Charity Baptist Mission, Inc.

 

       Founder                                               Est. 1973                                                   Director

 

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

 

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

  

 

 

Bolivia & other Hispanic countries

 

A Few Words

From Our Founder

Rev. Fred Potter



"Heard a church bell ringing"

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

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

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

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

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

To God be the Glory!

 

 

 

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Dear Pastors, Churches and Friends, Nov - Dec 2016

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Dear Praying Friends and Family, October – December 2016

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Break-In and Big Board. Our church building was broken into again for the third time. The thieves got away with our sound board that is used to record our videos for YouTube. They also got my video projector, a guitar, and our computer monitor. The bad economy and gas prices are driving more to crime. Our church is trying to pull enough money to install European-style rolling window shutters to prevent break-ins in the future.
The break-ins are the normal response of the enemy. You see, we have been getting some very positive feedback about our YouTube channel. More and more Russian speaking Christians say they are “holding on” where they are by watching our videos. One church said they watch our sermons during their evening service ever since they lost their pastor. I get to preach to people I’ve never met! Our men are also getting close to completing a big church sign board for displaying Scripture. It will be illuminated and high enough to be seen from the train station. Literally, tens of thousands of people will see the signboard every day. We are very excited about the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to shine even brighter in our region!

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ, December of 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Dear Brethren,                                              October 2016

 

Much has happened since my last prayer letter in May. Several camp meetings, baptisms, continued work on the printing house in Avren, and the regular care of the churches have kept us very busy. But, it is all very good and we thank the Lord for it. Though I may complain on occasion out of sheer exhaustion, at the end of the day I’m so thankful I was called to be a missionary.

 

Carrie is much improved since my last letter, though she still has episodes of sickness where she is weak and has to go rest until it passes. Keep praying that she will recover totally. The children have begun the school year and the younger two are doing the A Beka online streaming program, which has been such a help to them and to Carrie. Hannah and Joshua are in their senior year and will be graduating in the spring. Pray for them as they make plans to leave the nest after graduation. Hannah has plans to attend community college while tending to some health concerns. Joshua has learned much working on the various building projects over here and hopes to put this knowledge and experience to use working for a home construction contractor.

 

Pastor Ismail and his wife Naziye have endured a very rough summer. A few months back she slipped and fell and broke her leg in three places. The doctor put a cast on it and ordered her to rest for fifty days. Ismail had to help her with everything. It took a long time to heal, but, praise the Lord, I saw her walking last week and she seems to be gaining strength every day. This time was trying for them, but the care of the churches was always on their minds and he remained faithful to go. I’m thankful for faithful National Pastors.

 

The churches are doing well. Attendance was down during the summer because everyone was working every hour they could, knowing winter would soon be upon them and there would be no work. But now that most of the harvest is past, the churches are full once again. Last week eight visitors came to the church in Stoyan Mihailovski. They said their son/brother was sick and needed a surgery and they heard the church was a place they could come and pray. I’m so thankful the communities know where the churches are from the testimonies of the believers of their answered prayers.

 

Work on our unfinished upstairs has finally begun. Carrie’s health scare and the many needs of the ministry required my attention, so that delayed my plans a while. But it has begun and already we have begun the work to level the old concrete floors, start on the plumbing, remove a load bearing wall, and hire an electrician. Some of the work was under quoted and will be more costly than I thought, but I’m going to keep going until the money runs out and hope and pray it doesn’t run out before we hit the finish line. Keep praying about this. I’m happy to be getting to work on this and happy to get to work on this final project with Joshua before he leaves. These moments are precious.

 

And don’t forget to pray for this year’s Coats for Kids drive. Thank you all for your faithful prayers!

 

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

 

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Dear Churches and Praying Friends,                        November 2016

 

“And Hezekiah appointed the courses of the priests and the Levites after their courses, every man according to his service, the priests and Levites for burnt offerings and for peace offerings, to minister, and to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the tents of the Lord.” (2 Chr. 31:2)

 

It is once again our privilege to report of the Lord’s work. This month many Americans take time to be thankful, and Christians especially. We have many things to be thankful for: our eternal salvation, our Christian heritage, our families and churches, just to name a few. One particular blessing for which I thank the Lord is that he has appointed me to be a New Testament priest, to give the sacrifice of praise, to minister and give thanks in the gates of the Lord’s house. This ministry is not difficult; it is easy. Count your many blessings, it will surprise what the Lord hath done.

 

We are now completing our 2016 furlough, and what a blessed time it has been. Every church we visited was like a family reunion – God’s family. Old friends and new friends both have been a blessing to us. Several churches and individuals have given us clothes, or things we’ll need on the field, or just snacks for when we travel. On one recent trip, our car was full to capacity, and little Levi said, “I don’t think we should be blessed any more – we don’t have room.” Truly, God and his children have been good to us. We’ve traveled over twenty thousand miles visiting churches and by faith giving good reports of the mission work. Some new churches have pledged to support the work on a monthly basis, and that is a special blessing, not only for us and for them, but for the many souls in spiritual darkness who still wait for the gospel light to shine on them.

