We just kicked off our 2nd retreat in 4 days. This time we are partnered with SOUL Adventures and 23 outstanding youths. We have smashed a lot of excitement and a lot of good meals into the next 3 days... "Beat Them & Feed Them" - that's the motto we regularly adopt ;)
Monday, March 30, 2015
Our next retreat starts in 6 hours!!!! Goodnight! And keep us in your prayers =)
Friday, March 27, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
Sunday, March 22, 2015
WEEKEND OFF! Usually a post about taking the weekend off isn't really note worthy, but for GTD it is. There is so much work to get done that it's very difficult to make yourself take some time off (or at least be comfortable while you're taking time off). Ministry work is like digging a hole at the beach - just when you start to make some progress a ton of sand slides back into the hole. A part of rebuilding the walls of GTD is to finally take hold of the elusive goal of balance. We are no where near patching that hole, but we are at least talking about it and taking a baby step in the right direction. This weekend was a beautiful time spent with family & friends while spending time at restaurants, a festival, a wedding, going to church, going to a hockey game, taking a nap, and watching some wilderness shows. It was hard for me not to get up and go work, but I resisted the constant urge. =)
Friday, March 20, 2015
We are striving after some significant changes. Hopefully you will notice many great improvements as we journey on through 2015. It's an exciting time to be a part of GTD!
Thursday, March 19, 2015
There is a lot of good stuff going on in GTD and we are thrilled about what God is doing and where He is directing.
It's an exciting time to be a part of GTD!
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
DAY OF REST for me. DAY OF STRIVING for Laurie. Part of rebuilding the walls of GTD is getting to a place of healthy balance between striving and resting. We are getting there and the ministry will only flourish more when we attain this balance.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
"Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." - Isaiah 40:30-31
Monday, March 16, 2015
Sunday, March 15, 2015
We had a FANTASTIC day today with the high school youth group from Calvary Baptist Church of Clearwater! It's hard not to have a good day when it's filled up with stuffed pancakes, daily devotions from John 15, wagon rides to the bathroom, caving 30 feet underground, total darkness, singing worship songs in total darkness, teachable moments, non-stop fellowship in a shuttle bus, make your own pizzadillas, praise & worship around the campfire, a day full of challenging message from Pastor Justin, smores, and late night showers. It's been an amazing day of great memories. Thank you Jesus for what you are doing in the lives of young people!!
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Our retreat with Calvary Baptist Church of Clearwater's High School Youth Group kicked off today!! We love this group of high energy enthusiastic students. The day was full of setting up tents, devouring hamburgers & hot dogs, adventure racing, swimming, camp games, hammock chill time, tree climbing, fellowship, singing praise & worship songs, laughter, campfire Bible study, playing in the rain, tacos, cart rides, roasting marshmallows, movie night, and more!! It has been a God-awesome day with some wonderful people... and it's only day one. Looking forward to another day full of adventure tomorrow. Thank you Jesus =)
Friday, March 13, 2015
CBCC RETREAT MARCH 14-16!! We are excited about our camping retreat with the high school youth group from Calvary Baptist Church of Clearwater. We spent today setting up camp. We have a great weekend planned including a day of caving, an adventure race, outdoor movie, campfires, smores, and some great time seeking God. It's going to be a God-awesome weekend! Follow our posts to see all the fun. Maybe your group will want to experience a GTD event! It's an exciting time to be a part of GTD!
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
WATCH OUT APPALACHIAN TRAIL (AT), HERE COMES GTD! We are planning out 2 section hikes on the AT for this year and talking about the real possibility of doing the entire 2180 miles of trail (thru hike) next year! It's an exciting time to be a part of GTD!
Monday, March 9, 2015
SUMMER IS ALMOST FILLED UP! One of our goals during our 52 Days campaign is improving our approach at filling up our annual event calendar. Well, God beat us to the punch! Before we even had a chance to implement enhanced efforts God moved the hearts of several pastors & group leaders to register for GTD events. We've had a very busy spring and our summer calendar is almost filled up. In fact, one of the good "problems" of why we didn't get even more done during the actual 52 days (and we did get A LOT done) is that we had so many groups signing up for GTD events this year. A lot of work goes into building God-awesome trips so a lot of time has gone into writing contracts, reserving activities & venues, planning out daily agendas, and creating Trip Organizers for each group. In fact, I'm working on 2 more contracts right now. Praise the Lord! It's panning out to be an amazing year! It's an exciting time to be a part of GTD!
