The next story was about two more dead addicts. One was found dead in an apartment, needle lying next to him. The third young man was lying in a pool of blood, in an apartment stairwell. The neighbors who were standing around said he OD'ed and fell dead, down the stairs smashing his head.
I was really shocked when the next two features were about a drug addict and an alcoholic, both young males. The young addict, while high on drugs, had thrown himself out of a ten story window. His body lay broken on the sidewalk while people walked by as if it were an everyday incident. One young neighbor said, "Yeah, he was an addict, what do you expect?"
The last young man had also gone out a window. Whether it was suicide or an accident was unclear.
Five young men.
In one day.
This city is in a fight for itself and most people hardly notice. Young people are killing themselves with drugs and alcohol because they have no purpose to live any other way. It is in times like this that I realize how desperately important the drug rehab work of Cornerstone Church is. Because of the outreach to addicts and their families, lives are being changed. The church receives over 30 phone calls every day asking for help. Those who come and enter into the program have a great chance of becoming free from their addictions when they hear the Gospel and come to understand that they were created with a purpose, for a purpose to love and be loved by their Maker.
We are in a war here. We covet your prayers for both Karen and I and the Russian church that we serve.
Michael & Karen
We came across this man on a walk one day