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January 2018 ~ Update on the New Year

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Dear Friends,

Going into the holiday season and break from traveling, our team knew that life’s pace and schedule would change, so we all began making some goals for our break to be proactive versus passive. Some goals included intentional relationship time, study time, recreational time, and personal time.

The team spread out across the states to be with their families, and our Galkin family spent time in both Georgia (with extended family) and Florida (where we would begin our spring semester). Being with family is precious, and we are thankful for the sweet times we had together. I (Will) was able to continue working on classes over the holidays for my doctorate degree. Having devoted time to studying and working through those assignments was a blessing. Visiting the Florida coast for a few days was an extra blessing for our family. One of our favorite memories was just being all together as a family and reading our different books at the beach.

As our team came back together the first week of January, we had a sweet time reflecting on what God has done in the past year, and to look ahead at our vision for 2018 as individuals and as a team.

  • Preaching the gospel to all peoples

We do not categorize ourselves as a music team. Nor a program team. Nor an event team. But by God’s grace, as we partner in ministry with local churches, we use music to share the gospel; we use program tools to promote the gospel; and we use events to spread the gospel. We’re a gospel team. And when we begin losing sight of that, our focus is off, our goals become skewed, and we cannot love freely as we ought. Praise God for a new semester to share the gospel of Christ with others!

  • Promoting the growth of healthy churches

Our desire is to partner—link arms—in ministry with local churches throughout the states. As we strive to be faithful with the tasks that the Lord has given each of us, our desire is to see churches grow and be healthy. We truly count it a privilege to serve alongside each church body for the furtherance of the gospel.

  • For the glory of God

What is our life? James 4 talks about our lives being a vapor—a mist. Time vanishes quickly, and we are not guaranteed tomorrow. So what we do today as unto the Lord matters in the view of eternity. The question we have to ask is, “Are my plans and decisions ‘me-focused’ and self-fulfilling, or are they ‘kingdom-focused’?” We try to create our own kingdoms in vain, because the kingdom of God is the one that lasts. As we enter into this new semester, we want our motives to be reminded of working as unto the Lord, to be eternity-minded, to love others intentionally, and to live to please God, not others.

As we enter 2018, may we all strive to live each day and not waste our life. May we live for the kingdom of God. Would you pray along with us that we would faithfully and humbling serve in this new year?

For the Gospel,

The Galkin Team

 

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Review | Remember | Persevere | 2017

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Hello from the Galkin Team!

What a full semester! As we’ve made our way through Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and South Carolina, we’ve managed to experience every type of seasonal weather, ranging from 80 degree days to hail and snow showers; we’ve consumed probably hundreds of cough drops and Mucinex as our team and Galkin family members shared colds with each other; and we’ve experienced God’s faithful kindness to us through both His people that we’ve met this semester and His Word’s working in hearts. A full, yet rich semester. 1 Peter, the book that our team is studying through this year, highlights the future hope that we as “elect exiles”  have: This present world is not our home (1:1). We can be secure and know that our present hardships are God’s kindness to us because they’re causing an ache for heaven and are refining our faith. Some of our greatest fears and weaknesses are being exposed this year, but we know that they are met by God’s grace.open-book-study

The saving message of the gospel is so powerful, for both believers and unbelievers. God’s grown our faith this semester as we’ve had opportunities to proclaim what Jesus did for us on the cross and watch that truth work in the hearts of the people who came out to our meetings and youth outreaches. How humbling it is to be used by the King to accomplish His purpose and further His kingdom! His love is powerful. His Word is alive! Isaiah records the love and power of God:

“‘So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.’” Isaiah 55:11

As we finish up in Greenville soon, we are looking forward to a few weeks off for the holidays with our families! The Galkins will visit family and friends in Georgia, and the team members will spread out over the Carolinas, Colorado, Michigan, and Ohio. We’ll then regroup in Charlotte the first week of January to kick off the spring semester of travel. We’re already looking forward to seeing how God will continue to show His grace as He sustains and uses us for His glory. Pray with us that we would stay faithful and humbly serve Him and His people as we finish out this year and begin another new year together!

For the gospel,

The Galkin Team

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
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SLC - September 2017

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We would love for you to meet our ministry team for this traveling year!

Hop on over to our TEAM PAGE and get to know us a little bit as we're in the middle of our team training weeks here in Salt Lake City, Utah! Lots of projects and practices and times together over these 3 weeks...thanking the Lord for much!

   

Our Spring Wrap-up

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Thank you for your prayers and support this year as we’ve traveled throughout the states preaching the gospel to all peoples and promoting the growth of healthy churches, all for the glory of God.

