Monday, November 18, 2019

BECOME A GTD MONTHLY PARTNER FOR THE NEXT 12 MONTHS!!

ONE GREAT WAY TO HELP LAUNCH GTD INTO OUR 24TH YEAR OF MINISTRY IS BY...
...BECOMING A MONTHLY PARTNER FOR THE NEXT 12 MONTHS!!


ADOPT GTD FOR 1 YEAR!  CARRY THE TORCH... PASS THE BATON!

At least 20% of our annual income comes from the donations of generous people like you. Through the years people have adopted GTD in 1 year time frames. Like a relay race they carry GTD like a baton and strive to put the ministry in a position to beat the previous year's record setting performance... and almost every year they do just that! Their 1 year "race" (financially supporting GTD for 1 year) is what we call being a Ministry Partner. One great way to support GTD is through a monthly faith commitment referred to as a 12 Month Tour-of-Duty.

WHAT IS A 12 MONTH TOUR-OF-DUTY?

A 12 Month Tour-of-Duty is when a Ministry Partner prayerfully and faithfully pledges to financially support GTD monthly for a period of 12 months. These pledges enable an effective ministry to impact the lives of youths, young adults and people of all ages for the glory of God.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SIGN-UP TO BE A GTD MONTHLY PARTNER (or for more details) - CLICK HERE!

Thank you so much for investing in GTD and supporting our mission! God bless you!!!

Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome adventures since 1996!


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GOING THE (((RECORD BREAKING))) EXTRA MILE! ... G.A.P. SPONSORS OUR 22nd TABLE!!!


GAP  - BRONZE TABLE SPONSOR!

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WOW, our cup overflows from yet another generous table sponsor! THANK YOU SO MUCH to our next table sponsor who made an anonymous donation in the name of {G.A.P.} of First Baptist Church Of Indian Rocks for GTD’s Annual Fundraiser Banquet!

This anonymous donor has been a wonderful supporter of GTD for years!  They have also become a staple on some of our regular events, fundraised on their own to support GTD, and have shown up to  volunteer!  We are so grateful for their heart to be a part of all that GTD is doing.  We appreciate and love you, thank you so much!

Graduates and Professionals - G.A.P. is aiming to reach young adults between 23-29 yrs old. They have Sunday morning life groups from 9:15-10:30 AM in the balcony of the Fellowship Center and Tuesday nights 7:00-8:30 PM at Smileys Coffeehouse for Bible study, discussion and games.

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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event please CLICK HERE!


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Saturday, November 16, 2019

GOING ABOVE & BEYOND!! ...OUR 21st TABLE SPONSOR IS ...THE JANNARONE FAMILY!!!!


JANNARONE FAMILY - Silver Table Sponsor

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We are incredibly blessed ABOVE & BEYOND! Let’s give a BIG thank you to JC & Janessa Jannaorone who tipped us over the edge into the 21st Table Sponsorship for the GTD Annual Fundraiser Banquet! This amazing couple originally met on a GTD cross Florida bike ride and have been GTD Ministry Partners for 15 years! Yes folks, we really do call it GTD Harmony!

Janessa herself was once GTD’s banquet coordinator, and now as a Teacher, she consistently shares GTD with her students and school. She is the perfect example of how to share this ministry with those you know. Janessa has been a huge blessing to us in this way. By her actively sharing events have been booked including our very first, month-long Immersion/Mission Trip to Costa Rica.

Thank you JC and Janessa for your continued love and support of GTD. Your friendship and partnership in ministry are priceless. Thank you so much! We love you!

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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event please CLICK HERE!


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AND OUR 20th TABLE SPONSOR IS... CALVARY CHAPEL FELLOWSHIP - ZEAL STUDENT MINISTRY!!!


ZEAL - Calvary Chapel Fellowship - Bronze Table Sponsor

Please help me give a HUGE thank you to ZEAL of Calvary Chapel Fellowship of St. Pete for being our 20th Table Sponsor!!! ZEAL is the Student Ministry Pastored by Jairus Hodges who attended many GTD Adventure Camps himself as a student growing up!! Since the founding of ZEAL in 2017 they have participated in back to back Adventure Trips each summer with the middle and high school students of CCF.

