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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A Few Words

From Our Founder

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.

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

To God be the Glory!

 

 

 

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“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Gal. 6:2

 

Dear Pastors, Churches, Family and friends,          October 2019

 

Greetings from Romania. We’re starting to prepare for the long winter we are expected to have by gathering and putting up wood for the churches and poor homes. It is a delightful time of communion as everyone is canning and putting up store for the lean times that will come. We have worked exceptionally hard around the church in Calarasi, by putting down foundations for the future site of a church building. We mix everything by hand, so it is always hard work. The authorized paperwork from the municipal is difficult to acquire and expensive. We hope to save a little more money through the winter and build in the spring.

We tell you with great joy that we have been able to finally put up our church bell. If you remember some time ago, we told you of the local Muslim mosque built on the outside of our Turkish Village. With it they give the prayer call every day and one day we were meeting outside for our morning prayer meeting when we heard the Muslim priest giving the call to prayer. My mind went back to Fred Potter’s testimony of how he fell under conviction as they rang the church bell in his community. The Lord laid it on our hearts to put a bell up at our little church in Calarasi. We couldn’t find a good bell over here so by prayer and Pastor Bill McGuire and the church, they helped us find one and ship it over here. We were able to build a bell stand with a fountain underneath. I felt the Lord would have me put under the bell and above the fountain the verse, Revelations 22:17, “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.” We will put the verse in Turkish, Romanian, and English. Please pray the same convicting power will fall on these people as they now have a chance to hear the call to come and take of the water of life freely. Please read our son’s prayer letter to learn more about the works in the ministry.

 

We are seeking your continual prayers for Amelia and her son Ricardo. He is the little boy who has Aplastic anemia. He is in need of a bone marrow transplant soon. Amelia became a believer some four years now and was gloriously baptized two years ago. Some of her relatives are a match, but she was baptized as a baby into the Orthodox church and they told her she had to convert back to the orthodox church or they wouldn’t allow their children to donate. We have been praying and the Lord has worked it out for one of her brothers-in-law to donate. However, we were told yesterday by the doctors that there was no hope for him even with the transplant. Please pray for this situation and family.

 

From Calarasi and Constanta, Romania, Nathan, Teresa, Jacob, Elmas, Rebecca, and Uriah Reed (E-mail dadreed15@yahoo.com)

 

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“Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh… were without Christ … having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:11-13

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,  October 2019

 

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I pray this letter finds you well in the nurturing grace of our Lord. We continue to thank you for your support and prayers.

 

On the 8th of June this year we buried our beloved senior missionary Brother Ralph Cheetwood. It was a bittersweet moment in time. But we have the hope of our precious Lord to reunite us on the streets of gold! We continue in the work that he left us to further the gospel to the Turkish believers here in Romania and Bulgaria. For over 35 years he has worked on the Turkish translation from the 1611 KJV bible and his legacy will live on throughout the ages.

 

In the past few months the Lord has given me the honor and privilege to watch over the meetings here in Romania for my father and family while they are on furlough in the States. It has been a blessing to serve these past few months and help further the gospel of Christ. I have had a burden to start a Turkish meeting in a small village called Pecineagra. This is the village where my wife grew up and we have started a prayer meeting in my father-in-law’s house where we feed and minster to them daily from both physical food and the translation and Turkish hymns Brother Ralph left us.

 

We have a great burden for a little boy in the Town of Calarasi. His name is Riccardo and he is five years old but has leukemia. My Father and mother have taken him to Bucuresti to have random checkups and treatments. They are very mean to the mother and haven’t given him much hope to live. Amelia is a strong believer and comes to the morning prayer meetings and cries out to the Lord for her son’s life. Just the other day she stood up to testify and said she had asked Jesus to give Riccardo plasma from his blood. They don’t have any in his blood type, so I ask you to give it to him from your clean blood. It really touched my heart when I heard her say this. This the second time this mother has had to go through this. Amelia’s little girl Alexandra had leukemia for years and was able to obtain plasma from her older sister, but Riccardo isn’t a match with his older sister. Alexandra is now cancer free, but it will take a miracle for Riccardo. We ask you to help us pray for this little boy and his family.

 

We also have a national pastor by the name of Bayhan. He is a great blessing to us and has a wonderful testimony. He has type one diabetes. We give him some money to try and help him every week with his family, but with the prices of insurance going up, he doesn’t have the money to pay it every month. He is raising two children that aren’t his just out of the goodness of his heart. If you would like to help a real national pastor, please let us know and I’m sure the Lord would bless you. Thank you again for all you do for our family and God bless you!

 

From Constanta, Romania

 

Jacob and Elmas Reed  (E-mail: jakereedfamily1994@yahoo.com)

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Bulgarian Flour and Oil Distribution

 

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

 

 

Dear Fellow Labourers,  October 2019

 

In 1991 Rev. Fred Potter called Brother Ralph Cheatwood to go up from Turkey into Russia to see what opportunities were available to spread the Gospel. Brother Cheatwood said he would have to pass through Bulgaria first. Rev. Potter thought it was a good idea to follow the steps of Missionary James Stewart, who had held large revivals in that country and throughout Eastern Europe prior to World War II. While in Bulgaria, Brother Cheatwood was asked to tell a group of Turks about the Gospel. Brother Cheatwood, who had previously been in Turkey for over 16 years as a missionary, could preach fluently in Turkish and was well received by the group of Millet Turks.

Since that time thousands of Bulgarian and Romanian Turkish Muslims have become believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, with some having been called to preach and pastor churches. Over 103 churches have been birthed, feeding centers established, a children’s home built in Romania and the Coats for Kid’s ministry started in Bulgaria. Brother Cheatwood also finished translating the King James Bible into Turkish before going home to be with the Lord.

As the number of churches grew, so did the need to feed our believers. Jobs are scarce for these Turks, and they are in desperate need of food during the cold Bulgarian winter months.

We ask that you take part in feeding these poor church families for the upcoming winter. It costs about $35 to provide each family with a 110 lbs. of flour and a gallon of oil. This will help see them through the harsh Bulgarian winter. To feed 2,000 families it will cost between $70,000 - $80,000 U.S. dollars, depending on the European exchange rate.

 

Also, Brother Mitko, a Bulgarian national, is working on a King James Bible translation in the Bulgarian language. He preaches and pastors in many of the village churches, and has faithfully labored with us since 1991. Mitko is a great help to this work, but is currently without a car. It will take at least $10,000 to get him a decent vehicle which will endure the rough village roads.

We thank you in advance for your prayers and financial support.

To God be the Glory!
In Christ, Rev. Mike Nixon
Director of Charity Baptist Mission

 

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Dear Praying Friends and Family,             August – September 2019

 

I hope this letter finds you all well in the Lord Jesus and rejoicing in His service!

 

Ordination Service: Over the years the Lord has allowed me the honor of laying hands on six men in Ukraine. All but one still serve in full-time ministry today. We held an ordination service at our church in August ordaining Brother Sasha Taraniuk and sending him to Kiev where he is now the pastor of Bible Believers Baptist Church. He began using the Sunday School lessons I wrote for church planters on soul winning. He told me that their members have already led four people to Christ!

