The Community of Christ has named its two winners of the 2019 International Peace Award.

The church, which has its world headquarters in Independence, chose to honor the Kansas City-based charity Water.org and the Independence-based nonprofit Franciscan Mission Warehouse. Specifically, Community of Christ will give awards to Water.org founder Gary White and Franciscan Mission Warehouse coordinator Sister Andrea Kantner.

Water.org provides clean water and sanitation to millions of people. Franciscan Mission Warehouse – operated by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist – collects surplus equipment and supplies from U.S. medical facilities, sending them to hospitals and clinics in impoverished areas.

“The Franciscan Mission Warehouse brings lifesaving medical supplies and resources to places where they are needed most,” said Sister Kantner. “We are honored to receive this award, and thrilled to have the opportunity to share our mission with others.”

The church selected local awardees to emphasize the 25th anniversary of the Temple in Independence at 1001 W. Walnut St. The two organizations both meet the Community of Christ mission initiatives: abolish poverty, end suffering and pursue peace on Earth. They will receive a financial gift to donate to an organization of their choice.

Previous International Peace Award recipients include Jane Goodall and Bread for the World.