Radio Broadcast for:  11-18-18

 

Fred Potter preaching from: Psalms 105

"Give Thanks" 11-23-03 AM

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Message for radio

Preacher

Whole ServiMce

11-11-18

Mike Nixon

Luke 15 "The weakness of God" 11-11-18 AM

11-4-18 part 2 Ralph Cheatwood Matt. 9 "What the Lord is looking for" 9-10-94

10-28-18 part 1

Ralph Cheatwood

Matt. 9 "What the Lord is looking for" 9-10-94 AM

10-21-18

Mike Nixon Titus 2 "Pursued by God" 10-7-18 PM

10-14-18

Mike Nixon

Revelation 3 "An open door" 10-7-18 AM

10-7-18

Mike Nixon

Romans 8 "He is for you" 9-2-18 PM

9-30-18

Fred Potter

Matt. 16 "How to get in the church" 8-22-02 PM

9-23-18

Ralph Cheatwood

pt. 2 - Isa. 9  "What Jesus is to us" 9-9-94 PM

9-16-18

Ralph Cheatwood

pt. 1 - Isa. 9  "What Jesus is to us" 9-9-94 PM

9-9-18

Mike Nixon

2 Sam 9 "Being in a low place" 8-30-18 PM

9-2-18

Mike Nixon

Jn. 1 "What manner of man is this" 8-26-18 AM

8-26-18

Frank Cornelius

John 11 "Jesus came to heal the sick" 8-19-18 AM

8-19-18

Ralph Cheatwood

1 John 2 "The will of God" 9-8-94 PM

8-12-18 part 2 and 8-5-18

Fred Potter

Ex. 31 "What are you shouting about" 7-1-93 PM

7-29-18

Mike Nixon

1 Corinthians 1:23 "But God" 7-22-18 AM

7-22-18

Mike Nixon

Daniel 1:17 "God gave them" 7-15-18 AM

7-15-18

Ralph Cheatwood

Matt. 3 "The anointing of God" 9-9-94 PM

7-8-18

Mike Nixon

Hebrews 2 "We se not yet" 6-24-18 PM

7-1-18

Fred Potter

Jer. 6 "Seek ye the old paths" 6-13-93 PM

6-24-18

Fred Potter

Jer. 6 "Seek ye the old paths" 6-13-93 PM

6-17-18

Ralph Cheatwood

Isaiah 12 "A vision of God" 9-4-94

6-10-18

Mike Nixon

Hosea 6 "A real revival" 5-31-18 PM

6-3-18

Mike Nixon

John 9 "Decorating the house" 5-29-18 AM

5-27-18 Ralph Cheatwood Mark 11 "The house of prayer" 9-15-94 PM

5-20-18

Mike Nixon

John 19 "A mothers love" 5-13-18 AM

5-13-18

Zach LeFevre

Eph. 3 "For this cause" 5-7-18 AM

5-6-18

Mike Nixon

Ruth 2 "So Boaz took Ruth" 4-26-18 PM

4-29-18

Fred Potter

4-22-18

Mike Nixon

Matthew 5 "His righteousness" 4-15-18 PM

4-15-18

Mike Nixon

Psa. 118 "The foundation of God" 4-8-18 AM

4-8-18

Mike Nixon

1 Cor. 15 "Christ the resurrection" 4-1-18 AM

4-1-18

Ralph Cheatwood

Hebrews 1 "What Jesus has done" 9-18-94 AM

3-25-18

Mike Nixon

Matt. 8 "The God of the valley" 3-11-18 PM

3-18-18

Mike Nixon

Acts 2 "I got it that way" 3-4-18 PM

3-11-18

Mike Nixon

1 Cor. 16 "A great door" 3-4-18 AM

3-4-18

Frank Cornelius

Matt. 12 "What's wrong with Jesus" 2-25-18 AM

2-25-18

Fred Potter

Luke 8 "The results of meeting Jesus" 1-28-01 PM

2-18-18

Fred Potter

"Being filled with the Holy Ghost"

 2-23-03 AM

2-11-18

William LeFevre

Revelation 4 "He is worthy" 2-4-18 AM
2-4-18

Mike Nixon

Revelation 4 "After this" 1-28-18 AM
1-28-18

Mike Nixon

Genesis 22 "God will provide himself" 1-21-18 AM
1-21-18

Fred Potter

Mathew 8 "A homeless Jesus" 1-19-03 AM
1-14-18

Mike Nixon

1 John 2 "My little children" 1-7-17 AM
1-7-18

Mike Nixon

Isa 6 "Get the message out" 12-31-17 AM
12-31-17

Mike Nixon

Luke 10:20 "God's Christmas list" 12-24-17 AM
12-24-17

William LeFevre

"Luke 2 "His glorious birth" 12-14-17 PM

12-17-17

Fred Potter

Luke 2 "Glory to God" 12-17-17 PM

12-10-17

Mike Nixon

1 Peter 3 "A substitute" 12-3-17 PM
12-3-17

Mike Nixon

Romans 5 "A free gift" 11-26-17 PM
11-26-17

Fred Potter

Psalms 107 "The Lord is good" 12-1-02 AM

11-19-17

Fred Potter

1 Peter 2:12 "But these" 10-27-02 AM

 

