Sunday, January 25, 2015
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
We send our thoughts, prayers and sympathy to Nicte's family and friends as we all grieve the sudden loss of someone so special.
"Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted."
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015
|Before picture: Piles to be organized|
|Before picture: More piles to be organized|
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
UPDATE: In just under 2 months we are projected to be at 45% of our goal!!! That means that in addition to the donations that have already been received since November we have also added in the projected monthly donations pledged for 2015 as well as our current projected event revenues for the upcoming year. Two things about the current total: First, this thermometer can go downward if pledges or events fall through. Second, this thermometer still has 1 year and 5 days to go upward. That means that every new Monthly Partner and every new GTD event added to the calendar will drive this thermometer up towards our goal. To be honest, we are blown away that we are already at 45% of the goal. We are humbled and thrilled by God's mighty hand of support, and we are elated by the generosity of our donors. This has already been an amazing 2 months of rebuilding the walls of GTD. We are excited, but we are not relaxing. We are pressing on towards the goal that will put GTD in position to effectively minister to the next generation for the next 20 years.
The $250,000 amount represents the sum total needed to:
<> Cover all 2015 operating expenses
<> Pay off remaining debt from first 18 years
<> Repair & improve aging equipment
<> Acquire necessary new equipment & gear
<> Organize & archive 20 years of data, pictures, etc
<> Launch new events, ministries, and endeavors
<> Strengthen & fortify our current vibrant programs, events, & ministries
<> New marketing campaign (brochures, ads, proactively promote GTD)
<> Office renovations and administrative infrastructure improvements
<> Begin "famine" savings account for future recessions & troubled times
<> Consider hiring on needed part-time assistants & co-laborers
<> AND MORE!
14 Month Timeline:
Nov 18, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015: Assess "The Walls"; Communicate the needs
Jan 5 - Feb 25, 2015: "52 Days" Objective ("All-Hands-On-Deck")
Feb 26 - Nov 16, 2015: Transformation of a ministry; Run regular events
Nov 17, 2015: Annual Banquet ("The Mother of All Banquets")
Nov 18, 2015 - Jan 18, 2016: Reintroduce "The New GTD"!!
This is an exciting time to be a part of GTD!
Monday, January 12, 2015
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Just like Nehemiah, we don't take days off during the 52 days of rebuilding the walls. Sundays will be partial work days so we can still attend church and spend time with family. After church I returned to the grind of updating, purging, and consolidating hundreds of to-do's. It's a long and arduous task, but necessary in order to equip our volunteers. I look forward to seeing these to-do's become to-done's!
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Special thanks to Brandon Hanes, a modern day 6' 7" Goliath, for spending his entire day off volunteering at the GTD office. His help was irreplaceable today as we spent several hours moving thousands of pounds of exercise and office equipment. Let's just say he was the perfect person for today's tasks. We got a ton done (literally). God bless you Brandon =)
Friday, January 9, 2015
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Our special thanks to Bobby, Alex, and Matt for volunteering their time today to help with our 52 Days campaign. As you can see by the pictures below, sometimes you have to make a mess in order to clean things up. We are moving hundreds of things from one spot to another as we tackle each room in the office.
Our goal is to make the most of every resource God has blessed us with. In regards to our office, we are going room-to-room with one mission in mind: Transformation. Each room will go through a 3 phase process > Rough Draft Phase > Functional Phase > Excellence Phase. We are setting up each room for it's new purpose while removing items that do not pertain to that purpose (rough draft phase) then we will add all the necessary components to make it usable in its current state (functional phase) and finally, we will add to it all of the finishing touches to make it inviting, motivating, and fulfilling it's full potential (excellence stage). As we prepare for the next 20 years we must start by making the most of the present opportunities.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Monday, January 5, 2015
Today GTD kicked off the most important objective we've ever been involved with. It's called "52 Days" and it's based on the first 6 chapters of the Biblical book of Nehemiah. In this book Nehemiah finds out that the Jews who survived the exile were in great trouble and the wall of Jerusalem that was built to protect them had been broken down and its gates were destroyed by fire. Nehemiah wholeheartedly seeks God and prays for success and mercy before the king. He then shares his distress for his people with the king (Nehemiah was the cupbearer to the king). God granted Nehemiah favor as the king not only gave Nehemiah authority to rebuild the wall, but also funded its reconstruction. Nehemiah journeyed to Jerusalem and took time to survey the damage to the wall and the gates. He then met with the remaining remnant of Jews and shared with them his vision to rebuild the wall of and how God had already been working. The people replied, "Let us rise up and build." And so they set out to rebuild the wall. They worked day and night while being threatened by many adversaries who wanted to destroy them. They worked with a trowel in one hand and a sword in another. And they worked together and completed the wall in only 52 days.
