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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From Our Founder

Rev. Fred Potter

"Heard a church bell ringing"

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





Ukraine / Moldova

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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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updated 6-21-17



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From South India


Dear brethren, greetings to everyone. Summer - 2017

It is indeed my privilege and pleasure to greet you all in the precious name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ at this time.

I hope this letter will find you in good health and in the joy of the Lord. Thank you for your love and support for our ministry in India. The Children’s home ministry started in 1975 and the Lord has helped us to win hundreds of souls for his kingdom through this work.

Many of our children have graduated from the home and are doing the Lord’s work in different parts of India. God has enabled us to support them financially, some as local pastors and others to help build churches in the villages. Our vision is to reach the unreachable people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by sending and supporting national missionaries and local pastors for $50 per month. During Christmas our pastors were very happy to receive a pair of pants and shirt as a special gift.

We are also doing some charity work for needy women by giving them sewing machines. This will help them to support their families. Each sewing machine cost about $120. Let us pray and support, let’s go or send someone to spread the word.

We are so thankful to each and every one in the church for your prayers and support for this ministry.

Our country is going through many political and economic changes. Your valuable prayers are greatly appreciated. Please continue to pray for the children and the staff.

Yours truly,

"For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.” Mark 3:35



From Ukraine



Dear Praying Friends and Family, March - April 2017


I hope this letter finds you all well in the Lord and rejoicing in His blessings. It is our privilege to once again give a report on the work and our family. We pray it will be a blessing and encouragement to you.


Rue Crew Review. We received requests to give more information on the family, so here goes… We are all breathing a sigh of relief now that spring has sprung. We had a freak snow storm in the middle of April after many gardens were already planted and blossoms on the fruit trees were in bloom. Two feet of snow fell over two days. Many trees were broken, power lines were down, and over twenty villages in our region were without power for several days. The family birthday season began in January and continues monthly until July. Naomi had her birthday in March and is still a young lady! Christopher and Joshua’s birthdays were in April. We want to thank all who send cards remembering our birthdays. It is a blessing to know we are remembered.


After praying about it, our oldest son, Joshua, is planning on entering the air force in the near future. He had several unplanned hindrances signing up for his second semester in college which caused him to look for other ways to get his education. Please pray for him.


Miriam is a huge help to us in our family and ministry. She helps Naomi keep up with all the shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and schooling. She helps in the ministry with teaching, passing out tracts, and just trying to fill in anywhere there is a need. She works as an illustrator of tracts, children’s books, and our Sunday School curriculum. She also has her own website and is constantly in demand. Miriam has her own website which is worth a few minutes of your time to check out She is planning to return to the US in the near future to attend Pensacola Bible Institute.


Naomi and Christopher are still trying to get on top of some health problems. Both have thyroid issues but we still do not know the extent yet. We are very thankful for the Schmitz family’s generous shipment of iodine. It is helping us all. We are still trying to get help for Christopher’s feet which are becoming more deformed as he grows. We finally found a different company that makes special corrective shoes. We went to a recommended Ukrainian company for the past three years and it has only been a waste of precious time and money. This time of his childhood is crucial for correcting his feet. The first company just took our money. We pray every night for God’s help, wisdom, and healing. We’ve been encouraged by this new company and were given the advice to try it for a year. If it doesn’t help then surgery will be the only option left.


Our family website is up and running thanks to Pastor Schoolfield’s wife Amanda. It is still a work in progress but you can log on to see pictures and get more information on current projects


Preaching in Public Schools. We are rejoicing in the new open door here to preach in the public schools. President Poroshenko issued a decree celebrating the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. He has further dedicated the upcoming month of October to celebrating the Reformation and wants school children to know and understand the value and contribution of Protestants in the development of civilization in Europe and America. We are preparing a big presentation for all the schools in our region during the month of September. Please pray about scheduling and meetings with each school’s director.

2017 is also being celebrated as the year of the English language which is a perfect opportunity to give them King James Bibles. Brother David Cagle has already shipped us over 1,000 Bibles through his ministry Operation Enduring Word. One of our missionaries who works in the Zhitomir region is asking me for KJV Bibles and said that he could give away up to 10,000 in his Oblast alone. While the Bibles have been donated by several Bible Societies and are free the shipping is not. Brother Cagle has helped with these costs and we are are very grateful for the opportunity! The Lord is obviously giving the Ukrainian people grace that is seldom given these days. Please pray for God’s blessings on this endeavor.


