Hello, My name is Yana Osipenko. My early childhood was spent growing up in Eastern Europe (I was born in Lviv, Ukraine). When I was 8 years old my family moved to the United States and at that time I never thought I would one day return. At the age of sixteen I trusted Christ for the forgiveness of my sins.
From that point on all I wanted to do was tell everyone around me about Jesus and the hope of what is to come. As a child of God I developed a compassion for people and a passion for ministry. After graduating from high school, I served as a youth group leader and spent my free time investing my life into the lives of other young girls and teenagers. Having the desire to study Gods Word and to get a better understanding of the mission field, I moved to Europe to attend a Bible Institute. I grew so much while I was there and during my last year of studies God opened a door for me to stay overseas and to work for a para-church organization for nine years. During my last few years overseas, I grew a heart for the local church, for the diaspora, and for the country of Poland.
Four years ago I returned to the States to discover what God had next for me. As I was waiting for doors to open in Poland I was working full-time and also completing a higher degree at Cairn University. Three years ago the President of Converge MidAtlantic called me about the 15:5 West Initiative in Poland. At that time I was still finishing up my education. After Graduating the pandemic hit and my father and grandmother both went to heaven only weeks apart. During such a difficult season I struggled to know what to do regarding Poland and leaving my family. The Lord used my mom in a mighty way to speak truth into my life and to encourage me to not give up. As a result, I attended Converges MD&A in March. In May 2021 I said "yes" to the call of God to return to Poland and to help Converge with their Slavic Gospel Initiative among the unreached.
I am very grateful for the Lords work not only in my life but also in the life of my family. I am grateful for the constant friendship of Jesus, for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit and for God's helping hand through every trial faced. He is my sustainer, my helper, my rock. Isaiah 59:19 says, "When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him." Thank you Jesus for always having my back!