Charity Baptist Mission, Inc.

 

       Founder                                               Est. 1973                                                   Director

 

      Rev. Fred Potter               P.O.  Box 692  Bristol, TN  37621-0692                Rev. Mike Nixon

 

      Tel. (423) 354-0342  or  (423) 878-5800               e-mail cbmission@juno.com

  

 

 

Bolivia & other Hispanic countries

 

A Few Words

From Our Founder

Rev. Fred Potter



"Heard a church bell ringing"

This is song about how Fred Potter got saved, written by Danny Minton.

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It is our privilege to welcome you to the Charity Baptist Mission web page. We hope this will be a testament of what the Lord is doing in America and throughout the world.

In 1973, the Lord laid upon my heart to start Charity Baptist Mission Inc., here in Bristol, Tennessee.  We started it because we were opening a children’s home in Mexico. From there the Lord continued to bless and increased the areas to other countries by which we could share the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour. 

It has been truly a blessing to see how the Lord has used missionaries to reach the lost and see them saved.

We believe in the Authorized King James 1611 version of the Word of God. It has stood the test of time and we believe this is the only true Bible.

To God be the Glory!

 

 

 

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From Bulgaria

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April 2017 Prayer Letter      “...Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do.” Acts 15:36

 

Our praying friends and family in the Lord,

 

Last month the Leaches, our fellow missionaries here, returned to the states for furlough. While Bro. Larry is gone, my brother Zachary and I are looking after his meetings. Bro. Larry works with national pastor Ismael; together they take care of eight churches. Ismael is one of our longest serving national pastors.  He’s a good preacher and a loving shepherd to his flock. The last time Bro. Larry returned for furlough, I spent the better part of year going to his churches, learning from Bro. Ismael, growing to appreciate and love his people. They, like their pastor, are a tenderhearted lot. It was good, then, to return to them, to see familiar faces faithfully serving their Lord in their churches.

 

In the village of Stoyan Mihaylovski, the little church continues to thrive. Sister Minka, a widow who opened her house to the church many years ago, recently lost everything in a fire. It seems she was adding wood to her stove when a burning coal rolled out and set the room on fire. Soon, the entire house was engulfed in flames. Sister Minka escaped with her life, and that was it. The only other things to survive the fire were the hymnals the church uses. At present, she spends her time trying to clean up the wreckage and plant and tend her garden. By day, she occupies a stall in an outbuilding where livestock once resided; by night, she stays with a relative nearby. Still, she faithfully attends the meeting and testifies that, while it’s possible to lose everything you have in this life, the word of God will stand the fire. You can also scroll down to see photos of the devastation, and get a sense of what we need to fix it.

 

If you would like to help in the rebuilding of Sister Minka's home, you can make checks payable to:

Charity Baptist Mission P.O. Box 692 Bristol, TN 37621 Memo: Widow Minka’s House

 

Sister Sidika is a doting mother, loving wife, and faithful believer. Her husband, as well, loves the Lord and on meeting day stops work to come to church. The night the fire struck, she was in the crowd watching the destruction, helpless to do anything other than pray. She cried for Minka, for the church, and for those in the crowd mocking the believers. She asked the Lord what she could do. She determined then and there that the church wouldn’t be without a meeting place. She testified a few weeks ago that she had always wanted to host the believers but had never been in a position to. Her little family is desperately poor. They live in a two-room, mud-brick, whitewashed house. The electricity is spotty when working at all. What furniture they have couldn’t be sold, as no one would want it. Sometimes, to accommodate visitors, they bring in logs they haven’t yet split and put a pillow on them for a makeshift chair. Still, as the fire raged, she gave what she had to the Lord and opened her heart and house for the meeting. Every Wednesday now, she’s as happy as a soul can be, watching her heavenly family gather in to sing, pray, and worship God. Last week, at the close of meeting, she said it was on her heart to pray for her friends, that they, too, would come to the meeting and hear the word of God. Yesterday, when we arrived, we were gladly greeted by a house full of new faces. Sister Sidika was ashamed and embarrassed of her poverty, but in opening her house to the Lord Jesus, she found He makes himself quite at home there. In opening her heart to Him, she found He answers exceeding abundantly above all she asks or thinks.

 

I’d like to ask you all for your faith and prayers. We’re slowly making preparations for our upcoming furlough this year. Our needs are many, but I’m not asking for anything more than your help in praying and believing. I’m thankful for all that the Lord Jesus does for us and with us in Bulgaria. I bless the Lord in everything, for good times and hard times. I even thank Him for the ole Devil that fights us, for trials, storms, and valleys. And I thank Him now for what will be, for meeting these things we have need of. I rejoice in their fulfillment. My needs exceed your resources and mine, but not the Lord’s. Our heavenly Joseph is in charge of the storehouses of God’s bounty, and they stand open to needy souls. Help us pray; believe for us when our faith wanes, and we’ll do the same for you. We love you.

