Who We Are

Our mission: Feeding and serving people, body and soul in their time of need with no strings attached.

From the gospel of Matthew, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink”

Forged by Fire is a non-profit disaster relief organization. Our goal is to help feed victims, volunteers and first responders in natural disasters.

Why Forged by Fire?

I believe this verse from God’s Word sums up how I feel. “So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1st Peter 1:7 ESV

As a Christian, when we talked about naming our group, I felt that this verse summarized my faith journey. Everything that I have been through has brought me to this point. I try daily to model that great gift of God’s love for me in everything that we do as Forged by Fire.

Our Community-Focused Model

We work with existing organizations within a community to maximize our efforts and to help build relationships in the community itself.

Local Churches

We have learned that local churches become a focal point during disasters. As an RSO of the LCMS, we strive to work in partnership with these churches to make the most of our work and to also help highlight their existing ministries as a beacon of light and hope in their community.

We are an Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

Recognized Service Organizations (RSOs) are 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations that are independent of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, but they operate ministry programs that foster the mission and ministry of the church.

RSO organizations reach out in mercy and love to meet the needs of those who are suffering, poor, sick or lonely. They address human, social, economic, educational and spiritual needs.

Mobile Kitchen Trailers

How do we do this? Forged by Fire sets up our mobile kitchen trailer on site to prepare and serve meals for the community members in need.

Local Volunteers

We need you! We partner with local volunteers and our local ministry partners to help meet the needs within their own community.

Founder and Director

Welcome to Forged by Fire. I am Rev. Paul Ernewein, an LCMS minister serving a small congregation in Lacombe Louisiana called The Village Church.

Forged by Fire had been a dream of mine for many years. I like to think that it all started with a small 20 gallon cast iron pot many years ago. Now over 15 years later, we have served thousands of meals to people in need. We have traveled to serve communities recovering from tornados, hurricanes, and flooding. We have also been fortunate to team with other agencies to do community feeding events in areas that are in need. If you have questions or would like to learn more about our work, feel free to reach out to us. Thank you again for taking this time to look into what we do.

My wife and partner who also is the better chef!
Peggy working at making sure everything is delicious
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