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Introducing the new Forge Quarterly Newsletter! This communication is designed to help connect you to the bigger picture of Forge’s mission and ministry. Your initial connection with Forge may have been through an individual staff member, as part of the prayer team, a training program or speaker event, or even through a giving campaign. However the connection, we want you to know that you are a vital part of our mission together! Your collaboration with Forge is helping us answer Jesus’ prayer for more Kingdom laborers—in all walks of life, whatever one’s age, and wherever one calls home.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_cta h2=”” shape=”square” color=”peacoc” css=”.vc_custom_1505181532645{background-color: #026d90 !important;}”]

Celebrate Integrity with Us!

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Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, recently awarded Forge its highest rating possible for the third consecutive time: Only 13% of the charities rated achieve 4-star ratings three consecutive times. Forge remains committed to the highest standards of financial accountability, transparency and stewardship.

[/vc_cta][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This new format will help us better connect you to all the ways God is using Forge + you to challenge and equip hearts on fire, lives on purpose Kingdom laborers around the world. For those of you who have been receiving personal monthly newsletters from staff members, be assured that, while those monthly communications will no longer continue, each quarterly issue will include a personal update from that staff member.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content” css=”.vc_custom_1509411152938{margin-right: 40px !important;margin-left: 40px !important;background-color: #5a2160 !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″ el_class=”.box-meet-the-people” css=”.vc_custom_1505182943565{margin-left: 20px !important;padding-left: 50px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Meet the People Who Labor with You

The Forge Staff is a called and dedicated team of individuals both in Colorado and around the country. Like the Body of Christ, the parts are many—itinerant speakers, technology specialists, equipping recruiters, designers, visionary leaders, event coordinators, content producers, host providers, finance managers, and resource developers. Each team member plays a vital role in accomplishing our mission. We thought you might like to see some of the faces of the people you are in partnership with. If we could add your face, this picture would be complete!

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Choose a personal update from a staff member or speaker:

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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![/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Charlie Marquis” tab_id=”1506997583602-52a218f2-bd9d”][vc_column_text]

Charlie Marquis

Discipleship Training

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Dwight Robertson” tab_id=”1506997752992-137ef99f-e394″][vc_column_text]

Dwight Robertson

President/CEO & Founder

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!    [/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Foster Christy” tab_id=”1506996821530-85c8ecad-c95d”][vc_column_text]

Foster Christy

Forge Speaker

So much has been happening!  God orchestrated things for Ann-Marie and Tyler to get out of their apartment lease early and move into a new house.  Many details were taken care of by God’s gracious answers to prayer.  Another great blessing is that Ann-Marie is expecting a baby in December!!  We will be grandparents!  A few days ago, Lolly and I talked on the phone about Exodus 4.  Her pastor in Dallas is preaching through the book of Exodus and each message is available online.  We are viewing the messages and discussing them.  What a blessing for me to talk about “Jesus things” with my daughter!

I recently spent several days in LaFollette, TN., speaking at the Fields of Faith Event sponsored by FCA.  Wednesday morning, I spoke at three school assemblies and later that afternoon I challenged the LaFollette High School Football team and coaching staff.  That night at the event, 1,500-2,000 people were in attendance.   The Spirit prompted my heart with these words, “You give the gospel and I will bring them home.”  The Spirit moved in hearts and before the night was over 150-200 people had surrendered to Christ in salvation and other areas of their lives.

Know your prayers and financial investments make a difference!  You have a part in all that God is doing.  Thank you so much.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Fred Lynch” tab_id=”1506997503561-80e1934e-3599″][vc_column_text]

Fred Lynch

Forge Speaker

Hey Forge Family!

The Lynch Family has been in some great transitions this year and we want to thank you all for your prayerful support! D’Ann and I just reached a beautiful milestone in our lives: we celebrated our 25th year Anniversary! We are so thankful that God blessed us 25 years ago and would have never thought that we would have come so far as we were two little kids in love. We went to Washington D.C. to celebrate this great moment and it was really a pleasant get away!

