Thirty years ago Forge (then Kingdom Building Ministries) was born. It was funded with an initial $5 and shortly thereafter an infusion of $500. What do you think those givers hoped would happen as a result of their investment? Did they simply hope the newborn ministry would survive? Did they envision dozens or even hundreds of people knowing Jesus intimately? Could they have possibly expected what has happened over the last 30 years through Forge Speakers and Forge Equipping Programs? Tens of thousands have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives. Over a million have made significant spiritual decisions. The gospel has been shared throughout the world, in over 200 countries. Lives have been transformed and freed from bitterness, hopelessness, false identities, and bondage to sin. Relationships have been healed, and ordinary, everyday people have been commissioned to live with extraordinary Kingdom impact. In God’s creative and resourceful hands, donations of all sizes have been multiplied exponentially. Can you believe it, the first $5 is still bearing fruit! Investing in God’s Kingdom far exceeds any earthly investment. Thank you for partnering with us—whether you are just beginning now or have invested over these last 30 years. We’re excited to see God’s forging forward, multiplying work continue as we labor together with YOU—for our King.
Communicating all that God did in spiritually shaping so many of the participants through Forge Equipping Programs and Forge Speakers this summer is no easy task. But here’s one story that might come close:
Confused, misled, rejected and ashamed was the constant pattern and theme of my spiritual life before 16 Days. I was in need of friendship, of young Christians who wouldn’t be ashamed of their faith, of people who loved and accepted me into their spiritual family … I was in need of a spiritual awakening. And God brought me to life.
When I entered Forge, it was overwhelming and welcoming all at the same time—a place where the Word of God ran rampant, where love and encouragement were constantly the main sources of communication. God completely transformed the way I viewed Him, the way I surrendered to Him, the way I prayed, and the way I viewed others.
Before this trip I was completely ashamed of my body image, sometimes of my skin color. God told me that He made me perfectly in His image, and in Him I am made whole and possess a God-given identity. He gave me a new spiritual name, “God’s Singing Warrior,” to help me remember and proclaim that I am adopted by the King, loved unconditionally, eternally valued, and washed clean in the blood of Jesus.
Now equipped with the necessary tools of a Kingdom laborer, I’m ready to minister in dangerous, dark and despised places. With my Bible in one hand, my testimony in the other, I’m ready to be a part of Jesus’ harvest prayer … one laborer at a time. All praise, worship, glory and honor belong to God!
Dontae, 16 Days Student
“Before I came to The Experience I felt like I was stuck in a rut concerning my relationship with God. Through this program, though, I’ve realized that God does have a plan specifically for me, He is closer than I could ever imagine, and He’s got me no matter what. God is starting to awaken things within me, reviving my love for Him and the world, and although it’s new and scary, I don’t want it to stop.”
It’s not too late to watch the 16 Days and Experience Graduation recordings! Visit ForgeForward.org/Live to view the special moments of each graduation day. Glory to God for the ways His love and grace will never cease to change lives.
The Forge Speakers and Firebrands are seeing God powerfully move in hearts and lives as they travel and share God’s transforming story of the gospel. They’ve shared some exciting reports with us, and we’d love for you to hear them! Visit ForgeForward.org/Reports to listen.
In the Colorado area? Join us Friday, September 16 at Foothills Bible Church (Littleton, CO) for an evening of teaching by John Vermilya. Learn more at ForgeForward.org/Forge-Fire.
Want to bring a Forge Speaker or Forge Firebrand to your hometown? They'd love to partner with your church, ministry or event! Learn more at ForgeForward.org/Speakers or call 800.722.8104.
Are you or someone you know hungry to be further equipped for Kingdom-living, or to simply be encouraged in your relationship with Jesus? Perhaps one of these opportunities is for you!
Forge Basecamp, Denver, CO
Friday, September 23–Saturday, September 24
God’s plan is to see you experience the fullness of His Kingdom in your life, and to become a laborer for Him wherever you go and in whatever you do. We’d like to help you along the way through a facilitated time of Life Planning. Register by September 1!
Friday, October 14–Sunday, October 16
Escape the daily grind and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation on this facilitated weekend designed to give space for your intimacy with God to grow. Space is limited, register by September 20!
IWU-College Church, Marion, IN
Friday, November 4–Saturday, November 5
Learn to recognize and intentionally live out your unique “Plan A” ministry in the everyday places you find yourself. Contact Forge for more information at 303.745.8191.
“I was working to deserve God’s love, now I live in freedom that His love for me was there before I could even think to do anything for Him. So instead of waking up in the morning and thinking of what I can do or am going to do for God that day, I can wake up and receive His love and listen for how He wants to spend time with me today.”Spencer, Indiana