Newsletter – January 2016

A Message from the President:

On behalf of the Forge Staff and Speakers, “Thank you” for all the ways you collaborated with us last year! Through the faithfulness of ministry partners like you, the work that God laid out for us in 2015 was fully funded through generous monthly giving and a successful year-end match, and fully fueled through a growing team of passionate prayer partners. We are grateful for donors and prayer warriors who believe in the bold mission God has given us. As you read this praise report recapping ministry highlights from 2015, we hope you see how integral YOUR hand of partnership was last year and how important it continues to be as we move forward in advancing God’s Kingdom work through Forge. What a joy to co-labor with you in God’s work!

Dwight Robertson, Founder and President

David & Agnes Robertson

Todd Bright

The joy of Bright family life is this: from six years old to twenty years of age and on, we encounter every season of life every day! Amidst all the activities taking place, Heather and I desire to keep things simple: putting our hands to things that have eternal value and celebrating the growth happening around us.

Recently, Daniel and Noah had experiences that shaped their hearts and lives.  During the month of October, Daniel served in Papau New Guinea with some friends and missionary partners, and Noah put his hands to work in Utah with a missions base.  We’re excited to see God’s heart grow and expand within them.  Lauren is enjoying playing her violin in the Colorado Young Sinfonia and continues to love performing and practicing. Hannah’s love for music is also increasing through learning the flute! On the farm, we currently have kittens, puppies and birds which Seth, Hannah and Sammy love helping out with.  Finally, our recent family highlight was hiking our first Colorado “fourteener!”

Doing ministry together continues to be very special to us.  With God’s help, the Food Bank has had an ongoing impact for ministry families throughout Denver.  We’ve also enjoyed hosting “Fellowship Nights,” a weekly gathering in our home that started small, but keeps growing!  Heather loves to bless others with her gifts of cooking and hosting as we practically get to live out God’s “Plan A” love over meals and conversation.

As we look ahead, please pray God’s wisdom guides our decisions with ministry, community, kids, family, and what we put our hands to. 

Britton Bishop

Forge Speaker

Silas Bowden

John Boyd

Boyd Family Update

Twenty-five years ago this month, Shannon and I committed ourselves to a journey to experience life and serve God’s Kingdom—together. An adventure, if you will. A real voyage. We never could have imagined the paths, turns, dips, and heights our expedition has taken. And truthfully, there hasn’t been a day, a season, an experience, or even a trial that we would want to exchange for another—even something potentially “better.” Every step, climb, and leap has helped shape who we are.

Three children, six ministry appointments, three states, two dogs, and a cat later … we continue to love God with all we have and are (at least that is our earnest desire). Maggie and husband, Chris, were married in September and live in Nashville. They’re enjoying beginning a together-journey of their own. Audrey has her hands into marketing, coffee, photography and other creative endeavors here in Denver. Aidan just got his driver’s license, is tackling his junior year of high school, and 10thyear of ice hockey.

Shannon and I continue to put our hands and energy into loving and serving others as Jesus would and does. We’re looking forward to having our family gather at our house for a Colorado Christmas. With just a little luck, it will be a white one. And yes, we’re ready to see what adventures with one another and Jesus the next twenty-five years holds.

Grace and Peace to you all!

John, Shannon, and family

Nathan Burdick

Forge Speaker

Nathan Burdick

Justin Davis

Lisa Despres

Adrian Despres

Adrian Despres

Forge Speaker

I have been very busy traveling and preaching the Word.  What a thrill it has been to watch the Lord work in the lives of so many people!  About 1200 students were at an event in Valdosta, GA for a football rivalry rally with representatives from both teams speaking about the impact of Jesus on their lives.  When it came time for the invitation, we were not prepared for the response.  Several hundred came forward saying they wanted to get right with Jesus!

I spoke to 1000 football players in Huntsville, AL (several committed to Alabama and Auburn) at a media/FCA event.  They asked me to preach the Four Chairs.  There were several hundred players who gave their lives to Christ or decided they did not want to be lukewarm for Jesus any longer.   I also spoke at my Alma Mater, Furman University, to the FCA ministry that discipled me after I was saved.  They had so many coming that they changed the venue to accommodate their numbers.  The response to Christ was overwhelming.

