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Help to establish HOME of HOPE in Estonia

a facility that will be home to Tartu Academy of Theology

as well as an Outreach Center with several Christian ministries


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  • Our Story
  • Does this facility MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
  • Why Home of Hope?
  • Why Do We Need a Facility?
  • Video of our current rooms
  • Organizations and Activities Planned for the TAT Facility
  • Design of the Facility
  • What We Would Get?
  • How Much Would it Cost?
  • How Will Donors Be Remembered in the Home of Hope?
  • How We Will Run the Home of Hope in the Future?
  • Timetable
  • Donors
  • Read testimonies of our students

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Siimon Haamer is sharing about Estonia, Home of Hope and Tartu Academy of Theology

Future view to the entire condominium development.

Construction site on September 20, 2018.

The plaque on the wall with a text: Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Psalm 127:1. Consecration of the reconstruction of a study building of Tartu Academy of Theology, July 4th, 1995.

We pray revival for Estonia and we know God has His time. We hope that all the damage caused by Soviet occupation throughout 50 years will be cleared up one day. Sometimes people lose their hope and they need encouragement. They need to see God's work among us today. With a Home of Hope we want to form an environment where people can see how God is working in so many different ways among us. Home of Hope would not be just a study facility but a collection of activities and organizations exploding the message of Jesus Christ to the people in Estonia and beyond.


We tell you our story...

Our first attempt to get a home for the Tartu Academy in Estonia started in 1994. We were planning to renovate one old building in the city centrum as we had some hope to receive funds for this. We even put a plaque on the house wall on July 4th, 1995 with the words, Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain (Psalm 127:1). Hope was alive for several years, but when the funds didn’t come through we lost that perspective. The plaque stayed there for 17 years and people mocked our trust in God, as the building decayed. During that same time, we investigated other potential projects, but none of them seemed feasible. Seven years ago we stopped making plans and put our dreams  for a own facility into God’s hands. The plaque with God’s Word was removed by the realtor as the house was renovated into a commercial apartment building. Now this plaque is in our office and is awaiting a new place where we can hang it because we know that God is building that house at the right time and in a mysterious way. And when the time is right He will guide us on that path. This is what we feel now: God is leading us and we just have to follow His guidance and take action.

We are not planning to build our own campus, because that is too expensive, but we are looking to buy the ground floor of a new condominium building (see a picture above with a future view of the development).


We have always been convinced that it’s not reasonable to buy something only with a purpose to have an office and classrooms. Because our studies are carried out in sessions and we only have classes approximately one week per month, we should also have other Christian organizations gathered into that facility that could serve, at the same time, as internship bases for our students. The vision is for us to have diverse, co-op usage of our rooms and also to have regular sources of income from the rooms we rent out.

Siimon Haamer is telling a story about the plaque.


Home of Hope


in Estonia?

Find the Answer from the questions, please!

Is it more reasonable to buy something to create a center that brings together various activities run by Christians from several churches, rather than to buy something dedicated only to the Academy’s needs of classrooms and offices, if during the last 25 years of work we have seen a desperate need for a center like this?

Does it make sense to present a unified Christian front to the Estonian people by providing them one place that will meet many of their spiritual needs?

Is it fiscally responsible to structure ourselves in such a way that we have a steady flow of monthly income?

Would it be helpful to have internship sites for our students right at our fingerprints?

Can like-minded Christian organizations work side by side in the same facility achieve better results and be better stewards of their resources?

Could the facility where are meeting pastors, professors, students, Chrisian media workers, Christian counselors, people looking for pastoral care, mentors, lay leaders, participants of different life-long learning courses etc., be a good resource to discover new ideas and actions and to create synergy between fellow Christians?

Is it amazing that our alumni are serving as pastors and lay leaders in about 15% of Estonian Lutheran congregations? Do we need to continue our work?

Does a country where about 10% of the population belongs to a Christian church and where 80% believe in new age philosophies etc. have the ability to heal? Is it in desperate need for centers where Christians are able to join together in their efforts and make visible the presence of God?

Do you agree that Christians must work together to help recover our Estonian nation from damage caused by 50 years of Soviet occupation and to be prepared for revival?

If you answered “yes” to all of these questions then you share our vision and you know that this facility is not just a facility but



See video where East European Missions Network directors David & Angela Breidenbach share their thoughts about Home of Hope project.

Why Home of Hope?

  • We have hope that God will bring revival to Estonia.
  • We will be sharing hope through all of our activities in the facility.
  • We have had hope throughout 25 years to have our own home.
  • We had hoped for a different future during 50 years of Soviet occupation and so we know how to keep hope alive.
  • The Lord is our only hope in all circumstances and we proclaim that.
  • We hope we can change sad statistics about Christians in Estonia and because of it’s unique concept  this particular facility is a needful tool for that mission.

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Why do we need a facility?

