Russia // About Our Missions Partner
Partners: Pastor Yri & Zhenya Stoliarov
Location: Kemerovo, Russia
Pastor Yri and his wife Zhenya began pastoring Kemerovo Christian Center (KCC) in 1997. In 1999, KCC opened its first drug rehab center in the village of Zmienka. The church realized they could help minister best to the city of Kemerovo by meeting the needs of the people, thus leading entire families to Christ.
Since then Pastor Yri has sent out missionaries to nine different cities where they have followed a dual model – opening both rehab center and church simultaneously. The current government does not have a system of rehab centers in place to properly help drug or alcohol addicts. More than 70,000 people die each year in Russia from drug abuse, about 30,000 of them from heroin. Millions more suffer from dependency, with an estimated 8.5 million drug addicts in 2013.
Pastor Zhenya’s rehab centers target both drug and alcohol addicts. The rehab centers run by Pastor Yri and his daughter churches have found great success that the Russian government has not been able to find. In 2014, during the 20-year anniversary of Kemerovo Christian Center, the rehab center in Zmienka celebrated 1,000 participants who successfully finished the nine-month program to find true healing and freedom from drug and alcohol abuse. Pastor Yri and his leadership team continue to provide this program at no cost to participants.
Grace Church has been able to partner with Kemerovo Christian Center and the rehab center in Zmienka to help the rehab be more self-sustainable and profitable. With the purchase of a new tractor for the rehab, they now have the capability to drag lumber from the local forest to build a new barn. They also have an attachment which allows them to cut and bind hay more efficiently.
Both tractors and attachment will allow for more livestock to be raised which can feed more people, or be sold to raise more money for the rehab, which will ultimately allow more people to be able to come through the program