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First Steps

One of the greatest accomplishments made in life is that of taking the first step. Parents cheer watching their baby taking its wobbly first steps forward. We celebrate the first step of sobriety, forgiveness, the change of a career, a degree, the list goes on. One of the greatest steps taken is along the journey to healing. This step can change the course of one’s life from victim to victor, from oppressed to overcomer.

From Attendee to Leader

Josh Reed wakesurfing

No one wishes to walk through fire. No one dreams of journeying through the difficulties. It goes against everything in our human nature that desires safety, comfortability, and control. And yet, what if?

As Iron Sharpens Iron

Ira Rich surfing

So often, it’s the people that have gone before us that pave the way for our victory. It’s those who have fought for their breakthrough, and walked through the fire to find their healing that fill others with contagious hope. The belief that if God did it for those before, He can do it for me too.

Don’t Let Your Heart Become Tarnished

Forge retreat attendee surfing

April is Limb Loss Awareness Month! Based on a recent study, there are more than 5.6 million people living with limb loss and limb difference in the United States. Of that ~5.6 million, there are ~2.3 million people with limb loss and ~3.4 million people who were born with their limb difference. And every year, […]

2024 Retreat Applications Now Open!

UPDATE 5/30/24: Retreat application deadline has been extended! The new deadline is Friday, June 7th, 2024. Applicants will be notified of their application status by June 24th, 2024. We are excited to announce that our applications for our October Beautifully Flawed Women’s Retreat (BFR) Forge Men’s Retreat for those with limb difference are now open! This year, the […]

WATCH: Our 2023 Forge Retreat Highlight Video

The Forge Retreat 2023 was like no other! We saw so much new growth take place in more ways than one. Whether it was surfing, wakesurfing, jiu-jitsu, gym workouts, or stepping on a ride at a theme park, the men all rose to the occasion to face challenges, fears, and uncomfortableness head on and discovered […]

Strengthened Faith – Testimonies from Our 2023 Retreats

Forge Retreat 2023 Del Mar, CA

There’s power in a testimony. It’s a beacon of hope. It’s the catalyst for breakthrough, a moment of true human connection, an opened door to awe and wonder, and the springboard to overcome. It’s the whisper of faith that says, “If He could do it for them, He can do it for me too.” At […]

A Look Back at Our 2023 October Retreats

Coming away from our Del Mar retreats this past October, I cannot help but be grateful for all God has done in the 10 years of retreats. For our 2023 Beautifully Flawed and Forge retreats, we witnessed a total of 30 young women and men with limb difference come from all across the country and God do the impossible! […]

One Gift, Lasting Impact

One of my most fond Christmas memories isn’t with extravagant gifts, or where everything looked like a Hallmark movie. Christmas in our home growing up was very simple. My mom was a single mom of five kids, and money was always tight.