This announcement is from the home page of the Russian Orthodox Old Believers' Church, the official site of the Moscow Metropolitan. It refers to Agafea Lykova, one of the subjects of LOST IN THE TAIGA, an account of a Russian Old Believer family who fled to the taiga in the 1920s and was discovered in 1978. I used Google Translator to convert it from Russian to English.http://www.rpsc.ru/news/regional/obrashchenie-agafi-likovoj
An Appeal from Agafea Lykova
February 10, 2011
The Metropolitan of Moscow received a letter from Agafea Lykov, an Old Believer living in the taiga. This recluse asks similar-minded people who have the ability and desire to leave the world and come to help her with her house and farm. Just over a year ago, another such request was posted on the archdiocese website.
Those willing to help Agafia Lykova, please contact by phone:
(Altai Republic, the district Turochak village, st. Sadovaya, 6 kv.2)
Here are some lines from the letter:
"I bow to you before the damp earth, and I wish you from God good health, salvation and well-being, especially for those who [offer] rescue and welfare, and so be saved by the LORD God in the Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and paternal church [protected] until the end of this age from all divisions, heresies and foes ... "
"With a great big bow to request of all: I need a man as an assistant, one whom I will not survive, [who] lives so not good, with weeks of being alone. Do not leave me for Christ's sake. Have mercy upon a wretched orphan, who is in trouble [and] suffering."
"... People here [you] have a true Believer, the faith of Christ Believer, and people here I need firewood to cook, to mow the hay <...> I have weakened health and forces."