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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.

Beginning 2013


We have enjoyed a great Christmas break with our families and friends, and we are ready to get back on the road. We begin this week in Myrtle Beach, SC!


Christmas Sale

christmassalelow4 The Gospel Resources (our store site) is running a sale on all of our Galkin recordings and more!

All of our Galkin Team recordings are $12. Or you can buy 10 of any 1 CD for $95.

You can purchase our entire collection (Let Christ Be Lifted Up, Give Me Jesus, Christ Only Always, Consider Him, By Faith, and Be Still) for $65.

Be Still is our latest recording. It is packaged with an instrumental CD and a bonus scripture meditations CD. Check out a video about it here.

5 Questions About Eternity, a gospel video series, is now available on DVD! It's only $2.99 and ships December 11.

Merry Christmas, from our team!


Day at a Corn Maze

cornmazeOn the occasional Friday or Saturday, the entire team gets together for a little fun. This past Friday we all headed out to a corn maze. This wasn’t just any corn maze, it was the biggest corn maze I had ever seen! Unfortunately we didn’t go through it, BUT we ran around and played with all the activities around the corn maze, and it made for a pretty great photo-op afternoon.

The corn maze spot had a huge tube slide that the kids really enjoyed, a vast pumpkin patch, a small petting zoo, hay rides, and a general store with lots of harvest goodies. Evi especially enjoyed the animals at the petting zoo (she is a big fan of sheep); Lilly was quite fond of all the oddly shaped gourds in the general store; and John Baker and I were enjoying capturing some great moments on their cameras. Check out our day at the corn maze on our Facebook page!

-Laura Kennedy


Harvest Party 2012

IMG_3447Last week an epic event happened in the history of evangelistic teams. For the first time in decades, two teams came together for a festival of candy, costumes, and chaotic craziness. The Galkin and Pettit Evangelistic Teams joined forces for a fall party. Twenty-nine people dressed in creative costumes, gathered for games, a candy hunt, a movie and great fall food. The Pettit team girls were princesses from Disney Movies. Mark and Amanda Egerdahl and the Pettit guys were dressed as characters from a book series. Bro. Steve was a pirate, Terry the Mona Lisa and Michael dressed as a politician. The Roland family dressed up as Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinker Bell and a Lost Boy. Laura was Rosie the Riveter, Sarah was Amelia Earhart, and Reba was the White Witch from Chronicles of Narnia. John Baker was Po the Panda, Jonathan Jarrett was William Wallace, and John Moon was the old man from the movie Up. Will was a pyromaniac; Christy a crazy woman; Anna Grace an oriental girl; William was a clown; Lilly a mad scientist; David an army man and Eliana an Indian princess. This was the second opportunity God gave us this semester to spend time with some of our dearest friends on the Pettit Team. We’re thankful for fun and joy found in godly relationships.

-Reba Snyder



evangelistswhAs busy as our team is, we seldom have the opportunity to meet with others outside the church we are currently serving. However, this week in Flint, MI, we had a rare happenstance! On Saturday we drove into Flint, where we stopped by Faith Baptist Church in Davison, MI to meet up for lunch with the Bowens, the Herbsters, and the DeGardes! We had a great time of fellowship and even played some volleyball and soccer. Then Tuesday of this week at Maranatha Baptist we had a visit from Paul Whitt, Rob Fipps, Kevin Moses, and Aaron Boyce, some of our dear Northland Camp friends. After the service, we all joined up to fellowship and eat late night appetizers. And to top it all off, we will be joining the Pettit team for our annual Harvest party on Thursday! This Harvest party is a moment in history and the competition for the best costume is on the rise. There is definitely more to come on this event.

Not only did we get to see friends, but also meet those who are co-laborers in the gospel. Normally, the different evangelistic teams are in different regions of the country for an entire semester. This time, God allowed us to meet with many friends. Much encouragement is needed for this kind of ministry and being able to pray for one another and fellowship with one another is like a balm to our hearts. It is such a blessing to know that the blessings and trials on the road are shared with others. What a kind God to allow these types of meetings. One day, we will have the joy of eternally fellowshipping with each other as co-laborers in the gospel, praising God for all He has done!

-Sarah Roe


Priests, Penny Whistles, & Pots of Chili

sarahpennywhistleWell, another week has come and gone. This week we started off with trailer fixes as we pulled up into First Baptist Church in Holly, MI, but to make the beginning of this week even better, the church hosted a “chili cook-off!” From spicy chili to sweet, it was all very good on a cold Sunday afternoon as our team got to be the judges and play bluegrass! It’s always an added blessing to do fun fellowship with the churches we visit.

As you all know, music is a big part of our ministry. We all play different instruments. I play the flute and penny whistle on our team. And so, as suggested by Caroline, I will tell you how I learned the penny whistle.

The first time I played the penny whistle, I had no idea what I was doing. I was just asked to be on the Galkin Team and I was a counselor for music camp at Northland Camp & Conference Center. One day of the week the music camp gives a bluegrass music session where the campers can join in and practice with the evangelistic team musicians. Since one of my campers played the penny whistle, and I had just been asked to be on the team, Jessica Sassek, the penny whistle player from the Pettit team, pulled me aside and gave me a penny whistle to borrow and play with everyone. I thought, “What in the world!” “Why do they think that I can play anything!” She quickly told me that the fingerings for the whistle are the same as playing the D major scale on the flute. So, I walked back to stand next to my camper and completely bombed “Old Joe Clark.” It was good for me, in fact humbling, to stand next to a high school girl who blew me away with her skills.

For the next few weeks of camp, and into the weeks prior to traveling having new recording coming up (Consider Him), I practiced until my fingers were going to fall off. Not only did I have to learn the penny whistle in one key, I had to learn to play about ten penny whistles because each one is in a different key. Some, as small as a pencil, and some, longer than a regular sized flute! Reba had told me that the best way to learn the penny whistle was to listen to Irish music. She even took the time to show me, scare me rather, into practicing by showing me a number of songs that had penny whistle parts in them that made the “Orange Blossom Special” sound like “Three Blind Mice.” Seriously, these penny whistle players were crazy fast! I wondered how they were even breathing between notes. Immediately, a lump positioned itself in my throat for the next three weeks. This however, was very good for me. I even started watching videos on YouTube for lessons in trills, slurs, cuts, rolls, and many other little tricks that you do with penny whistles. Besides my teacher being a Catholic priest, I learned a lot.

You could go with the old, “PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE” routine, but over the last couple of years, I have also had the privilege of learning by simply playing or reading through books. The first book I used was called, “The Penny Whistle Book” by Robin Williamson. This taught me basics and helped my tone as I practiced. As for working on tricks, I used the book, “The Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox” by Grey Larsen, which was highly suggested by Jessica. Although, learning this has been a wonderful experience and a fun one as well, I have loved that learning the penny whistle has been used to further the gospel. I know God has even been kind to allow me to use it beyond ministry. I have been able to teach Lilly Galkin the penny whistle and I will also have the privilege of helping a church in Georgia with their Christmas program, along with Caroline and Josh, in a few short months. God has been good and He is still humbling me through music!

-Sarah Roe


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