Forge Equipping

Melissa Thornton – Forge Equipping 2023

Hello friends and family!

This past summer I was given the opportunity to go to a Christian camp called Souled Out. I went into the camp not knowing what to expect but pumped for what God would show me! Little did I know that on the last night of the camp God would reveal that I was called to missions! It completely smacked me in the face, but you better believe I was so willing to obey! That night I talked to the camp speaker. I went into the conversation super thankful for the message he had shared and unsure of what the next steps were to take toward my calling. He gave me a couple of books and an invitation to join Forge Equipping! As I was reading one of the books Charlie, our camp speaker, gifted me, I was sure Forge equipping was the next step I had to take in walking in obedience to God!

Now, I’m sure you’re wondering, “What exactly is Forge Equipping anyway?” Well, I’d love to tell you.

Forge Equipping is a physically, emotionally, and spiritually intense discipleship adventure hosted by Forge ( It's filled with teaching by Forge Speakers, grueling team building, and outdoor adventures. Our destinations include both urban and rural locations where we will experience a variety of ministry opportunities. We will also take part in Forge's summer camp called Deep Camp and go on an international mission trip to unreached people in Mexico. The whole process is designed to help me engage Jesus’ mission to those around me in my everyday life and to help others do the same.

This is an amazing opportunity filled with exciting ministry and intensive training! I am not sure exactly what to expect, but I'm eager to join God's plan for me this summer. Whatever it is, I will only be able to experience it with the help of others. My first request is that you pray for me as I prepare for this summer discipleship training mission.

  1. Pray that the Lord will prepare me spiritually and physically.
  2. Pray for the Lord's will to be done in my heart and through me in the lives of the people I connect with.
  3. Pray that the Lord will provide for every need that arises as I step out in believing obedience to His plan.

Secondly, I would ask that you consider partnering with me financially in this adventure. The total cost for this program is $5,300. I am confident that God has much to teach me this summer in and through my training at Forge Equipping, and I would ask you to prayerfully consider investing in my life. My fundraising deadline is June 1. If you would like to know more about Forge Equipping please check out the website at
If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 769-428-0015 or email me at

Thank you so much!!

– Melissa Thornton