This song is about how Fred Potter got saved, written by Danny Minton.
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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To God be the Glory!
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
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32
Our praying friends and family in the Lord, January 2019
Happy New Year to one and all. We trust everyone had a Merry Christmas and blessed holiday season.
I’d like to express my praise and thanks to our good God. For over a year now we’ve been praying for a new vehicle. Our present car, a Dacia MCV Logan (if you’d care to Google it) was purchased in 2011, right after arriving here. The years, miles, and especially the roads, have taken their toll, and we knew it was only a matter of time before something major happened. We made our petition to Heaven, trusted God to provide and to take care of us until He did. This last furlough I didn’t emphasize our needs, choosing rather to uplift the Lord whenever and wherever I had opportunity to preach. Just before Christmas, and maybe even before then, the Lord began to move in people’s hearts to help us. By New Year’s we had all the money we’d need to purchase a new Dacia Lodgy. A week later we placed our order. Our vehicle will be ready, Lord willing, at the end of March. While we bless the Lord Jesus, and give Him all the praise and glory, we acknowledge that He uses men to accomplish His purposes. Therefore, we bless the Lord for every one of you who prayed, passed the word, and gave to meet this need. The Lord bless you all exceeding abundantly out of His riches in glory.
Pastor Demir sends his greetings to one and all. As many of you know, he has struggled physically, the result of two strokes two years ago. He has other health issues, and has been back and forth to doctors seeking relief and treatment. Just before Christmas an offering was taken to help him meet the needs of this expense. I was pleased to be the agent delivering that demonstration of love. When I explained a church filled with fellow believers he didn’t know, and would likely never meet, loved him and sent help for him, he fought back tears, and said, “Please tell everyone ‘Thank you.’” His wife, Asiye, didn’t fight anything back, and cried at every meeting, testifying of God’s good grace demonstrated through His people. Demir entered the hospital just before Christmas. His medicine has been adjusted, and he seems to be improving. A week ago he went in for a week of physical therapy. He was supposed to stay at the hospital, but as the therapy was only in the early morning and evening, he would escape during the day and come to meeting. Bless the Lord for a faithful pastor.
Bro. Larry Leach has been faithful in distributing to the needs of the poorest among our church members. “Coats for Kids” has been a blessing to hundreds upon hundreds of our believers. I heard a testimony today from a dear sister in the village of Detalina. She said her husband had been out of work for a long time. Finally, last week, the Lord opened a door for him to work in Varna, about thirty minutes away. She said, with no work, they had run out of money. They had no idea how they would make it until his first paycheck arrived. She personally went to a number of neighbors and relatives, asking for fifty leva to help make it through the week; no one had any money to spare. Then came the coat distribution. In spite of their lack, they were overjoyed to at least have a warm coat for their child, and thanked the Lord for it. When they got home, they checked the pockets and found them filled with socks and candy. The little boy noticed another pocket on the sleeve, too small for anything significant, and asked his mother to see if anything was in it. To her wonder, she found folded up, French Francs. Not recognizing the currency, she showed her husband, who upon asking a neighbor’s advice, took it to a money changer, who exchanged the two French bills for the fifty leva they stood in need of. The real blessing is, that some time ago, someone, somewhere, by Divine providence, stuck some money in a pocket and forgot about it; that before this need was ever felt, our good and gracious God had already provided for its relief; and that burdened men were used by God to convey the blessing. Can anyone beat this? Can anyone anywhere find anything better than being in this good way? As the Psalmist said, “Who is so great a God as our God?”
I think of the verse that preceded this prayer letter. I thought of it the other day, and my heart smote me. Too often I’ve read that verse, and prayed that verse, claiming the promise of God’s free provision of “all things”. I’ve preached about the “blank check” that faith in a good God provides; and it does, I still believe that. I’ve viewed that verse through the prism of my own need, glossing over the expense to meet my need. “He that spared not his own Son”, the verse says. But notice where God began. He didn’t begin by providing everything else, then at the last, as a final demonstration of His great love, offer His own beloved Son. No, He first gave His most treasured possession, His only begotten Son. What is it then to give anything else, when He’s already given His everything? How insignificant our little prayers are then to One who would give us everything. Oh for the boldness to believe the loving provision of God, and open our mouths wide!
