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The Difference You Make

Impact StoryYou may be able to tell by this student’s name that he comes from the country of Ukraine. He’s Vladyslav Hruntkovskyi, better known around campus as Vlad.

The senior in the Business & Organizational Leadership program lives in a suburb of the capital city Kiev. His first connection with CIU was from a high school friend who was already studying here. After a few visits to campus, Vlad decided this is the place God wanted him. As his undergraduate studies near the end, Vlad says he has experienced deep, unprecedented spiritual growth. He says, “I have a story of learning about the depth of God’s faithfulness.”

His host family in Charlotte, North Carolina has been very supportive of his enrollment at CIU, and God even led them to help pay for his room and board. However, every year Vlad has also applied for donor scholarships to assist in the remaining costs.

“There is absolutely no way I would have been able to afford education in the States on my own” is Vlad’s message to donors.

He adds that donors’ impact “should be measured in ‘Kingdom Currency.’”

“Your material sacrifices serve as spiritual and educational foundations for many students at CIU,” Vlad said. “We learn the importance of discipleship, dedicating ourselves to sharing the knowledge and experience that we receive here, ensuring that this investment doesn't end with us.”

In addition to great classroom education, Vlad says he has met his best friends at CIU and together, they are passionate about impacting the world for Christ.

“I hope that together we will spread the gospel and message of God’s glory.”

For the immediate future, Vlad is considering a few options: an MBA, serving with Operation Christmas Child or taking a ministry position at his church back home. Long term, he desires to serve the Lord in his home country or be involved with a ministry that serves there.

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