Winter Ministry

Due to extreme weather conditions between winters and summers here in Northern Greenland, our ministry has to change with the seasons. During our summer months up north, which is June, July and August, give or take a month, we travel in our boat "Qaamaneq" to villages teaching the Bible, but in the winter months we are basically land locked in our town, Qasigiannguit, of about 1000 people.

There is a helicopter that comes to town 3 to 4 times a week in the winter months depending on weather conditions, but they only travel between us and 2 other larger towns in our area. In the smaller villages of 35 to 250 people, the helicopter is used only if there is an emergency. So our ministry in the winter months is only in our town called "Qasigiannguit", and it consists of Bible studies and prayer groups as well as counseling people in need.

Biblical counseling of people is a major part of our ministry. In the winter months we have 24/7 darkness at times, so loneliness becomes an issue for many.

My wife, Solveig does most of the translating for our Bible studies and other activities so when I (Daniel) write up the bible study hand-outs, Solveig will translate them, then go thru the material with one of our Greenlandic friends to correct any errors and then type them up. There is also verbal translation during the Bible studies and most of our counseling sessions, since few people speak English very well if at all.

During the winter months we also prepare any materials we want to bring along on our summer evangelizing trips, such as teaching materials, tracts and little song books as well as order Bibles and Children's Bibles as needed.

A scripture that we want to help bring to life is Isaiah 9:2 which says: The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined (KJV) as well as John 8:12; Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (KJV)