Charity Baptist Mission, Inc.

 

       Founder                                               Est. 1973                                                   Director

 

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

 

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Rev. Fred Potter



"Heard a church bell ringing"

This song is 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.

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“I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos,for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,” Revelation 1:9-10

 

Our praying friends and family in the Lord, April 2019

 

John the Revelator, the beloved disciple, he who pillowed his head over the heart of the Lord Jesus, when writing his introduction, could have listed any number of experiences to establish his credentials. Yet, above everything, he claims kinship: “who also am your brother.” It’s good to have a brother, a fellow member of the family, one in fellowship and relationship, seated at the same table, basking in the love of the same father. And yet, Brother John also claims companionship. He states that he is our “companion in tribulation.” If a brother in blessedness is good, how much more a friend, and fellow traveler through life’s tribulations? To have someone with you when you face uncertainty is worth more than gold. As a final credential, Brother John notes his citizenship in the “kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ.” Not only, he declares, are we members of the same family, but we’re also companions on the same journey, fraught with danger, headed homeward to the celestial city where we’ll reside forever.

 

I am thankful today for God’s children, for each and every brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our God has a great big family that spans the world over. And wherever you meet a brother or sister, there’s a little slice of home; in the presence of family, you can’t feel like a stranger. I am twice-blessed to have fellow-helpers in time of heartache. The Lord ensures that His own are never alone, that when troubles come and storms arise, there are hands outstretched to lift you, arms open wide to embrace you, ears to hear your cries and complaints, eyes open in watchful waiting.

 

As many of you already know, the end of March found us in need of help, spiritually and physically. My wife, feeling uneasy in body and mind, visited her doctor. We learned, to our surprise, that she was expecting. However, there was a problem apparent in the ultrasound. The doctor said the problem could be taken care of with a small procedure, which she readily performed, except it couldn’t, and wasn’t. Having failed, the doctor suggested an abortion was the best alternative. An abortion, she assured, would prevent any and all complications with the developing fetus as well as Hannah’s health. We absolutely refused and were met with cold indifference. Leaving the doctor’s, we resolved that Hannah should immediately return to America and give this little miracle every fighting chance to survive. We committed everything into the hands of our good God and made the arrangements. That was Tuesday afternoon; by Thursday morning, she was on a plane bound for America. Friday morning, she walked into the ER in Bristol, Tennessee. After a battery of tests, the ER doctors reached the same conclusion: There was an obstruction to fetal development in the womb that could be easily extracted, except it couldn’t, and wasn’t. Having failed, they assured us that even though there was an obstruction, they would monitor every step of fetal development to ensure survival. Hannah would not be allowed to travel. Further, they recommended her to a well-known specialist in the field. They sent all the information ahead, and the doctor readily agreed to see Hannah. That was Friday; the appointment with the specialist would be on Tuesday. When this problem first arose, I posted about it on Facebook, requesting prayer. That post went the world over and was seen by thousands. People were praying everywhere. Our little group of missionaries were praying. Our nationals and churches here were praying. It came into my heart that Friday, after learning what the ER doctors had said, that if the Holy Ghost could enter the womb of Elizabeth and fill John the Baptist, yet unborn, with the Spirit, that it wouldn’t be any trouble at all for Him to see to the problems facing our little baby. Tuesday morning rolled around. Hannah visited the specialist. The specialist viewed all the material available. She looked at the pictures taken in Bulgaria. She looked at the pictures sent from the ER. She decided she could do the procedure the others had failed at. She sent Hannah for an ultrasound. They studied the ultrasound, and studied, and studied, and couldn’t find the problem. It wasn’t there. It was gone. “You have a perfectly healthy baby, developing right on schedule,” she told Hannah. “There is no problem.” Bless the Lord! He alone “doeth great wonders.” “For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:” 1 Samuel 1:27

 

I had intended to write this letter as a special “thank you” to all who helped towards our vehicle. I am extremely grateful for it, but more so, for you all. Y’all helped meet a need, for my family and the ministry. It was a great need, beyond our personal means. I thank God for everything that was given and for everyone who gave. The Lord bless each and every one of you. But then this “trial” arose, which eclipsed all other concerns, a trial that money couldn’t solve, and again, you all helped. You prayed. You took what you knew to God above, and He intervened on our behalf. Thank you for giving toward the purchase of a vehicle. But thank you so much the more for praying for us in our time of need. The Lord God has been close these last few days, weeks, months even. More than ever before, I see His handiwork, His soon answering of prayers. Someone said, “Wow, as lucky as you are, you ought to buy a lottery ticket.” But it’s not luck. I won the lottery thirty-one years ago, the day I trusted Jesus Christ to save me from sin, death, and hell. And He’s an ever present help in and out of trouble. He’s been looking for a means, a way in, that He might illustrate His love, power, mercy, and faithfulness. And every now and again, I have sense enough to throw open the door and cry, “Come in and be all You want to be, and do all You want to do!”

 

Continue to pray for us. Hannah and Dixie Joy return the twenty-fifth of April. (Did I forget to mention Dixie Joy accompanied her Momma? She did. Did I forget to mention my in-laws, the Welches, how much of a blessing they are, and a help, every single one of them? They are. Did I forget to mention that just yesterday I received a text that said our plane tickets were paid off? They have been. Can I forget to mention that the Lord is behind every single one of these things, using people to say, “I love you”? I can’t.) Pray for Hannah, for the trip, for the upcoming months. Pray for “Our Little Miracle,” that everything would continue to go well. Pray for us boys, that we get everything in order before Momma shows back up. Pray for the work and its workmen. The Lord blesses and blesses, in spite of us. God bless each and every one of you, exceeding abundantly above all you may ask or think, out of His abundant riches in glory. We love y’all.

 

Because of a living Savior, The William LeFevre Family  wdlefevre09@gmail.com  www.lefevrestoeurope.org  www.facebook.com/bulgarianlefevres

 

 

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To: Rev. Mike Nixon and Brookside Baptist Church

 

From: Brother Mitko in Bulgaria March 17, 2019

 

Greetings in the name of our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Once again I am bound to give glory and honor to the God that saved me to the uttermost from my sins. I thank God for you all and what He is doing over here and over there.

 

Last week we gave out flour and oil to my meetings. Everyone is so thankful to God and to you for providing for their needs. A lot of these people feed sometimes 10 mouths and a lot of time even more than that. For many of them that is all they eat when they are destitute of money. I remember one time I gave one of the ladies, which comes to Church, flour and oil and there were about 20 people that counted on that, for that day. Everyone was thankful to God and to you all for providing. I also sent some pictures of the of the flour and oil distribution.

