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Friday, September 19, 2014

Training Rim2Rim

Breaking in the backpack and hiking shoes on this gorgeous trail in Upstate NY!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scouting Out

Today we spent the afternoon reconing for our Sunday After Church event with Calvary Baptist East Lake.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GC Gear Distribution at Calvary Church

Look who's going to the Grand Canyon! Pastor Willy!! I think he should peach a message with this backpack on. =) /// Tonight we met with & distributed gear to many of the 45 amazing people joining us on our 2 upcoming Grand Canyon Trips. I can't wait to share in an adventure with this fUntastic group =)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

All Work & No Play

Just put in a week of 18 hr work days trying to get caught up from being gone for the summer & all the time spent battling fleas. Start work at 7a and go, go, go till 2am with about an hour of breaks for meals when I get a chance to eat. Making progress, but still have a long way to go. We leave in 12 days for our Grand Canyon Trips and will be gone for 3 weeks. - DUG <><

Thursday, September 11, 2014

42 People Signed-Up!!

WOW, we have a total of 42 people signed up for our upcoming 2 trips to The Grand Canyon!!

It's going to be 2 of the BEST TRIPS EVER!!

The 2nd trip is almost sold out, but we have 2 individual spots remaining. Our 1st trip has more spots available.

Click here for details & to register for this God-awesome event that includes apologetic teaching by Dr Aaron Walp.

Life changing event!!!

Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11. I took this picture 2 years ago while visiting Ground Zero with my family. It symbolizes the importance of memorializing, overcoming, and continuing on. Today is a day for remembrance & honor. NEVER FORGET. NEVER RELENT. NEVER QUIT.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


JURY DUTY!! It's actually on my bucket list of things to do in this lifetime, but unfortunately it could not have come at a worse time. Interestingly enought, it's amazing how many daily "interuptions" we have experienced since we've returned back from our summer of ministry. I've never had so many things pop-up day after day after day that absorb any extra moments we would have had to share our stories of how God worked. It has also kept us from meeting with pastors & group leaders to invite them & their crew on a life changing event next year. I'm pretty sure that the enemy is trying to block our message. It's not going to work.  -DUG <><

SOC Annual Report

Part of running any organization is complying with the laws of the land. As a non-profit we have to complete several annual reports in order to retain our organizational status. One of those annual reports is called The Solicitation of Contributions Annual Renewal and it is due every Sept 15th. It allows GTD to legally solicit for & receive donations in the state of Florida, and it allows the donor to receive a tax deduction for those donations. We just completed that report, paid our registration fee, and submitted it for approval. We typically receive an approval within 2 weeks. Check that off the list =)

This Sunday = SAC

SAC is BACK! SAC means Sunday After Church and this Sunday is our annual canoeing trip with the young adult ministry of FBC of Indian Rocks. If you're a young adult (18-25) in search of a great church then check out Smiley's / FBCIR on Sunday and then go canoeing with us!! You'll love it!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Had To Share

One of several things I love about my job is that I get to meet a high concentration of high caliber people. They're not celebrities. They're just ordinary people living extraordinary lives. Over the past 24 hours I've talked to so many cream-of-the-crop "ordinary" people... many of which are sold-out followers of Christ. It's been such an encouraging 2 days =)
- DUG <><

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Dining On The Edge Of The World!

Imagine dining on the edge of the world as the sun sets and colors the sky!! That's what our Rim-2-Rim hikers are going to experience in 4 weeks as they dine at the Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim. Absolutely breathtaking. The Grand Canyon Trip 2014 (Trip 1).

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

It's Time to "Elevate" with Calvary Baptist & GTD

I enjoyed breakfast at Lenny's restaurant this morning with Justin Facenda. Justin is an awesome guy & the HS youth pastor for "Elevate" of Calvary Baptist in Clearwater. GTD is excited & honored to be teaming up with Elevate for some God-awesome adventures! Can't wait!! =)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Interview Uploaded To The GTD YouTube Channel

Watch our 15 minute interview with CTN's Darlene Greenlee as we talk about the happenings of Going The Distance Adventure Ministry.


GTD - ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

On Aug 24th Doug & Laurie accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with rain water collected the day before. They also took a couple of minutes to highlight the need for clean drinking water in developing countries as well as the work done by a ministry called Water 4 Life ( Don't forget to donate to ALS ( & Water 4 Life!


