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Spring Newsletter

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Elementary Schools, Coffee, and Cola War!

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Beth Haven Baptist Church

The Lord opened up the incredible opportunity for us to go into two elementary schools at the beginning of the week. The team was able to bring in many of their instruments and perform some fun blue grass songs for the students. At the end of the interactive performances, the students were invited to one of the events that Beth Haven Baptist was hosting during the week. It was a way for us to reach out to the community, help build a relationship between the church and the school, and to invite others to hear a clear Gospel message. We are praising the Lord for His giving us an open door to invite students from public schools to hear about Christ.

Following a midweek Irish concert, the church hosted a short reception of cookies, coffee, and hot chocolate. It was the perfect opportunity to have good conversations about the Gospel that had been presented during the service. We are ever rejoicing for the profession of faith that was made that evening!

We had our first teen Cola War of the semester at Beth Haven during the week! By word of mouth, shared fliers, and area canvassing, we had an eventful evening. Although pizza and competitions are exciting and fun, the highlight was the presentation of the Gospel and the focused attention that the teens had during the message. Praising the Lord for the number of gospel-centered conversations that came about because of that. The following evening, our team closed out the week with a family-centered FUN night! Those present, whether in the adult or children's services, heard a clear message from God's Word concerning Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice.

As we look back over our time serving with Beth Haven, we were encouraged by the relationships that were formed, challenged in our own Christian walks through the teachings, and grateful for another opportunity to serve our Lord alongside this body of believers.

Thank you, Beth Haven Baptist, for your hospitality, encouragement, and servant-spirit during our time with you all!

   

We Have A New Team Member!

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If you haven't heard, we have a new team member. Her name is Bethany Wescott, and we are excited to welcome her to our team. We wanted to ask her a few questions so you, our support team, could get to know her a little bit.

Q. Where and how did you grow up?
A. I am a native Charlottean! My parents moved from New Jersey to Charlotte, North Carolina and raised my four sisters, brother, and me. I am third born and have loved growing up  in a large family.

Q. What activities did you enjoy growing up?
A. What I enjoyed most was just being outside with my siblings and friends and playing any game or activity that involved running, hide-and-seek, camping, hiking, or getting dirty.One of my passions is sports--softball, soccer, Ultimate frisbee, volleyball--you name it! I enjoy being active and having competition.Overall, I am a hands-on kind of person, so I like a lot of different interaction and involvement with activities like crafts, art, building, fixing, assembling, cooking and baking. Since I was young, I have been involved in choirs, symphonies, and ensembles in the Charlotte area all the way up even through college. Through the instruction of several passionate teachers, my love for music and using it as a way to share Christ has continued to grow.

Q. When did you accept Christ?
A. I am grateful to have grown up in a Christian home and to have had Christ shared often. I realized my need for a Savior and that it was not enough for me to simply follow my family's footsteps when I was six years old. I met with my dad and mom one afternoon, and they went through the gospel with me. I understood what Christ had done for me and placed my trust in the Lord. Following my decision, I was baptized along with my two older sisters by our pastor. When I was sixteen, I made the decision to fully commit my life to the Lord in full surrender to His will. And what a journey it has been!

Q. Can you play any instruments?
A. I would say so! I first began taking piano lessons when I was seven years old and added cello lessons two years later. I followed the footsteps of one of my older sisters who began playing the cello beforehand. Although piano is not my main instrument, I continue to play by ear occasionally. Through highschool, I continued pursuing cello and went on to obtain a music minor degree in college. I attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and earned a degree in Marketing with a double minor in Music and Communication.

Q. What are your long-term goals for ministry?
A. Since highschool, my desire has been to pursue full time ministry. Although I do not have specific goals nor a black-and-white plan, I know that I love working with and investing in people. For the past several summers, I have served with ministries and at camps in North Carolina and California. Recently, I have been drawn to camp ministry and how it is a perfect place to proclaim the Word of God and invest in people with the Gospel for eternity. Whether God leads me to pursue camp ministry or to continue in music ministry or to be thrown a total curveball, I will go and do! All I can say is, "I am here, and I am willing; Lord, send me."

Q: What are you looking forward to most about being on the team?
A: Traveling! Learning! Growing! Connecting with others! Sharing Christ! I am so humbled--and beyond excited!--to be a part of this ministry. I am looking forward to working with and serving alongside this team as we all grow in Christ together.

