Works of God

We are thankful that God is always at work causing team members to look more like Jesus. We desire to testify of the grace of God in our lives, and that through the working of Christ in us, you will be encouraged in your relationship with Jesus.

~ANNA GRACE

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Many people ask me if I enjoy traveling. Perhaps they mean to ask whether I’m annoyed by moving places every week, or whether it’s hard to do school on the road, or if I like seeing all the places I go. To all of which my conscience screams when I answer with a simple yes or no. So, here’s a preemptive thanks for listening (or rather reading) past the first couple of sentences where I haven’t given you a one-word answer.

My purpose here is to answer some loving questions from inquisitive friends, to get my own thoughts untangled and laid out, and to thank God for His faithfulness all these years. You see, these past seventeen years have taken me all around the nation with my family and team of adults. When asked to come, our family and team (Galkin Evangelistic Ministries) spends about a week with a church, encouraging believers by coming alongside them as they seek to be in the Word and create gospel opportunities. My dad will normally speak to the adults each night from the Bible, while my siblings and I help the Team run the kids’ and teens’ ministries. Many times, we will also end the week of music and messages with an Irish concert where the gospel is explained. In the midst of these weeks, my siblings and I also squeeze in schoolwork each day. Traveling all across the nation in our 5thwheel trailer, we follow this chock-full schedule almost every single week of the school year. Then, during the summers, my family lands in Salt Lake City, UT where my dad is one of the pastors at Gospel Grace Church. The summer brings a whole new rhythm to our lives as we invest in and are invested in by our own local church.

Throughout these past couple of years Dad has been both a pastor in SLC and the head of GEM. But, God has made it clear that Dad is supposed to focus his energies on one or the other. And so, coming summer of 2019, we’ll move into our Salt Lake house and out of our trailer for the last time. When my family was first talking and praying about this probable transition, a flood of emotions bombarded my mind. You would think I’d be used to moving by now. Well, this move is going to be slightly different, and slightly more life-altering. And I pray that it is.

I could never communicate the scope of how much I will miss traveling. There are certain memories about it that will always tug at my soul: Late-night devos with the fam stretching even later with laughter, the car rides with nothing to do but stare out the window, endless inside jokes with the team, and yes, even the all-too-often lasagna. But, I’m praying that this death of an era will bring much life in its place. Last year, I read the classic Tale of Two Cities. I was not let down when, by the end of the book in good Dickens fashion, his tangle of characters and story lines were transformed into a masterpiece. Though I’m getting ready to trek into the unfamiliar (and from my perspective - uncharted) territory of college life and all that comes with it, I am learning to rest in the fact that my story has been crafted by an all-knowing Author. This truth I’m in the process of learning can’t be fully learned without change.

I’m almost half way through my Senior year. As far as college decisions go, I haven’t made any big ones yet, but am working on narrowing down my options and interests. This past year or two I’ve been able to check out quite a few colleges and have enjoyed the experience of seeing some options first hand. If you think of it, I would appreciate your prayers for this specific area of my life – along with everything else of course!

Please don’t think that this update encapsulates fully the wide array of emotions I (or even we) have about this last year on the road. As a friend told me, the full reality probably won’t hit me until I’m sitting in my dorm room itching to just go somewhere - anywhere. But for now, I hope this gave you a little taste of what God is doing in my life. It’s been a ride!

 

Spring 2018 Wrap-up

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“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, by which He has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.”

2 Peter 1:3-4


As we wrap up this very busy and exciting year of traveling, we look back and see obvious times of God’s “divine power [granting] to us all things that pertain to life and godliness,” providing for what He has called us to do. He is a God Who rescues and sustains. What a privilege we have as we travel from church to church and proclaim Him, watching Him move in hearts. Week after week, we saw the power of His Word making the truth of the gospel clear, even to the kids in our Amazing Grace Race kids’ program. He is so kind to allow us to see some of the fruit of the ministry of the gospel.

