Friday, January 22, 2021

MAKE A LONG TERM IMPACT >>> ADOPT-A-NEED! ...HERE'S OUR TOP GEAR NEEDS FOR 2021!!

 

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TOP GEAR NEEDED & COSTS
(& PROJECTED LIFESPAN BEFORE NEEDING TO BE REPLACED)
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NEEDS:
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- 10 New Tents = $1500 (2 year lifespan)
- 30 New Cots = $1000 (7 year lifespan)
- 30 New Camp Chairs = $300 (2 year lifespan)
- 2 New Rappelling Ropes = $300 total (4 year lifespan)
- Rock Climbing Hardware = $750 total (4 year lifespan)
- 30-40 ft Rock Climbing Wall (in my backyard to train guides) = $1000 (15+ year lifespan)
- New Outdoor Movie Projector, Screen, & DVD Player / Electronics = $1000 (10 year lifespan)
- Convert 40 ft Shipping Container to new GTD Office & Storage = approximately $5,000 (20+ year lifespan)
- 2 New Large Canopies for Meals = $450 (10 year lifespan)
  
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LOVE TO ADD-ON THIS YEAR:
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- New Enclosed Trailer = $4500 (20 year lifespan)
- 10 New Paddleboards (New Activity) = $3500 (10 year lifespan)
- Tree Climbing Gear (New Activity) = approximately $2500 (10 year lifespan)
- Fishing Gear for 20 people = ???
- 30 New modern-day "Inner Tubes" = $1500 (7 year lifespan)
  
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"WISH LIST":
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- Pre-Owned Pontoon Boat & 2 Wave Runners = approximately $20,000 (10 year lifespan)
- Inflatables (water slides & bounce house sort of things) (New Activity) = approximately $7500
  
Adopting a need is a great way to make a longterm impact in young people's lives through GTD. Running camps and recreational activities isn't cheap, but GTD does it as inexpensively as possible without compromising quality or safety. 
  
If you would like to adopt-a-need then simply comment below, call our office, email us, or make a donation stating what you want the funds to be used for. It's that easy!
  
GTD Contact Information:
- Office phone: 727-394-9483 (1-888-697-2479)
- Email: info@goingthedistance.org
- Online Donations: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/payments-donations.html
- Mail-In Donations: GTD, PO Box 7523, Seminole, FL 33775
  
From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SUPPORTING GTD!!!
  
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Going The Distance Adventure Ministry, Inc
Celebrating 25 years of God-awesome adventures!
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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS! ...TEMPORARY KAYAK RACKS DONE!

 




Carson brought over a couple of great volunteers from Indian Rocks Christian School and we were able to clean most of the swamp backpacking gear and complete the temporary kayak racks! 
  
We are able to hold 28 kayaks (and more) on these 2 racks... now that's a lot of yak consolidation!!
  
The year of COVID minimized our ability to utilize volunteers so it felt great to have some more hands on deck =). Thank you so much Logan & "Nebraska"!! You are a blessing to GTD =)
  
  
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Monday, January 18, 2021

$92,010 RAISED SO FAR!!! ...ONLY $7990 LEFT TO GO BY JANUARY 31st! .....WE ARE ALMOST THERE!!!!!

 

Not 2020, nor COVID, nor the cancellation of our annual in-person banquet, nor all the crazy curveballs over the past 12 months can keep our amazing supporters from strongly supporting this ministry. We are so blessed and floored by our loving & generous donors!
   
We are almost there! Only $7990 left to go!!
   
Who wants to help push us over the finish line =)
   
Here's how you can support the cause: 
   
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Click on any of these links to support GTD and help launch our 25th year of ministry!
   
   
   
(You can track our daily fundraising progress on this link)
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From the bottom of our hearts - THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! God bless you!!!
   
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Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
Celebrating 25 years of God-awesome adventures!
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

RACK 'EM UP! ...BUILDING TEMPORARY KAYAK RACKS =)

Over the weekend Carson & I were able to put a few hours into building some temporary A-frame kayak racks. We're about half done.
   
A couple of years ago we started transitioning from canoes to kayaks (which is the preferred way to paddle by most of our participants). We've scored a lot of great deals on pre-owned kayaks through apps like Offer-Up & Facebook Marketplace over the past 2 years.
   
Currently we have about 27 kayaks... approximately 10-ish touring kayaks & 17-ish recreational kayaks. They've been a big hit with our groups!
   
Ultimately the kayaks will be stored on a couple of kayak trailers that we hope to refurbish this spring (Lord willing).
   
