I’m not going to lie.  I am shocked at how upbeat Tanya is all the time.  She really is a remarkable girl.

Wheelchair bound and facing some significant obstacles in her life, she has chosen to become a source of light, not of darkness, to those around her.

When I went to her home to shoot this video, I got to see firsthand the small, dark, crowded apartment building she lives in with her mother. I climbed the dark, damp stairway she must be carried up and down. I stood in her cramped communal kitchen and saw the filthy toilet she shares with her neighbors.

Tanya’s cat is a companion to her when she is unable to leave her apartment.

Quite frankly, if I was in Tanya’s position, I’d be a bitter wreck.

But not her.  She manages to be a constant encouragement to others in her situation.  She regularly calls disabled friends to offer them hope and understanding.

And, most amazing of all, she loves to tell her own painful story to show the world that disabilities are not what define us.

We are defined by God’s love for us…

Wow.

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    • Pray for Tanya’s family. Although Mission to Ukraine has moved in to support them in many ways, they still face many difficulties. Pray that God would continue to provide for them materially, financially and spiritually.
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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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  1. jane VanOsdol said... 

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    November 27th, 2012 at 2:14 pm  

    Thank you for sharing Tanya’s story. She has touched my heart today.

  2. Amy Sorrells said... 

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    November 28th, 2012 at 4:58 pm  

    Tanya, you blow me away! These three things pierced my heart when she says them:
    1) “…I didn’t think God would find me…” How many people think that? And yet, He not only finds us, He redeems us!

    2) “I like to encourage others and I’m good at that, praise God…” Tanya, you are good at that indeed, and I praise God with you for YOU today!

    3) “I understand that we need to humble ourselves because God needs us as we are.” Wow. How many of us think we are too broken to be used by God? But indeed, He needs the broken–ESPECIALLY the broken–as we are!

    Such an incredible testimony. God bless you, Tanya!!!

  3. Tasha Simons said... 

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    December 4th, 2012 at 12:02 am  

    Tanya is such an inspiration by her example of living in trust and dependence on God alone.”When you trust God, He helps you with the difficulties.” How true! While her life is obviously so challenging, her joy, faith, and love for God is so clearly evident. She radiates God’s love. Brad, you did an awesome job of capturing her heart for God! Way to go!

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