Let The Training Begin

Training for our Grand Canyon Trip in 4 weeks. Although I hike a lot during our summer adventures, I haven't run in over a year. I just ran a 5k at Lake Seminole Park and I feel great! Lungs, legs, body feel strong. I turn 44 in a few weeks, but I still feel 24 (praise the Lord!). And I'm actually getting a little wiser... I hate stretching, but I did some great stretches for 20 minutes before I ran and I could immediately feel the benefits. And the running shoes I recently purchased are the most comfortable & lightweight shoes I've ever had. Love them already! Going to read a chapter from God's love letter to mankind (the Bible) & have a prayer walk. Have an excellent day! And remember this truth, God is head over heels in love with you! - DUG <><

Laurie's training started yesterday: Training day for the Grand Canyon Rim 2 Rim Hike! 8.5 mile walk, 1.4 mile run and 6 miles rollerblading done! Whew! - Laurie =)

Monday, September 1, 2014


Our Grand Canyon Trip #2 is just about sold out, but we have a few more spots available on Trip #1 which starts in 4 weeks. Sign-up today and get a great deal on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure!
Trip 1 ONLY (Sept 29 - Oct 4, 2014)
Reg = $799*/person
1 for $699*/person
2 for $1298* ($649*/per)
3 for $1872* ($624*/per)
4 for $2396* ($599*/per)
Buy More, $ave More!

- OR -

Sign-up for MONTHLY PAYMENTS as low as $29*/month for 24 months!!!

*Does not include airfare, meals, or add-on adventures


Everything is NEW today!

Today is a NEW day of a NEW week of a NEW month of a NEW part of the year!

There is no better time to make NEW goals, NEW resolutions, NEW changes, NEW course corrections, and reNEWed commitments than on the first day of a NEW season of your life. It's a perfect time to take a few minutes to seek God... to talk to God... and let Him breathe NEW breath into your life. There's no better place to be than being right where God made you to be. And there's no way to get there on your own. It only happens as you take time to talk to God. Then He will direct your steps to NEW & reNEWed things =)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Watch GTD on TV!!

Our 15 minute interview airs today & tomorrow on CTN - the Christian Television Network (WCLF)

Bay Focus w/ Host Darlene Greenlee
Wed (Aug 20) at 11:30 am EST
Thur (Aug 21) at 7:00 p.m EST


Monday, August 18, 2014

Bird Watching Can Change Your Life

There is no better way to start the day (& week) than spending time in God's Word. Did you know that bird watching can change your perspective, your day, and even your life. In Luke 12 Jesus is communicating about the uselessness of worry and how it won't add a single hour to your life. In fact, it robs you of life (in this present moment as well as by shortening your life). Jesus tells us that we can draw some spiritual truths just by watching birds (the raven specificly). "They don't sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!" Did you catch that? God made birds. He loves His creation and even takes care of the birds. But he wants you to know how much more valuable YOU are than the birds that he created and cares for. He wants you to observe and see the spiritual truth that is flying around us everyday. Of all the things that God created and values, YOU are His greatest treasure! I love the father-heart of God. He doesn't want you to worry. He wants you to know & comprehend how valuable you are. He puts birds around you everyday to remind you that you are valued & cherished. Just embracing that melts all the worries away. Have a worry free & great day =)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pastor Willy Is Going To The Grand Canyon With GTD!

We are so honored to have Dr William Rice (Pastor Willy) join us on this year's Grand Canyon Trip!

He is the amazing pastor of Calvary Church of Clearwater.

Check out his blog about the trip!

Click here for more details about this year's Grand Canyon Trips.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

This Was BIG!

Celebrating a supernatural mission trip in Costa Rica with Harvest Church of Watagua, TX!! It was 9 of the best days of my life with 40+ of the best people on the planet as we clothed & prayed for thousands of people in a very poor town. Thank you Ben DeWitt for daring to do BIG things! Thank you Sandi Schiveley Davis, Laurie Rodriguez, Aloha Orton Bishop, Brian Tarter, and all the Harvest leaders & church members for supporting that BIG dream! Thank you Danilo Valverde Alvarado & all the hard workers of Iglesia Buen Pastor Church for your partnership in this BIG idea! Thank you Laurie Finger for obeying God when He burdened your heart for this hardly noticed poor community & for accepting this BIG challenge! Thank you GTD supporters for helping enable all of us to make a BIG differnce in so many people's lives! And most importantly, thank you Jesus for being a BIG God who inspired & accomplished it ALL!!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Morning Activity

It's been an exhausting morning for a team of us who walked the dirt streets of a poor community here in Costa Rica called Pijije.  It's hot here, and I think I speak for us all when I say our clothes are soaked with sweat and we have dirt and dust sticking all over us from handing out invitations and numbered bracelets door to door for people to come pick up donated clothing tomorrow, Saturday and Monday! What a blessing to be used by God to impact a community of this size!  I'm humbled to be a part of such an amazing project.  One of my favorite parts of this morning was when this little girl in the photo saw me from way down the road and ran into my arms. We may not speak the same language, but our love for one another speaks volumes. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Harvest 7.1 Student Ministry Has Arrived!