About ZEAL:

We are the student ministries of Calvary Chapel Fellowship Church in St. Petersburg, FL. Our goal is to help youth understand who Jesus is, and what being a Christian is really all about. The Bible says we are to be disciples of Jesus Christ through studying the Bible, prayer, Christian friendship, and involvement in the Church. We do this at our weekly ZEAL meetings through teaching from the Bible, musical worship, fun activities, praying together, and talking amongst small groups about life. Our goal is to keep it real about Jesus and life as a Christian, knowing that as we do so, we will always keep it ZEAL.

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To learn more about ZEAL go to there website by clicking here!

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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event please CLICK HERE!


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YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS! ...BLINDNESS HAS NOT STOPPED HIM!


YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS!
...BLINDNESS HAS NOT STOPPED HIM!
....WATER SKIING, PADDLING THRU THE PANAMA CANAL...
.....DEVELOPING SOFTWARE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD...
......AND ONE OF GTD'S TOP SUPPORTERS OF ALL TIME!!!
.......TED & MEL HENTER TO RECEIVE GTD'S LEGACY AWARD THIS TUESDAY NIGHT!

I could talk for hours about Ted & Mel Henter! They are amazing! God has significantly used them to help build this ministry! Ted used to race motorcycles professionally. Then he went blind in a car accident. And he never looked back. God used Ted & Mel Henter to impact the world from a car accident that changed their lives forever. Their support for GTD over the past 17 years is almost indescribable and it qualifies them for our rarest award... GTD's "Hall of Fame Award"... A 2 lbs chunk of crystal we call the GTD LEGACY Award. Ted & Mel will share their story on Tuesday night. It's all about overcoming the obstacles and going the distance. It will inspire you. It will impact your life!

GTD LEGACY AWARD: - Saw The Need - Took The Initiative - Never Stopped - Impacted Eternity -

Join us for our Annual Banquet THIS TUESDAY NIGHT, Nov 19th, at the Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo, Florida, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm for a wonderful night of inspiration!!

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Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome adventures since 1996!


PS: If you can't make it to the banquet you can read about Ted & Mel's inspiring story here


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Friday, November 15, 2019

PACK THE HOUSE! ...20 FREE BANQUET TICKETS!!!


It's an annual tradition! Some of our amazingly generous Table Sponsors live out of state or are unable to attend our Annual Banquet this Tuesday night. So they've asked us to offer up their tickets for FREE to anyone who would like to join us for this special event =).

Currently we have 150 people attending!! That's a great response! We have room for 200.... soooooo let's PACK THE HOUSE!

All you have to do is RSVP on the link below and show up Tuesday night. It's a semi-formal event so come looking sharp ;). (But please don't RSVP and then not come because you'll prevent someone else from coming that night.)

CATERED BY CARRABBA'S!! ...CHICKEN MARSALA!!! NEED I SAY MORE =)

Join us for our Annual Banquet THIS TUESDAY NIGHT, Nov 19th, at the Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo, Florida, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm for a savory night of celebration!!

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Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome adventures since 1996!


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TO CROSS THE GOAL LINE WE NEEDED 1 MORE TABLE SPONSOR! ......GOD BLESSED US WITH 2!!!


WOW! Just a quick update... We have now officially EXCEEDED our goal of 20 Table Sponsors!!!! Two incredible sponsors took us over the goal line! And then kicked the extra point!

We will have the 2 new Table Sponsorship recognition posts uploaded later today.

God is doing a great thing! Thank you to all of our phenomenal supporters!!! God is using you!

Join us at our Annual Banquet on this Tuesday night Nov 19th to celebrate all that God is doing in & through GTD!!

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Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome adventures since 1996!


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Thursday, November 14, 2019

MORE BIG NEWS!!! ... WE HAVE A $1000 DONOR MATCH CHALLENGE LEADING UP TO THE BANQUET!

Thank You Lord for blessing us with the greatest supporters on the planet! We have an amazing family that likes to stay anonymous who have offered up a $1000 Donor Match Challenge!!

That means that they will meet dollar-for-dollar every donation made up to $1000 starting today!

