One February morning, Maksym came to the office of a social worker at the drug clinic. His appearance itself spoke that he is really tired of such life. Back then Maksym weighed only 53 kilos. He was 30, he was on drugs for 16 years, 5 out of 30 years were spent in detention. His body looked shattered, it was a ghastly sight to see him tearing his pants off of the open wounds on his legs. After a short conversation, the social worker invited him to the Coffee House (a peer-support group for people with addictive behavior), having gone to which Maxim made the final decision to go to the rehabilitation center, entrusting his life to God.


Presently, Maksym is one of the key volunteers of Teen Challenge Kyiv. He ministers at the drug clinics, participates in street evangelism preaching to the homeless, counsels the addicted at the Coffee House, and actively participates in mission trips around Ukraine.