Tanya Feygin was born October 23, 1981 in Zaporozhye, Ukraine to the parents of Alexander and Anna Lyashenko. For the majority of her childhood, her family lived in the coastal city of Sukhumi, Abkhazia. Tanya was a long awaited, first born child of a family of 8 children; she was blessed with sharing her childhood years with 4 sisters and 4 brothers. Tanya was an obedient daughter and a caring sister. Tanya took exceptional care of her siblings. She looked after her sisters and brothers at the early age of 6 when her mother would be ill or when she needed to take care of something outside of the house. In addition to caring for her siblings, Tanya had a very inquisitive mind and soul. From a very young age, she surprised others with her grown-up questions pondering the meaning of life and God.
Tanya's childhood life flowed, but then due to the Civil War that began between Abkhazia and Georgia, her family had to suddenly relocate. In the year 1992 when Tanya was 10 years old, the lack of food and the life threatening circumstances forced her parents, with all of their children, to flee from Abhazia to Russia and then a year later immigrate to the United States. Tanya was a very devout Christian and praised her Lord, Jesus. During the summer of 1996, Tanya was baptized and throughout her teenage and adult years passionately loved the Lord and participated in multiple ministries at church. She visited the sick and led a teenage girls' Bible Study group. Tanya also enjoyed music and loved to play the piano in church. She regularly studied the Scriptures and spent her time in prayer.
In her twenties, God brought Yury and Tanya together and they were married on May 13, 2007. They were blessed with a rare and exceptional kind of love towards each other. They loved each other unconditionally, stood-up for each other, and cherished their days together. During their happy marriage of ten and a half years, they had 3 children: Daniel – 8 years old, Annie – 5 years old, and Sarah actually turns 2 years old today, January 26, 2018. Tanya loved Yury and her children very much with words and with deeds. Despite her busy family and career life, Tanya realized her calling, which was touching people's lives. Tanya loved people deeply without any judgment and uplifted the weak in spirit by praying with them and for them. She witnessed of God's love through her life and words, first and foremost at home and then at work. She was a loving, caring, and a devoted mother and a wise and supportive wife. At UC Davis Medical Center where she was a Registered Nurse, Tanya always prayed for the spiritual and physical healing of her patients. She cared for each and every one of them.
About three years ago, the Lord called Tanya to start a Blog to shed light on topics about spiritual issues that were usually brushed over or ignored. She started the Blog and let the Holy Spirit guide her posts; Tanya was deeply concerned for her Blog to bring the reader closer to Jesus. It was not known at the time what an impact her Blog had on people and how many people it reached. Only now that she passed away, it is clear that her articles touched thousands of readers across the globe and will continue to impact through her written words. Until her very last breath, her life was filled with an enormous love for Jesus and grieved for those who were far from Him. Her constant prayer was for a revival in her family, church and the Slavic community. Tanya's life was a living testament of Jesus Christ and serves as an example to others. She had many questions that she was seeking answers to. Tanya wanted to know how to best please God and why is it difficult for people to be kind and loving towards each other. She grieved for the lack of love that people have for one another.
On the day of January 18, 2018, Tanya wrote the following words in her journal:
"Today, I was encouraged by the Holy Spirit that soon there will be a revival and an awakening in my family. To see the mighty power of God, His Spirit poured out, bringing about genuine repentance and turning completely away from the works of the flesh in our region."
Then on the evening of Thursday, January 18th after putting the children to bed, her loving heart stopped beating. She entered the Gates of Heaven and met Him whom she loved above all else and desired to see face to face. We, her family and friends will forever cherish and remember the beautiful memory and life testimony of our dear Tanichka: loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and an example of unconditional love to so many people. We love you very much Tanya, and await the time when we will see you again in heaven.