Saturday, January 22, 2022

CRAMMED & SLAMMED 5 MTHS AWAY! SAME EVENT; DIFFERENT NAMES; DIFFERENT DATES ...REGISTER NOW!

 
The websites for GTD's CRAMMED & SLAMMED Adventure Trips have just been updated and registration is officially open!
  
These are 2 of our most popular events so register ASAP to lock in your spot!
  
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- CRAMMED Adventure Trip
- 2nd Annual!!
- June 4-8, 2022 (Sat-Wed) 
- Lakemont, GA
- Costs starts at $26/person
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- SLAMMED Adventure Trip
- 27th Annual!!
- June 8-12, 2022 (Wed-Sun)
- Lakemont, GA
- Costs starts at $26/person
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SIDEWINDER IS 4 MONTHS AWAY!! ...ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

 
The FREE GTD SIDEWINDER Stand-Up Paddleboarding Day Trip website has just been updated and registration is officially open!
  
This is one of our newest events with limited spots so register ASAP to lock in your spot!
  
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- SIDEWINDER Stand-Up Paddleboarding Day Trip
- May 14, 2022 (Saturday morning)
- War Veterans Memorial Park (St Petersburg, FL)
- Cost: FREE!! (includes lunch)
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Friday, January 21, 2022

LIQUID IS 3 MONTHS AWAY!! ...ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

 
The FREE GTD LIQUID Kayaking Day Trip website has just been updated and registration is officially open!
  
This is also one of our most popular events so register ASAP to lock in your spot!
  
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- LIQUID Kayaking Day Trip
- April 16, 2022 (Saturday afternoon)
- Weedon Island (St Petersburg, FL)
- Cost: FREE!! (includes lunch)
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IGNITE IS 2 MONTHS AWAY!! ...ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

 
The GTD IGNITE Camping Retreat website has just been updated and registration is officially open!
  
This is one of our most popular events so register ASAP to lock in your spot!
  
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- IGNITE Camping Retreat
- March 11-13, 2022 (Fri night - Sun afternoon)
- Word of Life (Hudson, FL)
- Costs starts at $26/person
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Keep my parents in your prayers =)

 
Lots of good stuff going on that I look forward to sharing, but if you can keep my parents in your prayers they are going through rough waters every couple of weeks. We had to take Dad back to the ER yesterday. He has been wearing a heart monitor for the past 2 weeks and experiencing atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. His heart doctor called yesterday and wanted him to go to the ER and admit him to the hospital for the whole gamut of tests. They think he may need a pacemaker. Mom recently finished up her 3rd UTI in 6 weeks. We are starting to zero in on her UTI symptoms because it's a stranger form of confusion than Alzheimer's, but looking back we think that some of her bad days/weeks may have actually been UTI's on top of the Alzheimer's. She has been getting home health nursing and physical therapy since the end of November. The nurse said that she has many elderly patients that are in a constant state of recurring UTI's. It's oftentimes related to hygiene and if you've ever dealt with Alzheimer's before then you know that this condition causes an aversion to water... and for us specifically Mom believes that she showers everyday, but she goes 6 to 8 weeks without a shower and we can't convince her that she hasn't showered and we can't forcibly pick her up and put her in the shower. I am thinking about just dumping a bucket of mud on her every couple of days to help her realize she needs to shower haha! If anyone has ever had success dealing with this part of dementia let us know any tips we can implement for hygiene success. Other than that our parents are in good spirits and Mom is on a streak of really good days. She has been so sweet and funny! Her sense of humor has tripled and the funny things she says keeps us in stitches... think of Aunt Bethany from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation movie and that's sort of what Mom is like on her funny days. Last week we had some dear friends (the Routman's) come over and spend the afternoon playing games and hanging out with Mom. Mark is a Physical Therapist and took Mom for a walk and did some exercises with her. They did this to help give us a little break from Caregiving which we greatly appreciate! Mom also has 2 dear friends that come over each week for a few hours to spend time with her. Laurie helps fill in a lot of gaps. And their neighbors across the street come over daily to help the folks with all kinds of stuff. God is developing a good team of awesome friends that are helping us manage the 24/7 demands. I've had to establish my capacity of hours I can be there for my parents without the rest of my responsibilities collapsing. I'm with my folks every Tuesday, Thursday, and every other weekend which averages out to be about 40 hours per week... which is way less than the 85 hours per week we were doing last year. But when the UTI's, ER trips, and hospitalizations happen we go back to the 24/7 "figure it out as we go" schedule. Praise God, Mom's balance and overall health has returned to a much stronger level than most of last year because she doesn't come close to falling as much as she was last year. Thank you for your prayers and support! I'm sorry I'm way behind on social media and replying back to comments... it has been a wild couple of months with the health issues and holidays and preparing for upcoming GTD events. We are doing well and navigating each new challenge as they pop up =) 
 