  • We often have more students attending lessons than our rooms can hold and we have to rent additional classrooms around the city.
  • The South region of Estonia needs a place that is a center for Christians and activities carried out by Christians, from different denominations.
  • Many pastors of churches, in about a 50-mile radius around Tartu, are living in Tartu and often ask whether they could use our rooms for meetings and some work related activities. This is because many of their church members are living or working also in Tartu. Our possibilities are currently limited, but with a facility that offers greater flexibility we could really be a place where people meet. This would be good soil for new ideas and real actions.
  • Currently our rooms are small and we do not have any ventilation. We also cannot open the windows because they would fall apart (see video of our current rooms https://youtu.be/S5FVfOvnyv4).
  • Rats die frequently somewhere inside of the walls and make some rooms unusable, for at least a month, because of the intolerable odor.
  • We do not have the funds to rent better and bigger rooms.
  • Having our own facility would give us better financial independence and sustainability.
  • At the moment we spend $16,000 USD annually for rooms but with the new facility we would earn $25,000 USD profit per year. The difference is $41,000 USD annually that we could use for our mission work!

Video of TAT's current rooms.

Home of Hope site in September of 2018.

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Organizations and activities planned for the TAT facility

  • Christian college Tartu Academy of Theology.
  • Training center for Ministers, Chaplain’s, Christian media specialists, lay leaders, Christian counselors etc.
  • Studio of Christian radio station called Family Radio (www.europeanchristianradio.org), that is broadcasting all over Estonia and also thousands of miles into Russia in the Russian language. The radio station will lose their current rented rooms in about a year and they are in need for new rooms. They have worked already since 1994. Read more...
  • Guest apartment/dorm for students, professors and visitors. The apartment could be used also as office space.
  • Pastoral care center (open for the public and run by our students, alumni, and professors). Read more...
  • Center of spiritual mentoring for pastors and lay leaders.
  • Pop-up workplaces for pastors, professors, students, lay leaders etc.
  • A small Chapel.
  • A unique, modern and flexible training center in Tartu that gives us the opportunity to rent out our rooms and earn income for the Academy.

Room setting in TAT’s current rented facility 1313 sq ft:

*Classroom 1--16 seats

*Classroom 2--12 seats

*2 offices


Room setting in TAT’s new facility 4811 sq ft:

*Big classroom--32 seats (we only need one big classroom)

*Small classroom--12 seats

*Big & small classroom merged--48 seats

*Medium classroom--18 seats

*Reading room/small group class--8 seats

*Chapel *Kitchen

*Multipurpose main hall-club room (including library space)

*TAT’s main office (including library space) and dean’s office

*Multipurpose pop-up office & spiritual mentoring center for pastors & lay leaders

*Room for pastoral care center

*Christian Radio office and 3 studios

*Guest apartment/dorm & perspectively also office space

*Storage & archive on the main floor and in the basement

*9 parking spaces in the underground parking lot

*Server room in the basement

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What we would get?

  • A 4811 sq ft facility on the ground floor of a condominium designed according to our room requirements.
  • 9 parking spaces in the underground parking lot.
  • Storage & server room in the basement.
  • Excellent location:
  • across the street from St. Paul Church (http://tartupauluse.ee/en) which is one of the biggest churches in Estonia
  • smaller parking lot next to the building and a big, free-of-charge city parking lot within 0,25 miles
  • central train and bus station 0,6 miles
  • city centrum 0,4 miles
  • two hostels 0,2 miles.
  • Unique environment with about 1500 people living in surrounding houses http://riiakvartal.ee/tutvustus

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How much would Home of Hope cost?

Entire ground floor - 4811 sq ft - including 9 parking spaces in the underground parking lot and storage rooms in the basement would cost $1,397,099 USD. It means $290 USD per 1 sq ft.


Furnishing of rooms and technical equipment for classrooms–approx. $150,000 USD.


Special requirements for classrooms lighting and ventilation–approx. $50,000 USD.


Total price of the Home of Hope is

$1,597,099 USD




  • Pray God’s blessing for our project.
  • Become our fundraising partner and share information about our project and needs with your friends, congregation, neighbor congregations etc. All materials are available on our website.
  • Donate to the Home of Hope.


We do not have any fundraising administration costs as all this work will be done voluntarily.

If you are planning to donate or help with fundraising please contact TAT dean Siimon Haamer and let him know. Also, you are welcome to contact him with any questions and ideas:

email: siimon.haamer@teoloogia.ee

cell & FaceTime: +372 5159127

skype: siimon7


To find information about different giving options click here.


Our sincere appeal is not for you to substitute current giving with funding for the facility project. We are only able to commit to this new facility with special, additional funding that God makes available to us through you.

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How will donors be remembered in the Home of Hope?

  • Any amount given from $100 to $9,999 USD will be celebrated with your name on the wall next to our facility’s chapel.
  • After Home of Hope is built, the plaque with God’s promise, that is central in our building story, will get an honorable place there and we will add another plaque below with those names of God’s ambassadors who want to give strong testimony that God’s Word is trustworthy, by donating to our facility purchase at least $10,000 USD.
  • By giving $50,000 USD you will receive additional recognition with your name on one of TAT’s three offices, the Family Radio office or the Pastoral Care Center office.
  • By giving $60,000 USD you will receive additional recognition with your name listed as donor on our small classroom.
  • By giving $70,000 USD you will receive additional recognition with your name listed as donor for our medium classroom.
  • By giving $80,000 USD you will receive additional recognition with your name listed as donor on our chapel.
  • By giving $150,000 USD you will receive additional recognition with your name listed as donor for our big classroom.
  • By giving $200,000 USD you will receive additional recognition with your name listed as donor for our main hall with reading room.
  • By giving at least $1,000,000 USD we will name our facility according to the donor name.

