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!

Grace Baptist | Twin Falls, Idaho

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April 23-28, 2017

Thankful to spend a great week in Twin Falls, Idaho--the hometown and church where Will grew up!

Since we were so close to his family, the Galkins were able to spend some extra time together with Will’s side of the family. On the day that we arrived in Twin Falls, our team met up with Will's family at Shoshone Falls for a picnic dinner, outdoor games, and seeing the falls. It was beautiful!

A definite perk to the week was having Will’s mom—Carol Galkin—working in the office so close to our own workspace in the church. Carol Galkin has faithfully been serving at the Christian school and church for many years. Our team loved getting to know Grandma Galkin more and spending time in a familiar place. There's just something special about having Grandma close by!

A number of our team members had visited this church almost two years ago as we traveled through our fall semester back in 2015. It was great to see familiar faces again and reconnect with church members and friends! It's encouraging to see the Lord do obvious work in lives.

Throughout the week, our team had the privilege of preaching for and participating in some of the school chapels and having extra time with the students of Twin Falls Christian Academy. Our team remembered some of the students from the last time we were here, so it was a blessing to reconnect and see what the Lord has been doing through the individual lives of the students and their families.

Thankful for the grace that the Lord gives us to serve and for the privilege of doing gospel work. God has been so kind to us this year. His love and provision never cease to amaze us. As we come to a close in our spring semester, we may be physically tired, but our hearts are very encouraged. When we begin hitting exhaustion, we see more clearly our need for Christ. Although it may be hard feeling that “battle” and fighting for obedience and joy, God uses those times to teach us more of Him and to help us become a little more like Christ.

Thanks Grace Baptist for your faithful ministry and for how you blessed us through our week with you all. Keep serving Jesus!


 

 

Grace Baptist | Elko, NV

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April 16-21, 2017

Our team spent a refreshing week serving alongside Grace Baptist Church in Elko, Nevada. GBC has been a close friend to our team for many years. Pastor Aaron Young and Will go way back—too many crazy inside jokes to keep track of! This church family truly does feel like "family" to a lot of our team. A number of us had the opportunity to serve here while traveling a year and a half ago. We enjoyed reconnecting with church members and serving alongside Grace for a week! The pastoral staff and church body ministered to us in unique ways during the week, especially in the areas of many uplifting conversations, intentional prayer, and graciously preparing meals for and hosting us in their homes.

Another fun highlight: Alicia interned at this church two summers ago, so she was beyond excited to reconnect with old friends from her time here. She was even able to stay the week at the home of the dear family that hosted her during that summer. This week was definitely a refreshing time for her, as she was able to spend some extra time in the afternoons catching up with some of the folks, seeing how God has been at work in and through them in Elko.

As we look back over our week with Grace Baptist Church, we recall so many blessings in the forms of gospel conversations with individuals as God moved in hearts. There was also encouraging fruit in the kids’ program as a few of the kids realized their need for grace and called out to God.

GBC family, thank you for faithfully praying for us each and every week. We are beyond thankful for your support and friendship. The Lord has used you in Elko and beyond in so many ways. Thankful for your fervent ministry! Keep serving Jesus!

 

 

   

Granite Hills Baptist | Reno, NV

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April 9-14, 2017

I wish we could have taken you all along during our week in Reno, Nevada with Granite Hills Baptist Church. As we came into the week wanting to serve [with] their church body, their hearts were so full that they were an incredible blessing to our entire team!

One of my personal favorites about the week in Reno was the open-to-all potluck dinners before the evening pre-services — not because of the [delicious] food but the [sweet] fellowship! So many church members and guests showed up for that extra time of fellowship and food. Loved getting to know people better during these times. During dinner conversations, one of our team members, Alicia, says that it was "refreshing to hear people’s stories of God’s working in their lives.” We all would agree.

A couple of churches also joined us during the week of meetings. We kept adding chairs into the auditorium each night, especially for the Irish Concert! It was an encouraging “problem” to run out of space! The children’s program was also packed! Loved all of the kids that joined us. They were high-energy, excited to be there, and very eager to participate. Thankful for our team and their desire to love the kids in the Deep Space program and share the gospel with them no matter where we are. We also had a teen Ultimate Frisbee outreach event in conjunction with an evening service. Three or four other youth groups joined us as well. Several gospel conversations were going on with teens after Jordan finished the gospel message. Thankful!

Thanks for following along! I also would have loved to introduce you to the hosts that Jessica, Alicia, and I stayed with for the week. Our sweet host and hostess contacted us two weeks in advance just to touch base, get to know us a little, and ask for any prayer requests. Faithfully over those two weeks, she reached out and shared verses and prayers with/for us. She has no idea how much of an encouragement that was for us girls! When we finally met after a longggg travel day, it was like we all knew each other! While some of the team was still driving around a mountain range to stay clear of the snow, Jessica and I were able to meet our hosts earlier and have a great conversation with them—the deep, rich kind. Thankful for those talks about how we initially came to know and trust in Christ, what Christ has recently been doing in our lives, the struggles and pressures we were going through, and the sharing of Truth and prayers for each other. When there is openness in the building of friendships, there is a sweet bond, and we felt it right away.

Our hostess every evening would have a letter taped onto each of our girls’ doors. I kid you not, we girls looked forward to and were giddy with excitement every night to see the notes! Since it was the week leading up to Easter Sunday, our hostess wrote down progressing passages that reflected on Christ’s last hours before He was taken and crucified. Our friendship with our hosts was so sweet. We looked forward to sharing breakfasts with them, singing with them one of the evening after service, and just spending time with them and their adorable Yorkshire Terriers as we talked. When it came for us to leave at the end of the week, many tears were shed. We girls felt as if part of our hearts were left behind. Our hosts’ desire was to be an intentional blessing during our stay, and their genuine love for us three was so apparent. We were overwhelmed by their kindness in how they loved and served us. Thankful for their ministry.