Recently, I spoke at a church in NC.  It was one of those rare times when I was speaking to mostly senior adults.  I could not believe how the numbers grew every night.  There was an electricity in the air as many brought friends and family members to hear the crazy preacher.  I am not sure there is anything more satisfying for me than to see an over 80 year old give their life to Christ – as I did there around 25 times.  Praise the Lord!  Thank you so much for your prayers and support that make this ministry possible!

Paul Epperson

Forge Speaker

Paul Epperson

Santiago Fuentes

Santiago Fuentes

Forge Speaker

Jessica (Jessie) Garcia

Nicholas Hindes

Forge Speaker

Sara Jenkins

Forge Speaker

Josh Lin

Charlie Marquis

Forge Speaker

Charlie Marquis

WOW! It has been an incredible season. Dara and I have seen Jesus radically transform lives before our eyes – younger lives, wiser lives, Asian lives, American lives… all sorts of lives!

This past month we had the amazing opportunity to invest in high school students who signed up with Forge to quickly surge forward with God and experience Him at work in the world around them through 2.5 weeks of intense experiences, adventures, and teachings all designed to equip them to become Kingdom Laborers – loving Jesus with everything and daily impacting the lives around them. One of these students wrote a note saying “the Forge high school discipleship training has changed the way I view God and His grace.”

Various students overcame whatever was hindering their relationships with Christ, others realized God could actually use them to impact other lives as they share, and still others left with radical vision of what the future might bring as they take steps of obedience to what God is laying before them. We are pumped for these young lives!

Recently Charlie has spoken for Hope Community Church, a local Korean Church, young adults in The Experience discipleship training, and high school students in Forge’s 2.5 week discipleship training. Dara has led worship for most of these groups as well. It has been so cool to minister as a couple and see Jesus set lives free, and send them out with vision and purpose for His Kingdom.

With Jesus, Charlie and Dara Marquis

Melissa Motschenbacher

Chris Prather

Forge Speaker

Hope Radebaugh

Forge Speaker

Dwight Robertson

A New Chapter

We’ve entered a new season! It’s year 30 as a ministry! Both our kids are married and on their own. We moved from the house and neighborhood where children were raised and “Plan A” was written. We’ve entered the “empty-nest” season of life – with FULL HEARTS!

Our full hearts are celebrating a slew of new ministry opportunities, open doors, writing, and MANY former students serving EVERYWHERE are ready for up-close encouragement, love, counsel, and availability! They are multiplying (MORE!) Kingdom laborers in God-assigned challenging new spiritual harvest fields. Our fixer-upper home can support their visits. So along with our ministry leadership and travel schedule, we have enough margin to also bless them, their families, and their ministries. One visitor last week (touched 24 years ago in Canada– now reaching SE Asia) wrote, “Your home was a sanctuary. Just being with you brought healing and a smile to my soul.” Hundreds have been in our home since last May when our extensive renovation project was “finished” (well, completed as much as is possible for now).

Halleluiah! This 30th FORGE-Kingdom Building Ministries year, the aim is 30% growth in ALL areas – speakers, ministry events, spiritual decisions, lives equipped, and investors and prayer workers. Right now a unique giving opportunity exists. ALL new and increased giving (even any increased monthly EFT giving pre-determined for 2017) will be MATCHED dollar for dollar, up to $300,000! We’re excited, personally involved, and encourage everyone to take advantage of this special time-sensitive Kingdom opportunity!    

Jason Roe

Forge Speaker

The Roe family is staying very engaged in ministry. Jason has recently been blessed by several churches that have hosted successful revivals in which God has moved and lives have been changed. Our prayer is always that the church be renewed and the life of the church be a force of change in their communities.  Holly is continuing in ministry as well through the Storytime at a local coffee shop in which nearly 30 children and their parents or caregivers attend weekly. She is also planning two upcoming parenting seminars for a local school and housing complex.  Thank you for your love, support, friendship and prayers.

