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


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