Tuesday, February 19, 2019

4 HUMANS, 3 KAYAKS, AND 1 GOAT!

PADDLE PROWL 2019 WAS SMALL, BUT UNFORGETTABLE =)

Here are some of the pics from this past weekend's Paddle Prowl Island Camping trip. Dunkin the goat was everyone's highlight... except when he started eating the Bible!! Jesus said man shall not live on bread alone, but from every word that proceeds from the mouth of God... I guess the same is true for goats ;).

The weather was perfect! The people were perfect! The weekend was perfect! God's amazing playground feeds the soul =)

To check out all the Paddle Prowl pics check out the GTD online photo album: https://goingthedistance.smugmug.com/2019/2019-Adv-Trip-PADDLE-PROWL-Public

Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
Est 1996

Love'n Life Because of Jesus Christ!






Sunday, February 17, 2019

Top of the morning!



Good morning from Brush Island =)

PADDLE PROWL 2019

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Sunset In Paradise!


A beautiful sunset from our island campsite in the Ten Thousand Islands area of south FL =)

PADDLE PROWL 2019

Friday, February 15, 2019

Marco Island Bound!

In route to PADDLE PROWL! It's going to be a small trip, but a good one =)

Monday, February 11, 2019

YAKETY YAK! GTD Is Acquiring Kayaks =)

GTD now has 9 more kayaks!!! That gives us a total of 15 (so far)!

We've been on a bargain hunt for good quality pre-owned kayaks and were able to purchase 9 used kayaks with a lot of life left in them from personal owners for ONLY $1280! That's $142 per kayak!! With paddles!!! (Paddles are usually $35 & up)... and upgrades already done by the previous owner (like fishing pole holders, padded seats, etc). They do need a good cleaning, but these things are adventure gems!!! AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE PRICE IS RIGHT FOR A NON-PROFIT'S BUDGET =).

For 15+ years we've been wanting to get kayaks for GTD, but the price for decent quality new kayaks are $600+ per kayak... that means around $10,000 to have enough kayaks for groups of 20-ish. But buying used is a great approach at acquiring kayaks since a lot of people buy them with good intentions on using them, but then they sit idle for years. GTD is literally saving thousands of $$$ by selectively buying used kayaks.

WHY KAYAKS? Great question!

(1) LESS DANGEROUS: Most people would never guess this, but the most dangerous activity we provide isn't rock climbing, rappelling, or white water rafting. It's canoeing. Canoes have a high center of gravity which makes them easy to tip over. Add some wind gusts, choppy conditions, lower temperatures, youth (or elderly) participants, and 10 scattered canoes and you have a life threatening situation. It has happened several times over 23 years. Kayaks are much more stable, maneuverable, and safer.

(2) MORE PREFERRED: Kayaks are the more desirable paddling option. Canoeing is fun, but very outdated. Simply put, most paddlers want to kayak instead of canoe. We can increase our number of events simply by offering kayaks.

(3) WEATHERING THE NEXT RECESSION: The economy is cranking and we pray it continues for the foreseeable future, but the reality is that our country experiences a recession every 7 years. We learned during The Great Recession 10 years ago that our more expensive events aren't a good option during a recession. But our least expensive events - Day Trips - actually thrives during economic downturns. Anything we can add to our Day Trip Program such as kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, inner tubing, fishing, etc is an investment into our viability and longevity. It's simply a wise investment.

(4) DIPPING THE TOE INTO GTD: Day Trips are one of the best ways to get groups to sign up for their first GTD Trip. Then that Day Trip usually leads to retreats, adventure trips, and mission trips. Kayaks have a mass appeal and will allow us to offer more church staff Day Trips during the week which would give us countless opportunities to meet new pastors while giving them a taste of GTD and increasing our annual number of ministry events.

(5) IN OUR OWN BACKYARD: Kayaking in Pinellas County is a game changer for us! GTD travels all over the US, but we already have millions of people from all over the world who visit this area because of our beaches. Kayaking opens up endless local opportunities to tap into the outdoor market in our own backyard. That alone makes any water based activity a worthwhile consideration for the function of GTD.

