Farewell SLC

whatshappeningmongolianLaura, Caroline, and Reba, whom I call some of my dearest friends, finally were able to celebrate the time of their births! At the Galkin’s trailer we had a Mongolian barbeque for our dinner and some amazing deserts made by the one and only Christy Galkin. It was a blast! Later that night, we shared many thoughts of what God has been doing in each of the girl’s lives and then opened presents, which included, but were not limited to, gift cards, clothes, and jewelry. I am so glad that I get to travel with these ladies and I am excited to see what the year brings! “Thanks for being born!”

As our team heads to the close of our final week at Gospel Grace Church in Salt Lake City, we come away with two thoughts. Our first thought tends to be, at least for me, a little somber. We are sad to leave this place. A place, where we have seen God do an amazing work, both in our lives and in the lives of others. Friends that we have made here and friends that are co-laborers in the Gospel are hard to leave. I think of my friend, Susanna Fraser who has been such an encouragement to me these past six weeks, and I am going to miss her. I think of the Albrights, the Countermans, the Kopps, and all their kids! I am definitely going to miss all of them. As we have been studying at Gospel Grace, Romans 12 truly depicts what God is doing here in Salt Lake City in the lives of these individuals and families. Romans 12:1 states, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” What a privilege to be a part of the family of God!

The second thought springs up from the joy that it has been to be a part of God’s work. We are starting to see growth in the church and projects being done that will help Gospel Grace. One of the projects was a community survey. Some of the team have been going around the neighborhoods asking if the people that live there could answer a few questions. Most people are not really interested and that makes it a little hard, but those that take the survey we have found to be most interesting. In the survey, the questions include: what they think about Salt Lake City and the community, what they think should be added to the community, but most importantly, what they think a group of “Christ-followers” should be doing for the community. These surveys have been most helpful I think more to me than them. I have met only one Christian in all the surveys I have done. This one fact, in some ways, has shocked me, but in other ways, has saddened me. I have met Catholics, Mormons, Greek Orthodox, self-relying religious people, believers in science, and those who claim that they don’t need God at all. John Moon even met a woman who had come up with her own religion. This city needs God! Not only here, but also everywhere! Those that live where I live, or shop where I shop, need God. And I need God to help me live out the Gospel! These surveys are going to be used as a tool to help us meet the needs of the people in Salt Lake. Please keep Gospel Grace in your prayers as we head out. We have definitely appreciated them!

-Sarah Roe


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