Monday, April 17, 2017

LIQUID RECAP

We had a splashing good time on our annual LIQUID canoeing day trip this past Saturday with 34 fun loving paddlers!

It was a beautiful day with perfect temperatures as we meandered 3 miles through a mesmerizing maze of mangroves and finished up with a 1 mile open water paddle to the finish.

Our water-top Easter-eve devos focused on the most heroic words ever uttered as Jesus wrestled in prayer (to the point of sweating blood) about the task ahead of being crucified for the sins of the world yet proclaimed to the Father, "Not my will, but Yours be done." Then He went on to die a brutal and horrible death to give mankind the opportunity of salvation and everlasting life through faith in Christ. His death leads to our opportunity at life! Thanks to Jesus we have so much to celebrate!!

Thank you to all of our wonderful participants for coming out and spending your day with GTD! And a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our donors and supporters for making these events possible!! We couldn't do what we do without you!!

And a special thanks to Jesse Altamarino, Mike Cartwright, Noel & Jeanette Dunham, Ruthie, and Olivia for volunteering their time, heart, and physical strength to help prepare and provide a God-awesome canoeing trip! God bless you all =)

All of the remaining LIQUID pics will be uploaded later this week =)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

LIQUID PREP TEAM!

Preparing for our annual LIQUID canoeing trips with some awesome volunteers! It's a beautiful day!!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Happy Good Friday!!

"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:6-8







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Thursday, April 13, 2017

25 years later...

I had breakfast this morning with one of my original college pastors - Tom Elkins - from the late 80's & early 90's at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks (FBCIR).

We've been able to stay in contact through Facebook, but I haven't seen him in person for 25 years. I was blessed to serve on his leadership team and as his intern in 1990 - 1992 at FBCIR.

It's such a blessing to reminisce about so many great memories and express my gratitude for all the Biblical principles he taught during his time at FBCIR that impacted my life and walk with God.

This guy is still serving God with great passion along with his superstar wife Linda Richmond Elkins. He founded an incredible ministry called Charis Partners International. You can check it out here: www.charispartners.org

One of many things I love about God and the way He designed life is that when we make good healthy wise Godly decisions in the present then we reap a lifetime of great memories & moments of impact that still have positive effects 25 years later and beyond. Today was a reminder of that.

I'm so blessed to have been involved with great churches like FBCIR that invest in the lives of college students and young adults. It has blessed my life beyond measure!

Thank you Jesus! Thank you FBCIR! Thank you Tom & Linda =)

Monday, April 3, 2017

Elevate Youth Group Retreat RECAP

If 1 picture is worth a thousand words then get ready for 30,000 words of awesomeness!

Our weekend leadership camping retreat with Elevate Youth Group from Calvary Church of Clearwater couldn't have gone better! This group is fun, outgoing, very respectful, so appreciative, and extremely helpful.

They helped with every aspect of camp from setting up tents & cots, to helping prepare meals, to cleaning dishes, to starting fires, and several other tasks that are all part of camp life.

Pastor Justin, Carie and their adult leadership team did an outstanding job of leading, teaching, and pouring into their students throughout the weekend. They had several devotional times, group leadership meetings, breakout sessions, and discussions as they strive to continually excel as a youth group.

Throughout the weekend we shoved all kinds of exciting adventures into our 48 hours together. Climbing wall, high ropes course, zipline, ninja warrior course, low ropes course, team building, swimming, canoeing, camp games, fellowship, campfires, outdoor movie, and smores were all part of an amazing weekend!!

GTD, Laurie, and I are honored to be a part of Elevate's annual plans. We love working with them and pray that each event bears much fruit for the glory of God!

Thank you so much donors and partners of GTD! You would be so blessed to see first hand how God uses these types of events to profoundly impact youths (and people of all ages). Your support is literally an eternal investment. You will get to share in the forever blessing because you shared in today's sacrifice! God bless you =)