 
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Monday, January 10, 2022

SWAMP THING 2022 DONE! ...OUR BIGGEST GROUP EVER!!! ...ONE OF OUR BEST TRIPS EVER!

 
We just returned from our annual Swamp Thing Backpacking Trip with 18 brave swamp hikers (a new record)!
 
It was a trip full of firsts & new records... our first time having a record setting 18 participants... our first time having a swamp hiker as young as 10 years old... our first time having a pregnant swamp hiker (2 months along)... our first time having a non-emergency (almost emergency) evacuation... our first time meeting a stranger in the wilderness that hikes in a tennis skirt and goes by the trail name of "Twig"... our first time adding hiking poles to our swamp hike... our most participated gator hole swimming excursion... a new swamp romp 50 yard dash champion... and probably some other firsts that I'll remember after this post.
 
It was a phenomenal adveture with an extremely fun group of people! In fact, a couple day hikers going in the opposite direction loved our enthusiasm so much that they stopped me to ask about our group and how they can join our ministry.
 
I'll be sharing more pics and stories throughout the week. This trip was an INSTANT CLASSIC!
 
Thank you to all of our donors and supporters who make events like this possible! You're helping make an impact & difference one trip at a time!
 
All glory to God!
 
SWAMP THING 2022
(more pics on the way!)
 
 
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Friday, December 31, 2021

PHENOMENAL NEWS!!! ...HE, U, WE DID IT AGAIN! ...$105,316 RAISED IN RECORD TIME!!!

 
With a flurry of nearly $9000 of donations and pledges over the past 2 weeks our awesome God moved the hearts of our awesome supporters to catapult this God-awesome ministry over the 100k goal line in record time!!!!!!
  
Wowwww!!! Once again we are speechless!! Thank you so much awesome supporters!!!! You have launched us into our 26th year of ministry!! And we can't wait for what God has in store as we embark on our next 25 years of ministry... GREATER THINGS ARE YET TO COME!!!
 
Aaaaaaaaand, if you are into breaking records like we are then you'll love this... with 1 month left to go we are only $1615 away from breaking our all time record for funds raised by the end of January. Our funds raised record is $106,930... it was set last year. 
  
This is our third year in a row of surpassing our 100k goal - Praise Jesus!!!
 
WOW! WOW! WOWWWW!!!
 
Thank You Jesus!!!
 
Thank you awesome supporters!!
 
Blown! Away! Again!!!
 
 
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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

ONE STEP FORWARD... TWO STEPS BACKWARDS... THEN ONE STEP FORWARD :)

My last family update in mid-November was about some really good areas of progress with Mom, Dad, and our Caregiving journey. Then the next day the wheels fell off LOL! 
 
We had to take Mom to the ER. She was hospitalized for 4 days with a pretty wicked Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) that made her severely confused and unable to walk.
 
Dad got some kind of crazy infection that caused a large bubbly rash on his legs. His legs and knees ballooned up to the point that he could hardly walk and wasn't able to bend his knees. He had to get in & out of the car at a diagonal with straight legs.
 
That put Traci, Laurie, & I right back into the 24/7 Caregiving mode.
 
Then I got COVID right after Thanksgiving. Thankfully it was a mild case with only one bad night that was quickly squelched with the Monoclonal Antibody Treatment... and aided by an awesome family that made me bone broth and several amazing hand made cards :) ... 10 days later I was back 100%.
 
