Lena is the wife of Vitalii Rusnac, a church planter in Cernauti, Ukraine.
I am very thankful to God because, by His mercy, He has blessed me with the greatest blessing of all: the call to live together with Him—looking only to Him and serving only Him. By His grace, I was born into a Christian family. I attended Sunday school from when I was little, and I had the opportunity to hear about Christ often. As I went to school, I decided to study the piano; and then I continued to pursue music training, specializing in directing a choir. Consequently, I became quite involved in our church, serving with the music ministry.
After getting married in 2005, I continued to serve with music, together with my husband. I praise God for the opportunity to serve Him together with my husband. I pray for my husband, and I stand beside him every time it is necessary.
When we started to serve in Patrauti, I was involved in children’s and youth ministries. God gave me the grace to see teenagers and youth, such as Mariana Crasnean, being transformed by the Word. I continue to encourage this young woman to serve the Lord. She is now being trained to become an effective Sunday school teacher. She is in charge of a considerable part of the children’s ministry. Seeing all this, I can only praise God for continually transforming people into His likeness! The youth that I have been working with have become servants of the Lord themselves, and they try to spread the gospel to other young people.
There is another experience that I have been going through—a rather painful one, but one that has drawn me closer to God. In 2013, we were expecting our fourth child; everything seemed to be going well, but when the baby was twenty weeks old, he died. Then, after two weeks, I gave birth to my stillborn child. The doctors could not give us an explanation.
In the beginning, it was extremely difficult. But God healed my heart; and even though we had no clear answers, we knew that God was with us.
Even now, we continue to trust Him and His wisdom. Our three children are a joy and a comfort for us. I give thanks to God for them every day, and I pray for their protection. They all go to school, and they study music as well. I am very glad that they like to praise the Lord.
My ministry continues to focus on music and working with children. God has worked and continues to do so. The youth with whom I have been working have become servants of the Lord themselves, and they try to spread the gospel to other persons of their age.