 

 

 

Church Building Update: A friend suggested using old shipping containers for building our church building. I scoffed. However, after researching the technique and checking with local authorities, I have concluded that this is the answer to the three main problems we had to solve before breaking ground. The first problem involved the foundation; the second, the roof; and the third, cost. This approach solves them all. We need six containers all total for the new building project (see the drawing). Instead of pouring a very expensive foundation and risk collapsing our current building we will put this building on concrete reinforced pilings, thus saving a lot on the foundation. We are still working on calculating the final cost but so far we have calculated that each container will cost $4,000 each to purchase, transport, and set in place. We still have to calculate the costs for the roof, insulation, finishing the outside, drywall, wiring, and plumbing. That said, our first stage is $24,000 for six used containers set in place which would give us the shell. The men in our church will do most of the work themselves.

 

Our current building is just a renovated house. Our meeting hall can seat 70 people uncomfortably. We’ve handled up to 85, but it is not safe. This church needs a bigger facility to serve, not only the town, but the region. In the near future we are going to put together a video so that people will be able to see the need. Please pray for the Lord to provide the wisdom, funds, and strength to see this work to completion. 

 

Baptismal Service: Missionary Chuck Leonard contacted me about a year ago about a woman who recently received Jesus Christ and moved to our area. Her name is Lena and she is doing really well attending our services and growing in the Lord. We decided to hold a baptismal service and Brother Leonard came with some of his men. It was a great day! Sveta got saved; Sasha was ordained; Lena was baptized; and we had dinner on the grounds! We were speaking in tongues, but not like you may think! These were understandable languages! We had Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Moldovan, and (glory to God!) English!

 

New Names in Glory: In our last letter we mentioned Galya who recently received Christ and asked prayer for her daughter Sveta. We are very glad to write that Sveta finally received Christ after attending church for around four months! They are very poor and have to start life over after leaving a horrible situation with an abusive alcoholic. They were practically homeless and currently live in a mud-brick house that has only three small rooms, no inside running water, and an outside toilet. It is sad to see those five little girls living in such conditions and we are concerned about the coming winter. Our church has rallied and has provided clothing, food, and work for them. One lady in the church put out an APB to Ukrainian friends who immigrated to the USA. Their network, along with one local church, has begun raising funds towards the purchase of some sort of housing for their family. It is a blessing to watch the Lord answer their prayers and strengthen their faith.

 

Funerals: Our ministry had a trying week with two funerals. We were in the middle of the preaching service when one woman began having heart attack-like symptoms after she found out that her estranged alcoholic husband had died. He received Christ years ago and had victory over alcohol for over ten years then he relapsed. Ever since, he has left a wake of destruction in his family. He racked up debt causing both his wife and daughter to seek work as migrants in Poland to keep from losing their home. I preached at his funeral where there were about 40-50 people present and preached hard against sin, alcohol, and told them of the only way to Heaven – Jesus Christ. People were visibly shocked at plain preaching. They are used to the local priest droning on in an unknown tongue; they are not accustomed to a Baptist preacher not pulling any punches. We’ve heard reports that people are talking about what they heard that day. Please pray for an awakening here in this town!

 

The other funeral was of an elderly man, the father of one of my converts. I’ve spent many hours reasoning with him and his wife from the Scriptures of their need of salvation. Several months ago we rejoiced to hear that his son led him to Christ. The word of God, especially I Thessalonians chapter four, was a great comfort to us all that day. Several members of the family stood and listened carefully, who were before very antagonistic to me when I arrived with a Bible and hymnals. We pray the Lord deals with them about their need of Jesus Christ.

 

Bible Institute: We began our Bible Institute classes again and have just one semester to go till we have our graduation service. The courses we will be studying are: Matthew; the Pastoral Epistles; Advanced Theology; and Church Planting. In addition our guys are going on visitation and doing personal work. There is a lot of work to be done with the writing, translating, and printing of materials and we ask for prayer for strength and wisdom as we go forward.

 

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 Email: ruemissions@yahoo.com  www.ruemissions.com 

 

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“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” Jeremiah 6:16

 

Our praying friends and family in the Lord,   September 2019 Prayer Letter

 

I’ve been hesitant to write this letter, not because I have news to break; rather, just the opposite: I haven’t much news at all. While stateside, I was waiting for something or other to report to y’all. I thought to myself, surely no one cares to hear of doctor visits or our children’s education. Nevertheless, a number of people have asked for those exact, seemingly mundane, details. Forgive my lack of faith in the depth of your personal interest and investment in us; I’m truly sorry. I pledge to do better.

 

Hannah is now in her third trimester. Baby boy is due to arrive on November 24th. We are currently residing in Bristol, TN, in a house our home church has graciously provided for the occasion. A couple of weeks ago, Hannah went for her blood-sugar screening. Afterwards, the doctor, not being pleased with the numbers, ordered the more in-depth blood-glucose tolerance test. Again, Hannah’s numbers were high. The doctor informed us that Hannah has gestational diabetes and is now considered a “high risk.” The fetal development will be monitored much more closely from here on out, and by a specialist, in addition to an increase in regular appointments. I sometimes doubt whether I made the right decision in returning to America for this birth, but things like this help settle it. Nevertheless, our confidence isn’t in doctors of any nationality or education, but rather in the Great Physician. He’s already been in the womb with “little boy,” and we’re sure He’ll see him safely delivered.

 

As many of you know, Hannah’s daddy, Missionary Matthew Welch, returned in early September on a short medical furlough. He was in dire need of a shoulder replacement. He had been living with a completely deteriorated shoulder for nigh on two years and was in agony from the pain. Due to a lack of insurance, however, he had put off having surgery, knowing the extremely high costs of American health care. Finally, when he could no longer endure the pain, he resolved to pay whatever the cost to obtain relief. As an answer to prayer, the Lord provided a doctor at one of the best orthopedic facilities anywhere, who would waive as many fees as he could to get Brother Matt the help he needed. A comprehensive cost of thirty thousand dollars was settled upon, and a date was set. Trusting God to meet the need, Brother Matt arrived on the first of September; had his surgery on the fourth; and in no time at all, saw the Lord, through the people of God, meet the need. What a blessing! Our God is able and willing to do exceeding abundantly above all we can think or ask of Him.

 

The work overseas never stops. Last Saturday, there was a big meeting in Dabravino, and we were told a number of souls followed the Lord in believer’s baptism. That counts as “good news from a far country.” Praise the Lord people are still being saved. While on the subject of the work, I have two burdens I’d ask you to pray for. Please remember Brother Mitko Stefanov, our Bulgarian national pastor. He’s in need of a car. He’s been in the work since he was 17. He’s translated the King James Bible into Bulgarian. He pastors faithfully some six or seven churches. He’s been experiencing a number of health issues the last few years and needs your prayers for strength. A new five-passenger Logan sedan costs less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), but ten thousand would retrofit it with a propane system that would essentially double his gas mileage. With gas being close to six dollars a gallon, that system sure helps. Secondly, please remember this winter’s flour and oil distribution. It costs about thirty-five dollars ($35) to provide each family a hundred and ten pounds of flour and a gallon of oil. As much as comes in will be given out, and as many as can be helped will be helped. Last year, over sixteen hundred families were fed.

