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Pine Island, Minnesota

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Cornerstone Baptist Church

March 17-21, 2019

Driving from Indiana to Minnesota was quite the climate and terrain change! We are SO thankful that we did not have to drive this route even just a few weeks beforehand because of all the winter weather their area has been getting. The mid-northwest has been slammed with some brutal winter weather this season. We caught it right as the weather turned and was beginning to melt. The view was completely iced white when we pulled in with a bitter, biting wind as we unloaded and set up the trailers. As the week went on, the days went into the 40s and helped melt all the ice and snow.

Our week with Cornerstone was a sweet one! Pastor Tim Graham and his family are such kind folks. We loved spending time with them over meals and talks, while they also kindly hosted the Andrews on our team. Thankful for a week of teen preservices and main services. Getting to hang out with their teens and just play games together, study the word, and pray for each other was a blessing. They have a sweet group of youth! Thankful for an Irish Concert service where several friends and guests attended with a DELICIOUS pie fellowship following! Sweet time of fellowship!

On our last day in Pine Island, the Galkin kids had their end of year music recital combined with Anna Grace’s high school ceremony and celebration. It was a sweet, sweet time. The kids did a wonderful job on their music and even incorporated us in some of their worship songs. Beautiful!

Anna Grace’s graduation ceremony was memorable, sweet, a display of God’s grace, and a wonderful time to reflect on how God has worked in her life all these years. Jordan and Shannon Allen shared along with Will and Christy some words of wisdom, grace, and advice for the new graduate…followed by some delicious dessert, coffee, conversation, and lots of laughter.

Praise the Lord for another wonderful and memorable week!

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Stay tuned for the wrap-up of our GEM travels coming soon!

   

Mishawaka, Indiana

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First Baptist Church

March 10-14, 2019

THE TREK: Florida to Indiana is quite the drive! My personal opinion (Hey there, it’s Bethany here!) is one who loves longer road trips. Shorter than 2.5 hours makes it hard to get any projects done or take a nap. But drives like 8+ hours may be my favorite. Granted, I may not be the one driving, but I enjoy keeping the drivers awake and entertained….unless I’m taking a nap haha

MINISTRY: Mishawaka has been a great hub for our trailers to be repaired and worked on over the years, so a few of our team members have been to First Baptist Church in years past. The pastoral staff were an encouragement to our team during the week as we had lunches alongside them, went out canvassing for a teen dodgeball event, performed an Irish Concert, and then had a killer dodgeball tournament at the end of the week.

With just a handful of awesome teens joining us for the evening preservices, we were praying for a solid turnout for the dodgeball teams. When the pool games of the tournament began, we had OVER four teams created and plenty of players on each! Jordan gave a clear gospel message to a group of teens who do not normally attend the church or youth group there.

BIRTHDAY: We threw a little surprise party for Lilly Galkin who is turning 15 this August. Since her birthday is usually between summer and fall, she does not normally get a birthday party with the team. So for this year, we decided to throw her a super duper early surprise party and knock her socks off! We'd say it was pretty successful. We love you, Lilly! Happiest of birthdays {a few months early}!

FUN FACT: Some men in the church (youth sponsors as well) have a basketball ministry with some of the local neighborhood boys each week. They have been playing pickup basketball in order to have fun, get into the kids’ lives, and show them Christ while connecting them with a local church body. Thankful for their “outward focus” in having a desire to reach their community for Christ. Thanks for allowing us to come alongside of you for a week of ministry, Faith Baptist! Excited to see how the Lord will continue to use where you are in your community to be a bright gospel light in Mishawaka.

 

Vero Beach, Florida + Lakeland, Florida

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Grace Baptist Church in Vero Beach, FL

February 24-28, 2019

Grace Baptist in Vero Beach is a special place for the Galkins and the team. This has been a place that the Galkins have parked at for a number of times during the year when they are on break from traveling or needed a place to park their trailer over a holiday. The Drinnons are a special family and have been so kind to us. Thankful for their friendship.

During the week of meetings, the team put together an Ultimate Frisbee Challenge evening with the teens before one of the main services. We all split up on teams, played a tournament, then enjoyed some pizza and soda before Jordan gave a short nugget of truth. We then all proceeded to go into the main service…..maybe still a little hot and sweaty!

We are thankful to have had a part in an ice cream social one evening and then enjoy an Irish Concert with the gospel following.

Before we left town, we were able to spend some time with one of the church members who kindly gave us a tour on his ocean boat. What a neat experience not only to see more of the ocean, but to spend time with and hear this friend’s testimony of God’s grace in His life. It was an encouragement to us all!