Our immense gratitude goes out to all of our generous supporters that God has used to enable GTD to acquire all of these vessels!! Thank you so much!! They've been a priceless addition to this ministry!
   





Saturday, January 9, 2021

WE JUST PASSED THE $90,000 MARK!!! ...ONLY $10,000 LEFT TO GO OVER THE NEXT 3 WEEKS!!

GLORIFYING GOD WITH DEEP GRATITUDE FOR OUR SUPPORTERS!
  
I'm so happy to let you know that GTD just surpassed the $90,000 fundraising mark in our quest to raise $100k by January 31st!
   
Whether we would have raised $90 or $90,000 our hearts would have still rejoiced in this one truth - God is sooooooo good! 
  
We are so excited to have just launched our 25th year of ministry!!
  
You can help put us over the finish line!
  
Here's how you can support the cause: 
  
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Click on any of these links to support GTD and help launch our 25th year of ministry!
  
* CLICK HERE to make a one-time donation
  
* CLICK HERE to become a monthly partner
  
(CLICK HERE to track our daily fundraising progress on this link)
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From the bottom of our hearts - THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! God bless you!!!
 
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Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome adventures since 1996!
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Friday, January 8, 2021

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS WITH... $25 OFF & 25% OFF DISCOUNTS AND... $25 EVENTS, FREE EVENTS, & FREE SWAG!!!

 
 
2021 is a year of celebration for this ministry and what better way to celebrate and say thank you to all of our supporters & participants than through discounted events, free events, and free GTD swag!
   
◇ $25 PUBLIC EVENTS (Swamp Thing, Paddle Prowl, Ignite, & Slammed)!
  
◇ FREE PUBLIC EVENTS (Liquid & a new event coming in May)!
  
◇ FREE GTD SWAG for ALL participants this year!
   
◇ $25 OFF all private Adventure Trips! 
        - 5 Day Trips regularly $199/person
             - -->This Year: $174/person!
   
◇ 25% OFF all private Retreats!
        - 3 Day Retreats regularly $119/person
             - -->This Year: $89/person!
        - 2 Day Retreats regularly $99/person
             - -->This Year: $74/person!
        - 1 Day Retreats regularly $79/person
             - -->This Year: $59/person!
   
◇ 25% OFF all private Day Trips!
        - Regular Day Trips regularly $20/person
             - -->This Year: $15/person!
        - Mega Day Trips regularly $35/person
             - -->This Year: $26/person!
   
NOW THAT'S A GREAT WAY TO KICK OFF OUR 25th YEAR OF MINISTRY!!
   
THANK YOU SO MUCH GTD PARTICIPANTS & SUPPORTERS FOR 25 AMAZING YEARS OF GOD-AWESOME ADVENTURES & MEMORIES!!!

Learn more about GTD, our events, and all we offer on this blog site!
    
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God-awesome adventures since 1996!
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Monday, January 4, 2021

HAPPY 25th YEAR BIRTHDAY TO GTD!!! ...KICKING OFF OUR 25th IN THE SWAMPS!

Here are a few pics from our swamp hike in the Everglades over the weekend! Eight brave (or crazy) souls took on this 2-day 8-mile romp in the swamp. We had a blast kicking off our 25th year of ministry with this challenging hike and wild adventure. It's such a uniquely beautiful destination!!
  
Thank you Jesus for such a great adventure!
   
More amazing pics & videos to come =) 
   
SWAMP THING 2021
  
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Celebrating 25 years of God-awesome adventures!
Going The Distance Adventure Ministry =) 
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Friday, January 1, 2021

HAPPY 2021! ...AND HAPPY 2517!! ....(as in 2 Corinthians 5:17)

 

There's something powerful about new beginnings. The new year brings new hopes for a brighter future. And something waaaaay better than a new year is a new life through Christ! God specializes in bringing about new beginnings and new life. While January 1st is the start of a new year, putting Jesus 1st is the start of a new life. 
 
My hope for everyone is to have a Happy New Year, but my passion & prayer if for all to experience the New Life offered by the love of God through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.
 
So Happy New Year and Happy New Life!
 
Goodbye 2020 and Hello 2021 =)
 
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2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
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Thursday, December 31, 2020

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER $10,000!! ...WE JUST PASSED THE $80,000 MARK!!! .....WHAT A WAY TO END THE YEAR!!!

