Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Here's the link about the body I found a couple of days ago. He was 18 years old and shot multiple times. His mom is deeply grieving. Sad story =(
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Murder in Tellico... While looking for some of our hiking gear we lost yesterday I made a grim discovery. I found the body of a young man (maybe in his lower 30's) who had been murdered in the last 14 hours. I was about 12 miles from cell phone range and I was by myself so I jogged back up the short trail and flagged down a car with a man and his young son. They stayed at the gravel parking lot near the body while I drove about 8 miles to the Ranger Station. I led the police officers back to the body. While I was away the man & his son found some gun shell casings about 30 feet from the body in the parking lot that may or may not be related to this incident. The officer said it's the first murder here in about 20-25 years. I stayed to give a report. The police dept, detectives, cheif of police, EMT's, National Forest Rangers, & T.B.I. (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation) were all there. All of our group was off on a seperate adventure and are all safe & sound. We were scheduled to leave tomorrow morning, but have decided to leave tonight instead. Please pray for the family of the man who was killed.
Monday, June 25, 2012
One of our mottos at GTD is "Beat 'em & Feed 'em". Basically we beat our participants with nonstop activity & feed them good hearty meals so they can keep on going. The Transit Adventure Trip has been going great! These kids can't get enough adventure!! They LOVE Baby Falls! All day long they have rode over, slid over, jumped off, swam into, and soaked up every bit of this spectacular waterhole. It's been a nonstop blast. In the afternoon we took the group rock climbing on a very challenging rock face. They all worked hard & did great, but only 2 people made it to the top (Dave, one of the group leaders & George, one of the 12 year olds). In addition, Kevin & Dave have been doing an excellent job teaching the nightly Bible studies and conducting the morning devotions. I believe God is challenging both the kids & the dads =).
Pizzadillas for dinner followed by an outdoor movie... good times indeed!
Tomorrow we are going cliff jumping and rappelling =)
On a side note, the curse of GTD has struck again. This time Kevin Starner's vehicle broke down. He blew the clutch on his car. We are working on a solution.
More to come!! Thanks for the love & prayers =). God bless!
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Quick Update: The crew arrived safely yesterday and quickly set-up camp. Afterwards Kevin took them to Baby Falls for a few hours of intense waterfall riding & cliff jumping. Last nights devos were led up by Dave as he spoke about encouragement (Heb 3:13). We had hot dogs & baked beans for dinner & an enjoyable time around the campfire roasting marshmallows. After devos this morning we had eggs, biscuits & gravy for breakfast... delicious!! Right now we are on our way to the Ocoee River to go white water rafting!! Check back in a few hours for another update =)
Saturday, June 23, 2012
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This will probably be my only post of today. In a few miles I will be into the wild (no electricity, no cell phone service, etc). I'm in Tellico Plains, TN. The Transit Men & Boy's Adventure Trip begins at 2pm. They are bringing 23 guys including former GTD Retreat Director Kevin Starner. I can't wait to do this event with him! Today we will be setting up camp, getting oriented to our surroundings, & possibly swim at some local waterfalls. The weather is perfect! We are praying for this week to be spiritually impacting on all who attend. Keep checking back here for pics & updates. To God be the glory!! =)
Friday, June 22, 2012
If you liked the first flat tire post then you're going to love the sequel. 45 minutes after I lost the tread on the left rear trailer tire the spare tire also lost its tread. I pulled off on the next exit & a local guy told me that there is a tire repair shop a mile away. When I got there I found a "Closed" sign and a note that said the shop won't be back open until Monday. The next closest tire repair shop is 10 miles away. That means I will need to disconnect the trailer, take off the bad tire, load both bad tires in the truck, and drive to the tire shop. LOL, half the adventure is getting to the adventure!! Our record is 3 flat tires within 24 hours. We did it in Costa Rica in 2005 and in Key West in the early 2000's. Will this be a record breaking trip??? Stay tuned =)
About 350 miles into my 600 mile journey to TN the tread tore away from one of my trailer tires. If you've followed our ministry through the years you know this is a very common occurance. Sometimes I think God really called me to the tire changing ministry - LOL! With 16 years of experience it only took a few minutes to swap out tires and get back on the road. Trekking towards Atlanta now =)
Get your motor running,
Head out on the highway,
Looking for adventure,
In whatever comes our way,
Born to be wild...
Pulling an all-nighter...
Left Largo at 4am. Almost to GA!!
200 miles down; 400 more to go.
First Adventure Trip of 2012 starts tomorrow!! Hooking up with Kevin Starner & his youth group... can't wait!! =)
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Our new backpacking trekking poles have arrived!! We purchased 6 new pairs. We got a great deal on these Mountain Smith poles and we're excited to offer them for the use of our participants while hiking into the Grand Canyon in Sept!! Trekking poles take 15-25% of the pounding off of your knees & lower body. We are looking forward to going back to the Grand Canyon!!!
36 hrs ago I returned from an incredible month of mission trips in Costa Rica. In 16 hrs I will be driving all of our adventure equipment up to TN to kick of our summer Adventure Program. My parents & sister are helping me pack for the drive (including a ton of groceries from Sam's Club!).
Someone asked me if I'm happy to be back home. My honest answer is that I'm happy wherever I am... as long as I'm following on the heels of Christ =). Thank You Jesus for all you've done & all you're about to do!! Can't wait to be wherever I'm currently at!!