Chris gathers close friends to pray over the vision of starting an organization that would seek to connect communities of resource with communities of need in the city of Knoxville.
The first initiatives of KLF began:
- Mechanicsville Medical Clinic: responding to the medical needs of low-income people in Knoxville’s urban community which now operates as Cherokee Health Systems.
- SOAR: an inner-city youth program which now operates as THRIVE Lonsdale.
- Urban Ministry Classes: conducted with groups of 15-20 people in the Martins’ home inspiring young visionaries who would go on to start important projects such as Compassion Coalition and Agenda for Racial Reconciliation as well as several youth programs and other volunteer work in our city.