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.

Bulgaria

Mexico

India

Romania

Ukraine / Moldova

United States

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Articles Of  Faith

    

 

Recent Updates

 

 

Facts About Our Founder

 

 

CBM Our Story

 

 

Disclaimer

 

updated 4-20-15

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Charity Baptist Mission 2014 Four & Oil distribution

 

Please click on the picture above to see the video which shows the distribution of flour and oil to the believers in our churches in Bulgaria.

 

 

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From Bulgaria

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Rejoice in the Lord: and again I say rejoice. Phil. 4:4

 Dear Pastors, Churches and Fellow-Saints,

 

I am very thankful for all of your prayers and support for the work to which God has called us.  It is our privilege to preach the gospel of Christ and the word of God to Bulgarians and Romanians alike. While laboring here, I have been blessed to see many individuals who had never before heard the salvation message, come to faith at the “preaching of the cross”.

 

Two of those people that heard and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, recently passed away.  Sali was 50 years old when he first heard the gospel.  His wife invited us to come and hold a service in their home.  Sali stayed outside and listened.  While outside God's Spirit began to deal with him about his soul.  Sometime later Sali believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and was baptized.  This last week he went up to the store to buy a little food.  He was very poor.  He returned home and gave his last 25 cents to one of his grandchildren for a treat.  He then laid down on the sidewalk and passed away.  He was 56 years old.  His grandchild asked him to get up, but he was already being carried by the angels to that land that is fairer than day, to walk on streets of gold forever.

 

Zembulle was another dear saint who recently went home to heaven.  She was 70 years old.  She started coming to church a number of years ago. Soon she was saved and baptized.  Every week thereafter we would pick up a number of believers from her corner house in the village and carry them all to the service.  Her health was bad, but you would never know it.  The smile on her face and the joy in her heart from coming to church was plain for everyone to see.  It was a real privilege to pick her up every week.  I believe this last week God sent His chariot and conveyed her to another worship service in heaven, where they praise the Lamb of God without ceasing.

 

I love taking joyful Christians to church, who want to be where Jesus is lifted up and we are all drawn closer to him.  I am sure the angels that were sent to carry these precious souls home felt the same way.

 

Rejoicing in His Service,  Bro. Matt Welch and Family

 

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Dear Brother Mike and Church,       March 29, 2015

Greetings from Bro. Ralph and all the missionaries.  We are just finishing up a two-day Turkish meeting here in Romania.  We had a very good meeting with about 100 folks between those here in Constanta and the believers that came up with the missionaries.

We have been praying the Lord will bless all of you this week in the campmeeting.  I know you are missing Bro. Sam, but we were rejoicing this morning in church along with the angels that have been waiting for years for him to take his place in Heaven.

We have been talking with Bro. Ralph this weekend and he is getting to the point where he is ready to start binding New Testaments to give out to the churches in Romania and Bulgaria.  These would be hand-made by the missionaries and believers as Ralph is not ready to put it out for mass-production. Bro. Ralph hopes to be able to get 3,000 of these into print and bound over the next year.  We estimate the cost of printing and binding to be $4.50 for one New Testament or $13,500.

At the Turkish meeting this weekend, 6 or 8 of the Turkish national pastors stood and preached from this New Testament that Bro. Ralph translated and printed himself for these pastors.  The Lord is really blessing the churches through the preaching and it would be wonderful to be able to give the believers in the churches their own copies.

We appreciate all of the prayers you have lifted up for us over the years.  We ask now that you would help us pray in the funds Bro. Ralph needs to make the New Testaments for the churches. We know that many of you, as well as the church as a whole, have been through trying times lately. You are in our prayers daily….Our son Ransom sang lead on a song in church for the first time today.  He sang “Child, your cries have awoken the Master”.  It was such a blessing.  God is hearing your prayers and is close by to make sure you are not overcome.