 

On the twenty-ninth of this month we will be traveling back to Bulgaria. We still need some money for the vehicle which we plan to buy, and a few other household items, so please pray with us about that. I spoke with pastor Alish from our village a few days ago. He and his family are all anxious for us to return, as are we.

 

Thank you all so much for your prayers and continued financial support. We will try our best to carry on the work evangelizing the Turks in Bulgaria and establishing churches.

 

In Christ,

Zachary LeFevre

 

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Greetings from Boston,                        September 2016

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

In his Love,

 

Jim and Jo Ann Costigan

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Dear Friends in Christ,                        October 2016 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The Turners

 

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September 2016

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

To God Be the Glory  - Mike Nixon -- Director

 

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- Bible printing update -

 

Dear Friends in Christ, Aug 2016

 

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

 

 

- A4 Bible - Turkish and Bulgarian with cross references $12                                   - A5 Bible - Turkish and Bulgarian with cross references $6

 

- A4 New Testament - Turkish and Bulgarian no cross references $3                      - A5 New Testament - Turkish and Bulgarian no cross references $1.50

 

- A4 Hymnbook - Turkish with the Gospel of John and 14 Psalms $1.30                  - A5 Hymnbook - Turkish with the Gospel of John and 14 Psalms $.65

 

 

We are currently distributing free of charge New testaments and hymnbooks to all the believers in our churches and others that are interested.  We provide whole Bibles to the national pastors and preachers.  These Bibles and hymnbooks are produced on a printer/copier and the holes are then hand punched or drilled and then hand sewn with a laminated cover.  The labor is provided freely by the national pastors and American missionaries.  From July 2015 to June 2016, 12 months, we printed 1,220,000 (One million two hundred and twenty thousand) copies, an average of 100 thousand a month.

 

In August 2016 we bought two used Minolta machines ($2,000 each) which are guaranteed for five million copies each.  We start printing again in September 2016. The amount needed each month is just under $1,000 for 100,000 copies. The equivalent of 300 A4 or 600 A5 New Testaments or 750 A4 or 1500 A5 hymnbooks or combinations thereof.

 

The balance in our printing fund is zero.  We need your help to start printing again in September of 2016.

 

Brother Ralph Cheatwood.

 

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May/June  2016

Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,

 

"Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled."  Luke 14:23

 

Periodically, we hold special revival services and bring many of the different village churches together.  We help transport the people with our vehicles and all of them are very happy and thankful to have the blessed opportunity of attending the meetings.  Sometimes the meetings last for just one day and other times they continue for three days.  During this time everyone is served meals and even given a place to sleep when necessary.  The fellowship is so precious to behold and reminds us of the fellowship that we have enjoyed while at the churches in America.

 

                 

 

Brother Matt preaching in the village church of Dabravino that he helped build 15 years ago.

 

The last time we held a special meeting I had driven my van to a certain town and was waiting for everyone to show up before we headed out.  A man named, Rozdi, came by and asked where we were going.  When we told him that we were going to church he jokingly asked if any girls were going to be there.  The believers in my van didn't think it was funny at all and started correcting Rozdi for his joke.  However, I told him that there were going to be girls but that these girls loved the Lord and were walking in His way.  Then I invited him to come along and before I knew it we were headed down the road to church with this man.  Later that night, after six hours of preaching, singing, testifying, food, and fellowship, we headed back home with our hearts overflowing.  I haven't seen Rozdi since that day but I know the Lord touched his heart.  I look forward to inviting him to come to church again that he might hear the glorious gospel of salvation and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Oh Lord, give us courage to go out into the highways and hedges, and to compel the careless, comfortless, and the forsaken to come into Your House that it may be filled!

 

All Because of Calvary,

 

Matthew Welch

 

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Dear Churches and Praying Friends,                                                               August 2016

 

Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen,

and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come.”  (Ezekiel 11:16)

 

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, once again it is our joy and privilege to report to you all of the good work of God among the Turks in Bulgaria.  The above verse is, of course, in reference to God’s dealings with Israel in their captivity and shows the mercy of God in the midst of judgment.  But also in the verse I see the Lord’s mercy shown to his people among the many nations living in a wicked world.  The Lord has given us a little sanctuary and that is the church.  Although my family is back in the states right now, the work of God continues, as new believers are baptized and added to the church.

