowerment process to find their true identity, God-inspired purpose and sense of self-worth. 

Whitestone is not the answer to our participants’ healing and wholeness, we simply provide a platform where they get to experience the unconditional love of God through new caring communities and meaningful employment opportunities, that should they embrace that love, they can be restored and made new.