How much progress are we making at the GTD Headquarters?
We already have the Public Events planned, reserved, & websites updated for the first quarter of 2020!! Including our annual IGNITE Camping Retreat that just finished!
This may be unprecedented so we are savoring the feeling of being "ahead of the game" (in some areas haha) and giving our faithful participants plenty of time to plan ahead for some God-awesome adventures for 2020 =)
The website & registration page are updated so check them out when you're ready to plan out your own 2020 adventure calendar =)
Lots of fun people, nonstop activities, perfect weather, quality time in God's Word, yummy meals, new friendships, and so much more all helped make this past weekend's IGNITE Camping Retreat a great success!!
We had kids, teens, young adults, parents, and grandparents join us on this multigenerational event. It felt like an amazing family reunion =)
Our profound thanks to everyone who volunteered, donated, & participated!!
Click on this link to see some of the pictures from IGNITE: https://goingthedistance.smugmug.com/2019/2019-Retreat-IGNITE-Public
And we've already scheduled next year's IGNITE for March 13-15, 2020.... so start planning to join us on this annual God-awesome event!
If you've followed our ministry for anytime at all then you know that flat tires is our nemesis! We (and those who work for, volunteer for, and participate with GTD) get flat tires while on our events all the time. It happens so often that I often wonder if God's actual call on my life is to the tire changing industry. In fact, I jokingly refer to our routine flat tires as "The Curse of GTD". It hits us and everyone who joins us. We have not gone a year without a flat tire for... for... for... possibly forever. Last year we made it to the last event of the year before we had our first flat... a blowout on the expressway... we almost made it the full year! (But several of our volunteers had flats last summer.) So, with that somewhat recent flat in mind & the tell tale signs of much wear & tear on our current tires we are switching from a reactionary approach of tire changing (from on the side of the interstate) to a proactive approach to tire changing (before the flat tire ever happens). Last week we purchased 4 new trailer tires to kick off the 2019 retreat season. It's one more small/big wise "change" we are making as we strive for excellence in ministry & life. One of our goals for 2019 is: NO FLAT TIRES! Hopefully this becomes one of the wise adjustments that minimizes "The Curse of GTD"... but, then again, I've always liked the Nascar tire changing challenges along the journey... and it has supplied us with endless stories, memories, and highway team building & bonding... maybe I should put the old tires back on.... maybe.... maybe?!?! Hahaha!
Hopefully this post didn't leave you deflated and feeling flat ;)
GREAT NEWS... THESE 2 EVENTS ARE ALREADY ON THE 2020 GTD CALENDAR!
.........AND THEIR WEBSITE LINKS ARE UP!
Progress is the name of the game over here at GTD Headquarters! One of our goals is to give our participants plenty of time to plan ahead for some of our God-awesome adventures. We are pleased to tell you that SWAMP THING 2020 & PADDLE PROWL 2020 are already on next year's calendar, AND their websites and registration pages have already been updated online =)
Start planning ahead for a year full of adventure!
Great weather! Fun activities! Hilarious moments! Delicious food! Spiritual growth!
It's always an honor & blessing to host the annual Men's Advance Event for Calvary Church of Clearwater.
The theme this weekend was: FORGIVEN - CALLED - RESTORED. It revolved around Mark 2.
We love this church and these men who are striving to put God first in their lives.
Real men don't "retreat"; they advance!
Special thanks to Pastor Ron Cooney for choosing GTD as Calvary's Christian adventure outfitter! And a gigantic thank you to "Doug The Bug" Lardner for all his heart & hard work while volunteering this weekend!!
Check out all the pics from this event on our online photo album here: https://goingthedistance.smugmug.com/2019/2019-Retreat-Calvary-Church-Mens-Advance/
Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
Love'n Life Because of Jesus Christ!