From balmy 80 degree weeks in Florida, to snow falls in Pennsylvania, we’ve been able to safely cover lots of ground this semester. God’s also allowed us to cover some good ground on projects, like recording our new Christmas album (stay tuned!) during our spring break in March. We were so thankful to have Pastor Jonathan Albright join us for a week at Aire Born Studios and help us through the recording process. Our team then spread out around Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, and South Carolina for a week of break with our families before coming back for the final 6 weeks of traveling.

We’ve also been chipping away at preparations for our summertime in Salt Lake City, UT, as it’s only a few weeks away. Our family and church team there are excited to have 4 of our current traveling team members join us out in SLC this summer: Andrew Smiley, Alicia Newcomer, Andrew Smith, and Bethany Wescott. They’ll be serving as summer interns under P4tG during the months of June and July, helping out with Plant Camp and gospel outreach events for Gospel Grace Church and Gospel Hope Church, all while receiving training on urban church planting and discipleship.

Our family and team are excited to see what this summer holds for us, as well as what this coming fall holds for us. For one, we’ll be welcoming a new team member in August: Jordan and Shannon Allen’s new baby girl! We’ve absolutely loved being able to share in the excitement that comes with planning and preparing for a new baby. We were even able to throw Shannon a surprise Baby Shower earlier in April. Starting a family on the road also comes with many challenges. We know that the Allens sure would appreciate your prayers as they start into this new stage of life! Thank you for the love and support that so many of you have already shown them.

In addition, this September will mark the beginning of our final year of traveling as a team. While serving on staff with Gospel Grace Church in SLC remotely these last seven years, the impractical nature of both traveling itinerantly with a team and pastoring a church has become more and more obvious. For this reason, we have decided to relocate our geographical center to Salt Lake City once we finish our team itinerary traveling schedule in March of 2019. We will continue to take on 10-15 speaking engagements outside of Salt Lake City per year and will continue on with the preaching of the gospel, equipping of the saints, and encouraging of believers to share their faith in a post-Christian culture. In addition, our desire is to help churches be revitalized and see growth in a disciple-making culture.

We praise God for you and your partnering with us in what God is doing in the Salt Lake valley, and we look forward to seeing how God works and guides in this new chapter of life. Please pray with us as He continues to build the Church in Salt Lake City to the praise of His glory!


For the Gospel,

The Galkin Team

 

   

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We praise God for 23 years of ministry. Since 1995, we have been traveling itinerantly and have enjoyed serving over 150 churches. Christy and I actually met while traveling on the Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team, traveled with them for a number of years, and then launched out on our own in 2003. Over the course of these years we have been raising our five children and have had about 35 young adults travel with us.

Serving in churches from Florida to California, we are thankful to have been a part of over 500 meetings during our 23 years of ministry. Over the past seven years we have been associated with the church planting efforts in Salt Lake City, centered around Gospel Grace Church. While serving on staff with them remotely these last few years, the impractical nature of both traveling itinerantly with a team and pastoring a church has become more and more obvious. For this reason, we have decided to relocate our geographical center to Salt Lake City. We will continue to take 10-15 speaking engagements outside of Salt Lake City per year and will continue on with the preaching of the gospel, equipping of the saints, and encouraging of believers to share their faith in a post-Christian culture. In addition, our desire is to help churches be revitalized and see growth in a disciple-making culture.

Please feel free to contact me if you believe that we could be a blessing to your church, or if you would like to partner with us in what God is doing in the Salt Lake valley. We look forward to seeing how God works and guides in this new chapter of life. Please pray with us as He continues to build the Church in Salt Lake City to the praise of His glory!

 

For the gospel,

WILL GALKIN

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New Album Releases

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Be some of the first to purchase a copy of our two new albums!
THEY ARE FINALLY HERE!
Announcing the release of our two latest albums...

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The God Who SAVES

Originally produced and released as an MP3 EP album back in the fall, we recently went ahead and produced a physical copy of the album.

With our physical CD containing a bonus track, you won't want to miss this!