(6) LARGER GROUP CAPACITY: With 9 more kayaks added to our total paddling fleet we can now take 50 people out on the water at one time... that's a big deal for that once or twice a year opportunity to take a large youth group or school grade out on a God-awesome adventure.

Wow, I could go on & on. This is a really big deal for us... a total game changer!! I'm absolutely thrilled at the prospect of what this opens up for us in the future!!

We are continuing to look for great pre-owned kayak deals as well as preparing to fund raise for pre-owned stand-up paddleboards.

Thank you to all of our donors & supporters that make GTD's growth & development possible!!!

AND... if you have any kayaks, paddleboards, wave runners, boats, etc and want to donate them... or if you want to help fund these purchases by adopting an adventure we would love to talk to you!





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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

IT'S CAMPING SEASON!! ....10 DAYS TILL PADDLE PROWL.... & 1 MONTH TILL IGNITE!



Here are 2 inexpensive God-awesome & unique GTD camping trips coming up in February & March. We hope you can join us for one... or both!

Feb 16-17: PADDLE PROWL Canoe Camping ($23+/person) - Ten Thousand Islands (Marco Island, FL)....Details & Registration

Mar 8-10: IGNITE Camping Retreat ($23+/person) - Word of Life (Hudson, FL)....Details & Registration

Get outside & live the adventure!

Going The Distance Adventure Ministry, Inc
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Monday, February 4, 2019

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF KNOWING JESUS!

40 years ago today - February 4, 1979 - I made the best decision of my life. At age 8, from the back pew of First Baptist Church of Pinellas Park, I comprehended the sermon of Pastor Jimmy Hammond and accepted the invitation he gave to anyone willing to receive it. That message was the gospel. It was (and is) the Good News that God created us for a personal relationship with Him, but the generational curse passed down from Adam was separation from our Creator. But God's only Son, Jesus, came and died on a cross for humanity's sin then rose from the dead in order to bridge that gap of separation. Jesus gives everyone who wants to receive it through faith the free gift of salvation. That free gift reconciles us with our Creator and gives us a personal relationship with the God who loves us. At age 8 I understood that simple but profound salvation message. I stood up from where I was seated and made my way to the aisle. I walked down that long aisle to the front of the church and prayed with Pastor Hammond to ask Jesus into my heart. I was only 8 years old and that moment transformed every part & piece of my life forever. I instantaneously wanted to please God. I wanted to obey and honor my parents. I didn't want to live for my own selfishness, but rather for God's glory. I immediately had access to every spiritual blessing - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self control, and so much more. I could now read the Bible and understand what most of it was saying. I was fully alive inside! It was the greatest day of my life that has never ended. I would (and do) wish it upon everyone. The inner freedom I experience as I obey God can't be compared to anything. Life didn't automatically become easy. In many ways it became much harder. But through Christ I now had access to tools (such as wisdom & self control) and spiritual weapons (such as prayer, scripture, faith, truth, & much more) that enabled me to fight and have victory over spiritual forces of evil, life situations, and any unfavorable circumstances. My spiritual journey of growth started that day. I've had a fair share of spiritual losses along the way, but glory to God, I've had far more spiritual victories. And today, 40 years later, I'm still head-over-heels in love with Jesus! I'm still transformed. I'm still growing. And I still thank God for an obedient man of God who faithfully shared the gospel, and for a church that invested in school buses that traveled throughout the city every Sunday morning giving free rides to & from church. I sometimes wonder where I would be today if I missed church that day or if the pastor didn't give a salvation invitation. Would I have heard the gospel somewhere else? Would I have had ears to hear on another day? Or would I have started hanging out with the wrong crowd and traveled down roads of great heartache and regret? God only knows. I'm just so happy that this one great decision 40 years ago saved me from so many wrong paths... and eventually ushered me into full-time ministry. Thank You Jesus!! I rejoice! Forty years later and I still rejoice!! I look forward to eternity =)


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Thursday, January 31, 2019

TAKE THAT JANUARY 31st DEADLINES!