 

About a month ago one sister, from one of my meetings, got a call from her daughter in Germany. The girl was raised very poor and one day she got saved. She remembered the village where she came from and in February she sent her mother some money and told her to go ahead and buy some flour for the people in that village. Her mother loaded a van full of flour and headed to the village. She gave a lot of people a 50 kg. bag of flour each. Now the Bulgarians want us to go and preach to them. And that is because someone cared for the poor.

 

A few weeks ago one young man in Suvorovo died. A day later his uncle called me and asked me that we do a Christian funeral for the young man. Since the man died in Germany we had to wait for the body to be transported from Germany. When they brought the body I went to the church in Suvorovo where the body was brought. All kinds of people came as well as the believers from the church. We started singing about 5 p.m. We sang for about three hours and prayed. Then we stopped. After 10 minutes most of the people kept insisting saying: “Sing more”. We sang again, prayed and I preached. Then the power went off. Most of the people kept insisting “keep singing”. So, we sang and prayed until three o clock in morning, while seeing just from the light of a few phones. For about eight hours we had a good meeting even though it was a funeral. You could tell how the Lord comforted these people.

 

I want to thank you for the offering you gave me two months ago. This winter I told the Lord that I needed some funds to fix the room where I work on the Bulgarian translation. I could not do the work on the Bible without getting the room ready. So, I thank the Lord that He put it on you to help with the need, and that you all provided.

 

The churches over here love you all and are praying for you all. May the Lord bless you all.

 

Brother Mitko.

 

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Dear Churches and Praying Friends,                                March 2019

 

"Distributing to the necessity of saints..." (Romans 12:13)

 

We trust this letter finds each of you resting in the hope given to us God's holy word. In the dark days that we live His word is still true, and keeps our souls anchored. Christ still loves the church, and cares for his own.

 

Over here we see the Lord blessing the work. Last week we finished the flour and oil distribution for 2019. Each year, as most of you know, we distribute over one hundred pounds of flour and over a gallon of oil to each church family. Bulgaria is still one of the poorest countries in Europe. Many of the elderly subsist on less than one hundred dollars a month. Most of the Millet Turks in our churches are only employed seasonally; winter is a difficult time for them. Recently I went to a meeting where the family had just finished their Sunday dinner: bread and boiled garlic. They are now truly thankful for the flour and oil, which will provide them with fresh bread every day until the spring/summer work begins again. Other church members have testified that their winter stores were depleted, when, the next day the flour truck came to the village. He who feeds the little birds, cares for his children.

 

This year we were able to feed right at sixteen hundred families. That requires a total of eighty tons of flour, and eight thousand liters of oil to go with it. The Lord again has shown his faithfulness in providing the need. I truly believe that He enjoys feeding these hungry people. Of course, we realize that these blessings come from people like you who cheerfully give to the necessities of your poorer brethren in Bulgaria. Heaven will see a grand reunion of saints. There they will be able to fully thank you for your generosity. Until then, I send you their expressions of gratitude.

 

Praise be to God who sees and meets every need. There are other projects in the mission work right now concerning Bible and hymnbook printing, church buildings, and the continual feeding of poor children in the churches. Please join us in prayer to the Father who giveth to all men liberally that he would remember these other needs.

 

In Christ, Zachary LeFevre

 

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Dear Praying Friends and Family,          December 2018 – January 2019

 

I hope this letter finds you all well in the Lord and rejoicing in His fellowship and service. We would like to first thank you all for your continued prayer and support for us and this work, with a special word of appreciation to all of you who sent extra gifts for the kids and the Christmas cards. Our kids were really spoiled by the special gifts from several of our supporters and their grandparents! The biggest highlight of the season was seeing our daughter, Miriam, who was able to visit us for two weeks.

 

The church kept busy during the holiday season with various ministries and special services. Our people continually witness and pray for the salvation of their loved ones, co-workers, and neighbors. Our “preacher boys” preached during our watch night service. Our youth group visited the orphanage giving special gifts and spending time talking to the children there about the Lord. We had lessons for new converts wanting to follow the Lord in baptism and we baptized two young ladies in January: Nastia, my assistant’s “firstfruits” (see Rom. 16:5) unto the Lord, and Diana, of whom I mentioned in our last letter. They both gave a good testimony of their salvation before taking the plunge! Brother Oleg, of whom I mentioned in our previous letter, is faithfully coming to services but is still not ready for baptism. We decided to vet our candidates after ministering here over the years. There are A LOT (!) of weird ideas about water baptism here and it is necessary for conscience’s sake. The full-time Bible Institute takes the lion’s share of our time and energy and we look forward to graduating our next batch this spring. The guys in the Institute, along with Casey Kline, are working on a long needed hymnal to be used in our churches with all the good ol’ hymns we love to sing. A national pastor, Dema Pischanetski, attended a Blowout several years back and was inspired by the song service to translate some of the hymns that are not available in Russian. I was elated when he finished “Arise My Soul” by Charles Wesley and our church has fallen in love with it! We look forward to some future youth meetings and a Sweetheart banquet in the future to encourage our married couples. We are looking forward to continuing our church building project when the weather warms up.

 

The past two months have kept us very busy in the ministry and our personal lives. Raising seven children on the mission field certainly has its blessings and challenges. With the new-year came the need to renew the passports of my three youngest children Christopher, Michael, and Joseph. It required of us a trip to Kiev in winter. I was a bit trepidatious about the trip first because of the weather conditions and secondly, we just got our car back from the shop and it was still unproven. True to form it broke down again on the highway at least twenty miles from the nearest town. The temperatures were freezing and a snow embankment hindered me from getting off the highway causing a very potentially dangerous situation. Semi-trucks were passing at high speeds just a few feet away helping us fulfill the “fervent” part of James 5:16. The battery kept the emergency lights on but night was coming soon and there was no way were could get out and walk. Naomi used her phone to get people praying and we thankfully found a tow truck and taxi to get us home many hours later.

 

Speaking of our vehicle situation… Back in November we were elated to receive a generous love offering from Treasure Valley Baptist Church towards the purchase of a newer vehicle, which was contingent on selling our present vehicle. By the time we received the funds the engine broke down again and it took six weeks to fix. We were so thankful that it was working in time to pick Miriam up from the airport. I decided to put it up for sale after the business of the holiday season was over. As described above, the engine totally gave up and it needed a total engine overhaul. The mechanics who fixed it the first few times did not change out the gaskets but used the old along with a large amount of sealant which ended up clogging up the oil pump. The engine burned up so bad that one of the pistons melted! So, we were stuck again with no vehicle and not enough funds to buy one and the one we had was in no shape to be sold! After talking with a local repairman who has done odd jobs around our house I found that he is and engineer and can overhaul engines! He is not saved and we are slowly working on him. He is former navy master diver and he is beginning to open up about his present condition. He is a little put off by religious folks since his brother is an SDA. It took him a month to put it back together and we are very thankful to again have transportation. Please pray that we can sell this vehicle for a decent price and buy a new, more reliable one for our family and ministry.

