a Facility that will be home to Tartu Academy of Theology
as well as providing space for several Christian ministries
JOIN WITH US AND HELP MAKE OUR FACILITY DREAM COME TRUE!
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Future view to the entire condominium development.
Construction site on September 20, 2018.
The plaque on the wall with a text: Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Psalm 127:1. Consecration of the reconstruction of a study building of Tartu Academy of Theology, July 4th, 1995.
We pray revival for Estonia and we know God has His time. We hope that all the damage caused by Soviet occupation throughout 50 years will be cleared up one day. Sometimes people lose their hope and they need encouragement. They need to see God's work among us today. With a TAT facility we want to form an environment where people can see how God is working in so many different ways among us. Home of Hope would not be just a study facility but a collection of activities and organizations exploding the message of Jesus Christ to the people in Estonia and beyond.
We tell you our story...
Our first attempt to get a home for the Tartu Academy in Estonia started in 1994. We were planning to renovate one old building in the city centrum as we had some hope to receive funds for this. We even put a plaque on the house wall on July 4th, 1995 with the words, Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain (Psalm 127:1). Hope was alive for several years, but when the funds didn’t come through we lost that perspective. The plaque stayed there for 17 years and people mocked our trust in God, as the building decayed. During that same time, we investigated other potential projects, but none of them seemed feasible. Six years ago we stopped making plans and put our dreams for a own facility into God’s hands. The plaque with God’s Word was removed by the realtor as the house was renovated into a commercial apartment building. Now this plaque is in our office and is awaiting a new place where we can hang it because we know that God is building that house at the right time and in a mysterious way. And when the time is right He will guide us on that path. This is what we feel now: God is leading us and we just have to follow His guidance and take action.
We are not planning to build our own campus, because that is too expensive, but we are looking to buy the ground floor of a new condominium building (see a picture above with a future view of the development).
We have always been convinced that it’s not reasonable to buy something only with a purpose to have an office and classrooms. Because our studies are carried out in sessions and we only have classes approximately one week per month, we should also have other Christian organizations gathered into that facility that could serve, at the same time, as internship bases for our students. The vision is for us to have diverse, co-op usage of our rooms and also to have regular sources of income from the rooms we rent out.
Home of Hope
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Find the Answer from the questions, please!
Is it more reasonable to buy something to create a center that brings together various activities run by Christians from several churches, rather than to buy something dedicated only to the Academy’s needs of classrooms and offices, if during the last 25 years of work we have seen a desperate need for a center like this?
Does it make sense to present a unified Christian front to the Estonian people by providing them one place that will meet many of their spiritual needs?
Is it fiscally responsible to structure ourselves in such a way that we have a steady flow of monthly income?
Is it important to have a strong and active Christian presence also outside of the capitol city?
Would it be helpful to have potential internship sites for our students right at our fingerprints?
Can like-minded Christian organizations work side by side in the same facility achieve better results and be better stewards of their resources?
Could the facility where are meeting pastors, pastoral care givers, professors, students, Chrisian media workers, people looking for pastoral care, mentors, lay leaders, participants of different life-long learning courses etc., be a good resource to discover new ideas and actions and to create synergy between fellow Christians?
Is it amazing that our alumni are serving as pastors and lay leaders in about 15% of Estonian Lutheran congregations? Do we need to continue our work?
Does a country where about 10% of the population belongs to a Christian church and where 80% believe in new age philosophies etc. have the ability to heal? Is it in desperate need for centers where Christians are able to join together in their efforts and make visible the presence of God?
Do you agree that Christians must work together to help recover our Estonian nation from damage caused by 50 years of Soviet occupation and to be prepared for revival?
If you answered “yes” to all of these questions then you share our vision and you know that this facility is not just a facility but
a resource for MAKING A DIFFERENCE in the KINGDOM OF GOD.
JOIN WITH US AND HELP MAKE OUR DREAM OF A CENTER FOR CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES COME TRUE!
See video where East European Missions Network directors David & Angela Breidenbach share their thoughts about Tartu Academy facility project.
Why Home of Hope?
- We have hope that God will bring revival to Estonia.
- We will be sharing hope through all of our activities in the facility.
- We have had hope throughout 25 years to have our own home.
- We had hoped for a different future during 50 years of Soviet occupation and so we know how to keep hope alive.
- The Lord is our only hope in all circumstances and we proclaim that.