 

I opened this prayer letter with a familiar verse from the book of Jeremiah. It has been on my heart for a while now. The Lord said, “ask for the old paths”; that’s my new prayer request: I want to walk in the “old paths.” I used to hear a lot more preaching on that subject than I have of late, but most of the “old paths” preached about only went as for back as the sixties or seventies. Occasionally, you’d hear a preacher go as far back as Moody or Spurgeon. Some Baptists with a capital B would make a point to go back to John with a capital J. But the paths commanded to walk in by the Lord were already called old in Jeremiah’s day. It seems to me, if the Ancient of Days calls something old, it must go as far back as Him. In fact, the old paths originate with and lead to Him. And any path that leads to an activity apart from Him isn’t that old and isn’t His. Enoch walked in the old paths, as did Noah, Abraham, Moses and David, to name a few. Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah discovered the old paths in Babylon. They wound through a fiery furnace and a den of lions but led on to the Son of God. The old paths can still be picked out in our day too. Just look for the garden gate. It has Genesis written at the top. If you enter by faith and continue in prayer, it will always end in the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

Please remember us in your prayers. Keep Hannah and “little boy” especially on your mind.

 

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

 

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“And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?”

Acts 8:36

 

Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints, August 2019

 

Greetings in the name that is above every name, the Lord Jesus Christ:

 

The Lord's work here continues to prosper, with the Lord himself dealing with the souls of men. One such person is a young man named Matay. No one knew that the Lord was dealing with him. His grandfather was a preacher named Hassan that I used to visit churches with. It brought back a lot of good memories seeing the Spirit of God working on Matay. It brought him to a serious place and he began to think about, and consider where his soul would spend eternity. I love to do personal work, and I love even more seeing the Holy Spirit deal with people about their need of salvation. Normally we baptize in the summer months, because we baptize in a river. It was in July we made an announcement we would be baptizing. Matay needed no prodding or pulling. He only knew he wanted to be obedient to the Lord's command. The question was “what doth hinder me to be baptized?” And the answer was “If thou believest with all thine heart thou mayest.” He answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” Romans 10:9-10

 

 

What a wonderful day! The day we received Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior! There is no better day in a person's life than the day they come to the Lord Jesus Christ. It was a blessed day for Matay to confess openly his faith in the Son of God. It brought back some wonderful memories of when I was baptized in 1979. Back then I didn't know hardly anything in the Bible, but I knew the Author and have been blessed by Him ever since. After the eunuch was baptized the Bible says "he went on his way rejoicing” Acts 8:39. Matay and I have done the same.

 

All because of Calvary, Matthew Welch and Family

 

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Dear Brethren,                     September 2019

The month of August was a blur, but full of blessings upon blessings. We were able to go to America as a family and get Esther Mae set up to live there. Carrie got that hug from her Mom that she had been craving for months. We took a quick road trip and saw Hannah in Tennessee, along with many friends. Then Joshua flew up from Florida and spent a few days with us. We also got to see Jonathan and meet his fiancée, Jana. We got to as many supporting churches as we could in that short time and were refreshed by the fellowship. It was a quick trip, but we are so thankful for everything God did for us, and through us, while we were there. We bless His Name.

We landed in Sofia, Bulgaria on August 28th. Oddly, we were awake and full of energy the next day. That however, was just fool’s gold, and jetlag hit hard. We also contracted a virus. Needless to say, we were pretty much useless for about ten days. But after rest and recuperation we jumped back into the ministry schedule, and are very happy to be home.

Fall is here - winter quickly approaching. Now that we have Esther Mae settled, my focus has switched to preparing for winter. Working in the Coat Closet, winterizing our house, and buying firewood. To get a good start on the winter firewood, I’m needing $700, which would buy wood for Pastor Ismail, the church in Novi Pazar and my house (this is the early bird price - it goes up the colder it gets). Please pray with us about all these winter preparations.

The churches continue to do well and send their greetings. Though it still seems as if we are in a time of transition after the passing of Brother Ralph, the ministry continues. We ask that you remember to pray for us. Pray for the missionaries, national pastors, and churches. Pray for our children. And pray for souls. Thank you all for your faithfulness.

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

 

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Dear Pastors, Friends, and Churches, August, 2019

Each one of our trips this year has had their distinct and special blessings. I mentioned (the trip to the Amazon River) in the last newsletter. Our project for the mayor that I talked about is going well: the house has been deeded to the Pastor and is well under construction. They are having services in the church building and several have been saved. We now have a gospel witness in the second largest city on the Colombian side of the Amazon!

Additionally, through the ministry of another national in Brazil on the Amazon River, we have a new work in Tabitinga. We have also been helping this Brother with a building. He has had 56 to make professions of faith in Jesus Christ since December, 2018. It really is amazing what God is doing in some of these “fields”; for they are white already to harvest.”

We traveled to a Hispanic country in May and participated in the dedication service of a new church building that we had been working on for two years. We saw strong conviction with women weeping as they trusted Christ. I prayed with a young mother in a small church with tears literally running down her cheeks. There were eight women saved on this trip. I remembered preaching there when it was only 10ft. x 12ft. and it was packed with 43 people! Now 17 years later I am preaching for the same Cuban preacher and his two daughters that were infants then, but they are 18 and 20 years old today. How the years go by!

I also made a trip to Panama in July. I will tell about that trip in the next prayer letter. Thanks for what you do for the gospel’s sake in the world.

Forever Yours,  Dale Cable 1 Sam. 12:24

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August 2019

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ,…” Col 4:2,3a

God has greatly blessed us over these last five months here in the States: we have seen many blessings in our family and look forward to what God is going to do in the future. The greatest thing we were anticipating was the completion of our Visas to return to Bulgaria. We received these in the second week of August and immediately went to work on getting tickets. We will be leaving on September 17th and arriving on the 18th. We so look forward to returning to our home in Shumen, Bulgaria. Please continue to pray that God would provide for the expenses that come with travel and settling back into our life there.

We were able to see God move in many ways these past five months. We saw his hand in the life of our family and the ministry. It was a blessing to see Zack and Haylie begin their life together in marriage; and it was great to see Riley graduate and then start college. We had several churches take us on financially and we saw many lives touched during our time on the road. We are thankful for each church we visited and for the love and support shown to our family.

We have several prayer requests as we prepare to return to Bulgaria. First and foremost is for safe and trouble-free travel as we go back to Bulgaria. Pray that all the paperwork required to get our residence Visa will go smoothly.

