Meet Maxim (Max-eem), a young guy Kasey and I met last October at the Salvation Rehabilitation Center in Pestravka, Russia. He was a few weeks or months (I can’t remember) into his rehabilitation from drugs. Not your “typical” drug addict (or what your image of one might be.) He was a straight-A student with a photographic memory…easily passing exams without even attending classes. As he tells it, being the middle child in his family, as well as someone who was always obedient and dependable, resulted in his being “unnoticed” by his parents. And that was the slippery slope for him. In and out of other rehabs…married with a son…but nothing could keep him away from the next drug-induced high.
Until now. Until Jesus. Until he realized that he could do all things through the strength of Christ. And when did that light bulb turn on?
“When you and Kasey came to us,” he said, “and told us not to quit our rehab–that our character flaw was ‘giving in’ to the easy way out of our struggles–that we COULD and MUST finish, and that you would be back to see who would, I understood that it was possible for me. ”
Now you know why I am in Russia. Why I keep returning. Why I love this mission. And why I know God loves me–and Maxim–and you.