 

Because of a living Saviour,  The William LeFevre Family

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February 2017 Prayer Letter    "And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.    And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch." John 10:22-23

 

Our praying friends and family in the Lord,

 

The place is Jerusalem; the occasion, the feast of dedication; the season, winter. The air is chill, the landscape bleak, the skies gray; all nature is clothed in death. But then we read these words: "And Jesus walked in." And though time and place remain the same, and the season maintains its predetermined course, there is a change. Though He bears the weight of winter on His head, and His feet burn with the heat of summer, there is a perpetual spring time in His heart, and wherever He goes, harvest follows. As Charles Butler wrote, "Where Jesus is, 'tis Heaven there." It may have been winter outside, but when He walked in, life sprang to attention.

 

In Genesis chapter eight verse twenty-two, the LORD gave us the seasons in perpetuity. He promised, "While the earth remaineth… summer and winter… shall not cease." For our part it seems He's making good on that promise this winter, as it feels never ending. But, thanks be to God, we have the hope of summer in our hearts. Winters must be endured for summers to be enjoyed; and without "seedtime," there is no harvest. Still, regardless the season, we rest confident that nothing hinders our God: the bitter cold of winter can't chill Him, nor the stifling heat of summer fatigue Him. He is master of tempest and wave; stormy winds fulfill His will; snow and rain accomplish his purpose; night and day are alike to Him; the sun and moon move or stay by His permission; all things were created by Him and for Him and, as such, obey Him. Therefore, come what may, I bless Him. And "when I am happy in Him," John Newton declares, "December's as pleasant as May."

 

This January, according to the Bulgarian news, has been the coldest in 30 years. We have seen more snow this year than our entire six years on the field, and, according to the other missionaries, more than in their twenty-year tenure. We have been snowed in on several occasions, for days at a time. During the biggest snowfall, two thirds of the country lost power, and in many places, it remained out for days. Ours was reduced to a trickle, with just enough current to charge our cell phones. In our little village, the main road to and from the big cities was completely covered over with drifts. When they opened the main road, we still had to wait a couple of days for them to clear our side roads. Once we were able to get out and about, we were amazed at the sheer amount of snow. The berms the tractors plowed up in opening the roads were well over the top of our vehicle; they created deep, one-lane canyons of snow, that though you could pass through them, you didn't relish the prospect. Stuck at home, I tried to make good use of my time sewing Bibles. At present, the weather has cleared, though it's supposed to get cold again.

 

During this break in the weather, my brother, Zachary, national pastor Alish, and I headed to Romania to attend the funeral of national pastor Ahmet. Ahmet maintained a good profession before many witnesses. He was saved from a life of alcoholism and abusiveness. He was changed gloriously by the gospel, and set out to preach the Christ that converted him. They said the day he got saved, he entered the church and listened to them sing a hymn that talks about seeing God. He prayed that day that God would make him fit, that he might be able to see Him. The Lord did much more than that, he used Ahmet to show Himself to hundreds. Finally, the other day, Ahmet's very first prayer was answered, and he got to see God. His wife testified at the funeral, "These aren't tears of sadness, these are tears of Joy. My husband's happy and home, and I'm happy for him."

 

A few days later, all the missionaries and nationals met in Dabravino to sew our reserves of Bibles. Midway through our day, a young couple showed up to the church asking for prayer. It seems the young lady was in the grip of fear, afraid to live, afraid to die. In a few minutes, we had assembled a crowd of believers. We sang, and then Bro. Cheatwood preached from 1 John 4:18, "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear." He said the perfect love of Jesus secures us that we need never fear. We don't have to fear Him never loving us, never helping us, never hearing us. At the end of his message, we all knelt around the young couple and prayed for them. By this time, a significant crowd had gathered, and there was power in that prayer. What a marvelous thing! Whether enduring the storms safely at home, shedding tears at a funeral, laboring with brethren to ready Bibles for distribution, crowding around a hurting heart seeking God's strength, the Lord was always near to hand, ready to bless, eager to comfort. Is there anyone like our God? Is there any work better than His?

 

As of right now, we are planning a furlough this fall. Lord willing, we will return to the states in September, staying through the spring of 2018. I know many of you pastors like to have advanced knowledge to plan accordingly. If you'd like to have us in to update you on the work, please don't hesitate to contact us. Our information is provided in the footer of our prayer letters. God bless you all.

 

Because of a living Saviour,  The William LeFevre Family

 

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From Romania

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Dear Brethren,                                                                              March 24, 2017

 

We are so thankful to be writing to you from Romania. We returned to Romania on February 23rd, after a short stay in the States. It was a blessing and refreshment to be able to get around to some of our supporting churches and share our ministry. We are thankful for the fellowship we had with family and friends, but we’re contented to be back and we’re looking forward to the spring and summer months.

 

On February 4th, our national pastor Ahmet went home to be with the Lord after battling lung cancer. I returned to Romania for a few days for the funeral and to comfort the family. We prayed that Ahmet would not suffer. He wasn’t on any kind of pain medications, only oxygen and we were afraid he would have a terrible death. But the Lord answered our prayer and Ahmet died peacefully in his wife’s arms while holding his oldest son’s hand. At the funeral many family members who still aren’t believers heard the gospel preached. We thank God for the testimony He gave Ahmet of his grace and mercy to see us through to the very end. When his children and grandchildren visited him while he was sick, he would sit up in bed and preach to them about Jesus Christ saving his soul and tell them he was ready to see Him. I was amazed at the Americans and nationals the Lord sent by to visit. This is a true picture of the grace of God for his children. Praise God Ahmet didn’t face death alone and neither do any of us who’ve trusted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

 

On March 17th, we had a Turkish Campmeeting. The Bulgarian Turkish believers came to Romania and joined our Romanian Turkish believers for a weekend of church services and fellowship. We were able to bring our new believers from Calarasi and they were blessed to be part of it. During the Saturday night service, while we were singing the second song, the Lord came down in the service and people were on their feet praising God. Many of these people have burdens we can’t imagine and it’s such a blessing to see the Lord come by and lift those burdens from them. One of our new believers from Calarasi testified during one of our morning prayer meetings that he’d never felt such love and joy as he did while singing with the other believers during the services and in between them. He said he even found himself alone in the church after everyone else had gone to bed, still singing.