 

 

 

 

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Missions Updates

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Flour and Oil distribution in Bulgaria for 2018-19

 

Dear Friends,

 

The 2018 flour and oil distribution in Bulgaria was completed successfully. We thank the Lord for your generosity in assisting over 2,200 church families. Each family received 110 lbs. of flour and 5 liters of cooking oil. We would like to express our gratitude to all those who prayed and contributed to this ministry. The church families were very thankful for God supplying their needs.

 

   

 

Winter came late this year and many testified that the flour and oil reached them just at the right time. In one village there was a widow woman whose house had burned down a few years ago. Now she lives in a little room by herself. She had come to the end of her supplies for the winter and was out of food. She was going to start asking the neighbors for food when the truck entered her village and we began unloading the flour and oil. Praise the Lord, he does all things well. There are many others who have similar stories of God's provision concerning the flour and oil. Many poor and hungry children were able to enjoy freshly baked bread, through your faith and charity.

 

We would like to do the same for the upcoming winter of 2019. This will cost between 70 and 80 thousand dollars depending on the exchange rate. For $35 dollars we can purchase enough flour and oil to take care of a family during the cold winter months.

 

Again, thank you for participating in this ministry. "For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister." (Heb. 6:10)

 

In Christ, Rev. Mike Nixon Director

 

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Updates from Romania

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Dear Friends in Christ,                    November 2018
 

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We hope you are all doing well. We thank the Lord for the prayers that go up on our behalf of which I am sure there are many.

 

When I last wrote, I told you about the dedication service that we held in Avren, Bulgaria, which was the realization of Brother Ralph’s dream to have a church and a printing facility in that village. All the missionary families gathered to honor Brother Ralph and to dedicate the new building to the Lord by having a service to praise and worship Him. It was a very good service – some tears, some laughs – as we remembered Brother Ralph’s many years following God and then leading us in the way we should go. Again, we want to thank everyone who either prayed or sent in the support that was needed to complete the church.

 

On the 2nd of October, we held the first Turkish meeting in the new facility. One of Brother Ralph’s oldest friends, Brother Gary Armstrong, a pastor from Massachusetts with his wife, came to celebrate with us the birth of this new church. Brother Gary told the Turks about working with Brother Ralph more than 40 years ago and reminded us all of how our faithfulness is rewarded with much fruit. God has surely been faithful to us and has blessed us beyond measure. One of our Turkish national pastors, Brother Alish, who was saved under Brother Ralph’s preaching many years ago, also preached. We had a great meeting and are excited about what the Lord will do in Avren.

 

Several weeks ago, a young mother who comes occasionally to the Romanian church I lead, came to the meeting and asked us to pray for her child. I had known this woman as a beggar who only came to the church when she wanted to ask me for money. I rarely gave her anything, not believing the stories she would tell about why she needed money. This time something was different. She didn’t ask for money, she asked for prayer. Seems her 1 year-old son, David, had been born with a place in his spine that leaked spinal fluid. There was an open place on his back where this fluid seeped out constantly and never healed. She had been told by a doctor that if the child did not have an operation to close up the place on his spine, he would likely soon be paralyzed from that point down. We prayed for her child in the service. She told me after the service she had been getting money together to have the operation done but was afraid it would be too late. I had a little money with me and I gave her what would be about enough for the train trip to Bucharest where there operation would be done.

 

Last week at the Romanian meeting she was there again…this time testifying about how the Lord had saved her child. Apparently, when she got to the hospital in Bucharest and checked in, she was told that the operation would cost her twice what she had understood. She said she broke down crying in the room knowing she must return to Constanta with her child not having the operation. She said a woman staying with her own child in the same room had overheard her conversation with the doctor and told her that they needed to pray. She said this woman prayed with her in the hospital room. As she was on her way out of the hospital a nurse stopped her and told her the doctor would do the operation for the amount of money she had. The operation was very successful and her little boy was with her at our meeting. She was beaming as she testified about how the Lord had helped her. I was reminded how the lame beggar went into the temple leaping and praising God. I am glad this woman saw the Lord has something much better than silver and gold! I thank Him for answering our prayers, strengthening the church and putting faith in the heart of this woman. As always, we thank you for remembering us in your prayers.