Missions Conference. Our church had a long overdue missions conference in March. We are putting the emphasis on supporting Ukrainian men involved in evangelism and planting local Baptist churches. Our people practically qualify to be placed alongside the Macedonians of Second Corinthians chapter eight and yet they’ve increased their giving and pledges that allowed us to take on three more missionaries.


Upcoming Guests. Our church and family are all excited about our special guests in May. My parents have finally mustered up enough courage to cross “the pond” and see our family and ministry in our natural habitat. They are coming with their pastor and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. John Niehaus of Mt. Hope Baptist Church who will be very busy making the rounds to visit all their supported Ukrainian missionaries. We are very grateful to get them for a day and our church is very excited about the opportunity to treat them to Ukrainian hospitality! Two weeks after their departure, Naomi’s mother, Sarah Witter, will be visiting us for a couple of months. Our kids are so happy about the news to finally see their Grandparents again.


In a Nutshell. All other areas of ministry continue with the Lord’s blessings. The Gospel is going out via literature, personal work, and our YouTube channel. Men are being trained in our Bible Institute, and we’ve had a lot of new visitor’s lately! Sergei followed the Lord in believer’s baptism and we are rejoicing that Oksana who was recently saved has begun attending church services in spite of the opposition from her family! We are excited about the future work in Odessa and the upcoming opportunities to preach in Missionary Ed Keough’s Missions Conference and Missionary Perry Demopolis’ Bible Conference.


Personally Speaking. Last week I visited my former assistant who is terribly backslidden. I poured twenty years into him. He was talented, gifted, and capable but twice the Lord kept me from ordaining him to full-time ministry. Actually, his own conduct is what kept me from it. It seemed the Lord brought it out each time I was getting ready for his ordination service. The recent visit left me saddened, frustrated, and angry. So much was poured into him and I was so excited to finally reach the point where we could turn this church over to national leadership and plant the church in Odessa. My hopes were dashed. God changed my plans. For the last three years I’ve been waiting for him to come back. The Lord recently dealt with me about him from I Samuel chapter 16, because I was beginning to feel slightly resentful toward the work for taking so much time from what I’ve been looking forward to for years, which is start a church in Odessa. I know, however, that to leave this work prematurely could be catastrophic to a work in which we’ve invested over twenty years. In some ways it feels like starting over again, at least as far as leadership training is concerned. In other ways, we are reaping of the rewards that are only seen by those who have stuck it out over the years. We are encouraged that this time we have a young man who, along with his wife, really has a heart for the Lord and His work.


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 Ruem Phil. 3:10


Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Spring of 2017


We Thank the Lord for the opportunity to labor with International Commission in mid-western Ukraine (near Hmelnitsky where they speak a mixture of both Russian and Ukrainian). The Lord blessed and I was able to understand them well and of course they all understand Russian. I worked with a Church of about 50 members that helps poor families in the community and has an outreach for women on Wednesdays. They also have Saturday Bible lessons to reach children. After our week of visits, 10 new children began attending. We made 45 planned visits of people they had been praying for. It was very obvious that the hearts of those who someone had been praying for were much more attentive and receptive of the Gospel than the few last minute meetings where they showed much less interest. Praise the Lord! Three souls believed the Gospel and received Christ. PRAY FOR: Oleg who was waiting for the chance to Repent. Alyona who prayed and tried to get her husband Valeriy to also receive Christ. Tanya was a proud and successful dentist, until the bottle and smoking hooked her. We counseled with her twice for two hours before she finally poured out her heart trusting the Lord.


{***SPECIAL REQUEST: Alicia (18) the Pastor’s middle daughter has Lymphoma- lymphatic cancer. Her attitude is good and& she continues serving the Lord, but is losing strength. A very giving family in need of much Prayer!!!}I was asked to participate on the Ukrainian National Coordinators group concerning Mobilizing Churches using courses like the “Kairos”- MISSIONS COURSE. Pray that the Lord will open doors in more Churches and Institutes and that He will stir the Churches burden to send Ukrainian Missionaries into Closed Eastern Countries.


God answered your prayers: I found a video course by Kirk Cameron called “The Way of the Master” in Russian. Simple enough that anyone can learn how to deal with lost souls, present Christ and Salvation. 2017 is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in Europe. The President of Ukraine signed a declaration allowing Protestant churches the liberty to speak openly in the schools and hold large Evangelisms. Please Pray as many of the Baptist Churches are using this freedom to set-up opportunities to present the Gospel Message. Many doors are opening to work with International Students- I am ordering tracts in six languages to distribute. I’m also helping in an Evangelistic English Course: Pray for the Salvation of Dennis, Deema, Yuriy, Stephan & Kenny.


