What's Happening?

Life on the road is never boring! Whether it's a birthday party or a fall outing, read these articles to hear about the recent fun the team has been having.

Hello 2019!

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Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your continuous investment and partnership with us in the gospel! The Lord has given us a sweet time with our families over the holidays, and now our final semester on the road is off to a great start. Over the Christmas break, the team spread out to their different homes around the States, each able to spend some quality time with their families--Shelley even flew over to Zambia to spend a few weeks with her parents! Meanwhile, our family was based at Lebanon Baptist Church, where I had the opportunity to speak a number of times to the church congregation. I also enjoyed having some quiet time to work on a seminary class.

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On the personal front, Anna Grace is a senior and is looking at college in the future; William just turned 16 and enjoys writing short stories; Lilly is 14 and likes all things burgundy, as well as a recent hobby of weaving on a loom; David is 12 and is eating up every book he can get his hands on; and Elli is 10 and enjoys drinking tea and holding Baby Jubilee Allen every chance she gets. Christy is still Super Woman, being a wife and homeschooling 5 kids, taking care of 3 dogs, and investing in 7 team members. We’re sure thankful for her! On the traveling front, we are spending the majority of our time this semester in the Carolinas, with a quick dip into Florida, eventually ending in Minnesota. We are praying that God would use the opportunities and outreaches to lead folks to a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
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2019 is a year of huge transitions for our family and ministry. As we contemplate the 20+ years that we have traveled itinerantly, preaching in churches week-in and week-out, it’s hard to believe that in April we will begin focusing primarily on the opportunities that are available to us in Salt Lake City, Utah. Please pray for us in this time of transition, that we will rejoice in what God has done, that we would be faithful in serving, and that, as we seek to raise some support to help fund the church planting venture that God has called us to, we will trust the Lord to work. It could be that you would be interested in giving a one-time gift or joining our monthly support team. If you are, please feel free to let me know.
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We’re already looking forward to seeing how God will continue to show His grace as He sustains and uses us for His glory this final semester on the road. Pray with us that we would stay faithful and humbly serve Him and His people as we finish out this chapter together!

For the Gospel,

Will, the Galkin Family, & Team

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Enduring with Joy

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There are times on long runs where I wonder if I'll even make it to the end, whether it be because of my lungs, my knees, my back, my hip (what, am I old or something??), the weather, or whatever else seems to be a "road block" to my finishing. I’m told that a lot of the time, getting to the end is a mental game. Once you hit a certain mile, everything seems to go numb, and you just. keep. going. Some runs are better than others. Some runs are easier than others. Some runs are more enjoyable than others. Some days are all running with no needed walking. But it's a whole package deal. You can't just have the good days without any of the hard days.

This reminds me of similarities to the Christian life. Days aren’t always happy and cheery; work isn’t always smooth and stress-free; friendships and relationships aren’t always a walk in the park. But we keep going. It’s not always a sprint, or a run, or a jog. It may be a walk at times. A very slow walk.

We had been going through Hebrews at church in Utah during team training, and these are some things that stuck out to me as I've been learning and growing through the series.

Hebrews 12:1-3 "...let us lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”

—Keep running the Christian race! What is it that hinders? These "weights" are not necessarily sins in and of themselves, but are they a hinderance to running well? It is so important to be straight up and honest with what some weights may be. Are they sought after for satisfaction or comfort, or are they an obsession with some item, hobby, purchase, relationship, etc.?

—When I run to these and see satisfaction, I no longer believe that God is my True Satisfier, nor am I trusting in Him. God has given us Christian fellowship (the church!) to see us, speak into our lives, and help us on our journey of growing in Christ. Hiding from such fellowship will only be a detriment.

—This run demands ENDURANCE and REQUIRES me to FINISH until the END of my life; it’s not some short sprint. Buckle that seatbelt! There are going to be some bumps up ahead.

—God has given me the exact race that I must run…trials and all. Nothing has taken God by surprise. And I can rest in that comfort.

—So what do I do? I keep focusing on Jesus. Look to Him. Consider Him and His humanity (that He suffered in life while also keeping His Father’s will first).

—Jesus, the Founder, is the One Who gets me into the race (it’s not anything that I have done), and He is the finisher. Jesus is not just a mere example for me to follow…He is my LORD (authority), and it is alllllllllll through the blood of Christ (Hebrews 10:19 ).

 

Jesus is the One Who paid for me, and He is the One Who will keep me.

Praise be to God for His loving, guiding, and steadfast hand.


