My name is Erkia Galligani. My wonderful husband, Jossef, and I have three lovely daughters: Keila, Bella and Ellie. In December, 2008, the Lord led us out of Southern California, where we have never ventured in the past, to the state of Missouri. The Lord impressed us to move and we felt the Lord’s prominent hand had opened a way for us. Looking back, He isolated us from both of our families and comfort zones so that we could draw nearer to Him. The Lord was refining us for the 7 years we were there.
In November 2014, my mother-in-law urged us to listen to a sermon by Pastor David Gates. We had never listened to him before. We were insouciant Adventists, giving more attention to the physical and emotional needs than to what our family needed most, the spiritual. We were astonished to hear and later verify, with the bible and Spirit of Prophecy, so many truths. The Lord continued to lead us to listen to more sermons from Pastor David as well as others such as: Jeremiah Davis, Brother Mason Moses and Brother Elden Bridges.
We both prayed to be led wherever the Lord wanted to send us; whether moving outside of the cities or into the mission field. We began packing and praying for several months not knowing where we were going to go. In faith we had also spoken to a realtor and begun the process of getting the house ready to sell. Jossef’s fear of spiders, especially tarantulas, delayed his decision to commit to the Lord completely. Then one day he realized the need of full surrender to the Lord.
Jossef follows Pastor David on twitter and had received a tweet early 2016, that David would be speaking in Tennessee. After personal morning devotion on Friday, my husband had an emergency family meeting and announced that the Lord had impressed him for us to go listen to Pastor David in Tennessee. We had less than 1.5hrs to get dressed, pack, and leave in order to make it on time for the first meeting. While packing the van, the Lord impressed me that we would know exactly where we would move to that weekend.
The 7-8 hour drive was not easy with a 2 and 3 year old. Ellie, our 2 year old daughter, got car sick and vomited three times. We contemplated going back home several times. We didn’t make it for the Friday vespers service but we were there on Sabbath. We patiently waited our turn as many other brethren also wanted to speak with Pastor David.
During our conversation with him I noticed something odd to me. Pastor David was asking Jossef what his skill set was and if he ever considered ministerial work. Somehow, the conversation which began as encouragement and gratitude became an appointment with Pastor David first thing on Sunday morning. We met at the GMI Tennessee office and Jossef was offered to join the GMI family.
Our solemn drive back home was filled with long intervals of silent prayer as we contemplated all the events. We both agreed to pray for guidance and ask for the Lord’s leading individually and only to share the Lord’s guiding when we both had received an answer.
One afternoon as I was praying, while cleaning the kitchen, the Lord impressed me that we should join the GMI family. The Lord then asked, “Will you divorce Jossef if he chooses not to go?” Startled by the question I answered, “Lord, I don’t know how I will be able to survive as a missionary alone with three children, but I will go where You want me to go, with or without my husband.”
For a few days, I kept this to myself while I prayed over Jossef. Thankfully, it was only a few days later when Jossef received confirmation from the Lord to move forward by joining the GMI family. I am grateful for a God-fearing husband. Since June 2016 we are and have been serving with GMI in Tennessee and Jossef is now serving as the Director of FrontLines TV.
Jossef & Erkia Galligani