Then Mom got another UTI about 10 days after finishing up with her original UTI. This time it wasn't as severe as the first one and didn't require hospitalization.
 
In September I had some dear friends that sent me a card of encouragement with some clutch verses in 2 Timothy that I've been anchored to for a few months now. Those verses have supernaturally fueled me! I love how God's Word changes everything. 
 
Over the past few weeks Mom has returned back to better balance and better days. Dad's knees and legs have returned back to his normal (which usually isn't good, but way better than they were). Traci & I have been able to back off the 24/7 Caregiving and get a little reprieve here and there. Laurie was able to go visit family for 2 weeks.
 
It was literally like we took one big step forward then two big steps backwards then one big step forward... so now we are back to where we were at my last update :) 
 
We didn't get to do the amount of Christmas celebrating or decorating that we wanted to, but we were able to do a little bit. Huge thanks to my awesome nephew Carson who helped me hang Christmas lights and unpack a lot of decorations.
 
Mom loves her new rocking chairs and Dad loves his new ice machine. We had a nice family time together for Christmas at my sister's house. 

I'm still getting caught up calling and thanking everyone who made our Annual Banquet an enormous success! God blessed us all so much by everyone's involvement and generosity :) 
 
We've gone 1 year in the 24/7 Caregiving mode, and we have learned a lot. There were a lot of defeats and hard days, but we survived PTL! Now we are going to draw from the past year of experiential learning and make wise adjustments so that we go from SURVIVING to THRiVING in 2022!
 
Greater things are yet to come!
 
I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and holiday season. And I hope 2022 becomes a great year for everyone.  
 
Much love!
 

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Happy Birthday Dad!! We love you!

Happy 80th Birthday to our Fantastic Father!! We had a great day celebrating another year of life for our Dad. We enjoyed breakfast at the Clubhouse Restaurant and dinner at Bonefish Grille. If you know my Dad then you know how often he fills up his coolers with ice so we all chipped in to buy him a commercial grade ice machine that makes 100 lbs of ice per day. He was so touched and thrilled! It's being delivered this week so I'm sure he will be happy to fill up everyone's cooler with ice after the New Year :) :) :) 
 
 
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Thursday, December 9, 2021

OUR MOST UNPOPULAR EVENT IS GETTING POPULAR! CHECK OUT OUR NEW SWAMP THING PROMO!!

 
One month till Swamp Thing! Suddenly our most unpopular event is getting popular!!
 
Check out our newest 2 minute Swamp Thing promotional video (click link below to view)... GREAT JOB CARSON!!
 
SWAMP THING video: 
 
Register as soon as possible before it's sold out. 
 
SWAMP THING website: 
 
 
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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

GREAT NEWS! 10.5k MORE ADDED!!...$96,550 RAISED SO FAR!!!.....ONLY $3450 MORE TO GOOOOO!

 
We are blessed with some of the GREATEST supporters on the planet!!! Wow, we are BLOWN AWAY again and again and again!! Thank you so much awesome supporters!!! Thank YOU so much JESUS!!!! Over the past 2 weeks we have received an additional $10.5k in donations and pledges to push us right to the edge of our 100k goal by January 31, 2022. This is in record setting time so far!! Who wants to put us over the top?!?!
  
Here's how to make a one-time donation or to sign-up to be a 2022 monthly donor:
  
One-Time Donations: 
https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/payments-donations.html?m=1
  
Become a Monthly Donor: 
https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/monthly-partners.html?m=1
  
Thank you soooooo much awesome people!!! God bless you dear friends!!
 
 
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Friday, December 3, 2021

REVISED UPDATE: 86k RAISED!! ...4K MORE THAN FIRST TALLIED!!!