Donation Receipts - DONE!
Annual Mailout - DONE!
W2's - DONE!
W3 - DONE!
Quarterly Report - DONE!

All January 31st deadlines completed - BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM!

Special thanks to Birddog & The Cat Lover for all their help!

Bring on February =)

POST TRIP CLEAN-UP =)

Almost done dying out and repacking all the gear from our rain filled swamp hike =)





Tuesday, January 29, 2019

SWAMP THING RECAP: 911 CALL, NON-STOP RAIN, & PHYSICAL PAIN... BUT WE ALL SURVIVED.





Some adventures become a quest of ongoing challenges and the human will to persevere.

This past weekend's annual swamp hike started off with great promise. We debuted our new high quality Osprey backpacks & top notch gear. We had 5 returning Swamp Thing participants and 4 newbies all eager for our most UNpopular event. And we had our youngest swamp hiker ever at 12 years old along with her Mom.

We spent an hour and a half packing our backpacks and preparing for the 100% chance of rain forecasted for our entire 2 day trip. We prayed and committed the entire adventure into God's hands rain or shine, the good, the bad, the ugly. And we set out for an underwater trail marked only by orange paint marks on trees in the swamps of the Everglades.

Our upbeat hikers were on a fast record setting pace. It looked like we would complete our hard sloshy 3 mile trudge to camp in 3 hours. One mile in it began to rain. We dawned our ponchos, ate some snacks, and drank some water. We continued on.

At the 2 mile mark the wheels fell off during our next break. As we were finishing up our 10 minute break for water & snacks one of our hikers was sawing some wood with the sawtooth backside of his machete. The machete stuck fast into the wood but the momentum of hiker's hand continued down the slick wet handle and onto the razor sharp edge of the machete. The result was a deep laceration into their index finger. It could have happened to any of us. The blade was so sharp and the cut so deep that he didn't even notice how bad it was. Until blood started rushing out. Thankfully it wasn't spurting, but the cut was severe. In the blink of an eye the entire trip changed.

As we assessed the severity and began treating the cut our injured hiker said he was losing his vision... then immediately said he was losing his hearing... then just as quickly turned pale white. It looked like he was going into shock. But could it be something worse? Something internal that we couldn't see? The potential consequences were too high to take any chances. We needed to get him to medical care. Thankfully there was a new fire station 2 miles back at the start of the hike. But that was 2 hours away by foot for a healthy hiker and maybe 5 hours away if we had to carry him out. I had the GPS Spot Device that can send out an emergency call from anywhere we have GPS coverage. But I still had strong cell phone coverage. The only good option was to call 911 and see if they could contact that fire department and have them on standby. Our injured hiker was now sitting in the cold swampy water leaning against a tree pale white, disoriented, with his bandaged finger and hand elevated above his heart.

The simple 911 call turned into a 2 hour ordeal where the emergency personnel wanted us to stay put and they would try to come to us. But the area is so remote and the cypress trees so densely populated and the surrounding swamp buggy roads so deep that even a heavy duty vehicle couldn't get to us. Only a swamp buggy could make it nearby without difficulties, but to the credit of the paramedics they were trying as hard as they could on the swamp buggy roads to drive a dually truck as close as they could to us. But they weren't familiar with the hiking trail so when I told them we were between mile marker 34 & 33 that meant nothing to them. They tried to find us by sounding their siren and getting our feedback, but they kept getting further away. I text them a Google maps satellite screenshot of our current location and sent 2 hikers to the last swamp buggy roads we crossed about a half mile back. I hiked to the next swamp buggy roads crossing about a half mile ahead. But they couldn't find us. Then the GTD curse hit the paramedics... they got a flat tire on the swamp buggy road!! After 2 hours of trying to navigate to each other we had to move on to making up plan D.

