It’s hard to find words about Russian aggression in Ukraine. It’s hard to describe sadness that we feel towards Ukraine people. Although Estonia is currently not under attack and we are members of NATO we have to be alert as well.
At the moment is our duty to help Ukrainians. Refugees from Ukraine are already arriving to Estonia. I offered Home of Hope guest apartment for their accommodation. Probably soon our apartment will temporary home for war refugees. I promised that Tartu Academy will cover all their costs and guarantee their daily needs. For their more convenient stay we need to change some furniture in the apartment. At the moment it’s furnished for shorter accommodations.
At the same time we experience that war which is so close to our border and launched by our neighboring country is making Estonian people very anxious. We are receiving more calls to the Pastoral Care helpline and we see how our society is becoming more and more emotionally distracted. COVID crisis was like preparation for that. Now we need to find more ways how to reach out to the people and offer them comfort and spiritual encouragement. Thereof need to activate much more our network of pastoral care givers.
If you would like to give your support for Ukraine refugees and to all additional activities that we are planning in this extreme situation, you can use options below.
Charity Lutheran Church (Tax deductible.)
120 Aspen Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58503, U.S.A.
Designation “TAT Ukraine”
To give electronically through Charity Lutheran Church in Bismarck ND (Tax deductible) go to Charity’s website. Choose from the “Fund” dropdown list “Tartu Academy of Theology” and then choose the sub fund “Ukraine”.
More giving options are available at tatest.org/give.
Please, pray for Ukraine and also for continuing freedom of Estonia.
God bless you,
Pastor Siimon Haamer
President of Tartu Academy of Theology