Meet Viktoria

Viktoria Kovalchuk is 37 years old. She is from Ukraine and she is a Missionary Sister Servant of the Holy Spirit, partner organization of JRS Greece

Viktoria Kovalchuk, 37 years old, from Ukraine, Missionary Sister Servant of the Holy Spirit, partner of JRS in Athens, Greece

Your relation with JRS:

Missionary Sister Servant of the Holy Spirit, partner of JRS in Athens.

If you had to say something that defines yourself, what would it be?

I trust God. I am grateful for my life. I love being with people and sharing my life with them. I love children. Creativity, unity and cooperation are important for me.

What values matter more in your life?

Human life itself, faith, compassion, hope, commitment and service.

How do you want to contribute to your community?

Through the sharing of my life and my faith working through me, I‘d like to contribute in the building of unity and peace, searching for better ways to serve people, especially those in the need. I’d like to be a sign of God’s presence in our life.

What is the change that you want/wish to see in Europe?

Unity, coming back to the basic Christian values, pro-life attitude, promoting peace, cooperation and mutual support towards all people of good will.

Why do you think the work of JRS is relevant today?

We are facing a huge number of people searching for a better or easier life. It is important to accompany them, especially the most vulnerable, support and help them as they go through the difficulties and disappointments they face while seeking change; to be a sign of hope and motivation.

How does your work/activity contribute to JRS mission?

I believe that my openness to the participation in the different projects of JRS in Athens has helped to develop them. I enjoy the variety of my tasks such as teaching English, doing art with kids, working in our clothing store for the refugees, playing with kids outside, building a personal relationship with JRS members, volunteers, refugees. I hope it brings small changes to the daily life of those that I meet.

What does JRS mean to you?

It is God’s mission entrusted to me in this period of my life. I try to do my best to respond to this call in every task I complete and to be with the other people on their life journey sharing both joyful and painful moments.