Thank you, Granite Hills Baptist for your faithful ministry in Reno, NV and allowing us to serve with you all for a week! Keep loving the Lord and the people He has placed around you all!

 

Victory Baptist | California City, CA

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April 2-5, 2017

Thankful for a week in California City! Pastor Ron smith and his wife, Kim, have been serving at Victory for several years. With an Air Force base so close by, there are several families and individuals who attend the church that are in connection with the base, in addition to Victory having a great van pick-up ministry.

During the week, the kids just attached themselves to our children's leader--Daniel Mulder. After one of the services, they all piled around him while he played tune after tune on the piano. They guessed the titles, sang along, and giggled as he entertained them. So precious! Daniel has been out children’s director for three years now. His genuine love for the children is contagious to us all on team, and it comes out in his teaching, leading, and sharing of the gospel. Our team is very thankful for Daniel, and—although excited for new future opportunities and where the Lord is leading him—we will surely miss him as he moves on from team next year!

Bethany and some of the Galkin kids were able to reconnect with some of their [fellow] campers that they met over the summer. They knew back in July that they would be seeing each other again, but nine months seemed like forever away. Then here we all were! Thankful for the ability to still stay in touch with folks even if we all live in different places. It’s always great to see friends again.

It is encouraging for our team to see church members invite and bring guests to services. Several came throughout the week, and some heard the gospel for the very first time. Praise the Lord!

Thanks for your faithful ministry, Victory Baptist! Keep sharing the gospel and living for Christ!

 

   

Life Point Baptist | Apple Valley, CA

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March 26-31, 2017

Apple Valley may seem like it’s in the middle of not much….but let me tell you…there’s a sweet church body there that has a huge heart! They are passionate about the gospel, about serving each other, and about reaching their community. Pastor Kit Johnson and Assistant Pastor Kristopher Schaal along with their families moved to Apple Valley a few years ago to serve at Life Point Baptist Church. Their investments in and love for their church family is evident.

Our team had the privilege of not only serving alongside of them for a whole week, but three of our team members were also stationed in Apple Valley for the two weeks prior for our spring break. They greatly enjoyed sticking around in the area, being a part of the church, and are beyond thankful for the kindness of the church and their gracious hosts!


Hi there, it’s Bethany! I just wanted to share from my personal perspective about our team’s time at Life Point Baptist. Thanks for stopping by and following our updates!

IMG_3253.JPG_rszWe arrived mid-week in Apple Valley from Globe, AZ and right away began getting to know the teens at youth group. Jordan also shared a challenge with them at the end of the evening. We played a group game to break the ice, see personalities, and begin building friendships. Animated, fun, and mischievous come to mind when I think of their teens ;) They adopted our team right into their group, and we loved joining in on their pranks and spending extra time with them. They are a special group!

Daniel, Jessica, and I spent our two spring break weeks stationed in Apple Valley and enjoyed exploring California a bit, being a part of the church family, and getting to know our hosts better (Daniel lived at the Galkin’s trailer with Snickers; Jessica stayed with a sweet family and their three precious little girls; I stayed with Pastor, his wife Heidi, and their two enthusiastic little boys—loved them!).

IMG_4350.JPG_rszAfter all of the {crazy} airport runs to and from the Los Angeles airport, our team was back together mid-March! When we officially began meetings, it felt like I had been a part of the church forever! Loved already having built friendships prior to our week of meetings.

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I noticed a number of church members who faithfully drive quite a distance to attend and be involved at Life Point. It is easy for me to fall into the mindset that church is just “what we do” as Christians…but it’s not a luxury, it’s not tradition, it’s not a culture, it’s not just a time of friends+fellowship or just a time of listening to someone teach. It is SO much deeper! God commands us to be in fellowship with believers, to speak Truth to each other, and to learn and grow alongside each other. Why? Because we need one another! We were made for community and friendship—first with the Lord, and then with each other. I’ve been learning just how vital local church is in a believer’s life!

Pastor Kristopher’s wife, Elise, actually traveled on our team several years ago right before they got married! I’ve personally known her first because of camp ministry, but she is also the very one who connected me with team and encouraged me to pursue this ministry! We spent Sunday lunch connecting with the Schaal and Johnson families after our team joined back together before the busy week started. Encouraging to see how the Lord has lead, kept, and provided for the two pastor families.

Throughout the week, I heard many stories of church members being able to invite guests to the services or simply beginning to just build relationships that very week. Conversations like these happened at the park, on a walk in the neighborhood, with an old friend, or with new acquaintances, and several guests came out to the services. Praise the Lord for His knowing of exactly who needed to be there and hear the Truth that week.

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One of my personal favorite evenings was Life Point's ladies’ event—The Chocolate Café. Heidi and Elise did a splendid job preparing for this event, and the ladies of the church jumped in and helped in SO many areas…food, set up, tear down, etc. It was a lovely evening. The Life Point ladies had been intentional in inviting their friends and neighbors to this event early on. Thankful for their desire to reach their community with the gospel. Christy Galkin shared the gospel with the group of ladies who attended. Afterwards, Christy was able to talk with a lady who clearly understood her need for the grace of Christ and called out to the Lord that very evening! Praise the LORD! Thankful for how the Lord uses even us to share His Truth with others. The gospel went forth and responses were made…how can we not give praise to the Lord?

Thanks for a the week(s) of ministry, Life Point Baptist! You all were a blessing.

-Bethany
 

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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