When the war in Ukraine began, the vice-president of Irpin Bible Seminary, Dr. Andrew Grenok, was able to leave Ukraine and settle as a refugee in small town in eastern Czech Republic. A local church there was taking care of many Ukrainian refugees. The church did not a have a pastor to lead the ministry to Ukrainians and immediately asked Andrew to step in as a leader knowing his background in pastoral and academic ministry.
We received an update from Dr. Grenok that he was not only running Sunday morning services, but also investing personally in the spiritual growth of the Ukrainian refugees there. Therefore he launched the Church Ministry Certificate Program. The Church Ministry Certificate Program is actually the BMI BTMP tailored for the academic requirements of Irpin Bible Seminary which Dr. Vitaliy Sorokun had taught at Irpin for the past four years.
Dr. Grenok reports, “The very first course for the students was the BMI Seven Steps of Christian Living! Each student must understand that the Christian life must be lived out in all sorts of circumstances. This course is unique because it helps Christians live their lives in line with what the Gospel commands.”
We are so thankful for Dr. Grenok who continues to serve the Lord even in the midst of losing his job, his home, his country. Although physically destroyed, Irpin Bible Seminary still lives!