Ministry Update

Hear from our team members each week about what the Lord is doing in churches that we minister in. Look for an updated article each week!

March 2017 Travels | Globe, AZ

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Hello from the Galkin Team!

There has been an obvious theme of cacti, sand, and western desert throughout our travels this semester! On several different occasions throughout the Bible, God used the desert as a training ground to teach His children about Himself and our utter need for Him. Thankful for those daily reminders!

Some of our team, along with Will and a few pastors, will be traveling throughout Israel over these next few weeks. Many prayers would be appreciated for their trip! —not only for safety in travels, but also that they would be encouraged and challenged in their faith as they see first-hand places where Jesus and His followers lived, walked, and taught. What an exciting opportunity!

We want to share with you what God has been doing in communities, churches, and individuals.

Our team recently served for a short week at Central Heights Baptist Church in Globe—located in east-central Arizona. Globe has been a mining town since the 1800s and has had an important role in the mining and copper industries for more than a century. Big cities in the USA oftentimes get the “front page attention”, but it’s the small cities—like Globe—that actually represent most of our nation.

Pastor Jason Crother and his family moved to Central Heights Baptist in Globe with a great burden for their community and have lived there for about four years. Although four years sometimes feels like forever, there are those who have lived in Globe for their whole lives. The church members will tell you that “this younger generation [in the area] is having to raise themselves” because of the broken family units. Although having attended church years before, there is a “been there/done that” mentality. There is no desire of involvement with the local church, with the gospel, or with God. In essence, they truly have a shallow understanding of who God is and what the gospel is. And yet in all of this, the Crothers along with their church body have such an opportunity to be a light in this dark and needy city.

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Knowing that the Lord has been working through the Crothers’ and their faithful work these past four years, we were excited to spend a few days with them. Even within the past year at the church, professions of faith and obvious growth have been occurring in individual lives. What an exciting time! Some would say the change is “small”, but who are we to measure God’s work? We were not called to be successful, but faithful in our serving the Lord.

After the Sunday evening service at Central Heights Baptist, Will was able to speak with a man and talk through the gospel. Throughout their conversation and talking through his past, this man was basically revealing his depravity. Amid lots of brokenness, it was a great testimony of the Truth that we who are broken are whom Christ died for. Mid-conversation, this man exclaimed to Will, “I..Want..That!” The gospel. He got it. And he wanted Christ.  “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any many should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 ). He realized his need for saving grace and called out to Christ.

Another testimony of the Lord doing a work was when a cyclist who rode his bicycle from the town over and visited for an evening service. As we began to get to know him, he shared that he has been saved for just a year. His testimony and love for the Lord and His Word was an encouragement to all who spoke with him. The Lord is really doing a work in individual lives in Globe, Arizona. Life touching life for the gospel is what makes eternal differences.

The Great Creator who made the visible mountains outside loves us and desires to intentionally be involved in our lives. Lamentations 3:21-23 says, “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”

God is faithful, and we know that He is growing His church as we continue to pursue and obey Him. It was a privilege to serve with Central Heights Baptist in the area where God is using them to serve the community. Albeit short, we loved our time with them greatly and are excited for the churches we serve with such as Central Heights where the Lord is continuing to change lives!

Thank you for your continued support through prayers and giving. We are in over our heads!—with serving churches, raising family, discipling team, etc. And yet even throughout the crazy times in life, God is so good!

For the gospel,

The Galkin Team

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Grace Baptist | Farmington, NM

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February 26-March 1, 2017

From Arizona to New Mexico, we thought that spring had hit and that the warm weather was here to stay. OH boy, we were mistaken! Some of the night temperatures dipped into the teens. We are thankful that we hadn’t packed away our coats, flannels, and boots just yet.

Because of the longer drive from Tucson to Farmington, we left on Friday morning of last week and took the Saturday as a rest/set-up day with a team cook-out in the evening. God is good in how He gives us little times of rest and refreshment. After some hearty steak, shrimp, and salad, we were ready to face this week with Grace Baptist Church!

Praise the LORD! What incredible fruit we witnessed this week!

In 1 Corinthians 3:6-9 , it says the following:
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who planted nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers…”

There are weeks where there is more planting, weeks were there is more watering, and weeks—such as this—where the Lord also allows us to see Spirit growth and fruit. How kind of Him to not only use us in Kingdom work, but that He shows us the results of ultimately HIS work!

This week, our team led the chapels for the elementary classes and the high school classes. Messages on the gospel, surrendering to the Lord, dealing with sin, and living for Christ were themes throughout the school chapels. The Lord moved in many hearts and challenged individuals to examine their lives and really pursue change. Many gospel conversations took place, and a handful of students who knew their need for Christ surrendered to the Lord! There were salvations on the night of the Irish Concert as well when Will shared the gospel with the adults and Daniel shared the gospel with the children in attendance.

Is our God not mighty to save?! Praise the Lord!

"Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10

Thank you, Grace Baptist, for giving us the opportunity to serve alongside of you for the gospel!

   

Bethel Baptist | Tucson, AZ

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February 19-22, 2017

Tucson the previous week, and Tucson for the next week! But this week, we were with Bethel Baptist Church. Although it was a {half} week, we made the most of it!

Before each service, the church held pre-sessions for the adults, children, and teens separately. Will interacted with the adults and challenged them in their walks with Christ and how to live for the gospel; Daniel led the children in sharing nugget Truths about the Lord and teaching them gospel songs; and Jordan led the teens in pushing them to love God, to love others, and to obey as we walk with Jesus.

For one of the pre-session evenings, our team met with some teens and their friends to have an activity time of “trash-ket-ball”, lots of laughter, a pizza dinner, and then a short challenge from Jordan before heading into the main service. It was a small time set aside just for teens to invest, share truth, and build relationships with them. We are thankful for “extra meeting times" such as these!

