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posted Nov 13, 2016, 12:41 PM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 11:05 AM ]
NEW SCHOOL YEAR AT BALTIC METHODIST

New School Year

Greetings!

     On November 1, we had our first snow fall in Tallinn, Estonia. Karl, Kristofer and Kalev have built a remarkable snow fortress in the yard and the Baltic Seminary glass roof is covered with snow. It makes Tallinn look festive and, since it is cold outside, people like to gather inside warm rooms.

     It has been a while since our last newsletter. We had a busy end of the summer with church summer conference as one of the ministry highlights. Both Kulli and Doug did some teaching there on how to read the Bible for spiritual growth. 

     This fall, Estonia elected its first woman president. Right now our government is being changed also. There is definitely a lot of change happening in Estonia and in the world. Please do continue to pray for Estonia’s freedom and for our people. Pray that our hearts would turn to God.

     August 31 a new school year began at Baltic Methodist Seminary.  we have 17 new students in the first year class and 64 students enrolled total.   There are students from Ukraine, Russia, and, of course, Estonia.

     While in the past, our school has taught in Estonian, Russian, and English, this year a fourth language has been added.  Sign language.  Two students are deaf.  It is an important people group in Estonia.  We have been told that only 5% of deaf people in the world are Christian.  However, there has been significant outreach to this group in Estonia and approximately 30% of the population with little or no hearing profess Christ.

     Kulli is teaching Systematic theology, independent study in Greek, mentoring students spiritually and academically, translating and preaching in chapel.

     Doug is teaching Church History: Reformation to Today, and is co-teaching worship class.  Part of his job is to take students to worship services of various traditions (Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Pentecostal) to experience how different groups of Christians worship God.

     Another aspect of Doug’s work at the seminary is to organize chapel.  There are two chapels and six prayer times per month which have to be organized for multilingual settings.  We have been blessed to have various faculty, local pastors, and the District Superintendent preach and lead these times of worship.
   
     Doug would like to thank Midland UMC, Schwarz Creek UMC, Lexington First UMC, for allowing me speak with members of their congregations regarding the work Kulli and Doug did in Estonia.

     Kulli would like to thank Chapelwood UMC for allowing her to share with them as well.  

Giving Tuesday
     We would like to remind you that November 29 is Giving Tuesday.  Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving where people may support their favorite charities as they begin the Christmas shopping season.  It is a great time of year to support missionaries like us!  If you would like to support us as you begin your holiday shopping, please see directions below.  

In Christ,
Kulli and Doug



 
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