Testimony of Elise Nora & U.S. visits

Elise Nora is a volunteer at Home of Hope and is helping to organize Worship Nights. She is also arranging youth work at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church across the street from our center.

Since on November 15 of this year we have to pay off the mortgage of Home of Hope, we need to invite many people to help us to move towards fulfilling this goal together. That is why we have planned several trips to the U.S. this year.

On April 24 Siimon started his second trip, during which he will visit North Carolina, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and Pennsilvania.

Mattias starts his trip on May 1. This time he is traveling separately from Siimon and with his wife Hetek. Mattias goes primarily to the churches where we have already good partnership and Siimon goes primarily to the new places where partnerships needs to be established.

Archbishop’s Testimony About Home of Hope

In March we started organizing monthly morning fellowship for men. On the morning of the second Tuesday of every month, the Home of Hope is filled with men. Men gather to encourage each other, read the Bible, pray, sing and eat breakfast together. We have already met twice and about 20 men are participating. This is an extremely good start and we pray for God’s blessing on this endeavor.

On April 8th we had an open Bible School night. All those who wished had the opportunity to come and listen to the lecture of the Archbishop of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church on the Gospel of John and the 23 chapter of the Gospel of Luke.

We got a big surprise. More than 100 people attended this lecture. More then half of them on site at Home of Hope and the rest online. It is a joyful experience in a country which is considered to be the most secular country in the whole world.

Why I Support Mission Work in Estonia – Pastor Bob Nordvall

We made an interview with Pastor Bob Nordvall from Bismarck, North Dakota. He shares why Estonia is in his heart and how God called him and his wife to dedicate their lives to supporting the work of Tartu Academy of Theology. We have had the privilege of being in fellowship with Bob and his family since 2006. This friendship saved TAT from closure. At first, Bob’s own congregation, Charity Lutheran Church from Bismarck, ND, became our strong supporter. Bob also spread the word about our mission work to other churches and because of this we made many friends and their support gave us the opportunity to continue our work. Today, we no longer think about ending our activities, but our goal is to continue our mission work for generations to come.

Study Guide for the Book “We Shall Live in Heaven”

Since the fall of 2023, the Study Guide for the book “We Shall Live in Heaven” has been available. Book study groups are currently held in six churches in the U.S.

This is not a dark book, on the contrary, it is even funny and very encouraging and uplifting for Christians today. Reading this book you learn how to keep your faith alive and what it means that hopelessness has no place in our program.

We are pleased to announce that there is $16,700 in the matching fund waiting to be used. Every donation made to the Home of Hope will be doubled from this grant.

Testimony of Marek & $10,000 Matching Fund

We are truly grateful that with your help we were able to meet the 2023 budget needs and we even have already a seed money in 2024 budget.

We are pleased to announce that a  $10,000 matching fund has been set up, and starting today, every donation made to the Home of Hope will be doubled from this grant.

Siimon Haamer explains a little more why the idea of organizing a pilgrimage came about and what its deeper meaning is.

Pastor Marek Roots gives his testimony how he found Jesus Christ and became a pastor.

Visit Estonia and Matching Fund Info

We are very grateful that so many people gave their support at the end of the year and helped reduce the 2023 budget deficit. We almost met the need. At the end of the year, the deficit was $23,973. It is still possible to make a donation in January to help us cover final part of the deficit. God has been gracious and we are happy to experience the willingness of Christians to help each other in need.

As you know, our big challenge in 2024 is to pay off the mortgage of the Home of Hope. To accomplish this goal, we first need God’s blessing and prayer fellowship, and then also encouragement from each other. We have experienced in the past that matching fund has been inspiring for our supporters. Therefore, we invite you to participate in the establishment of a matching fund.

In order to give you the opportunity to obtain additional information and ask questions, we are arranging two Zoom meetings.

Come to Visit in 2024

This fall we have put in our communications the main emphasis on the financing of the Home of Hope mortgage. Therefore, not enough attention has been paid to how we manage to finance our daily activities. As a result, we are now in a situation where we are $88,946 short of 2023 operating budget and we need help. Please help us reduce this shortfall. You can find all giving options at the end of the letter.

In addition to learning about our mission work through pictures, stories and videos, we offer two great hands-on experience opportunities for you.

THE PERSECUTION PILGRIMAGE
&
ADULT BIBLE CAMP SHORT TERM MISSION TRIP

Help the Life Changing Stories to Continue

The mission of the Tartu Academy of Theology is to proclaim the Word of God in Estonia, the country which suffered for 50 years under atheistic Soviet occupation and is considered to be one of the most secular countries in the world. There are no easy solutions to caring out our mission. We must take bold steps trusting God. Humanly, these steps may seem crazy and incomprehensible.