 

We’re looking forward to the spring and summer months. At our morning prayer meetings in Calarasi, we are already able to have our services outside. It is around 60 degrees, but when the people hear us singing, they know it’s time for church. The children will come and sing and pray with us and afterwards the women will feed them a meal and send them home with bread. As I’ve told you before, this is the only hot meal some of these kids will get that day. We would love to do some much needed construction work around the property and church. One of the things we would love to do is put in a church bell. Please be in prayer for us about this.
Yesterday, Jacob and I were able to bring believers from Constanta and Calarasi to the meetings in Lespes and Valin. There were a large number of adults and children in both meetings. Our Turkish pastor Kadir oversees these meetings and was very pleased to see all the people. Please help us pray for these villages! There are some strong Muslim leaders in these villages that use the poor people for their personal profit. Please help us pray the Lord will save or distract these influential leaders until we can get the gospel to the poor in darkness.

 

I would like to praise the Lord for answering a prayer of ours for an elderly believer in Calarasi. She is in her eighties and has seen many hard days. Just in the last two years she has had to bury four of her daughters and one grandchild. She slipped into a coma just four days ago and we were truly worried because they put her into intensive care. The doctors called for the family and told them to prepare for her death. We started to pray and a few hours later we received word that she had come out of the coma and was doing well. After the village meetings I stopped by the hospital to find they had moved her out of intensive care to a normal room with three other ladies. Mommy, as we call her, looked twenty years younger. Before I left everyone in the room was singing hymns and we had church in the hospital. Praise God for hearing our prayers!

 

From Romania, Nathan, Teresa, Rachel, Nate, Jacob, Elmaz, Rebecca and Uriah

 

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From Bulgaria

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"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Heb. 11:1)

 

Dear churches and praying friends, March 2017

 

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, our savior, the God who answers prayer. Three weeks ago I took possession of the car that we ordered back in December. Last year at about this time, I had begun to pray for a new car. At first, I only prayed for a car for my family to use while on furlough. When that prayer wasn't answered quickly, I got more serious and asked the Lord for three cars. I knew that we would need a car for furlough, and that we would need a new one for Bulgaria after the furlough was over, and then I wanted to get a used car for my oldest daughter, Katy. (Some people thought it was funny for a person to pray for three cars.) The Lord soon provided us with a wonderful car to drive, as well as a good used car, which we were able to purchase and leave with our daughter, Katy. Later in the summer we had enough funds to buy a used car for our second daughter, Polly, as well. Now, back in Bulgaria, we have purchased the new vehicle. I asked the Lord for three cars, and he gave me four! If you need a car, I would recommend praying. Let me also say thank you to each of those who helped us with these cars. I believe the Lord will meet your transportation needs and desires.

 

Last week I was able to drive this new car down to Turkey. While there, I met a Turkish pastor who is doing a good work, although in a very difficult area. He requested prayer. He also requested financial help. His little church is meeting in a rented room in his city. Recently, he lost what little support that he had. It looks like they may have to leave this facility soon, if they do not get the financial assistance that they need. Would you all please pray for this little church? If you are able to help in any way, send it to my mission board, designated for the Turkish church building.

 

Back in Bulgaria, Pastor Nasuf told me about a man who turned to Christ on his death bed. Nasuf has been going to this village for several years, and almost every week this older man across from the church house would greet him. When possible, Pastor Nasuf would tell this man about the Lord, but he never wanted to come into the meeting. At last, when he got seriously sick, his wife called the preacher to his bedside. There, Pastor Nasuf retold the gospel of Christ's suffering for our sins, dying and rising again the third day, and that now a man needs to repent and believe this gospel to be saved. The ninety year old man could barely speak, but he nodded in agreement to everything. Pastor Nasuf asked him if he believed each part of the gospel, and when he got to the part about repenting of his sins, the man broke down crying and was finally able to ask God for forgiveness. That day he passed from death unto life, and since then, he has entered into the presence of his Lord.

 

Thank you all for your prayers. Please continue to pray for us, and that church in Turkey.

 

In Christ,  Zachary LeFevre

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From Bulgaria

 

 

 

 

Dear Brethren, February 2017

The following, is an urgent matter of prayer involving Widow Minka and the church in Bulgaria.

Every week in we hold church services her house and this is where we’ve given out coats and socks as well as flour and oil for the past several years.  Tragically, all this went up in flames.  Widow Minka was adding wood to her wood stove when a piece of burning wood rolled out at her, catching everything on fire. She was able to get out with her life, but that’s all that survived.  All her tangible memories, all her personal documents, her bank card, what little money she had, her phone, her clothes, and all her furniture were lost in the blaze. We are thankful that she is okay, but she suffered a great loss. So did the church.

