Tom and Olena Merchant

MAI Location: Rivne, Ukraine

Job Responsibility: Missionary

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Email: tomik17@cs.com

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Biography

Grew up in Maryland

Grace Brethren Christian School - Clinton, MD

Liberty University - Cross-cultural Studies

MAI tours and camps in USA and Europe since

1989

Full-time MAI staff since 1997

1997-1999 Chicago

1999-2003 Moscow, Russia

2003-2007 Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

2007- Rivne, Ukraine

Married Olena Forsyuk (Merchant) 2001

2 daughters - Michelle and Melody

Partnering with and assisting the Christian Football Club "Nadiya" (Hope) and supporting soccer ministry in Ukraine

How & why did you become a MAI Missionary?

I joined tours to Denmark, Norway and then Russia and all over Europe. I then worked some camps in the States before focusing on Russia and Ukraine. God showed me that I can and should use the skills and talents that He has given me to serve Him and society. My life has been saturated with soccer and God has inserted me into the Slavic map. Pray for these people. Life here is not all about fun and games. It's tough. People have eyes but do not see; ears but do not hear. And many seem to prefer being blind and deaf. But there still are some honest seekers that need God's love, grace, mercy and forgiveness of sins.