We were so happy to welcome the 7.1 student ministry of Harvest Church from Keller Texas to Costa Rica today!  They arrived with the most luggage ever....4,000 pound of clothes and supplies to help clothes one of the poorest communities we have been introduced to here called Pijije.  It's a God sized project with a lot of moving parts and we trust The Lord's hand and orchestration of it all!  Please pray for us as we all dig in tomorrow with painting activities at the church, organizing clothing, preparing for the children's carnival tomorrow afternoon and handing out flyers to invite families to pick up clothes later this week!  We appreciate tor prayers and only wish God to be glorified and honored as we reach out and share his love. 

Harvest 7.1 Student Ministry Has Arrived!

We were so happy to welcome the 7.1 student ministry of Harvest Church in Keller Texas to Costa Rica today!  They arrive with the most luggage ever....4,000 pound of clothes and supplies to help clothes one of the poorest communities we have been introduced to!  It's a God sized project with a lot of moving parts and we trust The Lords hand and orchestration of it all!  Please pray for is as we all dig in tomorrow with painting activities at the church, organizing clothing, preparing for the children's carnival tomorrow afternoon and handing our flyers to invite families to pick up clothes later this week!  

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Special People

Beyond bless to spend time with the Cruz family last night. These are my "adopted" Costa Rican Grandparents. They have been such a huge blessing in my life and I am so grateful for the relationship God has blessed us with.  Praise The Lord Flor had a doctors appointment and was given a clean bill of health after a scare earlier in the yer after surgery. Please pray for their family, for their health, that God's blessings fill their life and that their newest Grandson would soon get his trach and feeding tube out. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Costa Rica 2014: Interns

We are almost a week in and it has already been an adventure! We are Abbey and Savannah, and are the GTD Costa Rica interns this year. Here are some of the highlights of our experience in Fortuna so far:

We have been setting up a lot of the cabinas for the team from Harvest church that is arriving next Tuesday. This includes getting mattresses, setting up fans, getting bedding, and making a food menu for the week. Also we have been planning all the details that go into clothing an entire village. It is a huge project, but we know The Lord will provide! 

Last night we had a break from all the work we have been doing and got to travel up to the windmills. Up by the windmills you can see the entire volcano and surrounding mountains. It was such a beautiful sight. We got to run through fields and have so much fun. It was a blessing. The Lord also provided us with a beautiful sunset. Last night was a joy!

And finally this morning we got to go into town for a local parade. It was cool seeing the local culture and people celebrating.

We are so excited for what The Lord has been doing in our hearts and for what He still has for us. Please keep us in your prayers and the team that is arriving on Tuesday! We know that when The Lord shows up, big things happen. Praise Him!

Costa Rica Sunset

Thursday, July 24, 2014


417 pictures from our Adventure Trip in NC with the middle school youth group of The Refuge Church (Hilton Head, SC) have been uploaded to the GTD online photo album. Click this link and enjoy the photo adventure!! =)


1278 pictures from our Adventure Trip to North Carolina with the middle school youth group of Calvary Chapel in St Petersburg have been uploaded to the GTD online photo album. Click here to check out all the things we did this year with this fantastic group!


Over 1100 pictures from our Adventure Trip with the deaf, hard-of-hearing, & ASL students from The Family Center on Deafness & Pinellas Park High School have been uploaded to GTD's online photo album. Click this link and see why so many people love to volunteer for this amazing group =)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Thank you GTDers for helping us reach 1000 Likes on our Facebook Page!!


Nearly 1300 pictures from our 19th Annual SLAMMED Adventure Trip (Tellico Plains, TN) have been uploaded to the GTD Online Photo Album. Click here to check them out. Enjoy!

Way Behind on Blog Posts

Wow, we have been going a million miles per hour over the past month. Praise God, we had 4 fantastic Adventure Trips and are transitioning to our Costa Rica Mission Trip Program. We are way behind on blog posts, but we look forward to recapping all the amazing things that God did on the past 4 trips as well as posting updates about everything GTD. Thanks for your patience fellow GTDers =)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Another Great Adventure Trip w/ FCD

I wish I had time to write more, and hopefully I can expand more later... BUT we had another great Adventure Trip with the Family Center on Deafness and the ASL students from Pinellas Park High School. We thank God for all the fun & safe times we had this past week. =)

Adventure Dogs

Courage and Faith are two of the BEST camping buddies you could ever want! They are best of friends, great trail dogs, super friendly, scare off other animals, alert us of visitors, check on me when I leave my tent or go to the bathroom, they keep me company, they wake me up with kisses and they are always excited to go on an adventure!