Thursday, May 23, 2019

7 WEEKS AWAY! ...MY FAVORITE GTD EVENT!!

OUR 24th ANNUAL SLAMMED ADVENTURE TRIP IS SCHEDULED FOR JULY 10-14, 2019 IN LAKEMONT, GA!!!

In celebration of the 24th Anniversary of the trip that started it all >>> SLAMMED <<< we are offering this 5-day adventure trip in July for only $124/person!! (That's $75 off the regular price!)

Pay an extra $100 and raft "The Beast of The Southeast" on one of the best white water sections around >>> 7 hrs on Section 4 of the Chattooga River!

Plan to join us on this God-awesome adventure that slams you with 5 days of non-stop adventure & fun!

Click on this link for all the details

Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
Love'n Life Because of Jesus Christ!
Celebrating 23 Years of Ministry =)
Est 1996


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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

RELEVANT CHURCH FAMILY RETREAT! ...FAMILIES THAT CAMP TOGETHER ....STAY TOGETHER!

I'm not sure how I missed posting this recap, but this was one of our favorite retreats from the spring. It's the annual Relevant Church Family Retreat, and it was so much fun!!

We've loved doing more GTD family retreats over the past few years and watching parents coach their kids to be overcomers as kids inspire their parents to never give up... all in a family-friendly, Christ-centered, God-awesome environment that bonds families together like nothing else can.

Several years ago I read a Christian based book about family development. The author did a survey of 100 families that he knew and considered to be exceptionally healthy families. He wanted to see what traits they had in common... if there was a family formula for success.

He found that they all had ONLY ONE TRAIT IN COMMON. What was the only thing they all had in common? THEY ALL TOOK FAMILY CAMPING TRIPS. There's a lot of insight there.

Camping trips have every ingredient needed to forge strong & healthy relationship bonds in a short amount of time.

And it's not about putting together a camping trip that's free of adversity. Quite the opposite!

It's about how all the adversity inherent to camping actually creates the ultimate team building challenge, that if navigated correctly, can lead to closer bonds, greater communication, overcoming challenges together, increased gratitude for things we often take for granted, concentrating quality time together, laughing at silly mistakes, learning perspective about the difference between real problems versus manufactured "problems", stress relief, breathing fresh air, Vitamin D, exercise, the health that comes from simply being outdoors, taking a break from technology - emails - notifications - constant demands, leaving first-world "problems" at home for a few days, building lifelong memories together, S'MORES, campfires, cool camping equipment, working together, and the list goes on and on.

There's no wonder these families were strong & healthy. CAMPING IS POWERFUL! God uses it in amazing ways!!

If you don't already, do your family a favor and start taking them camping at least once a year =).

Click here to check out all the pictures from the fUntastic family camping retreat we had with Relevant Church






























Thursday, May 9, 2019

WE DON'T KNOW WHERE WE ARE GOING... BUT WE'VE GOT THE DATE!


Next year's LIQUID Paddling Day Trek is scheduled for April 11, 2020 (the day before Easter). And we are heading to... (drum roll, please)...... the east side of TBD!!! That's right we are headed to one of the most popular destinations in the world --> TBD (To Be Determined)!!

We have so many great options to choose from so we will narrow it down this fall and update the website. But at least you have the date nearly a year in advance so you can plan accordingly =)

Feel free to chime in with any paddling destinations you're interested in around the Pinellas County area =)

LIQUID Website Link

Going The Distance Adventure Ministry (Est 1996)
Celebrating 23 Years of God-Awesome Adventures!!


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Monday, May 6, 2019

SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS! ....YEARS OF DILIGENCE PAYING OFF!!

Year after year after year I've been pounding that rock, chopping that tree, hiking up that mountain... diligently working to "get on top of everything". For 10 years we've been doing the work of 5 full-time staff & 20+ volunteers with only 2 people and a couple occasional volunteers. Its been grueling. But persevering is one of the most rewarding pursuits in life. It makes the accomplishment that much more satisfying. Finally, after 10 years, I'm at the breakthrough! That rock is crumbling. That tree is falling. That summit is before me. In human terms, my 24-hour supply is very close to meeting my 24-hour demand. And more importantly HIS endless supply is overflowing the constant demand. Win & BIGGER WIN. This is such significant progress!! Living in a state of always being behind, always playing catch-up, always needing more time, always needing more help, of only being able to make very little steps of progress is BRUTAL. But it's not impossible. Nothing is impossible with God.