Sunday, March 8, 2015
DAY OF REST! I was planning on doing some GTD work today after church, but I resisted. It's hard to cease from striving when you love your work, are seeing great progress, and see more that needs to be done. But sometimes the greatest act of faith is doing nothing.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015
We are constantly working hard to add new elements to our annual Grand Canyon Trip and one of this year's new additions will be our SPECTACULAR accommodations.
This spacious 5200 square foot home in Page, AZ is perfectly situated on the Rim of Manson Mesa overlooking spectacular views of Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam, Vermillion Cliffs and Canyon Lake Golf Course. Boasting three levels and four master suites this home has enough square footage to comfortably accommodate a small army of adventurers.
It's only minutes away from Antelope Slot Canyons, Lake Powell, and the amazing Horseshoe Bend!
Literally steps off the back yard and through our own gate is access to the Rim Trail, a hiking/walking/running/biking trail that circles the town of Page.
The large backyard has plenty of space for activities and includes: a grass lawn, a cement pad with basketball hoop system, a covered patio with lounge furniture, and a BBQ for outdoor grilling.
This will be one of our best locations ever!
This year's Grand Canyon Trip is scheduled for Oct 5-10, 2015. The website link with event details is in the works and will go live soon. Make plans today to join us on this once-in-a-lifetime God-awesome trip.
It's an exciting time to be a part of GTD!
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Reminder: THIS IS A VOLATILE THERMOMETER which means it can go up or down based on projections over the remainder of this year. Things that can make it go up are new Ministry Partners, fundraisers, unexpected donations, adding more private trips to the calendar, exceeding anticipated amounts of participants on events, renting out gear, and product line sells. Things that can make the thermometer go down are cancelled events and lack of follow-through of monthly pledges.
As stated before, we are humbled and thrilled by God's mighty hand of support, and we are elated by the generosity of our donors. This has already been an amazing 3½ months of rebuilding the walls of GTD. We are excited, but we are not relaxing. We are pressing on towards the goal that will put GTD in position to effectively minister to the next generation for the next 20 years.
The $250,000 amount represents the sum total needed to:
<> Cover all 2015 operating expenses
<> Pay off remaining debt from first 18 years
<> Repair & improve aging equipment
<> Acquire necessary new equipment & gear
<> Organize & archive 20 years of data, pictures, etc
<> Launch new events, ministries, and endeavors
<> Strengthen & fortify our current vibrant programs, events, & ministries
<> New marketing campaign (brochures, ads, proactively promote GTD)
<> Office renovations and administrative infrastructure improvements
<> Begin "famine" savings account for future recessions & troubled times
<> Hire on needed part-time assistants & co-laborers
<> AND MORE!
14 Month Timeline:
Nov 18, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015: Assess "The Walls"; Communicate the needs
Jan 5 - Feb 25, 2015: "52 Days" Objective ("All-Hands-On-Deck")
Feb 26 - Nov 16, 2015: Transformation of a ministry; Run regular events
Nov 17, 2015: Annual Banquet ("The Mother of All Banquets")
Nov 18, 2015 - Jan 18, 2016: Reintroduce "The New GTD"!!
This is an exciting time to be a part of GTD!
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
SCHEDULE: Sat = 10am - 8pm
LOCATION: The GTD Office above Fortes Auto & Boat Connection (11495 66th Street N, Pinellas Park, FL 33773) (2 story white building; 1/4 mile north of Bryan Dairy Rd)
MEALS: Lunch, snacks, and hydration will be provided
SIGN-UP: Click here to sign-up
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Monday, March 2, 2015
Our profound thanks to Harvest Church of Watagua, TX for their incredible and gracious hospitality! Thank you Pastor Craig Norton for opening your home to me. And thank you Laurie Rodriguez for opening your home to Laurie Finger. Thank you Roger Walls, Sandi Schiveley Davis, Aloha Orton Bishop, Dr Phil, Pator Reid, Pastor Joey, and Pastor Joe for all you did to make this trip phenomenal. In addition, thank you for all the delicious meals, wonderful fellowship, productive meetings, chauffeuring, and an endless list of things you did to take care of us and Pastor Danilo. We look forward to what lies ahead =)
Sunday, March 1, 2015
PASTOR DANILO SPEAKS AT HARVEST CHURCH! Pastor Danilo share his vision for church growth and outreach for the church in Costa Rica with the Harvest Church congregation. Good things are on the way... more info to come!