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Life on the road is never boring! Whether it's a birthday party or a fall outing, read these articles to hear about the recent fun the team has been having.

Running the Race...literally

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Pounding. Breathing. Sweating. Grabbing water. Eating energy chews. Putting one foot in front of the other. Concentrating on mental over pain. Having determination. And pushing for perseverance.

A week after we all arrived in SLC, our team plus a few friends got up before the sun was even awake to run a half-marathon down Big Cottonwood Canyon. With the starting line about 9-10 miles up the canyon, we all were huddled together under our space blankets while waiting. At 5:45am, the sun still wasn't up and the chill was a little biting. So many mixed emotions of excitement and nervousness were floating around everywhere. While we waited with anticipation for the 6:45am start time, we talked, laughed, and ran in place to try and warm up.

"How are you doing??"
"I'm nerrrrvous!"
"I'm excited! What about you?"
"I'm cold."
"I'm ready...let's go!!"

And so we began! We headed down the canyon at our own paces for about 10 miles until it leveled out into town the last 3 or so miles where we pushed with whatever energy we had left until the final stretch. Along the way, we passed runners, runners passed us, had sideline cheerleaders, received water and fuel from volunteers, and tried to smile at least once for the photographers. The views, I tell you, were absolutely beatiful as the sun rose above the canyon!

Between the times of 1:38 and 2:07, we all FINISHED the course! {Praise the Lord!} Thankful for smooth runs and no injuries...just the normal wear-and-tear soreness that lasts for about 1-500 days!

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We all left the finish line area wearing the medals around our necks, taking a couple pictures, hi-fiving each other, laughing about our individual run stories, and [some of us] having a hard time believing that we had just run over THIRTEEN miles STRAIGHT for the very first time in our lives!

Such a great opportunity to do an event like this all together. From training throughout the summer, to our taper/wind-down week, to being a part of each other's race day all played a role in us becoming better friends and making new ones!

So go pick up a hobby that others can join you in....or join someone else's hobby! You may discover that you actually enjoy what they love, too!

 

Happy Birthday to Christy!

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{February 12th}

...was a special occasion…Christy Galkin’s birthday! Let me tell all you readers right now, Christy Galkin is one special lady. Our team wouldn’t be what it is without her.

HAPPY {belated} BIRTHDAY, CHRISTY! We love you and are thankful for you!…not just for what you do and the things that you “add” to each of our lives, but simply thankful for just YOU and who you are!

Christy is genuine, funny, faithful, diligent, determined, gentle, kind, sweet, patient, joy-filled. She is an example of a faithful Christian who strives after her Savior, Who then shines brightly through her. Christ is displayed through her words, her actions, and even in how she responds to both everyday “normal” life and difficult circumstances.

Being a Christian and living a life for Christ doesn’t happen by chance or with a “go with the flow” attitude. There’s an intentionality with this life. Christ never promised us an easy going life. He never promised us smooth sailing after surrendering to following Him. No, He tells us to pick up our cross and follow Him. There’s a cost to following Jesus and living for Him. Ah, but Jesus is worth it. The gospel is worth it. Eternity is worth it. First Peter tells us of the hope that we do have because of Christ. We’re not walking this journey alone. Because of Christ—because of God’s love for me—I can walk through this life and face whatever it brings with a resolve. Sure, there will be times that I trip and fall, but the Lord’s grace is sufficient and His mercies are new every. single. morning. to give me strength to get back up and keep walking in obedience. Christ is enough.

We are so thankful for Christy! Thanks for going hard after the Lord and steadily pursuing Him even with the roller coaster twists and turns this life brings. You are a blessing.

As a team member and friend of Christy’s, I am personally extra thankful for her example and roles as a woman (especially in a ministry setting); her daily, faithful walk with Christ (both in the highs and lows); her example of striving to put God and His truth first; her huge heart for any and all people and going after them; her AMAZING white chicken chili!!!! Your friendship is a gift, Christy! Thanks for loving me when I’m unloving. Thanks for being friends with me when I’m unfriendly. Thanks for pouring into me when I’m not always receptive. You challenge me to want to be more like Christ! I think that down the road as I will look back, I am going to realize just how much MORE of a gift these years on the road together have been. It’s easy to take for granted the busy “here and now”, but I praise God for the incredible blessings He’s giving right now in this unique setting and alllllll that goes into road+church ministry. Thankful for how He is using you and your pursuit of Him to display Christ every day. To another year of God keeping you and you growing deeper in your love for Him!  ~BW

 

   

January 2018 ~ Update on the New Year

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Dear Friends,

Going into the holiday season and break from traveling, our team knew that life’s pace and schedule would change, so we all began making some goals for our break to be proactive versus passive. Some goals included intentional relationship time, study time, recreational time, and personal time.