                          

The only thing that survived the fire, and even the water being sprayed by the firemen are these Bibles and hymn books. This is not a coincidence.

After Pastor Ismail and I surveyed the damage today, we went and found Sister Minka. She was staying with relatives in an apartment the same size as my son’s bedroom. It’s small and she can only stay until other arrangements can be made.  When I returned home, I called our Field Director, Ralph Cheatwood and he said, “Okay, let’s rebuild.” And that, friends, is what we aim to do. Will you pray with us?

Thank you, Larry Leach

If you would like to help, you can make checks payable to:

Charity Baptist Mission P.O. Box 692 Bristol, TN 37621 Memo: Widow Minka’s House

 

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Dear Churches and Praying Friends,                                  January 2017

 

"While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease" (Gen. 8:22)

 

Greetings in the name of our Savior, Defender and Friend, the Lord Jesus. We trust this letter finds each of you striving together with us in prayer and rejoicing in the hope of his coming. We are back in Bulgaria now. Our trip was long, but uneventful. My brother, William, was kind enough to watch our house while we were gone, and had everything in good working order upon our return. After adjusting to the time difference, we were able to get right back into the work - before the hard winter hit.

 

Bulgaria is experiencing its worst winter in years. Heavy snowfall has blocked many roads, leaving villages isolated for days resulting in no bread or other groceries transported to the local stores. Many villages were without power and water for several days. Even the Danube River and parts of the Black sea along the coast have been frozen over. For now, the snow has stopped falling, but has not melted. Temperatures remain below freezing for days at a time. The Lord has given us grace to manage through these difficulties. Many poor people are running out of firewood. Let's pray that the Lord would have mercy on them.

 

Before the winter storms hit, we were able to help (hand) bind several boxes of New Testaments and hymnbooks. We have over a thousand New Testaments printed, waiting to be bound, as soon as we can travel again to the printing location in Dabravino. These New Testaments cost only three dollars to print. We praise the Lord for continually providing seed to the sower. Our desire is to sow bountifully and reap likewise.

 

Pastor Nasuf related a wonderful testimony of how the Lord saved a man in one of his churches. Sister Leyla has been saved for a couple of years. Her husband, however, wanted nothing to do with the church. He carried a Koran and professed himself as a devout Muslim, doing all he could to suppress his wife's faith in Jesus, but she prayed in the closet all the while. One day he fell sick and was hospitalized. Three days later he came home and told his wife that the Lord spoke to him in the hospital and he gave his heart to Jesus; and that he is a now a believer in Jesus Christ. He immediately got rid of his Koran and asked his wife for her Bible. Two weeks later he was baptized.

 

Remember to pray for us, and for the poor people here whom we love.

 

In Christ, Zachary LeFevre

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Dear Pastors, Churches and Friends, Nov - Dec 2016

 

As I reflect back on the year of 2016, first I want to say that I believe it was the fastest year in my life. I guess there are several factors that caused this. One, I am getting old! Second, it was a very busy year. Even though it was a fast year, it also brought many benefits. In 2015 I made the comment that I believed it was my best year in 40 years of ministry. However, looking back at 2016, I will have to say this was the best year. God is good! We felt His tremendous presence in our meetings, the Spirit moving in invitations, and we saw Him intervene and work in our lives on a daily basis.

 

In December we traveled to Panama and received many blessings.  I preached to a congregation of 136 in Panama City on Sunday. The next day we drove for six hours to the city of David (which is only one hour from Cost Rica).  We made several trips to the mountain villages where we had traveled on previous trips. Since our last visit H.E.L.P. Ministries has assisted the people to build two buildings in those mountain areas. These people live in poverty and have many needs.  Of all my travels, I believe that trip was the toughest as we traveled with 11 other people in our group!  There were 19 people in the back of the small truck that we were traveling in. The truck was jostling around and sliding in 18 inches of mud; but when we arrived and saw the faces of those Indian children and adults, it made it worth our time and sacrifice. We had several services in those mountains.  One was a Mother’s Day service, and we passed out Bibles to all the mothers.

 

I want to leave something with all of you that pray for us and help us during each year. In our lives we encounter struggles, and sometimes there are mountains in our paths and obstacles in our daily walk. Caleb in the Old Testament at the age of 85 said, “Give me that mountain!" David said in Psalm 30:7, “Lord, by thy favor thou hast made my mountain to stand strong.” This will be my Bible verse for 2017. What a blessing that God has made us strong in the middle of the fight, and He has given us strength to endure the battles!

 

God bless you all, and may He bless each one of you richly in this New Year of service.

