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I was part of the leadership team in St Petersburg, Russia - which planted Hope Church in 2009.(www.hopechurchstpetersburg.com).
In March 2012 Hope Church sent my family to plant into Tallinn, the Capital of Estonia. I therefore lead this small but growing church plant team. Here is the website for Hope Tallinn (www.hopetallinn.ee)

For details on our journey here, read the series called Adventures of Faith which is linked for you on the right hand column, just below. That details our original journey to Russia and then onto Tallinn 4 years later.

Author for fiction novels - Cherry Picking (2012), The Last Prophet (2015), The Tablet (2015) and The Shadow Man (2016) are available on all major bookselling sites. Please visit: www.timheathbooks.com

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

BNG - 11

Yesterday morning we started with me at home doing my UK remote work on the computer, and Rachel went to the play-ground (which I've called a gold mine of contacts) - and it didn't disappoint!
While there she met two ladies who she talked with, introduced them to each other, and got their contact details! They even arranged to meet back there the same time next week! One lady was Russian, named Tanya, and the other lady, Elisa, was Finnish and has been in Tallinn for two months. Rachel really felt positive about these two connections, and it seems once again, God has continued to open up new contacts for us this first month.
In the afternoon I met with Heigo who is co-Pastor at the church 'Missio' - an Estonian church here in Tallinn. I really liked him and he had a great easy going and open personality. We will share a little at his church on Sunday 25th March. When there, he'll introduce us to a few people, including his co-Pastor, who heads up Alpha in Estonia, as well as a visiting American guy who is linking churches together in the city, and an Estonian teacher, for when we start lessons!
While working yesterday there was a crash outside on the road in front of the flat - a car, turning but clearly not checking properly, had been hit by a tram. Like in Russia, the trams in both directions stopped and started to back up - people getting off and walking. The car initially wasn't moved. Again, like in Russia, after an accident all vehicles are left as they stopped, in order for the police to do the report - this would lead to huge delays and only added to the difficulty in moving around the city. So I was interested to keep an eye on what would happen with this tram.
What did happen was that after maybe 30 minutes, with lots of pointing, looking and then papers being signed, suddenly, and without the police arriving, the car was reversed, then both lines of trams started going again, and the car drove off! So the whole system seems to be a bit faster - it's not the same as the UK, where vehicles would be moved to the side of the road before details were written down, in order to keep the traffic moving, but it wasn't like Russia where literally it can be hours just waiting for the police to arrive.
My mum arrives later today for a week - our first visitor, and still no furniture! We expect this at some point this coming week.
And finally, we've started to get up to speed with some photos and videos etc. If you haven't seen them already on Facebook, here are some photos we've just added;

And here is an Animoto video we've put together marking leaving St Petersburg;

Until next time!

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