Friday, May 30, 2014


Reserve your spot now before the Grand Canyon Trip rate increases on June 1st!!

Attention Calvary Baptist Church of Clearwater, these are your last 2 days to get the GROUP Discount of $649/person!!

Attention ALL others, these are your last 2 days to get the Grand Canyon Trip for $699. On June 1st the rate increases to $749/person!!

There is still one way to get this trip for $599/person!! Be (or become) a current GTD Ministry Partner (by making a one-time $100 donation OR signing up to be a monthly donor of $10 or more per month for 12 months)

Get the trip details here. Get Ministry Partner details here.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

New Links Added To This Site!

We are working hard at GTD Central Command on several enhancements, including this blogsite. Over the past month we have added and updated several new links. We hope they help you navigate everything GTD. We also hope you will take a moment to get familiar with them:

It's Back and It's FREE!! ...GRUNGE-2

GTD is thrilled to offer our first ever FREE caving Day Trip!! We usually have to charge $20-25 per person, but we are able to offer this trip for $FREE (and it includes lunch!!). But we only have 20 spots available! Check out our Grunge-2 link and register asap to lock in your spot... before they're all gone!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Introducing GTD's New Shopping Mall!!

We are excited to announce that GTD is now offering an online Shopping Mall that allows you to make your regular online purchases for everyday items, as well as travel, from hundreds of stores you already buy from like Walmart, Best Buy, Home Depot, Target, Staples, Bass Pro Shops, Apple Stores, Priceline, Expedia, Hotwire, and the list goes on and on. Every purchase you make earns you cash back and earns us a donation. It's a WIN-WIN for you and GTD! You save money, we make money!! It's a great way to support our non-profit cause.

Here's how it works: Click on the GTD Shopping Mall link (make sure you see the GTD logo at the top left), register for FREE (create a username and email), and start shopping. It's that easy! If you want to receive larger cash back amounts then simply upgrade to an annual VIP membership for only $99/year (GTD receives $30 for each VIP membership purchased and you'll receive that $99 back in savings after only a few purchases.).

It's not a gimmick or scam. The company simply shares its profits with consumers (you) and those who promote the online Shopping Mall (us). (In fact, I became a VIP member and now make all of my personal online purchases through the GTD Shopping Mall. I get cash back on items I was already going to purchase online, and GTD gets a donation. It's a win-win for all. - Doug). I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Happy shopping =)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

BAC-2-BAC SAC with Smiley's!!

We can't wait for our annual Lake Day this Sunday afternoon (full of wakeboarding, inner tubing, swimming, games, food & more) followed by caving the next Sunday with the young adults of First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks!! It's our SAC (Sunday After Church) events with Smiley's.

If you live in the Tampa Bay area and are in your late teens and early twenties and looking for a vibrant church & young adult ministry to get involved with then check out Smiley's.

Friday, May 23, 2014

DUG Teaches 2nd Graders About Camping

Today, I had the honor of speaking to the 2nd graders of Cross Bayou Elementary School about the joys of camping. These kids were GREAT! They listened attentively, showed sincere interest, took great notes, and asked excellent questions. It was just another reminder of why our ministry loves kids, invests in kids, and helps introduce them to God's amazing playground - the great outdoors.

On a side note, one of our all-time best volunteers, Janessa Jannarone, teaches at Cross Bayou. Her daughter, Garcie, is in 2nd grade. Janessa and her husband, JC, met on a GTD event over 10 years ago. It was wonderful to see Janessa & Gracie and be a part of their camping and outdoor recreation school lessons.

The entire class lasted about 1 hour. I started with an introduction of myself & GTD and then explained the programs that we run. I showed them a 4 minute GTD highlight video of many of the adventures that await them in the wilderness. The kids loved it. After the video I began to teach them about the difference between base camping (usually done with gear that can be brought in by vehicle) and backpacking (which is done only with the gear that can be carried in your pack). They learned about checklists and the many items that go into a successful camping trip. I showed them tons of gear and explained "The 10 Essentials" items that you should always have with you while camping. These kids were phenomenal. Several had already experienced camping before with their family. They were eager to share their stories and ask smart questions.

After the class was over some of the kids showed me their notes and helped me pack up my gear and take it outside where their teachers had prepared another area for them to learn about camping. Tents had already been set up and the students continued to learn more about getting outside and enjoying nature. It was a terrific time =)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Thanks Mom!

Thanks Mom! I loved having my mom "Bird Dog Ann Garner" over yesterday as our Volunteer of the Day at the GTD office. We are tackling some major office clean-up projects and she was a great help =)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Congratulations Jake & Amanda Loeffler!!!

One of the great honors of being involved with a non-profit organization is meeting so many generous people. In 18 years of ministry we have had $1.5 million dollars in revenues (Don't get too excited, that's an avg of only $83,000 per year to run a full time year-round organization. Although that may sound like a lot, it hardly covers the expenses for all of the events & office overhead... then barely enough for very humble salaries for 2 full-time employees). BUT, did you know that of that $1.5 million, $500,000 (half of a million dollars!!) has come through thoughtful, caring, and generous donors. We are humbled & blown away by such generosity.