 

Wow! Less than 24 hours ago we were celebrating passing the $70,000 mark and now (THANKS TO 2 MAJOR DONORS) we are celebrating passing another major milestone... the $80,000 mark!!!! We praise God for our unbelievably generous & supportive Ministry Partners!! You guys floor us every year!!! Thank you so much!! Thank You Jesus!!!!!
  
Jump on the GTD fundraising bandwagon and help put us over the finish line as we strive to raise 100k by the end of January 2021 (which is also the beginning of our 25th year of ministry!!!)
  
We would love to have your partnership in this ministry! Your donation is an investment into GTD and the many youths, young adults, and people of all ages that we serve =)
  
Here's how you can donate to GTD and support the cause: 
  
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Click on any of these links to support GTD and help launch us into our 25th year of ministry!
  
* Make a one-time donation
  
* Become a monthly partner
  
You can track our daily fundraising progress on this link
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From the bottom of our hearts - THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!
   
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Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome adventures since 1996!
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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

WE'VE SURPASSED THE $70,000 MARK!

 

WE'VE SURPASSED THE $70,000 MARK!
...$7000 DONOR MATCH CHALLENGE ACHIEVED!!
....$235 PER MONTH REMAINS ON OTHER DONOR MATCH CHALLENGE!!
 
Thank you, thank you, thank you generous supporters!! You've pushed us past the $70k milestone! That's such a BIG DEAL!!!!!
 
God has blessed GTD with $71,398 raised thus far through a bunch of terrific people!!
  
That only leaves us with $28,602 left to go in our quest to raise $100,000 by the end of January as we kick off our 25th year of ministry!!!
 
To donate to the cause and help us surpass our goal click on a link below =) 
 
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Click on any of these links to support GTD and help launch us into our 25th year of ministry!
 
* Make a one-time donation
 
* Become a monthly partner
 
(You can track our daily fundraising progress on this link)
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From the bottom of our hearts - THANK YOU SO MUCH and GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!
 
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Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome adventures since 1996!
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Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas!!




Merry Christmas to YOU from GTD!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

WE'VE SURPASSED THE $60,000 MARK! ...$2400 REMAINING IN DONOR MATCH CHALLENGE!! ....$315 PER MONTH REMAINS IN DONOR MATCH CHALLENGE!!

 

Our profound thanks to our terrific supporters! You've put us over the $60k mark!! Thank you so much! God bless you guys =)
 
God has bless GTD with $61,638.75 raised thus far through some pretty incredible people!! 
 
That only leaves us with $38,361.25 left to go in our quest of raising $100,000 by the end of January as we kick off our 25th year of ministry!!!
 
To donate to the cause and help us surpass our goal you can donate through this Facebook Fundraiser or click on a link below =)
 
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Click on any of these links to support GTD and help launch us into our 25th year of ministry!
 
* CLICK HERE to make a one-time donation
 
* CLICK HERE to become a monthly partner
 
(You can track our daily fundraising progress on this link)
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From the bottom of our hearts - THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!
 
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Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome adventures since 1996!
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Friday, December 18, 2020

COVID Update

 Just a quick update. Over the past 10 days my mom, sister, & Laurie have tested positive for COVID. My dad's test tube was compromised on the first test and then the results were inconclusive on the second test. He was pretty sick (flu-like symptoms) for about a week before testing so we think he was probably positive. He is currently waiting for the results from his third test attempt. I haven't had any symptoms and my test result was negative (although I like to be a positive person haha!). I housed Laurie upstairs for her quarantine so she would be away from my parents. She is just about finished and feeling much better. Traci is also on the mend. My mom's symptoms have been very mild (occasional headaches and nausea). Dad is feeling better now, but still recovering. Laurie & I went to get re-tested today. I continue to feel great and have been working outside all week doing a lot of heavy lifting and physical work... no hint of anything wrong. Its wild & crazy times and like the rest of the world we are navigating this thing the best we can day by day. I'm surprised it has taken this long to hit someone in our immediate family.

UPDATE: Dad's 3rd test results came back positive. He continues to feel better than he did 10 days ago.

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Monday, December 14, 2020

One of my favorite verses!

God created us to live joyfully in the present tense. The enemy will always try to ruin your today by an overemphasis on current struggles or with resentment & bitterness from the past or worries about the future.
 
But God has a remedy for all of it! The shield of faith extinguishes EVERY flaming arrow from the enemy (Eph 6).
 
Gratefulness and Godly perspective (an act of faith) conquers the current struggles of the moment.
 
Love and forgiveness (an act of faith) conquers the resentment & bitterness of the past.
 
And confidence in who God is and His unlimited power (an act of faith) conquers the worries about the future.
 
