Greetings to you in the Lord in this season of Advent!
As many of you know, this season has been very busy for us here in Estonia, with:
– development of the Prayer Retreat Center
– several music production projects with local and European Christian artists
– trips into Russia for fellowship, prayer, at-risk kids projects and music ministry with brothers and sisters there
– seminary classes
– leading our small group here in Tallinn
– and of course raising our children and caring for our family
We have found ourselves really looking forward to the upcoming Christmas break as a time to catch up with ourselves – and with you all – a bit!
While all of this work is good work, we are seeing a bit of some of the negative impacts that have come as a result, which is specifically why we are writing to you all today.
We’ve just received notice from our missions agency that we have entered into a negative balance on our support account. We knew that we had been getting low on our funds, but this news that we have actually entered “into the red” is a bit surprising and disappointing, of course.
However, last night after the kids were asleep, Miki and I were so blessed to have an awesome opportunity to go before the Lord together in prayer with this, and to really begin to seek what is His will through this situation for our family and the ministry here in Eastern Europe. We received from Him much peace and reassurance that His hand is upon us at this time, and that He is guiding us and will use this not only to draw us closer to Him, but to draw others as well.
So, we are coming to you to ask you to consider a one time end-of-the-year gift, even above what you are already doing, to support us and the work we are doing here in Estonia, Russia and Eastern Europe. We know that so much is pulling on each of you, especially in this season, for your time and your money. We honestly would not be coming to you for this now if we were not absolutely convinced that the work of the Lord here and in the U.S. through this ministry was not worth it.
Here’s how to give a tax deductible gift to support us here in Estonia:
To make a donation by check:
Send a check to the following address, noting
“Chastain/Russia 322” in the memo:
The Mission Society
6234 Crooked Creek Road
Norcross, GA 30092
To make a donation by credit card or electronic debit:
Go to our website: http://actsofadvocacy.org/GIVE.html and click on the logo to go to the TMS “donations” page.
To make a monthly pledge:
Either contact us via email or phone (678-436-3016) so that we can send you the appropriate documentation, or go to http://actsofadvocacy.org/GIVE.html to go to the TMS “donations” page.
We also covet your prayers for this ministry during this time, and ask you to pass this email on to your friends and family. We truly believe in the power of prayer, and would love to have the covering of hundreds of you as we face this challenge.
This week several things are “wrapping up” before the Christmas break here, and we plan to send out a more detailed update next week about where things are on our various projects. (Warning, it may be a bit long as we have so much to share, but we are so excited to show you (literally!) some of the plans that are coming together for the work here!!!)
Thank you sincerely for your continued support for us through these (almost) first four years (Yes! It has already been 4 years!!!) of the amazing work that is happening here! Many, many lives have been and are being changed and set free through the works of the Lord in this ministry here!!! Praise God for His faithfulness and for you all through whom His glory is being revealed!
Love and peace to you this Christmas Season!
Charlie, Miki, Isabel, Jasper and Celia