1. The missionary took his family and built a house among the Eskimos and prepare an Eskimo catechism and grammar. They painted pictures of the creation, the fall, the crucifixion, the healing miracles, the resurrection, and judgment day.

2. In spite of all his efforts, he did not gain one single genuine convert.

3. The only story the Eskimos liked was the healing miracles and they wondered why a messenger from such a great God couldn’t work miracles.

4. He was denounced as an impostor. Why didn’t he change the weather for them, give them plenty of seals and fish, and heal their diseases.

5. They mocked him to their face. They would pretend to want to get baptized only to all begin laughing at him.

6. The missionary was the joke of the community. When he spoke of hell they said that they would welcome the warmth.

7. The missionary threatened them with soldiers only to hurt his cause.

8. Hearing of the desperate situation other missionaries volunteered

9. The new missionaries soon found out that the situation had not been exaggerated.

10. The missionaries after several years of hard work agree on the following principles:

a. We will never forget that we came hither resting upon God our Saviour, in whom all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, not on the principle of sight, but of faith.

b. The redemption wrought out for us by Christ, through His own blood, shall be our chief doctrine, which we will confirm by our words and actions, as God shall give us ability, and by this we will endeavour to bring the heathen to the obedience of faith.

c. We will prosecute the study of the language with assiduity, patience and hope.

d. We will each acknowledge and value the spirit and graces conferred upon the other, in honour prefer one another, and be subject to each other in the Lord.

e. We will steadfastly maintain brotherly discipline, admonition and correction, according to the rule of Christ, and will withdraw from anyone who swerves from the purity of the Gospel, until he shall humble himself before God and his Brethren.

f. We will do our outward labour in the name of the Lord, and if anyone is remiss we will remind him of his duty.

g. Yet will we not be over anxious for externals, but cast our care upon Him who feeds the sparrows and clothes the flowers of the field.

11. Here is the story of how the missionaries were treated: No matter what method Matthew tried, the people slammed the door in his face. If he read the Scriptures, they mimicked him; if he taught, they sneered; if he prayed, they beat their drums; if he sang, they howled; if he spoke of God, they giggled; and if he told them the Gospel story, they replied with stories about their angekoks. With a weary heart Matthew returned to New Herrnhut. There his colleagues still laboured in vain; sometimes they were even beaten and stoned.

12. Finally God broke through: By the Brethren’s dogmatic theology he had been entirely unaffected; by the story of Gethsemane and Calvary he was thrilled and transformed; and next year (March 30th, 1739) he was publicly baptized as the first-fruit of the Greenland Mission.

13. They changed their methods: In the past they had discoursed about the Fall of Man and the Plan of Salvation; henceforward they gave the people the Passion History in detail; and the Eskimos themselves soon noticed the difference. At the story of Adam and Eve they had merely wondered; at the story of the Crown of Thorns they wept; and sometimes, at the baptismal service, their tears dripped into the font. “What strange event is this?” they said to the Brethren. “Your present discourse affects us differently from what you were always telling us about God and our first parents.

14. They decided:“Henceforth, we shall preach nothing but the love of the slaughtered Lamb.”

15. The good ole missionaries wanted to control their moral conduct so they moved them all into one village. On the one hand, the Eskimos learned to be good Christian citizens; on the other hand, they also learned to be too much dependent on the missionaries; and the consequence was that in later years they became spoiled children.

Hutton, J. E. (1922). A History of Moravian Missions (pp. 57–78). London: Moravian Publication Office.

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