God is at work! We are so thankful =)

If you would like to have your donation doubled then now is the time!

Join us at our Annual Banquet on Tuesday night Nov 19th to see all of our new GTD items!!

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Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome adventures since 1996!


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IS YOUR GLASS HALF FULL??? .... OUR'S IS! ..... AND WE WANT TO SHARE IT WITH U!


Check out one of our new Donor Gifts! It's a beautiful glass mug with our GTD HEX logo on it.

Choose from 4 different logo colors - orange, magenta, blue, & purple!

It's just another small way we can say thank you for supporting this ministry, and for you to have a visual reminder to pray for the ministry you invest in.

Thank you for supporting GTD!

(We will be releasing the Donor Gift levels this week... The more you give, the more you receive!)

Join us at our Annual Banquet on Tuesday night Nov 19th to see all of our new GTD items!!

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(5 DAYS TILL THE BANQUET!!!)

Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome adventures since 1996!


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AND THEN THERE WAS ONE! ... WE ONLY NEED 1 MORE TABLE SPONSOR!!


AND THEN THERE WAS ONE!
... WE ONLY NEED 1 MORE TABLE SPONSOR!!
..... WHO WANTS TO PUT US OVER THE GOAL LINE?!?!

One of our key goals in our quest to raise $100,000 as we enter our 24th year of ministry is to have 20 tables sponsored for our Annual Banquet. We are at 19!! We only need 1 more!

Who wants to score our 20th touchdown!! Who wants to hit the walk-off homerun for GTD!

If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event CLICK HERE! 


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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

FATHERS & SONS SEEKING GOD TOGETHER!


I could list a hundred blessings & benefits of Christ-centered family camping trips, but none surpass this >>> spending quality time together seeking God in His amazing creation!

That is substance. And it can only take place when you're intentional, available, and away from distractions and the busyness of life =)

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"To seek God is the greatest of all adventures; to find God, is the greatest of all human achievements. To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances."
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Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome adventures since 1996!








UPDATE! (FUNDRAISING TRACKER) ... $36,172 PRE-RAISED SO FAR!!! ..... THANK YOU LORD!!!!!!


As we enter our last week before the banquet we are overjoyed by the response and support of THE BEST DONORS IN THE WORLD!! We are blessed & humbled by your outpouring of support!

God has blessed us with 36% of our $100,000 goal!!! Thank you so much for getting us off to a great start!

But we're not done yet! We aren't just going a third of the way... we are GOING THE DISTANCE! We are on a quest to raise $100,000 by the end of the year to launch GTD into our 24th (& then our 25th) year of ministry.

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Check out the screenshot of our Fundraising Tracker:
- 19 Tables Sponsored!! (Only 1 more to go to hit our goal!!!)
- 80 people have RSVP'd to attend the Banquet! Most people RSVP during the last week leading up to the event.
- $24,292 in one-time donations received! Our goal is $50,000 so we are almost halfway there!
- $11,880 in monthly pledges have been pledged over the next 12 months. That's nearly 24% of our $50k goal!
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You can follow our daily Fundraising Tracker updates here

To sponsor a table, make a donation, become a monthly partner, and/or learn more about our Annual Banquet click here

I echo these words by the Apostle Paul:
"...your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God."
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

FLABBERGASTED! ...19th TABLE SPONSORED!!


FLABBERGASTED!
...ANOTHER TABLE SPONSOR!!
.....THANK YOU SO MUCH DENNIS & LINDSAY!!!
(!!!!! THIS IS TABLE #19 !!!!!)

DENNIS & LINDSAY MCCORMICK - [GOLD TABLE SPONSOR]

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Wow, we are just amazed at the people rallying around the GTD Annual Banquet and we are THRILLED to announce our 19th Table Sponsor from our long time friends and Ministry Partners, Dennis & Lindsay McCormick! This will be their 9th banquet table sponsorship!!!!