- We hope we can change sad statistics about Christians in Estonia and because of it’s unique concept this particular facility is a needful tool for that mission.
Why do we need a facility?
- We often have more students attending lessons than our rooms can hold and we have to rent additional classrooms around the city.
- The South region of Estonia needs a place that is a center for Christians and activities carried out by Christians, from different denominations.
- Many pastors of churches, in about a 50-mile radius around Tartu, are living in Tartu and often ask whether they could use our rooms for meetings and some work related activities. This is because many of their church members are living or working also in Tartu. Our possibilities are currently limited, but with a facility that offers greater flexibility we could really be a place where people meet. This would be good soil for new ideas and real actions.
- Currently our rooms are small and we do not have any ventilation. We also cannot open the windows because they would fall apart (see video of our current rooms https://youtu.be/S5FVfOvnyv4).
- Rats die frequently somewhere inside of the walls and make some rooms unusable, for at least a month, because of the intolerable odor.
- We do not have the funds to rent better and bigger rooms.
- Having our own facility would give us better financial independence and sustainability.
- At the moment we spend $16,000 USD annually for rooms but with the new facility we would earn $25,000 USD profit per year. The difference is $41,000 USD annually that we could use for our mission work!
Video of our current rooms.
Organizations and activities planned for the TAT facility
- Studio of Christian radio station called Family Radio (www.europeanchristianradio.org), that is broadcasting all over Estonia and also thousands of miles into Russia in the Russian language. The radio station will lose their current rented rooms in about a year and they are in need for new rooms. They have worked already since 1994.
- Guest apartment/dorm for students, professors and visitors. The apartment is perspectively also office space.
- Pastoral care and counseling center (open for the public and run by our students, alumni, and professors).
- Center of spiritual mentoring for pastors and lay leaders.
- Pop-up workplaces for pastors, professors, students, lay leaders etc.
- A small Chapel.
- A unique, modern and flexible training center in Tartu that gives us the opportunity to rent out our rooms and earn money for the Academy.
Room setting in TAT’s current rented facility 1313 sq ft:
*Classroom 1--16 seats
*Classroom 2--12 seats
Room setting in TAT’s new facility 4811 sq ft:
*Big classroom--32 seats (we only need one big classroom)
*Small classroom--12 seats
*Big & small classroom merged--48 seats
*Medium classroom--18 seats
*Reading room/small group class--8 seats
*Multipurpose main hall-club room (including library space)
*TAT’s main office (including library space) and dean’s office
*Multipurpose pop-up office & spiritual mentoring center for pastors & lay leaders
*Room for pastoral care center
*Christian Radio office and 3 studios
*Guest apartment/dorm & perspectively also office space
*Storage & archive on the main floor and in the basement
*9 parking spaces in the underground parking lot
*Server room in the basement
What we would get?
- A 4811 sq ft facility on the ground floor of a condominium designed according to our room requirements.
- 9 parking spaces in the underground parking lot.
- Storage & server room in the basement.
- Excellent location:
- across the street from St. Paul Church (http://tartupauluse.ee/en) which is one of the biggest churches in Estonia
- smaller parking lot next to the building and a big, free-of-charge city parking lot within 0,25 miles
- central train and bus station 0,6 miles
- city centrum 0,4 miles
- two hostels 0,2 miles.
- Unique environment with about 1500 people living in surrounding houses http://riiakvartal.ee/tutvustus
How much would it cost?
Entire ground floor - 4811 sq ft - including 9 parking spaces in the underground parking lot and storage rooms in the basement would cost $1,397,099 USD. It means $290 USD per 1 sq ft.
Furnishing of rooms and modern technical equipment for classrooms costs approx. $150,000 USD.
To meet special requirements for classrooms costs lighting and ventilation approx. $50,000 USD.
Total price of the Home of Hope is
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
- Pray God’s blessing for our project.
- Become our fundraising partner and share information about our project and needs with your friends, congregation, neighbor congregations etc. All materials are available on our website.
- Donate to the Home of Hope.
We do not have any fundraising administration costs as all this work will be done voluntarily.
If you are planning to donate or help with fundraising please contact TAT dean Siimon Haamer and let him know. Also, you are welcome to contact him with any questions and ideas:
cell & FaceTime: +372 5159127
If you want to donate toward the purchase of our facility you can do this through
Charity Lutheran Church (Tax deductible)
120 Aspen Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58503
It is very important to mark the donation designation “TAT Facility” in the memo portion.
