Estonia Team

Estonia

We are a team of 4 with a vision to serve Elim in Estonia.
Our 'mission statement'  has been echoed by  Romans 1:11:

("My Estonian friends,) we long to see you so that we may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong - that is, that you and we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith. We do not want you to be unaware, brothers (and sisters) that we planned many times to come to you in order that we might have a harvest among you."

 As a team, our vision is to see a new move of the Holy Spirit in Estonia. We see our part in this as coming alongside established churches, struggling churches and new church plants in order to encourage them, support them, pray for them and generally help in any way we can. Sometimes this takes the form of preaching, teaching and worship and often listening to them talk about their hopes, dreams and problems.

We are connected to the following EKNK churches (Estonian Christian Pentecostal Church):

EKNK Käina
A new church plant on the Island of Hiiumaa - Pastor Urmas Elmi and his wife Kristel. This is the main church we will be working with over the next 3 years.

EKNK Lihula Church (West Estonia)
We have an ongoing connection with Pastor Markko Põld and his wife Maret. We help to run a children's party/gospel events, we  have also been involved in the Bread Church where food parcels are given to the needy by the church and a gospel message is presented - we bring a time of worship and a gospel presentation with an appeal for salvation.

EKNK Turba (West Estonia)
Pastor Sirje Meriküla leads a small church that meets in a flat in a block of flats. We try to support this work each time we visit. We bring a time of worship, a preach and often pray for most of the congregation after the service.

Churches in Tallinn (North Estonia)
Pastor Nikolai Rytkinen is the Bishop that oversees the churches in the North of Estonia. He is a Russian speaking Estonian minister who leads a Russian speaking church. 

We are exploring the possibility of links between the Russian speaking church in Estonia with the church in Siberia that is linked with the Water's Edge Elim Pentecostal church we attend in Poole in the UK.

 We hope that one day the EKNK church will plant a church or home group in the village of Lavassaare where we currently have flats we own and stay in on our visits. We have met with Christians living in the village who have been praying for many years for a work to start there

Briston-Mike-squareMike Briston

I grew up in a Christian home and knew the love and support of two brilliant parents. I gave my life to Jesus when I was 7 years old and from the age of 16 until 21 I drifted from my commitment to the Lord until I heard a Pastor preach about having one foot in the world and one foot in the church and I knew that described me exactly. I recommitted my life to Jesus at the age of 21 and at that time also met Dee, who was to become my wife 4 years later. Dee and I moved from Surrey to Poole in Dorset in 1990 where the Lord called me into leading worship at a local church and I have been leading worship ever since.

I visited Estonia in October of 2010 and knew quite quickly that God was doing something in the nation and in my heart for the people of Estonia. I encouraged my wife Dee to join me on the next visit to Estonia in the February of 2011 and the Lord moved on her heart too.

My areas of ministry have been worship, writing gospel songs, teaching, preaching and coming alongside people to encourage them, sometimes by just being there to listen to them over a cup of tea - that they would leave feeling lighter in their soul and spirit than when they arrived. Dee and I both have a great sense of humour and we often use that to lighten the atmosphere in order that love and compassion can have a better opening to be received.

Only the Lord knows what the future holds for Estonia and for us as Team Estonia but we go together, in unity with the Spirit of God, to show the love of the Father and to see souls saved.

Briston-Dee-squareDee Briston

I am originally from South London but moved to Poole in Dorset in January 1990 with my husband Mike and our daughter Lindsey (our son, Paul, arrived in the June of 1990, followed by Andy in June of 1994 and John in May of 1998). We are also blessed with a lovely son-in-law and 2 grandchildren (Jed and Emily). Mike and I met when I was 16 and he was 21 and we married 4 years later in 1984.

My heart and ministries lie in worship/singing, prophecy, encouraging others to see themselves as Christ sees them and sharing the gospel, especially creatively to children. I 'come alive' in the company of people and especially enjoy encouraging fellow believers to push through to be all that they can be, in and through Christ. Mike and I flow well together with the Holy Spirit when praying and often have pictures and words of encouragement the Father wants to give to those we are praying with. I have a vision to share the Word of God, especially to women.

I first went to Estonia following a trip my hubby made in 2010 and after being there almost 2 weeks and not thinking I was called to Estonia the Holy Spirit 'zapped' me with a measure of the love the Father has for Estonia and I wept. The Lord spoke to me later that He wanted to heal a land that had been consistently 'raped' - taken by force and abused. When I feel just a portion of God's heart for Estonia I can say confidently it is where we are supposed to be. Whatever the Father wants to bring, to say or to do I will turn up and let God move.

Hamilton-Amanda-squareAmanda Hamilton

I gave my life to Jesus when I was 13, during an evening youth group. I have two grown up daughters who still live at home with me. I live in Poole, close to the other members of Team Estonia and I am blessed to be part of a wonderfully supportive Elim church called the Water's Edge Church.

God has proved His faithfulness and love through the interesting journey my life has taken and His promise of restoration in my life is part and parcel of my testimony. I have a heart to love and encourage others, a love for the Word and sharing the Word, I enjoy praying for people and have a desire to see souls saved and that those new converts are nurtured and grow in their relationship and faith out-workings.

The Lord has put a deep love for Estonia in my heart and I long to see the outworking of God's plans and purposes for Team Estonia and for the people of Estonia - to love God and be loved by God in all its fullness.

Williams-Keith-squareKeith Williams

I am originally from North Wales, where I met and married my wife, Lynne in 1990.  We have two grown-up children, Leon and Adele and a three-year-old granddaughter, Amelia Rose.  Like the rest of the team, I live in Poole, Dorset and attend the same church (Water’s Edge Elim).

My first experience of Estonia was in 2013 when I drove from England with a family from our church.  I was impressed with the beauty of the countryside, covered with ice and snow.  Even the sea was frozen!  I was also impressed with the people, who were so hungry and open to God, despite having to cope with heavy burdens. I played keyboard in worship services and had opportunities to pray with people. I also took part in a prayer walk, sounding the shofar in the village where we were staying. I felt after returning home that I had “unfinished business” there, and prayed about when I might make another visit.

I visited again in April of last year. This time, I felt the Lord was calling me to bring the message of the Father heart of God to Estonia.  This message has been foundational for me in ministry at home, but this was a specific assignment, for a people who have suffered much from fatherlessness.  In January of this year, I visited as part of Team Estonia, and the Lord revisited the call to bring the message of the Father’s heart.  I believe we as a team are called to bring hope and healing in a land where people have deep hurts and there is much spiritual darkness.
 

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