Asia is doing great as she has entered her Jr. year in college and has really intensified her pursuit of her calling in ministry! Personally I have been blown away as I watch this once little girl who has grown into a beautiful young woman grow in her love for God and others. Asia has seemed to have ‘caught the ministry bug’ because she is totally fired up to go on The Experience this Summer with Forge!

We are also so proud of Jordan, and he is ready to take the next step in his life. Jordan is excited about graduating and looking forward to following his sister to Texas A&M to pursue a degree in Counseling and Social Work to follow in his great-uncle’s footsteps to open a practice to as a licensed counselor. We are so grateful for where our children are at in their lives.

We love you and look forward to seeing many of you this summer![/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Garrett Kahrs” tab_id=”1510776463244-49aba99a-b941″][vc_column_text]

Forge Firebrand

The first few months of the Firebrand training program have been amazing! It has gone by so fast and I am thankful for the work God has been doing! I have been to 5 different states to do speaking and training events! God has done some amazing work so in only a couple months that I have been speaking!

God has led me to speak on our Identity in Christ as well as digging deeper into our relationship with him. At one of the speaking events in Missouri, three students who committed their life to Christ. In New York we traveled around to different youth groups and I spoke several times on 2 Corinthians 5. I also was able to speak at a youth discipleship conference in Oklahoma! Over the next few months I will be training in Colorado. I will also be speaking at a college chapel service, a church plant, and at Encounter! I wouldn’t be able to do this without your prayer and support!

I would also like to thank everyone who has been a financial partner in this ministry! God has been faithful so far as I am about halfway to my fundraising goal! I am still in need of another $1100 a month! This money goes to help support my ministry as well as my family! Would you please pray about becoming a monthly financial partner in this ministry? Thank you and I love you all![/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Jason Roe” tab_id=”1506997832378-c0b5403a-a38c”][vc_column_text]

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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Julia Michael” tab_id=”1506997674131-c81d3d08-a3f4″][vc_column_text]

Julia Michael

Content Team

The Lord has done a lot in a little under a year at Forge. My time here has already been filled with new friends, a new home, a new role, and new moments of God’s provision. This holiday season I say “Thank You” to each of you for supporting and loving me, God has done so much with every little bit of faithfulness that has been shown by you! I pray that Jesus continues to capture your hearts and remind you how great His purposes are for you.

God has called me to stay at Forge and I would love your continued prayer and financial support as He guides the ministry into a new and even more fruitful season. To better connect with Forge and see what I’ve been helping launch, sign up for our weekly Forge Devotional (ForgeForward.org/Devotional) and be encouraged by our speakers and staff! Also, if you know anyone else in your life who has a heart for God’s Kingdom to be made known and for disciples to be raised up, I would love to talk with them about all God is doing through Forge.

Truly blessed to know and partner with each of you!

Julia

“‘I am doing a great work and I cannot come down’… For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, ‘Their hands will drop from the work, and it will not be done.’” But now, O God strengthen my hands.’” (Nehemiah 6:3-9)[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”John Boyd” tab_id=”1506996624707-7aa49816-0e7f”][vc_column_text]

John Boyd

Writer | Content Team
In the day-to-day, we lose vision. Life feels much the same, on repeat. Sometimes we revel in the comfortable, and other times we lose sight and become numb to what God is doing and how we are growing and moving forward.

We watch Aidan becoming a man before our eyes. All at once, we can look at him and see his height and see the changes in his face. His foray into public school from home school has proven mostly seamless. Audrey is pressing on with diligence and grace to finish her senior year at home. With some solid dreams and no illusions about the hard work required, she looks toward post-graduation plans in the interior design field. In Nashville town, Maggie is making her own mark on the world and in the good company and safety of the folks at Harvest Hands. I think we’ve mentioned that we miss her something awful (but want her nowhere else but following God’s lead).

