Radio Broadcasts for: 4-27-14

William LeFevre

 

"Testifying of the work in Bulgaria" 3-30-14 19:00 (pt. 2)

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4-20-14

William LeFevre

 "Testifying of the work in Bulgaria" 3-30-14 19:00 (pt. 1)

4-6-14

William LeFevre preaching out of 2 Kings 2

"Where is the Lord God" 3-31-14 19:00

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4-6-14

Fred Potter preaching out of Acts 2

What happened on the road (2-27-00 PM)

3-30-14

Mike Nixon preaching out of Rom 16

They did as they were taught (3-28-14 AM)

 
 

 

Updates from Bulgaria

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Dear Churches and Praying Friends           April/May 2014

 

"In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ," (I Cor. 5:4)

 

One of the greatest blessings in the work here is the campmeeting.  The Lord has helped us to establish house churches all over eastern Bulgaria and Romania.  Many of them are small congregations among small Turkish villages.  Each of the national pastors cares for believers in a different region.  Just as the American campmeeting/revival meeting is a blessing, this large gathering of believers has proven to be a great encouragement for the believers in Bulgaria.  Each summer we try to gather in believers from different regions.  This large gathering together is accompanied by the power of the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is like heaven on earth to experience a large crowd of believers singing loudly the praises of the Lord who died for them, rose again for them, sought them, found them, washed their sins away and gave them a new life.  Then the time of testimonies is a great blessing.  They get to encourage one another by telling their own stories of how God has delivered them from various difficulties.  For the new believers this is an eye-opening experience to see so many other people who have endured the same afflictions and can tell of how God always gives the victory through faith and prayer.  At the campmeetings churches are edified, the preachers are strengthened, prayers are answered, and sometimes even souls are saved.  The fellowship is sweet and parting is sorrowful.

 

Just this week we had our first campmeeting of the year.  Later in the summer these meetings will include baptizing down at the river.  Those meetings are special because we get to see the results of a year's worth of preaching in various villages: new believers obeying Christ's command in baptism.  Normally, they enter the water fearful and exit the water with hands lifted to heaven joyfully.

 

Thank you all for your continued prayer and support.  With some more help, we could sow more bountifully, and reap more bountifully.  The Lord is working in Bulgaria. We look forward to the day when we shall come again with rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

 

In Christ, Zachary LeFevre

 

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Coats for kids

 

 

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

 

Please click on the link below to see some pictures from the Romanian 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

Dear Fellow Labourers,
Last year 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

 

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The Cheatwoods,                               July 2013

 

Greetings in the wonderful name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Everything is going well in Him.  This prayer letter is a normal prayer letter.  We will start out by praising God, then go to asking for money.  Like one pastor told his congregation, “I have some good news and some bad news.  The good news is that we have all the money we need to do everything we need to do.  The bad news is that it is still in your pockets!”

 

I recently had the opportunity to buy a piece of property in Avren, Bulgaria where we have a very good house church established.  The property has a house and a cheese factory.  Because I did not want to miss this opportunity, I borrowed 25 thousand dollars and bought the property.  One large room will be for the church which now has about 20 members meeting in a small house nearby.  We are going to produce Bibles and hymn books there as well.  Between the house and the factory, there are many rooms we can utilize.  I feel sure you will want to help and have a part in this project.

 

I am writing this letter from Romania where we are just finishing our campmeeting.  When I arrived here from Bulgaria, I learned one of our old cars that has over 300,000 kilometers on it (200,000 miles) had just died and is not worth repairing again.  So I asked Brother Dave what it would cost to replace it.  In short, the price is about 9,000 dollars.  This is my other request.  We use this car for the Children’s Home and for going to village church meetings.  In September, two of our children will be going to a special school for children with physical and mental challenges.  This car will also be used to transport them each day.

 

We would very much appreciate your help!

 

In His Service.  Bro. Ralph Cheatwood

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Bulgaria Feeding update

Bulgarian Flour and Oil Distribution Update April 2013  (click on link for PDF)

 


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

 

Dear Fellow Labourers,
 
With much thankfulness we would like to give you an update on the work:
 
Last year in 2012 the Lord graciously allowed you to be a part with us in feeding 1,750 poor Milet Turkish church families.  Each family received a 110 lb sack of flour and 5 liters of oil.  This year we wanted to feed around 2,000 church families and the Lord has supplied that need.