Our sincere appeal is not for you to substitute current giving with funding for the facility project. We are only able to commit to this new facility with special, additional funding that God makes available to us through you.
How will donors be remembered in the Home of Hope?
- Any amount given up to $9,999 USD will be celebrated with your name on the wall of our facility’s main hall.
- If our Home of Hope will be built, the plaque with God’s promise, that is central in our building story, will get an honorable place there and we will add another plaque below with those names of God’s ambassadors who want to give strong testimony that God’s Word is trustworthy, by donating to our facility purchase at least $10,000 USD.
- By giving $50,000 USD you will receive additional recognition with your name on one of TAT’s three offices, the Family Radio office, the Pastoral Care and Counselling Center office or newspaper office.
- By giving $60,000 USD you will receive additional recognition with your name listed as donor on our seminary-meeting room.
- By giving $70,000 USD you will receive additional recognition with your name listed as donor for our smaller classroom.
- By giving $80,000 USD you will receive additional recognition with your name listed as donor on our chapel.
- By giving $150,000 USD you will receive additional recognition with your name listed as donor for our big classroom.
- By giving $200,000 USD you will receive additional recognition with your name listed as donor for our main hall with reading room.
- By giving at least $1,000,000 USD we will name our facility according to the donor name.
Entrance to the underground parking lot, September 2018. 9 parking spaces belong to the Home of Hope facility.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, one of the largest congregations in Estonia, is located just across the street.
How will we run the Home of Hope in the future?
- All Christian organizations in the building will pay rent to the Academy for their rooms and, additionally, proportionately for general rooms usage (kitchen, toilets, hall, chapel, seminary-meeting room). We will charge those organizations 50-70% of the market price.
- Additionally, it’s realistic, at least one week per month, to rent out our classrooms for training and different activities.
- According to this conservative business plan we are able to cover all regular costs and to earn $25,000 USD profit per year. Currently we spend $16,000 USD annually for our rooms. That means $41,000 USD profit per year compared to our current situation. This is all money that would be used for our mission work. That makes a very big difference!
- To manage the whole building all owners will form a housing association to manage the building and deal with everyday tasks. Therefore, we don’t need to spend our time and energy answering daily management questions.
April 28th, 2018--meeting between TAT partners at a Mount Calvary Lutheran Church (301 County Road 19, Excelsior MN) to discuss financing of the facility project.
May 15th, 2018--decision is made: we will purchase the Home of Hope.
June 30th, 2018--paying earnest money $125,000 USD--RAISED on June 25th, 2018.
June 30th, 2019--second payment of the remainder of the facility cost.
July 2019--building is finished.
July to August 2019--furnishing and setting up classroom equipment.
September 2019--starting new college year in the new facility.
David & Barbara Lee
Chad & Laura Kourajian
Paul & Elaine Gunderson
James & Gwen Cosgrove
Curtis & Mary Levang
Bob & Patti Nordvall
First Lutheran Church, Hope MN
Augustana District of LCMC
Paul & Bobbi Knudson
Bethany Lutheran Church, McCallsburg IA
Richard & Linda Mahlow
Arne & Miriam Lagus
Mount Calvary Lutheran Church Foundation, Excelsior MN
Mot & Pam Hedges
Jim & Barbara Rasmusson
Dale & Emilie Wilde
Steven & Lisa Tonder
Dennis & Kathy Sandmann
David & Anne Gran
Spirit of Hope Lutheran Church, Parker CO
Doug & Mary Anderson
Georgia Fellowship of LCMC
Steve & Sandy Miller
First Lutheran Church Women of the Word group, Hope MN
George & Ilze Stroebel
Donald & Kathy Nordquist
Steven J. Wadle
Robert & Dita Dow
David & Victoria Fisher
St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Garfield MN
Randy & Lori Reifschneider
Ken & Jacki Meimann
Perry & Judy Ritland
Mark & Pam Hendrick
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, San Jose CA
Ringkobing Y's Men Club, Denmark
St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Gillet WI
Paulus & Gladys Pilgrim
St. John's Women of the Word, Starbuck MN
Faith Lutheran Church, Hutchinson MN
Brian & Barbara Felt
Orlando & Herdis Hash
Thank you for you faithful partnership. May all of you be rewarded by God according to His mercy.
Together we'll make a difference!