God’s presence in the changing seasons speaks to us over and again. Like ancient liturgies and old hymns, God reminds us of his faithfulness and his goodness in the land of the living. We keep writing. We keep showing up with him at a table in the wilderness. His Word nourishes and satisfies.

What if we all joined hands, across miles and time, and prayed for one another? Let us pray in unity for God to keep our eyes open to his work in the day-to-day.

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Kersha Kahrs

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Laura Bulgrien

Discipleship Training

The fall of this year has come with a pretty dramatic change of pace for me in comparison that what the previous 16 months had been.  With only one speaking event on the calendar during a stretch of about two months, I had more time at home than I had in a while, and along with that time came much needed rest, along with challenges and opportunities of a different kind.

I have felt the Lord inviting me to take some intentional time to reflect on the first year of my Firebrand training, and prepare to move into the second year with fresh vision and stronger intentionality. From that place of dreaming and praying I am excited about some of the new vision that is being born in me.  Part of this vision includes hope for more opportunities to travel internationally in 2017.  There are three countries that I am hoping to return to in order to provide further teaching, training and encouragement to the believers there.  In order to do this, I am looking to raise additional support. If you would like to join me in this vision, please visit ForgeForward.org/Give, or contact me for more information!

Also during this time, I have had the chance to invest more in the community that God has surrounded me with in Colorado… as well as enjoying the gift of visits from long-time friends.  This has been a gift to my heart, and I am learning more than I ever have about the gift that God has invited us to experience in community.  We are so much better together than we are alone.

Thank you for being part of my community, and for taking this journey with me.

Much love to you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Lisa Zimmerman” tab_id=”1506997919545-3341d392-bacf”][vc_column_text]

Lisa Zimmerman

Content Team & Prayer Team Coordinator

God promises to be with His people time and time again … but He never really fully discloses what they’ll be getting into if they follow Him! That’s prompted a great question for Josh and I to wrestle with: Regardless of the road ahead, what more do we need than a God who is with us through thick and thin?

As we’ve been on the lookout to say “yes” and follow God this fall, we have seen Him show up on the scene—one highlight being a visit to my hometown, where we reconnected with friends and family. An INCREDIBLE boost of encouragement and support came as we shared more about Forge and the work God has been doing! Not only was it a blast to see more people catch excitement over God’s heart to equip everyday Kingdom Laborers of all ages across the globe, but we were also excited to connect friends with opportunities to grow with Forge. We really hope to see some new faces at Deep Camp next summer (maybe that’s you!)!

Josh is also steadily plowing through his college classes (he can taste the finish line with 6 classes left!), and working hard at Chik-Fil-A. His passion to lead well, put people first, and encourage his team keeps him going. Work feels like a win when God shows up and gets to share real Kingdom love.

Have a blessed holiday season walking with Jesus and knowing He is with you!

–Lisa and Josh[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Lorene Klopfenstein” tab_id=”1506997445129-00fde90f-58d9″][vc_column_text]

Lorene Klopfenstein

Hospitality | Ministry Relations

As this year quickly comes to a close we look back and see the hand of God at work both at Forge and in our own lives.  We have witnessed the transformation of lives in ways only God can do.  In our roles we get to support many of the avenues of ministry here from student training, to adult conferences to our speaker team on the road.  God has also challenged us deeply this year as we close out our 5th year in Colorado.  He has asked us to trust Him and accept some additional responsibilities at Forge.  In addition to her hospitality role Lorene is going to support other staff members in new ways to move the ministry forward.  Ron has been asked to lead a new team that, in addition to his responsibilities for Development, will grow opportunities for Adult Learning Programs and Distance Learning.  These are significant undertakings that we clearly feel God is asking us to take on.  We would appreciate your prayers.  So many of you have made this journey possible via your prayers and financial gifts. We are very grateful.  As you might guess, the process of raising support never really stops.  As we approach this year-end, would you prayerfully consider making a donation and joining our financial partnership team? We are in need of both monthly givers and annual gifts. Thank you for partnering with us in this work and for investing in the Kingdom.  Love, Ron and Lorene[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Loren Hayes” tab_id=”1506997197295-5dc812ee-fa01″][vc_column_text]

