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Rehabilitation of human souls

Rehabilitation of human souls

Over 15 years the network of rehab centers “Transformation” has been working and growing at the Charity Fund “Pilgrim”. About 40 branches had been opened not only in Ukraine but in Russia and Germany as well. Several thousands of people went through the rehab program and most of them were able to overcome the hard way of rehabilitation and to come back to normal life. The headquarter is located in Chervone village by the city of Mariupol. This facility was the first place where the addicts would come to get a new chance in life.

People come to rehab center with destroyed life, shattered health and broken family. Buy due to God’s intervention in their lives they can radically change their destiny. The basic stages of restoration of an addicted person are: first – the spiritual one. The services take place in centers daily, as well as prayers, Bible studies etc. This is like the basic part of rehabilitation program since there is no medical intervention in the process of restoration of a person.

The drug addicts have been in a state of unreality for awhile, they have their life passing by before them but they don’t think about life whatsoever they see nothing but drugs. So when set free of the addiction they start life from the blank sheet and hardly ever capable of doing anything. This is why the second part of the rehab program is so called work therapy. It is also very important part since it helps those who graduate from the rehab to find a job and to have definite skills. Many of them had never worked in their life and hardly held anything in their hand but syringe. This part of rehabilitation has been widely developing. For instance in Chervone the green houses have been functioning for 7 years now, and men and women learn to work and provide for themselves. It is the basic income source in the given rehab center. The ministers in the rehab center support the guys actively teaching them to have agricultural skills.

Many of those who successfully went through the rehab course find their calling, reveal some skills and talents in themselves and start working in various spheres. Most of them restore their families, set their relationships with parents in order and create new families.

Alexander Matyushin, a manager of the network of rehab centers “Transformation”: “I believe this ministry is going to keep growing and we see how guys’ lives get changed. Our main task is as it is written in the book of Proverbs: “To save those taken for death” and the second task also very necessary one – is to teach them work for them to be able when they graduate to find a job and provide for themselves. It greatly increases their chances not to get back to their addiction and former life”.

The graduates of the network of the rehab centers at the Charity Fund “Pilgrim” after their physical and psychic health are not left on their own; they have an opportunity to make their first independent steps in the new life in the adaptation center. Within the period of work of this center over 500 people could get strengthened in their new life and then were released to live apart. Over 8 years the employees of the Charity Fund “Pilgrim” have been helping with accommodation, restoration of papers, finding a job. One can stay in the adaptation center till they find a job and are able to rent their own place.

Here the former drug addicts find not only just a job and a place to stay but also their future spouses. They learn to build relationships and families again. Many good families were created there and healthy kids were born.

Right now there are 25 people living in the adaptation center. There is not enough space and this is why beside many needs there is this need in bunk beds. It doesn’t mean they cannot find joy and hope even in the midst of those difficulties. They try to live as one big family here, celebrate birthdays and other holidays together, sharing joys and difficulties with each other. Many of those who used to stay here would come back to visit them with their families, to share about their success. It is very encouraging for the former addicts and gives them more assurance that the new life can be successful. 


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Rehabilitation for adults
27 March 2012

Edward Temniy , "When I was tortured in a jail cell, I saw a light path and Jesus that walked toward me."

Edward Temniy , "When I was tortured in a jail cell, I saw a light path and Jesus that walked toward me."
From the earliest years Edward Temniy lived in a constant search, because of what life was like a Hollywood action movie, he always did what he wanted, never worked, and lived off the perfect crime. All the while he was searching for some meaning or satisfaction, but found nothing, until he came to God ...
30 January 2012

"New Beginning" for the German drug addicts

"New Beginning" for the German drug addicts
Employees Charity Fund "Pilgrim", now the citizens of Germany, Alexander and Catherine Hesse now leading a rehabilitation service in the city Shyuttorf . They obtaned some experience of drug and alcohol rehabilitation in Mariupol, Alexander sure could use it in European terms.
30 August 2010

To get out of crisis to the new life

To get out of crisis to the new life
Almost a year ago at the Charity Fund “Pilgrim” was open and successfully functions a rehab project in the village Polevoe named Crisis – center. This is a place where homeless people can sleep as well as those who are drunkards, addicts and many others. Here they can come to, they will be rendered help, tidied, and then offered to change their life, to have a rehab course and to start to live as normal people.
16 August 2010

The fight at Kulikovo is actively held

The fight at Kulikovo is actively held
The first and basic dream that people in the rehab center in Kulikovo pray for is to develop youth ministry that would attract young people of this village and the nearest ones.
28 July 2010

Women’s rehab center in Dnepropetrovsk

Women’s rehab center in Dnepropetrovsk
The urgent need to have a rehab center for women addicted of drugs and alcohol induced the congregation of rehab centers at the fund “Pilgrim” induced to start a new branch in the city of Dnepropetrovsk. At the very first day the first woman emerged at the porch making in such a way her first step towards salvation.
15 February 2010

1500 men were set free of drugs and alcohol in the first branch of the fund “ Pilgrim”

1500 men were set free of drugs and alcohol in the first branch of the fund “ Pilgrim”
The rehab monastery “ Way to God” in the village Novoromanovka, Krasnodarsky Krai, Russia turned eight years old. It was the first branch opened by the Charity Fund “Pilgrim” in Russia. The management of the monastery is planning only one thing – to plant more and more centers and churches.
01 February 2010

GOOD NEWS IN PRISON

GOOD NEWS IN PRISON
One of these days pastor Gennadiy had visited women’s prison and overwhelmed the imprisoned ladies with his declaration: “No matter what you crime was, we all have sinned against God and we all are in the same position before Him”. The women were crying, repenting and getting so much precious hope.
01 December 2009


The missionaries landed in Cherepovets, Vologodskaya region, Russia. “To my mind, it is 38th team of missionaries sent within the ministry of rehabilitation at the fund “Pilgrim”. Honestly, I lost count!” – The leader of rehab ministry Alexander Matyushin shared.
18 June 2009

We will tend His lambs

We will tend His lambs
“Do you love me? Tend my lambs!” – this verse was under the focus of the ministers of the Charity Fund “Pilgrim”, having assembled at the 14th conference in Svyatogorsk, at the Blue Lakes.
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