I've always loved this story because it displays the delicate balance between God doing His part and man doing our part. God supplied the passion, mission, vision, opportunity, authority, and funding while the people supplied the obedience, effort, hard work, and diligence to physically restore the wall. God did His part and the people did their part.
Today, we have taken on a similar mission to rebuild the Walls of GTD. The foundation (our values, mission, vision, and commitment to Christ) & the God-awesome events of our ministry are solid as a ROCK. But the Walls of GTD (the structure that helps us accomplish our mission) needs some attention. In fact, it needs to be rebuilt. Part of the wall is broken down because it's the natural result of aging (18 years of ministry causes trailers, equipment, and gear to need some restoration). Part of the wall is broken down because of spiritual warfare (We have an adversary in the spiritual realm that wants GTD destroyed and he utilizes a variety of artillery to attempt to chip away at our resources. We just survived a 5 year recession that required intense amounts of personal sacrifice). And part of the wall is broken down from "live-and-learn" decisions (We've never built a ministry like this before. In fact, it's a very rare ministry. There aren't many mobile outdoor adventure ministries out there so sometimes we get educated by the school of hard knocks and that can wear away at our walls). The exciting thing is that we have completed 18 years of ministry and now have a wealth of education and experience to draw from as we begin to prepare for the next 20 years of ministry. In order to be ready for the next 20 years we are using our 19th year to "Rebuild The Walls of GTD" and address every broken piece of equipment, every broken piece of organization, every broken piece of planning, every broken piece of marketing, every broken piece of our overall structure and either rebuild it, reform it, or remove it. If it's not adding to our calling then it is getting in the way. If it's in our way and we can't reform it then we are getting rid of it. This goes for everything - events, website pages, brochures, departments, programs, trailers, storage facilities, post-it notes, 20 years of paperwork, 25 year old ideas, outdated wall colors, and the list goes on-and-on. I think you get the gist of it.
So what does all this mean? It means that just like Nehemiah couldn't rebuild the Wall of Jerusalem by himself, neither can we rebuild the Walls of GTD by ourselves. We need your help. We are asking people to volunteer as well as help fund some of the rebuilding. We need everyone to be involved. This is a call for, "All Hands On Deck!" We have all kinds of work that needs to be completed - office work, data entry work, picture scanning, minor repairs, major repairs, renovations, construction, procurement... you name it, we need it - especially Y-O-U!
We spent today doing the most important type of work, we prayed. We sought God for His favor, His plans, and His success over the next 52 Days. And we also went to work! We didn't have all of the volunteer projects ready to go on Day 1 because we didn't want to call this a 52 Day campaign if we were really working 4 weeks on it before it even started. That wouldn't be a real 52 Day campaign. I have already spent time surveying the wall like Nehemiah did before he announced the general objective to the people. Now I'm making the announcement, "The Walls of GTD need to be rebuilt so that we are impacting the next generation of young people with the Gospel of Christ. The walls can't be rebuilt by themselves and we can't do it by ourselves. We need your help. Let's team-up for the next 52 days to transform this ministry into a God-awesome ministry prepared for the next 20 years. Let's team-up for the next 52 days and be a part of something bigger than ourselves; something that impacts eternity! Will you help us transform GTD into a ministry ready to go the distance for the next 20 years?" We want you on our team! Click here to sign-up.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
ANOTHER GTD BIG NEWS ALERT!!! $3000 DONATION PUTS US IN THE BLACK!!
I'm thrilled to announce that an amazingly generous Ministry Partner from TX has donated $3000 to GTD!! That donation has been matched and transitioned our ministry from finishing in the red to finishing in the black for our 5th straight year!!!! WOW, We are BLOWN AWAY!! This is nothing less than a miracle! We are so thankful for our incredible, thoughtful, and generous supporters who care so deeply about this ministry. This has been an incredible & miraculous 6 day worst-to-first journey!! /// I'm about to board a flight to Alabama so I have to stop typing. Our profound thanks to our big donor!! We are floored!!! God bless you. We love you! And God bless each person involved in this miracle. We didn't do an end of the year appeal... no mail-outs... God just dropped this in our lap and moved the hearts of donors, many of which didn't know the need. Our jaws are dropped! He did the same thing for our Annual Banquet. WOW! Thank you Jesus!!