In Christ,  Dave Turner for Bro. Ralph and the other missionaries
                                                  

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From Ukraine

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Dear Praying Friends and Family,                                                February - March 2015

 

Bible Institute Begins. The Bible Institute classes got off to a good start with around ten students.  Four of them are taking the class “Preparation and Delivery of Sermons.”  The other classes are Theology I, Genesis I, Soul Winning, and the Gospel of John which is taught in Sunday School.  Some of the men work irregular hours and came up with the idea of recording the classes and posting them on the internet so they can view them later. Our church now has its own channel on YouTube.  It is called “ББЦ Раздельная” for anyone interested in Bible Believing preaching and teaching in Russian.  Our Soul Winning class is held on Saturday before Visitation.  We are thankful for two people who received Christ and for the opportunities to explain the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others who have understood it for the first time in their lives.

 

Church Events. Winter has been long this year with snow still coming down in late March keeping us close to home.  The roads here are horrendous even in good weather.  Our church has enjoyed several special meetings like a Sweetheart’s Banquet for our married couples; a ladies meeting for encouraging the women to live for the Lord; and a Salvation Sunday/Dinner on the Grounds which gives us extra time and opportunity for fellowship and dealing with people.  All in all, we thank the Lord that things are going well and improving. 

 

Literature Blitz. With the warm weather on its way we are planning to canvas our town again with Gospel literature.  We have several titles of various booklets and tracts that we are putting in custom printed plastic bags to hang on the front door of every house.  Please pray that the Lord blesses this effort with souls saved and that God’s people would get fired up to do something for the Lord while we still can. 

 

Misc. Trials. The past two months seem to have been a period of trial and testing for many members of the church. Many were sick with a flu that caused the local schools to shut down; some of the members had relatives pass away; all are experiencing financial troubles from the war’s effects on the economy; and the concern over how they are going to pay the new gas tariffs that begin in April when there will be an increase from 300% to up to 600%.  Many also fear for husbands, sons, and fathers should full mobilization be announced to fight a war with ProRussians and Russians in Donetsk and Lughansk.  We appreciate your prayers for us, for our ministry, and for Ukraine that the Lord would bless us and keep the doors open for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

 

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.  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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Bulgaria - Romania Update

 

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September 27, 2014

 

Missionaries:

Eight (8) American Families, three (3) in Romania and five (5) in Bulgaria:  Dave Turner, Nathan Reed, Jacob Reed, Ralph Cheatwood, Matthew Welch, Zachary LeFevre, Larry Leach, William LeFevre. We work as a group, with each missionary having their individual work.

 

National Pastors:

Four (4) pastors in Romania and eight (8) in Bulgaria.  Besides these pastors there are several young men in Romania that preach but do not pastor churches at this time.  All these pastors and preachers work under the authority of the missionaries.

 

Churches:

Mostly Turkish house meetings, with seven (7) self-standing buildings, twenty (20) churches in Romania and eighty (80) in Bulgaria.  We minister in English, Turkish, Romanian and Bulgarian.

Our simple definition of a local church is a group of baptized believers, meeting regularly as a church, having a national pastor.

 

Charity East Association Romania:

Casa Julia: Home where we are raising eleven (11) children.  This home is also lovingly called ‘The Father’s House’.  We have had most of these children since birth. 

Our ministry in Romania is done from this complex.

 

 

* for full update on Casa Julia, see Attachment 1

 

 

Feeding Centers:

National believers’ homes where we feed children a hot meal every day.  Twelve (12) in Romania and nine (9) in Bulgaria.  In these homes the children learn to sing hymns and pray, thanking God for His many blessings and for their daily bread.  As these children have grown up, many have been saved and are now established in one of our local churches.

 

Coats for Kids:

This ministry was started by Larry and Carrie Leach in 2008 with just a few coats in the back of a van.  It has grown and now over one thousand (1,000) coats with a pair of socks are given out each winter.

 

Flour and Oil:

Each winter, over two thousand (2,000) families in Bulgaria receive a fifty (50) kilogram sack of flour and a five (5) liter bottle of cooking oil.  This helps them get through the winter.

