Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe and it became independent after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Ukraine was once described as the bread basket of Europe, but at this time the economy continues to stagnate. The Orthodox Church predominates the religious scene. BIMI has been serving there for ten years. Baptist churches are being established and Bible training of church leadership encouraged.
Millions continue to suffer as a result of the 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl during which about 8% of the country was contaminated.
Crimea is an autonomous republic within Ukraine. BIMI has a strong church planting ministry near the Black Sea and a good Bible Institute. The reaching of the deaf is emphasized.
Other BIMI church planting efforts are found in other areas of this large country of 49 million people.
A strong Bible institute was established over five year ago in Bella Tskerkov. Instructors from Piedmont Bible College and other recognized teachers are training Ukrainian leaders. Robert VanSant is taking the oversight of this ministry following the untimely death of Doug Emr. Lois Emr will continue to serve under the leadership of Mr. VanSant.