I'm always experimenting with new organizational structures to keep up with the constant demand. My newest approach is taking all my tasks & projects and categorizing them according to importance and due dates. Then I place them inside a storage clipboard pertaining to their due dates (This Day, This Week, This Month, This Quarter, This Year, This Decade, This Lifetime) and write them all down on a checklist on the front of that same clipboard. Every week I review all the tasks and adjust them as needed. And every day I review all the tasks in the This Week & This Day category to keep myself on track. So far it has been a very effective structure to keep all my tasks & projects nearby in one area while keeping the most important priorities front & center so they don't slip out of mind with all the new daily demands & new exciting opportunities that pop-up.

This approach is a mixture of a lot of trial and error through the years as well as reading several articles and a few books (like Getting Things Done by David Allen) that have exposed me to new ideas and better systems to trying to stay organized. One thing is for sure I have huge respect for anyone who attempts to run their own business. It's more than a full-time job; it's a lifestyle. The personal risks and personal sacrifices that business owners, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit founders make in order to supply & serve are astounding. Most crash in burn within a few years. The success rate is very low. And the personal toll can be extremely high (bankruptcy, divorce, broken families, and on and on).

Today I'm praising God for the breakthrough that stands before me... and the significance it means. Thank You Jesus =)


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Saturday, May 4, 2019

FEEL THE ZEAL! .....CLIMBING DAY WITH THE ZEAL HS YOUTH GROUP FROM CCF!!



We had a blast today with Jairus Hodges and the ZEAL High School Youth Group from Calvary Chapel Fellowship!

We spent the day climbing, navigating, and zipping at The Tower at Word of Life in Hudson, FL. It was so much fun!!

Aaaaaand we can't wait for our summer Adventure Trips with CCF in TN in July!! We are and they are ZEALous for adventure =)

You can check out all the pics from today's adventure on our online photo album here: https://goingthedistance.smugmug.com/2019/2019-Day-Trip-CCF-Climbing-Tower/

Glorify God. Love Man. Have Fun!

Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
Love'n Life Because of Jesus Christ!
Est 1996.....
.....Celebrating 23 Years of God-Awesome Ministry!


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Friday, May 3, 2019

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!! ....HOUSE & GTD PROJECTS FOR MAY 2019


Over the past year I've had several people say they want to help me renovate this 1955 Bungalow. (I'm so blessed to know some pretty awesome people!!)

Next week I'm kicking off a month of house projects!! And I'd love your help!

My goal (Lord willing) is to put in 30 hours each week towards the renovations. The plan is to work from 9am - 8pm (with a 1 hr lunch break from 2-3pm) every Tues, Thurs, & Saturday. FREE LUNCH INCLUDED!!

I've got tools, equipment, supplies, food, liquid hydration, and unlimited access to YouTube instructional videos hahaha!

(I can always use more tools & specialized equipment)

Even though I've got some ambitious plans & goals my aim is to keep it fun, joyous, humorous, and lighthearted... just like a GTD event!! FREE LAME JOKES INCLUDED!

Even more than building a house or ministry I'm even more interested in building friendships & lifelong memories!! All the while as God causes the growth & progress =)

Soooooo, if you're interested in helping out (or heckling or laying on a hammock & directing) comment below or message me and I'll get you the address, directions, and current gameplan =)

Just a reminder that these are renovations on a budget so there will be a lot of creative approaches & repurposing of materials. But I love that kind of stuff and I think it's a fun way to renovate =)

MAY PROJECTS: Paint the house, trim the trees, install fencing & gates, prep the GTD trailer for our summer trips, as well as a variety of outdoor & landscaping projects.

IF IT RAINS: I've got plenty of indoor projects to work on too =)

Much love & thanks in advance for your heart & help =)

"Unless the Lord builds the house,
    those who build it labor in vain."
                            - Psalm 127:1

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

BOOK YOUR GTD FALL RETREAT! ....AND MORE!

We love getting ahead of the game! Even though summer break is one month away we are already thinking about this fall, this winter, and next spring.

