Monday, September 29, 2014
It's almost 1am in Scottsdale, AZ (4am in FL). We've had a full day of travel & preparations as we eagerly await the first group of Grand Canyon adventurers. We've been working on this event for 1 year and now it's just 9 hrs away. Can't wait to see what God does over the next 6 days! Goodnight (& safe travels Group 1) =)
Sunday, September 28, 2014
It's been an exhausting final push as we depart for AZ. I had to pull another all-nighter last night and have only had a few hours of sleep over the past 4 days. Absolutely exhausted. Thankfully we were able to get all of our gear packed & ready to go. We are in Houston now awaiting our flight to Phoenix. I want to especially thank Jessica Marie for all of her tireless volunteer work this week that enabled us to get everything done! She is a great Godly girl with an enormous servant's heart. The Grand Canyon groups start arriving tomorrow morning... can't wait to kick this God-awesome event off! Thank you to our supporters & prayer warriors for lifting up this ministry =)
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
We want to thank one of our great volunteers, Jessica, for spending the day organizing & packing The Brick. She's not going on the trip with us, but she has already made a difference on this event!
Monday, September 22, 2014
Ran out of time to post about this last week, but we had a blast on our annual SAC canoeing trek last week with the young adults from Smileys Coffee House (First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks). This group is so much fun!! Click here to see all the pics on the GTD Facebook Page!
Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Look who's going to the Grand Canyon! Pastor Willy!! I think he should peach a message with this backpack on. =) /// Tonight we met with & distributed gear to many of the 45 amazing people joining us on our 2 upcoming Grand Canyon Trips. I can't wait to share in an adventure with this fUntastic group =)
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Just put in a week of 18 hr work days trying to get caught up from being gone for the summer & all the time spent battling fleas. Start work at 7a and go, go, go till 2am with about an hour of breaks for meals when I get a chance to eat. Making progress, but still have a long way to go. We leave in 12 days for our Grand Canyon Trips and will be gone for 3 weeks. - DUG <><
Thursday, September 11, 2014
It's going to be 2 of the BEST TRIPS EVER!!
The 2nd trip is almost sold out, but we have 2 individual spots remaining. Our 1st trip has more spots available.
Click here for details & to register for this God-awesome event that includes apologetic teaching by Dr Aaron Walp.
Life changing event!!!
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
JURY DUTY!! It's actually on my bucket list of things to do in this lifetime, but unfortunately it could not have come at a worse time. Interestingly enought, it's amazing how many daily "interuptions" we have experienced since we've returned back from our summer of ministry. I've never had so many things pop-up day after day after day that absorb any extra moments we would have had to share our stories of how God worked. It has also kept us from meeting with pastors & group leaders to invite them & their crew on a life changing event next year. I'm pretty sure that the enemy is trying to block our message. It's not going to work. -DUG <><
Part of running any organization is complying with the laws of the land. As a non-profit we have to complete several annual reports in order to retain our organizational status. One of those annual reports is called The Solicitation of Contributions Annual Renewal and it is due every Sept 15th. It allows GTD to legally solicit for & receive donations in the state of Florida, and it allows the donor to receive a tax deduction for those donations. We just completed that report, paid our registration fee, and submitted it for approval. We typically receive an approval within 2 weeks. Check that off the list =)
SAC is BACK! SAC means Sunday After Church and this Sunday is our annual canoeing trip with the young adult ministry of FBC of Indian Rocks. If you're a young adult (18-25) in search of a great church then check out Smiley's / FBCIR on Sunday and then go canoeing with us!! You'll love it!
Friday, September 5, 2014
One of several things I love about my job is that I get to meet a high concentration of high caliber people. They're not celebrities. They're just ordinary people living extraordinary lives. Over the past 24 hours I've talked to so many cream-of-the-crop "ordinary" people... many of which are sold-out followers of Christ. It's been such an encouraging 2 days =)
- DUG <><
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
I enjoyed breakfast at Lenny's restaurant this morning with Justin Facenda. Justin is an awesome guy & the HS youth pastor for "Elevate" of Calvary Baptist in Clearwater. GTD is excited & honored to be teaming up with Elevate for some God-awesome adventures! Can't wait!! =)
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
On Aug 24th Doug & Laurie accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with rain water collected the day before. They also took a couple of minutes to highlight the need for clean drinking water in developing countries as well as the work done by a ministry called Water 4 Life (www.water4lifeministry.org). Don't forget to donate to ALS (www.alsa.org) & Water 4 Life!
Monday, September 1, 2014
Today is a NEW day of a NEW week of a NEW month of a NEW part of the year!
There is no better time to make NEW goals, NEW resolutions, NEW changes, NEW course corrections, and reNEWed commitments than on the first day of a NEW season of your life. It's a perfect time to take a few minutes to seek God... to talk to God... and let Him breathe NEW breath into your life. There's no better place to be than being right where God made you to be. And there's no way to get there on your own. It only happens as you take time to talk to God. Then He will direct your steps to NEW & reNEWed things =)