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It is always at this time in our traveling season that we look back on our year of ministry and see how God has done so much for us: keeping us safe while driving, challenging us in our personal walks with Him, and saving souls through His gospel. We are truly grateful for His working in our lives and the lives around us.

These last few weeks have been especially encouraging for our team. We could clearly see God's work on display, especially during the weeks spent in California and Nevada. The people we met during these weeks were so very kind to us, and we enjoyed spending time with them. It is encouraging to see that our common bond in Christ enables us to love and be loved by so many people whom we have just met. Thank you to all the churches and families that have taken care of us throughout this year of traveling. You have been a huge blessing to us!

Some other exciting news includes the releases of our two newest CDs – The God Who Saves (a vocal EP album) and ARISE (a full instrumental album). Visit store.4thegospel.org for more info! We are thrilled to finally share these with you all!

Goodbyes are always a hard part of what we do as a team. Each week we say goodbye to churches and families, and it is something that never becomes easy. When our travel year comes to a close, we are faced with saying goodbye to some of our team members as well. This year is no different--we will dearly miss Daniel and Jessica as they move on from team. They have had such a great impact on us all as we have served alongside them in ministry. Their talents that God has blessed them with will be missed, but more than that, who they are will be missed. Sure, finding someone to play piano or sing is not impossible, but we won't ever be able to replace who they are as friends. They have truly become some of our closest friends, and we are thankful for the time we have had with them. Although we are sad to see them go, we are excited to see them serve God in their next phases of life.

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Daniel will be heading to Salt Lake City and teaching sixth grade at a charter school. We know that he will enjoy this and do an amazing job of teaching and showing Christ to these children. Daniel has been the leader of our children's program on team for the past three years, and he has shown true excitement within his ministry to kids while doing an excellent job at teaching and sharing the gospel. The grace God has given Daniel to love people genuinely and individually is something that God has used to impact each of our lives. We will miss you Daniel, and we are already praying for you as you begin this next chapter of your life.

Jessica will be heading to the Wilds Christian Camp for the summer as an office assistant. She is looking forward to having contact with the girl counselors and being able to have discipleship touch-points with them. Knowing Jessica, she is not one to shy away from pouring herself into those around her. Over the past two years, we have seen her go after church members, teens in youth groups, and also team members with a desire to see them have a better walk with Christ. We all in some way have been challenged by her spirit and willingness to follow after Christ. We will miss you, Jessica!

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The Galkin family is looking forward to being back home in SLC for the summer after a family vacation to a few National Parks. Throughout the summer months, they will be jumping back into Gospel Grace Church and serving with the Plant Camp weeks and Backyard Bible Clubs. They look forward to the continued ministry and just "everyday life" including soccer, gardening, playing with friends, and investing in their community. Will is also planning to speak at a few summer camps...one of which will be the Wilds Christian Camp in NC. His daughter Lilly is excited to tag along and participate as a camper during that time. The Galkins have kept up with friends and neighbors from SLC all year and are looking forward to being reunited again! Prayers for traveling safety as they make their way back would be so appreciated!

IMG_4362_copyRSZDOur team will be joining back up in September for team training in UT and to resume traveling. We are already thrilled and looking forward to welcoming our new team   member—Shelley Redlinger—to our team! Praise the Lord for His faithfulness and given grace throughout this whole last traveling year. Much to be thankful for!

As we look forward to this summer and the next traveling year, we would ask that you would pray for us as we prepare for these next few months of ministry. Pray that God would start preparing our hearts to continue serving Him in Salt Lake City this summer. Pray for meetings where the gospel will go out and that souls would be added to the kingdom.

 

We want to thank you for all of you who have supported us this year. We are continuing to see just how much God has used you in our lives, so thank you for being willing to serve the Lord in this way!

 

For the gospel,

The Galkin Team




Check out our two newest releases on our website! The God Who Saves + ARISE
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The Inafuku family to Hawaii via SLC

TARGET: HAWAII  |  PREPARATION: UTAH

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KEVIN AND MISTY INAFUKU

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Thankful for our friends Kevin and Misty and how the Lord is leading them to Utah.

With a burden for the islands of Hawaii where Kevin was born and raised, God has aligned an opportunity for their family to begin equipping for church planting. In preparation, they will be working with a strategic church planting team in Utah. Their 5 year goal is to learn church planting in SLC...the most unchurched city in America...and then be sent on to multiply churches in Hawaii.

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WATCH HERE...TO LEARN AND SEE MORE ABOUT THE PATH THAT GOD IS LEADING THEM ON!

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PARTNERING

Please consider partnering with them by praying, giving, or joining here.

FOLLOWING

Join them on their journey by following their family blog here.

   

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