Dennis began getting involved in GTD in 1997 which was the ministry’s 2nd year in existence, while Lindsay began getting involved around 2004! Both Dennis and Lindsay have been participants and volunteers on a variety of trips including a mission trip to Costa Rica! They met on what we like to call “GTD Harmony” [a GTD trip]! From there they started dating and then got married. It was an incredible honor for Doug to officiate their wedding!
Now with two littles at home, Lindsay and Dennis still find ways to be involved when time allows. This table sponsorship is one of those ways. We love you guys and are so thankful you are part of the GTD family! Thank you so much for your love of GTD!

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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event CLICK HERE!


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BLOWN AWAY!!! ... ANOTHER PLATINUM TABLE SPONSOR!! (((RECORD BREAKING)))!!


BLOWN AWAY!!!
... ANOTHER PLATINUM TABLE SPONSOR!!
..... THANK YOU HAPPY GOAT TRADING COMPANY!!!
........6th PLATINUM TABLE (((RECORD BREAKING)))!!
..........18th TABLE SPONSORSHIP OVERALL!!
............ONLY 2 MORE TABLES TO GO TO HIT OUR GOAL!

Happy Goat Trading Co. - [Platinum Table Sponsor]

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DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!!! We are incredibly humbled by our 6th Platinum Table Sponsor of the year, Happy Goat Trading Company! This is a record setting number for us! Thank you Stacy from Happy Goat Trading Co. for the many ways you have blessed GTD over the years. Thank you so much for setting aside your time to help us on trips, for the connections you make with our participants and imparting fun and interesting facts about nature and goats, for rearranging your schedule to join us, and driving long distances to be a part of things. We love having you, Happy Goat, and his friend’s join us in ministry! Thank you so much for your sponsorship!

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Happy Goat [who is an actual goat] and his companions are very adventurous and have even joined us on a few camping retreats, mini hikes, a kayak trip, and Adventure Trips. Our participants love them and people always do a double take when they see them traveling! Currently the goats are learning to hike and carry packs for folks who want a goat companion for the day, and some goats are out visiting the elderly at local nursing homes. The goats can be booked for children's events! To learn more about Happy Goat Trading Company, go to their Facebook Page: Happy Goat Trading Co.

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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event CLICK HERE!


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I HAD THE DAY OFF YESTERDAY, BUT GOD WAS STILL AT WORK.... WE HAVE ANOTHER PLATINUM TABLE SPONSOR!!!! ...... THANK YOU SO MUCH "GO GREEN REGLAZING"!!!!!


A HUGE thank you goes out to Terezia & Mark Smith of Go Green Reglazing for sponsoring a table for GTD’s Annual Fundraiser Banquet! This is the 3rd year in a row Go Green Reglazing has sponsored a Platinum table for the banquet!

This is a family who has consistently blessed us since the day we met!  Not only have they been on multiple events with us and sponsored tables, but both their sons have spent weeks with us volunteering on Adventure Trip camps and other events.  We are extremely touched by this family’s love for what we do and for all their support.

Go Green Reglazing is the only Certified Green Reglazer in the Tampa Bay area and on the Gulf Coast of Florida. We not only make your kitchen or bath more beautiful, we make it a healthier place for you, your family or your customers to enjoy for years to come. That makes us feel good and we think it will make you feel good, too.

We offer a variety of color changes for old and outdated tile, bathtubs, showers and vanities. (Say goodbye to your Pink and Seafoam Green Bathroom!)

We also offer color changes for kitchen and bath cabinets, as well as countertop patterns (for example, the Corian look) in over 85 color schemes.

To learn more about Go Green Relazing go to:
www.gogreenreglazing.com

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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event CLICK HERE


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Sunday, November 10, 2019

AND THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMIN'!! ... ANOTHER TABLE SPONSOR!!! ........THIS IS #16 !!!!


WOW!!!! We are beyond blessed to announce another Table Sponsor for the GTD Annual Fundraiser banquet by an Anonymous Donors who are becoming more involved with GTD! We are so grateful to this couple for seeing the need and taking the initiative. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much! Your involvement in GTD is an answer to prayer in many ways and we are so grateful. Volunteers play a vital role in our ministry and we are blessed you have chosen GTD to volunteer with. Thank you so very much!

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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event CLICK HERE!


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WHILE I WAS AWAY WE ANNOUNCED MORE GOOD NEWS! .... WE HAVE ANOTHER TABLE SPONSOR!!! ....... THANK YOU DANA & BARRY GIBBS!!!!