Loren Hayes

Speaker Ministries

Hayes’ Happenings

As of October we have completed TEN full years of ministry with Forge – Kingdom Building Ministries.  It’s beyond words to look back and describe all the ways we have seen the evident hand of God in and through and around our lives and the lives of those we’ve encountered.  Praise Him!  The ten-year mark seems like a good mark for change, and change is coming.  I am going to be adding to my responsibilities.  With staffing changes and forecasted growth in our training programs (Amen!), these additional responsibilities are necessary.  In many cases, getting more work is not something to celebrate.  In my case, however, I’m super excited!  In addition to my work with our itinerant speaking team and again managing our summer intern team, I will now be taking a lead role in our training logistics and operations.  It would be difficult in this update to detail the size and weight of this job so let me just say, it’s massive.  With the new responsibilities, however, comes more teamwork, great potential for Kingdom advancement, and the hope that even more young men and women will be launched in their unique, God anointed ministry in His Kingdom.  Additionally, there is vision for more training and discipleship options for adults!  Again I say, Amen!

All of this exciting news will require more prayers, wisdom, human resources, and finances.  Would you join us in praying for MORE of these!  May the Father’s Kingdom come and HIS will be done![/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Nate Hoot” tab_id=”1506997252480-835634b1-efdd”][vc_column_text]

Nate Hoot

Discipleship Training | International Ministries

The longer Joy and I walk this journey of life with God and with others the more humbled we are by God’s power, comforted by His love, baffled by his grace, and empowered by his strength against the backdrop of our weakness. As Joy and I serve Forge as Spiritual Coaches/Mentors and as Director of International Ministries, we repeatedly see the beauty of the Jesus actively living out his anointing: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners.” (Isaiah 61:1)

Celebrate with us the freedom students are currently experiencing!

“I was working to deserve God’s love and now I live in freedom that His love for me was there before I could even think to do anything for Him.” ~Spencer

“I’ve gotten to a place where I can see and feel the freedom that comes from surrendering things to God.” ~Jessica

“God told me …in Him I am made whole and possess a God-given identity—an identity that I couldn’t quite comprehend or even realize was there. …[I am] adopted by the King, loved unconditionally, eternally valued and washed clean in the blood of Jesus.” ~Dontae

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1) Please pray Jesus continues to liberate captives and free prisoners through our ministry with Forge.

~The Hoot Family[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Paul Epperson” tab_id=”1510776662960-70f472ee-407e”][vc_column_text]

Forge Firebrand

“To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13b)

I recently had the privilege of catching a glimpse of Revelation 5 unfold at a church in the Delta. Witnessing people from Mississippi to South Africa, young and old alike, on their faces before the Lord crying out “Holy, Worthy, Jesus,” was truly a small glimpse of heaven on earth. Many were in tears, while others were speechless and in awe of the Lord and His nearness in that moment. Your gifts, prayers, and support are making a huge eternal impact in the lives of numerous people in various places. So, may the word “more” be what drives us in the coming months. More of Jesus, in more places, to more people. Thank you for helping make the “more” possible for so many people, as we join together to point to the One who has accomplished and given to us so much more than we could possibly ask or imagine.

Forge Firebrand

“To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13b)

I recently had the privilege of catching a glimpse of Revelation 5 unfold at a church in the Delta. Witnessing people from Mississippi to South Africa, young and old alike, on their faces before the Lord crying out “Holy, Worthy, Jesus,” was truly a small glimpse of heaven on earth. Many were in tears, while others were speechless and in awe of the Lord and His nearness in that moment. Your gifts, prayers, and support are making a huge eternal impact in the lives of numerous people in various places. So, may the word “more” be what drives us in the coming months. More of Jesus, in more places, to more people. Thank you for helping make the “more” possible for so many people, as we join together to point to the One who has accomplished and given to us so much more than we could possibly ask or imagine.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Rob Cupp” tab_id=”1506995338019-de427c47-8908″][vc_column_text]

Rob Cupp

Chief Content Officer

This summer has been amazing. Seeing God deeply transform students and adults in Forge’s summer ministry programs (16 Days, The Experience and Deep Camp) has been incredible. Jesus Christ is powerful and faithful!