In closing, we look forward to what the years to come may hold and are excited to be partnered with you in reaching the Turks of Bulgaria and Romania with the gospel. Please remember that we will soon be preparing for all the needs of winter. We will have the Flour and Oil distribution along with the Coats for Kids, and these are two big yearly undertakings. Last year over 60 tons of flour were distributed, and over 1,200 coats provided for needy children. We ask that you pray about what part you can take in these vital ministries. God has already done so much, but we feel that he is far from finished and believe the greatest days may be yet to come. Please keep us in your prayers, and don’t forget to mention the needs of Turkish believers in the lands of Bulgaria and Romania.

By His grace, The Blalocks  www.blalockstobulgaria.com  blalockstobulgaria@gmail.com

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Matthew Welch update (9-3-19)

Missionary Matthew Welch has returned from Bulgaria for a short medical furlough. He arrived in Destin, FL on September 1st, and will have shoulder replacement surgery on Wednesday, September 4th.

Brother Matt doesn’t have insurance stateside. However, a doctor in Gulf Breeze, Florida, after hearing of Brother Matt and his condition, agreed to help facilitate the surgery and related medical procedures at a much discounted rate. The entire procedure and all its related expenses have been charitably discounted to thirty-thousand dollars ($30,000). A “Go Fund Me” account was set up by his children in an effort to relieve their father of the burden of payment. At the writing of this letter, close to forty percent of the necessary funds have been raised.

Brother Matt Welch has been a missionary in Bulgaria and Romania since 1993.  He and his wife, Jane, have raised ten children on the mission field. Brother Matt learned Bulgarian, Romanian, and Turkish that he might be a ready witness to all he met.  Brother Matt is a carpenter by trade, and used his skills as a carpenter to plan and build all the buildings we utilize today, in addition to numerous projects, big and small, readying the many house-churches we worship in.  It was in that capacity, as a builder, he injured his shoulder.  In spite of injury, he worked through the pain, considering only the needs of his people.  Brother Matt has truly spent himself that others might know Jesus Christ.

I’m biased, being his son-in-law, but I can say without fear of contradiction, that Matt Welch loves his Savior, and the love of that Savior overflows him. I’ve seen him give everything he’s had to give, and give what he couldn’t afford to give, all because God’s Son gave everything for him. Ask Brother Matt how he’s doing, and no matter what condition you find him in, even wracked with pain from Parkinson’s and a deteriorated shoulder, he’ll say, “I’m doing a whole lot better than I deserve!” I don’t think I’ve ever heard him preach without a full and broken heart; or where he hasn’t shed tears of gratitude for God’s great salvation.  He’s a missionary hero.  He loves his Lord, and he loves the people he’s called to.  How do I encapsulate a missionary love and zeal like Brother Matt’s and present it to you here for consideration?  The short answer is, I can’t. But I might give one illustration, and pray he doesn’t rebuke me for it: Brother Matt witnesses in his sleep. On numerous occasions Miss Jane has told us, “Matt was talking to someone about the Lord last night.” Even in his dreams he wants people to meet the one who loved him and changed his life.

If the Lord lays it on your heart to be a help and a blessing to one who has given himself to the work of the Lord, it sure would be appreciated, by him I know, as well as his family, but also by a bunch of Gypsy Turks who are part of the household of faith because Brother Matt answered God’s call.

May the Lord bless you all, and bless Missionary Matt Welch.

William LeFevre

If you’d like to help financially, send your contributions designated “Matt Welch Surgery” to:

Charity Baptist Mission, Inc.
PO Box 692
Bristol, TN, 37621

If you’d like to give online, via the “Go Fund Me” page, and read more about Brother Matt and his need,
you can do so here: https://tinyurl.com/y5najm4z

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From Romania

Dear Churches, family and friends, July 2019


Greetings from Romania. We have just come out of our summer English camp meeting. We always enjoy the week we have to rest in the Lord and fellowship with our American brothers and sisters from Bulgaria. God really moved in our services and I am always amazed at how thirsty I am for the Word and for the fellowship with the other American missionaries. We are taking care of others all the time, but it is nice to sit down and be fed from the table of God in your native language. As the Spirit would move, there was a lot of response from the children and adults. Sunday afternoon, we were able to baptize 5 young people who had been saved in the spring camp meeting. Even though no one was saved this camp meeting, we thank God for the Spiritual family he has blessed us with and for every song, prayer and message.

 

The weekly meetings are going well. We have 10 that keep us on the road every day. We sing hymns, testify, and preach, but the main focus is the praying. We try and provide what we call prayer houses. Everything we do is to bring everyone to the last prayer. We encourage all to pray about everything in their lives. In one of the meetings here in Constanta, we have a group of young people who have grown up and have married and some have as many as five children. It is very difficult to find jobs right now in Constanta, so many bring their children to the feeding centers to eat, as they were raised. It is a blessing to see another generation singing the hymns and learning the power of prayer. One woman was testifying of a message I had preached some time back. I had encouraged them to find a place alone to pray every day. She hardly has anytime alone with three small children to take care of. Because they are very poor, she is forced to go around to the garbage containers around the city to collect anything they can to recycle for money. She testified of how her time alone was beside the first set of containers she came to in the day. It truly put me under conviction and blessed me at the same time. Her sister is in the same situation with five children, but her husband died a couple years back. She was fortunate enough to find a job in a local Turkish restaurant. She was let go because of the busy life she has with no one to help. She said she had had enough and prayed to Jesus about it. She said she dreamed a dream and Jesus told her to go back and ask for her job again. That morning, she went to the boss and told him that Jesus had told her to come and ask for her job again. Because the boss is hard Muslim, he asks her if she is talking about the prophet Jesus and she said yes. Well, he gave her job back and she is working even today. Praise God and please pray for the boss and coworkers as she testifies of the true Jesus!


Just want to say how much we appreciate your prayers and faithful support also. May God richly bless you!


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

 

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Greetings from Romania, July 2019


I pray this letter finds you all in the nurturing grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.


I thank the Lord that He is continuing to bless in our weekly meetings, especially in Mangalia where the woman of the house, where we meet, is now recovering from a stroke she had some months back. She is bedridden but is so happy every time we come for a meeting and cries when we sing and pray. We can't understand her when she tries to speak, but it is obvious that she wants us to come again every week. This is such a blessing and ask you to pray for her recovery!


The Lord is also blessing our meeting in Medgidia where we meet with around fifteen children and five or six adults. The children have begun to learn the hymns and what a blessing it is to hear these little ones singing praises to God! Cerkez is the pastor there and his love for these children is amazing. They come to his house every day and to most it would be a bother, but even though he has to go to work very early he returns home to care for these unwanted children. He testifies of his boss not being a believer and Cerkez will sing the Turkish hymns as he works and it opens a door for him to testify to him and all around. I believe this is where his strength comes from. “But Jesus said, Suffer, little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14


One of our beloved national pastor's Kadir has been in and out of the hospital for a few months. The doctors are not telling specifically what's wrong with him. The treatment of the Turks in Romanian hospitals is downright appalling. Our Brother Kadir called us to his home a couple weeks ago so we could pray with him. We ask you to help us pray for him and his family.
The believers are praying for a van or car so we can be able to carry more of them to the weekly meetings with us. Our cars are getting old with high mileage. This is a real need.
Thank you all for your faithful prayers and support to us for these poor believers.