 
It has been a wild 2+ weeks since our Annual Banquet! We had to take Mom to the ER the next day and she stayed in the hospital for 4 days... Dad had setbacks with his knees and could hardly walk for several days...from that point we were back on the 24/7 Caregiving schedule... then it was Thanksgiving... then I tested positive for COVID... all that to say that we had to push pause on the fundraising tallies resulting from a WONDERFUL WONDERFUL WONDERFUL Annual Banquet night on Nov 16th. We were up till 3:30am the night of the banquet trying to get a good estimate on funds raised so we could get an update out the next morning. Well, we had several donations that came in that night through Venmo & PayPal as well as our cash received from raffles, balloon pops, & 50/50 that never made it into that first calculation... so I'm overjoyed to report that our record breaking night was even more record breaking'er than first reported PTL!!! We didn't raise 82k as of that night, we actually had raised 4k more for a total of 86k coming out of the Banquet night!!! Thank You Jesus!!!! Aaaaaaaaand thank you amazing supporters!!! So now we are caught up with an accurate fundraising tally as of Nov 16th. More updates to come as we strive to raise 100k by Jan 31, 2022 =)
 
 
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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

A COVID CHRISTMAS

Last year most of my family got COVID for Christmas, and somehow I came up negative. This year it's the inverse, I'm the only one to get COVID for Christmas. Yesterday everyone tested negative and I tested positive (3x just to make sure... a friend had an older at-home test kit that they dropped off and it showed a faint positive result, and a friend dropped off a new 2-pack kit that I went ahead and used both tests and each one came back positive.) So far I only have very mild symptoms that started a couple of days ago - mild sore throat, occasional slight fever (100), random mild cough, and a very weird slight nausea. Otherwise, I have full energy. Over the past 13 days I've only been around family except for a few visits to see my Mom in the hospital as well as Home Health Nursing / Physical Therapists coming out to my parent's house, one time grocery shopping, and 14 days ago we had our Annual Banquet. I'm quarantining at home for 2 weeks. Hopefully I can get caught up on some office work and home renovations. (-Doug)
 
 
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Friday, November 19, 2021

Thank you Barry & Dana Gibbs!

 Barry & Dana Gibbs 

Bronze Table Sponsor


Year after year this amazing couple has blessed us in so many ways.  


Dana a.k.a. Sugar, by Doug Garner, has been part of GTD for years prior to being married and once she married, her and her husband Barry along with his extended family have also been to several GTD events, and we must say we just LOVE them all!  They always add a special dynamic to our events and can’t wait to see them on the next one!  


Thank you so much Barry & Dana for being a blessing to us and to GTD.  We look forward to seeing you on the next adventure!  


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If you'd like to make a contribution to GTD's end of the year fundraising goal, please go to: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/payments-donations.html




Thursday, November 18, 2021

Thank you Ellis Trailers!

Ellis Trailers
Bronze Table Sponsor

Thank you to Jason & Mary Ellis with Ellis Trailers for sponsoring a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet this past Tuesday night!  We are touched by your generosity and help to ensure the banquet was a success!  

Jason has been a long-time volunteer, participant, and supporter of GTD.  When Jason and Mary were married Mary too became strong support of GTD as well!  We are so grateful to this amazing couple for making this ministry a priority in their life together!  We can't wait to get you both and your son on a trip soon!  Thank you for making it out to the banquet, we LOVED seeing you!  

Reach out to Ellis Trailers for your repairs, purchases, or rentals!  They service most trailers to include boat trailers, enclosed trailers, and open equipment trailers.  Be sure to check out their Facebook page here: 

https://www.facebook.com/Ellis-Trailers-LLC-506259552872131/

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If you'd like to make a contribution to GTD's end of the year fundraising goal, please go to: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/payments-donations.html




OUR GREATEST VIDEO EVER!! ...GOD'S AMAZING PLAYGROUND! ....WAY TO GOOOOO CARSON!

 
We debuted our newest GTD highlight video at our Annual Banquet... hands down, it's our greatest highlight video EVER! Carson did a PHENOMENAL JOB with every second of this video. 
 
One of our catch phrases in GTD is that we refer to God's creation as God's amazing playground. This video gives you a lot of drone footage - almost like a view from Heaven - and then as you zoom in to these extraordinary locations you see us (GTD groups) playing on the side of mountains, in waterfalls, in swamps, in canyons, in fields. Everything that God created is a gift to us - His created - to enjoy. He is the Good Father, and I can only imagine that He is most pleased when His kids joyfully appreciate, fully embrace, and completely enjoy His provisions which, in this case, is the world that He so masterfully made for us to live in and enjoy, and that literally reveals the evidence and majesty of God.
  
