Tuesday, March 10, 2020

ANOTHER WEEKEND, ANOTHER GOD-AWESOME RETREAT! ...THANKING GOD FOR A GREAT TIME WITH THE MS YOUTH GROUP FROM FUMCO!!

Over the past weekend we hosted our 5th event of the year... a camping retreat with the middle school youth group from First United Methodist Church of Oviedo. We spent the weekend at Word of Life in Hudson, Florida.

Our activities included bonfires, roasting marshmallows, making s'mores, daily devotions from God's Word, stuffed pancakes, make-your-own pizzadilla, climbing tower, zipline, high ropes course, team sports, kayaking, an outdoor movie, and camping in 40 degrees.

The kids had a blast, and so did the adults. God blessed us with a fantastic time! We can't wait to host their high school youth group in May!

Thank you to all of our donors, supporters, and volunteers for making this ministry possible =)

Now onto our next event... IGNITE, this weekend!!

Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome adventures since 1996!































Monday, March 2, 2020

GREAT ADVANCE CAMPING EVENT WITH THE CALVARY MEN THIS PAST WEEKEND =)


The temps may have declined, but the men advanced! We had a great time with some awesome guys on our annual Calvary Church Men's Advance Camping Event on Lake Tarpon. Glory to God =)


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Friday, February 28, 2020

REAL MEN DON'T "RETREAT"; THEY ADVANCE!


REAL MEN DON'T "RETREAT"; THEY ADVANCE!

KICKING OFF OUR ANNUAL MEN'S ADVANCE CAMPING EVENT
   W/ CALVARY CHURCH OF CLEARWATER!!

This is our 4th event of the year and our 2nd of 5 straight weekend retreats with awesome churches and incredible people!!

Looking forward to all that God has in store =)

Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome adventures since 1996!


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Thursday, February 27, 2020

GREAT NEWS! GTD WELCOMES SARAH HEBERT & FAMILY!!


I'm overjoyed to announce that GTD has hired on Sarah Hebert as our amazing new part-time Volunteer Program Coordinator. Rebuilding a thriving Volunteer Program is GTD's top priority this year, and the addition of Sarah Hebert is an indispensable step in accomplishing that. I've had the great privilege of working from a distance with Sarah over the past 2 years as she volunteered with one of our favorite church's youth ministries. I witnessed her administration skills and heart to serve first hand. Sarah along with her awesome husband Jason and their 3 great kids have all been involved with GTD over the past couple of years and we're thrilled to have them involved at a deeper level. Keep watching in the weeks & months ahead as we rebuild our Volunteer Program! In fact, you can not only watch what happens, you can be a part of it by joining GTD's Volunteer Team.

For more details about volunteering with GTD and/or to complete a Volunteer Application click on this link.


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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

DAY 2 - PADDLING IN PARADISE! GTD's PADDLE PROWL 2020

After a pleasant night's sleep of camping on an island with temps in the mid 50's it was time for breakfast, breaking down camp, and a short group devotion from 1 Timothy 6:17.

We repacked the kayaks with all of our gear and heading back onto the water.

The intercoastal that was choppy yesterday afternoon was now calm and smooth. The conditions were perfect! The sky was deep blue, the water was emerald green, and the beach sand was bright white.

We paddled 2.5 miles to and along the west side (the beach side) of Caladesi Island State Park which included a short portage across the beach from the intercoastal waterways and over to the wide open Gulf of Mexico.

We enjoyed a snack break and later on a lunch break on one of the top rated beaches in the great USA. Caladesi is truly a national treasure.

After lunch and time on the beach it was time to finish our 10 mile loop with our last 2.5 mile paddle along the coast of Caladesi Island then up and back over to the Dunedin Causeway where it all began.

The afternoon waves & chop had picked back up so we pressed on without a break until we reached our ending point. We did it! We completed our adventure! We finished what we started! We went the distance as a team!

One of the great blessings in life is finishing something that you started. And all 8 of us did exactly that. We came. We paddled in paradise. And we finished our 10 mile adventure quest.

Now it becomes a God-awesome memory we will talk about for years to come! Thank You Almighty God for creating an amazing playground for us to enjoy!! Glory to God =)