 

 

 

From Constanta, Romania Jacob and Elmas Reed

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Dear Praying Friends and Family, June - July 2019

I hope this letter finds you all well in the Lord Jesus and rejoicing in His service! The list of items jotted down to include in this letter is long and leaves me somewhat apprehensive about what to cut and what to include. I know that people are busy with little time for wordy prayer letters. However, I’ve always strived to not make the ministry about stats and bullet points alone. I pray you get a blessing from this letter even if it is a little long.

New Names in Glory: A sister from our church has been ministering to a neighbor family, hoping for their salvation. Galya lives in a two room house with her five children and one grandchild. Her husband is a convict, and when he was released from jail she was forced to flee because he began beating them. Galya, after attending church for weeks, responded to the invitation and received Christ as her Savior. Her oldest daughter is coming to church but has still not responded to the invitations. She is under conviction, please pray for her salvation.


My assistant, Alexei, and his wife, Victoria, have been praying for her mother for years to be saved. She was a very mean woman, and a drunk, living a life of degradation for years. Her liver is shutting down do to all the drinking. The doctors also discovered that she has tuberculosis in her bones and AIDS! Her liver cannot handle the drugs needed for treatment and there is no way knowing how much longer she has to live. I visited her in a special hospital in Odessa and was very to the point about her soon-to-be eternity if she did not get saved. After about an hour of explaining the Gospel to her she bowed her head and prayed to receive Christ. Victoria said she has already noticed a difference in her – she no longer cusses up a storm!

Graduation Service: The public school system in our town celebrates graduation much like the United States, but the celebrations and parties are notorious for all kinds of wickedness. Instead our church puts on our own celebration for our young people and we try to do it up. It is a great testimony to the unsaved that we do things first class and can have a good time without lewd dancing and alcohol! We had people come and hear the Gospel who would never have come otherwise! We even had a Christian family cross the border from Moldova to offer their daughter an alternative to their local school’s party.

   


Children’s Bible Club: This year’s Children’s Bible Club was one of the biggest yet with a high day of 98 kids present! The Lord blessed the week with 17, mostly older kids, receiving Christ after being dealt with individually by our church workers. We have decided to add more such Bible Clubs during the school year when the local schools are out for their various breaks.

Visitors and Offerings: Over the years we have strived to be examples of giving to the Lord’s work and stressed that our people should do the same. In May, we witnessed something akin to the sacrificial giving mentioned in 2 Corinthians 8 when we took up three offerings for three different men and their ministries. Two of them were missionaries and the other was for Brother Sasha who has agreed to take over the work that missionary Ed Keough had started in Kiev. Our people do not have much money and do not have much economic hope for the future, yet, they gave sacrificially for the Lord’s men and His work. I was amazed and am truly thankful that the Lord has allowed me to be a part of it all.

Exodus and Migrant Workers: Our church seems to be in the middle of an exodus at the moment. This is nothing new. No need to panic. We’ve been through this before. In fact, after looking over the past, I’ve pastored four different churches with the exception of a few core members. I’m glad to say that there are many who left who are still serving the Lord in their new locations. There is one difference this time - many are leaving in search of work in different countries like Poland, Germany, Israel, and the USA. A few spend long hours on public transportation back and forth to work in Odessa, but it leaves very little time for life. The economic situation here is getting worse and our present town offers little hope of bettering one’s station in life or even the ability to make ends meet. More and more people are left with no choice but to move. It is a blessing to know that some will be returning after their work visas expire but others have left for good. Please pray for the economic situation here.

Rue Crew Review: We were very blessed to be able to have our entire family home under our roof for a couple weeks. Both Joshua and Miriam were able to visit and it was so nice to all be together again.
I somewhat prematurely mentioned that Ben’s document issues were over. They weren’t. We had to spend a few more full days completing the process. Now all is done and he possesses a temporary living permit for one year. Now we get to begin the whole process for Sam, who turned 16. Hallelujah!

Mailing List Mix-ups and Prayer Letter Delays: After spending many hours going over our mailing list, all we can figure is that at some point within the last year an older list was mistaken for our newest one resulting in many of our supporters not receiving our letters. We apologize for the mix-up. The disconnect with many of you was felt both financially and in the area of prayer support. We have had many attacks from the enemy in many ways over the past several months. In addition we had a noticeable decrease in support for the month of June, the lowest month in years. We are still working on updating our mailing list and we plan to begin including pictures in future letters. We have also decided to use Mail Chimp to send our letters to those who prefer them digitally. Thanks again for your patience and desire to help us in the Lord’s vineyard of Ukraine

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

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Dear Churches and Praying Friends,         July 2019

"The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 29:19)

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I thank God that he counted me faithful and enabled me for this ministry. Our ministry is with the poor in Bulgaria. Our joy is to see them rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

This summer we've been busy with our village churches, as well as the larger meetings in Dabravino. Each month we gather believers from villages all over eastern Bulgaria for a day of worship and fellowship. We've heard many wonderful testimonies of how God has answered prayer, and enjoyed spirit-filled singing and preaching. At each meeting, we have at least two worship services, and a meal in between. This month we'll also baptize in between the services. I suppose there have been over 500 people come to these meetings, and they all take back some of the joy to their own village churches.

Preaching to bigger crowds is wonderful, but people are won to the Lord as individuals. Every new visitor is a soul that needs light from the gospel. Many come to church with great problems, such as sickness, but we have confidence that the Lord is able to meet every need. Every village church needs a pastor that can effectively shepherd the flock, and protect them from the many enemies of the gospel. The Lord has given us faithful men who love their sheep.

Continue to pray for us as we continue to preach the gospel to the poor. Many hungry children are still being fed hot meals in our churches. Many Turkish Bibles and hymnbooks are still being printed and distributed. The thanksgiving of many still redounds to the glory of God.

In Christ, Zachary LeFevre

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May/June 2019

Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,

"...ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you..."   Joshua 23:14

We send you greetings from all the brethren that are among us in Bulgaria and Romania.  We returned to Bulgaria in late May to a joyous reunion with our friends and family here.

I can't begin to tell you about the wonderful year we spent in America.  We visited over 60 churches in 15 states, and traveled over 40,000 miles presenting our ministry.  Everyone was blessed to hear about what the Lord has been doing, and how people are still getting saved.  It was a great blessing to see so many friends and family that we haven't seen in many years.  We were also able to visit some churches that we hadn't been to in a very long time.  Everyone was so kind and generous to us.  We thank all of you for making it a prosperous furlough in so many ways.  

We also want to say that it was a blessing while stateside to have our twin boys, James and John, attend and graduate from Tri-Cities Christian School in Blountville, Tennessee.

On May 3rd, a dear preacher friend, Rev. Luther Carver, went home to be with the Lord.  He was a great preacher and faithfully supported the mission work in Bulgaria and Romania since it first started many years ago.  We were privileged to know him and he will be sorely missed.

