Ministry Update

Hear from our team members each week about what the Lord is doing in churches that we minister in. Look for an updated article each week!

Troy, Michigan

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First Baptist Church of Troy

October 7-11, 2018

Thankful to have spent a week in Troy with First Baptist Church and Bethany Christian School. Over the evenings, Andrew led the children’s program and had about 60+ girls and boys each night. The Amazing Grace Race focuses on teaching the kids certain apologetic truths in regards to God being our Creator, the Bible being God’s Word, Jesus being God, and how we can trust in God’s goodness even in hard times. It is so great to spend time teaching kids, getting to know them, and hearing them share what they are learning in the program. At the end of the week, Andrew led a “Q and A Time” for the kids and was asked some thoughtful questions that allowed him to talk through Bible truths with the answers.

Will and Jordan were able to connect with the teens nearly every day through preaching in the chapels at their Christian school, and Andrew had the opportunity to preach chapels to two elementary aged groups.

Jordan and the team were also able to have a few more focused investment times with the teens through the pre-service sessions each evening. We all would meet to play a game or activity together (usually about 40+ teens all together) and then Jordan would share a challenge with them. Jordan’s love, leadership, and preaching to teens has grown over the years as he has really taken and run with his role as the teen leader. It is obvious to see his deep desire to share the Word with young adults and for it to grip hearts and change lives. That passion is communicated through his love for the teens and inspires the rest of us to follow likewise.

The team was able to enjoy some volleyball in the gym with the young adults after a few of the services. It was a great opportunity to build relationships and to witness a demographic—whom are not always active in the local church—striving to faithfully serve their local body.

God was at work in many ways throughout the week, and we are continually thankful to be able to witness that work! God provides in small things as well as in big things—individually and corporately. Praise Him!

 

Schaumburg, Illinois

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Bethel Baptist Church

September 27-October 4, 2018

Three years ago--the last time we were in Schaumburg as a team--it snowed several inches after our Irish Concert! It was not quite that cold this time around, but we had a wonderful time with Bethel Baptist Church and Christian School.

Our team had the opportunity to lead several of the chapels throughout the week--high school, middle school, and both the older and younger elementary grades. The students were challenged to think of their lives in light of eternity, to walk in the Spirit, to recognize God as Creator, to know God as the perfect and good Judge, and to consider the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We're not wanting to take for granted the unique opportunity we truly have to speak into and invest in the lives of students while traveling. We only come for a few days, and yet the open door we have with individuals is incredible. It's a responsibility not to be taken lightly. And yet more often than not, what we get to share with others is either exactly what God is teaching us or a good reminder of Truth that we need for our own hearts.

Thanks to Bethel Baptist Church for allowing us to serve alongside of you for the end of the teachers' conference you hosted and for the week of meetings and school involvement!

For some pictures from the week, check out our Facebook album HERE!

   

Muscatine, Iowa

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Walnut Park Baptist Church

September 22-26, 2018

We started our Sunday with a morning service, and then led a teen dodgeball tournament outreach that very evening! We're praising the Lord for how He has been using this church body to share the gospel with individuals and show the love of Christ to those in their community.

Later in the week, we spent an evening at Riverside Park where we held an Irish Concert with a gospel message following by Will. Around 200 folks showed up and several bystanders joined alongside the edges to listen. Walnut Park was sure to have hot chocolate, popcorn, and a variety of other snacks for others to enjoy during the evening.

To see some pictures of our week with Walnut Park, click here to go to our Facebook page!

A THANK YOU to Walnut Park Baptist Church for their kindness toward us. We loved the opportunity to serve alongside of you for a week and to watch how you all have been investing in individuals and families right in your Muscatine area.

 

 

Concluding chapters...the best is yet to come.

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“…having SEEN [the promises] and having WELCOMED them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth...but as it is, they desire a BETTER country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has PREPARED a city for them.”
Hebrews 11:13-16

Friends,

Thank you so much for your continuous investment and partnership with us in the gospel! The Lord has allowed us to finish up a great summer out here in Salt Lake City, specifically with Plant4theGospel and Gospel Grace Church. We are so thankful for the many opportunities for gospel outreach we had with avenues like Plant Camp and Backyard Bible Club. Four of our team members (Andrew Smiley, Alicia Newcomer, Andrew Smith, and Bethany Wescott) were able to come out as summer interns for GGC and help us, while receiving training on urban church planting and discipleship.

We were also able to partner with Gospel Hope Church in Riverton on several community-connect opportunities. As a direct result of the flyers and door hangers that went out through Plant Campers, the Lord has continued to bring in numbers of guests, some of whom have trusted Christ. We’re rejoicing that God is saving souls, and we’re trusting Him to continue to do His work in the hearts of people in Utah.

