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A Harsh Climate, A Difficult Life, A Great Darkness
The Need for Christ in Greenland
By Gage Gilbert
As the plane made its descent to Kangerlussuaq
(one of two towns with airstrips large enough
to handle a commercial airbus), my wife,
Aleah, and I stared out the window, waiting
for our first glimpse of Greenland. The clouds
finally began to disappear and there it was!
Greenland’s interior, the 85 percent of the land
covered by an ice cap, looked like a bumpy
wasteland of snow and ice. While the majority
of towns lie along the coastline, Kangerlussuaq
sits less than an hour from the ice cap. As the
plane drew nearer to land, our view abruptly
changed from a sea of ice to snow covered
mountains and frozen fjords.

4 Our first steps on Greenland soil were met with
minus 35° F windchill. Never before had we
experienced such cold weather or felt the hairs
in our noses freeze! Our next flight brought us
to our destination, Ilulissat, where we met Chris
and Carole Shull. The Shulls, along with their
five children, have been the only independent
Baptist missionaries in Greenland for a little
over 10 years. During our two-week visit, the
Shulls were very gracious and open to share
with us their life and ministry in Greenland.

In many ways, we saw how Greenland parallels
other arctic regions. The Inuit people with their
shamanistic background, the harsh climate
and difficult way of life, the constant summer
sun and winter darkness, the northern lights,
alcoholism, drug abuse, and suicide can
be found all across the Far North. We also
observed many things that seem unique to
Greenland. While first world influences are not
uncommon in the Far North, Greenland has a
distinct European flavor due to its ownership by
Denmark. European designs, shops, and décor