The month of June marked the one year anniversary of Brother Ralph Cheatwood's passing.  It's hard to believe a year has already gone by.  Before his death he was very concerned that the work on the building in Avren be completed.  We rejoice and are encouraged to see the work coming together on the church building and the Bible/songbook printing facility through the efforts of the American missionaries and the national pastors.  Avren is about halfway done.  We thank the Lord for all that He has supplied through the generosity of individuals and churches who are concerned about seeing this project completed.

Last of all, I want to inform you that, unfortunately, I must have a total shoulder replacement surgery in the near future.  I had hoped to put it off, but the discomfort and pain I am experiencing have deemed it necessary that I have the surgery done sooner than later.  I sincerely would appreciate your prayers and any financial help concerning this matter.

All because of Calvary,  Matthew Welch and Family

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Dear Praying Friends and Family,                     February – March 2019

I hope this letter finds you all well in the Lord and rejoicing in His blessings, fellowship, and service.

Yakovlevka is the name of a town about a half an hour’s drive away where my deacon lives with several other members of our church. We’ve held evangelic meetings there in the past and even had the nucleus of a church started. However, the town’s mayor blocked us from renting any of the local facilities for holding services. On one occasion the mayor stirred up a riot against me while I was preaching at a funeral. Instead of holding services there, Sasha brings as many people as he can to church in his station wagon. 

Brother Sasha’s wife, Oksana, is a teacher in the local elementary school in Yakovlevka and takes a lot of liberty to tell her students about the Bible. She has been trained in our Sunday School with the curriculum I wrote several years ago and she practically knows the material by heart. With great joy she told us of a small revival that took place right in the public school classroom. She said that the kids had a lot of questions about the Bible which led to her explaining the gospel of Jesus Christ. She actually gave an invitation in the classroom where over ten of them received Christ. Try that in America, the land of the free…! Sasha and Oksana asked for prayer and help to get at least one of the rooms in an old house they inherited from his father ready. The men in our church helped them make the necessary repairs and now she has several children coming to the house for Bible studies!

Brother Sasha’s sister, Marina, asked if I would come and visit her ex-mother-in-law who is in bad health. Her son, sadly, is a drunk and will not take care of her. Pretty amazing to see God’s grace work in Marina’s heart to the point where she rearranged her home, life, finances, and schedule to care for her ex’s mother! She did so in order to witness to her before it was too late.

I spent four hours on a Saturday dealing with her about her soul. Her name is Nina Sergeiovna and she was a typical self-righteous sinner. She tried everything to impress me with how good she was, going down the list of how she prays the “Our Father” and other good deeds she’s done. I dealt with her using Acts 10 and the story of Cornelius. She was such a contradiction and yet so typical. My usual American approach to soul-winning only works about half of the time here. My favorite icebreaker question, “If you were to die today do you know for sure where you’d go?” is often met with. ”Wherever God decides. That’s His business!” Fatalism is alive and well here! My next attempt, “If you were to die and appear before God, and He were to ask you why He should let you into Heaven, what would you answer?” Same answer, “I’ll go where He decides.” I say, “The Bible says you will go to one of two places: heaven or hell. Do you want to go to hell?” They answer, “No!” I usually reply, “Well, then what would you say if your eternal soul was resting on your answer?” They will repeat again, “It’s up to God.” This is a typical conversation. I asked her, “Are you a sinner?” She gave the typical Ukrainian, ”WE (collective) are all sinners.” Later in the conversation after I explained the Gospel to her and told her what it meant to “call upon the name of the Lord,” I mentioned that she should confess that she was a sinner. She replied, “What sins?!” I said, “You just told me you were a sinner. You need to admit the fact that you are a sinner and that you’ve been neglecting what Jesus Christ did for your salvation all your life!” She replied, “I can’t think of any sins!” After four hours of that I left her lost and bed ridden, with a pile of drugs at her side. 

Marina asked the church to pray for her salvation because her health is failing and she can only get up to use a bucket in the corner of the room as her bathroom. She dealt with her all week and warned her over and over of hell. The next Saturday I went back again…..for another four hours! This time she was completely different. She opened up and out came all the bad stuff. She was actually the daughter of a prostitute who’d been moved around from city to city during the Soviet regime because they were trying to stop her from conducting business. She started to confess all sorts of things. She eventually called on the Lord Jesus Christ and asked Him to save her soul! The Holy Spirit’s presence was felt! I asked her why she did not admit that she was a sinner during my last visit. Her reply was very insightful to the inner condition of the unregenerate here. She was hoping that I could pray for her to be physically healed and thought that I wouldn’t pray for her healing if I did not deem her worthy! This is nothing more that the rotten fruit of priestcraft. The local Russian Orthodox priests have led people into all kinds of superstition. Praise the Lord she was saved! Please pray for her health and for the Lord to use us to make her comfortable and comfort her and edify her with what little time we all have left.

We have a very important request that needs prayer right now. My son Benjamin turns eighteen on May 7th. This means that he is going to have to leave the country and re-enter on his own religious visa. This requires an application for a letter of invitation from our church to the local religious affairs office. It takes a few weeks to receive this letter and they refuse to be pro-active by giving us a post-dated letter before his birthday. It forces us to break the law and pay a fine in addition to the risk to even more penalties - like Ben being forbidden re-entry. Another option is that he will have to leave Ukraine before his birthday and we have no way of knowing how long it will take to get the letter of invitation, which means an expensive open ended ticket and living expenses for an undetermined period of time. Going to the USA means expensive tickets but cheap living expenses because we can stay with family, or Europe which means a cheaper ticket but living expenses are high. We've talked to a couple border agents and they said just break the law and pay the fine. So, I am planning to take Ben out of the country after his eighteenth birthday with the letter in hand. My ministry and Bible Institute will have to be put on hold but we believe this will be the quickest and cheapest way. Please pray for us that Ben will get his own religious visa with no problems from the powers that be.

Our building project was been put on hold due to some needed changes to the architectural drawings. We discovered some mistakes and oversights in the plans and had to pay for a revision. There are some technical challenges ahead that deal with some potential complications from building so close to an already existing building. There are also some other decisions that need to be made because we are going to have to mix and pour our own foundation by hand. There are no cement trucks nearby, nor are there any businesses that mix large amounts of concrete at a one time. The task is beginning to look daunting! Please pray for strength and for God’s provision for this project. 

The other aspects of the ministry are going well. Our services are full; the saints are witnessing to the lost; the Bible Institute is going well; and the men in the church are making good progress on the new hymnal for use in churches here. After a few other minor repairs we are very thankful that our vehicle is working again. Gena, the mechanic whose brother is an SDA (Seventh Day Adventist), has been a big help and is opening up more. Please pray for his salvation.

