Economies in these post Soviet countries continue to face severe challenges like falling currencies and stalled industrial growth.
Unemployment and addiction have contributed to widespread poverty for many families in Ukraine and Belarus.
Education leading to better employment is out of reach of the majority of young people making the outlook of future families bleak.
Fighting in Eastern Ukraine continues to plague the nation, causing great suffering for those living in the conflict zone and for refugees in other parts of the country.
The need for training for Pastors and other church leaders in Ukraine and Belarus continues to be a reality.
Many in these countries have hearts open to the gospel, particulary those desperate for hope in the face of these social challenges.