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A Compassionate Heart


Irina has always loved children. Her heart for them began when, as a single woman, she adopted four children. After becoming a mother, she switched from teaching English a university to teaching English in an elementary school. 


”After the kids appeared in my life, I started thinking about working closer to home,” Irina said. “When my mother and father went to be with the Lord, this necessity became urgent.” 


Since then her heart expanded, urging her to reach out to teachers in her community. Irina saw that teaching children was very different from teaching adults.  She and her colleagues experienced new challenges on a daily basis. 


Irina remembers meetings where teachers discussed dealing with difficult students. “It is very painful for all teachers to have students who don’t respect the learning.


“Their behavior shows up because of some problems in their lives. God tells us to pray for them and not to neglect the little ones.” 


Irena has three difficult students in her class this year. She has developed special relationships with them. 



Now that her own children are in school, Irina has been increasingly involved with the International School Project in Ukraine after a fellow teacher at church invited her to an event.


Since then, Irina’s compassion for children and sympathy for her colleagues has caused her to help lead seminars and Bible studies.


“I have had to study deeper myself as I have been leading others,” says Irina. “My beliefs are more organized. . . I become very thankful to God for His work in my life.” 

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