Friday, April 3, 2015

DAY 89 (52 Days)

WHICH WAY DID THE THERMOMETER MOVE??? ......IT WENT UP!!! We trekking closer to our $250,000 funding goal. We have seen the needle go up (& down) over the past month, praise God it settled on a 5% increase as of the end of March. That brings our current total projections to 60% of our total goal! Thank you Jesus!!

$150,045 projected ....only $99,955 more to go!!!!

DEBT ELIMINATION: It is only fitting that we release our funding update on Good Friday since today marks the day Jesus took the sin debt of the entire world upon His body and paid it all in full. In regards to GTD's debt, hitting the 60% level marks the moment at which every additional dollar raised goes directly to paying off the remainder of GTD's debt that was left over from The Great Recession. This is a huge development as we look forward to ridding this ministry and our lives of this anchor that holds us back.

As you know, 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 4½ 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

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!