We are humbled to announce another Table Sponsor by Barry & Dana Gibbs for the GTD Annual Fundraiser banquet. Dana [a.k.a. SUGAR] has been involved with GTD for many years. Her love and experience with GTD extends from trips here in the U.S.A. as well as mission trips in Costa Rica. When Dana and Barry met he became a natural fit not only for Dana but for GTD too! Now Dana along with Barry and some of his family members join us on GTD's Annual IGNITE camping trip. Barry and Dana are a very special couple with a very special family who we love and adore. Thank you Barry and Dana for your love of this ministry and for the desire to share it with others. It’s people like you and your experiences that keep this ministry thriving. Thank you for your Table Sponsorship and contributions over the years. We love you dearly!

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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event CLICK HERE!


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Saturday, November 9, 2019

FATHER & SON RETREAT GOES GREAT!


I just returned from a 24 hour Father & Son Retreat with Tampa Covenant Church. GTD has been doing events with TCC since 2007 and absolutely love this group! I love the heart these Dads have for their sons and the affirmations they pour into them while doing an adventure together. Unforgettable times!

If God the Father publicly affirmed His Son Jesus then how much more should our earthly Dads follow this example.

"and behold, a voice from heaven said, 'This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.'" - Matthew 3:17


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Thursday, November 7, 2019

TRIPLE PLATINUM THURSDAY!!! ... GLORY TO GOD!!!!!!!!!!!! ..... WE'VE GOT ANOTHER PLATINUM TABLE SPONSOR!!!


We are blown away to announce our 3rd Platinum Table Sponsor of the day! This is 14 years and counting for these anonymous donors who have generously gone above and beyond to bless GTD year after year far beyond any of our expectations! Our hearts overflow with gratitude for all that you have done to propel this ministry forward. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event CLICK HERE!


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OUR 13th TABLE SPONSOR IS FULL OF HOPE! ... AS WELL AS ANOTHER PLATINUM SPONSOR!!!


A donation was made by a church member in the name of Hope Church of Lutz, Florida!

Gratitude overflows to Hope Church for sponsoring a Platinum Table for GTD’s Annual Fundraiser Banquet! Christian camps are often referred to at the harvesting field for souls. Thank you for investing in the lives of middle schoolers, high schoolers, and young adults.

CONTEMPORARY, RELEVANT, BIBLE MESSAGE & PROGRAMS FOR ALL

Some folks go to church out of obligation. They feel like it's just the thing to do. That's not the way it suppose to be. I promise to you is to make sure that every worship experience, every small group meeting, everything we do is worthwhile and life-changing. To learn more about Hope Church visit their website at :

www.hope4tampa.com

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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event CLICK HERE


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(((PTL))) TABLE #12 !!!!!! ...ANOTHER PLATINUM TABLE SPONSOR!!!


Thank you very much to our Anonymous Ministry Partners who go way back with GTD! Hearing your stories and the fondness you have for GTD is touching. Thank you for passing along the gift of this ministry to the next generation to experience. Your contribution, prayers, and continued support over the years is priceless. You continue to bless us in countless ways, thank you! We love you!

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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event CLICK HERE


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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

SILVER TABLE SPONSOR ALERT!! ... MACLAUCHLIN FAMILY SPONSORS 11th TABLE! ........ 9 MORE TABLES TO GOOOOOO!


Thank you so much to a very dear friend Lisa MacLauchlin and her family for sponsoring a table at GTD’s Annual Fundraiser Banquet again this year. Lisa and I [Laurie] are college [volleyball] teammates and long time friends. No matter the time or distance between us, the memories of our years together will always be treasured. Thank you so much for seeing the value in GTD and the work we do. It’s very touching to have your love, support, and prayers even though you’ve never been on an event. It’s very precious. We always say Ministry is a team sport, and we could never do all that we do without generous donors like you who help hold us up, together we are the body.

“For the body does not consist of one member but of many.” 1 Corn 12:24

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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event CLICK HERE


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IT'S HAMMOCK TIME!! ... CHECK OUT THIS DONOR GIFT!

