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December News

2017 annual budget of TAT $ 219,294 USD

$ 163,225 USD

pledged

$ 56,069 USD to go

TAT financial update on November 30th, 2017

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Are We Confessing Our Membership in God’s Kingdom?

Pastor Siimon Haamer, dean

 

I forgot to report on our fall admissions in the September newsletter. We are again thankful to God. This year, 28 new students started their studies: 18 Bachelor, 7 Master and 3 Church Musician students.

 

In the beginning of October I again had a chance to visit the US for two special reasons: on the evening of October 9th we had the first Friends of Estonia Summit at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior MN, and the next day I was one of the keynote panel speakers at the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) Annual Gathering in Minneapolis.

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Finances

 

This Autumn we have a great deficit again. We need $56,039 USD to meet our annual budget needs for 2017. At the same time, we are of course very happy and grateful for God's blessing. We have so many good friends who share in the importance of our mission.

 

If you are able, please consider sending an extra gift of support to Tartu Academy of Theology before December 31, 2017.

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Student Voices: Volli

 

I have been involved with church since 1992 when I was baptized after catechesis and I became a member of the church. For a long time, I was the coordinator of the ALPHA course and a board member in my church. Due to changes in my life I became a member of Nõmme Rahu Congregation of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tallinn, the capital city. It was there that I decided to study theology as I saw my calling to serve the Lutheran church in becoming a clergyman.

Summit–Result of a Good Partnership

Linda Saveraid

Member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church Foundation board

 

Over the past several years Mount Calvary Lutheran Church Foundation from Excelsior, Minnesota, has presented grants to the Tartu Academy of Theology in Estonia.  We are excited about the work the Academy is doing and the progress it has made since our first hearing of it.

 

Siimon Haamer visited Minneapolis last May and stopped by for a brief visit to update us on what is happening. Financial struggles continue to plague the mission and after a conversation we discussed having a first ever Summit of churches in the United States who lend support to Estonia.

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Christmas Greetings

Pastor Eenok Haamer, president

 

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:18

 

My heart rejoices about all good things that God has done and will do for us every day. Especially before Christmas we want to notice and recognize all the good that He has done.

 

Our treasure is Jesus Christ. Without Him we can’t understand all of God’s mercies. Jesus is teaching us to see other people around us. He is opening our eyes to see outwards beyond of our home and loved ones.

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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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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