Illya Savchenko

... Normal guy ... ordinary family ... the usual routine in school ...but when God comes into the heart everything becomes very unusual.

I met him in the camp and soon we found a common theme: music, we would sit together in the evenings and play the guitar, he showed his tricks, I played mine, and we used this informal atmosphere to talk. During those few days of the winter camp, we became good friends. We talked about God, Illya knew about Him, he attended a church, but I did not notice in Illya any personal relationship with God. In the penultimate day of the camp, after the evening sermon we talked to him about accepting the Lord personally. We talked for a long time, and then he went to bed listening to music on headphones. I asked what he listened, and he replied that the classical music. I was very surprised: why would a modern kid listen classical music? Usually music of this style is the last thing for children and teens.

I was tired of a busy day at the camp and quickly fell asleep. But next morning I found out that when all guys in the room fall asleep too, Illya could not sleep for a long time. He told me that he was reflecting about repentance and decided to repent, in the silence of the night he was praying and thinking about God.
I was very happy for him and later, after the camp, we became even closer friends with him, he came to the Christian club and the group that I lead.alt
But even more unusual for me is that he got this zeal to help and serve in big YFC projects. It is now 5 or 6 conferences in a row that he is helping us as a multimedia operator. And although he is only 13 years old, he is doing his job very well. God gives Illya a special desire to serve Him and others. He would constantly ask me when the next conference of YFC is. When I wrote him: "Do you want to help or something?" And I was struck by his response: (I quote it as it is written): "YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!". Another unique thing about him is that despite his young age, at the sessions of the School of Leadership Illya is not only sitting at all seminars, actively helping and learning but he fills the notebook of "Million Leaders" and just like all the participants pass a final test, and for good marks!
God is wonderful and a normal life without Him becomes very unusual with Him. I pray that God would make Illya a great servant for His glory, a good leader to others and a good example for his peers.

(Alexander, leader of Illya)

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