“So the wall was completed... in fifty-two days... with the help of our God.” - Nehemiah 6:15-16
USING RUBBLE FROM THE PAST TO BUILD THE FUTURE
In the book of Nehemiah it is revealed that the walls of Jerusalem had been broken down. The walls that were designed to fortify the city had been weakened by enemy attacks & deterioration, and no longer provided protection. Nehemiah prayed. God granted him favor and the king sent him off to repair the wall. Nehemiah traveled to Jerusalem and quietly examined the wall for damage. Then he met with the residents & leaders to share his vision of rebuilding the wall. The people responded, “Let us arise and build.” And they did just that. Families & individuals adopted different sections of the wall and repaired it piece by piece. They used the rubble from the old wall to rebuild the new wall. With a sword in one hand for protection and a trowel in the other hand for production they labored day & night. Overcoming great opposition they worked together in the power of God and rebuilt the wall in only 52 days.
PREPARING GTD FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS
It’s hard to believe, but in less than 14 months GTD will turn 20 years old. That’s an incredible accomplishment! We aren't supported by a church. We are a stand alone ministry. It hasn't been easy. We haven’t had an abundance of resources. This ministry has operated for nearly 20 years through deep personal sacrifices. But it can’t be sustained for another 20 years by self sacrifice. It has to go on to the greater things of God. It’s time to make a profound transformation. Like Nehemiah, it’s time to examine The Walls of GTD for holes, gaps, and instability. It’s time to rally the residents to a great endeavor. It’s time to prepare for the next 20 years. On Nov 18th we are kicking off a 14 month campaign to “Rebuild The Walls of GTD”. We have also set aside 52 days (Jan 5 - Feb 25, 2015) to address the breaches in the walls such as low volunteerism, outdated gear, low funding, aging trip ideas, old trailers, archaic brochures, archiving, old carpet, and hundreds of other things. We will need families and individuals to adopt & rebuild sections of GTD during this time.
Make plans to join us this Tuesday night at our Annual Banquet to learn more and to get involved. Click here for details