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The Narva Experience

As a part of our assignment here in Estonia, we recently had the privilege of traveling to the far northeastern portion of the country. Yes, this could be referred to as the Russian border. Our destination for the day was the city of Narva, where there is a small group of Russian-speaking believers (most are dual citizens) that we were to meet with.

Narva is the third largest city in Estonia and is filled with history! Of course, pretty much all of Estonia and the Baltic States cities are filled with history. Our little over three hour drive was wonderful inSillamae, Estonia Municipal Building and of itself. The highway went through beautiful countryside, as well as occasional glimpses of the Baltic Sea. It was another reminder of the beauty of this country. We also took a slight detour to visit the city of Sillamae. I was able to visit there one cold night during our previous term in Estonia, so seeing the city on a warm sunny day was certainly more enjoyable!

Narva CastleThe historical highlight of the day was a brief visit to Narva Castle. The main tower of the castle, “Tall Hermann” serves as the iconic symbol of the city. The beauty and majesty of the grounds were a little overwhelmed by the weekend activities. It seemed that this particular Friday, Saturday and Sunday, that Narva was Ivangorod Fortressplaying host to a Motorcycle Rally. Yes, so the castle grounds were filled with tents, loud music, motorcycles of all sorts and sizes, and of course…bikers! Nevertheless, we did get the chance to peruse the grounds and catch a glimpse of the Ivangorod Fortress of Russia, just across the river.

We quickly left the castle grounds to make our way to an apartment building in the heart of the city. Our destination was the ninth floor of the building, which meant that we would need to take the elevator. Now, for you Americans, please note that European elevators are not similar to the ones we are used to. Oh, the nameplate said, “OTIS”, but it was one of their miniature versions. And just in case you are not aware…Nannette does not like elevators, in fact they may be next to the least liked thing on her list, perhaps only exceeded by her hatred dislike of cats.

Upon realizing we had arrived, our wonderful “I-only-speak-Russian” host and her friend, quickly made their way down to the entry door to let us in and greet us…in Russian! They then ushered us to that little elevator, and the four of us squeezed into the three person capacity elevator. Their Russian chatter, combined with a surprisingly fast elevator, helped my bride to endure the ride.

Our service that evening was wonderful. This group of Holy Ghost filled Russians may have been small in number, but they certainly knew how to worship and pray! And we did a lot of that. Following the conclusion of my message, we moved into a time of focused prayer. We began praying for individual needs, as well as general needs. We wrapped up with praying as those in attendance shared their burden and passion to see a mighty move of the Holy Ghost happen in their city! They have a hunger for genuine REVIVAL!

As we concluded the service, our hosts would not allow us to make our journey back without sharing their supper with us. They brought out a wide variety of ethnic dishes and we enjoyed a time of food and fellowship. It gave us all an opportunity to share information about each other’s lives.

These dear people will forever hold a special place in our hearts. I am thankful for missionaries who are sacrificing their time and resources to journey to this city on the Russian border on a regular basis to help these people grow in their relationship with Christ, as well as teaching and empowering them to reach their city for the Kingdom.

Thank you all who partner with us for allowing us to be just a small part of this group. We look forward to sharing more with you in the days ahead!

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A Busy Month!

It just does not seem possible that we have been in Estonia for four weeks already, and are halfway through this assignment. So much time has been spent getting reconnected with some of our old contacts and friends. And we have made many new ones already.

Sunday services here in the church in Tallinn have been filled with such an awesome presence of the Holy Ghost! A big change from our time here four years ago is the Worship Leading of Bro. Sander Mandre. Every Sunday he has done a magnificent job of leading us into a wonderful time of worship. This past Sunday the weather was quite warm, so we had the windows open in the space we are renting. Even with the presence of a steady rain, I noticed several people stopping outside the building to listen as we worshipped in song.

Recently, we were honored to drive to the far Eastern edge of Estonia (translated: the Russian border), to the city of Narva. Here on the ninth floor of an old Soviet-style apartment building we met with a wonderful group of people who love to spend time in worship and prayer. These people certainly know how to pray! Following the ministry of the Word, we moved into a time of prayer…and it was an intense time of prayer. You could feel God meeting with us in a great way. This group is ready to see Revival in their city! Please join with us in prayer for Narva!

This past weekend, following our Sunday service, we drove down south to Tartu, Estonia to celebrate Nannette’s birthday and our 35th Anniversary. This was another great opportunity to see more of this beautiful country and to learn more of its history. We were thankful for this short, but exciting time exploring a new city.

I shared with the church on Sunday that I can feel some breaking in the spirit world happening, especially in the immediate vicinity of the Culture Center where we are currently meeting. The evidence was seen as the people stopped to listen to our worship. I shared with Missionary Turner that continued revival is going to happen in this city and in this country!

Please continue to pray for this work here, as well as the country of Estonia. All of us are aware of the current headlines and this can be the source of a great deal of anxiety for a people who have spent so much of their long and storied history being occupied by other nations. We are believing in a mighty Holy Ghost Outpouring to continue to happen in the Baltic States!