By this time our injured hiker was past the shock and feeling able to hike with his backpack. All the sitting for most of the hikers was trending us towards hypothermia. It was cold and rainy. We had about 2 hours of daylight left. I decided we were going back to the parking lot. The trip was going to be cut short. But then I received a call from the National Park Service who encouraged me to go the remaining mile to our campsite instead of the 2 miles back to the parking lot. They said they could get some help out to our hiker. They kept mentioning possibly sending out a helicopter, but things had stabilized and that wasn't necessary. All I originally wanted was for the nearby fire department to be on standby. But it kept escalating into a rescue party and now they were talking about a helicopter. I kept telling them it wasn't to that degree. And thankfully they literally "called off air support". Over the next hour we hiked towards our campsite. By the time we were about 10 minutes from camp the paramedics had enlisted the sheriff's office to bring out their truck and continue on the swamp buggy road towards our campsite. We resumed navigating towards each other over the phone. Finally 3 1/2 hours after the intial 911 call we were able to send our hiker out with the police officer & paramedic and onto the hospital where he received several stitches to his sliced finger. He is doing well.


I can't thank our First Responders enough for their perseverance in finding us and caring for our injured hiker. It became much more than I intended, but I greatly appreciate the priority they put on us to make sure our hiker was thoroughly cared for.


As for the remaining 8 swamp hikers, we all made it to camp. We had a short break in the rain that allowed us to set up our tents and hammocks as well as cook dinner. Then the rain started back up and continued for the next 13+ hours. Sometimes the weather becomes the defining aspect of an adventure and all you can do is bunker down. We all crawled into our shelters at 7:30pm and didn't have to get up till 8:30am. That was 13 of the best and most comfortable hours of rest and sleep. Listening to the rain while laying in a warm sleeping bag high & dry in an extremely comfortable hammock was so enjoyable. I rarely get that much sleep so it was a savored night =).


Throughout the night the rain drenched everything at camp. But it didn't dampen the spirit of our hikers. Everyone rolled with the punches. We cooked breakfast, broke camp, and spent time doing a group devotion about choosing joy in the midst of the trial and choosing to persevere during tough times (all from James 1:2-4). We went around the circle and shared something that we are thankful for as well as a story about a time we didn't give up even though we were tempted to and look back at it now with great joy that we stuck it out. One of the greatest regrets in life is to look back at times when you should have kept going, but instead you chose to give up. Rarely does someone ever regret going the distance.


We hiked back as the next cold front and band of rain was on its way. We bonded. We didn't quit. We didn't give up. This was a hard trip that was defined by an injury and poor weather. But the satisfaction that we all experienced by rising to the challenge and finishing what we set out to do is absolutely priceless. In fact, we are better because of it.


Thank you Jesus that we don't have to be rescued from the storms of life. It can become a great journey with our Creator that builds character, closeness, experience, and memories. The storms test us. They can build us. They can take us to greater heights than we could ever experience from constant calmness. The secret is to be in the storm without letting the storm be inside of you. Just like Jesus sleeping in the back of the boat in the middle of the storm. He's our great example =)


Click here to see all the 2019 Swamp Thing pics: https://goingthedistance.smugmug.com/2019/2019-Adv-Trip---SWAMP-THING-Public

Saturday, January 26, 2019

LATE NIGHT PACKIN'

Laurie is rocking it! Up till 2am packing for group for the Swamp Thing Backpacking Trip even though she can't make it this year... looking forward to a God-awesome swampy adventure this weekend =)

Friday, January 25, 2019

JUST SAVED $3000 OFF THE 2019 GTD BUDGET!! YAYYY!!!

It took about 10 truckloads to move everything, but today we are finishing transferring all of our remaining equipment & gear from rental storage to my garage.

