Rejoicing About God’s Work in Estonia

In 2006 Bob had his first experience in Estonia when he (along with Karen, his first wife) came to teach at Tartu Academy. While it may be said that those weeks teaching were life-changing, it was of much greater significance that we could be introduced to Eenok Haamer and his wife, Eha! And, of course, it began a fifteen- year friendship with Siimon and his family! Over the years it has been such a joy and inspiration to see how TAT has grown, and now in its own place, Home of Hope.

When we read the news letters we are encouraged and challenged in our own faith. In June newsletter, Pastor Marek shares his testimony and a vision he has also had for several years related to TAT. Now we see new fruit born from that cooperative work between Marek and Siimon, and a new Bible school being established for people wanting to grow in God’s Word. What an open door this is for the expansion of Christian education at the family level!

Our hearts are bursting with joy right not! Recently we received word that one of our former Estonia Mission Team members feels led to bring forth a gift of $10,000 for TAT, and was wondering if it could be established as a Match Fund helping balance TAT’s annual budget. 

24/7 Pastoral Care Telephone Line Launched

The Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs decided to finance and launch 24/7 pastoral care via telephone. Because the Academy has trained pastoral care givers for approximately 30 years, the Ministry asked us to initiate and run this operation. Initially, financing is offered through December 31, 2020.

Siimon Haamer is the coordinator of this helpline project which has increased his working hours to 16 a day for the last few weeks. The pastoral care telephone line started June 17 at noon. The information was very well presented through many Estonian media channels and in the evening on the main Estonian TV news program.

Several Good News But Help is Needed

Dear friends, I’m sharing with you some good and some not so good news.
First, the good news.
My father and founder of Tartu Acadmey of Theology, Pastor Eenok Haamer, celebrated his 85th birthday on May 17. We praise the Lord that He has given him and his wife Eha strength to continue to serve daily three congregations in Estonia.
We were able to get an agreement with our creditor to postpone the loan payment for five more months. The next payment is due October 15th, 2020.
Second, not so good news.

We have a really big deficit in our annual budget. In order to balance our fiscal year we need to raise $56,953 by June 30th.

Loan Payment is Postponed

As we were not able to raise enough funds for the loan payment we asked our creditor to postpone the payment for 5 more months. We are thankful our application was approved. The next payment is due October 15th, 2020. Our journey continues. We are moving forward with TAT annual budget funding but we still need some good efforts to get this balanced. We need your help. …

This Corona Crisis Caught Us

Although we have fallen into a deep crisis with TAT and Home of Hope financing because of the Corona virus we see also new opportunities opening for us in our society. We know that this challenging situation is just temporary and we need to be ready to do follow up work with people affected by the crisis. We need very much your help currently to overcome this crisis.

Still Missing

We are so thankful to God for the blessing that we have experienced. Home of Hope is becoming more and more filled with different activities.

I’m sharing with you our current status. During last two weeks fundraising situation didn’t change much and we are still missing $6,861 for a loan payment. We are thankful that our creditor has been so far patient because we have paid most of the first loan payment but it’s clear that they won’t be patient for very long.

Almost There

Pastors meeting

We are so thankful to God for the blessing that we have experienced. Home of Hope is becoming more and more filled with different activities.

During Christmas and New Year I spent some extra time with my family and rested a bit after extremely busy Autumn. Beginning of 2020 has been again pretty intensive as we are starting new life at Home of Hope. In addition to our regular study work we are hosting different trainings and Home of Hope is a place for regular pastors meetings. It takes of course much more time until everything works as planned… and even more.

Updates and Happy New Year

I pray God’s protection and blessing with you throughout 2020. 

I just want to share briefly our current fundraising situation. At the moment we are still missing $27,787 of the first Home of Hope loan payment. Fortunately we have still some extra time because we can make the payment without penalty until January 20th.

Sharing a Great Testimony of God’s Providence

I want to share with you a very special and encouraging message that I received from major donors of ours who set up $100,000 for a matching fund this summer.

They wrote:

“In June of 2019, I felt the Holy Spirit nudging me to send money to the Home of Hope.  I ignored it for a while, but I finally mentioned it to my wife.  She replied that she had the same feeling.  We decided that the Holy Spirit wanted us to trust God and make a sacrificial gift.  We pledged $100,000 in matching funds for the Home of Hope.