Thursday, August 04, 2016

Ministry Update

We’ve been extremely busy the past couple of weeks. We’ve been starting up the boat ministry, hosting a church group from Michigan, hitting almost every door in this town and another with gospel tracks, converting this whole place into a church building and moving into our new home. We’re so excited about what all has been accomplished and will be sharing more details and pictures in a blog post soon!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

One step closer to Launching Out!

We got the boat from the harbor today and it is now on land.  That was an ordeal in and of itself.  You cannot just put your boat anywhere in town.  You must get permission from the local government.  We thought we had that figured out, but we had to find a new spot at the last minute.  

Next, we have to put the rudders and propellers back on, as well as some other details to get the boat ready for the water.  Then a crane will put the boat in the water.  Please pray everything goes as planned.  We are tentatively hoping and praying to get the boat in the water early next week. 

One step closer!  As my father-in-law is learning on the pioneer mission field, nothing goes as planned or runs on our schedule.  However, we are excited!  Each day brings us one step closer to launching out into the deep!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Boat Update!

It has been a crazy week! We had a major setback with the boat. The shipping company doubled the shipping cost on us, expecting us to pay twice what they quoted us from the beginning! After days of praying, many emails, phone calls etc... After several churches promised us a certain amount of funds, etc... We had a final answer today! The shipping company didn't lower the price completely back to the original quote, but amazingly the price was reduced to almost exactly what has already been promised towards this difficulty! With God ALL things ARE Possible!!!

Opening the Boat!
Tomorrow the boat will be delivered to a place on land, then we will get the boat all back in order and ready to sail! Soon we will be taking "The Gospel" boat to surrounding villages! We are excited to see what God has in store for this ministry!

Exciting Days are Ahead! 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Boat has arrived!

Waiting for the Ship!

There it is with our boat right on top!

Watching the realization of a long held vision!

The Arrival of the Gospel Boat!

The Gospel Boat has arrived to Ilulissat, Greenland!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Captain has Arrived!

The Captain has arrived! The boat is scheduled to arrive in Ilulissat's Harbor on Wednesday, July 13. We are all very excited about the beginning of the Boat Ministry! Stay tuned for many updates and more pictures as we "Launch out into the Deep"!

Pop-Pop the Sailor Man with the grandkids!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Boat Ministry - Getting off the ground!

The Gospel Ship being loaded onto a truck for transport to Halifax and then on to Iceland then Greenland by way of a freighter.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Isaiah 26:3

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The “HARD” of Pioneer Missions

We thought the hardest part of Pioneer missions was…

The Loneliness – Being the only missionaries in the entire country means no fellowship.  No one to share the day-to-day ministry work and joys with.  Sometimes this can be very disheartening and discouraging.  We look forward to the day we will have Help AND Fellowship here!

The Isolation – In a country with no road system and where travel is very expensive means being confined to one small town for months or years on end. When you are the only American family and the Baptist preacher’s family in town, this basically means you live in a fishbowl.

The Language – Greenlandic has been considered one of the most difficult languages in the world.  Because of the small population of the country there are very few resources for learning this language, and almost none available for the English speaking person.

The Work  - Being the first missionaries means doing it all on our own for the very first time.  Writing and translating Gospel tracts and materials, starting a church, teaching the simple truths of the Gospel, etc… is all being done for the very first time.

The Darkness -  Up here we go without seeing the sun for almost 3 months.  That alone is enough to drive people to depression.  However, we’re not referring to the physical, but to the spiritual darkness.  We are surrounded by so much darkness.  The devil has had a hold of this country for centuries and is not giving up his stronghold without a fight.

We thought these were the hard part of Pioneer Missions.

BUT, We were wrong.

The Hardest part of pioneer missions we’ve experienced in our 9 years in Greenland happened again this past week.  A young woman had been attending our church for a few months now. She overcame her shyness and had bonded with our family. She had been faithful on Sundays and Wednesdays since her very first visit.  Last week she told us she is moving to another town.  One week later, we drove her to the Harbor, hugged her good bye and watched her board the ship that would take her to her new home.  We stood there as she waved at us until she was out of sight. 

THIS is the HARD of Pioneer Missions.  We sent her off to another town but were unable to put her in contact with another missionary family.  We were unable to give her the name of a church to go to.  WHY?  Because there is NO Bible-believing Gospel preaching church there.  There is NO missionary there.  There is NO one to continue cultivating the seed we’ve planted.  There is NONE! 

There have been many others just like this young woman.  Some were older, some were men, some families, some singles, some couples and some from the local prison.  It is so hard spending so much time and effort into reaching folks just to say goodbye to them and know they will be indefinitely away from all Gospel witness.  No way to keep in touch with them as most do not have money for Internet or phone time.  

THAT is the HARDEST part of Pioneer Missions.

Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.  Luke 10:2

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Mother's Day 2016

Mother’s Day is always a bittersweet day for me. I love the hugs and gifts from my children. I love seeing their joy and excitement as they give me their handmade cards. There is nothing like being a mom, I love every part of it!  Raising my children is my biggest responsibility, my hardest job and my greatest joy. 

I also can’t help remembering my Mom on this day set aside to honor our Moms. I would love nothing more than to have one more day to spend with her, one more conversation, one more hug, one more moment… but that’s not to be until eternity. Instead, I am thankful for the time I did have with her. Those memories I will always cherish. I’m so thankful for a Mom who taught me not just in words, but also in deed, to trust in the Lord and let HIM direct my paths. I’m so blessed to have a mother who taught me that the only life worth living is the one lived for the Lord. Only what’s done for Christ will last. I’ve been blessed with a Mom who showed me the importance of prayer, of serving the Lord wherever He led, doing whatever He asked. By her example I saw firsthand a Godly wife and Mother. I learned how important it is to raise my children for the Lord. Her main desire and prayer in life was to see her eight children all saved and serving the Lord.  If she could look down from Heaven today she would see that the Lord has granted her the desire of her heart. I’ve been blessed with a Godly heritage and pray someday my children will also be able to say the same.

Friday, March 11, 2016

MK Spirit Week - Day 5

Idiom/Pun Day

Can you figure out what each idiom is?  We had so much fun with this one, after I explained most of them to the kids. It's amazing the things you don't understand when you grow up in a non-English speaking country!

                   Transportation of Your Country

If you could encourage your missionary parents right now, what would you say to them?