Saturday, February 06, 2016

Village Vision - Sisimiut

Sisimiut, Greenland

Sisimiut - "the town by the foxholes"
Population - 6,000
NO Gospel Witness

Sisimiut, Greenland

Sisimiut is the 2nd largest town in Greenland. This town lies on the west coast about 40km north of the Arctic Circle.  Fishing is the main industry.  Sisimiut is also home to Oqaatsinik Pikkorissarfik (the Language Center).  They teach Danish to Greenlanders and Greenlandic to foreigners.  

The Airport in Sisimiut
I've attended several courses there since 2008.  Each time I am there, I visit with friends that I have made over the years.  I have shared the Gospel and given out tracts and I pray for the seeds of the Gospel to take root.  My soul is stirred and my heart is broken over yet another town in Greenland that needs a Bible-believing Gospel preaching church.

The Supply Ship from Denmark

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Beautiful Greenland - The Aurora Borealis

We are blessed many times during the long winters in Greenland to see the Spectacular Northern Lights. God's Handiwork is Amazing.

We've lived in Greenland for more than 8 years and this was the first time we've seen the pink and violet in the Northern Lights. Up until now all we've seen has been green.

This sight never grows old!
During Stacey and Ben's visit they were really hoping to see the Northern Lights. They were not disappointed! Ben took these pictures with his camera outside our front door.


A video of the kids singing in Greenlandic with Ben playing the piano

Visit From Family

From December 29th until January 14 we were so blessed to have my sister-in-law and nephew visit. Ben came in the summer of 2014 with my Dad and really wanted to come see winter in Greenland. He wanted to experience New Year's eve as well as Sun Day (the day the sun returns to Ilulissat). 
Beneath the Whale Bones

Showing Stacey and Ben around town

Company singing

The Northern Lights

Fun in the snow

The church kids all loved Ben!

We really miss Ben's piano playing!
Ben and Christopher at the Sun's Return.

The end of a wonderful visit!

We enjoyed every minute of their visit. It was great to have family come and I loved having another woman to talk to. We talked about anything and everything :-) and it was just wonderful to have that time of fellowship! Ben, was a blessing in all of the ministries. His talent of piano playing is a gift from God. He was a blessing during our church services, our Kid's Klub and was a great blessing to Chris in the prison ministry, not only was Chris happy to have someone going into the prison with him, but the music Ben played was an extra boost to the service. Ben is also just a couple months away from earning his pilot's license which he plans to use for the Lord in Missions. We hope to see him again in Greenland in the near future!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Family Picture, January 2016

Christopher (14) Emilía Faith (10), Carole, Mattaliina Joy (4), Jonathan (8), Chris and Anna Grace (12)

Greenland's Open Door

The Wrights will soon begin full-time deputation.  Please pray that they can raise the needed support quickly.  As the only Baptist missionaries in Greenland, we are in dire need of help.  As you can imagine, we are eagerly anticipating their arrival.  We look forward to working side by side reaching this country for Christ.  
We ask you to prayerfully consider having the Wright family come to your church to present the mission field of Greenland.  They will surely be a blessing to you.  
Greenland - A Pioneer Mission Field
The only way to get into Greenland as a missionary is to be invited in by a church already in the country.  As you recall, God miraculously opened up a door for us into Greenland without having a sponsoring church.  Of course, there were no Baptist churches in the country at that time.  Us getting into Greenland and starting the first and only Baptist church is nothing short of a miracle.  It still amazes us that God opened up this door that was closed.  Truly with God all things are Possible!
However, now that we are here, we (the Baptist church) have the authority to invite other Baptist missionaries into the country.  Last year the immigration process was handed over to another government agency.  It is even more difficult now for foreigners in any capacity to get residency into Greenland.  We recently received a letter from immigration stating that any Baptist missionaries seeking residency in Greenland must come in under the authority of the Baptist Church.  We don´t take this responsibility lightly.  By the grace of God and with you holding the ropes, we will keep this door open.  
As I have mentioned before, the task of reaching this entire country is too great for one missionary family.  Please remember to pray for the Wright family.  They are taking a big step of faith.  After almost 20 years of marriage, they are selling their house and leaving everything behind.  Bro. Wright has put in his notice and will be leaving his employer of many years.  This is a huge step of faith and we are excited to see how God is going to use them.  
The Baptist Church of Greenland - A Light that Shineth in a Dark Place

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Ephesians 3:20

Sunday, January 17, 2016

New Page!

We've added a new tab above. Click on "The Wright Family" to go to their web page!
Please pray for J.R., Cheryl and their children as they begin their deputation journey to Greenland!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Return of the Sun

Each year on January 13, the sun returns to Ilulissat, Greenland and the townspeople go to the mountaintop to greet its return. The sun rises and sets in a 15 minute period. It is an amazing experience to view the sunshine after weeks of darkness.

Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun: Ecclesiastes 11:7


Riding the Wind

The SUN!

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas 2015!

Christopher Michael, Jr. (14), Emilía Faith (10), Mattaliina Joy (4), Jonathan Elliot (8), and Anna Grace (12).

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Emilía Faith is Ten!