Thanks for reading!

—Bethany

   

Running the Race...literally

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Pounding. Breathing. Sweating. Grabbing water. Eating energy chews. Putting one foot in front of the other. Concentrating on mental over pain. Having determination. And pushing for perseverance.

A week after we all arrived in SLC, our team plus a few friends got up before the sun was even awake to run a half-marathon down Big Cottonwood Canyon. With the starting line about 9-10 miles up the canyon, we all were huddled together under our space blankets while waiting. At 5:45am, the sun still wasn't up and the chill was a little biting. So many mixed emotions of excitement and nervousness were floating around everywhere. While we waited with anticipation for the 6:45am start time, we talked, laughed, and ran in place to try and warm up.

"How are you doing??"
"I'm nerrrrvous!"
"I'm excited! What about you?"
"I'm cold."
"I'm ready...let's go!!"

And so we began! We headed down the canyon at our own paces for about 10 miles until it leveled out into town the last 3 or so miles where we pushed with whatever energy we had left until the final stretch. Along the way, we passed runners, runners passed us, had sideline cheerleaders, received water and fuel from volunteers, and tried to smile at least once for the photographers. The views, I tell you, were absolutely beatiful as the sun rose above the canyon!

Between the times of 1:38 and 2:07, we all FINISHED the course! {Praise the Lord!} Thankful for smooth runs and no injuries...just the normal wear-and-tear soreness that lasts for about 1-500 days!

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We all left the finish line area wearing the medals around our necks, taking a couple pictures, hi-fiving each other, laughing about our individual run stories, and [some of us] having a hard time believing that we had just run over THIRTEEN miles STRAIGHT for the very first time in our lives!

Such a great opportunity to do an event like this all together. From training throughout the summer, to our taper/wind-down week, to being a part of each other's race day all played a role in us becoming better friends and making new ones!

So go pick up a hobby that others can join you in....or join someone else's hobby! You may discover that you actually enjoy what they love, too!

 

Happy Birthday to Christy!

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{February 12th}

...was a special occasion…Christy Galkin’s birthday! Let me tell all you readers right now, Christy Galkin is one special lady. Our team wouldn’t be what it is without her.

HAPPY {belated} BIRTHDAY, CHRISTY! We love you and are thankful for you!…not just for what you do and the things that you “add” to each of our lives, but simply thankful for just YOU and who you are!

Christy is genuine, funny, faithful, diligent, determined, gentle, kind, sweet, patient, joy-filled. She is an example of a faithful Christian who strives after her Savior, Who then shines brightly through her. Christ is displayed through her words, her actions, and even in how she responds to both everyday “normal” life and difficult circumstances.

Being a Christian and living a life for Christ doesn’t happen by chance or with a “go with the flow” attitude. There’s an intentionality with this life. Christ never promised us an easy going life. He never promised us smooth sailing after surrendering to following Him. No, He tells us to pick up our cross and follow Him. There’s a cost to following Jesus and living for Him. Ah, but Jesus is worth it. The gospel is worth it. Eternity is worth it. First Peter tells us of the hope that we do have because of Christ. We’re not walking this journey alone. Because of Christ—because of God’s love for me—I can walk through this life and face whatever it brings with a resolve. Sure, there will be times that I trip and fall, but the Lord’s grace is sufficient and His mercies are new every. single. morning. to give me strength to get back up and keep walking in obedience. Christ is enough.

We are so thankful for Christy! Thanks for going hard after the Lord and steadily pursuing Him even with the roller coaster twists and turns this life brings. You are a blessing.

As a team member and friend of Christy’s, I am personally extra thankful for her example and roles as a woman (especially in a ministry setting); her daily, faithful walk with Christ (both in the highs and lows); her example of striving to put God and His truth first; her huge heart for any and all people and going after them; her AMAZING white chicken chili!!!! Your friendship is a gift, Christy! Thanks for loving me when I’m unloving. Thanks for being friends with me when I’m unfriendly. Thanks for pouring into me when I’m not always receptive. You challenge me to want to be more like Christ! I think that down the road as I will look back, I am going to realize just how much MORE of a gift these years on the road together have been. It’s easy to take for granted the busy “here and now”, but I praise God for the incredible blessings He’s giving right now in this unique setting and alllllll that goes into road+church ministry. Thankful for how He is using you and your pursuit of Him to display Christ every day. To another year of God keeping you and you growing deeper in your love for Him!  ~BW

 

   

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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