Please keep us in your prayers. Pray for our little children, for their physical and spiritual well-being. Pray for Hannah and me, that we’d be parents pleasing to the Lord. Pray for the work here. We seldom tell of opposition, or problems we face, but know there are plenty. Pray the Lord protects and keeps our hearts and minds. Pray for the work: we’ve got a ton, and we can’t do it without the help and power of God. Pray for the national pastors, the Lord knows the things they face on a daily basis. Pray that we’d be strong in faith, not staggering at the promises of God; that our faith wouldn’t be in word only, but in watching and waiting with joyful expectation. And if you think about it, pray for our other needs: our home fund. I’m blessed to serve the resurrected Christ, who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all I can ask or think. Not only is He able, but He wants to as well. He delights in illustrating His care for us all. Bless His name. Believe for us when our faith wanes, and we’ll do the same for you. The good Lord bless you all out of His abundant riches in glory.
Because of a living Savior, The William LeFevre Family firstname.lastname@example.org www.lefevrestoeurope.org www.facebook.com/bulgarianlefevres
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
“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
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
Finally my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. Philippians 3:1
Dear Pastors, Churches and Fellow Saints.
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.
- 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
Dear Faithful Prayer Warriors and Supporting Churches, December 2018 (click here for a printable version)
September Visits in Volinsky Region (bordering Poland & Belarus) were blessed as the National I.C. group of five visited in six different villages. Two of us visited all 360 houses in “Big Boondocks”. 18 years ago the Church’s reputation was ruined by a dishonest Pastor. Nevertheless, the Lord still worked in hearts and brought out 25 souls to the final Evangelistic service. On our visits, we saw five souls call on the Lord for salvation, and we trained a couple of men how to witness. The other three Brothers visited in five towns and saw 11 souls call upon the Lord, and as they trained the locals and challenged six Churches.
#1) Preaching in Mariupol before we pass out bread to the 150 needy who came! #2) People listening in the overflow corridor. We passed out over 700 loaves in six different locations as we preached the Gospel! Pictured to the right: #3) On trips we spend Friday and Sunday nights on the trains, sometimes for long hours. Pray they will be Fruitful.
In November, Berdyansk and
Mariupol visits were very fruitful. Two of us made visits for five days in
Berdyansk where 12 souls got saved. I then spent three days visiting in Mariupol
(three needy souls who were each missing a leg) and preaching to the crowds as
we passed out bread to the needy. 32 souls were saved as four Brothers made
visits to the needy. One brother even went to “Marenke” where some shooting was
going on near the front lines.
I’m not sure when, but the Churches wants me to return to do more visits in both Berdyansk and Mariupol. Many openly listened!!!
***December 9-13 Belarus
visits: I will join Brother Chuck Milton who introduced me to I.C.
(International Commission) in 2016. We’ll do one-on-one training of “How to
present the Gospel of Christ” with a group of students studying for the
Ministry. We will be visiting three different Churches in Minsk, Belarus
(***which are very closed to the spreading of the Gospel). Sunday Morning, I can
only greet the Church and give a 10 minute testimony.
*My training goals are the importance of: sharing your personal testimony, and using tracts in Witnessing for Christ!
January 19-28th Chernovetsky Region and Northern Moldova: I.C. National Team and I will be doing visits in 12 towns.
We praise the Lord for supplying the funds to print 40,000 (4”x6”) calendars on card stock with a salvation message on the back and 60,000 testimonial tracts. We’re preparing to print two more titles in Ukrainian.
December & January: Lakeside Baptist Church is witnessing in the same 15 villages as last year, as they distribute the 8,500 Evangelistic Calendars and tract packets. *Please Pray they will read the Evangelistic Calendars daily, so God’s seed will grow in their hearts through the messages about Christ and Salvation.
Pray for Vimal, Carthy and three Hindu Students from Southern India. (~450 Indian Students live here in all different parts of Kiev, -which now has a population of ~5 million.) They all learn in English at the University of Medicine. Pray the Lord will provide tracts which will be effective to reach them in their native language of Tamil.
To God be the Glory,
Please Continue Praying for our Children! Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher
*Please use our Address:email@example.com
Dear Praying Friends and
Family, August – September 2018 (Click
here for a printable version)
I hope this letter finds you all well in the Lord and rejoicing in His fellowship, service, and blessings. We are thankful to be back in Ukraine after two very busy months in the USA. The short break was a blessing and did us all good. We are thankful to have had the opportunity to see at least some of our family and friends, along with a few churches. The Lord blessed several of our meetings with one man responding to the invitation for salvation, others rededicating their lives to Christ, and another who is interested in missionary service.
