Sablino Community Center
MVERN's recent ongoing funding efforts focus on the
Sablino Community Center:
Alexei the Martyr Chapel
With financial assistance from the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, a
chapel was built in 2003 on the foundation of the sanctuary of the
original church in Sablino which was destroyed by the Communists in 1938.
Because it is located in the center of Sablino, next to the railroad stop,
many people stop here to pray or purchase books or candles. American youth
landscaped the chapel during their 2003 and 2005 visits.
Women’s Penal Colony 2 - Sablino
As chaplain of the largest women’s prison in Russia, Fr. Nikolai developed
a sizeable Christian community. Beginning in 1992 he was soon baptizing
over 20 women each month.
Forty percent of the prisoners now attend church regularly. With financial
aid from MVERN, Fr. Nikolai also built a freestanding chapel, the first in
a Russian prison. MVERN has donated medical supplies, computers and sewing
machines to the prison. This ministry continues today under another
Although the project took 14 months from start to finish, a 40’
ocean-going container was delivered to Sablino in November 2002. It was
filled with more than $200,000 worth of medical supplies for the Tosno
Regional Medical Hospital, computers for the local schools, sewing
supplies and coats for the prison, and Christmas gifts for the children at
St. Nicholas Church and the orphanages.
Travelers on many exchanges have carried suitcases filled with
medications, medical supplies and equipment for use at this regional
The majority of institutionalized children are "social orphans" who,
because they have a living parent, are not eligible for adoption. Russian
doctors routinely advise parents to give up children with disabilities,
and the government often compels children of the poor, ill, alcoholics,
and the imprisoned, into its institutions. MVERN has provided school
supplies, clothing, medical supplies, and toys for over 100 children at
the Municipal Orphanage in Nikolskoye.
Olga’s School for
Developmentally Disabled Children
Developmentally disabled children receive a basic education from a
professional and caring faculty at Olga’s School in Nikolskoye. They also
learn the activities of daily living and are taught marketable skills.
MVERN has contributed medical and school supplies to the school.
Alcohol & Drug
The Russian Health Ministry announced recently that Russian children under
15 now drink alcohol almost twice as often as they did five years ago and
that the number of schoolchildren using drugs or alcohol has grown from
13% to 56% over the last ten years. In cooperation with an
inter-denominational substance abuse program, MVERN has sponsored a series
of seminars for area teachers and other professionals, preparing them to
provide drug and alcohol education programs in the schools.
Transportation for Fr. Nikolai
MVERN churches have raised the money needed to purchase several used vans
and cars for Fr. Nikolai to transport parishioners and the church choir to
five worship sites.
Community Center and Chapel
MVERN provided financial support for the renovation of a donated building
in neighboring Nikolskoye as a community center and chapel, which now
serves a new congregation.
Help MVERN support Fr. Nikolai's
ministries by donating now!
Website updated 20 March 2017