There is still time to make a Matching Gift donation... just click this link to make a donation to GTD and watch it get doubled!
We also want to let you know that we have ANOTHER BIG ANNOUNCEMENT coming up shortly... stay tuned!
It's very simple, whatever you donate to GTD gets matched dollar-for-dollar by our anonymous donor up to a cumulative total of $6500!! That's amazing!! And TODAY is the deadline!!
Just 1 week ago GTD was on the verge of finishing the year in the red for the first time since 2009. We were on track to take a $15,000 loss this year, BUT then on Dec 26th the miracles started happening... a $5000 unexpected donation followed by another unexpected $6500 end-of-the-year Matching Gift!!
Over the past 5 days donations have been coming in from amazing people who love this ministry and want to see us continue the streak to 5 straight years of finishing in the black (during the roughest economy of this generation). We are touched and honored by anyone who would support our ministry. Thank you generous donors!!
Several people have been asking, "What's the update? How much has been raised so far?" AN UPDATE OF FUNDS RAISED WILL BE POSTED TODAY, but I can tell you this, the Matching Gift Challenge has not been completed.
To donate to GTD and help us maximize the $6500 Matching Gift Challenge click the link below. Also, any checks dated on or before Dec 31st that are received by Jan 7th will count towards this challenge. Thank you in advance for your kindness & support to this ministry. You're awesome!! God bless you!
Donate Here: http://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/payments-donations.html
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
- "Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed." (Proverbs 15:22)
Monday, December 29, 2014
We are excited to announce that GTD has hired one of our amazing interns - Jessica Marie - to be a vital part of our staff for the next 2 months as we engage in the most important campaign of our ministry's 18 (soon to be 19) years of operation: the 52 Days campaign that starts on Jan 5, 2015
Jessica is in her last semester at USF. She is one of the most extraordinary and capable people I've ever met. She loves God, loves to serve, loves to work hard, follows directions perfectly, has an amazing attention to detail, strives for excellence in all she does, turns good ideas into great ideas, and displays an incredible level of wisdom at a young age. I could go on and on. Laurie & I are excited to have Jessica on our team and we look forward to how God is going to use her over the next 2 months!
Welcome aboard Jessica! …Now get to work ;)
That means that our donor is willing to match anyone and everyone's donation dollar-for-dollar up to $6500 until 11:59pm Dec 31st. That means that for every dollar you donate, he will donate a dollar. Your $50 donation becomes a $100 donation to GTD! Your $1000 donation becomes a $2000 donation to GTD!
Simply put, we are within striking distance of finishing this year in the black for the 5th straight year. We are literally standing right in the middle of a miracle-in-the-making. And we are asking you to jump right in the middle of this miracle with us. Will you consider making an end-of-the-year donation to GTD so that we can maximize this Matching Gift and finish strong in 2014? Will you help us snatch victory from the jaws of defeat?
On Dec 25th, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that GTD was going to lose this year's fiscal battle, BUT then God stepped in. In a matter of 2 hours on Dec 26th the tide changed. The foregone conclusion is now on the verge of becoming a foregone illusion. Will you help us keep the streak alive? Let's make it 5 years in a row of finishing in the black! Let's make it a great finish to 2014, which will make it a great start to 2015!
Click here to help us snatch victory from the jaws of defeat... click here to make the end of our 18th year of ministry a miraculous one!
That's a HUGE donation for our ministry! GTD is a non-profit organization and we have been on a 4 year streak of finishing in the black (not losing money), but this year we had one event that severely hemorrhaged our annual budget. As of Dec 25th, we were $15,000 in the red (losing money) this year - even after a record breaking banquet in November.
With just a few days left in the year it looked like we were going to have our first year in the red since 2009. We were licking our wounds, preparing to shake off the loss, and preparing to have a major comeback year in 2015. BUT, God seems to be interested in writing a different ending in 2014. This donation takes us within $10,000 of finishing in the black for 2014... with only a few days to go!
Do you think it can be done? Can GTD go from red to black in under a week?? Can the financial frown be turned upside down? We will see...
Friday, December 26, 2014
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
"It is for freedom sake for which Christ has set us free." - Galatians 5:1