WHY ESTONIA?  Once the most Lutheran of the Baltic states, Estonia is now considered the most secular nation in the world.

Estonia was under Soviet rule from 1944 to 1991. However, even under the constant threat of exile, imprisonment, or death, this stoic people were able to hold fast to many of their cultural traditions and language, including their rich history of folk songs and music festivals. So much, in fact, that the Estonian people quite literally sang themselves from under communism (we recommend watching the film: The Singing Revolution) and were the first of the Baltic states to declare independence. However, due to 45 years of imposed scientific atheism, the Lutheran church (once one of the largest in Europe) suffered greatly, and today, less than 2% of Estonians identify as Lutheran.

SON is blessed to be in relationship with the Haamer family who has raised four generations of Lutheran pastors and leaders who work tirelessly to bring the Lutheran Church and Christian identity back to Estonia though pastoral leadership, Tartu Academy of Theology, and Home of Hope. For more information on this incredible family, visit: https://tatest.org/haamer-family/

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Country Snapshot

Area: (about twice the size of New Jersey) total: 45,228 sq km (17,463 sq miles), land: 42,388 sq km (16,366 sq miles), water: 2,840 sq km (1,097 sq miles), note: includes 1,520 islands in the Baltic Sea

Population: 1,220,042 (July 2021 est.)

Population growth rate: -0.69% (2021 est.)

Capital City: Tallinn

Independence Day: 20 August 1991 (declared); 6 September 1991 (recognized by the Soviet Union)

Ethnic Groups: Estonian 68.7%, Russian 24.8%, Ukrainian 1.7%, Belarusian 1%, Finn 0.6%, other 1.6%, unspecified 1.6%

Languages: Estonian (official) 68.5%, Russian 29.6%, Ukrainian 0.6%, other 1.2%, unspecified 0.1%

Life Expectancy at Birth: total population: 77.63 years / male: 72.98 years / female: 82.51 years (2021 est.)

Religious Groups:
none 54.1%
unspecified 16.7%
Orthodox 16.2%
Lutheran 9.9%
other Christian (including Methodist, Seventh-Day Adventist, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal) 2.2%
other 0.9%

SON’s Work in Estonia

English Bible Camps/Life Camps

SON Partners: SON Ministry Partner, Pastor Siimon Haamer – President of Tartu Academy of Theology and the Home of Hope (Pastoraat).

Where we work: Tartu and Kuressaare

What we do: English Bible Camps & Life Camps for teens (view opportunities above) Discipleship Education Conferences for pastors and church leaders

SON and Home of Hope

Fundraising continues for Home of Hope and SON Network is proud to be one of the conduits for this ambitious vision. We have been blessed to utilize this beautiful facility for SON Teen Life Camps and regional learning seminars for pastors and church workers.

Visit the Home of Hope website:   Home of Hope

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