Yosipa Burakovskaya was born on July 9, 1935 in Ternopil Ukraine in a large family. Her parents were Stephen and Sophia Zbaraski who had 3 sons and 4 daughters. When she was 6 years old, World War II began. During and after the war, years were extremely difficult, this included malnutrition and a cold house. She was the second child in the family, and was therefore responsible for caring for the younger siblings. But even in such difficult times, the Lord cared for them. At this time, a missionary arrived in their village to bring the news of the Savior Jesus Christ, who would soon be coming a second time. The family gladly accepted the message and began attending the SDA church, which was organized by the missionary. In 1959, Yosipa married Michael Burakovsky. They had 4 children, Nadia, Andrew, Pavel and Galina, 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Yosipa was very hardworking, helping and caring for elders. She and her husband grew crops in her garden which then were distributed to people who didn't have enough. She also sewed and knitted clothes for her family and for those in need. She found time to study the Bible and loved to sing praised to God. Despite the difficulties, she always thanked God for everything and glorified His Name. In 2014, she arrived to the United States at the invitation of her daughter Galina. As she lived here, she continues to delight people with her smile and glorify God for everything. To the end of her life, she firmly believed in the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ, and that He was very, very near. She also had faith and hope for the glorious resurrection morning.
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