TARTU ACADEMY OF THEOLOGY

September News

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Challenging Time for the Estonian Lutheran Church in Training Pastors

Ove Sander, rector of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Seminary

 

 

We are thankful to God for the fruitful co-operation of Tartu Academy of Theology with the Estonian Lutheran Church Seminary, now going on 5 years. We all feel the same heartbeat that binds us together, valuing Scripture and a personal relationship with God.

 

We are still strongly influenced by 50 years of Soviet occupation when Christians underwent strong pressure. Today the Estonian Lutheran Church, the largest Christian denomination in Estonia, is struggling with decreasing numbers of church members. As a result of this, we have a situation where the Church no longer has sufficient funds for pastors training in the Seminary.

 

 

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Current Financial Situation

 

During the 3rd quarter of the year our deficit almost doubled and on September 30th it reached $28,849. We are very thankful for everyone’s support. Now it is possible to donate to specific projects of the mission of TAT. Please visit Projects subpage for more information.

 

 

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Alumni Voices: Aivo

 

At the time in 1991 when Estonia was becoming free from Soviet occupation many people found their way to church. I was at the time in my last year high school and my parents suggested I go with some classmates to confirmation. I was not baptized and everything connected with church was very unfamiliar to me. Never the less,  I found a good contact, Pastor Eenok Haamer who was leading the confirmation classes. His speech touched my heart and after confirmation I continued to go to Sunday services.

 

 

EEMN English Bible Camps Welcome New Short Term Missionaries

Bob and Patti Nordvall

 

Through the partnership between East European Missions Network (EEMN) and Estonian Lutherans, we were privileged to facilitate two Friendship English Language Bible Camps, one hosted by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Tartu, and the other by St. Lawrence Lutheran Church in Kuressaree, on the Island of Saaremaa. Working together with Tartu Academy of Theology, thirteen friends from CO, CA, WA, IA, and ND joined in a Team to provide worship and teaching centered around the life experiences of Joseph. In each camp participants were placed in classes according to their level of English (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced), while children were divided by age level (Elementary, Middle School and Sr. High).

 

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June News

We Are Because of His Mercy!

Siimon Haamer, dean

 

 

Every year it is at the same time a bit sad but also so very encouraging when June arrives.  Students with whom we have shared our lives during several years are prepared to graduate. It is joyful when these former students become co-workers in the Kingdom of God. 12 students received their diplomas on June 16th.  6 finished an undergraduate program, 3 completed the graduate program and 3 two year church musician course. 4 are planning to continue their studies to become pastors, 3 graduated pastoral care and counseling (i.e. the hospital chaplaincy specialty), and 2 are graduates of the Christian Culture master program. This means we are able to again provide new workers for the church in Estonia. God be praised!

 

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Current Financial Situation

 

The first half of 2017 is approaching again with a deficit of $16,131 USD. It means we really need your support. To give a clearer overview of our needs, I am outlining project funding options in this newsletter. We would be especially happy to see commitments for at least a 1-year period. That gives us more stability and encouragement to go on with our mission and to make new development plans.

 

 

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Project Funding

 

To offer an opportunity to make designated donations we are presenting several project funding options. When donating to a specific project write a check to EEMN or Charity Lutheran and designate "TAT" and the project in the memo field. Addresses and alternative giving options are available at To Donate page. Be sure to designate the specific project.

 

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April News

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Fear Not!

Eenok Haamer, president

 

Fear is what makes people powerless. This is why our proclamation of the Gospel remains weak, as we are carrying with us fears for situations and future events which we can’t avoid or redesign by worrying. How can I get up from the burden and stand tall?

 

 

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Current Financial Situation

 

The beginning of 2017 has been financially promising but we still have a deficit of 12,914 $ as of April 27th. We have experienced summer and early autumn are usually challenging for us and thus we are very thankful to all opened hearts and arms and we hope to receive your continuing loyalty and co-operation.

 

 

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Student Voices: Kristjan

 

It’s difficult to say the moment when I became a Christian. I have been always aware of my Father’s warm and enlightening direction–as a child wandering in forests, as a teenager on the streets, later in the army and today studying theology. I was a fisherman for many years. In the beginning of my career as a fisherman I was a greenhorn in the eyes of old jack-tars. One early-spring morning I went with three old fishermen to let down the nets. Men were studying the sea with deep looks to find the best place for their nets. When all had let down their nets then one of them discovered that I also was in the boat with my nets. Nobody examined the sea any longer and my nets were just let down into the sea.

 

 

We Shall Live in Heaven E-Book Published

Siimon Haamer, dean

 

Pastor Harri Haamer was arrested in the winter of 1948 because, despite of being forbidden, he continued Christian youth work under Soviet occupation. He was sentenced and deported to the Kolyma Gulag in far-eastern Siberia for an eight-year term in a labor camp and an additional three-year term of “limited freedom.” This was eventually reversed in 1955 when he was notified that he had been “arrested in error.”

 

Harri wrote a book about his journey which took him to the Gulag labor camp. Newly published e-book of We Shall Live in Heaven in English includes a new ending chapter of “The Journey Home” written by Harri in 1982. Also, an additional introduction explaining the sufferings of the Estonian nation and the Church has been added. You will also find two paintings of Harri’s depicting the Kolyma nature and labor camp.

 

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Pastor Bob Nordvall

TAT representative in U.S.

National Field Coordinator of

East European Missions Network

 

cell: +1 701-391-0182

Skype: pastorbobnordvall

email: pastorbob(at)eemn.org

Pastor Siimon Haamer

Dean of Tartu Academy of Theology

 

 

cell: +372 515-9127

Skype: siimon7

email: siimon.haamer(at)teoloogia.ee