For 12+ years a wonderful couple allowed GTD to store a lot of our equipment & supplies at their business for FREE!! But a couple of years ago they changed insurance companies and their new insurance policy wouldn't allow for our equipment & free range access into the building. So our only option was rental storage for the past couple of years. We shuffled from unit to unit a few times to save on the monthly rate, but over time the rates kept increasing until it reached about $250/month ($3000/year) (OUCH!). But my new fixer-upper house came with an 850 sq ft garage that will serve as our new storage facility. Score!!! This will not only save the ministry $3000 each year, but it will give me instant access to all of our supplies. Win! Win!

Now that's a great way to start the year =)


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Thursday, January 24, 2019

PROGRESS IS SUCH A BLESSING =)

About 18 months ago during my prayer time I could hear God challenging me to strive after a greater level of self discipline. I had good discipline, but God challenged me to go for the discipline of a Champion. Since that time I've been on an amazing journey of progress. I've learned that incremental progress is the pathway to great transformations. A thousand mile journey starts with one step and is accomplished by one more step and then one more step. It doesn't happen instantaneously. It's a trajection that must be sustained by little steps over a long period of time. And each step is progress. And progress tastes so sweet just like individual bites of a delicious pizza. Each bite is its own reward =). 3 major milestones of progress that I experienced in 2018 are:

1) For the first time in probably 30 years I resisted the urge (for an entire year) of using "all-nighters" to accomplish my work load. In 2018 I pulled 0 all-nighters. That may sound like no big deal to most people, but when you're a workaholic who loves work and has constant deadlines & 7 months to do 12 months worth of work the all-nighter is clutch for getting things done. But it is also counterproductive because your body pays for it for the next few days and the cumulative effect is poor health. So I'm striving after great health which means no more all-nighters. In 2018 I accomplished that (thank you Jesus!) =). And now my goal is to sustain that.

2) Along the same lines as stopping all-nighters a second major milestone for me in 2018 was to not miss a Sabbath. After 6 days of creating God rested on the 7th day and called it a Sabbath. He said we should do the same thing. Take one day off each week when you "cease from striving" (that's my favorite definition of Sabbath). I did that 51 of the 52 weeks last year. I almost made it all 52 weeks, but we had 1 major event that was 6 days long and in all the hustle and bustle I forgot to take a day off. But I'm immensely thrilled with my personal progress in that area. Now I can't wait for my Sabbath each week. It's a day when I turn off the striving button and turn on the rest and relaxation button. It actually makes me more productive the other 6 days and fills my life with more fun, diversion, family time, laughter, and real rest. It's something I've abused for years. I took God's command of taking a Sabbath each week and treated it more like a suggestion. Praise God for his grace and for His patience with my foolishness. That is major progress for me and my own personal health has greatly benefited from this one "small" adjustment, increased discipline to stop working, embraced wisdom, and obedience to God's direction.

3) Another major milestone for me is that I "speed journal" everyday now. For the past 18 months I've used an app called Daylio to quickly (it takes about 5 minutes) enter what I did (or didn't do) that day. At the end of the month it gives me statistics on my consistency. I can see if I'm actually following through with my priorities. That measurement is priceless at assessing progress and detecting flaws and areas of improvement. Basically it's impossible to quantify progress without some sort of journaling tool. This is the simplest & easiest tool I could find and it's invaluable to the progress process. God bless the people who designed it!

So that's a small progress report from my little world. I'm looking forward to all the ups & downs, expected & unexpected, triumphs & tragedies that will make up the rollercoaster ride of 2019. One thing is for sure, I may not know what the days ahead hold, but I do know who holds my eternity... and that kind of security adds so much peace & celebration in a world full of daily chaos, corruption, and trajedy.

God bless!

STRiVE to THRiVE!


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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The 2019 GTD Event Calendar is filling up!!

If your church, youth group, men's group, women's group, leadership team, school class, etc is looking for a Christ-centered God-awesome outdoor adventure in 2019 then click on the link below to custom build your next group event.