The video opens with a one minute audio of Taylor Richardson sharing how God used His creation to reveal Himself and draw her to Jesus as her Savior on a GTD trip. 
  
I've watched this video many times and I get chills everytime... Laurie cried the first time she watched it... the banquet audience enthusiastically cheered when they watched it. It's very powerful. I couldn't be prouder of Carson.
   
All footage is authentic footage taken on GTD Events in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, & The Grand Canyon. God's creation is the greatest & most amazing playground ever designed! Great job God!
  
Click the link (not the picture) to watch the video. Enjoy =)
  
God's Amazing Playground:
 
 
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We had to take Mom to the ER today (technically yesterday)... she couldn't walk, extremely confused, talking gibberish, exhausted, not feeling well, and some other things that were all drastically different than she was only 2 days ago. They would only let 1 person go in the ER with her so Traci stayed with her until she was admitted to the hospital and visiting hours ended. Mom was positive for a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) which may be causing all of these symptoms... they are running more tests to see if there are any other issues. We hope to know more tomorrow (technically later today).
 
 
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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

WONDERFUL NIGHT! $40K RAISED!...PLUS 42K PRE-RAISED = 82K!!!....AMAZING TESTIMONIES! PTL!!!

 
I got to bed at 3.30am, but I wanted to get a quick update posted this morning for all of our awesome supporters and prayer warriors. The Annual Banquet was an overwhelming success... beautiful venue with a very elegant touch... phenomenal army of volunteers setting up and breaking down in record time... a packed house of THE BEST supporters... delicious food & gourmet coffee... extremely talented pianist... amazing testimonies of how God used our tiny unique ministry to change lives and save souls... the greatest GTD HIGHLIGHT VIDEO EVER MADE... wall to wall GTD swag... record breaking night of donations... full and overflowing hearts... WONDERFUL NIGHT!!!! PTL!!!
 
Our caterers were fantastic... they had a couple of hiccups that pushed the timeline off (sort of like a typical GTD event LOL)... so I scrambled all night long to rearrange the agenda like a quarterback calling audibles at the line of scrimmage to try to still fit everything in... our wonderful guests and attendees rolled with it so well and voluntarily stayed later for final testimonies, raffles, and even to help break everything down... even the banquet hall manager talked about how incredibly helpful everyone was.
 
An overwhelming success on all fronts!! We are so touched and blown away by the level of love and support we received from so many incredible people. Our hearts overflow with gratefulness!!
 
Aaaaaaaaand we are astounded by the amount of donations that poured in last night and over the past 2 weeks... 42k pre-raised before the banquet and an additional 40k raised last night (preliminary numbers that are already going up)... that means over 82k raised so far!!! Our goal is 100k by the end of January... we are 82% of the way with 2.5 months to go... WOW!!! Blown away!!!
 
Thank you, thank you, thank you to EVERYONE involved!!!!! God bless you dear friends!!! MORE INFO TO COME =)
 
 
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Monday, November 15, 2021

28

Our goal was to have 25 tables sponsored for our Annual Banquet... we are at 28!! Blessed & humbled beyond measure with the amazing supporters God brings into this ministry! Thank you incredible people!! Thank You incredible God!!!

Thank you Stacy Alan!

STACY ALAN - YOUTUBER

[SILVER TABLE SPONSOR]

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If you’ve been on a GTD Adventure Trip over the past few years the likelihood that you’ve met Stacy and his goats is a good probability!  Stacy has been a part of GTD for many years.  He has served with us on the Mission field in Costa Rica, volunteers on local Florida events and has become a staple on our Adventure Trips.  Stacy is an amazing volunteer, a great friend, a talented carpenter, and a YouTuber! 

Be sure to check out Stacy’s YouTube channel where he has shared his adventures with GTD this past summer among other fun and interesting places and things! 

Stacy’s channel is designed for those who like country living, outdoor life, and goats with their shenanigans. Follow him to learn homesteading tips and tricks, see some amazing locations, explore the outdoors, and laugh at his goats as they go on adventures together.

