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“…having SEEN [the promises] and having WELCOMED them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth...but as it is, they desire a BETTER country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has PREPARED a city for them.”
Hebrews 11:13-16

Friends,

Thank you so much for your continuous investment and partnership with us in the gospel! The Lord has allowed us to finish up a great summer out here in Salt Lake City, specifically with Plant4theGospel and Gospel Grace Church. We are so thankful for the many opportunities for gospel outreach we had with avenues like Plant Camp and Backyard Bible Club. Four of our team members (Andrew Smiley, Alicia Newcomer, Andrew Smith, and Bethany Wescott) were able to come out as summer interns for GGC and help us, while receiving training on urban church planting and discipleship.

We were also able to partner with Gospel Hope Church in Riverton on several community-connect opportunities. As a direct result of the flyers and door hangers that went out through Plant Campers, the Lord has continued to bring in numbers of guests, some of whom have trusted Christ. We’re rejoicing that God is saving souls, and we’re trusting Him to continue to do His work in the hearts of people in Utah.

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It’s hard to believe that this September marks the beginning of our final year of traveling as a team. The team members just arrived here in Salt Lake for our last team training. We’re spending 3 weeks in Salt Lake to prep for hitting the road, as well as for some final community connects, like our Bluegrass & BBQ event. As we all make this transition together out of traveling, both our family and team are enjoying the unique fact that we have the same team members back with us this year--for the first time! Well, except for Baby Jubilee Allen. :) We absolutely love this new little team member and have already enjoyed spoiling her. She brings a fresh excitement to team life. We know that the Allens sure would appreciate your prayers as they transition into this new stage of life while on the road! Thank you for the love and support that so many of you have already shown them.

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Another addition to this unique year of traveling is the fact that the Galkin's oldest daughter, Anna Grace, is now a senior in high school. So, her days are quickly being filled with completing college applications and writing scholarship essays! We’re excited for how the Lord will direct her next steps as she enters this new chapter of life.

Thank you so much for your kindness in PRAYING for us as we hit the road in the next few weeks. We’re excited for the opportunity to partner with churches in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee this fall. Our prayer is that we make the truth in Hebrews 11:13-16 clear, that this earth is not our home. “God has prepared a city for [us] …a heavenly one,” and that is what we live for and proclaim. That’s the message we want to come through in our songs, our messages, our Amazing Grace Race kids’ program, and our teen outreaches. Please join us in praying that we’ll be faithful in this ministry and that God continues to build the Church to the praise of His glory!

For the Gospel,

The Galkin Team


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