Siberian drug addicts discover hope in midway home ministry

Russia (MNN) — Russia has the largest inhabitants of injection drug customers — roughly 1.eight million individuals. Six of each ten new drug customers within the former Soviet nation are in Siberia and the Far East.


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Nonetheless, one addict-turned-pastor named Alexander is now reaching different drug addicts by means of a denominational midway home ministry.

World Disciples helps Christian denominational leaders in Siberia. The denomination runs a midway home for drug addicts and introduces them to the Gospel.

Tim* with World Disciples not too long ago met with Alexander and different denominational leaders and visited their midway home.

“On this midway home, we visited and talked with about seven males there,” Tim says. “Some had gotten out of jail not way back. Others have been there making an attempt to interrupt the addictions of alcohol and medicines.

“We prayed with them [and] they shared their lives and the way by means of Jesus, they’ve been given new life and hope.”

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Alexander’s Story

As a younger man, Alexander was one in every of many in Russia who discovered himself trapped in a drug dependancy.

“He had no hope and he was on a path of destruction,” says Tim. “The Lord saved him out of that and brought him new life. But the good story about Alexander is that eventually he went on to Bible school.”

Right this moment, Alexander is a pastor and chief in a denomination with about 40 church buildings all through Siberia.

“After Jesus changed his life, he talked about how he went to his old friends — those who he had done drugs with or he had sold drugs to. One of those young men accepted Christ and came to know Jesus.”

Alexander’s pal, Anatoly, traded his medication for Bible college as effectively, earned his doctorate in Missiology, and now leads their mission Bible college.

“One of the things that thrilled me that he told me after this story is, ‘You just never know what will happen when you witness to others,’” Tim says.

Hope for Siberia’s Addicted

Siberian drug addicts discover hope in midway home ministry

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Russians clung to drug dependancy and alcoholism as coping mechanisms after the autumn of the Soviet regime. For the reason that Soviets despatched many individuals to Siberian labor camps or exiled them within the huge, vacant land, Siberia was left with society’s outcasts.

“A lot of people live there without hope and it seems that alcohol and drugs is one of the ways that they try and cope with their issues.”

Figuring out the non secular plight of Siberia informs our prayers as we help the native Church.

“In this area that is remote, it might have been an area that is cast out,” Tim says.

“We’re praying and we’re asking people to pray with us that this historically exiled, beaten down place would become a place where God’s people are finding refuge.”

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