 

In Christ, The Turners


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The Reed Family, Serving with Charity Baptist Missions to Eastern Europe since 1992

 

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

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,            October 1, 2018

Greetings from Romania. We are honored to bring you a good report from Romania. In our last letter we spoke to you of a man named Elie. We asked you to pray for God to give him a good testimony as he drew near to death. We were truly blessed to have him leave word to his wife and relatives that he only wanted the believers to bury him. We have never been able to do this before and I was concerned. We were able to have a funeral service without any interference from the Greek Orthodox or Muslim priests. We were able to sing, testify, preach, and pray in four languages. Then we proceeded to carry his body through the village into the cemetery singing Turkish hymns and a short grave side service. The Lord gave exceeding above anything we could ask or think!

Teresa and I have an urgent prayer request about little Ricardo. He is in the town of Calarasi. He has leukemia and we have taken him and his mother for treatment several times in the last few months. The doctors aren’t giving him a very good chance to live. They also aren’t as concerned as they should be, because of the lack of plasma in his blood type and the fact that he is Turkish. His mother comes to the morning prayer meeting and cries out to God to heal her boy. Please ask your church and other believers to pray for this little boy. He and Nate have a special relationship and are good friends.

 

We’re so grateful the meetings are going better than ever. We have three building projects going on in three separate towns. Jacob and I are very busy as we prepare to suffer the unforgiving winter. We have been able to stock our churches with wood. We have also been able to repair our three cars and put snow tires on them for the winter roads. We have been able to replace and repair a lot of things while painting our church in Calarasi. We have been able to put flooring down in the two meetings in Calarasi and this month, by God’s grace and continued prayer, to obtain electricity for our main church building. After we obtain electricity, we will have power to do some spot welding and we hope to put a fence around the church property before winter. Please help us pray for these things as the devil is always trying to hinder. We are so thankful for everyone and the churches that have given to make this possible. We have a lot more to do and will try to keep you updated as our Lord provides strength and time to accomplish them.

We had a wonderful camp meeting in July. It was sad to be there without brother Ralph, but somehow, I feel he was present in each one of our hearts. We were able to travel to Bulgaria for the dedication of the church and printing house he had worked all his life to leave us. It has been over twenty years since we were able to be in an English meeting down there and what a blessing to dedicate this place as a perfect legacy to bro. Ralph. They hope to have the first Turkish meeting there next week. We just want to continue to carry on with the same spirt and desire he left for us and to get the gospel out through the Bibles and Hymn books he tirelessly labored on his whole ministry.

May God richly bless you the faithful! From Constanta and Calarasi, Romania
Nathan, Teresa, Nate, Jacob, Elmas, Rebecca, and Uriah


“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course and be glorified, even as it is with you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
 

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

The Jacob Reed Family Serving with Charity Baptist Missions to Eastern Europe since 2012 “And there they preached the gospel.” Acts 14:7

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, October 1, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

From Constanta, Romania, Jacob and Elmas Reed jakereedfamily1994@yahoo.com

 

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Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints, July - August 2018

"And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the gentiles. And there they abode long time with the disciples." Acts 14:27, 28

In July and August we visited and presented our mission work at churches in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia. We had not been to some of those churches in years. It was a blessing to gather together and rehearse once again what God has done on the mission field in Bulgaria and Romania. It was a blessing to also hear from them what the Lord has been doing in their churches and ministries in America.

It is good to be back on furlough and not only to visit with the churches but also with family and friends. I am especially thankful for another opportunity to speak to our lost loved ones about their soul's need of salvation. God is dealing with them and our prayer is that they will open their heart's door and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. It has been encouraging to see some who were so hard and cold to God and the gospel to give ear and listen with open heart and mind. I believe they are in the place of Isaiah 1:18 where the Lord says "come" and "reason".

I love dealing and talking with people about their souls, but how much better it is when the Lord Himself starts to deal with them. We have seen this verse, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." John 12:32, work over and over again in the lives of so many in Bulgaria and Romania and also here in America. If we lift up the Lord Jesus Christ in song and sermon and tell of His great salvation then God will draw them unto Him. "Draw" means: to cause to move in a particular direction". May the Lord help us all to be like the Maniac of Gadara and take to heart the command that Jesus told him, "Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee." Mark 5:19

If you are interested in seeing the work presented or having us come and preach please call me at (828) 592-1498. If you should not be able to reach me at that number I can also be reached at (423) 878-5800. We're looking forward to seeing all of you and fellowshipping and praising God together.

All Because of Calvary,  Matthew Welch and Family
 

 

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Dear Friends in Christ,                           September 2018

 

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So much has happened since I last wrote that I hardly know where to begin. We have had everything from wonderful experiences seeing the Lord work miracles in the lives of those around us to heartbreaking loss that shook us to our foundations.

