Wednesday, January 16, 2019

10 DAYS TILL SWAMP THING!


GTD's annual weekend backpacking trip to The Everglades is almost here!

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Event: Swamp Thing Backpacking Trip
Date: Jan 26-27, 2019 (Sat-Sun)
Location: Florida Everglades
Total Distance: Approximately 8 miles round-trip
Cost: Only $23 (in celebration of GTD's 23rd year of ministry) plus food

"For God has not given us a spirit of cowardice, but of power and love and self-discipline." - 2 Timothy 1:7

Going The Distance Adventure Ministry (Est 1996)
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DRUM ROLL PLEASE... NEW FUNDRAISING RECORD!! ...NEARLY 82K RAISED BY MIDNIGHT DEC 31st!!!! ...ONLY 18K LEFT TO GO BY JAN 31st =)

This is a record breaking fundraising season for GTD and we can't thank our generous sponsors, donors, and monthly pledge makers enough! As of midnight Dec 31st GTD had raised nearly $82k surpassing last year's record setting mark of 80k. And we still have 2 weeks left to hit our goal of 100k by Jan 31st.

The first 75k raised goes towards running our programs and funding continued growth & development. Everything above 75k goes to repairing & replacing deteriorating equipment and acquiring newer equipment for sorely needed new GTD adventures (such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboards, island camping gear, fishing gear, & other water-based adventure equipment).

We want to express our deepest love and gratitude to everyone who has participated in our current fundraising season. Ministry is a team sport and fundraising is the main adventure of any non-profit. God bless each and everyone of you for your investment into this ministry and the fruit God will birth through it in 2019 & beyond!!

STRiVE to THRiVE!

Going The Distance Adventure Ministry, Inc (Est 1996)


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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Hello 2019!

After a great few weeks of "Off Season" & holidays, yesterday we kicked off our 23rd year of ministry with our number one volunteer - my Mom (aka BIRDDOG). Looking forward to all that God has in store for 2019 =)

Monday, January 7, 2019

SOUL FOOD!

https://youtu.be/xPpEOUVpxrM

Here's a powerful praise & worship song that has a feel of being in a biker bar that's converted into a biker church.

No matter who you are or where you are, you have a soul... and that soul needs to be nourished... everyday.

Take a few minutes each day to talk to God about whatever is on your heart & mind, to read a few sentences from His love letter to you (the Bible... start in the book of John if you're looking for a good starting point), and listen to or hum to or sing some great worship songs like this one. These are 3 great & easy & quick ways to feed your soul... which can change your day... which can change your direction... which can change your life =)

"For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul?" - Matthew 16:26

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! (& A BELATED MERRY CHRISTMAS)

One of the most beautiful things God ever created was new beginnings... every day, every week, every month, every season, every year, every person, and every opportunity has the distinct blessing of giving birth to new potential, adding on to wise decisions, and forsaking self inflicting poor choices. The power of new beginnings is transformational. No matter how good or bad our choices have been we can't change our history, but God continually empowers and encourages us to change our future to something that immensely satisfies our soul and glorifies His name. How is that accomplished? By making the best possible decision in the moment that you're living in. By embracing each new beginning and navigating it in such a way that it sets up your tomorrows with fullness of joy & the absence of regret. To engage your soul in a love affair with your Creator. To allow Him to impart to you the knowledge & wisdom & conscience & Spirit & discipline & warrior's fight to turn each new beginning into your best possible decision. To resist the urges, emotions, desires, and faulty thinking that lures you to make habitual choices that turns you into your own worst enemy. New years are the beautiful creation of God to evaluate the past and glean from it everything you can to launch you to an even better year ahead. Great lives are made up of great years that are made up of great days that are made up of great choices that are made up of 3 things: wisdom, the discipline to implement that wisdom, and the fight to resist the temptation to ignore that wisdom. Great choice after great choice produces an unstoppable momentum that makes every day your best day and sets your tomorrows up to be even better than your best todays. Of course you'll have days where you miss the mark full of wasted potential, missed opportunity, regretful choices. But that's the beauty of a new beginning the next day. You keep that bad day from becoming 2 bad days in a row. You fight to maintain the momentum that you've already established. You apologize to God and anyone you've offended. You take full responsibility for your choices. You recommit to following God's lead and you go back to building a thriving life one awesome choice at a time. There's no other way to build (or destroy) a life... it only happens one choice at a time. That's the beauty of new beginnings - you can make new choices (or keep making great choices) that gives birth to great fruit in your life. And that fruit nourishes your soul while glorifying the Gardener (John 15).

Happy New Year friends!! Let's make it our best year ever... and then do it again the following year... and then the year after that... be a repeat champion, and then a three-peat champion, and then a quad-peat champion as you journey on your way to building a dynasty and then a legacy... and it all started with one good choice =)

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." - 2 Corinthians 5:17

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