Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Few Thoughts from our Furlough Fill-Ins (Part 3)

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!

Our trip to Greenland began with our second flight cancelled and an overnight stay in a Greenlandic airport hotel.  This change in plans resulted in passing the Lossing’s in that same airport the next morning.  Our plan was to have them show us around and get us settled in before their departure.  But God’s plans are always best and exactly what we need.  When arriving to Ilulissat, the Jeep was waiting on our family and we quickly were able to find our way around the town and to the house.  Brother Shull had made out a ten page outline of things to know, which came in very handy.  

Missionaries Scott and Jennifer Suttle and Family
Our first activity was the Wednesday evening children’s club.  It was such a blessing to share some things from the Bible and hear them quote a Bible verse in Greenlandic.  It was also a blessing, despite the language barrier, to be able to enjoy some games and see the smiles on their faces.  A few of them understood my attempts at communicating in Danish and it was some good practice for us.  We also enjoyed Sunday services and getting to know a few of their people.  Our interpreter was a great help to us with the Greenlandic language barrier and it was a blessing for Jennifer and I to have had the privilege to spend some quality time conversing with her about some needs in her own life.  On a side note,  we asked her if she had ever been to Denmark. She said, “Twice, but I didn’t like it, it was too warm there!”  We thought to ourselves, “You think Denmark is too warm.”  It was eye-opening to see how people love the place they call home.

We had just a few days before the heavy snow began to fall and enjoyed some sightseeing around the area.  Greenland is an absolutely beautiful country.  It is probably one of the most unique places I have ever travelled to around the world.  Also, soon after our arrival, the temperatures began to drop.  Let me emphasize that Greenland is not only beautiful, it is also COLD!  Brrr!  While there, our two youngest, Lydia and Joanna, enjoyed playing in the snow and children’s club and our son, Nathan, enjoyed making a new friend, Nanu, as it was his responsibility to feed and take care of the family dog.

It was a great honor to be asked to fill in for the Shull family.  Greenland is truly blessed to have such a family laboring in that part of the world.  They have carved out a life in a very rugged place and are truly content with where God has put them.  Brother Shull has been diligent in not only learning one, but two languages - Danish and Greenlandic.  

As I close, let me mention from a missionaries perspective a few things that I observed that would help you better pray for the Shull family.  One thing is the isolation.  It may be something you don’t think about until you’ve been there.  You fly to the town and there are no roads leading to other towns.  It is a place of 5,000 people.  There are a few stores but nothing like most of you are accustomed to.  We were only there for three weeks and got just a taste of being isolated from a lot of people and things that we grow used to.  Pray for them but also pray for more laborers to join them in the field for help in ministry and others to fellowship with them.  Second, is the area of finances.  Brother Shull and I did not sit down and discuss his finances, but I was able to observe how expensive things are there.  Everything has to be shipped into Ilulissat.  A single cucumber was priced at 28 Danish kroner.  That is 4 1/2 US dollars for one cucumber!  You are not going to eat a lot of salads like that.  We thought it was expensive in Denmark, and it is compared to the US, but Greenland is more expensive in many ways.  Lastly, we observed the people.  They are much like the people of Denmark in the sense that they are content in not knowing about God and the Bible or are deceived by their religious traditions which steer them away from the Bible.  Please help the Shull family and pray that many eyes would be opened to the truth and many souls would turn to Jesus.

Thanks again for the privilege to help in Greenland,
Scott, Jennifer, Nathan, Lydia and Joanna Suttle

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