 

Joyfully Yours, Farren Caeble, 1Sam. 12:24

 

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Dear Praying Friends and Family, October – December 2016

 

Rethinking “Too Close For Comfort.” About three months ago we found out that Naomi was expecting another child. We didn’t expect her to be able to carry this one to full term because of the previous miscarriages. We put it in the Lord’s hands and decided that we would announce it if she made it to the second trimester. We were afraid to hope, but the thought of finally having another little girl got the best of us. When the twelfth week came we decided to get an ultrasound. They said the baby had died at 9 weeks and that they wanted to admit her to the “other” part of the hospital where abortions are performed. It was a hard blow and the thought of her going through a medicine-induced miscarriage surrounded by women getting abortions and the people which perform them did not sit well with us. It was Friday afternoon and the hospital was shutting down for the weekend. They wanted to admit her immediately and have the procedure on Monday. Naomi had some doubts about her dates, she didn’t feel bad, and there was no pain or bleeding so we wanted to give it a few days and then get a second opinion. We still held on to the hope that it was a mistaken date and, thus, too early to pick up a heartbeat, but in the back of my mind I was afraid. Several days later another ultrasound confirmed that the baby had indeed died. We knew what to expect. We’ve been through this before. This would be the fourth time in two years. Naomi wanted to go through it again at home.

 

The fears added up in my mind after thinking, “What would we do if she hemorrhaged?” The danger was real. First, our newly purchased vehicle was in the shop. We were stuck out here in the “boonies” with no transportation because the transmission had to be rebuilt! Second, there was the real concern about the quality of care of the local hospital. Odessa would be a much better option but getting there was the challenge. We decided to try and wait till Monday and then get to Odessa if nothing happened by then. Naomi felt fine and, like I said, we’ve been through this before.

 

It started at 2:00 a.m. Sunday and an hour later we realized that she had hemorrhaged. In that moment is was as if the Lord allowed all my deepest fears to come true…every one! Without going into details we knew it was bad. Thankfully, our closest church member, Luda, answered her phone and said she would try to call the emergency room while I got Naomi ready. They never answered. We repeatedly called for an hour and got no answer. Sarah Kline answered her phone and said she would be over with their van to rush Naomi to the hospital. While we waited for transportation I made calls to people in the States to get people praying and even sent up prayer flares on Facebook! Kolya and Luda went ahead of us in their car and laid on the emergency room doorbell till they woke up. After the staff got moving they quickly put Naomi under and began the D&C. There was no way to know how she was holding up. No heart monitors, no nothing. The anesthesiologist, from time to time, would put her hand up to Naomi’s nose to make sure she was still breathing!

 

In that moment I realized that the Lord allowed it all to happen. My worst fears came true and the Lord Jesus was with us every moment. They say, “Too close for comfort…” but the Lord can never be too close and, as long as He is close by there is always comfort. Naomi pulled through and the medical staff, especially the doctor, did great with what little they have to work with. It was a little unnerving to observe Naomi as she awoke from the anesthesia saying that she was in a “tunnel of light” and could hear my voice the whole time she was under! Praise the Lord that He is with us, “…even unto the end of the world.”

 

Bible Institute and Charity. Our Bible Institute classes continue to be both a blessing and a challenge to everyone. I am very happy to say that the preachers are showing great improvement in being capable ministers of the word of God. They have been busy passing out literature, doing personal work, and helping with the sick and church shut-ins. We recently found out that one lady had no heat and was sitting at home enduring -10C weather. She had no money to pay for gas and she was saving what little she had for an operation. We loaded her up with wood for her wood stove for the winter. There are a lot of other stories that I should probably include in prayer letters. Thanks to your generosity, we get to help people with things like food, clothing, surgeries, medicine, fuel, baby supplies, and even college tuition to help the children of poor saints take care of their families with better jobs. In addition we give to national preachers and their ministries. We support one pastor by buying him enough wood to heat his house for the winter. Another preacher recently totaled his van that he used for ministry and we were able to help him a little towards the purchase of another. Things like these are the norm for our ministry and go on without being mentioned in our prayer letters. Thank you all for your prayers and support for allowing us the privilege to minister to the Ukrainian people.

 

Break-In and Big Board. Our church building was broken into again for the third time. The thieves got away with our sound board that is used to record our videos for YouTube. They also got my video projector, a guitar, and our computer monitor. The bad economy and gas prices are driving more to crime. Our church is trying to pull enough money to install European-style rolling window shutters to prevent break-ins in the future.

 

The break-ins are the normal response of the enemy. You see, we have been getting some very positive feedback about our YouTube channel. More and more Russian speaking Christians say they are “holding on” where they are by watching our videos. One church said they watch our sermons during their evening service ever since they lost their pastor. I get to preach to people I’ve never met! Our men are also getting close to completing a big church sign board for displaying Scripture. It will be illuminated and high enough to be seen from the train station. Literally, tens of thousands of people will see the signboard every day. We are very excited about the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to shine even brighter in our region!

 

A Church Family Immigrating to Israel! The Jewish man, Igor, and his family who came to us from the war torn area of Donetsk have recently been approved for immigration to Israel. Perhaps you recall me mentioning him in a previous letter and told the humorous story about how I had led him to Christ twenty years ago and we didn’t recognize each other after he visited. They have been here faithfully attending and growing in the word of God, while they sought the Lord’s will about immigrating to Israel. We are very excited about what the Lord will do with them there. We pray that he will bring others to Christ just as he recently did with his friend Yura. There is a good chance that they will be staying in an area where other Russian speaking Christians live and we pray that they will be an encouragement to one another. Please pray for them as they leave sometime before Christmas to begin their new lives in the Promised Land!