 

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 as you serve Him! Until our next prayer letter or our meeting in the air!

 

That Ukraine May Know Him, Christopher Rue Phil. 3:10  www.ruemissions.com - ruemissions@yahoo.com

 

 

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Greetings from Ukraine in the wonderful Name of Jesus Christ, February - 2019

 

We Hope and Pray the Lord is working in you to accomplish His Good Pleasure in 2019. (Phil. 2:12, 13)

 

Belarus visits with Bro. Chuck Milton were Blessed. We both saw four souls receive Christ. Sunday I stirred up the Minsk Church so that this December they’ll also be participating. I got to preach to 50 lost students at the Seminary’s English Club. For two days I worked in a village three hours S.E. of Minsk. One visit was particularly memorable: As I began to speak, the elderly lady said, "I’ve seen you before.” I responded, “This is my first trip to Belarus in my life." She said, “I saw you three days ago. I could have drawn your picture. I didn’t see the other two fellows who are with you" (trainees), but she said, "I definitely saw you." I asked, “What did God tell you I was coming to visit you for?” She answered, “To explain things to me and put me on the right path.” I responded, “Then you need to listen well, and turn to God, believing the Gospel today.” After explaining the Gospel, she got on her knees and called upon the Lord in repentance and faith. This was my first instance of a clear confirmation that God prepared someone to hear me present the Gospel to them for their Salvation. It also confirmed that the Lord surely wanted me in Belarus that week. *This Church of over 190 souls started in 1931, after one family received a Gospel of John from a traveling Christian. It is the only growing village in the whole region and 95% of the village is Christian. Then we had two more days with Bible students. Dennis and Alex gave them needed practical time: starting a conversation, then turning it to Christ and presenting the Gospel. Part of each visit was given to one student to involve him in the process.

Chernovetsky Region (13 towns) & Northern Moldova (two towns): The International Commission National Team of nine men including myself explained the Gospel to over 620 lost souls. They actually shuffled me around to five villages where I witnessed to 92 souls {and got to teach on Relationships in a local trade school.}. I was in villages where the seed of the Gospel needed to be sown in hearts. Although I only saw five receive Christ, 20+ others said they understood and knew it’s time for them to make that decision. Please continue to pray for these that said, I’m not quite ready yet”. **Some are already attending small group Bible studies. JUST last week, blind Nina, 75 years old, called for Ivan my trainee, then called on the Lord for salvation. One brother didn’t see any get saved during 50 visits, but on Sunday two of them repented at Church. Many others though were AMAZED to see how the Lord did Exceeding Abundantly above. Some saw 15-20 souls saved in the towns where the Churches had already sown the seed, watered it and continued laboring through intercession as preparation for our visits. One village which was only full of people called “The Old Faith”, NOW has 15 true Believers who got saved during last year’s and this year’s Crusades. They asked for prayer as they prepare to build a “House of Prayer” in their town.

Pray for upcoming visits: (March) in the town of “Unmovable” and (April/May) in Zhytomyr & Khmelnytsky. March 20th - 26th trip to Poland to help a couple Ukrainian Missionaries & the 27th - 30th I.C. Conference in Budapest. The Lisikh family, our sent Missionaries, came back from Altai, Russia for a three month furlough to encourage their supporting Churches. Seeing slides and hearing testimonies was great: (bellow is their Prayer Letter.)
Lakeside’s Christmas Play worked out perfectly with 122 gifts on hand and 121 children attended.

Distributing the 8,500 Evangelistic Calendars was encouraging as people received them with a smile and thanks. *Pray they’ll read them daily, so God can plant His seed in their hearts through messages about Christ.

 

To God be the Glory, Please Pray for David’s Salvation & Elisabeth’s Health! Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher

 - *Please use our email Address: mahers4jesus@gmail.com

Richard Maher and Paul Gray established the Ukrainian Church which sent out these Missionaries.

 

Eugene & Julie Lisikh Family - in Altai, Russia, Ministering to Mongolians and Russians in Oost Kahn, Yabogan, White Annoy and Vladimirovka-Altai (towns in Siberia just above Mongolia in Russia)

 

Greetings! Prayer Letter for January - 2019

 

Glory to the Lord for His wonderful works to the children of men, for His mercy, grace, love and all the abundant blessings which He has given us through Jesus Christ! We testify to you, Brothers and Sisters, that the Lord abundantly blessed our trip to Ukraine and visits to our supporting churches. We began our trip with a heart melting experience as the Ukrainian border guards took us off the train and we found ourselves in a very difficult situation. We then began to see His miracles in many ways like when He parted the Red Sea. We thank the Lord for you, and for your sincere and generous hospitality, help and intercessory prayer. It is so nice to know that “you have our back”.

We are glad that through this trip God worked it out for us to be able to start homeschooling our children. We have received abundant blessings from the Lord through this.

Truthfully, we have great joy and peace in your love. It was very nice to visit you in your church services (in Ukraine) praising the Lord together and to see your faithfulness. May our God supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19)

We thank the Lord for Pastor Richard Maher and his wife Sister Oksana who bought the tickets for Brother Sergei Beck and his family to be able to come and take our place here in Oost-Khan while we had our three month furlough in Ukraine. We thank the Lord for Brother Sergei and his family, and for their sincere dedication to the Lord. When I returned, I saw that God used the Beck family here in Altai for His glory.

I would like to mention many of you, because each of you in a special way were a blessing to us from the Lord.
On December 19th, we returned safe and sound to Altai considering all of the danger that such a trip of four days on a train entails. Thank you for your prayers,

Dearly beloved Brothers and Sisters. Here in Altai it is -30 to -40 degrees Celsius (-22 to -40 Fahrenheit), but everything works for good -- all the germs are being killed. Our local Brothers and Sisters were very happy at our return, as were we. Honestly, we were a little tired from our trip. Currently Sister Julie is busy homeschooling our children and making up for missed lessons. We’re a little bit under the weather as we reacclimatize to Altai.  We are also getting back on track into the routine of our church services here in Oost-Khan, White Annoy and every other week in Vladimirovka.