The great thing about the summer is that our whole family gets to participate in some way. Rob teaches, leads and mentors. Bridget mentors and builds relationships. Each of the kids gets to be around Forge’s amazing staff, summer interns and students. We are blessed that as we mentor students, the students are blessing and pouring into the lives of our kids.

As the summer comes to a close, the kids are headed back to school in a few weeks. Sophia (13) will go to the 8th grade. Chase (11) will go to middle school. And Foster (6) will start 1st grade. Pray for wisdom in parenting and for open doors as we seek to impact their friends, friends’ families and schools for Christ.

On August 2nd, Bridget and I will celebrate 18 years of marriage. Wow!  What a ride over that time!  God is so faithful and gracious to teach us, grow us and transform us. And having a partner like Bridget in ministry, life and parenting is incredible.  Thank you, God![/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Ron Klopfenstein” tab_id=”1506997381031-4d90f2d1-e3ad”][vc_column_text]

Ron Klopfenstein

Vice President of Ministry Expansion

As this year quickly comes to a close we look back and see the hand of God at work both at Forge and in our own lives.  We have witnessed the transformation of lives in ways only God can do.  In our roles we get to support many of the avenues of ministry here from student training, to adult conferences to our speaker team on the road.  God has also challenged us deeply this year as we close out our 5th year in Colorado.  He has asked us to trust Him and accept some additional responsibilities at Forge.  In addition to her hospitality role Lorene is going to support other staff members in new ways to move the ministry forward.  Ron has been asked to lead a new team that, in addition to his responsibilities for Development, will grow opportunities for Adult Learning Programs and Distance Learning.  These are significant undertakings that we clearly feel God is asking us to take on.  We would appreciate your prayers.  So many of you have made this journey possible via your prayers and financial gifts. We are very grateful.  As you might guess, the process of raising support never really stops.  As we approach this year-end, would you prayerfully consider making a donation and joining our financial partnership team? We are in need of both monthly givers and annual gifts. Thank you for partnering with us in this work and for investing in the Kingdom.  Love, Ron and Lorene[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Taylor Derrick” tab_id=”1506996921316-ed9c9363-5b27″][vc_column_text]

Taylor Derrick

Financial Operations

Thank You!

It’s hard to believe 2016 is already drawing to a close. It has been such a full year here at Forge and I’m so thankful for each of you who have walked this journey with me! Your prayers and support play such an important role in the work that happens here. Thank you!

Personal Update

Life continues to be busy for me. I’m about half way through my Intermediate Accounting 2 class and absolutely love it – although I do miss sleep sometimes. 🙂 I will be in Florida for the last two weeks in December and would love to connect with you if you’ll be in the area.

Mission Trip Update

Next month, I will be going with a team to Chichicastenango, Guatemala. We’ll be there from December 3rd – 10th and will be serving in several ways: from VBS for the local villages to a construction project in the town we’ll be staying in. Please be praying our team and those we will come in contact with. If you are interested in learning more or donating, you can visit: kbm.donorpages.com/ForgeInternational/TaylorDerrick2016.

Unique Year-End Matching Opportunity

One last update to share with you all – Forge is currently having a match. This means that all donations, above the amount given last year, will be doubled – dollar-for-dollar. If God has laid it on your heart to support the work being done through Forge, now is a great time get involved. You can take part in the match by either giving online at ForgeForward.org/Give or by mailing in a gift (cash or check) to Forge.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Todd Bright” tab_id=”1506995338205-50080571-a65f”][vc_column_text]

Todd Bright

Chief Operating & Financial Officer

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.

