YOUTH EVENTS AT HOME OF HOPE

YOUTH EVENING

Every last Sunday of the month from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Launched September 27, 2020.

Prayer, singing, introduction of a different topic each time, guest speakers, discussion, snacks, games.

Target group is secondary and high school students.

In total we currently have 25 participants. They are mostly from Lutheran churches. Some haven’t connected with any church and some are from other denominations. For most this is the only opportunity to be part of Christian youth work because they don’t have youth groups at their local church.

SOCIAL EVENING

Every second Sunday of the month from 6:00-9:00 pm. Launched November 8, 2020.

Prayer, board games, films, snacks.

Target group is primarily secondary and high school students but might also include college students.

Currently we have 15 participants.

An opportunity for youth to get acquainted with one another. The evening is framed with prayer but we won’t have any specific topic. This could also be for young people not affiliated with any church who need a good way to connect with Christian youth.

WORSHIP NIGHT

Every third Wednesday from 7:00-9:00 pm.

Launched October 21, 2020.

Live music, testimonies, prayer, fellowship, snacks.

Target group is college students.

Currently we have 20 participants.

YOUTH BIBLE CAMPS

In co-operation with SON Network we have organized English Bible camps for adults since 2006. In August of 2020 we had the first Bible Camp for youth at Home of Hope. The topic was Hope. SON Network short-term missionaries from the US couldn't travel to Estonia because of Corona virus. Therefore, we used the connection via Zoom.

Next camp will be held in August of 2021.

SCOUT TROOPS

Home of Hope is a place for regular Scout troops meetings. In the 1990’s, scouting was one of the youth ministries held in many congregations in Estonia but today scouting is less connected with churches. We want to introduce scouting again as one attracting opportunity for church youth work.

NEW INITIATIVES

Once all of these events are properly launched there certainly will be new ideas and initiatives arising.

We anticipate and are ready to consider great ideas.

"Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ." Romans 10:17

COORDINATOR OF YOUTH WORK

MATTIAS HAAMER

ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT OF TARTU ACADEMY OF THEOLOGY

 

TESTIMONY OF MATTIAS

I was born to a strong Christian family. I have had ancestors of pastors for three generations – my father is a pastor, grandfather is a pastor, great-grandfather was a pastor and even my two uncles are pastors. If that’s not a strong foundation, I don’t know what is.

 

It is also a privilege, that I have had this environment to grow up in, because I was born after the Soviet occupation, that had done a devastating job to the Christian community. There weren’t many kids, who got to hear about God or Jesus or any religion when they were growing up and even when they heard something about it, it was rather negative. They were taught not to think about this subject.

 

At a very young age, I came to the startling realization that my peers were reacting negatively to my faith without even knowing what this Christianity means. It started to look to me like there was some kind of brick wall actually stopping them from thinking about faith in their lives. The more I met people, the more I saw it. It became a problem to me, that people not only have misconceptions about Christians, but that they are not even willing to think about Christianity or religion at all. In my opinion, this way of living and not thinking about existential questions has put many people through rough times. They have had mental issues, broken families or just feel emptiness in their hearts. By not seeing beyond their lives and living without feeling loved, it is easy to get caught up in mixed feelings and emotions. Now, it is true, that there are exceptions on both ends, but the overall view is like previously mentioned.

 

It has been in my heart to break that brick wall in people’s heart. I try to do that by getting to know them and show that I’m a normal person, and then, after a while, “shocking their world” by saying that actually I’m a Christian. That way they might be more open to discussing repressed topics.

 

I have always admired my father’s and grandfather’s work as pastors and have put a lot of thought into going to study theology, but at least for now I don’t feel that it is the right time for me. This is the decision I cannot make without God’s push. Right now, I feel that I can help out more with youth work and supporting activities in Christian work. Hopefully, I can bring some young people to know Jesus so that they can break the not-knowing-Jesus pattern that is very common among Estonian families. And they could start the talking-about-Jesus pattern with their children.

 

Watch also video that explains special background of Mattias.

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