During our three months in the States we had three different couples fill in for us. We asked them to share on here their experiences in Greenland. We thought you all would enjoy seeing Greenland through a different set of eyes!
Hello, we are Tony and Dyan Lossing. When we saw the need for three couples to take care of the Shull’s ministry in Greenland, we volunteered! This was a chance for us as a couple to go on a missions trip to experience what it´s like to live, and minister in a different country. Once we arrived (after 2 days of travel!) we were welcomed to Greenland by snow falling from the sky! it was quite the sight! We spent the first few days under the great care of the Missionary Family before us (the Turpins) as they guided us in what to do, and what they had learned. They were a huge blessing to us.
|Tony and Dyan Lossing|
After the Turpins left, we began to prepare for the Kids Club, Church Services, and do a little touring as well. There is no place like Greenland that’s for sure! We enjoyed walking for most of our time there. I do not think there is a “Bad View” in this whole town. It is Beautiful. The colorful houses, the mountains, the Ice bergs, the dogs and many more things make this place breathtaking. We were able to walk on many of the hiking trails they have here as well. Also walking around town we got to see the people. Many people walk to and from places here. Another thing we both noticed is that many of the people like to look and smile at you! I’m assuming, it’s because they are kind people, not because I’m funny looking! They really are kind here though! Most accept gospel tracts with a smile on their face! We didn’t feel unwelcome is what I’m trying to say. We also noticed the great need here as well. Looks can be deceiving, can’t they? A smile can certainly cover up a world of hurt on the inside. Sadly, we experienced that many here are lost, and under Satan’s grasp. Drinking, Smoking, Murders, abuse, and a sense of hopelessness resides in this country. It was sad to see on Sunday Mornings many people pass right on by the Baptist Church, and head to a church that doesn’t teach them the way to Heaven. To us it seemed many people, especially the older ones, were stuck deep in their traditions.
On the other hand, we both saw the great need, and potential for the kids/teens here. There are many of them! The kids seem to do their own thing apart from their parents. They, in our opinion, do not hold to the traditions their elders have, but are more interested in the fashions and interests America/Europe would have. I believe this to be a great opportunity! We both very much enjoyed the Kids Club every Wednesday. Our interpreter was a big help to us during these times. She was able to communicate with them, and go over the verse with them. I like how even though we do not speak the language, we could still interact and have fun with the kids here.
In our view, Greenland is a Beautiful, Friendly, yet a difficult place to live, and be a missionary. Even after 3 weeks spent here, we can understand just a glimpse of what it was like to be a missionary in such an isolated place. No outside Family, No Christian friends to fellowship with, No quick trips to the mall in the next town, just your family and, of course God. It really does give one great respect for those who are called and go to places like Greenland. There is a desperate need of more people to tell them of Jesus. We surely did leave with a great burden for the people here, and people of the the Arctic in general. We also have a better understanding of what we can be praying for regarding the people who serve here.
Going on a missions trip can be a fearful thing. Flying, the people, the language, the food, all can turn one away from doing a missions trip. But we highly recommend you put those fears aside, and trust in the Lord. You will not be disappointed! It opens your eyes and gives you a better understanding of the great need of salvation people have all over the World.
Tony and Dyan Lossing