LAKESIDE BAPTIST NEWS & Prayer Requests --------------------- Pray for these OPEN DOORS --------------


In Kagul, Moldova: Bros. Slavik, Sergey and Michael had an open door to teach and testify in a Russian Speaking trade school. They’re now praying the Lord will open up the door to speak in the local Lemansky trade school. 


June 11-17 FAMILY CAMP: Pray the Lord will strengthen families through applying the teaching of His Word.  *Please Pray for the 10,000 souls who received Evangelistic Calendars to understand & receive Christ.


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


P.S. The War has really picked up again and this is putting fear into many. Pray that God would work and use this.



From Bulgaria




March/April 2017  - Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,  ...always abounding in the work of the Lord... I Cor. 15:58


Greetings from the blessed saints in Bulgaria and Romania! The churches I attend are doing well with many saints wanting me to send greetings to their brethren in America. In many of their testimonies they always thank the Lord for the missionaries that brought them the gospel. We remain encouraged in the work of the Lord knowing that He is among us and will supply our every need according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus.


We continue to print and hand bind New Testaments and to distribute them to our church members. They all feel very privileged to receive a copy of the Word of God and we feel privileged to distribute it. Many of you have helped to make this ministry possible through your generous offerings, faithful support, and steadfast prayers.


We have started work on the church in Vugland (mentioned in a previous prayer letter) and hopefully we will be able to meet in it soon. We are thankful for the money that was sent in to help purchase this building and property. Mitko Stefanov is the pastor and is a blessing to all that know him and work with him in this ministry.


I have been dealing with a man named Micky who lives in our village. He is 72 years old and is from England. We went to his house last week to help him fix his gate. He told us that he doesn't believe he has long to live. Pray for him that the light of the glorious gospel would shine in his heart and he would be saved.


I know that most of you wonder about my health. I continue to have problems but God's grace is sufficient.


Please keep me and my family in your prayers. All Because of Calvary, Matthew Welch




January/February 2017  - Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,  And of some have compassion, making a difference; Jude 22


Greetings from the churches in Bulgaria and Romania!


I am very thankful to be saved by the grace of God and the blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son. I am also thankful to be called to preach God's Word and to be a missionary with the mission of preaching the gospel of Christ. (Rom. 1:16) In 1979 my uncle, Don Welch, made a big difference in my life by possessing the compassion and love of Christ to testify of God's great love displayed for me in John 3:16. It's my desire to make a difference in my family, my neighborhood, my church, and on the mission field. The Apostle Paul said that the love of Christ constrained him and Paul definitely made a difference in countless lives for Christ.


We all have so many people that are acquainted with us every day. Some of the ones I'm associated with are Zefko, Ivan, and Baba Danka and so many others. Some are saved while others are not, but if something is going to make a difference - it would be compassion. For over 23 years we have seen many people's lives changed from the preaching of the gospel of Christ. They have come from darkness to light and you have been a part of this ministry by your faithful prayers and support that comes from your compassion. I would like to personally thank you all for "making a difference".


In closing, I would also request that you pray for God's mercy and presence for one of my closest friends who has a brain tumor, Preacher Don Medley, of Brookside Baptist Church in Sugar Grove, Virginia. His love and compassion for saints and sinners has made a big impact through the years in that part of the country. I know that he and his wife and family would appreciate the Lord's people holding them up in prayer during this difficult and trying time.


All Because of Calvary, Matthew Welch




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


Our praying friends and family in the Lord,


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


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


If you would like to help in the rebuilding of Sister Minka's home, you can make checks payable to: Charity Baptist Mission P.O. Box 692 Bristol, TN 37621 Memo: Widow Minka’s House


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


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


Because of a living Saviour,  The William LeFevre Family





From Romania



Dear Brethren,                                                                              March 24, 2017


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


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


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


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


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


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




From Bulgaria



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


Dear churches and praying friends, March 2017


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


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


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


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


In Christ,  Zachary LeFevre



From Bulgaria





Dear Brethren, February 2017

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

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


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

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

Thank you, Larry Leach

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

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




Hispanic Missions



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



From the Streets of Boston Massachusetts



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


From Eastern Europe



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




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



From Bulgaria




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