With young Russian leaders
On Sunday afternoon, after a great church service, Karen and I had the opportunity to spend the rest of the day with some of our young, former drug addict friends who now work in the
Two of them asked if we could drive them out to the rehab which is situated nearly 75 kilometers outside of
The weather had turned quite cold by the time we left church and as we made our way through the city and across the
Soon we came to a one lane, log bridge. The bridge was covered in ice and snow and as you can see from the photo, the side rails on the bridge are less than a foot high. There isn’t much to keep your car from slipping over the side and plunging you into the stream below!
We joked about it with our Russian friends, snapped these photos and proceeded to crawl across the bridge. After making it safely across, we continued along the ruts and into the small village. The entire trip took about two hours.
One of the things that we admire about the Cornerstone people is that when they find an affordable place to rent they immediately begin to improve it. An “affordable place to rent” means that they found a place so run down that no one else wants it, but they move right in and go to work fixing it up to be habitable. This Rehab is located in a large, but typical Russian village house. The home has electricity but no indoor plumbing and is heated by two large brick ovens.
Tending the fire in one of the ovensWater is carried in from a hand pump out on the street. The only washing facility indoors is a small sink next to one of the brick stoves and the water drains down a pipe through the floor and onto the ground under the house. (for bathing, see “Banya” story above).
Since last October the team has been working on the house and turned part of the enclosed porch into an unheated kitchen. They have some free standing cabinets and a propane stove. The living quarters, though rustic, are warm, clean and comfortable.
We hung around for 3 hours relaxing, drinking tea, eating, drinking more tea and having fun.
Here we are with leaders and recovering addicts
We arrived home near midnight making it a very long but enjoyable day. When we spend time with these former, and recovering drug addicts who are finding new life in Christ, we feel privileged to be a small part of what the Lord is doing in their lives.