                       

                                            

 

During our time on furlough here we have seen the Lord give several new churches the burden to help in this work.  This is a wonderful picture of charity: believers helping believers and churches helping churches though separated by thousands of miles, all because the love of Christ constraineth us.  We praise the Lord for all that he does both in America and Bulgaria.  Please continue to pray about our vehicle situation; about a third of the necessary money has come in.

 

Our family is happy and healthy, but the children say that they are ready to go back to Bulgaria.  Thank you all for your continued prayers and support.

 

In Christ, Zachary LeFevre

 

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Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,                March / April 2016 Prayer Letter


 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  1 Cor. 1:9


 Greetings and thanks from the churches here in Bulgaria and in Romania.


We have been very busy working hard on a church building in Avren, Bulgaria.  This lovely village is located about 15 minutes away from Dabravino where we reside. The other fellow missionaries and even my two 15-year-old sons, James and John, are helping with the work on this building. Some churches and individuals in America have given to this project and we are sincerely grateful for their generosity and kindness. We still have a lot of work that remains to be done until the building is finished but we are trusting in the Lord's grace and help to complete it.  Please keep this matter in your prayers.  We look forward to the day when we can meet together and worship the Lord in this building.


We have been enjoying good meetings, down the road from us, in the little village of Yunak. It's a blessing to see the folks coming out faithfully to church.  The village has only a little Orthodox church and it is hardly ever open.  We are thankful to be able to meet together with believers there who desire to worship the Lord and fellowship with the saints. We hold weekly services in Yunak, at the home of a 74-year-old man named, Malcho. For many years now Malcho has had a church meeting in his home. He has been faithful to the Lord even through the hard times and loves to testify about God's saving grace. I thank the Lord for this man who not only opened his heart to the Lord but also the door of his home, nearly 20 years ago, so that we might have a place where we could worship together.
 

         

 

Above, Matt gave Charity a rooftop tour of the church in Avren that she'll never forget.  An inside view of the second story of the church.  And, James and John are helping out with the work on the church building.

 

 All Because of Calvary, Matthew Welch

 

 

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Coats for Kids 2015 Distribution Bulgaria/Romania

Part 1a

We set out this morning with Hannah and Esther and a car so full of bags of coats and socks, they each had bags on their laps. Our plan was to distribute as many coats as we could, and we did, but God had even bigger plans for us. As we sit down near the close of the day to reflect on everything the Lord has allowed us to be a part of, we feel honored.

But let me back up… first things first… the purchasing of the coats and socks. A week and a half ago Larry and I went into the city and bought new socks. We got a good deal on them, so we really stocked up. It’s always a shock for the cashier to see us coming with an overflowing cart of socks, but we’ve been doing this so long now, we knew how to have them already organized in sections to make her job easier. Then this past Monday we went back into the city to the second hand store to stock up on coats. It was pretty slim pickins, but we did our best. Unfortunately we only filled one of the vehicles. Two more empty vehicles were with us, so we took off in search of another location. It was much better than the first place and a new contact was made there. We filled the remaining vehicles and headed back to our house where Hannah had brownies and refreshments waiting. Here are two pictures—one of the cart of socks and one of our entryway so full of bags of coats, we could hardly get up the stairs. At last count there were well over 40 bags in the entry and halls.

We then organized coats and socks each afternoon for the past week, as our schedule permitted, and felt we were ready to begin distribution in nearby villages.

First stop this morning: Novi Pazar. Pastor Ismael was already gathering the local children and organizing them in lines. We carried the bags inside and Esther and I organized them to make distribution easier, while Hannah got set up to take pictures and Larry controlled the crowd. Working together, we were able to give out around 50 coats in under an hour. In between influxes of children, we were able to encourage Sister Naziye, who is having a hard time with her blood sugar. Here are a few pictures from that distribution:

 

 

The girl standing next to Larry above is Sinem, Pastor Ismael’s granddaughter. Every time I see her, I am reminded of God’s hand in her young life. When she was four, she was diagnosed with a tumor in her lung and required surgery, which cost a lot of money and the family simply did not have it to pay. We asked you all to pray and one friend forwarded the email on to other friends and shortly a man we had never met wrote and told us he wanted to help. He paid for her surgery and the trip to the capital for the family to be with her. The surgery was a success and today she is in good health. We praise the Lord for His faithful lovingkindness.
 

Please click on this link to view the four part story.

 

 

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From the Streets of Boston Massachusetts

Greetings from Boston                                                                                   December 2015

Thank you for your patience; love, prayers, and support for us.  It has been quite a while since my last letter, but it’s worth waiting to tell you of the great things the Lord hath done and we are so thankful to be part of it.

I want to let you know, I’m still on the streets with the word of God.  Where else would I rather be unless it’s in heaven!  One of my favorite places to go hand out tracts is the train station where so many people pass through every day.

