Being thousands of miles away from all that is familiar can be overwhelming at times! We have been in Greenland almost a year and a half, and I still deal with homesickness on a daily basis. I know some will say that I shouldn't still be homesick, but there are some days I just can't help but be homesick for the States! Or that I should be trying to make Greenland my new home. I have tried and tried my best to do that and I will keep on trying!
I miss my church, my friends, and my family. I miss seeing my parents and celebrating birthdays and other special days with them. This is hard for me to talk about without tearing up! I know the old saying "Home is Where the Heart is" but what if my heart is in two different places at once? I like being here in Greenland and I'm thankful the The Lord has paced us here. It can just be overwhelming, feeling like you are alone. We are in a country where there is only one other family doing what we are doing! Talk about feeling outnumbered! We are moving up to work with the other missionary family and hopefully I can deal with being away from America better.
For those that might think that moving to Ilulissat is not a good one, I would like to challenge you to come up and experience Greenland and the daily oppression we face. If you REALLY want to experience Greenland come in the winter, not the summertime. We face not knowing the language, the culture and many other things. We have tried and tried to learn those things, and hopefully we can get the help we need with the Shulls.
I am not writing this for sympathy, I just needed to write it! If you ever wonder what to pray for for your missionaries, pray for strength dealing with homesickness! Many, if not all, missionaries face it.