Siberian Drug Addicts Find Hope in Christ in Local Church’s Halfway House Ministry

Russia has the largest population of injection drug users — approximately 1.8 million people. Six of every ten new drug users in the former Soviet nation are in Siberia and the Far East.

However, one addict-turned-pastor named Alexander is now reaching other drug addicts through a denominational halfway house ministry.

Global Disciples supports Christian denominational leaders in Siberia. The denomination runs a halfway house for drug addicts and introduces them to the Gospel.

Tim* with Global Disciples recently met with Alexander and other denominational leaders and visited their halfway house.

“In this halfway house, we visited and talked with about seven men there,” Tim says. “Some had gotten out of prison not long ago. Others were there trying to break the addictions of alcohol and drugs.

“We prayed with them [and] they shared their lives and how through Jesus, they have been given new life and hope.”

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Alexander’s Story

As a young man, Alexander was one of many in Russia who found himself trapped in a drug addiction.

“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.”

Today, Alexander is a pastor and leader in a denomination with about 40 churches throughout Siberia.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh