Yesterday, we made the trip to Kyiv and went to church at Calvary Chapel Kyiv with our friend Maria. It was nice to see some familiar faces and meet a few new people as well. As we were leaving we got a phone call from Maxime. We let him know that we would not be at church in Bila Tserkva and that there wouldn't be any Children's Ministry. We had lunch with Maria and then made our way back to Bila Tserkva.
After we were back home, Maxime came by to see us. We found out that he had gone to church (by himself on the bus across town) to hear the message even though he knew there wouldn't be anything special for the children. This was very encouraging to us. We could tell that Maxime has a genuine interest in hearing the Word of God.
Maxime saw a worship CD that we had brought back from Calvary Chapel Kyiv and asked what it was. It was a collection of Christian worship songs in Ukrainian and Russian that they're worship team had recorded. We let the CD play on our laptop while Maxime read through the words. Then something unexpected happened. Maxime began singing along with the songs. He not only began singing, but insisted that we let all fourteen songs play. He gave each song his full attention and didn't want to be distracted while he concentrated on singing the words. When the CD was over he begged us to let him sing along to it again. Sadly, we had to send him home because it was getting late, but we promised that we would all sing these songs during Children's Ministry on Sundays.
We were all a little shocked that Maxime, who has a very short attention span, had set down and actually listened to a whole CD. He not only listened, but sang all the words. In the past we've tried to let him listen to Christian music, but he was never interested and couldn't sit still for more than a few minutes anyway. We are so thankful and encouraged by all the changes we continue to see in Maxime. All in God's time.
The title of the CD, by the way, is "Час" (chas), meaning time, as in "Now is the Time to Worship".
Maxime singing praises to God