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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Moving Day!

Wow, it has been 3 weeks since we have posted anything on the blog. We have been busy and a lot is happening, so here is a new story and several more will follow today or tomorrow.

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.

Preparing for the move at
Lesnaya Polyana

Packing the Truck
(Sorry for the glare)

Our last view of the rehab where hundreds of addicts have been set-free in Christ
The words on the roof say

80 Miles & 2 hours later
Driving through a village

The Truck Almost Didn't Make It
We had to dig it out

At the New Center

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