Today Brother Salavat and I drove to some other villages to visit people. It was a joy to share the Gospel and visit our Brother and his family. We also brought Christian calendars back with us from Ukraine, and we are distributing them here in Altai. Please pray that the Lord would continue to burden and bless Brother Salavat and his desire to visit his former acquaintances. If the Lord allows us to on Christmas, which is officially celebrated here on January 7th, we will distribute Christmas newspapers.

At the moment, the young lady from our church named Elvira is living with us. Glory to the Lord, He is working in her heart, and it is evident how her relationship with God has become so much better.  We had a good church service in White Annoy, however, right now Brother Sergei Ivanovich is in a sad spiritual state. Please pray for him.

We hope to visit Yabogan. Please pray for Sister Galena from Yabogan. She recently had an asthma attack that brought her to the brink of death. Please also pray for the salvation of our old acquaintances who are still living in Yabogan.

Please pray that the Lord would use us here in Altai as much as He wants, how He wants, and where He wants. And that we would totally rely only on Him, His amazing grace, His Presence, His guidance, so that we would decrease, and He would increase. Please continue to pray the Lord would raise up local workers from here in Altai.

 

We also now understand that we need to be prepared for persecution, if the Lord allows, but for now all is peaceful.
May the Lord bless you! May Grace be with you! The Lisikh Family

 

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Dear Friends in Christ,                                               February 2019

 

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. First and foremost, I want to thank the Lord for being so good to us and taking such good care of us. He is merciful, kind, faithful and many, many other things. He is worthy of all our praise and thanks.

 

The Lord just brought us through a trial that could have shattered all we have built here in the Children’s Home. Our Children’s Home building is wood-framed with lots of interior wood as well. The laws here changed recently and we had to do major fire-proofing or risk not being able to use this building. This would have meant having to move out of the only place our children have known as home and the church where they have always worshipped and many were saved. Without the Home, the children could have been taken by authorities and scattered among other placement centers, tearing apart their family and their world. It would have been awful! The work required involved weeks and weeks of our labor as well as having several specialists come in to do their part, not to mention a great expense which was unexpected. Praise God we had many of the saints praying, some donating money to cover the expense. The kids helped tremendously and even the Chaplain at the nearby American military base sent teams on several occasions to help with the incredible amount of work involved. To add insult to injury, the inspectors called one morning and said they would be here in an hour – weeks earlier than we expected. We didn’t quite have the house “back together” after all the work….there were smoke alarms not remounted, fire extinguishers not back in their places and so forth.

 

The whole time, we could only think, “This is God’s work. These are His children. He called us to do this. Surely He won’t let us lose it all.” I have to admit there were times when my faith was shaken. But Praise God, Jesus Christ is the Rock on which we have anchored our hearts and our Home and He would not be moved. When the inspector came, he was very nice (very unusual) and did not appear to be ‘trying’ to find something wrong (almost unheard of). He only cited us for a couple of minor infractions which it seems they must do to justify their visit. In the end, I can only believe that God worked everything out, even down to softening the heart of the inspector. I know He heard and answered all of the prayers that were sent up on our behalf. Our prayers do matter and we thank all of you who prayed.

 

We are about halfway through the winter now. Thank the Lord it has been quite a mild winter thus far. Many people in the villages we minister to though struggle without adequate heat and clothing. We were blessed to be able to provide hundreds of winter coats and socks to children in our part of Romania. Brother Larry Leach and his wife Carrie, through their ministry “Coats for Kids”, gave us hundreds of like-new coats to distribute to some of the most destitute families in villages where we have churches. Our kids and I gave out over 40 in a terribly needy community about 45 minutes outside of Constanta. Brother Nathan Reed, his wife Teresa and their son Jacob gave out hundreds more in a number of villages where they hold weekly church meetings.

 

God has been so good to us. We continue to have great church meetings in our little church here at the Children’s Home. Today we had five Army and five Air Force personnel from the American base in church with us. We thank our Heavenly Father that He has let us have a part in His work and is always watching over and taking care of us.

 

In a recent service, one of the other missionaries said that God doesn’t call us to do something for Him, but He calls us to follow Him and see what He does. That is so true. We give Him all the glory!

 

In Christ, The Turners

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O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalms                                              January 2019

 

Without one doubt I can surely say that my LORD is good and surely worthy of all my trust.  I am currently writing this letter from my apartment in Shumen, Bulgaria and that is truly because of the goodness and faithfulness of my God.  We arrived in Bulgaria on the 16th of January a little over two years after beginning deputation.  We are so grateful to be here and look forward to seeing what God will do in the years to come.  The family is adjusting to the differences of living in a third-world country.  Thankfully we are not complete strangers to what it’s like in this part of the world.  There are many things that come unexpectedly, but that is not unusual, for example waking up this morning to no water in the apartment, a nice welcome back to Eastern Europe!  Yet we are thankful for a warm place to call home, and are blessed to have such a place as we do.  God is so good.

 

There are so many “Thank-you’s” to be said for all that has been done to get us to this point.  We appreciate each one who has given faithfully to help us get here and for those who give faithfully to keep us here.  We are certainly in this together and could not be here without you.  Most of all we desire your continued prayers while moving forward with everything that needs to be done.  With that in mind we ask that you pray about a few things.  We have just purchased a vehicle over here and ask that you pray that it will prove trust-worthy and reliable.  We would like to thank Corriher Heights Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church for giving and making it possible for us to meet this need in our life.  God bless you for generosity.  We also ask that you pray about our Bible-printing ministry.  I’ve brought over a new way to bind our Bibles together.  Please pray that it will prove to be a sturdy, reliable and more efficient method, so that we can distribute them faster than we’ve been able to.

 

We’ve certainly had a good start to the year and look forward to all that God is going to do.  We were in our first Turkish meeting on Sunday and it was so good to hear the singing and testifying about the goodness and blessings of God even in their poverty.  We also will be attending a special meal today given by the believers in the village of Zlatni Niva in honor of our return to Bulgaria.  What a special blessing for us.  We feel humbled by their love for us and their willingness to do this.  What a special day!  Our life will get busier in the coming weeks as we get adjusted to living here and the needs and demands of the work.  We will soon be distributing flour and oil for all the churches.  God has been faithful in providing for this.  I look forward to seeing the joy each believer has in receiving this blessing from the LORD.

 

Please pray that all will go smoothly while obtaining our Bulgarian residence visas.  We also ask that you also pray concerning our return to the States in April.  We will complete the visa process stateside and attend Riley’s graduation at the end of May, then attend Zack and Haylie’s wedding.  We look forward to this day and also to adding this loving and fine Christian young lady to the Blalock clan.  We will return to Bulgaria in July and begin our five-year stay.  We cannot express enough gratitude for each of you, and we are so excited to be partnered with you for the years to come.  Let’s all pray that God’s will be done in every area of our lives and in the work he wants to do among the Turks of Bulgaria and Romania. 

