Thursday, October 22, 2020

IT'S BAAAAAACK!! ...OUR ANNUAL BANQUET IS 1 MONTH AWAY! .....AND CATERED BY CARABBA'S AGAIN!!!!


Join GTD on Tuesday night November 17, 2020 for a night of celebrating and fundraising!
 
Be with us as we celebrate 24 years of ministry and fundraise for our 25th year of ministry in 2021!!
 
It has been a challenging year for so many people, businesses, and organizations. Yet, in Christ, we still have so much to celebrate! Let's throw a God-awesome party to say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021 =)
 
And join us in our quest to raise $100,000 as we prepare for our 25th year of ministry & beyond!!
 
 
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* COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS *
- FACEMASKS ARE REQUIRED WHEN AWAY FROM TABLES -
- VENUE CAN ACCOMODATE UP TO 120 PEOPLE (HALF OF IT'S CAPCITY) -
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DATE: Nov 17, 2020
DAY: Tuesday Night
TIME: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
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FUNDRAISING GOAL: 100k
ATTENDANCE GOAL: 120
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CATERED BY: CARABBA'S
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LOCATION: Banquet to be held in The Parkview Room of the Central Park Performing Arts Center (formerly known as Largo Cultural Center) / 105 Central Park Drive <> Largo, FL 33771
 
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FOR MORE DETAILS & TO SPONSOR A TABLE OR MAKE A DONATION CLICK HERE

TO TRACK OUR FUNDRAISING AMOUNTS & BANQUET RESULTS CLICK HERE
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Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
Celebrating 24 Years of God-awesome Adventures!!

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

GREAT NEWS!!! ... DAD'S KIDNEYS SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED!

 




We are thrilled to share that my Dad's latest appointment with his kidney doctor was full of great (some may say miraculous) news. Six weeks ago Dad received the news that his kidneys where rapidly declining and that without some sort of dramatic turnaround he would be on dialysis by the end of the year. His GFR number had plummeted from 22 in July to 12 in Sept (a person with healthy kidneys is 90 and above). That means he had fallen below 15 which is the line at which he would be considered in stage 5 kidney failure as well as the number when dialysis starts coming into the equation. In addition, his creatinine levels had shot up to 4.7 in Sept from 2.8 in July. Creatinine levels in healthy kidneys should be below 1. All that to say that Dad was trending rapidly towards kidney failure. His cardiovascular surgeon cancelled his surgery to remove a 95-99% blockage from his carotid artery because of concerns that the surgery would finish off Dad's kidneys.

Factoring in all of these numbers Laurie spearheaded an effort that Traci & I were already on-board with to switch Dad to a plant based whole foods diet and get him off of any foods, drinks, and some medications that are hard on the kidneys. Laurie worked like it was her full time job to save Dad's kidneys. She researched day after day and talked to friends with nutritional expertise and came up with a customized menu for Dad's situation. We needed to switch my Dad from a fried food, steak & potatoes, high sugar, high salt typical American diet to a no salt, low sugar, whole foods, plant based diet. Dad didn't enjoy the taste of his new diet, but he was all in for saving his kidneys and being able to have the surgery to remove the blockage. He didn't always understand what he could & couldn't eat and he had several moments of frustration, but he had a motivated and willing spirit to let the healthy foods be his new medicine. We have been working with him on a bunch of dietary changes for over 2 months, and specifically on a plant based diet for 6 weeks. Laurie made a lot of tasty vegetarian meals for the folks to help my Dad find delicious alternatives to his regular diet (Mom has always been a vegetarian). Traci has been eating healthy for a while and has been helping our parents with good healthy meals. I also switched to a plant based diet to help support Dad. It was a total team effort. We have been trying to build a healthier infrastructure to keep Dad on track.

And just as important, Dad has eliminated about 7 of the 20 pills he regularly takes. For the first time ever he is reading the warnings about the potential adverse side effects of his meds.

So this week was the big week to see if all the efforts were making any impact at all. We were going to be happy if we had at least slowed the digression down or if his levels all stayed the same. To all of our surprise, especially the doctor's, Dad's blood results showed a miraculous turnaround!!! His GFR shot up to 31!!! His creatinine level fell to 1.99!!! His sodium and potassium levels were in the normal ranges!!! And to top it all off he lost 30 lbs of fat over the past 2 months!!! He is feeling better and is regaining energy levels that he hasn't experienced in a long time. Aaaaaand he was approved for immediate surgery to remove the blockage. We are all celebrating the great news! Laurie cried tears of joy. And to give Dad a small reward he had his first ice cream in 2 months =)

He still has a long road ahead, but Dad is giving his kidneys and his entire body a fighting chance simply by eating healthy and backing off from being over medicated. His body is responding in a great way.

I have no doubt that God used Laurie to save our Dad's life. Traci & are doing a lot, but Laurie tracked down and implemented the right nutritional plan as well as grocery shopped and kept Dad on track, especially on the hard days. She anguished over all of it not knowing if it was helping or not. She was our MVP this round!

Thank you all for your prayers, love, & support!! Keep it up! You are making a difference in our Dad and our family's life! God bless you all =)



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Friday, October 16, 2020

GTD's $25 DEALS ARE "IN-TENTS"! ....AND THEY CONTINUE ON WITH ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR EVENTS >>> IGNITE!!

Join us on the weekend of March 5-7, 2021 at Word of Life in Hudson, Florida for one of our most popular events - GTD's IGNITE Camping Retreat.