 

Bulgarian and Turkish Bibles:

These Bibles have been newly translated from the English King James 1611 Authorized Version.  Along with Turkish hymnbooks, the New Testaments of these Bibles are being freely distributed to our believers and others that are interested.

 

Daily Bread:

Over 4,500 loaves of bread are freely distributed monthly to needy families in Romania through the daily prayer meetings.

 

Three Seas Missionary Journeys:

Our purpose for these journeys is to raise interest and support for the work in Romania and Bulgaria, and also to expand into Turkey. Since Romania and Bulgaria are a part of the European Union, many of our believers have travelled into Europe, seeking work. They carry their hymnbooks and New Testaments with them, finding each other and meeting together wherever they go, so we have a witness in many parts of Europe. Several of the missionaries have already made trips into Turkey this past year, giving out New Testaments and hymnbooks in Turkish to contacts they have made. 

 

In order to achieve our purpose, we want pastors, mission directors and church members with a heart for missions to have the opportunity to see our work in Romania and Bulgaria, take part in church services and evangelization and visit sites of the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation which are in Turkey.  We want you to have a ‘hands on’ part in this work. To use a military term, we want ‘Boots on the Ground’.

The cost of these missionary journeys would be your roundtrip airfare to Bucharest, Romania, where you would be met at the airport and brought to our Children’s Home complex in Constanta, Romania.  The price after arriving in Bucharest would be one hundred dollars ($100) a day per person all inclusive.  This price would cover all your expenses while with us- travel, hotels, meals, snacks, etc.- and would leave us with enough money to produce DVD’s, hymnbooks and New Testaments to give out on the way.

 

* For itinerary of missionary journeys, see Attachment 2                      * For more information on journeys, see Attachment 3

 

 DVD’s and Website:

Twenty years ago we began giving out cassette tapes of our church services that included preaching, testifying, singing and praying.  We now give out DVD’s with videos of Turkish church services and have a website where hundreds of meeting videos are posted.

 

This is our work that the Lord has given us.  We are thankful to be able to share it with you. 

 

Brother  Ralph Cheatwood

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Sep 23, 2014

As summer draws to a close we pause to reflect on what the Lord has done for us this season.  The work in Bulgaria continues to flourish. We recently finished our summer baptisms.  This year the Lord added over fifty souls to the church through the ordinance of baptism. Others have been saved, but could not make it to the meetings to be baptized. Lord willing, next summer they'll be baptized as well.  Our baptizings are the highlight of our year, because the older believers get to meet the new ones and they fellowship together.  Normally the church service afterwards goes long into the night.  This year was no exception. Even after the closing prayer, the believers broke out into another song, and then another.

This year the Lord has provided new vehicles for each of the national pastors in Bulgaria.  We want to thank those who gave towards this work.  Most of these men preach in about ten villages per week, some of them, even more.  They have addicted themselves to this ministry. With pastors so dedicated to the churches, it's no wonder that the churches are thriving.

Another special blessing is the large meeting at our church up in Romania. Earlier in the year we took about sixty believers from Bulgaria who met about that many in Romania for a weekend of meetings. Now our plan is to have weekend meetings every fifth Sunday up in Romania. (Thank the Lord for the new cars!) The believers are thrilled to see one another. The preachers are tickled to see so many people gathered in one place that they preach extra good.

Please continue to pray for the work here, the new believers, the churches, the national pastors, and the missionaries.  Without your continued prayer and support, the work would not be what it is today. 

God bless each one of you.  Zach LeFevre

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2014 Bulgarian flour & oil

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We've just finished the flour distribution in Bulgaria this year.  Through your generous giving, we were able to provide each family of believers with over one hundred pounds of flour and over a gallon of oil.  Everyone is happy and thankful for this display of your care for them. 

Please click on the following links: 2014 flour thank you letter and from one of our national pastors Brother Mitko.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year the mill produced a very good quality of flour.  One woman from the church in Trastikovo said that she had not seen such good flour in her whole life.  She said that she will be baking bread every single day until it runs out.

