Thursday, April 17, 2014

THE Christ or the Crowd, which one are you following?


Read John 12.
Were you part of the crowd that shouted Hosanna when Messiah entered Jerusalem riding a donkey? You say, you were!  Then where were you a few days later when your King was arrested?  Where were you when your Christ was beaten and whipped?  Where were you when they placed a crown of thorns on the head of the King of kings?  Where were you when Pilate presented your King before the crowd?  Where were you when the crowd chose Barabbas over the King of the Jews?  Where were you when the crowd shouted, “Away with this man and release unto us Barabbas.  Crucify Him! Crucify Him!  We have NO KING, but Ceasar.”
What´s that you say?  You say, they were the same crowd!  Then what were you doing with them? You say, you were simply following the crowd!  You say, you heard about Lazarus and wanted to see the man that raised him from the dead.  Well, did you see Jesus?  You did! Then why such a drastic change?  What caused you to change your cry from, “Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel” to “We have NO KING”?
What´s that you say?  Jesus said you must follow Him.
Then follow Him, man!
What´s that you say?  Jesus said that to follow him is to hate your own life.
What did you just say?  You can´t follow Jesus, but you still believe in Him!
My friend, you need to stop following the crowd and start following Jesus.
Yes, of course, the crowd will turn on you.
Yes, of course, the crowd will no longer praise you if you follow Jesus.
Ahhh, now I see.  You love the praise of men more than the praise of God.
My friend, do you really think this belief in Christ will save you on Judgment Day?
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.” ~Jesus

-Chris

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Springtime in the Arctic








Oops!

We were recently contacted by Danish Immigration informing us that they will reach a decision in our case for Permanent Residency on or before October 15th.  They also questioned why our daughter Mattaliina is living here illegally!  Unbeknownst to us we've had a little illegal alien living in our house for the past three years!  Matti is, of course, shocked that she's been breaking the law and is very thankful that we are correcting this problem!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Jonathan Elliot

Jonathan recently lost his first tooth and that was followed shortly be his second lost tooth!  He was so excited!  He's been wondering for a long time when his teeth would start falling out...  Now, he is counting the rest of the teeth in his head and adding up the money 

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Never Again!


Each April 9th, the Danes fly their flags at half-mast until noon in memorial of that dreadful day, but then they raise their flags to full mast as they proclaim, “Never Again!”
Seven years ago on April 9th, we landed in Ilulissat, Greenland as the first Baptist missionaries in Greenland´s history.  Now our prayer and cry each year is “NEVER AGAIN!”  Never again will this country be without a Gospel Witness!  Never again will Greenland be “left out” of the Great Commission! Never again will the souls in Greenland be neglected!  Never Again!
Will you pray that the Lord of the harvest will send forth labourers into Greenland?


Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Kunngip Klubbia

We had another great Kunngip Klubbia this evening. We are maxing out our building! If this keeps up we'll need a bigger building and a bigger car!  

It's exciting to hear these kids memorizing God's Holy Word! "And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." 

PRAY for this Generation!!!


Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Permanent Residency!

It’s been almost 7 years since we landed in Greenland as the first Baptist missionaries in this country’s existence.  Today, we handed in our paperwork for PERMANENT residency. 

Please be in prayer with us that our paperwork will be approved.  How exciting to think that this may be our LAST time applying for residency!  With God All Things Are Possible! 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Chocolate Syrup

One of the things we really missed upon moving to Greenland was Chocolate Syrup.  However, after experimenting with a couple different recipes I found one that we all, as well as our church people, love!  It goes fast at our "Ice Cream Sundays" once a month!


Chocolate Syrup
2 cups water
1 cup cocoa
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Add the first few ingredients to a pan and mix well.  Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and stir for a few minutes more.  Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Once cool enough transfer to glass jar and refrigerate.  The syrup will thicken in the refrigerator.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mattaliina Joy is Three!

Mattaliina Joy
Our little Matti Joy turned three years old today!  It's hard to believe it's been three years since her birth in Nuuk.  She's brought so much joy and laughter into our home.  She's doted on by all four of her older siblings, she's definitely the little princess in the house and loves every minute of it!

"Happy Birthday to Me!"

Blowing hard!

Silly Girl

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Greenlandic Potato Salad (Kartoffelsalet)


Greenlandic Potato Salad is one of my favorite Greenlandic Dishes.  It's a quick and easy dish to make.  Although it's usually served warm it's also good cold.  It is quite tangy, but delicious!
Mamaq!
Greenlandic Potato Salad
Ingredients Needed
Potatoes
Onions
Salt & Pepper
Vinegar
Water


Slice potatoes and onions sprinkle with salt and pepper and place in a pan.  Combine equal parts of water and vinegar and pour over potato mixture.  Bring to a boil.  Continue boiling until potatoes are fork tender.  You want enough liquid to cover the potatoes, and you will need to add more as it boils down.  