Let God incinerate your fears & burn up your burdens on IGNITE as GTD guides you through 2 days of adventure, recreation, big camp fires, delicious meals, and a pinch of relaxation in God's amazing playground. And that's not all! We will also explore the consuming fire of God's presence through daily devotions, worship, nightly Impact Points, aw well as devour plenty of s'mores around the camp fire. 


In our time together you will grow closer to God, make new friends, and build new memories! 


Don't get burned out! Instead, get fired up by joining us on IGNITE and watch God do something "ablazing" in your life!


SPECIAL NOTE: This rate is only possible because of our amazing donors and supporters! Thank you so much GTD Ministry Partners!!


Event: IGNITE Camping Retreat

Date: March 5-7, 2021 (Fri night - Sun afternoon) (2 Days / 2 Nights)

Location: Word of Life in Hudson, FL

Cost: $25/person

NOTE: INDIVIUAL GROUP SIZES ARE LIMITED TO 10 PEOPLE PER GROUP


To learn more about and/or register for IGNITE 2021 click on this link.


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<> ACCOMMODATIONS:  

   - Tent Camping (or upgrade to Bunkhouse Cabins)

   - Nice Restrooms

   - Warm Showers

<> INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:  

   - Camping

   - 2 Morning Devotions

   - High Ropes Course

   - Climbing Wall

   - Zipline

   - Low Ropes Course / Team Building

   - Team Sports (such as volleyball, ultimate, basketball)

   - Camp Games

   - Swimming Pool

   - Nightly Campfires, Bible-Based Messages, Smores... a perfect combination!

   - Outdoor Movie (with family friendly editing)

<> ADD-ON OPTIONS (EXTRA COSTS):  

   - Paintball (Optional Add-On).... Add $30/person

   - Bunkhouse Cabins (Optional Add-On).... Add $30/person ($15/night per person)

  

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Going The Distance Adventure Ministry

God-Awesome Adventures Since 1996!


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Saturday, October 10, 2020

TIMBER!

About 6 weeks ago (just before a series of bad storms) we cut down a tree that had major termite damage in my front yard. I hate losing a tree, but it had to be done. My Dad, Carson, and I formed a good team and my Dad loved cutting a few limbs like the good old days =).


Believe it or not I cut down the entire tree with a Ryobi 40v rechargeable battery operated chainsaw. 20 years ago I had a lawn service for a few years and used to do some basic tree trimming with a gas powered chainsaw. I never imagined the power that would one day exist in a battery powered chainsaw. Very impressed! I love how quiet it is, the lack of breathing gas fumes, and not having to listen to it run constantly in-between cuts.


I'm going to turn the main section of the tree into a landscaping feature that you can sit on near a small trickling stream from a small waterfall with flowers & vegetation growing out of some of the deep grooves in the main trunk which was caused by old termite damage. It will sort of look like something you would come across on a backpacking trip in the wilderness. Well, at least I can picture it in my mind that way haha =). 


The rest of the tree has already been cut up into firewood, and I'm looking forward to lots of campfires, cookouts, and outdoor movie nights this fall & winter =). Hopefully you guys can join us for one of those outdoor movie nights!

















Friday, October 9, 2020

TURN UP THE PRESSURE!

A few weeks ago Carson pressure washed all of the GTD backpacks as well as cleaned out & dried out any remaining damp tents from the summer trips... and maybe a dog or two ;) . This guy is such a hard worker and blessing to me & GTD!

Getting ready for all types of adventures in 2021!

GTD = Getting Tasks Done ;)

(I'm getting caught up on several updates that I ran out of time to post over the past 2 months)













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Thursday, October 8, 2020

ANOTHER DAY ANOTHER GOD-AWESOME ADVENTURE!!! .....PREPARING TO CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF MINISTRY (Lord willing)!


Our January 2021 public adventure is swamp hiking in the Everglades ("Swamp Thing"). I'm excited to announce that our February 2021 public adventure is kayaking & island camping near the Caladesi Island area just outside of Clearwater Beach, Florida. We call this event Paddle Prowl.
 
And just like Swamp Thing we are offering this adventure for a special 25th Anniversary price of only $25 per person!! That includes the kayaks, all the gear, planning, & guides! All you have to supply is your food & transportation =)
 
To learn more about and/or register for Paddle Prowl 2021 click on THIS LINK
 
Event: PADDLE PROWL Kayaking & Island Camping Trip
Date: Feb 6-7, 2021 (Sat-Sun)
Location: Dunedin, FL (near Clearwater Beach, FL)
Cost: $25/person
Max # of Participants: 10
 
Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-Awesome Adventures Since 1996!


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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

WE ARE 3 MONTHS AWAY FROM KICKING OFF GTD's 25th YEAR OF MINISTRY!!!

 

As we enter the last quarter of the worldwide pandemic year of 2020 we are excited to share with you that we have proactively used the open time on this year's calendar to plan out GTD's 25th year of ministry in 2021 =)

To kick off our year of celebration this January we are headed back to one of the wildest adventures we've ever offered >>> backpacking & camping in the swamps of the Everglades! AKA: Swamp Thing!!

And to add a cherry on top of that we are offering this adventure for a special 25th Anniversary price of only $25 per person!! That includes all the gear, planning, & guides! All you have to supply is your food & transportation =)


Event: SWAMP THING Everglades Backpacking Trip
Date: Jan 2-3, 2021 (Sat-Sun)
Location: Big Cypress Preserve (east of Naples, FL)
Cost: $25/person
Max # of Participants: 15

Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
God-Awesome Adventures Since 1996!


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