GTD OFFERS:
<> Day Trips
<> Overnight Retreats
<> 5 day Adventure Trips
<> 6+ day Costa Rica Mission Trips
<> Muti-day Backpacking Trips
<> Multi-day Canoe Camping Trips
<> Team Building Events
<> Summer Internships
<> And more =)

More Info (GTD Blogsite Link)

Going The Distance Adventure Ministry, Inc (Est. 1996)
Love'n Life Because of Jesus Christ!


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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

10 DAYS TILL SWAMP THING!


GTD's annual weekend backpacking trip to The Everglades is almost here!

Register Online  |  Trip Details

Event: Swamp Thing Backpacking Trip
Date: Jan 26-27, 2019 (Sat-Sun)
Location: Florida Everglades
Total Distance: Approximately 8 miles round-trip
Cost: Only $23 (in celebration of GTD's 23rd year of ministry) plus food

"For God has not given us a spirit of cowardice, but of power and love and self-discipline." - 2 Timothy 1:7

Going The Distance Adventure Ministry (Est 1996)
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DRUM ROLL PLEASE... NEW FUNDRAISING RECORD!! ...NEARLY 82K RAISED BY MIDNIGHT DEC 31st!!!! ...ONLY 18K LEFT TO GO BY JAN 31st =)

This is a record breaking fundraising season for GTD and we can't thank our generous sponsors, donors, and monthly pledge makers enough! As of midnight Dec 31st GTD had raised nearly $82k surpassing last year's record setting mark of 80k. And we still have 2 weeks left to hit our goal of 100k by Jan 31st.

The first 75k raised goes towards running our programs and funding continued growth & development. Everything above 75k goes to repairing & replacing deteriorating equipment and acquiring newer equipment for sorely needed new GTD adventures (such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboards, island camping gear, fishing gear, & other water-based adventure equipment).

We want to express our deepest love and gratitude to everyone who has participated in our current fundraising season. Ministry is a team sport and fundraising is the main adventure of any non-profit. God bless each and everyone of you for your investment into this ministry and the fruit God will birth through it in 2019 & beyond!!

STRiVE to THRiVE!

Going The Distance Adventure Ministry, Inc (Est 1996)


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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Hello 2019!

After a great few weeks of "Off Season" & holidays, yesterday we kicked off our 23rd year of ministry with our number one volunteer - my Mom (aka BIRDDOG). Looking forward to all that God has in store for 2019 =)

Monday, January 7, 2019

SOUL FOOD!

https://youtu.be/xPpEOUVpxrM

Here's a powerful praise & worship song that has a feel of being in a biker bar that's converted into a biker church.

No matter who you are or where you are, you have a soul... and that soul needs to be nourished... everyday.

Take a few minutes each day to talk to God about whatever is on your heart & mind, to read a few sentences from His love letter to you (the Bible... start in the book of John if you're looking for a good starting point), and listen to or hum to or sing some great worship songs like this one. These are 3 great & easy & quick ways to feed your soul... which can change your day... which can change your direction... which can change your life =)

"For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul?" - Matthew 16:26

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! (& A BELATED MERRY CHRISTMAS)

