Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Launching out into the Deep!

For YEARS we have prayed and dreamed about a Boat Ministry to reach the outlying towns and villages in the Disko Bay. We always thought it would be far in the future when other missionaries would come to this Pioneer Mission Field, but God had other plans! With God ALL Things Are Possible!
For the past two years YOU, our friends and supporters, have prayed for and given to this Boat Ministry and this summer we Launched out into the Deep!
We are praising God for providing a Captain and a Boat to begin this missions outreach!

The Captain!
This ministry would not be possible without our Captain Steve Nissley! He has worked tirelessly on finding the right boat at the right price, raising money for the boat and then taking care of all the details on his side of the water to get it shipped to Greenland.
Now that the boat is here he has been piloting the boat safely from village to village as well as doing minor maintenance when the need arises.
We are so blessed that not only is he the Captain, but he is also "Pop-Pop the Sailor Man"! The kids are thrilled that their grandfather will be spending summers with us in Greenland!

Iivangkiiliu literally means "The Gospel"
The Lord has provided the perfect boat for this ministry! It has two motors, a "top deck" for seeing out over the ice, sleeping quarters, a kitchen and bathroom. It is also nice that the cabin can be heated using a generator!

A kitchen
Very comfortable sleeping quarters!
A place for seal hunting on the way to and from villages.

This summer has been a learning experience for sure! We've learned in Pioneer Missions that nothing ever goes as planned! It doesn't help being in a very remote place where things are done differently and where spare parts are not readily available.  The shipping company decided to charge us more than double of their original quote price.  We had trouble getting permission and finding a place to store our boat when on land.  Then it was quite an ordeal just getting the boat in and out of the water.  Since there were no available spots by the docks, we had to anchor our boat in the harbor and use a raft to get back and forth.  Someone kept "borrowing" our raft and several times they did not even return it.  It would turn up drifting somewhere in the harbor.  Another time, a line got wrapped around our propellers.  While we were on the boat, several smaller boats ran right into ours!  We also had some mechanical problems with one of the motors... It's been one thing after another!  
Working on the Boat

BUT, all that pales in comparison to the joy we feel sailing into a village for the first time, meeting new people and sharing the Gospel with those who have Never heard the Good News of Salvation! Thank you for your part in this ministry! We are thrilled to be able to take "The Gospel" and Launch out into the Deep!






Boat Ministry - Qasigiannguit

Population - 1,200
This town was reached with the Gospel Boat







Boat Ministry - Ilimanaq

Population - 60 
This town was reached with the Gospel Boat









Boat Ministry - Oqaatsut

Population - 50
This town was reached with the Gospel Boat






Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Quick Update!

My Dad was here for nine weeks to help get the boat ministry up and running. We had a wonderful summer and are so excited about all that was accomplished! Dad left today, with plans to return even earlier next summer. We loved having him here and really enjoyed the time spent with him. 

Updates on the Boat Ministry and other summer happenings will be coming soon!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

More Great Visitors!

It was great to have the Cassel family visit! Pastor Cassel and Bethel Baptist church have been supporting us for years, but we had never been there and had yet to meet the pastor and his family. It was great to finally meet them and I'm so glad he brought his wife and daughter along! Anna was thrilled to make a new friend and is happy to stay in touch across the miles. Even though this was the first time we'd met, it felt as though we'd known each other for years! The Lord knew I needed this time of fellowship! It was a great time of fellowship, laughter and encouragement.

The Cassel Family

Friends

They've been praying for and giving to the boat ministry for so long and it was exciting to take them out to experience the beginning stages of this ministry!

We took the boat to another town to have a whale dinner at the restaurant.
It was also our 16th wedding Anniversary!
Thank you so much Pastor Cassel, Jenny and Jessie!

Until we meet again!

The Cassels provided special music in the prison and in our church services. We've been enjoying their music CDs for years and it was great to hear them in person! The music and message was a blessing and encouragement to this missionary family.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Visitors from Iceland

Last year during our time in Iceland we became close to two teens in the church. This summer they came to see us! We enjoyed every moment with DanĂ­el and Bjartmey. They're not just friends, but two extra kids in our family☺︎

The teens spent hours exploring the Greenlandic countryside and spending time on the Gospel Boat.
Daniel helping stuff bags for the villages
Bjartmey and Matti

The Boys

Eating lunch on the boat

Enjoying the "top deck"

The "top deck" was a favorite spot


The girls in an abandoned house

We were still in the process of moving during their visit.
Here the boys are washing windows while the girls enjoy Icelandic
candy ☺︎ 





Come again soon, Daniel!

We miss you Bjartmey! 

See you later!




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, August 03, 2016

New Church Sign

Chris had re-designed our church logo several months ago and we were thrilled to see it life size on the church sign! 
A special thanks to Geiger Hansen for bringing Chris's design to life and a special thanks to Steve and Stacy Coy for the stenciling, painting and work to make our new church sign!







Tuesday, August 02, 2016

More Visitors - A Church Group

Our kids were so excited to learn that a church group was coming and that most of them were teens and young adults! They had a great time with them, playing games, filling door bags, visiting the apartments, visiting our first village with the boat, etc... We were also thrilled that Mr. Coy used his graphic art skills to turn our new church LOGO into a new church sign, car magnets and lettering for the boat.

Learning cake decorating techniques 

Special Music from Liberty Baptist Church

Filling door hanger bags with tracts, church info, pencils and candy.

Mr. Coy starting the sign!


It was fun watching the sign come together layer by layer

Reaching the first village by the Gospel Boat!