Here is a picture of the first group of Estonian pastors that we met with last week. (An interesting note, the young man with dark hair on the far right works with college students in Tartu. Matt Saar and his brother Peep Saar lead what is probably the largest congregation in Estonia and the average age is 23!)
I think perhaps the highlight of our first conference was our drive to Meiuste prayer house. This is a 93 year old building in the middle of a forest — devoted to prayer. We sat by candlelight and worshipped God. We sang, Bill Ankerberg, a good friend and pastor from Whittier Community Church shared a message, then we prayed together in groups of two. Following this we laid hands on Eirki, the General Secretary of the Union of Evangelical Churches and prayed over him. As we prayed, the tears and sobs came unhindered from his eyes and mouth. Next we prayed over Matt Saar (Peep’s brother) who is in charge of the youth work for the Union. The meeting closed with Eirki praying for America on this day, 9/11. He prayed that God would comfort those who had lost loved ones and those who had grieving hearts.
It was an incredible evening, meeting in this place where generations of people have prayed for Estonia. God was pleased. I appreciate your prayers as we start conference #2 on Sunday evening.