 

Discipleship and Baptismal Service. The Lord once again gave us the privilege of taking another group of new converts through our discipleship lessons in preparation for water baptism and church membership. This time Marina and her two sons, Nikita and Andrei, joyously followed the Lord in believer’s baptism. Igor’s above mentioned friend, Yura, and our deacon’s son Matthew also followed. We continue to pass out literature and witness to others looking for the next batch!

 

We want to thank you all for your friendship, prayers, support, and all that you do for the Lord that gives us the privilege and opportunity to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May the Lord bless you during the holiday season and give you much fruit in the New Year. Until our next prayer letter or our meeting in the air!

 

That Ukraine May Know Him, Christopher Rue Phil. 3:10

 

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Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ, December of 2016

We Praise the Lord for who He’s given us in 2016, especially the Gift of His Son Jesus Christ our Saviour & many new & old Brothers & Sisters who are labouring together with us to reach lost souls in Ukraine.

He gave me the opportunity to travel with International Commission to southern Ukraine to help a Church during what was planned to be a week of visits & meetings with people who had been prayed for & prepared to receive the Gospel of Christ. Nothing was prepared, but the Lord used it to open my eyes to the great need to train Ukrainian Christians how to present the Gospel and how to witness to strangers. *Instead of making visits, I was able to preach 7 times in 4 Churches. The Lord also reached out to an only English speaking Jewish man named Avee. He was very open minded as I presented the Gospel. He’ll call me again when here- Please pray.

We are so thankful that He’s been opening doors and my eyes to needs. I had a great week of Evangelizing with a Russian speaking Church in southern Moldova. Their great desire (giving of themselves to God) to let Him show His goodness and love to souls who are down and out was an eye opener for me. (They cook and deliver hot lunches for 25+ invalids and very poor people as well as feed 20+ grade school students from poor families who come after school for lunch and tutoring.) One thing was lacking- no training in how to present the Gospel & witness for Christ. Many members were thankful for the 5 practical lessons I was able to teach & for tracts.

For Three months now I have travelled (1:45 one way) with a 25+ group of local Baptists from 5 Kiev Churches whose burden is to reach out, evangelize and start new Churches in a region where many from Chernobyl were resettled to after the Nuclear Meltdown in 1986. We have seen a few souls saved as we witnessed from house to house in 4 different villages, but most of the labourers don’t know how to present Christ or testify. {I was shocked when one woman prayed to quit smoking & the Brother said she had repented.}

*Pray the Lord will give wisdom as I seek to find and/or develop a concise, simple course that anyone can use to learn how to deal with lost souls and how to present Christ & salvation. I am printing many clear Gospel tracts as tools for the Christians at the Churches I will be training. Pray for more open doors with new Churches.

“Kairos” means time and opportunity. Soon I’ll be helping teach this MISSIONS COURSE in different Churches and Bible Institutes. God is stirring up a burden for local Churches to send out Ukrainians into Closed Eastern Countries which are still open to them as Russian speakers, but are off limits to Western Missionaries.

Lakeside Baptist Church finished distributing the 8000 Evangelistic Calendar packets from house to house in the same 15 villages as last year. *Please Pray these 8000 lost souls will read the Calendars daily that the seed of God’s Word be sown in their hearts through messages about Christ & Salvation.
The Lord Blessed to order an extra 2000 calendars for another Missionary labouring to sow the seed of God’s Word in a new village where he desires to work in hearts on the eastern outskirts of Kiev.

To God be the Glory,
Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher - Your Missionaries to Ukraine

*** P.S. The War continues to slowly demoralize the people. All Prices have tripled, but not their pay or pensions.

 

 

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From the Streets of Boston Massachusetts

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Greetings from Boston,                        September 2016

 

I want to thank you all for your Love, Prayers, and Support to this ministry. Back in April I went to my mission board Charity Baptist Mission during their spring Campmeeting at Brookside Baptist Church in Bristol Tn. The Lord took such good care of me while I was there, because of the love of God in the hearts of the preacher and church members. I have greatly missed this due my poor health.

 

I waited until the summer was over to write this letter, because it’s some of the busiest months of the year. During the Campmeeting the Lord provided funds for me to go to Washington D.C. on Memorial Day weekend. It took an eight hour train ride just to get there and met my friend Dave Shenfield and his son Matthew. They drove from Harrisburg PA. and we shared the room to go about our Father’s business. We drove around that evening in Georgetown using the speaker system in Dave’s car for preaching. The next morning was spent at the Vietnam Veteran Memorial. At least 1,000 tracts were passed out titled “Saved in a war zone”. This is about a Vietnam vet. caught in a gun battle and later trusted Jesus as his savior. Later that afternoon we went to a motor cycle rally they call “Rolling Thunder” in memory of Vietnam veterans. Around 200,000 bikers attended not counting all the spectators on the sidewalks and another 800 tracts went out. The following day before the next parade I put at least 300 tracts on cars. When the regular Memorial Day Parade started around 1,000 tracts went out to Homeland security, police, firemen, military marching band etc. When I tried to get a cab the secret service were there and helped me. They told me I was in front of Vice President Joe Biden’s office. I gave them tracts and ask if they could give him one. I had mostly military/patriotic and my own testimony tract to hand out as I spent so much time talking to people one on one. Lots of teenagers in bands got tracts and as I testified to them they told me they appreciated it. What a blessing! After getting back home on Tuesday, I sat at my front porch and Thanked God for the blessing and honor to serve him in D.C. and then listened to the beautiful sound of birds singing. Wow what an end.

