Irina has experienced more tragedy in her young life than many can even imagine. She was placed in an orphanage when she was two years old. Her future began to brighten when she was adopted at age five. For 10 years she was nurtured and raised by a loving mother. But, tragically, her adoptive mom passed away when Irina was 15 and she was sent back to an orphanage.
Here she met Alexander, also an orphan. They were married as soon as they turned 18 and “graduated” from the orphanage. Soon they had a baby, then another, and then two more. Meanwhile, Alexander was developing an addiction to drugs. He began lashing out at the family. By the time their fifth baby arrived, he was completely addicted and abusing Irina and the children regularly. Their home was in complete disrepair. Irina and the children were emaciated and barely clothed. The situation was such that the children were at risk of being removed from the home and placed in an orphanage.
When our local team learned of the situation, they reached out, but Alexander refused offers for rehabilitation. Irina, however, agreed to go to a safe house. She and the children went through recovery and counseling and were well provided for.
Now, Irina and the children are healthy and the kids are doing well in school. At the age of 25, Irina has become a mentor and advocate for women from similar situations who come to the safe house for protection and healing. In addition, Irina's face will soon be part of an informational campaign lobbying for the development of several bills which address domestic abuse and violence against women and children.
On a spiritual plane, Irina recently gave her life to Christ, was baptized and became a member of a local church! Praise God with us that Irina’s story is a powerful testament to God’s healing, faithfulness, and the beauty that can come from ashes. Please pray for God to continue to use this amazing young woman, and for many others like her who so desperately need a loving touch from the Savior.