Serve Warm. Enjoy!  This dish is typically served with boiled seal.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Danish Cream Potatoes

One of our favorites dishes here in Greenland is Cream Potatoes.  A very simple and common dish served at almost every kaffemik we've ever been to.  It's so delicious you'll always go back for more!

Ingredients Needed
Potatoes
Onions
Heavy Cream
Salt and Pepper


Slice potatoes and onions.  Alternately layer potatoes, onions and cream until dish is almost full.  Add salt and pepper to each layer.  Cover and Bake at 375○ until potatoes are tender.
 This dish is typically served with pork and red cabbage.
Enjoy!

Danish Cream Potatoes


Potatoes
Onions
Heavy Cream
Salt and Pepper

Slice potatoes and onions.  Alternately layer potatoes, onions and cream until dish is almost full.  Add salt and pepper to each layer.  Cover and Bake at 375○ until potatoes are tender.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Help Wanted on the Mission Field

Veteran missionary family seeking co-laborers


Are you looking for some adventure in the service of the LORD?
Do you have a desire to take the Gospel to places that it has never been before?
Are you willing to forsake all and to commit 100% to reaching the Inuit in Greenland?

Then be a Pioneer!
We are looking for a man, a couple or better still a family who can step into this ministry and provide us with the help, encouragement and fellowship that we need to see this ministry go to the next level. 
If I had a good, trustworthy right hand man who could help oversee the many aspects of this ministry, it would allow me to devote more time to studying, preaching, teaching, writing & translating materials, translating songs, and eventually a good translation of the Bible into the Greenlandic language.  With the help of a co-laborer, we could begin reaching other villages with the Gospel on a regular basis.

Qualifications:
The Applicant must…
Be saved and a member in good standing of an Independent Baptist Church; 
Be called of God (anyone not called of God will not be able to endure the loneliness, the isolation, the darkness, and the many other hardships of the Arctic);
Be able to work independently, setting realistic goals and accomplishing them;  
Be willing to spend several hours a day independently studying two languages;  
Be able to exercise self-discipline (If all one wants to do is sit around watching TV & playing video games, then Greenland is Not the place for him!);
Be friendly, hospitable, outgoing and willing to entertain Natives in his home; 
Be a person that is happy and makes others feel comfortable (Shyness is no excuse for rudeness);
Be willing to try new foods; 
J
Not be addicted to social networking (Remember “it’s a status, not your diary.” 
J);
Be able to raise enough support to live & minister in Greenland;
Always pay his bills on time!
Be creative and at times think outside the box (The last thing we need is another me!  “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.”
J);
Be able to respect authority;
Be able to respect others;
Be able to use common sense when dealing and talking with people (No room for racial jokes or prejudice on the mission field);
***Be able to play a musical instrument;
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Responsibilities:
The Applicant will be asked to do the following (assuming he can play a musical instrument):
To compose music at least on a small scale (Let me explain: we only have a few good songs in Greenlandic.  I have begun to translate songs into Greenlandic, but since the Greenlandic words are so long, more notes need to be added to each measure.  The Greenlanders are missing out on soooo much not having good Bible-based hymns to sing.  Imagine not having “Victory in Jesus” in your language or the many other great hymns of our faith!);
To play music for the church services;
To play music for the prison services;   
To play music for the children’s ministry;
To play music for the nursing home ministry;

To teach our children music (the Applicant could contemplate giving lessons to children in the community.  What an opportunity!);
To make weekly visits;
To eventually take over the children’s ministry & the nursing home ministry;
To travel along to other villages distributing Gospel literature;


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Extra:
If the applicant is currently stateside, then it would be wise to take advantage and learn some of the following (if possible):
Know his way around a computer;
Know how to design a web site; 
Be able to help design advertisements, booklets for each ministry, Gospel tracts, flyers for weekly visitation, etc.
Have an interest and knowledge of boats, cars, snowmobiles and anything mechanical.  
Be a jack-of-all-trades!  (I sure could use someone like that here 
J)
(One of our Future plans includes a boat ministry reaching many villages and towns in Greenland)
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Comments:
***The above lists are not meant to overwhelm or discourage someone from coming who may feel God’s calling.  However all applicants will be required to meet the “Qualifications” listed above with the exception of the ability to play a musical instrument. 
Greenland is unreached not because God has forsaken it, but because Men haven’t responded to God’s calling. 
The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” ~Matthew 9:37, 38
Feel free to contact us at thearcticle@gmail.com


-Chris

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Village Vision - Kulusuk

Kulusuk, Greenland
Kulusuk - “the little seagulls.”
Population - 300
NO Gospel Witness

Kulusuk Airport

This is a town built around an airport. As we call them "Airport Towns." There are direct flights to/from Iceland and to/from West Greenland.  It is a short boat or helicopter ride from Tasiilaq.
Christopher and Anna in Kulusuk, April 2007

This area is known for its strong gale winds that come from the inland ice.  A storm can arise in minutes without warning. 
Transporting the luggage from the airport

Recently a teenage girl arrived home and within a couple minutes of entering the house her father heard a noise outside.  It was a large polar bear!  Towns in East Greenland get frequent visits from Polar Bears.  

