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OLYA MANTULA

WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
Olya Mantula

WHAT IS YOUR STORY OF ORIGIN?
I am a Ukrainian/Russian/Norwegian girl :). My home is Kiev, Ukraine but for the last 9 years I’ve lived in Moscow, Russia.

I was born in Russia, to Ukrainian parents. My family used to live 2 km from Chernobyl nuclear power plant and we were evacuated after the accident. The Chernobyl accident affected our family’s health and lives, so I was sent to stay with a family in Norway. Yet God’s miraculous power was still at work.

It was in Norway that I first found my way to Christ, so my heart forever belongs to that country.

WHO’S IN YOUR FAMILY?
My husband, Stas Mantula (we’ve been married for 12 years) and my sons, 6 year old Christian, 4 year old Mark Adrian, and Kevin Lukas who has just turned 1 year old!

WHAT “FIELD” DO YOU FIND YOURSELF IN? WHAT DOES YOUR “EVERYDAY” LOOK LIKE?
My current job title is “Mother of Three Little Boys”, so my ‘everyday’ life is exciting, challenging, always new to me, and always, always busy!

I’m also involved in various church projects where we help those in need and serve our community (CityCare), and I’m a part of the worship and creative team, which I love with all my heart. So I’m in a big, wide, varied field and it’s amazing!

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR “PATH” TO BEING FOUND IN YOUR FIELD?
9 years ago Stas and I decided to move from Kiev to Moscow to support the planting of a new Hillsong church. Since then, Moscow has been our home and Hillsong Church Moscow has been our family.

Our global church has always inspired me personally by what they do to help people, to bring solution, etc. For me being at Colour Conference and seeing what the Global Sisterhood is doing around the world always blows my mind. Every Colour I think to myself, “These women are changing the world. What can I do? What can I do?…”

I’ve always dreamed of “being the change” in the field where I am planted, so a couple of years ago I took the little brochure from conference (with 500 ideas of how we can help our society as Sisterhood) home with me. I highlighted some of the ideas and decided that it was high time for me to act!

I discovered that right across the road from my house there was an orphanage, so we started to serve there with our connect group. Since then, one at a time, doors have started to open to other opportunities and resources…  and we’re just getting started! The beginning is always small and the need is always huge. There’s just so much we can accomplish together!

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