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.
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.
Passionate for the Vision of Home of Hope
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.
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.