Click here to visit our store website and check out this album for yourself, a family member, or a friend!

 

 

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ARISE | A COLLECTION OF INSTRUMENTAL WORSHIP

This newly released album contains sixteen instrumental songs including Behold Our GodAll I Have Is Christ, and Though You Slay Me.

For purchasing the physical copy of this brand new album, click here.

Prefer an MP3 format? No worries! Click here for the MP3 download of ARISE.


 

   

Getting To The Heart Of It

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Getting to the heart of it

As one of the “newbies” on team, these past few months have been quite a ride! There is plenty to learn, and not many dull moments. Already I have grown much from the constant “life-on-life” relationships with team members, church members, and friends from college that I have bumped into along the way. All in all, I am confident that travelling on team is what the Lord has for me right now, and I am so glad to be here.

But we know that life is not exclusively positive experiences. We live in a messed up world, and if we are honest, we are quite a mess ourselves. Once, G.K. Chesterton was asked “What’s wrong with the world today?”. His insightful reply was, “I am”. If you don’t believe there is anything wrong with yourself, try spending more time around people and see what happens! While travelling, the team community has acted as a mirror of my soul, and some of my ugly features have been coming to light. Although I probably still don’t recognize the full extent of my selfishness, I can see it more clearly as I travel the road of life with others.

Interestingly enough, we all naturally react differently when our flaws are revealed. Some common responses are anger, defensiveness, self-righteousness, and avoidance. Personally, I generally tend to despair and feel insecure. But Christ’s victory means that I can see my faults yet not be defeated. The gospel has not only saved me, but it is continually saving me. In fact, it is good to see my faults, for God is showing how He wants to grow me. Understanding what I have in Christ – complete acceptance and security that is not based on my performance – is gradually changing me from the inside out. I can truly change only if it is God that changes me. In a letter to the church of Corinth, Paul writes, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” Because of Christ, God not only accepts me as the sinner that I am, but wants me to behold Him and be changed because of it!

-Andrew Smith

 

Team Training | Fall 2015

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August 1 - September 19, 2015

For the past three weeks, our team has been chugging away with getting things done as we prepare to hit the road this weekend. Take a peek to see some things that we have been working on:

  • Music Practice...and lots of it! Thanks to Christy, Daniel, and Shannon, everything has been very organized and efficient. We have been able to gel quite well together as we figured out who plays, who sings, and who needs to learn new instruments!
  • Packing Prep: helping the Galkins organize, clean, and pack up their house; cleaning and packing their trailer; cleaning and re-organizing the vehicles and cargo trailer.
  • Team Meetings: we meet every morning to pray, read from Scripture, and talk about a few specific topics. Every one of us have been so grateful for these times set aside for learning, which then leads to very practical application. It truly has been a blessing to learn together and to grow together as a team.
  • GGC Ministry: our team has had several opportunities to serve with several ministry opportunities at Gospel Grace Church here in Salt Lake City. To see the burdens of church members and to partner with them for a time to serve in those areas has been both an encouragement and challenge for us. We had the opportunities of participating in a Rescue Mission service+dinner, witnessing outreaches, hiking and playing sports with students from the University of Utah, and being involved with Community Groups each Wednesday with the church body in different homes.
  • The Galkins hosted a *Backyard Bluegrass* event at their home last weekend for friends, family, and neighbors in their community. The team performed some fun, Irish folk songs, we had some great conversations with those who attended, and everyone had plenty of incredible food! What could be better then fellowship, fun music, outdoor games, burgers, desserts, and a beautiful evening? Thankful for the opportunity to continue investing in individuals' lives for the Gospel in differet ways. (pc:AaronBoyce)
  • CAMPING! (Post to follow) Honestly, is there truly a better way to bond as a team?

As we finish packing up and finalizing details, we would greatly appreciate prayer...that we all would stay focused on what matters, that we would love and serve each other despite the approaching deadline, that we would be preparing our hearts and minds--as a group and individually--for these next nine weeks, and that Christ would be glorified.

   

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