Over the past few years we've collected some great gifts for our awesome Donors, and here's one of our favorites >>> a lightweight portable hammock!

To me, hammocks rank in the Top 5 greatest inventions of all time! There is nothing more peaceful, restful, or reviving than laying in a hammock reading the Bible while surrounded by God's amazing creation. That kind of rest feeds the soul!

Next week we will be announcing the different donation levels and the donor gifts that come with each level. The more you give, the more you get!!

It's another small way that we can express our deep gratitude to our amazing Donors as you help us accomplish our QUEST OF RAISING $100,000 by the end of December to launch GTD into our 24th year of ministry (& beyond)!

Thank you generous Donors!!!

Join us for our Annual Banquet, Nov 19th, at the Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo, Florida, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm for a special night of celebration & preparation!!

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(13 DAYS TILL THE BANQUET!)

Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome adventures since 1996!


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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

PLATINUM TABLE SPONSOR ALERT!!!! ... THANK YOU SO MUCH STREETMAN LAW!!


Streetman Law & The Morgan Streetman Show!!!

Thank you to our Ministry Partner and Board Member, Morgan Streetman of Streetman Law, and of The Morgan Streetman Show for sponsoring a PLATINUM TABLE at GTD’s Annual Fundraiser Event. Morgan, your long standing friendship, partnership, and support is cherished. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all you do to support this ministry.

Morgan will be emceeing for our Annual Banquet for the 2nd time this year, and we are thrilled to have him back at the helm! Morgan brings a great blend of wit, humor, and intellectual insights that makes every interaction a great experience.

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Streetman Law’s mission is to seek justice for our clients inside the courtroom and to guide our clients with loyalty and integrity through their most difficult decisions outside the courtroom.

We seek to build lasting relationships with our clients. We are trusted business and personal advisors and want to be among the first persons our clients call when they need counsel. We strive to be available whenever our clients need us. We believe that we can build lifelong relationships with our clients by providing the personal attention they deserve, aggressively but efficiently protecting their interests, giving them honest, straightforward advice, and demonstrating the highest ethics and trustworthiness.

To learn more about Streetman Law visit their website HERE

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The Morgan Streetman Show:

You can catch Morgan’s hour long radio show every Monday 10-11am & 5-6pm on 1010 AM, 92.1 FM, and 103.1 FM.

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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event CLICK HERE


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2 WEEKS TILL THE BANQUET!! .... HERE'S A GREAT WAY TO HELP US HIT OUR GOAL ..... TABLE SPONSORSHIPS!!

We are 14 days away from our biggest event of the year!! We are on a quest to raise $100,000 (by the end of December) to launch GTD into our 24th year of ministry (praise the Lord!). A great way to help us reach our goal is by Sponsoring a Banquet Table.

See the attached picture to see the different Table Sponsor levels and options.

Thank you to all of our wonderful & amazing supporters!! You are a blessing from God!

Join us for our Annual Banquet, Nov 19th, at the Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo, Florida, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm for a special night of celebration & preparation!!

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(14 DAYS TILL THE BANQUET!)

Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome adventures since 1996!


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Monday, November 4, 2019

ANOTHER TABLE SPONSOR ALERT!!! ... THANK YOU FREDRICK JAMES ACCOUNTING!


Fredrick James Accounting

A huge shout out to GTD Board Members, Fred & Crystal Daus of Fredrick James Accounting for sponsoring a table at GTD’s Annual Fundraiser Banquet! Fred and Crystal have volunteered countless hours of their time and services to GTD for over a decade.  As GTD’s accountants, their gifts and talents have help to save the ministry tens of thousands of dollars over the years.  They have been a huge blessing and come highly recommended.  Thank you so much Fred & Crystal!  We love you guys!

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At Fredrick James Accounting, our vision is to bring innovative financial services to the world.
Our mission is to create a better life and endless possibilities for our clients. We strive to build solid, long term relationships with our clients by consistently exceeding expectations, delivering the highest quality financial services, providing exceptional customer service, and giving each client the individualized personal attention needed to deliver the results that are critical to our mutual success.