Our goal is to help Pastors, Youth Pastors, & Group Leaders plan 6 months to a year in advance so they don't have to throw something together at the last minute and miss out on hitting the camp's full potential. We want them to have plenty of time to promote one of their biggest events of the year. God works powerfully through camps and we want their event to maximize participation and bear plenty of fruit.

Click this link to learn more about GTD Camping Retreats

And feel free to pass this along to your Pastor, Youth Pastor, or Group Leader!

GTD also offers Mission Trips, Adventure Trips, & Day Trips =)

PS: This is one of our favorite "old school" retreat promo pictures taken around 2004. Half the picture was from a camping retreat in Ocala National Forest and the other half is from an Island Retreat in Dunedin, FL.

Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
Love'n Life Because of Jesus Christ!
Est 1996 >>> Celebrating 23 Years of God-Awesome Adventures!!


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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

PREPPING TO PAINT THE HOUSE!

Thank you so much to Mark & Melissa Routman, the wee Routman's, Noel & Jeanette Dunham, Bobby Sikes, and Laurie Finger for all your help and hard work as we prepare to paint the house & GTD base!!!! You guys blessed my socks off and made my day! We got so much done! Much love & thanks!! God bless you guys =)











Tuesday, April 23, 2019

THE 7 PILLARS AWARD! ....50% OF OUR ANNUAL DONATIONS COME FROM OUR TOP 7 DONORS! ......AAAAAND OUR TOP 7 DONORS FROM 2018 ARE:

"Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars." - Proverbs 9:1

(1) $9191.59
(2) $7500.00
(3) $7000.00
(4) $6000.00
(5) $4800.00
(6) $4000.00
(7) $3837.00
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= 42,328.59 (TOTAL DONATED BY OUR TOP 7 DONORS)

This $42,328.59 is 50.8% of the total of $83,330.40 donated to GTD in 2018

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A couple of years ago I came across Proverbs 9:1 when I was reading through the book of Proverbs. It talks about the 7 pillars that wisdom has built her house upon. Since we've always refereed to our donors as "pillars" that structurally support the work of the ministry I decided to do the math on our top 7 annual donors. Do you know that every year the top 7 donors in our ministry make up about 50% of our annual donations?! That's a huge chunk by a small number of people! And it's not always the same 7 people/families or the same amounts. But year-in and year-out regardless of the total amount donated that year the math stays relatively the same - 50% of our annual donations come from the top 7 donors.

We average about 100 awesome donors each year (thank you awesome people!!). It's really remarkable to see how scripturally accurate that verse is regarding our non-profit ministry. 7 donors (50%) + `93 donors (50%) = 100%. Amazing!

If we removed those top 7 donors then our building would "collapse". Likewise, if we removed the other 93 donors the building would "collapse". Every donor is an indispensable part of what God is doing through GTD. Every donor is a supporting pillar of this ministry. We are profoundly thankful to anyone who donates $1 or $1000. It all adds up to equal a powerful impact!

Since God's Word makes it a point to recognize the structural importance of these seven pillars we thought we would do the same. 2 years ago we began to recognize the special role that the top 7 donors play in the life of this ministry. We designed an award called "The 7 Pillars Award" to present to our Top 7 Donors. Since many of our donors prefer to stay anonymous we've recently decided to present these awards privately. But we do want to publicly honor them too. Therefore we have decided to list our Top 7 donor amounts only without their names. They know who they are! And we are awarding them this special award privately. But publicly we want to express our overwhelming gratitude for the sacrifice they make to enable this ministry to function year-in and year-out!!!

FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS, THANK YOU 2018 "7 PILLARS" AWARD WINNERS!! GOD BLESS YOU FOR THE MINISTRY YOU PERFORM IN GTD!!!!

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We are also creating a spot on our website to track the Top 7 Donors of the current year. Who will be this year's Top 7 Donors? Who will receive the 2019 "7 PILLARS AWARD"???

CURRENT TOP 7 DONORS (as of April 2019):
(1) $2000
(2) $2000
(3) $1600
(4) $1400
(5) $880
(6) $550
(7) $500


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Saturday, April 20, 2019

LIQUID PERFECTION!

We had so much fun today with 25 adventurous people on our annual LIQUID Paddling Trek! Perfect weather, fun-loving people, beautiful destination!

Click on the following link to see all the pics from our adventure together.

Happy Easter Weekend!!