Thanks be to God, and the charity of His people, most of these families have now received a sufficient supply of flour and oil for the year.  This was a large undertaking, but not too big for the Lord to handle.

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With great joy we would like to give you a brief update of the work in Bulgaria and Romania:

 

•   Brother Ralph Cheatwood is completing the Turkish Bible translation and Mitko (one of our national pastors), the Bulgarian Bible,
     while 8 Missionary families minister in three languages: Turkish, Romanian, and Bulgarian.
•  16 National pastors help us oversee this work. About $1,000 a month extra is needed to support these men. We try to help each pastor offset the costs of their food and fuel (presently $7+ a gallon).
    Our men oversee 5-10 churches each, while driving hundreds of miles every week to get to all of the meetings!
•  During the winter we also assist our church members with food and those in need with firewood.  A cord of firewood costs about $180.
•  Over 105 churches have been established in Bulgaria and Romania since 1991.  During the past few years the churches have grown from around 1,500 families to about 2,000.
•  In 2012 around 100 adults professed faith in Christ and were baptized.
•  Many have been saved and encouraged through our preaching and singing DVD’s and CD’s, one of our main evangelistic tools.  Wherever our Turks travel they take the DVD’s and CD’s with them.
•  20 church feeding centers have been established in Romania and 18 in Bulgaria, where children and adults get one good meal per day.
•  “Coats for Kids” was started in 2008 by the Leach family.  One year they distributed 1,000 winter coats, 1,000 pairs of socks and 25 pairs of shoes to the neediest children in his village churches.
•   In 2002 Casa Julia Children’s home was established in Romania. They are raising 11 abandoned children, giving them a safe, loving, Christian home.

The Lord has consistently met our needs. We praise Him for His loving provision, and for your obedience to His moving in your hearts.

In Christ, Rev. Mike Nixon                                                                                                       To God be the Glory!

 

 

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Since 1991 the Lord has kept the doors open for Charity Baptist Mission to help feed the poor in Bulgaria and Romania.

 

As of September 2011 the following are the basic costs for carrying on this work.


Bulgaria

•  We are supplying food for 18 churches daily. Monthly it costs about $175 per church.
•  About 353 children are fed each month through theses churches.
•  Some of these churches feed between 20 and 30 children daily.
•  It costs roughly $8.50 to feed a child for the month or 29 cents per day.
•  We need at least $3,150 each month to continue this work.

 

It's been a long time since we've gotten in this amount for the feeding.  Currently, we receive less than $2,000 per month, so many of the missionaries give out of their monthly support to help with this endeavor. Even with their help, we had to cut the feeding down due to lack of funds.

 

We can't afford to buy beans every month. Sometimes we have to buy fewer potatoes, rice, and/or oil.  This month cabbage will be cheap, so we'd like to get each church a couple barrels of cabbage: they pickle it and use it the rest of the winter.  If we had the funds, we could also buy more potatoes this month while they're cheap and then store and use them in the coming months. 

 

Romania

•  We supply food for 20 feeding centers which feed 15-20 people at each location.
•  Each month we buy 7,500 loaves of bread for around $2,200 dollars (at 29 cents per loaf)
•  These are distributed throughout the Romanian feeding centers.
•  Roughly 280 people are being fed each day at a cost of $2,550 each month.
•  That comes to about $8.90 per month for a child/person.
•  Our Missionaries oversee 15 churches with the help of 7 national pastors.

 

In addition to the bread we are spending about $2,000 a month for food plus about $500 - $600 a month all together on rents and water for the 16 places that prepare food for children.  This includes some food for the National pastors and their families.  We also have churches in some very poor villages where not only the children, but all those that come to the church can be fed.

 

 

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 - Please click on the following link for -
 

A SUMMARY OF OUR 35 YEARS ON THE MISSION FIELD 1975 - 2010

 

(An overview of what the Lord has done through Sr. Missionary Ralph Cheatwood, who is over the work in Bulgaria and Romania)

 

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Camp Meetings at Brookside Baptist Church

 

 

 Rev. Mike Nixon - Pastor - Rev. Fred Potter - Founder

 

Services:

Monday 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m.

 

CAMP MEETING DATES

 

March - Last Monday & week following, July - Last Monday & week following October - Last Monday & week following

 

For more information call: Tel. 423-878-2771 or 423-878-8131  Tri-State Baptist Children’s Home 1528 Vance Tank Rd. Bristol, TN. 37620

 

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“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”  1 Cor 13:13

 

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