I hope you now have a sense of connection with our newest team member, and that you will pray for her as she makes her transition on the team. We also ask for your prayers for our team as a whole as we minister this semester.

 

The Team Is Back Together!

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We are back together after a big summer in lots of different places. Our team reconvened in Salt Lake City on September 6th, saying goodbye to all of those summer ministries/activities/jobs, and saying hello to six weeks in SLC. So far, we’ve been here a month, and our purpose here has been multi-faceted.

On one hand, the team has been finalizing our new cd (Coming this fall! be sure to keep an eye out for the release date), Teaching the new team members how to perform their different roles, practicing music (A LOT!!) and getting ready for life on the road. On the other hand, a huge part of what we've been doing is serving Gospel Grace Church by passing out invites, having targeted times and places to share the gospel, working in the nursery, assisting with the church’s music, assisting with a service to the airmen and civilians on the Hill Air Force Base, doing one on one discipleship with people, getting involved in community groups, and having evangelistic Bible studies. So, to say the least, we are very busy and very thankful.

It’s been such a blessing to be able to consistently serve together as a team in a local church. One of the goals of the Galkin Team is to promote the growth of healthy churches, so it’s been so awesome to be involved and serve GGC in Salt Lake City for an extended period of time. We are all very excited to see how the Lord will work in churches on the road, and we’re humbled that we can serve in such a capacity.

 

   

Recording Week

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Next stop: Aire Born Studios, Indianapolis, IN, to produce the team’s sixth recording. A year and a half of preparation has gone into this project so far, and we are excited to see how God will use it.

So how do we prepare for a recording?

Well first off, we constantly keep an ear out for expressive, doctrinally rich songs that would fit well alongside the other songs we use in local churches each week. Once we have a good candidate, we start the arranging process by asking, “Which voices and instruments would fit best?”

Then, either one person or a group works to figure out a basic structure: Who plays during the intro? What’s the climax of the song? Should we include a bridge? A key change?

After we have this rough battle plan, everyone gets together for practice sessions in which we familiarize ourselves with the notes and lyrics, find awkward spots to fix, try new ideas, and listen for blend and balance. It is equal parts exhilarating and exhausting.

Right now, we are putting the finishing touches on a new song or two, while continuing to polish the songs we have been using in churches for months. On Friday, we start the 2-day drive from St. John, New Brunswick to Indianapolis, and on Monday morning, we start recording!

As we enter the recording studio, we ask that individuals would partner with us in prayer for this recording. We ask that they pray for safety as we drive many miles, for our health and endurance, and that we will trust God and be gracious to each other during an intense week. We are looking forward to what God will do through this recording.

Check back next week for an in-studio update! Want to know more about this recording and Galkin Evangelistic Ministries? Sign up here to receive our newsletter.

 

Spring '14 Recap

whats_happening_march_25It is unbelievable how time just escapes us! Here we are with nine weeks behind us and seven left of our traveling year.

We started off the year in Wisconsin at Brookside Baptist Church. We enjoyed the time spent there and the people were a blessing, but we were glad to leave the cold and head down to Florida for the next six weeks. During our weeks in Florida, our team was able to experience a bit of the south.  Twice we had the privilege of eating a low country boil and our first week we experienced “gigging” (which is basically spear fishing on a pontoon boat). For many of us, this was our first time gigging and we had a blast!

The next five weeks in Florida was spent serving churches and even small schools with chapels throughout the week. We were burdened to see people come to the Lord. God graciously allowed us to see many confessions of faith and He also kindly allowed us to see people who had started coming to the churches a few years ago, still be faithfully coming and growing in the Word.

After those weeks we headed to Georgia for a week before we headed up to Greenville for a week of meetings at Heritage Bible Church and a Spring break.  During our week off we split off and rested before we got back together to finish this year. When we met together again we had not only one, but two engagements to celebrate! Jon Baker got engaged to Lauren Samuels and Nate Loggans got engaged to Jessica Ball. A lot can happen in one week and we are excited to see where God leads both of these couples.

As we continue our travels we covet your prayers for safety, but also for growth in the church and in our personal walk with the Lord. We look forward to seeing God’s faithfulness as we finish.

   

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