The main objective for returning to the homeland was to help my daughter transition from life as a missionary in a foreign field to life as a child of God in America. We are thankful that the Lord was with us and helped every step of the way. First, Miriam had to get her driver’s license. With only one week to prepare she passed both tests. The Lord sent several good brothers in the Lord who helped us find a dependable car and insurance. The next big step was driving to Pensacola where we got her set up with an apartment and suitable furnishings to get her started. There were utilities to be turned on, bank accounts to be set up, used appliances to be found and delivered, etc. The Lord blessed Miriam with some wonderful roommates who are all attending PBI together as first year students. We are thankful to have had Miriam for the extra years. We miss her but rejoice that she is doing well and is in God’s will.
The time away was not only good for us but for the men in the church as well. They kept the ministry going and, as a result, grew in the Lord and His work. In addition to the usual pulpit ministry of teaching and preaching, they made visits, counseled, and ministered to the saints during the week. There was even a new visitor who has been attending faithfully since we returned. We are praying for his salvation. They also put in the main part of the sewage system for the new church building along with replacing the old entry stairway to the current building. In short, I was very thankful to see the Lord working in their hearts and blessing their desire to see God’s work advance in Ukraine.
As soon as we returned to Ukraine I had more blood work done to see if the cancer markers were all still good. A whole year has passed since receiving the first results of my blood work when there were three cancer markers that were just high enough to be flagged. Two months later they were elevated to stage two. At that point we rolled up our sleeves and decided to fight it. For the following eight months we threw everything we could at it. I lost about 25 lbs. but gained it all back after reintroducing things back into my diet. The trip to the U.S. had me concerned what the blood work would say after eating out so much while on the road. Praise the Lord the numbers all look good with only one being close to getting a red flag.
I figured a few words about our return trip may provide some comic relief. Our trip began with the typical Ukrainian bang! Our tickets required us to be at the Odessa airport by 3:00 a.m. for registration, which meant that we had to leave our house before 2:00 a.m. Our vehicle has turned out to be a great blessing and a tremendous trial all rolled in one. It decided to break down on our way to the airport. The Lord had everything in control when I ordered an extra van to carry our luggage. It actually was large enough for us all to squeeze into and get to the airport on time.
The typical problems awaited us at the Odessa airport. Everyone, from the check-in desk clerk to the shuttle bus driver, was grumpy and seemed to resent us for needing to fly out at such an awful hour. My two sons, Benjamin and Samuel, packed their U.S. military knives, which they received as gifts, in their check-through luggage. They met the local criteria of a legal “cold weapon” that does not require registration. (Yes, certain knives have to be registered here just like guns.) The security workers have been well trained to handle potential threats to national security, like us, and sprung into action. They took me and my two sons into a side room for questioning. Benjamin also packed an airsoft pistol which really escalated the situation. Two of the security officials were women who had quite an emotional disposition compared to the men in uniform with real automatic weapons. One of them was convinced that Ben’s airsoft pistol was a real gun. Ben offered to shoot himself with it to prove that it wasn’t. There was no sense of humor about this offer. Only an over emotional “NO!” The other cut herself while taking the knife out of its sheath. That didn’t help matters. First they called the chief of security, then the police, then the militia who all required photographs. Things here are a little tense because of the situation in Donetsk and Lugansk. They kept asking if Benjamin was military. It must have been the combat boots and camouflage he insists on wearing that tipped them off. Thankfully, they allowed us to go after signing some paperwork. I was comforted knowing that we still had time to get through passport control to our gate. Passport control, again, raised an issue about Benjamin being seventeen and in the country without visa or residency status. They detained him and would not let him leave the country. I argued that I had already inquired about this earlier with the authorities who said that underage children do not need a visa. They were going to write up a “protocol” on him and assign him a court case to pay a fine. In the end, they let him go with a warning and we made it to our gate in time. In hind sight this situation had the potential to turn bad but “the peace that passes all understanding” kept our hearts knowing that He was in control. Thank you Lord!
We are glad to be back in Ukraine and are trying to get settled into our home school routine along with getting things ready for winter. Please pray about our vehicle situation. It was taken to the shop after our departure to the U.S. and was fixed in time for our return flight. However, it broke down again on the way to the airport to pick us up. We’ve been sitting here without a vehicle for weeks now. This time the turbine broke and needs replaced which is not cheap. At this point I don’t trust it anymore and will try to sell it after getting it fixed. Please pray we can find a more dependable one. Please further pray for the Bible Institute classes to resume along with our paperwork for renewing our residency status, especially Benjamin’s!
We want to thank all who helped us out along the way and wish we could have had more time to make visits and see all of our family and friends. Lord willing, we plan to return to the U.S. for a furlough sometime in the not-too-distant future, when we will have more time spend with everyone.
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
Flour and Oil distribution in Bulgaria
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Bulgaria and Romania
Coats for Kids 2017-18
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“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.
“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 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
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
Dear Brethren, January 2018