| Christian and Kevin
When I went on my very first outing with CTO, I witnessed kids around a campfire that had a desire to learn, a desire to be loved, and most importantly a desire to be forgiven. I saw the Holy Spirit work in the lives of strangers, who were courageous and vulnerable, willing to share personal stories of their lives to help the person next to them get better. I witnessed the importance of our hunting and fishing heritage being shared with kids who would never have an opportunity to get outdoors on their own. I listened to biblical principles, the foundation of the Bible being used as examples for these kids to model and witnessed the importance of sharing our faith in Jesus.
Little did I know that 10 years later I would be serving God through this organization. It was never in my plans to venture into ministry, work for a non-profit organization, or even think of having to raise support to grow this ministry. I had NO idea of what God was up to, but I made myself available and trusted Him.
As this year comes to a close, I am in awe of the work God has done and continues to do through CTO. During 2015 CTO Texas gained 130 members across three chapters that offered nearly 700 opportunities for youth to be exposed to Christ through our regular sportsmen skills nights, family events, community service projects, outings, summer camps and other outreach. Currently, we have three new chapters preparing for their kickoffs, which will open the doors for more kids to be exposed to Christ’s love, forgiveness and direction.
In order to build on this growth, we need funding to reach our annual budget of $250,000, which includes all our programs like outings and summer camps. This year I’ve made a personal commitment to be better about asking for your help. So I ask, will you help us? For those committing to $50 or more per month, you will receive a custom engraved CTO "Trapper" pocket knife. More importantly, you become part of our Team to help guide the next generation to Christ through the outdoors. I would like to ask you to pray about tithing monthly to Cross Trail Outfitters of Texas or even making a one-time donation. Our continued development and growth depends on it. There is no CTO without your help. Thanks for your continued support.