To learn more about Fredrick James Accounting go to:
https://www.fredrickjames.com/meet-the-team/fred-daus.html

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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event please go to: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/annual-banquet.html


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DOUBLE TABLE SPONSOR ALERT!! ... JAG SPONSORS 2 TABLES (AGAIN)!


From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to Jerry & Ann Garner {JAG}, Doug’s (my) parents who have sponsored 2 tables for GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet for the 14th year in a row. JAG has been GTD’s #1 supporters from what feels like the beginning of time! All of us from GTD have so much gratitude for all you have given through the years to bless GTD. We all have benefited from your generosity and selflessness. It’s no understatement when we say your love and support has always been and continues to be a very vital part of GTD. We love you!

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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event CLICK HERE


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"WAIT"EVER IT TAKES! .... REST FROM THE QUEST!

I enjoyed taking the day off yesterday. A couple of years ago I recommitted myself to God's Old Testiment instructions to "Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy" (also known as "a day of rest" that God set as an example after 6 days of creating the world). One of my favorite definitions of the word "Sabbath" is: "to cease from striving". So, basically, the idea is to take a day off each week from the work that you're striving after the other 5 or 6 days of the week. It's not rocket science, but it has the profound impact of rocket science. If you're like me and you love to work & strive then you relate to the challenge it is to stop your momentum and pause your progress. For us, waiting or ceasing from striving or relaxing for a day is actually an act of faith. When we refrain from our work and press pause for the day (while internally everything inside you wants to keep plugging away) this is actually an act of faith. We are literally saying to God, "I trust You. I believe You." "I know that you know more than I do, and even though I think I'll be more productive if I don't take a day off, I believe that You created me for more than work and I believe that I'll actually be more productive & effective the rest of the week if I simply obey You and cease from striving for the entire day." For strivers, that day can feel very awkward as we literally wait (and eagerly desire) for the next day to arrive. But, wow, have I ever fallen in love with the Sabbath! It has blessed my life in countless ways over the past 2 years. I love the challenge of ceasing for the day. Moreover, I love the blessings and benefits I experience from a day of rest. And I love being able to express my faith and trust to my Lord by just stopping... by just patiently waiting. I love the mantra, "Whatever It Takes!"... but I'm often reminded that the greater act of faith many times is pressing pause and simply waiting on the Lord. In those times the mantra becomes, "WAIT-ever It Takes!" /// Breaks over. Back to work!


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Saturday, November 2, 2019

DID YOU KNOW WE HAVE AN ONLINE FUND RAISING TRACKER?

DID YOU KNOW WE HAVE AN ONLINE FUND RAISING TRACKER?
... WE ARE $78 AWAY FROM HITTING $25,000 PRE-RAISED SO FAR!!!
...... P - T - L (PRAISE THE LORD!!!)

2 weeks ago we kicked off our Annual Banquet Fundraising Drive. Our quest is to raise $100,000 by the end of December to launch us into our 24th year of ministry (as well as prepare for our BIG 25th anniversary in 2021). With 17 days until our Banquet we are only $78 away from hitting the $25,000 milestone (that's 25% of our overall goal). WOW, that means that God has already blessed us with some phenomenal & generous donors that have helped us pre-raise $24,922!!!! Thank you AWESOME DONORS!!!

YOU CAN FOLLOW ALL OF THE UPDATES ON OUR ONLINE FUND RAISING TRACKER HERE

Like me, the Fund Raising Tracker is a little old school. I manually update the link every day or two so check back every couple of nights to see how we're tracking =).

Everything in ministry (and life) has the opportunity to be a faith journey. That's how it is with fundraising. Only God can influence someone to give and support. I don't have that kind of influence. We aren't professional fundraisers. We simply seek God for His direction and then we start following Him in faith up the path He invites us on. If we stay in tune with Him then we don't walk the path in front of Him, we walk the path WITH Him. And that's when it gets exciting. He grows our faith muscles as we partake in this faith journey.

Pray that we continually keep in step with the Holy Spirit... that we don't try to run ahead of God or down side paths of distractions... that we stay on course and in step with our Heavenly Father  =)

Join us for our Annual Banquet, Nov 19th, at the Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo, Florida, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm for a special night of celebration & preparation!!