 

By His grace, The Blalocks

 

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 “God be merciful unto us and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah. That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.”  Psalm. 67:1-2

 

January 1, 2019 - Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

Happy New Year from Romania! We trust you have made peace with God for the past year and are thankful for another chance to start a fresh. God is so good, Amen!

 

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at the Children’s home this year. As you know we have some American military stationed about 30 minutes away. Many have come and do every Sunday for our English church service. Dave and Dara were able to invite some to come for Thanksgiving meal. Well to their surprise, over 40 came. I was so blessed to watch these brave men and women eat a home cooked meal, but the biggest blessing was to see the children’s home kids serve and talk and laugh with them. Some I know are already on the battle field and we can only pray that they were touched somehow by something we gave or did.

 

We were blessed to give out over 400 Christmas packets this year. We had an overabundance of candy, toys, socks, and hats. Just to see the smiles on the little children’s faces as they received the only thing most will get the whole year. But this year was extra special because, “Coats for Kids” gave us over 450 coats of all sizes to give out. What a wonderful blessing it is, and the smiles really beamed this year as we gave a packet, coat and Turkish Bible. Because the Turkish people are generally small, we were able to supply our teams of pastors and workers with coats as well. We want to give a special thanks to Larry and Carry Leach for their ministry and all of you who gave special gifts at Christmas. What a comforting thought, to realize, they will be warm and dry as they carry the Gospel to their fellow countrymen.

 

The meetings are going strong. We are continually blessed, as Jacob tells us of the two new meetings that are going solid and we have just learned the Lord is opening two new meetings this month. It is difficult to keep three cars going all the time, with the price of gas at $5.20 a gallon, but by your prayers and help we will be able to go to 11 meetings a week. We have one prayer house in Calarasi and one in Constanta where we have prayer meetings every morning. We have no doubt from where our strength and health arise. Without prayer we have neither! It encourages me to hear Jacob tell of how the national pastors are growing in the Lord and in fellowship with one another and the churches. We have four national pastors, Jacob, and myself. These pastors live very humble lives and constantly depend on God to heal their bodies and spirits to be able to continue faithful every day. They truly know the meaning of Matthew 6:11 “Give us this day our daily bread.” They know the importance of the local church and spiritual healing. Most would already be dead if they had not believed and called on Jesus. May our faithful God bless us and cause his face to shine on us through another year, to watch over and feed His sheep. May God richly bless you, the faithful, is my prayer!

 

From Constanta and Calarasi, Romania  -  Nathan, Teresa, Nate, Jacob, Elmas, Rebecca, and Uriah

 

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January 1, 2019 - Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
 

We hope this letter finds you well in the new year! In this past year we’ve had much in which to be thankful. We were able to give out over 400 hundred Christmas packets and around 450 coats graciously given by Larry and Carrie Leach for the poor children of Romania.
 

This past year the Lord has opened a new Turkish meeting in the town of Mangalia close to the Bulgarian border. In this meeting there are two sisters ages 35 and 37 who both have cerebral palsy. Both have trouble walking but have been spiritually strengthened by the Turkish hymns and testimonies given by the believers.
 

We also have a meeting in a town called Medgidia where around 10 to 15 children gather every Saturday morning for a hot meal and a prayer meeting. The man of the house has recently become a believer and can neither read nor write. This past week he testified that he is having his 13-year-old daughter teach him to read because he wants to read the Bible. He has become such a blessing! His name is Cerkez.
 

In my last letter I mentioned one of our national pastors named Bayhan. He has type one diabetes and was struggling with his medical insurance. It is a blessing to say that he is doing much better and has the right medication he was needing. Recently he got word that his birth mother was sick. She gave him up and had nothing to do with him all his life. It wasn’t until he went to a meeting in one of our villages that he saw her. All his life he had no reason to talk to her, but now he is a believer and talked to her. When he heard she was sick, he went to her village and brought her to his home. She was able to be a part of his weekly meeting he has in his house. The Lord touched her, and she now wants a meeting in her home and village. She lives in an all Muslim village. We had a meeting in this village for years but were forced to leave and now the Lord has opened it back up. Please help us pray for these men and new meetings!
 

It has been such a blessing to serve with these men and to watch them grow in the Lord. I am reminded of Paul’s words in the book of Ephesians 2:19-22 “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”
 

Thank you all so much for your support and prayers. God bless!

 

“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course and be glorified, even as it is with you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
 

From Constanta, Romania Jacob, Elmas, Rebecca and Uriah Reed

 

 

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Finally my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. Philippians 3:1

 

Dear Pastors, Churches and Fellow Saints.         September/October 2018

We send greetings from the churches of the many states we have been traveling in. In September and October we had the privilege to present our mission work and update many churches in Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Florida and Georgia. It was a lot of traveling, but we had a wonderful time. It brought us much joy telling everyone what the Lord has been doing in Bulgaria and Romania as well as seeing what the Lord has been doing in the churches we visited.

It was easy to rejoice in the Lord when we got together with God's people for church services. Joy can be contagious when you spend time with someone that is rejoicing in the Lord. We were thoroughly encouraged by the joy of the Lord found in so many of the churches we visited. In Nehemiah the Bible says "the joy of the Lord is your strength". May we all be full of God's joy, because everything is different in a good way when we have the joy of the Lord. The Lord is the author of our happiness, for it is written "happy is the people whose God is the Lord". Psalms 144:15

In October my son James was operated on for the third time due to a knee injury. The surgeon was very pleased with how it went. It will take about a year for him to totally recover, but James has a good attitude about it, and is thankful as well as we, are for all Dr. Gibson and the Lord has done for him. I'll also covet your prayers, because it looks like I will need my shoulder replaced in the near future.

We have begun taking up offerings for the 2018 flower and oil distribution in Bulgaria this winter. We will give each family 110 lbs. of flour and a gallon of oil. This provision helps them make it through the long winters. We have seen many rejoice in the Lord from this, and testify that "God can furnish a table in the wilderness".

Please, also keep my father Martin Welch in your prayers. We celebrated his 86th birthday in October.

All because of Calvary, Matthew Welch & Family

PS. I can be reached by phone at (828) 592-1498.

 

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- Flour and Oil news letter clarification -

 

We apologize for the misunderstanding regarding our most recent newsletter pertaining to the flour and oil distribution.  The letter states, “The 2018 flour and oil distribution in Bulgaria was completed successfully”.  It should have said, “2017".

