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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.
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…
- Mission to Ukraine is able to help people like Tanya through the support of people like us. Consider donating to this incredible ministry! (click here and click the donate button on the right side of the page)
- 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.
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.