Maxim cannot remember why his father left, but he does remember seeing his mother drunk over and over again. He would beg his mother not to drink but she would never listen. Things got progressively worse as his mother neglected the family and sold everything they had to buy more drink.
One winter they were so desperate that Maxim and his brother started begging for bread. As he did so he remembered hearing about so-called ‘believers’ who might help people like him and his brother. After weeks of begging, and with circumstances getting more desperate, they decided to look for these ‘believers’. He remembers praying for the first time: “God, if you really exist, show us the house where people pray to you and where they help poor people like us.”
Mercifully, that simple prayer was answered. One night they decided to follow a group of people who were going into a building. They could not read the sign outside but they heard people singing inside the house. They slowly walked into the yard of the building and waited. There they were found, outside the church building, hungry, cold, and in an obvious state of neglect. From that moment on things dramatically changed.
Today Maxim and his brother are in a Hope Centre. Sadly their mother died but both boys are now registered for school and being cared for. Such love has had a powerful effect and Maxim has trusted in Jesus Christ as his Saviour. He is one example of the fruit of this new and important project.