 

Unfortunately many who support the Bulgarian feeding thought that we had already reached our goal for the year.  So far we have received 30% of the $75,000 that it takes to feed 2,200 church families in Bulgaria.   For many years the Lord has blessed these poor saints with these provisions through your charity.

 

We ask that you along with many others will continue to support this endeavor in 2018, and look forward to this need being met through your prayerful and financial support.  Thank you for your generosity, understanding and support for this work.

 

Rev. Mike Nixon

Director of Charity Baptist Mission

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Flour and Oil distribution in Bulgaria

 

Dear Friends,

 

Last winters flour and oil distribution in Bulgaria was completed successfully. We thank the Lord for your generosity in assisting over 2,200 church families. Each family received 110 lbs. of flour and 5 liters of cooking oil. We would like to express our gratitude to all those who prayed and contributed to this ministry. The church families were very thankful for God supplying their needs.

 

   

 

Winter came late this year and many testified that the flour and oil reached them just at the right time. In one village there was a widow woman whose house had burned down a few years ago. Now she lives in a little room by herself. She had come to the end of her supplies for the winter and was out of food. She was going to start asking the neighbors for food when the truck entered her village and we began unloading the flour and oil. Praise the Lord, he does all things well. There are many others who have similar stories of God's provision concerning the flour and oil. Many poor and hungry children were able to enjoy freshly baked bread, through your faith and charity.

 

We would like to do the same for the upcoming winter. This will cost between 70 and 80 thousand dollars depending on the exchange rate. For $35 dollars we can purchase enough flour and oil to take care of a family during the cold winter months.

 

Again, thank you for participating in this ministry. "For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister." (Heb. 6:10)

 

In Christ, Rev. Mike Nixon Director

 

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Dear Pastors, Friends, and Churches, May-June, 2018

It is with much sadness that I write this newsletter. My Dad, who was a pastor for many years, went home to be with the Lord in May. He had leukemia, then had a bone marrow transplant and lived about 17 years after the transplant. This was a miracle within itself to have survived that long with such an aggressive treatment and take chemotherapy. It is always a shock when someone whom you love departs from this life. He was a soldier for sure. God bless you Dad!

We made a trip to a Hispanic island in April and had a great Institute with approximately 80 attendees. Our American pastors taught, wept, and encouraged our Hispanic preachers. It is always a blessing to sit and enjoy the Word of God when it is preached, taught or just discussed, whether in English or Spanish. It’s also getting easier to enter in and exiting out of this country now.

I recently returned from Panama. We were preaching in the city and in the mountain Indian villages. While visiting a new work we crossed a huge river by a hanging bridge that spanned 75 to 100 yards. The community there had a very large stove with a cheese cloth hung over a pot for their coffee, and a hewn out tree trunk that served as a huge bowl to grind the rice with a pole. We gave out Bibles and gospel tracts and preached. Three people were saved, and it was only their 4th service. We also had a service at a building which “Help Ministries” assisted with in constructing. Around 150 children attended the classes and had a meal of rice afterwards.

Over the years we have seen this particular work become a base assisting several other works that exist in these mountains.

We now support several of these national Indian preachers. We also gave out Bibles and commentaries to our preachers and to several young men who are studying and preparing for the ministry. It is exciting to see what the Lord is doing, and the future that lies among these Ngöbe-Buglé Indians in Panama. Thank you for your prayers.

Joyfully Yours, Farren Caeble 1 Sam. 12:24
 

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Important update from South India.

 

Dear Friends,                                                 August 17, 2018

 

We write to you with an urgent need for prayer. As some of you may already know, Charity Baptist Mission has a Children’s Home in South India. It is now monsoon season in where the home in is located, and this region of India is completely flooded. There is no electricity; schools are closed, airports are closed, stores are closed and some hospitals are closed. The dams were overflowing and the gates had to be opened to relieve some of the pressure; but it’s still raining, which is causing more flooding. On Wednesday August 15th around midnight Eastern Standard Time, the Children’s home was flooded with waist-deep water. The children and staff were able to get to a higher floor salvaging some items, clothing and school supplies for the children.

 

As of this writing on Friday August 17th at 8:00 P. M. EST, the Children’s Home is still flooded with water. It is very slowly beginning to recede. Right now the greatest need is to get food and clean water into the home. Thankfully, some friends in neighboring communities (located on higher ground) were later able to get in through the back of the home in order to get much needed essentials for the children and staff.

 

The home was opened in 1975 and has never experienced anything like this. This is the worst flooding South India has experienced since 1924.

 

Please pray for their safety. We know there will be a lot of repairs to be done after the water recedes. The home’s financial support has been really low lately, and there are no funds available to do this much-needed work.  Please pray about this.

 

Sincerely, Mike Nixon, Director

 

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Dear Breathren,      July 2018

 

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15

Missionary Ralph Cheatwood, hero of the faith, went on to be with the Lord last month. He was our Field Director and Pastor figure but also like a father to so many of us. Our children even called him Grandad. His presence will be greatly missed but we fully intend to carry on the work he began all those years ago.

Time marches on, and we strive to “Redeem the time”… The churches continue to do well. In Zlatina a lady stopped us outside on the sidewalk to inquire after the church there because she had heard about it from a believer she met while working in Western Europe. What a blessing that the testimony of the church stands strong even as it travels. Our family is doing well. I remain busy tending the flock with Pastor Ismail while Carrie and Cherith stay home on weekdays so Cherith can finish her home-school work. Esther is in America for a few more weeks – she had an unexpected opportunity arise to visit a university, work a summer job, and spend a bit of time with some children in foster care. Our older children are doing well also but could always use your prayers.

 

In my last prayer letter I wrote at length about our vehicle situation. The situation remains unchanged and we continue to pray the Lord keeps this car going while we wait, but some money has come in for a new vehicle. Of our $18,000 goal we now have a little over $4,000.

 

There are so many financial needs of the ministry but at the moment I feel compelled to highlight this one: Winter Firewood. The mindset here is to always be preparing for winter, and at this time firewood (which is controlled by the government) is more available and 20% cheaper. The closer winter gets, the less available firewood is, and it gets more expensive with each passing month. I would like to see Pastor Ismail and the church in Novi Pazar get firewood yet this month. My family also.

 

In closing we ask that you pray for the following: 1) The upcoming American camp meeting: the first without Brother Ralph. There are many young people yet unsaved. 2) Our children in America. Guidance. Wisdom. 3) The ministry here. Pastors and families, missionaries, churches, believers. 4) Avren. Work is going on in Avren as we strive to follow Brother Ralph’s vision and carry on what he started.

 

Thank you all for your faithful prayers and support.   Because He First Loved Me, Brother Larry Leach, Jr.

