Estonia 2019

Erik Stammer

Support Letter

Dear Supporters,

 

Once again, I have the opportunity to return to Estonia to continue the work I started last summer. I will serve as an intern from May 28 – Aug. 2, with Josiah Venture, a Christian missionary organization with a vision to be part of a movement of God among the youth of Central and Eastern Europe that finds its home in the local church and transforms society. Their mission is to equip young leaders to fulfill Christ’s commission through the local church.

 

Estonia is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. They didn’t gain their independence from Russia until 1991 and right now Estonia is consider as one of the most secular countries.

 

I will work alongside several local churches, using my love of soccer as a way to connect to teenage boys, during week-long camps. Playing soccer with them will give me an opportunity to bond and make relationships, and be able to share my faith with them in the evenings, leading them into a growing relationship with Jesus. I am looking forward to strengthening the relationships I had made last year, and making new ones as well. In particular, I can’t wait to reconnect with Mihkel to hear about his life and faith in God. This past summer, we read from the Bible and talked about it for well over an hour. I sensed the Holy Spirit working in both of our lives during this experience.

 

In order for me to return, I need a team to pray for me, and to financially invest. Will you pray for me, and for the work we will do there? Pray for my preparations, that all my support will come in, and that I’d be the Lord’s servant. If you’d like to be on my prayer team, please email me at erikstammer18@gmail.com, and I’ll add you to my prayer updates.

 

In addition, I need to raise $4,800. This amount covers airfare, housing, all other travel expenses, and training. The support is needed by the end of April, 2019. If you’d like to invest, you can either send donations directly to Josiah Venture at https://www.josiahventure.com/people-and-places/interns/ (Click on my photo to give. There is a 3-4% fee added to all credit card donations.). Or, you can complete and return the enclosed response slip, and mail to Josiah Venture, P.O. Box 4317, Wheaton, Il. 60189-4317. Please make checks payable to Josiah Venture, put my name on the memo line. All donations are tax-deductible.

 

Lord willing, while I am in Estonia, I want to 1) share my faith with those who don’t know Christ or who don’t have a strong relationship with Christ. And, 2) personally grow spiritually – to grow in my faith in the Lord, grow closer to Him. And, to grow as a man and make me a better person.

 

Thank you for your consideration,

 

Erik Stammer

 

Follow me this summer on my blog at: erikstammer.simplesite.com

Made it to Estonia (6/10/19)

Dear Supporters,

Thank you very much for all support I have received these last few months, from all the donations that were given, to all of the positive words of encouragement, to all of the prayers for this summer. I feel truly blessed by all of you and the Lord to have another opportunity to serve God, the church, and people in Estonia this summer, which without all of you wouldn’t have been possible.

We made it safely to the Czech Republic on May 29th where we stayed for a week to have training and where we got to know everyone we will be serving with this summer. We made it safely to Estonia on June 8th after the 20-hour drive. Today we begin preparing for the camps; from promoting the camps to preparing the talks we will give.

This is my team that I will beworking with this summer, Cade (far left, from Kansas), Indrek (second from the left, from Estonia), me, and Andrew (far right, from Wheaton Il.). One challenge we had to do was sew a doll (who we named Ruth) who I am holding.

Again, I want to thank everyone for all the prayers and ask for continued prayers throughout the summer. I pray that the Lord uses me to share His word to all of the guys I will meet this summer. I also pray that I may grow closer to the Lord and get to know Him even more.

In His Name,

Erik Stammer