The 8th of June has been a very special day for the parish of the Maarja Magdaleena Church in Mustamäe.
Since they started to pray together nine years ago in a small circle with services just one time a moth, and the official founding of the congregation in 2010 it has been a long journey. Right now the church has its location still in a small cellar in the district, but it is a fixed establishment of Mustamäe with regular Sunday services, a Taize prayer once a month and many social involvements and support of families, who live in difficult circumstances.
From the beginning on they were praying for the opportunity of building an own church, as there are no churches in the district of Mustamäe. The area has been built up mostly in the soviet time, where Christian and non communist movements have not been well supported .
After a long time of praying, hoping and preparation, the construction work has started in March this year.
And finally on the 8th of June the cornerstone for this new born Church has been placed.
It was a beautiful celebration with music and touching words and prayers by congregation members and church leaders.
Malena: Hearing this story and beeing part of this important moment reminded me of the first proposal from Taize for 2017 „Together opening path of hope“.
„This hope is not a facile optimism that shuts its eyes to reality, but an anchor cast into God. It is creativity. Signs of it are already found in the most unhoped places on earth.“
Going back to the very beginning of the Mustamäe Congregation it almost seems to be impossible that one day, they would possibly have their own beautiful church. But in constant prayer and hoping against all hope (Romans 4:18) they showed that hope as a confident trust and believe can bring a dream to reality.
Pastor Tiina said to us: „In the moment were we have no possibility of finding a conclusion ourselves we start to trust, that the Lord will have an answer for us.“