First a disclaimer: my close friend and weekly accountability partner is the founder and president of this ministry. That is the last shred of disavowal that you will hear from me in the next few days. Jeff Knapp and I first met and became friends (contrary to the belief of some that it was our follicle similitude) when he was a volunteer in Perimeter Church’s Student Ministry where our kids were (and are) participants. Clearly God had/has gifted Jeff with a unique ability to connect with students. Now that I know him, I know that it’s not all natural; but it is all a calling on his life to connect with people because people matter to God. He works hard at it.
In the next few days I want to allow the stories of the young men of IRON and FIRE Ministries to strike a chord in your heart. These guys are not actors. These guys are not all from the same circumstances. These guys are not reading scripts. These guys certainly have walked different paths. The one thing they all have in common is a life-on-life encounter with my friend Jeff (and others) that has helped them understand the impact of the gospel of Jesus in real time. You will get that as you listen to their stories.
I’m asking you to do 4 simple things in the days that follow…
- listen… to every word of their stories
- pray… ask God what you can do
- visit… the IRON and FIRE website
- do… something based on what you hear
So, today is an introduction. Take your time. This list is not necessarily in order of importance or chronology. Maybe a good first step is just to get on their website and hear the heartbeat of what IRON and FIRE is about. I promise you that these next few days will give you hope that God is still able to change the lives of those who are willing to listen.