We are following signs from God and have made a great leap of faith in order to continue this mission work that my father began based on his father’s legacy. God gave us a miraculous opportunity to establish a unique Christian outreach center Home of Hope in Estonia. And we didn’t just continue this work but boldly expanded our activities and also the ability to reach Estonian people.

You may ask whether Home of Hope is God’s project or just a human effort?

48 Hour Prayer Bridge Between Estonia & America

We witness that prayer has a great power and through prayer we are receiving encouragement to do our mission work in Estonia.

We are also witnessing that prayer fellowhsip among Christians is important and essential part of faithlife of all our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Because of that we are calling you to join with a 48 hour prayer bridge between Estonia and America on November 3rd and 4th, 2023.

250 Bible School Students in Four Years

September 18th we launched a fourth Bible School year with over 50 students. We started in autumn of 2020 with 110 students, second year we had around 50 and last year around 40 students. We were expecting to have this year only 30 participants. We were mistaken.

I’m currently in the U.S. on a trip. You’ll find our trip schedule below and you are welcome to join any of the meetings.

Bible Camp 2023

During August 14-18 we organized together with nine short term missionaries from USA an adult Bible Camp at Home of Hope. We had 30 participants and missionaries from Charity Lutheran Church (Bismarck, ND), Spirit of Hope Lutheran Church (Parker, CO), St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (Garfield, MN) and Pastor Bob Nordvall as leader of the group. We are very thankful to all team members as they answered to God’s call and were His ambassadors for us.

Theme of the camp was ‘God’s Call’ and every day we dealt with a different Bible character: Joshua, Saul, Isaiah, Peter and Paul. We learned how they answered to God’s call and how they fulfilled their mission.

Daycare for Ukraine Refugees

Last fall St. Maria’s Lutheran Church in Tartu launched a daycare for Ukraine refugees. Most refugees are escaping women with small children. It’s a great challenge for them to find a job if they don’t have a safe place for their children. Daycare gives parents some free time and provides an opportunity for children to meet with other Ukraine children.

Laryssa (in the picture), a refugee from Ukraine who is living in Home of Hope’s guest apartment, used to be a kindergarten principal and now she is the principal of the daycare.

Baptism of a Bible School Student

I shared with you on May 26th about a Bible School student who gave her testimony that in the Bible School she found a real God.

A wonderful milestone of her journey was on June 5th, when Pastor Eenok Haamer, Founder of TAT, baptized her during Bible School graduation. Now she is continuing her journey through the confirmation class of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church which is just across the street from Home of Hope.

Join Us in Prayer

We will have a challenging 1.5 years ahead of us. November 15th, 2024 is the due date for the Home of Hope mortgage. We are currently needing about $1 million and feel we need to ask God for wisdom as to what we need to do to finish funding the Home of Hope outreach center.

We would like to have also a prayer fellowship with you in Zoom. Therefore, we invite you to join us in prayer for one hour via Zoom on June 13th, 2023 at 10:00 am US Central Time.

1-minute-Bible-Class

We started making a 1-Minute-Bible-Class series in cooperation with Kristjan Luhamets, Lead Pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Tartu. The aim for these videos is to establish some kind of connection with youth on social media platforms and to give them Christian content while they browse.

We have experienced so far that God has a plan and we just need to open our eyes and hearts in order to understand where Holy Spirit is leading us. Sometimes this road demands much courage and trust towards God. We know no better source of encouragement then prayer. Throughout June 3rd we will have 24-hour prayer chain with our students, alumni, professors, staff etc.
Additionally we would like to have a prayer fellowship with you in Zoom. Therefore, we invite you to join us in prayer for one hour via Zoom on June 13th, 2023 at 10:00 am US Central Time.

I Found the Real God

I’m sharing with you a great testimony of one our Bible School student who has been learning to know Bible throughout this school year. She admits: “The most valuable aspect that I got from the Bible School is that I finally found the true and real God in the midst of all these self-help books and different spiritualities. Now I finally found the right path.” For more please watch the video.

Come to Meet Me During U.S. Midwest trip

I’m very thankful to all friends who donated Home of Hope in honor of my 50th birthday. I don’t know the final amount yet, but week ago gifts were made for $ 8,850.

I’m starting this weekend U.S. Midwest trip with my 15 years old daughter Kärt. I’m sharing in different churches about our mission work and challenges that we are facing because of this cruel war in Ukraine.

You’ll find our trip schedule below and you are welcome to join any of the meetings.

Livestream of Siimon’s 50th Birthday Service

22nd of April, I’m celebrating my 50th birthday with thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Tartu. For my friends across the ocean and long distances I have prepared one special opportunity to participate my birthday celebrations.

By clicking this YouTube link https://youtube.com/live/DKcPYxn-tiA?feature=share you’ll find livestream of the thanksgiving service with simultaneous translation into English. Service starts on April 22nd at 8:00 am U.S. Central Time.