Stacy Alan YouTube Channel:https://www.youtube.com/user/StacyAlan

Thank you so much Stacy for your continued love and support of GTD!  We appreciate all you do for GTD.  

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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event please go to: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/.../annual-banquet-tonne...


Thank you Salce Family!

 SALCE FAMILY

[SILVER TABLE SPONSOR]

From the bottom of my heart I [Laurie] personally want to thank my parents Paul & Susan Salce for their table sponsorship and for the support they have offered me over the years while working with GTD.  I still cherish our mission trip together to one of my favorite places, Costa Rica.  I hope one day soon you’ll be able to join us again on a fun adventure!  I LOVE YOU! 

From all of us GTD, thank you for your 6th year of sponsoring a table and for supporting this event! 

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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event please go to: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/annual-banquet-tonne-playhouse.html



FAMILY UPDATE... SMALL MIRACLES... THANK YOU SO MUCH 4 UR PRAYS!

 
In September I posted a family update about our 9 month Caregiving journey called "Saddened and Dying From Trying". It was one of many low points that I had experienced this year as my Sister and I took on the role of fulltime Caregivers (you can scroll down to read that post if you missed it). 
 
So here's some good news that I personally think are "small" miracles (we literally feel like people are praying for us):
 
(1) About 6 weeks ago Mom's balance started getting much better! PTL!! Nothing externally has changed to make this happen. Generally speaking, her balance should be progressively getting worse and worse, not better. This is the number one reason we have been by her side 24/7/365... to prevent falls that cause broken bones that cause hospitalization that cause pneumonia that cause death.
 
(2) About that same time Mom's psychotic episodes went from every other day to about once every 2 weeks! PTL!! Psychotic episodes are the really hard part of Alzheimer's... they can start thinking bad things are happening that aren't really happening and then it puts the entire family in crisis prevention mode. It's horrible, exhausting, relentless, and extremely wearisome. Generally speaking, this should also be getting worse not better. No new regular meds. Instead of having a lot of bad days she is now having a lot of good days... and that in and of itself is a game changer. 
 
(3) Our Dad is a "collector" (nicest way I can say it). Miraculously Dad has decided to get rid of all of his "stuff"! For years, and especially this year, we have asked nicely, pleaded, reasoned with, partnered in the work, even resorted to yelling, and done everything we could to motivate this to happen, but none of our efforts have ever made any real progress... not this year... not for the past 40 years. All of the "stuff" causes a lot of tripping hazards so it makes our job (see point 1 above) much harder... as well as low morale (it's very overwhelming to look at and causes feelings of sadness & depression for my Mom... which just makes the whole Alzheimer's challenge that much harder.) Well, praise God, Dad has already hired a couple of guys to haul off stuff... they've already made a big dent in the backyard! This is such an answer to prayer!! I can't even put into words how many ways this one area of progress will positively impact the entire situation.

^^^ All of these things have happened after I posted the last update and people told us that they are praying for us. We literally feel like we are being prayed for and we can't thank you enough!

My Sister and I were worn out and behind on EVERYTHING in our lives. But, miraculously (THANK YOU JESUS!!!), things have changed for the better (with things that "should be" getting worse day by day). This has releaved a lot of weight off of Traci and I (and even our Dad). We have been able to back off of the 24/7/365... and been able to start saving several "sinking ships" in our personal lives that we just had no time or even energy to tend to. Just in the nick of time!! 
  
During this now 10+ month journey we have also had many many good days, hilarious moments, and new special memories along this road this year. Mom loves the orange / vanilla popsicles (so do I!). She wanted to get a family picture eating them and wants to send the picture to the manufacturer of the popsicles... in her words, "Maybe they'll send us a free box of popsicles." She laughs... as we all start laughing!! Alzheimer's has also revealed an even funnier & wittier side of Mom than we've ever experienced before. She has always been fun & funny, but Alzheimer's removes filters and restraints so whatever they are thinking ends up coming out of their mouth. This isn't always great out in public hahaha!
 
