Greetings from an unseasonably warm Estonia!
We wanted to update you on our workspace needs here in Tallinn.
In our June newsletter, we told you about our challenges finding spaces to work. We are happy to say that those hurdles have been overcome!
After multiple landlords refused to rent space to Miki because of her planned “Christian activities”, we really started to wonder if we could ever get this prayer center off the ground. But after more prayer and diligence, another space presented itself.
We’ve had a longstanding relationship with Vineyard Tallinn church, and they graciously offered Miki the use of one of their extra office rooms in their building. This has become an exciting opportunity for us, as the church is located in Mustamäe, a Tallinn district that is predominately Russian speaking and is one of the more challenging locales in Estonia to do ministry.
So as Miki continues her prayer work thru Eastern Europe and Russia, she now has a place to invite people who want to dig deeper and know more about Christ.
The room needed a bit of work, but after some help from our kids and members of Vineyard Church, we’re pleased to say the Prayer Center is up and running!
Miki is already working regular hours there, and we’re seeking local volunteers to fill some more hours to keep the center available to people in need throughout the week.
I (Charlie) also had an unforeseen issue with my workspace in June. If you recall, we had to move out of our flat because our landlord decided to raise our rent above what we were capable of paying. Given that I did all of my music production work in an extra room in that flat – and that our new apartment is much smaller – I found myself with looming project deadlines without a space to work! Once again, God came through with an unexpected location that is just perfect.
Armed with a minuscule budget, I started looking for tiny spaces to rent so that I could keep up with my deadlines. I looked at quite a few 100 square foot spaces, and had found one that I was ready to rent. Before I was to sign that contract, another realtor called me who was returning my inquiry from a week prior and offered to show me another small space. While looking at this office, we ran into the building owner, who inquired my purpose for using the space. Assuming that I was about to be told to take my business elsewhere, I nervously told the large Russian man that I produced music and needed a place to work.
Surprisingly, he told me in russian, “Oh no, no, no. This space is not right for you to make music! You need to come with me.” So I followed him down another corridor and he showed me a three-room space in a much quieter part of the building. He said, “You should work here.” I did like the space, but told him that my budget was very small and that I couldn’t afford two more rooms. With a big smile on his face, the building owner named Anatoly, explained that he’s a huge music fan, and always wanted to learn how albums are made in the studio. He then offered this much bigger space to me for considerably less than the market value.
Anatoly really wanted to help me put a studio in his building. I was only looking for a space to edit and mix, but he was offering me a place to record as well! I warned him that sometimes my recording work could get loud with drums and other noisy instruments, but he said to make as much noise as I needed.
So I now have a recording studio! In the same district as Miki’s prayer center! It could not have worked out better.
While the price Anatoly offered for the space is great, it is still more than I had budgeted. But Miki and I both felt it was worth trying out the space to see if the projects would come to offset the price difference. So far, I have been slammed with new projects and my calendar is filling up.
Miki and I both are starting to meet our neighbors in Mustamäe, and its been so encouraging to tell people about what we do and for Whom we do it.
We do covet your prayers and support for both the prayer center and recording studio. We thank our Father for His steadfast love and provision. and pray for people to be drawn to Him thru our efforts there.
In addition to all of this moving, we’ve had a busy summer and hope to update you on that soon as well.
In the meantime, every blessing to you and yours.
Charlie (and Miki, Isabel, Jasper and Celia)
Ways to donate to this ministry:
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
For general support, please note “Chastain/Russia 322”
For vehicle project, please note “Chastain/Russia 322 Vehicle”
For prayer ministry, please note “Chastain/Russia 322 SPJ”
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 our website: http://www.actsofadvocacy.org (http://www.actsofadvocacy.org) and click on “Give” to go to the Mission Society “donations” page.