... for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry,
for the edifying of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:12)
"Reaching Millions for Christ"
RCR (Russian Christian Radio), together with local churches and other Christian missions in Russia, has organized a network of Christian rehabilitation centers, known as “Liberation Pirkko Homes”. They are named in honor of Pirkko, the deceased wife of RCR’s founder, Earl Poysti, who had a heart for prisoners. When she passed away in 1994, the donations given in her memory were used to purchase a property to be used as our first Pirkko Home (in the far north republic of Komi).
The Pirkko Homes were first founded to help former prisoners in Russia adapt to life outside of prison and prepare for a successful return to normal life. Over time, the Pirkko Homes have come to focus more on meeting the rehabilitation needs of drug addicts and alcoholics, most of whom have served prison time. These homes are located in rural areas away from the temptations of city life, and usually house 8-12 residents at a time.
In 2001, RCR opened its third Pirkko Home, in the countryside just outside Moscow. This center in the Moscow region was specifically for people with addictions and became the base for developing our rehab ministry. It now serves as the training school for new leaders to minister in the rehab centers. Each of the Pirkko Home leaders is a graduate of our Pirkko Home program who wants to help others succeed. Since 2001, new rehab centers were opened in the five regions where we currently minister, and today the network has 13 men’s and women’s rehabilitation and adaptation centers in 10 locations. The centers are now also known as “Liberation” rehab centers.
The first task for the development of our rehab center ministry was a good program for rehabilitation. Based on Biblical principles, our program helps suffering people deal with spiritual issues and become free from physical addictions and desires to consume drugs and alcohol. The goal for each resident is a complete transformation, which involves a renovation of both heart and mind, as well as any physical help needed. The program includes:
Our vision is to have a fully developed network of three rehab centers and one adaptation and post-adaptation center in each of these five regions. We are praying that the Lord will provide for this ministry and send good partners, as there is such a great need for this ministry.
Please pray and partner with RCR’s ministry as we seek to expand this area of ministry and extend the opportunity to those who are trapped in drug and alcohol addictions.