We just celebrated Emilía's tenth birthday! It's so hard to believe she is ten! Where does the time go? It seems like just yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital in Reykjavik, Iceland. Emilia is such a blessing to our family. Her sweet spirit is a joy to everyone! We love you, Emilía Faith!!!
Emilía Faith near the 3rd most beautiful lighthouse in the world, Akranes, Iceland

Born in Iceland, November 18, 2005

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Age 9

Age 10 (Icelandic flags for the Iceland born girl)

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Ten Things I'd like you to know about my Field

10 Things I’d like you to know about my Field

1.  Greenland is the largest island in the world. 
Greenland is one and a half times the size of Alaska. Although it is the largest island in the world, it is one of the least populated countries. Only about 57,000 people live in the entire country. Many years ago while we were on deputation someone asked us “Why Greenland? There is hardly anyone there!”  Well, if you were a Greenlander wouldn’t you want someone to bring the Gospel to you?

2.  Greenland is a very remote place. 
People only live along the coast, because the interior of Greenland is nothing but mountainous ice cap.  These 70 plus villages are not connected by roads, so the only way in and out of town is by boat or plane.  This takes “cabin fever” to a whole new level!  There are NO Fast-food chains or American stores in Greenland.

3.  Greenland has 24 hours of sunlight during the summer months and 24 hours of darkness during the winter months.  In the summer, the 24 hours of sunlight is like an energy drink.  You never feel like going to bed.  How can you sleep when the sun is shining in the windows at midnight!  We use darkening shades to help keep out all that light.  Sometimes it is easy to lose track of the time.  There have been times that I thought, I better make supper now and when I looked at the clock, it was 8 o'clock in the evening!  The kids didn’t mind because they were having fun playing outside.  In the winter however, the darkness has the exact opposite.  It feels like a sleeping aide.  All you feel like doing is sleeping!  You wake up when it is dark and you drag through the day just longing for bed time!  No time for napping when you have 5 children to homeschool and care for. :-) I often joke that I can be like the Virtuous Woman in winter, She riseth also while it is yet night…”  

4. Greenland has really only two seasons, Summer & Winter or as we like to call them, Bug Bite and Frost Bite.  We have seen snow fall in 11 out of the 12 months and though we have not seen snow fall in July, we still have patches of snow. You would never guess that mosquitoes thrive in the short summer months.  They swarm around you and can take away the joy of the summer in the Arctic. The short summer brings with it many varieties of wildflowers and berries.    

5.  Our home is in Ilulissat, Greenland which is the native word for “icebergs.”  We live 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle.  This is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Our town lies just north of one of the most productive glaciers in the world.  The glacier dumps millions of tons of ice into the Bay every day which gives us an ever-changing spectacular view.  

6.  There are more dogs here than people.  The dogs look like Huskies, but they are their own breed.  They are not pets, but work animals.  For nine months out of the year they pull sledges for hunters and fishermen as well as give rides to tourists.  The dog sledge races are very popular in the late winter once the sun has returned.

7.  Everything has to be imported on a big supply ship that comes from Denmark.  It comes about once a week in the summer and then sporadically in the winter based on the weather and ice conditions in the sea.  Because of this, groceries are very expensive and the prices increase overnight in the winter months.  We have learned to stock up on the important stuff like yeast, sugar, flour, milk and toilet paper. Milk comes in boxes and has a shelf life of six months.   

8.  The Greenlandic People are Eskimos and still follow many traditional ways. While the Greenlandic children love candy it doesn’t compare to mattak (raw whale skin and blubber). They prefer it above all else. The Greenlanders love modern technology, yet still cling to their old ways. They love iPhones, Facebook, digital cameras, etc… and at the same time, fishing with harpoon guns, spending days at their summer huts (with no electricity or plumbing), berry picking on the tundra, dog sledging, seal hunting, kayaking, etc.  

9. Greenlandic is one of the most difficult languages to learn.  It is the native language of the Greenlanders.  A 2007 study in Norway declared Greenlandic THE most difficult language to learn.  While we aren’t sure if that is entirely accurate, we know it must be in the “top ten” :-) It is a polysynthetic language.  You start with a root word and then build upon it.  A sentence for us English speaking people may simply be one LOOOOONG word in Greenlandic.

10.  Greenland is a Pioneer Mission Field, We are the only Baptist Missionaries in the entire country.  I won’t lie and say Pioneer Missions is easy.  On the contrary, it’s hard work, a lot of hard work.  The only Gospel Literature in the Greenlandic language is what we’ve been able to write and translate.  Sometimes it feels that for every step forward, we take two backwards.  Being the first and only, we have experienced many setbacks, but we continue pressing forward in order to blaze a trail in this spiritual wilderness.  
The loneliness is hard, the isolation is difficult, and the ministry is time consuming, yet the rewards are out of this world!  We can’t imagine living any other life!   The good news is that help is on the way!  My Dad is coming this summer to help us launch our summer boat ministry to the outlying towns and villages.  Also another family is currently on deputation to join us on this Pioneer Mission Field! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed your brief visit to Greenland and leave knowing a little more about this country and its people. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Christopher is 14!

Matti was so excited to give "Chippy" one of her favorite books.


Christopher loves climbing, hiking, fishing, camping... etc...

Big Brother!