WORK WITH DRUG ADDICTS
In our parish, since November of last year (2002), spiritual work has begun and is being successfully conducted in a new direction, namely work with people addicted to alcohol and drugs. The need for such work has been with us for a long time. But the possibility to conduct the work has appeared only now after we received an invitation from the rehabilitation center, which received permanent housing in the train station region of the city of Yoshkar-Ola.
The crux of the work consists of the following: once a week on Saturdays or Sundays, Deacon Sergey Pershin goes to the department and leads spiritual care for the patients and also makes himself available, upon request, for private confessions.
Already several times, concerts have taken place in the department: performances by the musician Mixail Mosunov and the Mari ensemble Sukso. Patients of the department impatiently await the arrival of the parish workers and ask to study the Bible and the basics of the Christian faith. There is also need in the department to create a mini-library for the patients, who experience a lack of religious literature.
We hope that this specific and difficult work will continue with the help of God. We ask you to support us through prayer.