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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.


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


Museum of Science and Industry

moonhampsterAfter our long haul from Salt Lake City to Bolingbrook, IL (roughly 1400 miles), the Lord allowed us to serve a short week with Independent Baptist Church. The church was very welcoming and kind to our team! They even planned a special day for us in Chicago to see the Museum of Science and Industry.

This museum, in my opinion, was the coolest museum I’ve ever been to (ranked right up there with the Smithsonian). It had anything from a WWII U-boat, to live chickens hatching, to an indoor cyclone! (Even a human hampster wheel pictured on the left). At every section, the museum had interactive games that taught us hands-on experience with that particular section of science or industry. A game at the U-boat section would teach you about buoyancy as you tried to take a small ship down into the water. Other games would help you remember what you read throughout the section, like a particular game at the genetics area. It was so neat for us to see how masterful God was in creating an Earth that can produce such amazing things! If you are ever in the Chicago area, you have to check out this museum!

-Laura Kennedy


Farewell SLC

whatshappeningmongolianLaura, Caroline, and Reba, whom I call some of my dearest friends, finally were able to celebrate the time of their births! At the Galkin’s trailer we had a Mongolian barbeque for our dinner and some amazing deserts made by the one and only Christy Galkin. It was a blast! Later that night, we shared many thoughts of what God has been doing in each of the girl’s lives and then opened presents, which included, but were not limited to, gift cards, clothes, and jewelry. I am so glad that I get to travel with these ladies and I am excited to see what the year brings! “Thanks for being born!”

As our team heads to the close of our final week at Gospel Grace Church in Salt Lake City, we come away with two thoughts. Our first thought tends to be, at least for me, a little somber. We are sad to leave this place. A place, where we have seen God do an amazing work, both in our lives and in the lives of others. Friends that we have made here and friends that are co-laborers in the Gospel are hard to leave. I think of my friend, Susanna Fraser who has been such an encouragement to me these past six weeks, and I am going to miss her. I think of the Albrights, the Countermans, the Kopps, and all their kids! I am definitely going to miss all of them. As we have been studying at Gospel Grace, Romans 12 truly depicts what God is doing here in Salt Lake City in the lives of these individuals and families. Romans 12:1 states, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” What a privilege to be a part of the family of God!

The second thought springs up from the joy that it has been to be a part of God’s work. We are starting to see growth in the church and projects being done that will help Gospel Grace. One of the projects was a community survey. Some of the team have been going around the neighborhoods asking if the people that live there could answer a few questions. Most people are not really interested and that makes it a little hard, but those that take the survey we have found to be most interesting. In the survey, the questions include: what they think about Salt Lake City and the community, what they think should be added to the community, but most importantly, what they think a group of “Christ-followers” should be doing for the community. These surveys have been most helpful I think more to me than them. I have met only one Christian in all the surveys I have done. This one fact, in some ways, has shocked me, but in other ways, has saddened me. I have met Catholics, Mormons, Greek Orthodox, self-relying religious people, believers in science, and those who claim that they don’t need God at all. John Moon even met a woman who had come up with her own religion. This city needs God! Not only here, but also everywhere! Those that live where I live, or shop where I shop, need God. And I need God to help me live out the Gospel! These surveys are going to be used as a tool to help us meet the needs of the people in Salt Lake. Please keep Gospel Grace in your prayers as we head out. We have definitely appreciated them!

-Sarah Roe


Meet Cosette

cosetterolandYou may or may not have had a chance to meet the newest member of the Galkin team. She joined our team (and family) on June 5th. She has short black hair, and came to us weighing 8 lbs, 9 oz, and 22 inches long. Over the past 3.5 months she has turned into a smiley bundle of fun that the whole team loves. Her easy-going personality has made her a special blessing (especially to me! :) and her adoration of her 1.5 year old big sister leads her to ignore things like toys in her bed and her head being sat on.

Her name is special too! You may or may not be familiar with the story from which it comes. Cosette is the heroine of the Victor Hugo's novel Les Miserables. The character is an illegitimate child who is ransomed by a man who adopts her and takes her as his daughter. It's a beautiful picture of the redemption we receive as children of God, but we were mostly interested in the meaning of her name. The name is taken from the French word for "Victorious People", which aptly describes the story of the French Revolution in the book. But, it also described a promise that our family needed to remember during a difficult year of life. Cosette was born to us after struggles with faith, with the promises of God, and with His will for our lives. We have been reminded through Hebrews 12 and a hymn we sing on the road, By Faith, that we are victorious people through our faith in Jesus Christ and His work for us. So we always hope that when we look at little Cosette we will remember the promises of God and live a life of faith.

-Caroline Roland


The Fair

teamfairHave you ever seen Charlotte’s Web? Remember when Templeton the Rat sings that song about the fair and says, “The fair is a wonderful smorgasbord?” Well, Templeton was right.

At the Utah State Fair in Salt Lake City, they had just about everything to eat, ride, see, and buy. Everything from funnel cakes to spinning dragons to high divers to magnetic pockets. Now, sadly, this is written only from a single team member’s perspective. I’m not quite sure what all the families did, except I do know that we all ate as much ice cream as our stomachs would allow in the $3 all-you-can-eat-ice-cream tent. And John Moon may or may not have had six scoops. . .

I was brought back to my childhood fair days in Fayetteville, North Carolina as some of us decided to ride the Starship 4000. This ride is basically a giant saucer shaped capsule that spins so fast that your body gets stuck to the inside edges. I couldn’t manage to flip my body upside down like a few of the small children inside the ride, I just screamed and laughed as I experienced the 4Gs of centrifugal force with Jonathan Jarrett, Sarah Roe, and John Moon

The last half hour of our time at the fair was spent with the farm animals, and it was surprisingly fun! We saw chickens with mop-head hair, friendly goats, a sheep show (like a dog show but with sheep), and a cow about the size of our team van!

All in all, the fair was a spectacular time, especially due to the amazing fellowship of friends.

-Laura Kennedy


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