In 2013 I had to carry out training for 10th grade students from one of the lyceums of the capital. Around 30 students were learning to oppose the manipulation and new kinds of traps set by trafficking recruiters. At the end of the training, a young man approached me and said that he is interested in this subject and asked for more material about it. So that day I got acquainted with Dima.
After a while he started attending the ‘Way to Success’ course. Later, he got involved in the ‘Saw of Goodness’ social action project and a short mission trip in Carpathians, helping needy families to chop firewood for heating.
This young man is an enterprising, very sociable and strong person, with pronounced leadership abilities. He lives with his mother and younger brother. After his mother got married a second time, Dima was unable to build a good relationship with his stepfather, and there was always a feeling of tension.
One night Dima called me and asked for a meeting the next morning. When we met, he told me about a bitter quarrel with his stepfather and mother. It was painful for Dima that his mother didn’t stand up for him, and that she always took his stepfather’s side in the conflicts. He began to feel lonely and forsaken. Dima told me that the previous night he became so angry that he began to shatter things around him. He told me that anger and fury was growing inside of him and often this aggression explodes, making him wild and violent in ways that he cannot control.
Dima confessed that this frightens him very much, because he’s afraid that this would destroy his relationship with his girlfriend if one day she suffered at his hands. He doesn’t want violence and anger to be in his own family.
During the courses, Dima got to know that I believe in God and live a Christian life. It motivated him to reflect on his own relationship with God. After a while Dima began to pray and noticed that this helps him control his anger. When he was irritated, prayer was helping him to calm down. He decided to follow a way of spiritual growth and, as a sign of this, asked me to give him a cross which he started to carry. One day, I had a long conversation with Dima during which I told him that true faith isn't limited to external manifestations, and that the important part of Christian life is a living relationship with God and other people. Dima understood that he has to restore relationship with his family. That same day he reconciled with his mother and stepfather.
He returned at home, embraced his mother and they forgave each other…