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WE ARE OWNERS of HOME of HOPE FACILITY

September 19th, 2019

Since today is Tartu Academy of Theology owner of the HOME of HOPE facility. We took out $1,300,000 mortgage loan for 5 years with 5% interest and bought the property. Contract was signed and notarized.

 

We started this project from zero with 100 dollars and under God’s guidance in April of 2018. 17 months later we have a property of very good value. We have experienced tremendous blessing and that’s why we are forming 24 hour prayer chain coming Saturday September 21st to give thanks to God and to ask continues blessing to our fundraising campaign but also to the work that we start at HOME of HOPE. Please, join with us in prayer throughout this day.

 

We are blessed by so many good friends who are forming great circle of God’s ambassadors. THANK YOU TO ALL OUR DONORS AND PRAYER WARRIORS! Together we have made impossible possible. HOME of HOPE is a landmark for Estonian people that is testifying that God is alive. I’m so proud to be part of this God’s mighty work and I’m happy I can share this joy with you.

 

I hope you’ll continue this path with us as we have 5 challenging years ahead of us until loan will be paid. Stopping or returning is impossible.

 

Opening of HOME of HOPE is scheduled to December 2nd, 2019 and you are all welcome to join with us on this glorious day if you are able. In the middle of October we will start moving in.

 

Our next fundraising goal is to raise $79,596 until December 31st, 2019 in order to pay first loan payment. $5,646 is still available for matching.

Pastor Siimon Haamer with keys in front of HOME of HOPE after Tartu Academy of Theology gained ownership of the facility

September 19, 2019

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Our Generous Supporters in 2018

 

Last year was unique in our history. Our vision of a center for Christian organizations in Estonia seems to be on its way to becoming a reality. This has inspired the development of new and influential future perspectives for our development. You can read about HOME of HOPE in this newsletter and in detail on our website. In addition to this major project, our current daily activities must continue. We are blessed by all of you, our donors and supporters.

 

In this special issue of our newsletter, we are publishing the names of people and organizations who have supported TAT and our HOME of HOPE project during 2018.

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Current Financial Situation

 

Because of the HOME of HOPE project our income for general operating expenses has clearly decreased.  We ended 2018 with a deficit of $20,476 USD. Last autumn we downsized our activities and budget with $35,000 in order to manage financially. We are looking trustfully forward in this new year. Currently we have a deficit of $14,083.

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The Second Fundraising Banquet

 

The second TAT and Seminary banquet in Estonia will take place on April 12th, 2019. Our goal is to raise at least $10,000 USD. We are looking for matching partners for this event to make it more successful and to encourage Estonian people to give. Last May, $17,150 was given as matching funds for the first fundraising banquet and the total income of the banquet was $42,750.

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HOME of HOPE Snapshots–Small Size, Big Impact

Vocational Bible School

 

In addition to our regular bachelor and master degree study programs we’ll establish Vocational Bible School in co-operation with St Paul Lutheran Church, located just across the street. Bible studies will take place in the evening or morning once or twice per week

Christian Radio Station

 

The radio station broadcasts 24/7 all over Estonia and to a large part of Russia. Every Sunday there are 6 services from various churches on the air. According to feedback, non-Christians are also listening because this is the only Estonia wide radio station producing and broadcasting programs that nurture people’s hearts.

Pastoral Care Center

 

Estonian people are very much in need of spiritual help but many of them don’t know where to find it. Often they are hesitant to go to church because they are afraid that their minds will be messed up there. This was the goal of Soviet authorities during 50 years of occupation. Now people want to make their own decisions for their lives.

Spiritual Mentoring Center

 

We recently conducted a year training course for spiritual mentors for Lutheran Church pastors. Today we are building up the mentoring system in the Estonian Lutheran Church. In Estonia, pastors often feel alone and abandoned and they need support. Unfortunately many of them won’t take any action to find a spiritual mentor.

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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

Read more how alumni have used their education...

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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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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