In a nutshell, God's got our past, present, and future all taken care of IF we embrace His will for our life, yield to Jesus's Lordship in our lives, and lean into the Holy Spirit's moment by moment guidance for each decision we make. 
 
It's a great way to live! 
  
Rejoicing every day! 
 
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah'ing all day long! 
 
Singing "Jimmy Crack Corn And I Don't Care" to the temptation to worry about things in the future. 
 
"This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." - Psalms 118:24
   
# 9,758,239 things I love about following Jesus =) 

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

4 WEEKS TILL SWAMP THING BACKPACKING TRIP!!

 

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE FASTER THAN THE ALLIGATOR...
...YOU JUST HAVE TO BE FASTER THAN YOUR FRIEND!
....4 WEEKS TILL SWAMP THING BACKPACKING TRIP!
 
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KICK OFF YOUR YEAR WITH AN EPIC WEEKEND ADVENTURE!!
...ONLY $25 TO CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF MINISTRY!!!
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To kick off our 25th year of ministry we are headed back to one of the wildest adventures we've ever offered >>> backpacking & camping in the swamps of the Everglades! AKA: Swamp Thing!!
 
And to add a cherry on top of that we are offering this adventure for a special 25th Anniversary price of only $25 per person!! That includes all the gear, planning, & guides! All you have to supply is your food & transportation 😊
 
To learn more about and/or register for Swamp Thing 2021 click on this link
 
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Event: SWAMP THING Everglades Backpacking Trip
Date: Jan 2-3, 2021 (Sat-Sun)
Location: Big Cypress Preserve (east of Naples, FL)
Cost: $25/person
Max # of Participants: 15
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Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-Awesome Adventures Since 1996!

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

2020 GTD HIGHLIGHT VIDEO!

 


HERE'S OUR HIGHLIGHT VIDEO FROM 2020!
..."THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!"
 
Thank you to all of our volunteers, supporters, donors, prayer warriors, & encouragers who helped make 2020 a blessing for so many people!!
 
COVID may have prevented some of our events, but it couldn't prevent this ministry from flourishing in our 24th year. Nor could it prevent the impact God made through the events we were able to run! Praise God, we were still able to pull off 10 events in 2020... seven of them before the shutdowns (a full event calendar is 25-30 events per year).
 
Here's a quick 3 1/2 minute video with non-stop action pics from those events. I hope you enjoy reliving the memories as much as we do!! We are chomping at the bit to kick off our 25th year of ministry next month!!! Glory to God!
 
Enjoy =) 
 
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Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
Providing God-awesome adventures since 1996!
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CLICK HERE TO WATCH 2020 GTD HIGHLIGHT VIDEO ON YOUTUBE
 
 
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Sunday, December 6, 2020

GTD LIVE VIRTUAL BANQUET TONIGHT!!

 


---> Just in from our Graphics Dept <---
  
GTD LIVE VIRTUAL BANQUET TONIGHT!!
...$40,000 ALREADY RAISED!!
....NEW $17,080 MATCHING CHALLENGE!!
.....NEW HIGHLIGHT VIDEO!
......NEW GTD ACTIVITY COMING IN 2021!
.......BIG NEWS ABOUT SLAMMED 2021!
........TESTIMONIALS, UPDATES, & MORE!
  
Please join us tonight (Sunday Dec 6th) at 6:00pm for GTD's Virtual Fundraiser Event on Facebook. (If you are not on Facebook we will be sending a recorded link for you to watch later.) 
  
Our Facebook Live will be on the Going The Distance Adventure Ministry page:
https://www.facebook.com/GTDpage/
  
As well as on our personal timelines
Doug Garner:
https://www.facebook.com/doug.garner.adventure.man
  
and
  
Laurie Finger:
https://www.facebook.com/lsfinger
   
We hope you will join us or watch at a later time!
  
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It's fundraising season for GTD as we strive to raise 100k by the end of January 2021 (which is also the beginning of our 25th year of ministry!!!)
  
We would love to have your partnership in this ministry! Your donation is an investment into GTD and the many youths, young adults, and people of all ages that we serve =)
  
Here's how you can support GTD: 
  
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Click on any of these links to support GTD and help launch us into our 25th year of ministry!
  
* Make a one-time donation: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/payments-donations.html
  
* Become a monthly partner: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/monthly-partners.html
  
(You can track our daily fundraising progress on this link: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/fundraising-tracking.html)
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From the bottom of our hearts - THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!
  
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Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome adventures since 1996!
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