 

Last Christmas my mission board took up an offering to buy me 14,000 chick tracts. The Lord gave me a good idea to put them in baggies along with a testimony and another tract. These were placed at every house I could get to. While doing this I got to speak to so many people walking the dog, mowing the lawn or just out for a walk and at bus stops and train station etc. Wherever the Lord sends me people would remember who I was and what I gave them. Some would even ask if I had any other tracts. For example: the girl at the coffee shop, the bus drivers, the nurses and doctors and hospital workers (I’m in and out of them quite often). I tracked about six other parades this spring and summer in Boston and its surrounding towns. During one parade I gave out 1,000 tracts and 800 in my own town parade, then about 300 at another and 400 at sodomite parade. I don’t always count the tracts I give out but I have a general idea. As soon as I get a box of tracts they go out. Don’t leave the seed in the barn sew it in the field.

 

Now that school is back in session I will be going out on their sidewalks and get to the teens at the train stations. There is still a lot that can be done in the fields of America. I’ve got tracts for every situation and occasion. The other day I gave the policeman a track. He asked me if I was going to the school down the street to give them out. I ask him what time they dismissed and he told me around three and that was the exact time it was so I went. The kids and some of the parents took them. A teacher took one and stood to the side to read it, then went back up the stairs and got another teacher to read it. She told me “you can’t give them out here on school property”. I told her respectfully “I was on a public sidewalk not on the schools property”. I asked her “what if it was something like pro transgender or homosexual pamphlet?” No answer of course, but a remark “You will be hearing from us”.

 

A few minutes later I shook off the dust from my feet and left. I was not being rude, but how else are these young people going to get the gospel unless we go to them. I believe the constitution won’t protect us much longer in this country in getting the gospel out. In Nigeria you can get a $2,000 fine or one year in prison for giving out tracts or preaching anything in church against Islam. In London the new Muslim mayor passed a hate crime bill, stating you cannot preach, talk, or say anything against Muslims. In Belgium people are afraid to come out on the streets.

 

One day I got on a bus going to one of the drug infested areas and at the next bus stop about 20 Jr. High school students got on board. As they walked down the aisle I handed them all a tract and they started reading and talking about them. An older lady came up to me and asked if she could have one of my Bible pamphlets and the bus driver wanted one as well! While in the drug area I went house to house with my packets in the baggies and I talked to a lady and to give her one. She saw the drug tract and told me she just lost her youngest brother to a drug overdose. She was so glad I was giving them out there. About four days later I heard someone honking their horn and waving at me. When I went over to that car I saw it was that same lady. She was so happy to see me and reminded me of where we had met earlier. I gave her a couple of different tracts. She was from the other side of the city and was shopping in my part of town. See how great things the lord does! I left riding up my street waving and giving glory to the Lord.

On the day of the Presidential debates I was putting out a tract called “Who America Needs?” 500 tracts went out that day. As I went down putting them on cars I could see a young guy sitting in his car while eating lunch. As I gave one to him I showed the tract and he grabbed something from his passenger seat. It was that tract. He was smiling showing me that tract. Around the corner a Catholic High School was letting out and the teenagers came pouring out. I switched to the tract called “they gambled and they lost”. It’s all about people who died from drug over doses. I was telling them that God loved them. They took almost all of them and put them in their pockets. Out of about 75 kids only one tract ended up on the ground. The Lord used tracts to get my sister, my brother in law and my brother Peter saved. I read that George Whitfield, Hudson Taylor were both saved from reading a tract. I know a guy that when he was a little boy going trick or treating someone put a tract in his bag. He grew up doing drugs, drinking and went to jail a few times; he lost all his friends to that life. One day he ended up in a little Baptist church and heard the gospel then got saved. Latter on he started a tract rack in the church with that same tract in it. That little boy was me. Do you think the seed was sewn? Yes it was. To God be the Glory! Isa. 55:11-12

 

If anyone can help me out I can use some more chick tracts. I’ll write soon again. Eph. 6:10-20

 

In his Love,

 

Jim and Jo Ann Costigan

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From Eastern Europe

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Dear Friends in Christ,                        October 2016 

 

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I had planned to write at the end of summer / start of school, but is seems we are always so busy that I never get around to writing. When I think of all the things the Lord has done for us - in the last month, the last year and even the whole 24 years we have been on the field - I really do not know where to begin. I just know He continually amazes us with His goodness and grace every day.

 

We had a very busy summer. Almost every week we had soldiers from the American base out helping us with work projects, coming to church, or just spending time with the kids. The base chaplain invited Dara and the kids to sing at the Labor Day prayer breakfast on the base. On another occasion we were invited to sing at a service on an American Navy destroyer that was in port on patrol of the Black Sea. The Lord continues to give us opportunities to be a witness for Him and to be a blessing to these young men and women who are away from home serving our country. Many have told us how touched they have been when they walked in and felt the love that is in our home. We are proud to be able to tell them that it is not us, but God’s love in us, that they feel.