 

 

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Update From Bulgaria and Romania

 

Dear Friends in Christ, June 2018

 

As you have probably heard, Brother Ralph Cheatwood went home to be with the Lord recently after serving as a missionary for the last 42 years. Many of you have faithfully supported him and his ministry over the years. There were both lean years living in Turkey, learning the language and culture of the people God called him to serve, and also the wonderful years of harvesting in Bulgaria and Romania when the Lord brought an awakening after the fall of communism. The Lord used your prayers and financial support, through Brother Ralph, to establish a strong church community in these countries where before there were only scattered remnants from earlier generations.

 

In Brother Ralph’s years of service, he translated the KJV Bible into the modern Turkish language, he preached to tens of thousands of Turks, started over 100 churches - the vast majority of which are still led by national pastors who were raised up under Brother Ralph’s teaching. He also established a children’s home in Romania where children are being raised to God’s glory and he fed and clothed countless of the poor and needy as he strived to show God’s love to the people he cared so much for.

 

This is the legacy Brother Ralph is leaving behind. This is the work that he loved and asked those of us who labored alongside him to continue. His wife, Sandy, who has an invaluable role in the children’s home in Romania, will remain with us and continue to serve.

 

As this ministry has grown over the years, each of the missionaries working under Brother Cheatwood has tried to carry his share of the financial burden, because it far exceeded what Brother Ralph could do alone. Brother Cheatwood used very little of his financial support for himself, rather choosing to put that money into the work...printing Bibles and hymnbooks, building churches, making sure the national pastors have gas money to get to their meetings, helping widowed grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren and much more. Brother Ralph’s passing means those of us who remain will now shoulder the financial burdens that he, and many of you with him, have been carrying.

 

We who will continue to serve in the field that Brother Cheatwood plowed and reaped for over 40 years will carry on the same way Brother Ralph would were he still with us...preaching the Gospel, establishing churches and caring for the flock that God has given us. We ask that you will prayerfully consider continuing your financial support so that we are able to do this and, by God’s grace see many more souls added to the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

In Christ, Dave and Dara Turner

 

"If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be..." John 12:26

 

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Dear Brethren,                             April 2018

 

“Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with the new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10

 

Brethren, I won’t sugarcoat it – it has been pretty rough over here. While getting ready for the day I was talking to God and pouring out my complaints before Him and asked for some strength through the daily verse on my Bible app on my phone. The above were the verses that came up. I looked up various words in the Websters 1828 dictionary and found that these verses refer to more than tithes and offerings. It also refers to our labors and our time. The Lord impressed upon my heart to turn my complaints around and honour the Lord instead and He would take care of everything else. That’s the purpose of this letter – to honour Him because He is worthy.

 

Last week I took the car in for routine maintenance, having a feeling in my gut that there was something wrong. Sure enough, there was so much wrong that they had to keep it overnight and charge $1,200 for all necessary repairs. But the head mechanic took me to the side and said that I was “lucky” because he couldn’t believe the oil pump was even holding on and not spraying everywhere. Also, that bolts in the front end hadn’t broken entirely while driving down the road. We know, however, that it was not “luck”. I thank God for his hand of protection. Also, though we had to borrow the money to pay for these repairs, money was there to pay. I’m thankful for that as well.

 

Two days after the major car repairs, I went to have the tires balanced because the car was shaking at higher speeds. When they took the front tires off it was obvious that the front end troubles had shortened the life of the tires and had worn the inner tread past the warning bar. The attendant there thought us “lucky” to still have one of the tires at all. Again I thank God for his protection. And again, the borrowed money was there to buy four new tires.

 

Our lawn equipment wouldn’t start this spring and I just knew it would mean another repair and another bill. I prayed all day while working on the lawnmower and weed eater. And all day the Lord was with me. Little things I never would have thought of came to mind and by the end of the day, both machines were fixed and running well. It seems such a small thing but I’m so thankful.

 

This vehicle is definitely on its last legs and we remain in need of a new vehicle but God knows the need. We’ve been in this place before and He has provided. We trust Him to continue to provide.

 

I want to close with the best possible news I could share: Three children at the Home in Romania were born again. God is still saving!

 

Thank you all for keeping us in your oft prayers.  We do not take prayers for granted.

 

Because He First Loved Me, Brother Larry Leach, Jr.

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Important update From Bulgaria and Romania

 

 

“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” (2 Tim 4:7,8)

 

Dear churches and praying friends,                            March 2018

Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. As spring comes to Bulgaria, we are thankful for a new season of sowing and reaping. The Lord has been good to us these many years. Here in my office, I have about two hundred Turkish New Testaments that I have bound by hand, and ready to be distributed. Last month one of our national pastors went to the hospital for a week’s stay where he witnessed to all those around him. One man, although unreceptive at the first, said, “Why don’t you give me a Bible so I can read it for myself? Then I might believe.” Last week this same pastor went back to the hospital for a week, and this time he took Bibles with him. In due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

It’s been five years since Brother Ralph Cheatwood purchased a house and small building in the village of Avren. Each year we have worked on preparing the building to be a church house, a workspace for producing Bibles and also a storage facility for the coat distribution in the winter. It is our desire to finish the work this year. Brother Cheatwood was recently diagnosed with cancer in the lungs and kidneys. He has refused chemo therapy, choosing to live the rest of his days in the Lord’s hands. Paul told Timothy, “The time of my departure is at hand.” That’s where Brother Cheatwood is now. After forty three years of service on the mission field his departure time is near. He called us missionaries and national pastors together to tell us. “…neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” His last request is that we finish the work on this church house and Bible factory.

I believe the work needed on this building will cost at least ten thousand dollars. Would you pray for this work? Brother Cheatwood has given his life preaching the gospel to the Turks and translating the Bible into their language. Although Paul told Timothy that his departure was at hand, he also gave him some final instructions. Those instructions included bringing his winter coat to him, the books, and especially the parchments. This is Brother Cheatwood’s final request. To prepare a place for the winter coats that we give the poor children each winter; to have a meeting house for a Turkish meeting, Bulgarian meeting, and an English meeting; and to have a place to print and bind the New Testament that he has translated. We believe there are some people who would believe, if only they had a Bible in their hands. Please pray with us about finishing this work.

In Christ,  Zachary LeFevre

 

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Coats for Kids  2017-18

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Please click on the above link for a printable version

 

 

Aden’s Hats

 

“There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?” John 6:9

 

When we were in America last year I was asked to tell a congregation about Coats for Kids. After service a boy came to me and asked if there were winter hats in Bulgaria. I said yes. He then asked if I knew where to buy them and I said yes. He further asked if he sent me money would I go buy them for the kids. Smiling and crying at the same time, I said yes.