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Hot Sauce & Hot Pepper Relish




We love hot sauce on almost everything.  After searching the web for different recipes and adding my own tweaks I found the perfect one for our family.  The whole family (except Matti) loves it!  Adding regular green peppers helps cut down some of the heat.  We like our sauce HOT, but not too hot to enjoy! 

Hot Sauce & Relish

Wash and slice your favorite hot peppers adding a green or red pepper if desired.  It's a good idea to wear gloves while doing this.  Cover with vinegar and bring to a boil. Boil for a few minutes and reduce heat to simmering.  After simmering allow to cool and then place in blender on high speed.  


Once blended place in glass jar and let age for up to six weeks.  I've never been able to let it age that long.  Sometimes we cook and eat it the same day. 


Once you feel it's aged long enough strain out the pulp and seeds (if desired, my kids prefer it without so that's what I do).


Save the "pulp" it makes a delicious relish to add to sandwiches, pizza, etc...


Enjoy!

Hot Sauce
Several of your favorite hot peppers washed, sliced and placed in a sauce pan. 
Add Vinegar until all peppers are covered.
Bring to boil and then reduce to simmer for several minutes.
Once cool place in blender on high speed.
Allow to age from 1 minute to 6 weeks.
Strain and serve.
Save the seeds and pulp for relish if desired.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Anna Grace's 11th Birthday.

Anna Grace is 11.  It seems each year goes just a little faster than the year before!  I can't believe our Anna is this old already, to me she's still the two year old running around the house!  Anna loves to read, write and draw.  She is learning to play the piano and sew.  She's been a joy to us every since she was born, 11 short years ago!  Happy Birthday, Anna!  We love you!
The Birthday Girl!


The Girls
 Last summer the girls met some new friends at the playground.  The girls instantly "hit it off" and have been friends ever since.  They have a Danish father and Greenlandic mother which means they are fluent in both languages.  It was such a joy to hear the girls chattering away in Danish (the language our kids are more comfortable in so far) at the birthday party.
The Party Table (minus the pizzas)
We had a "girls only" birthday party and all the girls loved the nail polish, hair chalk and face painting as well as crafts and games.
Our sweet Anna Grace

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Our Kids

After a week of crazy pictures, here's one of our kids where they look "normal" 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Village Vision - Tasiilaq


Tasiilaq - "like a lake" (formerly named Ammassalik - the place of capelin). 
Population - 2,000
The largest town in East Greenland
NO Gospel Witness

Tasiilaq in East Greenland is one of the harshest places to live.  It is even more isolated than the rest of Greenland.  The only way in and out is by helicopter or by boat to/from nearby Kulusuk


Photo: By Chrissy from Chicago, US (Angmassalik @ Night) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons from Wikimedia Commons
Five years ago in this village, 11 people of all different ages & circumstances committed suicide in the span of one night (5 hours)!  The suicides were NOT collectively planned. 



Statistically, suicides are more frequent in the Arctic than anywhere else in the world.  This is usually attributed to the depression that comes from the long dark winters.  Drunkenness, domestic violence, molestation and abuse are all contributing factors to suicide in the Arctic.  The situation grows worse in East Greenland.  The people there are more isolated and life harsher than the rest of Greenland.

Will you pray that someone brings THE hope to this hopeless town? 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

I enjoyed a sweet date with my Valentine today....
Valentine's Day Lunch
and our five kids did too! 

MK Spirit Week - Day Five

Crazy Holiday


Celebrating National Go For A Ride Day (Nov. 22)

Christopher is celebrating National Hat Day (January 15th) by wearing a hat throughout the day.
Anna Grace is celebrating National Middle Name Pride Day (March 10th) and we have been calling her "Grace" all day.
EmilĂ­a is celebrating Name Yourself Day (April 9th) and we have been calling her Karuliina all day.
Jonathan is celebrating Opposite Day (January 25th) and is having fun saying "yes" instead of "no", etc... 
Little Miss Fourth of July
Although not a "Crazy Holdiay" Mattaliina is celebrating Independence Day by wearing a patriotic outfit. 

It's been a really fun week for the kids!  I wasn't sure how interested they would be when I introduced the idea to them, but when I saw their excitement I knew we'd have a lot of fun!  We had fun every day deciding on costumes, etc...  This morning it was fun reading about all the different Crazy Holidays there are.  I'm excited about celebrating more of these little known holidays with the kids.  I'm just disappointed we've already missed National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day (February 1st)!