Thank you for your prayers dear friends!! The past 6 weeks has been a much needed impact of supernatural proportions! Literally answers to prayers >>> your prayers & our prayers... thank you so much for lifting our family up in prayer!!!
 
 
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Sunday, November 14, 2021

IN HONOR OF CR2007 MISSION TRIP

 IN HONOR OF GTD’s COSTA RICA MISSION TRIP 2007
[BRONZE TABLE SPONSOR]

Thank you to the anonymous donor who wanted to make this sponsorship in honor of the Costa Rica Mission Trip she went on in 2007.  It was her first mission trip and to this day she remains friends with people from that trip.  The trip is also where she discovered her life verse:

Matthew 6:33 “ But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event please go to: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/annual-banquet-tonne-playhouse.html




Thank You G.A.P.!

G.A.P.

BRONZE TABLE SPONSOR

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THANK YOU SO MUCH to the anonymous donors who sponsored a table in the name of {G.A.P.} of First Baptist Church Of Indian Rocks for GTD’s Annual Fundraiser Banquet!

The G.A.P. group of Indian Rocks has been a part of GTD for many years with young adults attending many of our trips, especially SLAMMED.  GTD has also been blessed by this ministry by individuals who have volunteered for us and even interned on Costa Rica Mission Trips.  

 

Graduates and Professionals - G.A.P. is a community Life Group to help connect with God and people. We meet Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:30 AM in the balcony of the Fellowship Center and Tuesday nights 7:00-8:30 PM at Smileys Coffeehouse for Bible study and discussion. There are also opportunities to connect and serve throughout the week. Life is better together!!!!


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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event please go to: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/annual-banquet-tonne-playhouse.html





Saturday, November 13, 2021

WOW!!! PTL!!!! 12 DAYS IN AND DONATIONS SURPASS $40,000!!!

   
Thank you AWESOME SUPPORTERS!!!
   
This time of the year is always an exciting time at GTD! Our faith grows exponentially & our hearts explode with joyful exultation as God moves the hearts of a small army of incredible and generous people to strongly support this ministry. It's amazing and humbling at the same time. 
   
Over the past 6 days alone we've received over $20,000 in donations & pledges, added 15 more Table Sponsor, received over 100 more RSVP's, added 7 Public Events to the 2022 calendar, created one of our greatest highlight videos ever, and had several volunteers show up to help with all the prep work (as well as "small" things each day like a text, letter, email, message, or voicemail with something encouraging and supportive). It's all God things... we are just along for the ride with front row seats!
   
Thank you so much to our small army of INCREDIBLY GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!!! You are putting us in a strong position to run into our 26th year of ministry!! GREATER THINGS ARE YET TO COME!
   
If you would like to attend our Annual Banquet or donate to the cause click on the links below... also, here's a link to follow our daily fundraising tally as we seek to raise $100k by Jan 31, 2022.
  
God bless you all!!
   
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Registration Link: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/rsvp-annual-banquet.html
Banquet Website Link: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/annual-banquet-tonne-playhouse.html
Fundraising Tally: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/fundraising-tracking.html
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Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome Adventures Since 1996!
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Friday, November 12, 2021

Thank You Dancing Goat Coffee!

The other night on our Facebook Live I mentioned a few surprises we have for our attendees the night of the banquet...WELL...if you're a coffee-lover, you're going to love this!  

Thanks to Brendan Smith with Dancing Goat Coffee freshly roasted by Batdorf Bronson we will have a coffee bar that evening with a variety of roasts to try including a decaf!  


BATDORF & BRONSON® COFFEE ROASTERS AND DANCING GOATS® COFFEE: A MATCH MADE IN COFFEE HEAVEN


LOW-IMPACT PROCESS. HIGH-IMPACT COFFEE. A BETTER WAY TO BREW.


OVER 30 YEARS OF SMART, SUSTAINABLE, EXCEPTIONAL COFFEE IN YOUR CUP


To learn more about Dancing Goat Coffee go to their FB page, Youtube Video and/or website: 


Website:  https://www.dancinggoats.com/pages/about-us

Youtube: https://youtu.be/165-L98c7xA

Facebook: link above in post


Thank you Brendan Smith and Dancing Goat Coffee to help make our 25th Anniversary Banquet a special night!  We look forward to having you!




