It is hard to believe we have been in Estonia for over two weeks and tomorrow we make our journey back to Minnesota. It would be almost impossible to write all that we have seen God do the past two weeks but here are a few highlights:
Just before leaving Tartu last week, cure we were able to tour the building that Risttee, the church we attended while in Tartu, was able to purchase this past week. They have a lot of work to do this summer to be ready to worship there in September but the building has incredible potential. It was great to hear God’s timing in providing this incredible blessing to Risttee.
This past week we were able to be a part of an English Camp with a church plant in the city of Kunda teamed with a church in Rakvere. The student ministries in Rakvere is amazing and they are making disciples. Kadi shared her story a few nights ago how 5 years ago she attended an English Camp as a skeptic that God exists and this past week she led a group of fellow students and challenged them who God could be in their lives. Kadi’s story was one I heard often this past week as I talked with students from Rakvere.
The highlight of my week as an opportunity to have an extended conversation with Janek, he is planting a church in Kunda. I was inspired watching him interact with students this past week but my heart broke for him as I heard about the incredible challenges he faces doing ministry in an area currently not very interested in God. It was great to be able to pray for him with our entire team from the English Camp. I am looking forward to how God uses him and his wife Rebekka in Kunda!
As a family we feel excited, torn, in sort of a twilight zone as we think about tomorrow. We have a good life in Minnesota and some good friends! God has worked in our lives and hopefully through our lives over the past three years there and it is home. At the same time, after two weeks back in Estonia and all that God did – more than we could have ever imagined both in our lives and along with those who we had the opportunity to minister – leaving is sad.
Thanks so much for praying for us on this journey!