No Longer An Orphan – Part 2

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “Plans to prosper you and to not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”  

Jeremiah 29:11 is an applicable verse for Diana Prihodko, a young woman who is no longer an orphan but a precious daughter.  Her testimony is a true beauty from ashes journey.  Diana was born in Ukraine and raised by her alcoholic, abusive mother.  At age 9, after nearly being beaten to death by her mom, she ran away to the streets of Kiev.  Her memories of that time include being cold, finding security in a gang, and sniffing glue to dull the hunger in her stomach.  God’s hand was upon her though as she fled the ever increasing darkness of gang life to find refuge in a Christian ministry to Kiev’s street kids – Father’s House.  While at Father’s House Diana came to know the Lord.  She also met an American man, Bob Loehman, who visited the orphanage on a short term mission trip.  Bob was so moved by Diana’s story, and the physical scars she bore from her abusive mother that he advocated for medical treatment for her in the States.  Diana spent over 2 years in the U.S. with Bob and his family as she underwent multiple extensive surgeries to treat the scars left from burns and cuts.  Diana returned to Ukraine due to Visa restrictions and continued living at Father’s House until she met another American visiting on a short term trip – Tara Quinn.  A special connection grew between Tara and Diana which led to the Quinn family adopting Diana at age 16.  Adjusting to family life after being an orphan for so many years was not easy but Tara’s constant, healing, prayerful pursuit of Diana’s heart made all the difference.  Today, Diana is a wife and mom herself and ambassador of vulnerable children everywhere.  She is no longer an orphan, but a daughter of the Quinn’s and a daughter of the King!

To hear our recorded conversation with Diana Prihodko, look for the interview dated 6/3/16 under “Radio Show” on this website.