Thank You Schmidt Home Team!

 DEBBIE SCHMIDT HOME TEAM 
[BRONZE TABLE]

Thank you Debbie Schmidt and The Schmidt Home Team for sponsoring a table for the 3rd year in a row!   What a blessing!  


Debbie was Doug's top-notch realtor who helped him find and close on his very first house in 2018!  Doug will always be very grateful to Debbie for all the hard work, education, and professionalism she provided for him throughout the home buying process.  


Debbie brings energy and passion to every situation; most importantly marketing your home. She has built strong relationships with all of her past clients and considers a referral the highest form of a compliment she could receive.


​​Thank you so much Debbie Garfield Schmidt! For more information about Debbie and her team go to: 

http://www.schmidthometeam.com

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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event please go to: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/annual-banquet-tonne-playhouse.html 




Thursday, November 11, 2021

Thank You Fredrick James Accounting!

 Fredrick James Accounting 
[Platinum Table Sponsor]

We have made Fredrick James Accounting an honorary table sponsor for all the time and services they have so generously have provided GTD over the many years!  


As GTD’s accountants, Fred and Crystal have used their gifts and talents to bless 

GTD in many ways.  


Thank you, Fred, Crystal, and the entire staff at Fredrick James Accounting for providing GTD with such incredible customer service and for saving the ministry hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years!  


From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU SO MUCH!   


We highly recommend Fredrick James Accounting for your accounting needs.

https://www.fredrickjames.com/




Thank You Wright Family!

 Wright Family 
[Bronze Table Sponsor]


Thank you Karri, Big Mike, and Krista for sponsoring a table at this year's banquet!  We are so honored that you would do this as a family and can’t wait to see you all in person!  

This is a family who has been on several of our trips over the years and with who I was able to spend time serving on the mission field with in Costa Rica!  They are one in a million...special people!     

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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event please go to: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/annual-banquet-tonne-playhouse.html




Thank You Carrabba's!

We are thrilled to have Carrabba's of Clearwater catering our GTD Annual Banquet again this year as we celebrate 25 years of ministry!  


As a non-profit, Carrabba's has always offered us special pricing to help with our fundraiser and yet never skimps on the service or quality they bring to the table!   For that, we are very grateful! 


Thank you Carrabba's for providing an amazing dinner for our event and for your professionalism, hospitality, and generosity!  You are a true blessing and we highly recommend your services!  

  


Carrabba's Italian Grill (2680 Gulf To Bay Blvd, Clearwater, FL)







Wednesday, November 10, 2021

THIS IS WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO! ....COME HEAR TAYLOR'S JOURNEY TO JESUS NEXT TUES NIGHT!!!

 

 
Here's a glimpse at one of the testimonies that we will be highlighting at our Annual Banquet next week. Taylor joined us for SLAMMED this year... come hear how God used that event to draw her to Jesus... I get chills whenever I watch this 74 second video... this is why we do what we do =)
 
It's so much more than camping trips and fun adventures... it's about going into God's amazing creation and being changed by Jesus. Outdoor fun without substance is just empty calories... it doesn't sustain the soul. But finding Jesus while surrounded by the majesty of His amazing creation leaves the soul filled up and fully satisfied.
 
Thank you to all of our volunteers, supporters, donors, encouragers, prayer warriors, Ministry Partners, and staff... you share in this fruit because you shared in the work of the ministry.
 
Glory to God!!
 
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 EVENT: 2021 GTD Annual Banquet
 LOCATION: Central Park Performing Arts Center - Tonne Playhouse
 ADDRESS: 105 Central Park Drive, Largo, FL 33771
 DATE: Nov 16th (Tuesday night)
 TIME: 6:30p - 9p
 DRESS: Semi-Formal / Business Attire
 CATERER: Carrabba's Italian Grill
 INCLUDES: 50/50, Balloon Pops, Raffles, Highlight Videos, Testimonials, & more
 
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God-awesome Adventures Since 1996!
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