Monday, November 7, 2016



This is one of my top 100 favorite memories from a GTD trip! Kayaking on water just wasn't fun enough so we strapped 2 aging kayaks behind my Jeep Cherokee and took some ambitious "pioneers" on a kayaking "ride" that none of us will ever forget. We must have done 50 laps around the dirt road loop at camp. It was the most fun we've ever had with kayaks! In fact, the only injuries sustained that day were the cramps in our sides from laughing so hard. We had so much fun! I think this is also the trip that our fun-loving and eager college-age participants popularized the phrase, "It's alright, I signed the waiver."

SIGNIFICANCE: This trip was the first weekend retreat that GTD ever provided (it's now our annual retreat that we call "IGNITE"). We put together an exciting, crazy-fun, Christ-centered camping retreat for the young adult ministry of First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks. We spent 2 days and 2 nights in the heart of Ocala National Forest camping, seeking God, hiking, skeet shooting, swimming, having a HUGE bonfire, and kayaking (on water... and on land!). It was the perfect weekend for outrageous college students. The best part was that we didn't need to get drunk to escape or have fun... the sober Christian adventure already supplies the potential to maximize the fun without the residue of hangovers, headaches, heartbreaks, memory loss, embarrassment, and regrets =)

There is no substitute for great memories!

Love'n Life Because of Jesus Christ!