Entrance to the underground parking lot, September 2018. 9 parking spaces belong to the Home of Hope facility.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, one of the largest congregations in Estonia, is located just across the street.

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How will we run the Home of Hope in the future?

  • All Christian organizations in the building will pay rent to the Academy for their rooms and, additionally, proportionately for general rooms usage (kitchen, toilets, hall, chapel, seminary-meeting room).
  • At least one week per month we will rent out our classrooms for trainings and different activities.
  • Guest apartment will be actively in use.
  • According to this conservative business plan we are able to cover all regular costs and to earn $25,000 USD profit per year. Currently we spend $16,000 USD annually for our rooms. That means $41,000 USD profit per year compared to our current situation. This is all money that would be used for our mission work. That makes a very big difference!
  • To manage the whole building all owners of condos will form a housing association to manage the building and deal with everyday tasks. Therefore, we don’t need to deal with daily management questions.

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Siimon Haamer

David & Barbara Lee

Chad & Laura Kourajian

Paul & Elaine Gunderson

James & Gwen Cosgrove

Curtis & Mary Levang

Bob & Patti Nordvall

First Lutheran Church, Hope MN

Augustana District of LCMC

Paul & Bobbi Knudson

Bethany Lutheran Church, McCallsburg IA

Richard & Linda Mahlow

Arne & Miriam Lagus

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church Foundation, Excelsior MN

Ross McGlasson

Mot & Pam Hedges

Jim & Barbara Rasmusson

Steven & Jane Ekholm

Dale & Emilie Wilde

Steven & Lisa Tonder

Donna Rasmusson

Dennis & Kathy Sandmann

David & Anne Gran

Spirit of Hope Lutheran Church, Parker CO

Doug & Mary Anderson

Carl Berquist

Georgia Fellowship of LCMC

Steve & Sandy Miller

First Lutheran Church Women of the Word group, Hope MN

George & Ilze Stroebel

Donald & Kathy Nordquist

Steven J. Wadle

Robert & Dita Dow

Kelly Henning

David & Victoria Fisher

Linda Saveraid

Peeter Kivestu in memoriam Endla Kivestu

St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Garfield MN

Lauri Desir

Gen Olson

Randy & Lori Reifschneider

Ken & Jacki Meimann

Perry & Judy Ritland

Mark & Pam Hendrick

Sehlin Sidney

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, San Jose CA

Ringkobing Y's Men Club, Denmark

Mari-Ann Bartlet

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Gillet WI

Paulus & Gladys Pilgrim

St. John's Women of the Word,  Starbuck MN

Faith Lutheran Church, Hutchinson MN

Linda Cruz in memoriam Robert Branham

Brian & Barbara Felt

Orlando & Herdis Hash

Nathan & Ruth Hansen

Steven & Susan Davidson

John & Rondi Wussow

Thomas & Sandra Hunt

Marlene Bohrer

Karl & Lori Lemmerman

Ken & Julie Slag

Nancy Leno

Robert & Pamela Nelson

Ryan Whalen

Paul & Marlys Coughlin

James & Linda Perhus

Keith & Linda Perhus

Donna Paulson

Renee Nefe

Ken Birst

Michael & Patty Dwyer

Georgia Kingsbury

Macel Monthye

Duane & Faye Wangen

Kathy Wermager

Amazing Grays of Charity, Bismarck ND

Valdie & Elaine Magstadt

Keith & Delores Soiseth

Wilbert & Alvina Fueller in memoriam Susan Sletto, Alan Lommen, Ronald Freborg

Terry Sletto in memoriam Susan Sletto

John & Chara Wangen

James Hackney

Kent & Laura Lodge

Shalom Community Lutheran Church, Starbuck MN

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Afton MN

Sacred Word Lutheran Church, Mobridge SD

St. John's Lutheran Church, Springfield MN

Siim Maripuu

Carol Palin

Kristiina Mõttus

Jima & DeDe Elliott

Eric & Leah Knutson

Nancy Wissman

Richard Grorud

Robert & Kathy McLain

Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, New York NY

First United Lutheran Church, Roseau MN

Richland Lutheran Church, Richland WA

Kathy Hollenbeck

Gary & Kathy Bahn

Mary Arfmann

Arthur Whitehead

Urmas Viilma

Kristjan Luhamets



Thank you for you faithful partnership. May all of you be rewarded by God according to His mercy.

Together we'll make a difference!

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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

Help to establish HOME of HOPE in Estonia
Help to establish HOME of HOPE in Estonia
Help to establish HOME of HOPE in Estonia