Farewells and "See You Later"s

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Spring Summary + Summer Plans

What an incredible spring semester! I think we would all agree--it flew by so quickly. We will greatly miss those who are officially departing from our team, but we look forward with anticipation and excitement as we see God directing their steps and guiding them to the next chapters in their lives. Below are short summaries of what each team member will be doing this summer...and some beyond.

JESSICA GARRISON has traveled with us for two years. She has had a valuable role on team as the music coordinator: she arranged music, had a huge part in producing our latest CD “Each Day I Live”, and led music practices. She also taught piano lessons to the Galkin girls, Anna Grace, Lilly, and Elli. We will miss her piano playing, singing, and fabulous accordion skills! As a team, we really appreciate her joyful spirit, bubbly personality, and love for the Lord, others, and life itself. She is a joy to be around. This summer, Jessica will be planning for her upcoming wedding on August 15th to John Moon and will also spend a month in Salt Lake City helping with Plant Camp. Once she and John get married, they will become permanent residents in SLC and immerse themselves in the people of the city and the work of the Lord in Gospel Grace Church.

JOHN MOON is going to be greatly missed on team. We have really appreciated his hard work ethic, his love for the teens, and his desire to serve. He is probably one of the most disciplined team members, which has been an inspiring challenge to all those around him. John is finishing up his 4th full year with us. Some of his many responsibilities included teaching teen pre-services, planning for Plant Camp, and playing many of the following string instruments: guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, and a little bit of banjo--none of which he was proficient in when he first began traveling on team! He is moving out to Salt Lake City this summer to begin working with State Farm, while also being a vital part of Plant Camp. He and Jessica are to be married at the end of the summer, after which he will continue his full time job, be an intern at Gospel Grace Church, and pursue a seminary degree.

AARON BOYCE is also moving out to Salt Lake City this summer where he will be helping with Plant Camp. After the summer, he hopes to find a job in the area while also interning at Gospel Grace Church. He is praying that through this opportunity, the Lord will show him how he could best serve in future church planting endeavors. Aaron has traveled with the Galkins for 2 years and has acted as Will’s personal assistant. He has been an invaluable asset by taking care of scheduling, planning of events, leading worship, playing the double bass, and singing. We greatly appreciate his attention to detail and his desire to serve others before himself.

JONATHAN BAKER has been a wonderful part of team life these past 3 years. He is a peacemaker, always has a listening ear, and has a willing, servant's spirit. It has been a blessing to see God get a hold of his heart and teach him foundational truths about grace and his position in Christ. Jonathan took care of all audio/visual and technology needs and could help in any technological situation. It was often, "Baker to the rescue!" He is moving to Wisconsin in May where he will be starting a new job, serving at Brookside Baptist Church. Jonathan will be getting married on August 8th to Lauren Samuels. We are looking forward to seeing how the Lord uses this couple in a local church context.

JILLIAN BLACKWELL has traveled for one year on team. She took care of the ministry resources and ran the online store. In addition, she had a huge part in singing and playing the flute and penny whistles for services. She is marrying Gabriel Josey On May 25th, just two weeks after the team goes their separate ways. They will live in Louisville, Kentucky, where Gabriel is pursuing graduate work. Jillian has a job lined up for the summer with possible teaching opportunities available for the fall. We are thankful for the year that God allowed Jillian to serve on team and for us to have seen the Lord work in her life.

DANIEL MULDER has traveled on team for a year and a half. This summer, he will be in Salt Lake City serving as an intern at Gospel Grace Church and assisting in the Plant Camps that will be taking place in June. In August, he will join back up with the team to begin preparing for the fall travels.

SPENCER SHELBURNE has traveled for a whole year so far and will also join back up with the team in Salt Lake City in August. For the summer months, Spencer will be serving at Camp Calvary in Pennsylvania as a staffer.

BETHANY WESCOTT has officially finished her first semester on team! For the summer months, before she also heads to Salt Lake City to meet back up with the team, she plans to work and to spend time with family and friends in North Carolina.

The GALKIN family and their little dog Snickers will be in Salt Lake City for the summer months as they continue investing in the community around them, serving at Gospel Grace Church, and having a big part in Plant Camp.

Stay tuned to hear more about the team and the upcoming changes that will be taking place in the near future. We are beyond excited for the new team members who will be joining us come August and look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store!

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