THANK YOU, Bethel Baptist, for your kindness, shared-ministry, and faithfulness in reaching others for Christ and following the Lord!

And thank YOU reader for your prayers and support as we continue to travel throughout the west and make our way through New Mexico, California, Nevada, and beyond in the future weeks! God is good!


 

 

Desert Foothills Baptist | Tucson, AZ

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February 12-17, 2017

All around us—to the left and to the right—were cacti. It was such a unique sight! Did you know there is more than one type of cactus, and that they don’t just grow in pots? (East-coasters’ jaws would drop at the size of these plants!) It was fun to explore the area right in the church’s backyard throughout the week.

One thing that some of our team members noted was that when walking on the path, the sights were beautiful, the plants were fascinating, the ground was solid, and the mountains in the distance were breathtaking. But when one veered off of the paved path, the ground loosened, and the risk rose with numerous dangers underfoot AND overhead. Cactus needles were both visible and invisible, small and large, sharp and dull. These needles could poke straight through bare feet, flip flops, and sneakers. So beware if you ever venture out to the desert! Be sure to have some solid shoes on.

Our week with Desert Foothills Baptist Church was a blessing to our team. The families who hosted us were so gracious, Pastor and his wife went over and beyond caring for our needs, and the families/couples of the church were so kind. They are a giving group of people!

On Tuesday of last week, there was a special luncheon for the church’s Golden Heirs. Not only was the potluck delicious, but the conversations during the lunch were rich. Each of us loved getting to know this special group of people with so much experience in life! Before Will gave a short challenge to them, we played a few fun pieces for them to enjoy and encouraged them to invite their friends to the Irish Concert that ensued later that week.

We are thankful for the special times we had getting to know the church members…whether that be because they housed us, or they cooked for us, or they had ice cream with us, etc.

Thanks for your kind hearts, Desert Foothills Baptist! Thankful for your ministry and how the Lord is continuing to use you all to further His kingdom. Keep living for Jesus!

 

   

Westpointe Baptist | Goodyear, Arizona and TriCity Baptist | Chandler, Arizona

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January 29-February 3, 2017

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It was a week of flexibility, but what a week it was! Westpointe baptist—led by Pastor Dick Mercado—is a church plant in the valley of AZ reaching and loving people in the community with the gospel. So thankful for the days and evenings we spent with them and the church body. Our team was able to join them for canvassing in the area for the outreach events that went on during the week. We went around to a few surrounding neighborhoods and simply knocked on doors with flyers for the Irish Concert and the Family Fun Night. The more you just go out and meet people in your community, the more opportunities for the gospel go out as well. We were encouraged to see several people who received invitations come out to the events.

Thankful for Westpointe's ministry and how God has kept them all these years. We loved just getting to know and encourage and labor alongside the church members. Thank you, Westpointe, for allowing us to serve with of you for the week! You were a blessing to our team. Keep living for the gospel!

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February 5-10, 2017

Tri-City Baptist | Chandler, AZ

Our week at Tri-City Baptist Church was full, and we left with full hearts. God was faithful with His Word going out and intentional with working in hearts. Our team helped with three groups of morning chapels--elementary, high school, college--and spent outside chapel-time in deeper one-on-one conversations with students throughout the week. It was a good push for our team to truly invest in others, love on people, and go "all in”.

After a night of Irish music and the gospel, we had around 75 teens the following night participate in the dodgeball tournament where Will also shared a clear gospel message.

On Friday evening, our team went out with the Bible college students to Arizona State University's campus to conduct surveys with other stents at ASU. The purpose of the surveys were to get to know students, ask them for suggestions on what a/their Christian organization should be doing more on campus, invite them to the weekly study meetings, and to initiate gospel or spiritual conversations. We all split up and went out in teams and took a chunk of time to just talk with students. It was a good challenge for all of us who participated, and we came away with a greater burden for the lost, a stronger passion for the gospel, and an encouraged spirit by going out together as believers. Thankful for that opportunity!

Praise the Lord for the work that He is doing in Chandler, Arizona! Thank you Tri-City Baptist for allowing us to serve alongside of you! Keep loving God and loving others!

 

Northwest Valley Baptist | Glendale, AZ

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January 22-27, 2017

We look back over the last week and cannot deny the work that the Lord has done. There was much rejoicing both here in Arizona and up in Heaven!

Our children's program is not just a “time filler" while the adults are in the "main service"...our team member Daniel heads off our children's ministry, and he puts his all into leading it! With prepared lessons, stories, activities and songs that all point to Christ and the gospel, we've been learning (and applying!) this past year as a team the importance of intentionally sharing and teaching the gospel, especially with children.

This past week in particular, the Lord was working in little hearts and showing the need for a Savior. What a privilege to see a little glimpse of the work that God is doing!

For our teen dodgeball outreach, we had TOO MANY people show up for canvassing/inviting! That's a GOOD situation to have!
The teens were passionate about connecting with other youth in their community so that the gospel would be heard. The evening of the event, we had over 115 teens attend. Over and beyond our expectations!

The smooth running of the tournament is important, but in the end, it's just the activity. The gospel is what matters most and what lasts forever. Will shared the gospel with the group of teens, all listened attentively, and responses were made. Praise the Lord with us! God is good in revealing our dire need for a Savior, and then giving us THE Answer...Christ!

Though undeserving, He graces us with His unending, unfailing love ultimately demonstrated through Christ. It was a blessing for our team to serve alongside Northwest Valley Baptist for the week…THANK YOU for your kindness and your ministry, church family! Keep faithfully striving and living for Christ.

“But I trust in Your unfailing love; my heard rejoices in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me.” Psalm 13:5-6