Cornerstone Church opened their first drug rehab center in a rented house near Nizhny Novgorod, several years ago. The center was name "Lesnaya Polyana", (pronounced Pole-Yahna) or "Forest clearing".
Recently, "Lesnaya Polyana" was closed because the owner sold the house. This caused a bit of a panic as this was the primary rehab center for Cornerstone church. At times, up to 25 people were living in the center going through the rehab program. A new place was needed right away.
Another church owns several village houses where they had a rehab center several years ago. The center closed and the houses were empty. Cornerstone was given permission to use them rent free. That was good news! The bad news is that they are 125 kilometers (85 miles) from Nizhny Novgorod, which is inconvenient to say the least. Despite the inconvenience the decision was made to move the center to the small village on a temporary basis. We were asked to help with the move which we did.
The village is about 5 miles off a paved road, down a deeply rutted dirt track. In the winter it is nearly impossible to reach the village. In the summer it is do-able. We are ever so thankful for the Russian made Niva Jeep 4WD vehicle that was provided for us by our friends in America.
Here are a few photos.
(Sorry for the glare)
The words on the roof say
Driving through a village