Our mission is to take the hope of Christ to dark, dangerous, and despised places worldwide by raising up Unusual Soldiers.
Four Common Traits of Every Unusual Soldier
Unusual Soldiers embrace a heart of humility and have surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ.
Unusual Soldiers are obsessed Jesus and have made knowing him their ultimate passion.
Unusual Soldiers envision hope for those that reside in dark, dangerous, or despised places.
Unusual Soldiers engage the mission and are willing to suffer for their cause.
Origins of Unusual Soldiers
The vision for Unusual Soldiers began on a scouting trip to Arkansas during the summer of 2000. Caleb, the founder, was scouting the area with a church planting team there. During his trip he attended a local bible study on the main drag to help him discern his next steps. As a result of going to that bible study his life was radically changed. Caleb found a spot to sit down in that tiny run down store with only a handful of other people. After a long pause of awkward silence an elderly gentleman limped out of a back room and asked the newcomers to introduce themselves. Caleb introduced himself and told the man about the church planting team. He mentioned the sacrifices that some of the team members were making and the silver haired teacher seemed amazed. He gazed at Caleb and said, “You guys are some unusual soldiers.” In that moment, Caleb’s heart was branded with a life long mission. He knew that he wanted to spend the rest of his life striving to awaken an army of unusual soldiers for God, but he had no idea what that meant.
In 2000 he started a 6 month discipleship for high school students that involved many mission trips and daring God adventures. He continued to pray that God would paint the vision for unusual soldiers more clearly.
In 2005, Caleb abandoned everything in an attempt to fully grasp what it meant to be an unusual soldier. He emptied his bank account and traveled alone to an unreached tribal area in Africa. He had nothing but a backpack, a Bible, and a burden. On his first trek to an unreached village Caleb uttered the words, “I think I was made for this!” As a result many people came to Christ, disciple-movements were launched, and new churches were eventually planted. Caleb came home with a new vigor to raise up unusual soldiers nationally and internationally. He joined Forge as an itinerant speaker and started the ministry of Unusual Soldiers underneath their umbrella.