One of the most beautiful things God ever created was new beginnings... every day, every week, every month, every season, every year, every person, and every opportunity has the distinct blessing of giving birth to new potential, adding on to wise decisions, and forsaking self inflicting poor choices. The power of new beginnings is transformational. No matter how good or bad our choices have been we can't change our history, but God continually empowers and encourages us to change our future to something that immensely satisfies our soul and glorifies His name. How is that accomplished? By making the best possible decision in the moment that you're living in. By embracing each new beginning and navigating it in such a way that it sets up your tomorrows with fullness of joy & the absence of regret. To engage your soul in a love affair with your Creator. To allow Him to impart to you the knowledge & wisdom & conscience & Spirit & discipline & warrior's fight to turn each new beginning into your best possible decision. To resist the urges, emotions, desires, and faulty thinking that lures you to make habitual choices that turns you into your own worst enemy. New years are the beautiful creation of God to evaluate the past and glean from it everything you can to launch you to an even better year ahead. Great lives are made up of great years that are made up of great days that are made up of great choices that are made up of 3 things: wisdom, the discipline to implement that wisdom, and the fight to resist the temptation to ignore that wisdom. Great choice after great choice produces an unstoppable momentum that makes every day your best day and sets your tomorrows up to be even better than your best todays. Of course you'll have days where you miss the mark full of wasted potential, missed opportunity, regretful choices. But that's the beauty of a new beginning the next day. You keep that bad day from becoming 2 bad days in a row. You fight to maintain the momentum that you've already established. You apologize to God and anyone you've offended. You take full responsibility for your choices. You recommit to following God's lead and you go back to building a thriving life one awesome choice at a time. There's no other way to build (or destroy) a life... it only happens one choice at a time. That's the beauty of new beginnings - you can make new choices (or keep making great choices) that gives birth to great fruit in your life. And that fruit nourishes your soul while glorifying the Gardener (John 15).

Happy New Year friends!! Let's make it our best year ever... and then do it again the following year... and then the year after that... be a repeat champion, and then a three-peat champion, and then a quad-peat champion as you journey on your way to building a dynasty and then a legacy... and it all started with one good choice =)

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." - 2 Corinthians 5:17

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Friday, December 21, 2018

1 WEEK REMAINING FOR YEAR-END DONATIONS!! ... 73K RAISED (PRAISE GOD!) ... 27K LEFT TO GO BY JAN 31st!!


We have a couple of matching gift challenges left as we head into the final days of 2018:
1) We have about $5000 left for a matching dollar-for-dollar any one-time donations up to $5000 cumulative
2) We have about $195 per month left for matching dollar-for-dollar monthly pledges for 1 year up to $195 cumulative

(That's close to $7350 remaining in matching donations that ends at 11:59pm on Dec 31st)

We are pressing on towards our $100k goal by Jan 31st. GTD turns 23 years old in Jan and it's time to repair or replace a lot of our adventure equipment. Now would be a great time to make a lasting impact in & through GTD!!

To help us hit those matching donation challenges and double your impact by the end of Dec 31st click on the links below to make a one-time donation or sign up to be a monthly partner for the next 12 months. Both ways are great ways to make a difference in this ministry and the lives God touches through GTD!!

Don't underestimate how impacting a one-time donation or monthly pledge to GTD can be, especially when it will be matched by some pretty awesome donors!

AND REMEMBER >>> FREE GTD T-SHIRTS TO ALL DONORS WHO DONATE $100 or more (or PLEDGE $10/mth or more)!!!

And most importantly, thank you so much to all of our incredible donors!!! God bless you guys!

To donate to the cause or sign-up to be a monthly partner click here: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/monthly-partners.html

To track our progress click here: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/fundraising-tracking.html

To follow the GTD Blogsite click here: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!


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FEASTING WITH FRIENDS OF GTD =)

In recent weeks (and some from a few months ago) we've been able to start doing something we've wanted to do for years - spend some quality time with our awesome friends & supporters of GTD.

These are some of the phenomenal people that God uses to make this ministry possible. (Some we forgot to take a picture with.)

(And there are many more that we can't wait to feast with in the coming months.)

Since we are on the road up to 5 months each year and then playing catch-up for the other 7 months it makes getting together with friends & family a daunting, but cherished task.

We only wish it could be more often and more regular.

But we are excited to be making all sorts of progress in all sorts of areas that we are finally getting to spend some quality time feasting with friends of GTD and expressing our eternal gratitude for the role each person plays in our life and the countless other lives that are impacted through the work of this ministry =)

GTD wouldn't exist without a small army of big hearted supporters, volunteers, prayer warriors, and encouragers. We are honored to call them friends and partner with them in ministry.

We are looking forward to many more gatherings in the weeks and months ahead!

GTD's Feast w/ Friends may be coming to a town near you in 2019 ;)