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Mission Eurasia trains, equips, and mobilizes national Christian leaders throughout Eurasia and Israel who are engaging in evangelism, church-planting, holistic ministries, and church growth to transform their countries for Christ.

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Our History

Mission Eurasia (formerly Peter Deyneka Russian Ministries or PDRM) was founded in 1991 just after the collapse of the Soviet Union by Reverend Peter and Anita Deyneka to react quickly and decisively to new opportunities for evangelism and church-planting in this former communist empire. PDRM expanded to Canada in 1992 when Andrew Semenchuk, a close colleague of the Deynekas, recruited some friends from the Niagara area, many who were of Slavic origin, to help mobilize resources for ministry in Canada.

In 2014, under the leadership of President Sergey Rakhuba, PDRM changed its name to Mission Eurasia to better reflect its expanded ministry impact throughout the entire Eurasian region. During this time of transition, Alex and Carrie Kaye played a pivotal role in providing leadership to Mission Eurasia Canada through their tireless efforts and sacrificial commitment.

Over the past 25 years, the dedicated board members, supporters, and partners of Mission Eurasia Canada have made significant contributions to the work of Mission Eurasia in the former Soviet Union, helping spread the transformational message of the gospel to the land of their forefathers.

Today, Dr. Gord Balfour serves as the executive director of Mission Eurasia Canada, and under his leadership, we are expanding the work and support base of Mission Eurasia across Canada.

Paul Mercer, Board Chair of Mission Eurasia Canada, distributes copies of Scriptures in Ukraine.

What We Believe


Mission Eurasia’s mission is to train, equip, and mobilize Christian leadership throughout Eurasia, who will engage in indigenous evangelism, church-planting, holistic ministries, and church growth by developing creative and strategic ministries and by facilitating partnerships between nationals and Western Christians.


Our vision is to evangelize, train, equip, and mobilize the Next Generation in the countries of Eurasia and Israel to lead the church in transforming their nations for Christ.

Core Values

  • Centrality of the church
  • Bible-centered
  • Stewardship
  • Field-driven
  • Accountability
  • Purpose-driven
  • Networking and partnerships

Click here to read our Statement of Faith.

School Without Walls leader being baptized

Our Leadership

Gordon Balfour

Executive Director of Mission Eurasia Canada

Field Ministries Leadership

Alexandr Belev

Executive Director for Field Ministries

Rev. Mykhailo Brytsyn

Director of ME Religious Freedom Initiative

Pavel Tokarchuk

International Field Ministry Coordinator

Radion Velchev

 Director of Next Generation Professional Leadership Initiative

Roman Sukhar

Director of School Without Walls in Ukraine

Board of Directors

Mission Eurasia Canada

Mr. Russell Burmatoff
Richmond, BC

Mr. Ray Clark
Cambridge ON
Mr. Brad Willey
Cambridge ON

Mr. Martin Harder
Winkler, AB

Mr. Sergey Rakhuba
President, Mission Eurasia US
Spring Hill, TN USA

Mrs. Diane Knopp
Chief Financial Officer, Mission Eurasia US
Elmhurst, IL USA

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