Bless It Forward (BIF) started with the inspiration of a Father that heard the cry of the Lord in 1960. The Lord pressed upon his heart that his family would be a blessing from generation to generation. These are the verses that given toa this Father:
“As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.
Praise the Lord.[b]Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands.2 Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.3 Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
Psalm 112:1-4 (NIV)
That journey has seen his kids and grandkids become Pastors, Business owners, Missionaries, work in the medical field and corporate world all the while impacting and blessing others. The common theme heard from each family member is their love for Jesus and their desire that all would come to know Him. Bless It Forward came into existence when one of the Fathers grandkids heard his testimony and was moved into action to start laying the foundation of the BIF website. The principles were to bless others, take care of the poor and to give people the opportunity to find hope in Jesus. This in essence captured the call by the grandfather, that Jesus would be glorified in his family and that they would be a blessing from generation to generation.
Each person that volunteers with Bless It Forward is considered family, whether it be by blood or through Jesus. BIF’s desire is to come along side of the church and to a generation of believers to carry out these principles and Bless this world in the name of Jesus.