One day while passing out some tracts a Muslim woman was in a line of people flying by me to catch the bus.  I gave her a tract and she took it.  Two days later I saw her again.  I gave her another tract called “Second Coming”.  I stopped her knowing that I had a tract called “True Christianity vs. Islam”.  After looking at it with a smile she took that tract as well.  Then I met two guys which I knew from my youth.  As we talked I witnessed to them.  They took some tracts and I told them I would pray for them.  Latter, I met a guy that grew up with my son Brian.  As we talked he let me know “your Brian’s dad”.  I said yes and gave him a tract he said “I knew by your hat and pamphlet who you were”.  I then met another guy and he said the same thing.  He remembered the tract that I gave him years ago.  I met another guy who did the electrical work on our old apartment and of course we talked.  I gave him one of every tract that I had on me.  I told him I still have his father’s bible that he entrusted to me.  One day I was going to get on the bus and it passed me because I was too far away from the stop.  Then I heard a horn beep.  And another bus pulled up, opened the door and put down the ramp for me.  So you see there are many things (to the Glory of the Lord) that he does.  I can see how the scripture says “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.  John 21:25

Please pray for my sister in law.  She got saved through a tract that I’ve gave to her quite some time ago and now she has a burden to give them out.  There are some tracts that I can’t afford to buy, but maybe someone can help me out.  I would like to get 10,000 Chick tracts called “The Only Hope” or “This was your Life” and some books explaining the facts about Islam, I meet these people all the time.

These can be bought through www.chick.com and you can send them to my house.  I will be so grateful.

Please keep this matter in Prayer.  This is a special need and for free they will print my contact number on the back.  This will help people realize I am not a Mormon, J. W., Catholic or any other cult.

My new address is: Jim Costigan  52 Harvard St.  Dedham, Ma.  02026 Baptist Street Preachers of Boston   1-508-212-4625 I’ve changed the name of this ministry to the information above.

Thank You again in the name of Jesus our Lord                  Jim and Jo Ann Costigan    Luke 1:37  For with God nothing shall be impossible.

 

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The William LeFevre Family - Missionaries in Bulgaria

“And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.” Psalm 35:9

Our praying friends and family in the Lord,                              December 2015


The holiday season is upon us. We have just celebrated our Thanksgiving here and are preparing for Christmas and the New Year. As believers, however, every day is Thanksgiving; we celebrate every day the Lord's birth, life, death, and resurrection. Still, we don't begrudge a fallen world's attempts at imitating our joy. Some complain, and with good cause, of the world's commercialization and abandonment of the sacred; but what do we expect from those in darkness and at enmity with God? Rather, I praise the Lord that at this season, above all others, whether consciously or in ignorance, the Lord is exalted. Songs and hymns of adoration can be heard in the most unlikely of places. I have heard, “Christ, by highest heav’n adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord... Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail th’ incarnate Deity! Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus our Immanuel ” echo through the halls of commerce and fall on seemingly oblivious ears, but it sung, nevertheless. “What then? Notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.” Philippians 1:18 What a privilege is ours then, to guide lost souls from imitation to sincere acceptance, from ignorance and unbelief to faith in the resurrected Christ!


This year, as you know, I've been helping national pastor Alish in his meetings. At the start of the year, Alish pastored ten churches and preached at other meetings beside. Midway through the year, he assumed the care of three more churches without forfeiting any of his regular meetings. On some days we go together to meetings, on others we go to separate meetings. It is my joy to witness these souls growing both in their understanding of the Word and their love and care one for another and those around them. The woman of the house where we meet in Shkorpilovsti has cancer. She has been through several rounds of chemotherapy already, seemingly to no avail. She suffers a great deal from the treatments and a great deal more from her condition. The other day, during our service, she was weeping inconsolably. When it came time to pray, she asked prayer for two boys she had seen at the hospital during her chemo session. She said the boys had been in a terrible accident and were writhing in pain, crying out for relief. Though she suffers pain of an increasing nature and herself often succumbs to its effects, she was moved by the plight of these boys. Her heart was broken for them. She testified, “I suffer with hope, that one day my suffering will all be over. Those boys suffer with no hope, without faith; their sufferings are only starting.” That service she prayed fervently for those souls, and her zeal took hold of our hearts, as well.


Pray for Nasuf. He's one of our national pastors laboring in Targovishte. Recently I was asked to attend his meetings with him and distribute new hymnals to all of his members. I was happy to do so. I was made happier by the welcome I received from all his churches, not just in hospitality shown, but in heartfelt gratitude for our work in the LORD. Nasuf has been having heart trouble, and just this week went for a heart catherization in Sofia. Praise the LORD the procedure went well. Please pray he makes a full and speedy recovery, as we miss him in the work.


With the exception of visas, I seldom mention any of our personal needs. Some churches have chided me for this, st