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It’s hard to believe that this September marks the beginning of our final year of traveling as a team. The team members just arrived here in Salt Lake for our last team training. We’re spending 3 weeks in Salt Lake to prep for hitting the road, as well as for some final community connects, like our Bluegrass & BBQ event. As we all make this transition together out of traveling, both our family and team are enjoying the unique fact that we have the same team members back with us this year--for the first time! Well, except for Baby Jubilee Allen. :) We absolutely love this new little team member and have already enjoyed spoiling her. She brings a fresh excitement to team life. We know that the Allens sure would appreciate your prayers as they transition into this new stage of life while on the road! Thank you for the love and support that so many of you have already shown them.

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Another addition to this unique year of traveling is the fact that the Galkin's oldest daughter, Anna Grace, is now a senior in high school. So, her days are quickly being filled with completing college applications and writing scholarship essays! We’re excited for how the Lord will direct her next steps as she enters this new chapter of life.

Thank you so much for your kindness in PRAYING for us as we hit the road in the next few weeks. We’re excited for the opportunity to partner with churches in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee this fall. Our prayer is that we make the truth in Hebrews 11:13-16 clear, that this earth is not our home. “God has prepared a city for [us] …a heavenly one,” and that is what we live for and proclaim. That’s the message we want to come through in our songs, our messages, our Amazing Grace Race kids’ program, and our teen outreaches. Please join us in praying that we’ll be faithful in this ministry and that God continues to build the Church to the praise of His glory!

For the Gospel,

The Galkin Team

   

Louisville, Kentucky

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Landmark Baptist Church

April 29-May 2

It may have been our last week on the road, but we sure tried to convince ourselves that it wasn’t! We buckled down and cranked on all of the end-of-year close-out jobs in addition to having a fantastic week with Landmark Baptist Church. Serving alongside Pastor Matt and the leadership team was a blessing to each of us on team.

When we are able to have meals together with the pastoral staff and the church leadership, we can really see the heartbeat and vision of the church. It helps us serve them better and just love them more! The staff at Landmark Baptist really poured into us during the week. Around chapel times with the school students, music practices, weekly jobs, and connects with students, the pastors took most of our team out into the town of Louisville for some extra fellowship and a treat to a few local shops. We were able to visit a quaint Christian bookstore and each came away with at least one book in our hands. What a sweet time with the pastors and a memory to take with us. If you were to combine all of the books read by the team…….there’d be a lot! Thankful for such a sweet gesture of love that was a blessing to us! {{Thanks so much pastors!}}

Each morning, we had the privilege of speaking to the teens of the school during their morning chapel time. We play a breaking-the-ice game and then Smith would come and lead a group song. Before jumping into singing, Smith would emphasize the words of what we’d be singing and really challenge all who were there to not sing “empty, idle words”, but to really meditate on the truth and sing it back to God. Thankful for that reminder! How often we read God’s word or sing songs of truth and don’t really even think of what we are saying/singing.

Will and Jordan traded on and off with the chapel lessons each morning, with Smith speaking to the elementary students for one morning. With such a short time with them, we really try to share as much truth as we can about the gospel, pursuing Christ, and living a life of service. Praying that the Lord uses the chapel messages to stir hearts, challenge the students, really push them to pursue the Lord, and that He’d use them in mighty ways for His kingdom!

Thank you Landmark Baptist Church for a great week of fellowship, equipping, encouragement, and sharing of the gospel!
 

Morgantown, West Virginia

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April 22-26, 2018
Faith Baptist Church

Our team was able to spend time with Pastor Treg Spicer and Pastor Lucas Vanderwarker before the week began at Faith Baptist Church. Both families had children that were in both the youth group and the children’s group. We loved serving with, learning alongside, and becoming friends with each of them.

There was a group of teens that grew in numbers as the week went on. We held preservices for the teen group in the evening and also went canvassing to invite as many teens as we saw coming out of school or walking through the neighborhood. The week held a lot of rain and muggy weather, but for the day of the tournament, it cleared the exact times that we were all outside! Instead of Dodgeball, we ran an Ultimate Frisbee event for the teens. The field was wet, the grass was slick, but the different youth teams gave their 100%! It was pretty amusing for all those watching as well ;)

While Jordan met with the teens and shared a gospel message with them, the main service began for the adults followed by the kids’ program. So neat that we were able to share the gospel three different times with three different groups all in the same night! Christy Galkin was able to speak with a little boy from the children’s program who trusted Christ that night! Praise the Lord!

Faith Baptist was faithful in inviting their friends and guests to the Irish Concert at the end of that week. After the evening of music, a gospel message, and fellowshipping, our team packed up everything in order to leave pretty early the next morning. As the team was at their host homes packing up their own suitcases, we received a sweet text from someone who attended the concert and shared that the guest he brought trusted Christ that night. Praises! It was so neat for each of us to read that testimony and hear the story of God working in this individual’s life.

Thankful for a great week serving alongside Faith Baptist and even seeing some fruit from the Word going out. We’re wrapping up our travels this coming week, so we definitely would appreciate prayer as we strive for faithfulness, for loving others, and serving the church well here in Kentucky! May the Lord help us as we continue to obey and plant the seed of the gospel!