Praise God for Grace Baptist and a week of us coming alongside them in gospel work!

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Parkway Baptist Church in Lakeland, FL

March 3-6, 2019

We skipped on over to Lakeland, FL that next week and kept our eyes open for gators the whole time! Alicia and Shelley mayyyyyyyy have caught a glimpse of a dino-gator on one of their morning runs, but that is about it!

Each evening, we had a church-wide dinner shared in the school’s cafeteria. It was a great time to spend a few minutes getting to know some of the church members and guests over a casual dinner. During the mornings, we had the opportunity to speak in the school chapels and had some great conversations with teens afterwards. It’s pretty awesome to see first-hand God working in students’ lives and see the Word of God take effect in hearts. God promises to keep those who are His own. May He continue to work in and grow those who placed their faith and trust in the finished work of Christ!

   

Whiteville, North Carolina

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Victory Baptist Church

February 16-21, 2019

Lots of relationship had gone into our week in Whiteville, NC with Pastor Gary Ledbetter and his wife. Will and Christy have known pastor for severallllllll years now. It was a sweet reunion! We pulled into town during a crazy rainy time, so we had to dance around the mud as we unloaded and set up the trailers.

We started our week with a Sportsman Banquet for the church families. We had over 8 or 9 different meats—from chicken to rabbit to squirrel—in addition to a bunch of sides! We enjoyed an evening of eating, playing some fun competitions, and hearing a short challenge from Will.

From preservices to main services; from the teen services to the children’s program; from meals with the church to canvassing around a few schools for a dodgeball outreach…we loved the people of Whiteville. The team put on an Ultimate Dodgeball tournament on their last night in town and were excited to see a handful of guests come out from receiving flyers (!).

It was exciting and humbling being able to share the gospel to some folks who may have never heard it clearly presented if at all! Thankful for the church teens who attended; thankful for the guest teens who participated; thankful for the Lord giving us such an opportunity to have fun, fellowship, build relationships between the teens and the local church, and to just love on the people there!

Thank you, Victory Baptist Church, for allowing us to come alongside you all for a week! We are encouraged by your faithful ministry in your love for the Lord and your love for the people He has placed around you.

 

Matthews, North Carolina

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Bible Baptist Church

February 10-14, 2019

Last spring, we were able to spend a Sunday with Bible Baptist Church when we were in the area before a time of recording. Any time spent with good friends (especially when they are parents of team members!) is sweet, but we were especially thankful for a week of event nights with them this past week. Pastor Allen and the church had a burden to really push for evangelistic evenings for folks to bring friends out to hear the gospel.

Since it was a big event week, the breakdown went like this:

Sunday evening Irish concert | We enjoyed time together during the concert and were thankful for a handful of guests who came out. It is always a privilege to share the gospel.

Monday morning chapel and evening men’s night | Jordan and Will went back and forth on each day teaching in the high school chapels. Gospel, Christian growth, fighting sin + walking in the Spirit were just a handful of some of the subjects the students were challenged with. The men’s night was a great success…ALL the steaks and desserts were TOTALLY cleared out! Sooooo delicious. Thankful for a time for the men to come together, relax, fellowship, eat, and hear the gospel. Again, a privilege to share the gospel.

Tuesday morning chapel and evening ladies’ night | The ladies gathered and brought friends out to an evening of Qdoba (!) and delicious desserts (!). Even with an incredible rain storm right before the event, it did not deter ladies from coming out! Christy led an interactive competition between all of the tables then shared a very clear, heartfelt gospel message. A privilege!

Wednesday morning 2 chapels, afternoon school activity, and an evening Family Fun Night | Andrew taught an earlier elementary chapel with Will following him during the high school chapel. After the high school chapel, the team joined the students for a pizza lunch in the gym. After everyone got some lunch, we played a number of competition games with two teams that the students had been split up on all week. After the games, blood, sweat, and tears, we named a winner! The students helped us prep for the Family Fun Night by setting up tables for a church-wide dinner and chairs for the competition games. Will led the games with the team then shared a gospel message. Praise the Lord for his working in lives and for a handful of people placing their faith and trust in Christ.

God is good. We do not “deserve” anything that we are given. It is not a “right”. It is all a kiiiiiind, kind gift of the Lord. Even being able to come into a church, serve with them for a week, and share the gospel MULTIPLE times with people. Seriously. What a privilege and blessing!

Thursday morning chapel | We closed out the week with a high school chapel. Praying that the Lord will continue to work in the lives of the students, their teachers, the church staff, the church members, and the guests who came out to the events!

Thank you, Bible Baptist Church, for allowing us to come alongside of you last week! To the praise of His glory and grace.