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 Email: ruemissions@yahoo.com  www.ruemissions.com 

 

 

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“For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” Psalm 100:5

 

Our praying friends and family in the Lord, June 2019

It sure is good to know that “the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” Those three things: His unfailing goodness, His everlasting mercy, and His enduring truth are the bedrock of our Christian experience, the foundation upon which all are hopes are built. He is good, has always been good, and will always be good. Moreover, He is good to all. In trials and tribulations, He is good. In correction, He is good. On the day of judgment, He will be good. Because He is good and goodness personified, we can trust that He always has our best in mind. He is merciful, infinitely merciful. Mercy is for the guilty, and the guilty soul need never fear His mercies will fail or expire. Because He is merciful, we can draw nigh to Him, trusting that by His mercy alone we are accepted, comforted and helped. His truth endures. It has endured, preserved, inspired, perfect and powerful, from when He first spoke it, to when I heard it and believed. And we glory that the same truth that convicted, convinced, converted and comforted us will still avail for our children’s children and beyond. Because His truth is everlasting, we can be confident that what He has promised He will always perform.

Hannah and our little unborn baby are still faring well; the pregnancy is progressing normally, and everyone appears strong and healthy. Hannah is a little more fatigued with this baby than she was with the others, but she’s put this down to her advanced age. She’s 33. Still, after much prayer and consideration, given all we’ve been through to this point, I feel it’s in the best interest of mother and baby to return to America for the birth. Lord willing, we’ll return at the end of June, in just four short weeks. There, we’ll get Hannah settled and set up with regular doctor visits. I’d also like to get into as many meetings as I can while there. If you’re interested, and I pray you are, let me know any way you can. All our contact information is always at the bottom of every prayer letter.

We were overjoyed to welcome the Welches, my in-laws, back to the field after their recent furlough. Bro. Matt is beloved by all our believers. Wherever I went during his absence, people would greet me and then ask when Matt was returning. When meeting Turks or Bulgarians for the first time, I would introduce myself as Bro. William, a missionary from America. Noticing their pleasant indifference, I would follow it up with, “I’m Bro. Matt’s son-in-law,” whereupon their demeanor would change, and I was welcomed as a friend and plied with questions as to Bro. Matt and his family’s health and well-being. It’s good being Bro. Matt’s son-in-law, chiefly because I’m married to his prettiest daughter.

Meetings continue to go well. We have open houses in which to preach and open hearts willing to listen to preaching. We continue to have “fellowship” meetings every month, where we bring as many of our believers together as practical. We have two services, with a meal in between. Every service is directed by the leadership of the Spirit of God, yet, typically, we allow the first service for singing and preaching. The second service is open for testimonies. It’s refreshing to hear so many “salvation stories” but also to hear how the Lord is actively working in their day-to-day lives. Our next one will be in a few days. Word has gone out, and people are already excited, anticipating seeing fellow saints and worshipping the Savior together.

Bro. Demir’s health is stable. He’ll never recover complete strength in those areas of his body that were affected by stroke a few years back, but that doesn’t stop him. He battles a number of health issues daily that require constant regulation: his blood sugar and blood pressure. Many mornings his head is “swimming” while he tries to get regulated.

Still, he has it in his heart to preach, to do what he can to “feed the flock of God.” Keep him in your prayers. Also, his daughter-in-law, Gülcan (pronounced Gewl-john), is expecting. She is in her eighth month. During her last doctor’s visit they informed her the baby was breach, and scheduled her for a C-section. That’s their answer for everything, C-section or abortion. Please pray for her and the baby. It’ll be Demir and Asiye’s second grandchild, the first to actually live with them. They are both excited to finally be hands-on grandparents.

We trust the Lord that you all are blessed, well looked after, and leaning on the same everlasting arms that comfort and sustain us. We thank each and every one of you for all your help. We love you in the Lord Jesus, and trust Him to meet and utterly exceed the desire of your hearts. We are upheld by His power manifested through your prayers. Continue, please, to pray for Hannah and the baby. Pray for our upcoming trip. Pray for the work here and its workmen, that our God would bless. Love y’all and see you soon.

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


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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,            May 2019

 

It’s with great joy and excitement for the future that I write this letter. We are currently in North Carolina after spending the first three months of the year in Bulgaria. It has truly been amazing to see what God is doing among the Turks in Bulgaria and Romania. The Lord is still doing great things and for this we are grateful. I’ve been working daily with a national pastor, Nasuf Kadirov, and I thank God for him and his heart for his people, and the desire he has to help me learn Turkish. It’s a true blessing to have him talk to me constantly, from one meeting to the next regardless of whether I understand or not. This is a much-needed blessing. Please keep Nasuf in your prayers.

 

We settled into Bulgarian living quite nicely and are very thankful. God has given us a nice place to live and we feel very fortunate. Our next step is obtaining visas for our continued residency in Bulgaria. This is a complicated process which led us back to the states to complete the necessary paperwork at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington D.C. We ask that you pray for God’s hand in each step of the process as we face each obstacle and expense.

 

While stateside, we have quite a lot going on. The Visa requirements will have us going to Raleigh, NC and to Washington, DC. Please pray for God’s protection as we travel. We will also be going around to churches as we look to raise our last seven - eight percent of support. It has been and will be a busy schedule with our family. Just this past week we saw Riley graduate high school, and for this we are so thankful and proud. Next month on June 22nd we will have the long-anticipated wedding of Zack and Haylie. We are so happy to be here for these events and ask that you pray for Riley and Zack and Haylie.

 

God is truly blessing our family, and we ask for your continued prayers as we prepare to return to Bulgaria. We are more certain than ever of God’s desire for our lives there, and have seen how God has blessed the churches. We have also seen new villages crying out for the believers to come. There is much to do, and we are excited about getting back.

 

Will you consider helping us with a couple needs? Please pray that we find reasonable airfare for our return and that God provides for this need. We are also continuing to work on the church and print shop in Avren. Please pray that God meets the needs there and what you may do to help with this vital part of the ministry.

 

In Closing, I would like to thank each of you for your prayers and continued support. Upon returning to the states in April we came home to the passing of my father-in-law, Ronnie Garrison. During this loss in our family we knew for sure that people were praying. Thank each one of you for your faithfulness and love. May God bless you!

 

For Him, Keith Blalock   www.blalockstobulgaria.com blalockstobulgaria@gmail.com

 

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

Poland’s larger cities are now being overrun with a 10% Ukrainian workforce. Since 2015, Poland has gradually increased from 500,000 to now offering 2,000,000 work visas. They are gladly inviting Ukrainians to temporarily occupy their lower paying jobs and also to fill the many vacancies incurred by many Polish people labouring in Germany and other more affluent European Union countries. Many of these Ukrainians are part of a constantly rotating workforce with most of them working there for 3-6 months. Presently with Ukraine’s War situation and constant inflation, we see more and more families immigrating to make a more prosperous life and a more stable future for their children. *Many doors of opportunity for ministry have opened up. The Ukrainian Baptist Churches have sent out seven Missionaries who are labouring to plant new Ukrainian churches in many of these larger cities. From March 20-26th I was able to make a short trip to exhort a couple of Missionaries and encourage two Ukrainian Churches, as well as two Polish Churches.

International Commission’s (I.C.) training conference (March 27-30th) was held just north of Budapest, Hungary. Many preachers came from Eastern European countries seeking to develop their outreach techniques. The conference gave me an opportunity to exhort two Hungarian Churches on March 31st.

