Meet Ulizana and read her incredible story…She didn’t know her name for 10 years. She was mocked for how she looked because of her Kyrgyzstan background and never felt that she belonged. But God has worked through her life to bring her to where she is today! Read Ulizana’s story and continue to pray and encourage Ulizana!
This is Ulizana’s story:
My mother was born into a wealthy family in Moldova. Because of this, she got the opportunity to go and study in Russia to become a doctor. There she met my father, a citizen of Kyrgyzstan and they got married. My mother gave birth to my 3 older sisters before she discovered that the man she married was extremely cruel. He physically abused her every chance he got. Her life became a nightmare and she became afraid for my sister’s life. When she found out that she was pregnant with me she decided to run away. My mother and sisters returned to Moldova where she gave birth to me.
The physical abuse had affected my mother immensely; she became mentally ill and was not able to care for my sisters and me anymore. I was abandoned as a baby at a tuberculosis hospital and my older sisters were put in the orphanage. I spent the first 10 years of my life in the hospital. I didn’t know my real name; they called me Cristina. I knew nothing about my family or why I ended up there. For 10 years I received the tuberculosis treatment even though I was not sick. I had so much hate toward that place. The doctors were always mean to me because I looked different. My Asian appearance gave the other children a reason to constantly make fun of me.
I spent so many nights dreaming that one day I would be part of a family. Every day I watched the other children as their parents visited them. I had no visitors in 10 years. When I turned 10 years old, I met a very strange woman. She showed up one day at the hospital and introduced herself as my mother and told me that I have 3 older sisters.
We all have the power to change the world, and that is what I want to do.
I cannot explain the hope I felt in my heart when I met her. I was taken out of the hospital and transferred to the same orphanage where my sisters had spent the last 10 years. Meeting my sisters was one of the happiest moments in my life. We all cherish the feeling of belonging and at 10 years old I felt that I belonged for the first time in my life.
Unfortunately my joy did not last long. My sisters told me that our mother was mentally ill. They advised me to stay away from her when she came to visit because she was dangerous. Realizing that I gained and lost the most precious thing in a child’s life in one day, broke my heart and left me even more disappointed than before. Loneliness and desperation took over me and I refused to let anyone into my heart, being afraid of getting hurt again.
When I was 15 years old I had to leave the orphanage. I had nowhere to go because the only home I had for past 15 years was the tuberculosis hospital and the orphanage.
During that summer I went to a Christian camp where I heard about Jesus. I remember praying so much that He would give me a home and watch over me when I had to face the world on my own. A few months later I was introduced to the Cameron family and every dream I had as an orphan became a reality. They provided a home, education but most importantly the opportunity to be part of a family.
God has truly blessed me with a family and has watched over me every step of the way. I often ask myself how come I am so blessed, why do I have this life when I see so many people that still struggle. I don’t want to say that I am not thankful, but I am concerned about others. It is hard for me to know that people like me, having a soul like me, sharing the same desires to be loved and to love, seeking peace like me, are suffering so much and are full of sorrows and disappointments.
We all have the power to change the world, and that is what I want to do. One of my sisters has joined me at THE ORPHANS HANDS. I thank God I get to do ministry beside her. THE ORPHANS HANDS is God’s miracle for every orphan, a spark of hope for the lost and a touch of love for the ones in need.
Will you help me become a shining light in a dark world? Please pray for me and others at THE ORPHANS HANDS as we continue to reach the lost and broken. Thank you!