In the village of Grozdevo one of the believers said that her family was out of flour.  Her husband would be working, but they might only be able to afford to buy a small bag of flour with his pay.  Then, our flour truck came the next day and she received one hundred pounds of flour.  So, they are rejoicing at how the Lord has provided for them.

Another believer, in Vezenkovo, told us that she was down to the bottom of the barrel.  She made her last bread in the evening, and prayed, "Lord, what are we going to do tomorrow"?  Well, the next day when the flour truck arrived at the church, she was amazed at how the Lord answered her prayer and provided for them. 

Zachary LeFevre

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Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

As always we are bound to give God thanks through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for what He has done through Brookside Baptist Church in the mission field in Bulgaria and everywhere else where the Lord let you have a part in His work.  We thank you all for caring for the poor and feeding the children over here.  It has been a great help for the churches over here to see someone like you all each winter provide 5 liters of oil and 50 kg of flour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

        

This food has fed a lot of people that are destitute of their daily food.  A lot of the believers have fed a lot of the hungry neighbours around and it turns to be a good testimony.  Also some of the believers testified that the oil fails not and the flour is not diminished.

 

Some testified that when they saw people more destitute than them they gave away their own oil and flour.

 

May the Lord bless you all in everything that you are doing.   

 

In Christ, Bro. Mitko.

 

 

 

This is a picture of the church in the village of Brestak, getting blessed with flour and oil. All these believers are extremely poor in this world but rich with God and thank you all for blessing them with their daily bread and oil.   This is a picture of two of our sisters that got blessed by the Lord and what Brookside provided for them. They have large families and are more than happy and thankful that the Lord and Brookside care for them.

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Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

As always we are bound to give God thanks through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for what He has done through Brookside Baptist Church in the mission field in Bulgaria and everywhere else where the Lord let you have a part in His work.  We thank you all for caring for the poor and feeding the children over here.  It has been a great help for the churches over here to see someone like you all each winter provide 5 liters of oil and 50 kg of flour.  This food has fed a lot of people that are destitute of their daily food.  A lot of the believers have fed a lot of the hungry neighbours around and it turns to be a good testimony.  Also some of the believers testified that the oil fails not and the flour is not diminished.  Some testified that when they saw people more destitute than them they gave away their own oil and flour.  May the Lord bless you all in everything that you are doing.

 

In Christ, Bro. Mitko.

 

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Coats for kids

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Coats for Kids 2014-15  Dear Friends,

It’s that time of year again, we are excited to announce… Coats for Kids. Every year, with the help of churches and individuals all across America, we have been able to distribute coats, socks, and the gospel on DVD to needy children and widows in our area here in Eastern Bulgaria, as well as in Romania. The needs are still great, as Bulgaria and Romania are the poorest nations in the European Union and work is scarce.

Though prices of most other items have really inflated, the cost of new socks and gently used coats remains nearly the same. For $6, we can outfit a needy child with a coat and socks for the winter. Please pray about what, if anything, the Lord would have you do to help with this ministry.

It is our hope to have all gathered funds in by November 1st, so we have time for our mission to send it over at the beginning of the buying season when coats are in abundance.

 

You can send to:

Charity Baptist Mission
Coats for Kids
P.O. Box 692
Bristol, TN 37621

In closing, here are a few pictures of kids we were able to help last year:

 

 

Please click on the following link to see the full story of the first Coats for Kids 2013-14  (12-21-13) distribution. (a printable pdf is available here)

 

The weather was absolutely perfect for a coat distribution, with temperatures around forty, clear roads, sunny skies, and a cool breeze. A little after nine this morning, Larry and I loaded up the car and headed up the road to the LeFevre house, where the elder daughters, Katy and Polly, were waiting for us. ...Together we headed to Novi Pazar where we were to begin this year’s coat season. We barely had time to greet the Pastor and his wife before the first group of kids arrived. They were a lively, rowdy bunch. I was thrilled to see them again—and they were thrilled to see us. ...that distribution went smoothly.... We gave coats, socks, and DVDs to around 70 kids there.