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Introducing the Forge Fund

We are excited to tell you about the Forge Fund, a powerful new way for people to partner with Forge financially. We created the Forge Fund as a clear and simple way to show our ministry partners exactly what their donations are fueling and to provide a single giving tank to enable Forge leadership to respond aptly to multiple ministry needs. Here are the many ways the Forge Fund fuels the advancement of our mission in building a movement of Kingdom laborers:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”5184″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content” css=”.vc_custom_1505184767673{background-image: url(https://forgeforward.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/fund_bg.jpg?id=5185) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}” el_class=”students-background”][vc_column width=”1/2″ el_class=”students-left” css=”.vc_custom_1505184467278{margin-left: 50px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Students

Students benefit from the fund through subsidizing the cost of our equipping programs, making them available to a more diverse student group. It allows scholarships for young men and women who have a demonstrated need and a strong sense of calling to participate. The fund enables us to expand our training and equipping to areas of the world where travel to the U.S. is neither affordable nor feasible.

Forge Staff

Forge Staff benefits via staff development and assistance programs. The fund allows Forge to expand staff to areas of significant need where a lack of capacity, expertise or funding exists. The fund allows Forge to provide a work environment where staff can grow personally and professionally to fully utilize their unique Kingdom gifting, and helps support a sustainable environment for long-term employment.

Forge Speakers

Forge Speakers benefit by making it possible for them to go to more places around the world, especially when hosts have limited resources. The fund allows Forge to develop additional speakers through the cutting-edge Firebrand Itinerant Training Program, an equipping program designed to develop “evangelists, prophets and apostles” in a similar manner that seminaries train “pastors and teachers” (Ephesians 4:11-13). These men and women will be the “Paul’s and Timothy’s” to the next generation of people in desperate need of the gospel.

Technology and Facility Advancement

Technology and Facility Advancement benefits in helping Forge deliver training and equipping materials, live messages, and other valuable resources to new people in fresh ways as technology advances. The fund also provides for facility improvements to enhance Forge’s ability to host and serve more people, more effectively.

The Forge Fund is to Forge what an offering is to a church. Without it, we simply cannot accomplish our mission. The fund helps fuel the fire of the bold movement in which we are engaged: challenging and equipping more hearts on fire, lives on purpose Kingdom laborers.

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I want to Partner
with Forge

Participate in the $100,000 giving match through December 18th.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”5182″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_btn title=”DONATE NOW” style=”custom” custom_background=”#e46025″ custom_text=”#ffffff” shape=”square” align=”center” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Finterland3.donorperfect.net%2Fweblink%2Fweblink.aspx%3Fname%3Dkbm%26id%3D3||target:%20_blank|”][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1505440012462{margin-left: 30px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #391d55 !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”5186″ img_size=”300×230″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

Discover your unique design through a Group Life Plan at Forge.

January 29-30 & September 16-17, 2016

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Read the personal updates for our staff and speakers!

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Adrian Despres
Forge Speaker

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Charlie Marquis
Discipleship Training

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Dwight Robertson
President/CEO & Founder

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Foster Christy
Forge Speaker

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Fred Lynch
Forge Speaker

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Garrett Kahrs
Forge Speakerr

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Hope Radebaugh
Forge Speaker

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Jason Roe
Forge Speaker

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Julia Michael
Content Team

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John Boyd
Writer | Content Team

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Kersha Kahrs
Speaker Coordinator | Administrative Assistant

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Laura Bulgrien
Discipleship Training

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Lisa Zimmerman
Content Team & Prayer Team Coordinator

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Lorene Klopfenstein
Hospitality | Ministry Relations

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Loren Hayes
Speaker Ministries

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Nate Hoot
Discipleship Training | International Ministries

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Nathan Burdick
Forge Speaker

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Paul Epperson
Forge Speakerr

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Rob Cupp
Chief Content Officer

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Ron Klopfenstein
Vice President of Ministry Expansion

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Santiago Fuentes
Forge Speaker

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Sara Jenkins
Forge Speakerr

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Taylor Derrick
Financial Operations

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Todd Bright
Chief Operating & Financial Officer

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