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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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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tallinn Summertime Update - Part 3 - Moving time

Just a short update as tomorrow the Internet goes off in our rental flat on Tartu Mnt, and is connected at our new flat, though we are a week from moving in.  I guess while we are on that note, it's worth updating you on our new Tallinn home address - we expect to move in to it about a week today!

Helme 16/2, 39, Tallinn, 10614, Estonia

And it's a miracle that we get to write that really!  We are so grateful to God for his breakthrough and to the masses of people praying with us, and helping us get to this point!

Since the last update, when I talked about visitors, we've had two more!  Flic, from Hope Church in St Petersburg stopped over on her way back to the UK, and immediately before that we had Matt from the Riga church plant staying with us for two nights.  It was a really enjoyable time of chatting, praying and stirring one another.
We successfully moved our boxes over to the new flat last Saturday - Flic was a wonderful help with the girls, and the seven helpers we had with us from Elava Vee Church meant we got the whole move done and into the new flat within three hours - a great result!  Rain had been forecast - with everything safely in the flat, literally five minutes later, we all watched from the balcony as the heavens opened as a storm blew in!

Heartbeat Tallinn starts next week - this is a huge week long event that Agape, the student outreach group, have organised.  They have 1500 people coming to the city, and joining with local and national Christians here in Estonia, it's going to be a great service to the city.  Please pray for it.  Please pray that we would also get connected into the right places.  It's the same week our kitchen is going in, and we therefore move in, as well as Arnoud and Elisabeth and their 3 children moving to Tallinn, so it's looking like a busy but exciting week.  A focal point of the week is Christ Day, which is the Saturday 28th July.  They are calling all the Christians in Estonia to come to the stadium for this day, where there will be prayer and other stuff during the day, and a big concert in the evening - among the singers is 'Britain's Got Talent' winner, Susan Boyle!

Tallinn has just hosted the Under 19s European Championships (Football), which was won by the Spanish.  It was really interesting to see all the various teams walking around the streets, exploring the city as we too have been doing these last months.

And finally, one thing I don't think we've mentioned, but seeing as it's on its way to Tallinn already, a praise point definitely worth a mention.  About two months ago, while we were thinking and praying about how to get a car, we were contacted by our friends at the UK based charity Love Russia.  When looking, we'd been hoping to get a 7 seat car, so as to be able to travel with people when they came to stay.  The finances would not actually have enabled us to pursue anything.  But the email from Love Russia changed all that - they are driving up a car for their summer camp in Estonia and asked us if, after they have finished, we'd like to have the car!  What's more, it's a 7 seat car!  We are so thankful to God, and of course the wonderful generosity shown by all at Love Russia for this truly wonderful gift.  Having lived without a car for 4 years, but with two children now, as well as living for the first time not in the directly in the centre, the timing is perfect.  They fly out from Tallinn on the morning of the 3rd August, so I will meet them there and drive back the car....and that's just in time, as filming begins on the 4th August with House Hunters International and a car is probably very vital for all that's needed for that!

God's perfect timing, as always!

So that's me signing off from Tartu Mnt....4 years of renting flats is coming to an end.  Next update is from the property no Estonian bank said we'd get - but God!


Helen Kendall said...

Love it guys. So excited. New season!! See you quite soon. Helen

JoGevers said...

It's been so exciting to follow your adventure, and to be able to be a part of it by praying, but most of all just to see God at work! Exciting days... Jo

let let lotty said...

love u guys and is and very excited to hear all ur new adventure god bless how is rachel and the girls . see u soon loretta