Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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
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
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!!!
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 <><
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 =)
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
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
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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
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 (www.water4lifeministry.org). Don't forget to donate to ALS (www.alsa.org) & Water 4 Life!
Monday, September 1, 2014
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
Bay Focus w/ Host Darlene Greenlee
Wed (Aug 20) at 11:30 am EST
Thur (Aug 21) at 7:00 p.m EST
OR WATCH IT RIGHT NOW on YouTube.
Monday, August 18, 2014
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
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
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
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
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
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
Friday, July 11, 2014
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. =)
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!