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TARTU ACADEMY OF THEOLOGY

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HOME of HOPE--School of Trust

Siimon Haamer, dean of TAT

 

HOME of HOPE day by day comes closer to fruition. Two things are happening side by side. On one side, construction work on the project continues daily. On the other side,  information about the center is becoming more and more known in Estonia, in the States and other places in the world.

 

It may seem a bit crazy to run a project without having all the money pledged. But, at the Academy we teach students to trust the Lord and we can’t act now against our teaching. Moreover, God has given to us strong encouragement and testimony that He is with us--raising the earnest money of $125,000 in just six weeks was a miracle. We can’t be unfaithful; we just have to believe as Israel did as they stood on the bank of the Jordan river during their desert journey. If they would have stayed on the river bank and waited for the flow of water to stop they would never have been able to get to the other side. Once those who bore the ark reached the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark touched the water, the waters flowing from above stood still (Joshua 3:15-16). We have stepped faithfully into the water and we hope that you will join with us in this confession and that you will be like the Israelites who followed the priests and walked to the other side of the river through the empty river bed.

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Current Financial Situation

 

The situation with our regular funding is not very good. To cover our annual budget we are missing still $57,358. We are of course hopeful and continuing to work in faith. The Facility Fundraising Campaign is clearly cutting into our regular income and the resources gained from our May fundraising banquet in Estonia have been used.

We are thankful if you are able, in addition to HOME of HOPE, to donate into our regular operating fund.

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Achievements of TAT During Recent Years

 

In 2013 we entered into co-operation with the Estonian Lutheran Church Seminary. Now together we pass along Bible-based teaching and have experienced growth of the student body.

 

Graduates during the last three years:

20 completed bachelor studies

16 completed Master’s studies in Theology

10 completed Master’s studies in Christian Culture

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Pastoral Care Center at HOME of HOPE

Raili Hollo

Coordinator of Pastoral Care Center

 

Establishing the Pastoral Care Center at HOME of HOPE is a very natural development because TAT has already been training pastoral care givers for 25 years. We see in Estonia that people are looking for more and more help in their spiritual quest. At the same time, often people are afraid to go to church with their problems or they just can’t imagine that they could get any help from the church. We want to offer an alternative option for those people.

 

I myself am doing this work because in my life I have felt a great need for spiritual help as well. I spent years in the hospital after the premature birth of my second child because she weighed 1.3 pounds and had many health problems. We needed the strong efforts of doctors and God’s miracle to survive. My daughter had 12 surgeries in her first year of life.

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Building Up New Perspectives

Siimon Haamer, dean of TAT

 

The new school year took off at the beginning of September with several new students. We have admitted 17  new students.

 

Our big challenge this college year is to raise funds for our Home of Hope facility project. We are very thankful to God and our donors that we were able to raise the earnest money to begin this project but much work is ahead of us.

 

October 7-10 is Siimon Haamer attending at the Annual Gathering of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ in Des Moines, Iowa. The afternoon of October 8th he have been given an opportunity to address all of the delegates of the Gathering with a short Home of Hope presentation. October 9th from 5:00-6:00 pm he is hosting a full presentation in room 105 of the Hy-Vee Hall Convention Center. Everyone who desires and is able to participate is welcome to attend.

 

We are pleased to report that Estonian businessmen are also supporting our Home of Hope project.

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Current Financial Situation

 

The Facility Fundraising Campaign is clearly cutting into our regular income but thanks to the very successful May fundraising banquet in Estonia we have been able to keep the school running, although we are in a deficit. The end of the year is going to be a challenge for us because the funds raised from the banquet will be depleted in October. We are thankful for your continuing partnership in this very interesting and forward looking period of time. In a cooperative spirit, we will be able to bring these great plans to fruition.

As of September 30th we had a $14,596 USD deficit.

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Passionate for the Vision of Home of Hope

Sandy Miller

Pastor of First Lutheran Church, Hope MN

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Ministry Board member

I just had the wonderful privilege of spending eight days this past August serving on the EEMN English Speaking Bible Camp Team in Tartu.  While there, I was also able to share in the excitement of seeing progress being made on the new location for Tartu Academy.  What a beautiful and functional facility it’s going to be!  Our church has already been supporting this project with our resources and prayers, but seeing it firsthand and hearing the vision directly from both Eenok and Siimon Haamer stirred up an even deeper excitement and desire to support TAT: Home of Hope. Humanly speaking, this project seems beyond reach.  But Jesus said in Luke 1:37, “nothing is impossible with God.” Nothing is too big for Him, and I believe in faith that this project is going to come to fruition.

 

I only wish that everyone reading this would have the opportunity to experience the passion of this vision firsthand.

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Christian Radio--Family Radio Founders About Home of Hope Project

 

In 1995, Family Radio began broadcasting a daily program in Tartu. Volunteers from California and Colorado built studios in the summer of 1994 while the first training courses for future workers in Christian radio were being conducted. Since 1996, most of Estonia has been covered with our radio broadcast. Studios are located in several places in Estonia. In 2001, a 24/7 program in Russian began to be broadcasted all over the European part of Russia.

 

It is amazing how God is planning everything. In the spring of this year we received information from our current landlord that the building where we currently rent our studio rooms will be sold or rebuilt and we need to find another location in about a year. It was really God’s provision that shortly after that TAT presented to us their vision and offered new rooms in the Home of Hope facility.

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Fundraising Banquet in Estonia--Great Success

Siimon Haamer, dean of TAT

 

Last fall I began making plans for a fundraising banquet in Estonia. It seemed to us that Estonians were ready to accept the same kind of fundraising format that is very popular in the US. Although many people were very suspicious about this plan, I was willing to take the risk.

I shared this vision with our American friends and they were willing to offer matching funds for this event. In the end, there were $17,150 USD for matching. It was a very good challenge for Estonians and very important to make this event successful.

On May 11th we had a great banquet evening and we raised a total of $25,600 USD. This means we exceeded the challenge and covered all match funds. The total income of the banquet was $42,750 USD!

 

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Current Financial Situation

 

Income through the first five months of the year has been very encouraging. After a long period of time our running budget is balanced even though we now have our ambitious facility campaign. One main reason is the succesful fundraising banquet that we had in Estonia on May 11th. The money we raised will be distributed throughout the year and that’s why the full amount will not be presented in the accounting of our first five months. As of May 31st we had a $120 USD surplus.

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Current Status of Facility Fundraising Campaign

 

On April 28th we launched the TAT Facility Capital Campaign at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior, MN. In two weeks we raised $77,708 USD. That was very encouraging and we decided to go on with this project because such an excellent start for a campaign was again proof of God’s provision.

As of June 5th, we have raised $84,929 USD and we are still short $54,781 USD of the down payment that needs to be made by June 15th.

We need your help in this most difficult phase of our campaign!

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Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Bishop

Joel Luhamets About Facility Project

 

Planting new congregations is important but expanding a training center where pastors, workers for various church ministries, and lay leaders will be trained is even more future-focused action. In addition, this work is in harmony with Jesus’ Word: The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field (Luke 10:2).

 

Tartu Academy in this new development will be like a town built on a hill that cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14).

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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

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