Addiction Recovery Training Goes Virtual in Kazakhstan

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Source: The Health Connection Newsletter | 1st Quarter 2021

Southern Union Mission, Kazakhstan | Euro-Asia Division (ESD)

On March 14-18, 2021 the Southern Union Mission of the Euro-Asia Division hosted a virtual Adventist Recovery Ministries Global training in collaboration with GC Health Ministries. The facilitator training brought together pastors, health professionals, health leaders and volunteers passionate about ministering to people struggling with addictions and unhealthy compulsive behaviors. Dr. Svetlana Sultanova, Health Ministries director for the Southern Union Mission, voiced her commitment to bring this important program to Kazakhstan, recognizing that during the pandemic substance use and other addictions have increased drastically. “The participants shared their experience with others, and others became interested in becoming equipped as well,” shared Nadia Ivanova, ESD Health Ministries director, who has worked tirelessly to expand the reach of the ministry across the territory. “The 12-Step, Christ-centered approach was the instrument that God used to transform my life” said Cergei, a participant who currently leads a 12-Step group near Almaty. “God is amazing! I am eager to use the new materials shared in this training.”

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