Iryna Utkina

​​​​Country: Ukraine
City: Chernovtsy

Iryna grew up in a home with an alcoholic father and then an abusive step-father and came to the conclusion that she would be better off never having a family of her own. She avoided being home as much as possible and spent her time on the streets with friends, feeling hopeless.

Miraculously, she ended up at the first Young Life camp in Ukraine where she heard about Jesus and accepted Him into her life. In the following months, Iryna and her boyfriend, Sasha, learned more about God’s love at Young Life clubs, and eventually Sasha also came to know Jesus. Through their relationship with Jesus Christ and friends at Young Life, Iryna and Sasha discovered a new and hope-filled life. They got m​arried and dedicated their lives to ministry through Young Life. They are now the regional directors of Ukraine Young Life and parents to six children — four newly adopted!

Because of her own experiences as a mom and the loss of her first son, Iryna’s ministry focuses on young moms. Recently she started the first pregnancy crisis center in all of Ukraine. There are no services for teen moms in Ukraine, so Iryna hopes to begin similar centers throughout the country so more young women can find practical assistance and hope through a relationship with Jesus.


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