Saarde Kirik and the Last Meeting
30th October 2011. Saarde Kirik.
The team, Pastor Sam Tukura, Mike & Dee Briston and Stuart & Jane Chalmers climbed into the mini-bus at 9.20am this morning to head for Saarde Place. We call it that because that's what Kristi & Arvet call it. Saarde Place is the place of the church (Kirik) that God has called them to minister in. After a journey of approximately 45 minutes with Mike doing the driving, we unloaded mini-PA, Mike's guitar and ourselves at the church.Just after 11am the meeting started with Arvet welcoming everybody and Kristi translating. Mike and Dee led worship and brought the gathered Estonian people 4 choruses with beautiful harmonies. Then without further ado, Arvet introduced Pastor Sam and he brought an deeply profound message out of a simple truth. He showed us three groups of disciples and showed how they fitted in to a scriptural perspective and which of these three groups of disciples we are supposed to be. After Pastor Sam opened this up a bit more the reality of what this means in terms of the 21st centrury became abundantly clear. This was an amazing message. Please look at the website later in the week by which time hopefully we will have the video up on the website. After thee meeting prayer ministry followed and many people made levels of response to Jesus, and after this we all went on to Liina's house for lunch.
We left at 3.10 to travel back to Parnu, with a deep sadness after having said our goodbyes to all at Saarde. (It genuinely gets harder every trip as we share so many God experiences in such a short time, and this trip with Pastor Sam that was more true than ever). At 3.50 as arranged we met Pastor Janno Peensalu at his home with his guest and had tea, shared briefly and then said goodbye here too. These can be such emotional times that when we hold it in, we can become even more caught up in the intensity of the parting. Tomorrow lots of travelling by car and plane and once again returning to our home in the UK.