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(17 DAYS TILL THE BANQUET!)

Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome adventures since 1996!


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TABLE SPONSOR ALERT!! ... THANK YOU >>> KIWANIS OF PINELLAS PARK!!!


Thank you so much to the Kiwanis of Pinellas Park. This is the 11th year the Kiwanis has sponsored a table for GTD’s Annual Fundraiser Banquet.  Your continued support over the years has been greatly appreciated.  Thank you for all you do for our community.

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Kiwanis of Pinellas Park conducts a variety of events, projects and fundraisers to help support initiatives that benefit the children of our community in conjunction with Kiwanis, a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time since 1960. We meet for lunch every Thursday at noon and host a monthly social on the third Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome. We hope you will enjoy our hospitality and learn about our many service projects. No invitation is needed to attend a meeting.

The Kiwanis Club of Pinellas Park has been serving the community since 1960. We find that being a member of Kiwanis is one way we can help keep Pinellas Park one of the best places to live. Whether you’re raising a family or retired, The Kiwanis Club of Pinellas Park is a great way to stay active, give back to your community and make new contacts.

To learn more about the Kiwanis of Pinellas Park visit their website at:
https://www.pinellasparkkiwanis.org/

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If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event please go to: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/annual-banquet.html


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Friday, November 1, 2019

DRUM ROLL PLEASE... AND OUR BANQUET MC IS....

....... MORGAN STREETMAN!!

I'm delighted to announce that Morgan Streetman - my dear friend, fellow GTD Board of Director, Tampa Business Attorney with Streetman Law, and the radio host of The Morgan Streetman Show - will be our MC for this year's Annual Banquet!!

This is his 2nd time emceeing for our Annual Banquet and we are thrilled to have him back at the helm! Morgan brings a great blend of wit, humor, and intellectual insights that makes every interaction a great experience.

You can catch his hourlong radio show every Monday 10-11am (schedule change) & 5-6pm on 1010 AM, 92.1 FM, and 103.1 FM.

Join us at our Annual Banquet on Nov 19th as Morgan guides us through a special night of celebration & preparation!

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(18 DAYS TILL THE BANQUET!!!)

Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-awesome adventures since 1996!


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ANOTHER GOLD TABLE SPONSOR ALERT!! ... AND OUR 5th TABLE SPONSOR IS >>> FAT FINGER CONSTRUCTION!!!


Fat Finger Construction Sponsors GOLD Table!

Thank you to our Ministry Partners David and Courtney Berry of Fat Finger Construction for sponsoring a GOLD table at GTD’s Annual Fundraiser Banquet for the 2nd year in a row. Your partnership and support in this ministry is a beautiful gift. You bless us & so many kids beyond measure!! From the bottom of our hearts >>> Thank you very much!!

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Fat Finger Constructions comes highly recommended by many satisfied customers. Fat Finger specializes in Kitchen and Bath Remodels, New Home Construction, Room Additions, Commercial & Residential Remodeling, and Hardwood Floor Sand & Refinishing.

What customers have to say:
“Crafting at it’s best.” -Barbara
“Attention to detail.” -Anita
“Best contractor experience I have ever had.” -Gene

To learn more about Fat Finger Construction visit their website at:

www.fatfingerconstruction.com

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GOLD TABLE SPONSOR ALERT!! ... AND OUR 4th TABLE SPONSOR IS >>> CHAMPIONS!!!


Thank you Champions Mortgage for sponsoring a Table at the 2019 GTD Annual Fundraiser Banquet! Your support and contribution to this ministry is a huge blessing.

Last year, Champions Mortgage went above and beyond to help Doug secure a loan for his new home, which is also GTD Headquarters!

Champions Mortgage did an amazing job making the home buying process run smoothly and stress free. Their team worked diligently to process Doug’s loan from start to finish. They have amazing service, are friendly, are very professional, and come highly recommended.

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Champions Mortgage is committed to you and your home mortgage needs. Be it financing for your home purchase or refinance, go with the Champions dedicated team approach to find the right product and rate for your unique needs. At Champion’s we will work to win your business. We are your Lender for Life!

For more information about Champions Mortgage go to:

www.championsmortgage.com

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