Nick & Love Veselkov are a Church planting family which we sent out of Lakeside Baptist Church to labour in the town of “October” which is about 1.5 hours north of Odessa. In April I went with Brother Nick to make Gospel SEED planting visits. The Lord opened doors and encouraged the small church there too.

May 1st, 2nd 4th & 5th were blessed visits with a small Bible Believing Church in the city of Zhytomyr and one in the nearby Jewish town of Berdichev. 40-year-old Alyona called upon the Lord as well as Valentina  who is 89 year old.

*** May 12-19 The Ukrainian I.C. team and I will be making visits in the Ivano Frankivsk Oblast (state) in 10+ towns and villages. This part of Western Ukraine is both very Religious and also very “Ukrainian Speaking”. I thank the Lord that I can understand their conversational Ukrainian, but I usually have to answer in Russian. They all understand Russian, but prefer to speak only in Ukrainian. {They accept foreigners who have at least learned to speak Russian}

Lakeside hosted an Easter play presented by Missionary Mark Priem’s Church from Odessa. This was the first time Lakeside held a play for Easter and everyone said it went very well.

Please continue to PRAY for the 8,500 people who received the Evangelistic Calendars. Pray that the Lord would speak to their hearts through His Word, opening their blind eyes to see their need of the Saviour.

Our Family must leave Ukraine for 90 days, so we will be in the US. We must submit Elisabeth’s paperwork at the Ukrainian Embassy in D.C. We will also visit the few Churches we didn’t update in 2015. If you would like us to come update your Church over the summer, then please call us at (513) 488-1288. Pray her paperwork questions will be resolved before we plan to return on August 20th.

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


Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher

 

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Dear Pastors, Churches, and Friends,                      February-March 2019

The year 2019 personally began with a blast for me. I made a trip to a Hispanic country and then another to the Amazon. On the trip to the Hispanic  country, three men travelled with me and taught in our first institute of the year. They covered Bible Customs and Manners, the Three Epistles of John, and Great Truths of the Bible. Over 80 pastors, preachers, and their wives were in attendance. We learned, studied, rejoiced, and some even cried as we sat each day listening to the Word of God. Many of our people had traveled several hours in what we call a “cattle truck” in order to be there. My, My! What sacrifice the brethren in other countries must make in order to do the ministry that God has called them to. But it pales in comparison to the sacrifice our Savior made for us!

The latter part of January was spent on the Amazon River in the countries of Brazil, Peru, and Colombia. This was my fourth trip there over the years. Through the labor of our men, Help Ministries now has around 15 works that cover about 70 miles of the Amazon River. There is so much that we experienced while there, neither time nor space would allow us to write about all of it. We traveled up the river further than we had ever traveled to a small river town called Caballococha, to visit the works that we have there. As we were leaving the next day, we passed out gospel tracts in the streets, just before boarding our boat. People were sitting and reading the material, and some were responding to it. One man came up to us and asked if we would come to his village to preach, and start a church! Another older man stood weeping as he was led to Christ, literally in the street, wiping his tears away! My, my, this experience reminded me so much of the phrase “so much to do, with so little time”!

I preached an ordination service for a Colombian preacher on our last night there. He had been the mayor of the largest Colombian city on the Amazon River. He had gotten saved 20 years prior and had surrendered to preach the gospel. We hope to place him in the second largest city, Puerto Nariño, where a church building is already in place. We would also like to raise the funds needed to build a house. This would guarantee him ownership of the church and give him the liberty to preach and start a church on that property. In Columbia, you cannot just go into a village, town, or community and start a church. You are required to obtain an open invitation of the chief of the village. Pray for these men who feel the call to reach their people.

Joyfully Yours, Farren Caeble 1 Sam. 12:24

 

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Dear Friends in Christ, April 2019

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Lord has been so good to us and blessed us so much lately that I don’t know where to begin to tell you and surely cannot even scratch the surface. But I have to tell you what I can…..”Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!” Psalms 107:21.

Sunday night we had a wedding in the Children’s Home church. I had the privilege of both giving away and marrying our daughter Sevgi. She married a fine young man, Clay Croll, whom we have known for years and spent a lot of time over the last few years here with us. Dara has known his parents, Jeremi and Angel Hayes, since she was a teenager playing piano for the Brookside Children’s Home choir. We thank the Lord He let us take Sevgi as a newborn baby and raise her up in our Home and in our church. Pray for Clay and Sevgi as they begin their new life together.

The wedding was on the last night of a 5-day campmeeting here at the Children’s Home. Our missionary families living in Bulgaria had come up to worship with us. In every service, there were also personnel from the nearby American military base. We started on Wednesday and our missionary men, Nathan Reed, Zachary LeFevre, Larry Leach, William LeFevre and Mitko Stefanov preached some of the best messages I ever heard. The Holy Spirit could be felt moving in every one of the services. Saturday morning we didn’t even have any preaching as many started testifying and crying. The altar filled. No one wanted Jesus to pass by without them having a chance to touch His garment. Praise the Lord, our 17 year-old son, Sully, who for more than a year had been wrestling with salvation, said he wanted to proclaim that the Lord saved him! Dara’s mom Sandy gave Sully a note from a dear saint that has been praying for Sully for many years. Sandy said “Miss Lavinia gave me this note three years ago to give you when you got saved. I’ve been bringing this with me to every church service for three years”. After the “Praise the Lords” and “Halleluiahs” died down, we spent another half an hour with one after another telling about how they got saved. Clay, then Sevgi’s fiancée, stood up toward the end of the service and said that a few weeks before, alone in the garden at the back of our property; he asked the Lord into his heart and was saved. Talk about a wonderful service!

We give all the glory to the Lord Jesus Christ!  Over the five days of this meeting, there were many prayers answered. Many were encouraged and helped. Everyone left with a rekindled desire to draw closer to the Lord and a renewed assurance of God’s desire to hear and answer our prayers.

In June, it will be one year since the Lord took Brother Ralph home. We continue on with the work here the way he taught us. Before the end of last summer, we completed the church in Avren, Bulgaria, that he had started building.  We have been having Turkish meetings there and all of us missionaries who are able meet with our families for English church every Friday night. As I mentioned in earlier letters, by God’s grace, we will take care of what Bro. Ralph founded…preaching and starting churches, printing the Bible in Turkish that he translated, and feeding, clothing and helping those in need through the churches.

I feel compelled to mention a couple of needs that we have. Praise God, the Avren church is completed; but we still need to complete the Bible printing/binding shop and the storage area for coats donated for distribution. We lack the necessary funds for this work. Also, the Turkish pastor, Alish, who for years drove Brother Ralph to meetings and then cared for him through most of his final months, is in need of a vehicle. His current vehicle is beginning to have problems due to the countless miles going to village meetings. A nice, used vehicle that would get him to the villages for many years to come can be found for about $5,000. Please pray about these needs. We thank all of you for your prayers and continued support.

In Christ, The Turners

 

 

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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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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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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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