President Ilves on Estonia

“For the visitor unfamiliar with Estonia, the smallness and flatness of the country can be deceptive. Like the taciturn and reticent Estonians, the subdued landscape, with its absence of emotionally dramatic vistas and panoramatic heights, recalls in the late 20th century an earlier time, quieter and more spare, where there simply were fewer people in the world, where things were quieter and nature, rather deceptively, more pervasive. Nature in Estonia does not intrude on the consciousness through drama, but through its sheer presence. One does not need a Mont Blanc, a Grand Canyon or the Rhine river valley to be struck by Nature. A quiet meadow, a primeval forest, a spawning island for Baltic Sea seals, all quietly assert the primacy of Nature over human artifice.”

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, quoted in the Regio Road Atlas, 1998.

I’ve taken a dive into the deep end on …

I’ve taken a dive into the deep end on commitments this New Year. Tired of two few challenges last year, I agreed to some additional ones this year that are sure to keep me hopping. The biggies include:

  1. changing poopy diapers and speaking baby-talk in the mornings
  2. participating on the Union’s mission council and developing rural mission
  3. teaching a Practical English course every Wednesday at a local high school
  4. hosting the Tallinn city home group for Viimsi Church members

Together with family, preaching, Bible studies and the rest it’s going to be a stimulating mix I’m sure. Not a dull moment 🙂 I would sure appreciate your prayers as I attempt to keep all these balls in the air!