 

Aden was true to his word and sent money for winter hats. Instead of birthday presents he requested his friends and family give money to put hats on kids in Bulgaria this winter. This one lad shared what he had to help take care of many. It has been a blessing to give out over 300 hats for Aden.

 

 

 

 

Eforie, Romania

“The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.” Proverbs 22:2 

 

I’ve written about Eforie before. Eforie, where castaways are cast even further away: out of sight and out of mind.  But when I tell you that in this tiny container village at the city landfill live some of the sweetest, most loving children I have ever met, I truly mean it. Hugs. Smiles. Conversation. And not just when we bring coats and socks - no, they’re like this all the time.  

 

So you just have to ask yourself: are they really the poor among us?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheker’s Boots

Sheker is a precious girl who lives in the Children’s Home in Romania. She and some of her sisters came to our house to spend time with our family. We met them at the mall in Varna where all the girls proceeded to spend Christmas money. Sheker bought a pair of boots that ended up being too big for her. I felt strongly we should buy them from her so she could get a pair that fit and we could give this pair to someone in need.

 

Today we met that someone. Her story is tragic - she was born into the lap of luxury and used to have huge bags full of Italian leather boots, but after her parents died and she turned to alcohol she lost everything. The woman we met did not look like she had ever been rich... but then again, maybe she’s richer now than she was before because she is open to her need for Christ. Pray for Petya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They have very little. No indoor toilet. No accessible bath or shower. No washing machine. No kitchen. Barely any clothes.

 

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,” Ephesians 2:4

But God. God makes the difference.  God sees past these temporal things on which we place monetary value. He sees to the very heart of man.  And in an area of great opulence where these people are cast aside, the true riches He sees are in a place of great poverty where the Holy Spirit fills a shipping container and lavishes an abundance of “the exceeding riches of his grace” on a thankful people.  They may never swim in a safe of gold coins but they sure are immersed in love, mercy, and grace. They are rich.

 

I’m incredibly thankful to get to help people... but in the end I also ask myself: Did I help them? Or did they help me?  That’s the beauty of the Body of Christ - rich and poor, he made us all.  We are one.

 

On Behalf of All the Kids,

 

Carrie M. Leach  - The Leach Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Pastors, Churches and fellow Saints,  Greetings once again from Romania!                     January 1, 2018

 

The Lord blessed Jacob and my visit to America. I only had two weeks and needed more time, but we are thankful for the depth of love we found as we traveled to all the places we could.  I’m convinced that God wanted to do more, but we are busy, and the work must be watched over.

 

I enjoyed hearing Jacob stand up and share the way God had worked in his heart and led him to see the ministry.  Jacob spoke of when he was around 14 years old and how I had taken him to a meeting in town.  He had not wanted to go, but knew he had to.  I was forced to leave him alone with the lady of the house as I drove some older people to their homes. During this time the lady of the house was concerned because it was growing colder as sun began to set. She had no wood and took one of her pillows and ripped it up and burnt it in her little stove to keep him warm.  He said, that one act of kindness and the thought of her having to sleep that night without a pillow somehow opened his heart to see what God is doing in these people’s lives.  As I listened, I was so blessed to watch pastors and church members transfixed as Jacob spoke of how God had burdened him and wanted him to give his life to this Turkish work.

 

It is wonderful to see how faith is a beautiful and miraculous gift from God.  I was able to experience the joy of seeing it unfold in his life after years of worry and fear. What a beautiful picture of the grace and power of God. It is hard to hold the emotions in when God’s pure love is being revealed like that. I wish all young people could understand what a beautiful thing it is to seek God’s ways.  Not because of talent or ability, not because of prestige or financial gain, but because of the gospel and power it has too set men and women free.

 

We are joyful as we end another prosperous year.  We were blessed to baptized seven believers and honored to participate in an ordination service this year.  We also buried two of our oldest believers. We buried their bodies, but their works do follow them.  We are committed to guarding their testimonies of Jesus Christ while awaiting the joyous day of our reunion in heaven.  What a blessing to give out over 350 Christmas packets to the poor children.  The joy and hugs always help seal and cap off the year with hope.  Time and space would fail me to tell all Jesus has done in the lives and families of these believers, but God’s grace has carried us through and our faith is once again unshaken because of his faithfulness. Please continue to pray for the churches and centers and us as we enter another year for his name’s sake!

 

Thank You and May God Richly Bless You Is Our Prayer!     From Romania, Nathan, Teresa, Rachel, Nate, Jacob, Elmas, Rebecca and little Uriah
 

 

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From Bulgaria

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Dear Brethren,     January 2018

 

Happy New Year! It is our hope and prayer that this letter finds you all well and warm. Our holidays were a little difficult without the older children home, but we had a nice, quiet time together and even tried to make new traditions.

 

The response this winter to Coats for Kids has been overwhelming, and for that we are thankful. We have been very busy with the distributions, only taking a forced break when the flu hit our house for a few weeks. Hundreds of coats and socks (and this year some hats) have been bought, sorted, and distributed. Today Carrie and I were sitting at the table planning our next step when a request for coats came in. We felt like we should go get coats for this need right at that moment in order to be ahead of the ice storm. We hope to keep working until we have exhausted all suppliers and/or resources.

 

The churches are doing very well. I love the people, and I'm so glad they love me too. Yesterday five folks from the church in Mihailovski came to my house to check on me because they heard I had been very sick. They also brought bags of fruit. Unfortunately I was not home to visit with them, but it blessed my heart that they would figure out a way to get out here to my house to see about me.  What a blessing!

 

Our time in America was bittersweet, but mostly sweet. The Lord did such big things for our family, and we returned to the field encouraged and helped. While in America we were able to visit many churches - both supporting churches and new contacts. The Lord blessed as we presented the work. When asked about our personal needs, I told of those - each time highlighting the need of the moment (getting our older children set up, Pastor Ismail, Widow Minka, getting Carrie some medical help, Coats for Kids, etc.). I felt at peace about the direction of each and every meeting. However, after returning to the field and finding costs had risen while I was gone, I find that I ran out of time in America to highlight every need and our personal monthly support ended up feeling the lack. I cannot visit new churches in America while working here in Bulgaria, but I know God answers prayers; so I would like to ask all of our supporters to make this a matter of prayer for the Leach Family.

 

In closing, I want to thank all of you for your faithfulness. You have been faithful to pray and support and give to special needs.  We are thankful that God put us together in His ministry. Praying for you.

 

Because He First Loved Me,  Brother Larry Leach, Jr.