 

One thing that sticks out in my mind about this summer is an opportunity we had right before school started. Last year, for the first time ever, we took a 3-day vacation in a nearby tourist beach town with all sixteen kids. The kids loved it so much that we did it again this year. One evening we went for a walk along the boardwalk to look at the crafts and other merchandise sold by the locals. In the middle of this crowded pedestrian thoroughfare, we saw a young man playing violin for tips. Since several of the girls play violin, we stopped to listen. Between songs, we started talking to this young musician and told him that most of our kids play one or more instruments. He asked if anyone wanted to play and Sevgi volunteered. She hardly knows any songs besides hymns and spiritual songs, so she began to play what she knows. The river of people passing by slowed and a crowd gathered to listen to her play. I heard people in the crowd saying they recognized “Amazing Grace”, which I guess has been translated into most languages. The young man asked the kids if they wanted to sing and, of course, we didn’t want to miss this opportunity. Dara and the kids sang some songs including “God is Still Good” and “I’m Blessed” which talk about what Jesus did for us on Calvary and what He continues to do for us now and throughout eternity. I was so thankful the Lord gave us this opportunity to be a witness to how good a Savior we have and for people to see someone singing with joy in their hearts that comes from knowing Him. Equally as wonderful for us as the parents of these children was the opportunity for the kids to see that you never know when you may have a chance to share the Gospel and the importance - maybe eternally important for someone - of having something from God ready to offer.

 

Our churches continue to be lighthouses of hope for the lost in eastern Romania and Bulgaria. Throughout the summer we had big Turkish meetings both here at the Children’s Home and at our big church in Dobraveno, Bulgaria.

 

Brother Ralph worked all summer on the church building / printing shop in Avren, Bulgaria. He continues to print and bind Bibles, New Testaments, and hymnbooks out of his bedroom while trying to finish the new building. Please pray with us to ask the Lord to provide the funds needed to get this building completed.
A couple of months ago Brother Ralph taught me, Dara and the kids how to hand stitch the New Testaments and hymnbooks and is letting us help him with the binding of these. We are blessed to have even a small part in this tremendous undertaking. We are seeing the culmination of 35 years of work dedicated to getting a good Bible into the hands of the Turks and a wonderful Savior into their hearts. Thank you for your faithful support and prayers.  

 

The Turners

 

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September 2016

 

“Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.  But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”.  Philippians 4:17-19

 

Brethren in Christ, we hope this letter finds you well and happy in the Lord.  For many, many years the churches, saints, and missionaries have been made full by your love and generosity.  I would like to thank each and every one for supporting the work of God and furthering the gospel.  Multitudes of souls have been saved by the grace of God because of your continual prayers and support of this ministry.

 

I have been sitting here thinking about all the opportunities/needs that we have in Romania and Bulgaria, and wondering how all these needs can be met, then this verse came to me.  “Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee”. Jeremiah 32:17

 

So I am sending this letter by faith believing God for Jesus’ name sake that He will meet all these needs.

 

The first I would like to mention is such a great blessing; Back in 1991 Brother Ralph Cheatwood came by Brookside Baptist Church with a burden to translate the word of God for the Turkish speaking people.  Brother Cheatwood along with the other missionaries has now completed three translations in two different languages of the KJV Bible, Bulgarian, Latin Turkish and Cyrillic Turkish.  They are now able to print 100,000 pages per month.  These are given to the people free of charge and all the labor is free.  This costs just under $1,000 a month for printing supplies and for around $12,000 they can print Bibles for a full year!

 

Second, I would like to mention the feeding of the churches in this same area.  These people are very poor and many have no means of supplying for their families, especially during the winter.  As many of you know, over the last several years by the grace of God we have been buying 110 lbs. of flour and five liters of oil and giving it to each church family.  The cost varies yearly due to fluctuations in the exchange rate and of flour and oil prices.  Usually it cost between $70,000 to $80,000 dollars to feed around 2,200 families each year.

 

Third, I would like to mention the Coats for Kids ministry that the Lord laid on Brother Larry and Sister Carrie Leach's hearts.  One day as they were driving down a road in Bulgaria they saw a woman holding a little child upside down in a dumpster as the child was trying to find some food.  When the woman pulled the child up out of the dumpster it was naked.  This broke their hearts.  As they thought of what they had seen, they began to ask the Lord for the means to keep extra clothes with them to help these poor people.  They began to search and soon found a place where they could buy a coat and a pair of socks for about six dollars.  So over the last several years they have been clothing some 300 to 500 kids each winter as the funds allow.

 

And then last of all, I want to mention a building that Brother Ralph has a burden to buy for a church in one of the villages.  It is a really good buy at $5,900 and they are think it would cost another $2,400 to make all the repairs needed.

 

This work continues to grow and so do the expenses, but I am believe God will meet the needs.  Many of you have been so faithful to support this work through your prayers and financial support.  I want to thank you and say I believe when we get to heaven God will show you the fruits of your labor.  Once again, thank you for all you have done and for being sensitive to all these needs as the Holy Spirit leads you.

 

To God Be the Glory  - Mike Nixon -- Director

 

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From Bulgaria

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- Bible printing update -

 

Dear Friends in Christ, Aug 2016

 

Current prices of Bibles, New Testaments and hymnbooks in the Bulgarian Cyrillic alphabet, the Turkish Cyrillic alphabet and the  Turkish Latin based alphabet.