A Tri-State minister is traveling to Ukraine for the second time despite rising tensions in the country.
Bobby Smith, minister at Mt. Carmel Church of Christ, started planning his trip about a year ago. He will spend the majority of his time in Mariupol, about a six hour drive from Crimea.
Smith said he will only cancel the trip if fighting intensifies or if his wife feels uncomfortable.
Smith will be traveling with two other missionaries he met on his first trip. He is scheduled to leave April 16 and will stay for two weeks.