The team spread out across the states to be with their families, and our Galkin family spent time in both Georgia (with extended family) and Florida (where we would begin our spring semester). Being with family is precious, and we are thankful for the sweet times we had together. I (Will) was able to continue working on classes over the holidays for my doctorate degree. Having devoted time to studying and working through those assignments was a blessing. Visiting the Florida coast for a few days was an extra blessing for our family. One of our favorite memories was just being all together as a family and reading our different books at the beach.

As our team came back together the first week of January, we had a sweet time reflecting on what God has done in the past year, and to look ahead at our vision for 2018 as individuals and as a team.

  • Preaching the gospel to all peoples

We do not categorize ourselves as a music team. Nor a program team. Nor an event team. But by God’s grace, as we partner in ministry with local churches, we use music to share the gospel; we use program tools to promote the gospel; and we use events to spread the gospel. We’re a gospel team. And when we begin losing sight of that, our focus is off, our goals become skewed, and we cannot love freely as we ought. Praise God for a new semester to share the gospel of Christ with others!

  • Promoting the growth of healthy churches

Our desire is to partner—link arms—in ministry with local churches throughout the states. As we strive to be faithful with the tasks that the Lord has given each of us, our desire is to see churches grow and be healthy. We truly count it a privilege to serve alongside each church body for the furtherance of the gospel.

  • For the glory of God

What is our life? James 4 talks about our lives being a vapor—a mist. Time vanishes quickly, and we are not guaranteed tomorrow. So what we do today as unto the Lord matters in the view of eternity. The question we have to ask is, “Are my plans and decisions ‘me-focused’ and self-fulfilling, or are they ‘kingdom-focused’?” We try to create our own kingdoms in vain, because the kingdom of God is the one that lasts. As we enter into this new semester, we want our motives to be reminded of working as unto the Lord, to be eternity-minded, to love others intentionally, and to live to please God, not others.

As we enter 2018, may we all strive to live each day and not waste our life. May we live for the kingdom of God. Would you pray along with us that we would faithfully and humbling serve in this new year?

For the Gospel,

The Galkin Team

 

Have you heard?

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Review | Remember | Persevere | 2017

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Hello from the Galkin Team!

What a full semester! As we’ve made our way through Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and South Carolina, we’ve managed to experience every type of seasonal weather, ranging from 80 degree days to hail and snow showers; we’ve consumed probably hundreds of cough drops and Mucinex as our team and Galkin family members shared colds with each other; and we’ve experienced God’s faithful kindness to us through both His people that we’ve met this semester and His Word’s working in hearts. A full, yet rich semester. 1 Peter, the book that our team is studying through this year, highlights the future hope that we as “elect exiles”  have: This present world is not our home (1:1). We can be secure and know that our present hardships are God’s kindness to us because they’re causing an ache for heaven and are refining our faith. Some of our greatest fears and weaknesses are being exposed this year, but we know that they are met by God’s grace.open-book-study

The saving message of the gospel is so powerful, for both believers and unbelievers. God’s grown our faith this semester as we’ve had opportunities to proclaim what Jesus did for us on the cross and watch that truth work in the hearts of the people who came out to our meetings and youth outreaches. How humbling it is to be used by the King to accomplish His purpose and further His kingdom! His love is powerful. His Word is alive! Isaiah records the love and power of God:

“‘So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.’” Isaiah 55:11

As we finish up in Greenville soon, we are looking forward to a few weeks off for the holidays with our families! The Galkins will visit family and friends in Georgia, and the team members will spread out over the Carolinas, Colorado, Michigan, and Ohio. We’ll then regroup in Charlotte the first week of January to kick off the spring semester of travel. We’re already looking forward to seeing how God will continue to show His grace as He sustains and uses us for His glory. Pray with us that we would stay faithful and humbly serve Him and His people as we finish out this year and begin another new year together!

For the gospel,

The Galkin Team

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
1 Peter 1:3-7

 

SLC - September 2017

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We would love for you to meet our ministry team for this traveling year!

Hop on over to our TEAM PAGE and get to know us a little bit as we're in the middle of our team training weeks here in Salt Lake City, Utah! Lots of projects and practices and times together over these 3 weeks...thanking the Lord for much!

   

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