William Smylie recalls a conversation he had with the Baptist Union President and General Secretary about the future. As they expressed their deep desire to have a regular school in Balti with more in-depth teaching, William suggested that Nikolai lead the work. When he further enquired about a starting date for the two-year course at the Mission School they replied, ‘Yesterday if possible, but not later than today for tomorrow may be too late’.
In 1994 the Mission School commenced with Nikolai at the helm. William was appointed by SGA’s Field Director Trevor Harris to oversee the Moldova ministry and its development. Under Nikolai’s supervision, SGA’s involvement increased to include student sponsorship and the provision of student libraries. The ministry expanded beyond the classroom and across the country as Nikolai mentored graduates and became aware of further pressing needs. Leadership support was introduced whereby missionary pastors received financial help, transport was provided for the missionaries, and church buildings were funded. Later, the widows' project, camp ministry, and medical ministry were added as further projects.