Each year we honor certain people whose contribution to GTD has made such a vital impact that we couldn't operate without them. Our most recent recipients are Jake & Amanda Loeffler. Over the past 10 years the Loeffler's total donations have exceeded $10,000 to GTD!! They have done that through regular consistent monthly donations. I can't tell you the magnitude of the impact they have had on this ministry through their generosity. In simple terms, we couldn't have done it without them.

Before moving away, Amanda was one of our most enthusiastic & hardest working volunteers. She came on nearly every GTD event and helped us in several organizational aspects. Her passion and relentless help are still missed today. Since getting married to Jake (who is one of our heroes in the military who helps protect our country) they have started a family and moved from state to state, but they have never forgotten GTD. Every month they donate to support our cause. Our mission is their mission. We are touched by their faithful support! It's with full hearts of appreciation that we recognize Jake & Amanda for their contribution to GTD by presenting them with our highest award, the JAG Award. Thank you Jake & Amanda for giving to God that which costs you much! We love you. We appreciate you. God bless you my friends =)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Kind Words From My Former Young Adult Pastor

Thank you to my former young adult pastor from First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, Tom Elkins, for his encouraging post on the GTD Facebook Page.

Tom wrote, "Congratulations! 18 years of High Impact advancing the Kingdom of God. Awesome testimony of committed love & faithfulness to Jesus Christ. Many have read RADICAL but Doug Garner lives a RADICAL FAITH!"

Tom and his wife Linda had a great impact in my life as you can tell by my response back to him: "Tom, thank you so much for your kind & encouraging words!! I can't tell you how often I think of you and the fond memories that I talk about frequently from your years as my college pastor & dear friend. Many of the messages that you preached and taught (as well as messages from Larry Mastromoro) continue to impact my life 25 years later. In fact, I rank the spiritual gifts test that you gave all the students as one of the top 5 most impacting & life altering moments of my life. It literally changed the course of my life once I understood what my spiritual gift(s) were/are. In fact, I share that story around the campfire probably 25 times per year as we teach & emphasize the importance of knowing your gifts, talents, abilities and inabilities. Thank you for the opportunity to serve under you in ministry and all the opportunities that you gave me and others to serve and grow and lead... thank you for your heart for Jesus and letting Him use you. God used you & Linda to have a huge impact on my life. Thank you so much! God bless you! Much Love - DUG <><"

I'm thankful for the family of God and how He uses it to impact our lives on into eternity =)

GTD + CBCC + Grand Canyon = Can't Wait For This Trip!!!

We are excited & honored to have Calvary Baptist Church of Clearwater promote GTD's Grand Canyon Trip to their entire church!!

It's going to be an amazing event with CBCC & Dr Aaron Walp!!

What's your ALL TIME favorite GTD event???


In 18 years of ministry GTD has hosted over 400 adventures with more than 8000 participants... that's a lot of God-awesome events!

What's your ALL TIME favorite GTD event???

Scroll down the left side menu and vote!

PS: My favorite event is SLAMMED =)

- DUG <><

Almost 1000 "Likes" on Facebook!!

We almost have 1000 Likes on GTD's Facebook Page!! Help us hit quadruple digits!!

Just visit our Page and click "Like" next to our cover photo at the top. Thank you =)

Monday, May 5, 2014


I'm in a MONOMANIACAL mode, and I'm loving every second of it! Running a ministry or any organization - big or small - takes a lot of focus, determination, and discipline. It can be a daunting task to try to stay on top of all of the demands. Then consider that GTD is a small mobile ministry which means our 2 person staff is away from the office for several months out of the year and you begin to understand how it's easy to fall behind on emails, phone calls, social media posts, website updates, photo uploads, data entries, promotions, meetings, gear repacking, advertisements, additions of new events, and the list goes on and on and on. That's not a complaint; it's a challenge that I wholeheartedly embrace. In fact, I embraced that challenge 23 years ago when God placed the creation of this ministry in my heart. I ran with it and I've never looked back. Well, maybe I've glanced back a couple of times. But the fact that I have 2 months of nearly uninterrupted time to focus on office work that I've been chipping away at for several years has me more than a little giddy. In fact, I'm so singularly focused on office work right now that I can only be described as, monomaniacal. The dictionary defines monomaniacal as an obsessive zeal for a single subject. That describes my love for Jesus, and it defines my focus on the work at hand. I spent all of last week getting up at 5am and working until 9pm each night. That's a 16 hour work day. If you know me then you already know that's not very unusual for me and the time that I put into GTD. I've been doing that for years. But it's rare that I get a window of opportunity to do it uninterrupted with no major GTD event to pull me out of town for 2 months. I'm so stoked about it. And I'm getting so much work done already. I look forward to sharing with you the progress that happens over the next 2 months, but somehow I think you will be able to tell just by the improvements, developments, and enhancements that take place in GTD. Thank you for your support of me and this ministry... and thank you in advance for the prayer support that will carry me, Laurie, and this ministry into a whole new era of excellence! God bless... and stay tuned!   - DUG <><

Friday, May 2, 2014

Thank You Jessica

Thank you Jessica for stopping by the GTD office yesterday to volunteer your time. Your help means a lot!
We wish you safe travels and lots of fun on your adventure through China this summer!  We love you and can't wait to hear your stories!