 

We brought more bags of coats and socks down from upstairs and filled the cars. Then we drove on to Kaspichan....Kaspichan is wild. I could describe it for you, but really, in order to fully understand it, you’d have to experience it for yourself. Its just wild. ...We ended up giving out around sixty coats and socks there. The demand for DVDs was so great today, we ran out.

 

And one final picture, a few of the 48 kids who got coats, socks, and pants in Eforie:

 

               

 

 

 

The fella at front left came in without a pair of pants, but he left with pants, socks, and a coat. This one makes me cry buckets. With a pair of pants, he can have a chance to go to school.

 

Thank you all for your prayers! Stay tuned for the next update.  On Behalf of the Leach Family, Carrie Leach - Bulgaria

 

 

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From Romania

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Please click on the link below to see some pictures from the village of Eforie.

         

Mugur Varzariu, is a Romanian documentary photographer who created a web page depicting the living conditions of the Roma in the village of Eforie.

Follow the link below to get more information from the authors website.

 http://www.mugurvarzariu.com/the-forced-evictions-of-around-one-hundred-roma-people-in-eforie-sud/  "rain of tears"  www.mugurvarzariu.com

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Bro. Mike and beloved saints at Brookside,

 

We are thrilled to hear good reports of what the Lord is already doing at campmeeting.  It seems when Satan is getting the best of us, that is when the Lord is able to show Himself most powerfully.  I am grateful He is close by when we need Him.

 

I have a prayer request to ask your help with.  For a few years, we have had a meeting and feeding center in Eforie, a town not far from Constanta.  Many have been saved and baptized from this meeting and some of the poorest children in this area have been fed each day.  This is also the place where we got Kelebek, our youngest girl in the Children's Home.  The meeting was held in a 'shanty town' of houses thrown together around a garbage dump.  Most of the families, including their children, dig around for plastic bottles, cardboard, and metal to sell for a few cents each day.  A few weeks ago, the city came in and bulldozed everything down to make way for an apartment development.  The families were left outside huddled under sheets of plastic during a week of rain.  Several TV stations showed the families sitting under their shelters, their children covered in mud.  The mayor was asked what they were going do about these people.  He said "If the butcher throws the stray dog scraps, they will stay in front of his shop.  If the butcher locks the door, they will go away" He was comparing our Turks to dogs.  These are the people to whom we have given our lives to show God's love.  The city, under the pressure of the media, was forced to let these families move into a very old, abandoned school building.  The woman of the church, along with her children, have their few possessions gathered in a corner of a large room.  They cannot leave for fear their few belongings will be stolen. 

 

I went out on Tuesday and looked at the situation.  We can build a wall with a door across the end of the room she is in and she would have her own 12 x 25 ft. "house".  If we get her a stove and a gas bottle and utensils, she can continue to feed the many children which are now living in the school.

 

This seems to be an opportunity for us to show God's goodness, as many of these families have lost hope.

 

I think for $1,200 we can get her room built and secured and buy what is needed for her to begin feeding even more children than before.  We may also be able to have our church meeting in one of the larger 'common' rooms where all these families who are gathered in one place can attend.

 

This woman has been faithful through much adversity.  Please pray we will be able to take care of her and this church.

 

We are all praying for the Lord to do even greater things for you this week. 

 

In Christ, Bro. Dave Turner

 

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Bulgaria Feeding

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Dear Fellow Labourers,
In 2013 the Lord graciously allowed supporters of the work to help feed 2,000 poor Milet Turkish church families for $80,000.
  Each family received a 110 lb sack of flour and 5 liters of oil.   We would like to help feed the people again this year.   Please pray with us about this and see if the Lord would have you help feed them.

 

September 2013 Update from Bulgaria brochure (click on link for PDF)

 

“For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”  Ps. 107:9

 

The Cheatwoods,                               July 2013