Jason Roe

Amy Steffen

Christy Tiberg

Michaela Wickham

Forge Speaker

David Yirdaw

Praise Report

Here are a few of the many highlights of what God made possible around the world through your prayers and financial partnership in 2015:

Forge Speaker Events and Evangelism Outreach:

  • 117 Forge Speaker events in the U.S. and in several international locations, where more than 129,000 attended and over 86,000 spiritual decisions were made
  • A 16% increase from 2014 in the number of Forge Speaker events
  • Discipleship-making movements were started in remote areas around the world, and unreached people groups are being prioritized for future discipleship efforts
  • Forge Firebrands, a one-of-a-kind program to raise up and equip “apostles, prophets, and evangelists” (Ephesians 4) launched in the Fall with 3 participants in training>

Forge Equipping:

  • God transformed over 500 lives through Forge Equipping programs: 22 young adults for The Experience, 5 high school students for 16 Days, 280 people of all ages at Deep Camp, over 200 adults at Plan A Conferences, and 5 adults in the Life Planning process
  • Our Forge Equipping events included an increasingly diverse groups of national and international participants
  • In collaboration with “Equip Haiti,” Forge facilitated two events that helped equip and mobilize nearly 200 youth workers across Haiti
  • The Forge App was created to package the same tools that have helped Christ-followers deepen their faith for generations into a simple resource for note-taking, journaling, connecting with others and more

God Sightings & Personal Quotes

“Forge has impacted and changed our family.” – Bruce and Cathy, Parents of Student Participant

“I came to The Experience thinking I knew how to live a life for Jesus, but I realized God is greater than my comprehension. I came to The Experience thinking I knew prayer had power, but I realized that prayer is the foundation of my journey with Christ. I came thinking people all over the world needed love and hope. I realized they need Jesus and He provides. I came thinking I was generous in giving of my time and tithing. I realized God is my everything and generosity is my obedience to Him out of love. I came thinking I thought I was strong enough to fix my life. I realized He is my strength, He is faithful and will make all things new in His time. I came thinking God didn't know all my heart. I realized He knows my every thought, and He cares! He knows my desires and He has a purpose for my life! I live to be in utter dependence of my God. I came thinking God wanted the good things about me. I realized He longs for all of me. He desires to change my life completely and reflect Him through every part of my being.” -- Ady, 2015 Experience Student

Just two years ago no Christian influence existed among the Hadzabe people in Tanzania. Today, through God’s work with Forge Firebrand Charlie Marquis, a Hadzabe tribal member, Mariamu, now leads a discipleship group among her own people and is helping to translate the Bible into the Hadza language.

“I think about our [family’s] experience at Deep Camp and how it impacted our lives every single day. I want others to have that same experience.” – Joey, Deep Camp Attendee

Impact with Staying Power:

As a partner with us you might be asking, “What long term impact will my investment yield?” Here are some results from our most recent “impact” survey. Among The Experience participants, one year post-completion of the program, graduates show…

  • 18% increase in their ability to discern the voice of God in their life
  • 25% increase in the level of their intentionality to engage the world around them for Kingdom purposes
  • 21% increase in their clarity of life purpose and life direction
  • 33% increase in their ability to stay on mission with God during negative life situations

Opportunities to Connect with Forge in 2016

  • Deep Camp—Forge’s multi-generational discipleship camp located in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains, June 26—July 1, 2016
  • The Experience—Forge’s young adult discipleship program designed to launch a lifetime of Kingdom impact, May 20—July 16, 2016
  • 16 Days—A unique and intense equipping program for high school students that calls them to an all-in life with God, June 20—July 7, 2016
  • "Plan A" Conference—A Forge-led conference that comes to you, designed to help mobilize unique everyday Kingdom laborers in everyday places (contact Forge for availability)
  • Life Planning—A guided process that helps participants discover God’s perspective and design for their life (contact Forge for availability, or join us in Denver September 16—17, 2016)
  • Add Fuel—Two great ways to keep moving forward together in 2016 is to join the Forge Prayer Team at and to consider a gift to fuel God’s movement through Forge at