 

We have a ‘campmeeting’ here at the Children’s Home three times a year. All the missionaries in our group, both in Romania and Bulgaria, meet for five days of preaching, praying and fellowship. We always hope to see the Lord really move in and do great things. In our meeting in March, He certainly did! Three of our children (two in the Home and one biological) got saved! Johnny 9, Kelebek 10 and Creed 8. Sometimes, when young children get saved, you might wonder “Did they really get it? Did they really understand?” In the months since the campmeeting, it has been evident that they REALLY got it. They pray every night and almost always ask the Lord to save the other kids that are still lost. We recently had a mission group from Texas visit. After they had been here only a little while, one of the men said “I really like this place. I wasn’t here five minutes and your boy (Johnny) asked me if I was saved!” The salvation of our children is something that we have certainly prayed much about and we want to thank and glorify our Savior, Jesus Christ that He would do that for us.

 

In June, we had the bittersweet home going of Dara’s dad, Ralph Cheatwood. He served as a foreign missionary for over 40 years before going to take up residence in his eternal home. Brother Ralph was the driving force behind the great work that we are part of here in Romania and Bulgaria. We learned so much from watching him seek the Lord and not being afraid to follow wherever that might lead. He blazed the trail that we and the other families involved with us are following and, by God’s grace, will continue on. About reaching the Turks he said, “Love them and learn their language”. He preached to them in Turkish and translated the Bible for them into the Turkish language. We certainly miss him now. There were, however, already many believers, whom he called his ‘crowns’, who had gone ahead and were waiting for him as he entered that Eternal City. Even our own little Noah Cross was waiting for his Granddad. We thank the Lord for Brother Ralph’s leadership and example for us to follow as we continue on in this work.

 

Before Brother Ralph became ill, he bought an old house with a small cheese factory attached. He had begun working on converting it into a church and facility to print and bind Bibles and hymnbooks. In his last weeks, Brother Ralph asked us to finish this project for him after his passing. We, along with the other missionaries, raised the money and the work was done this summer on the building. On Sept. 23rd, we had a wonderful dedication service in the new building with all the missionary families attending. The church is finished and we have made much progress on the other parts of the building. This is a fitting monument for a remembrance of Brother Ralph. He was all about the local church and getting God’s Word out to the people. We praise the Lord we were able to see this done and thank all of you who offered prayers and financial support that this vision could be realized.

 

Thanks to all of you for your continued support of our family and this work. May the Lord bless you richly.

 

In Christ, The Turners

 

 

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Dear Praying Friends and Family,                                   May – July 2018

Apologies: First of all, I would like to thank each and every one of you who support and pray for our ministry in Ukraine. Our prayer letters are our lifeline to you back home who are “holding the ropes.” Many of you did not receive our last prayer letter until it was about six weeks overdue. The fault was mine. I wrote it in a timely manner and sent it to everyone on our e-mail mailing list and forgot to send it to our mission board. The oversight was called to my attention when a church contacted me to let me know that they had not heard from us in a while. Thank you for your patience and I’ll try to not be so scatterbrained in the future.

Upcoming short trip to the US: After much prayer it is clear to us that this is the right time to take Miriam back to the US. She will be attending PBI and working towards her bachelors of business administration (BBA) with the University of Northern Ohio, the latter of which she has been taking online classes for the last year. She has been such a blessing and help to us in our ministry here. It is very difficult to let her go. She loves God and has put His will first, waiting patiently for His guidance in this chapter of our family and ministry lives. Please pray for her as we take this journey together to get her settled in. We will be in the US for all of August and September. I would love to stay busy preaching and try to be a blessing while in the US. If anyone is interested in scheduling a meeting please contact me by e-mail ruemissions@yahoo.com or by phone after August 1, at (513) 376-1011.

Bible Club: This year marked our 18th anniversary of holding Children’s Bible Club. God obviously blessed this year with a lot of new older kids, many of whom received Christ as their Savior during the week. We averaged about seventy children with our highest day being eighty in attendance. This year’s theme was “Great Questions of the Bible!” They all received a lesson, then did crafts and memory work that fit the day’s lesson. Every day they were fed a small lunch and our youth group did a skit for them. There were plenty of prizes, fun, and games. They loved the sword drills and Bible songs. This year we began teaching them about the prayer altar. On the second day five older girls were dealt with and received Christ. They came the rest of the week and brought friends. On the last day we had 11 children respond to the invitation who had not yet received Christ after giving them an object lesson demonstrating the imputed righteousness of Christ to the believer and his sins being imputed to Christ on the cross. My friend Earl Wafford taught me how to do this years ago and we have used it in Bible Club every year since.

Youth Conference: Our youth attended the youth conference held in Limonski for the second year in a row. This year was a special blessing because my son, Benjamin, surrendered to God’s call on his life to serve in fulltime ministry. All of my older children are growing close to the Lord along with several others in our youth group. On the second day of camp, Sergei (Mowgli – see our last prayer letter for details), asked if he could skip youth camp to attend our midweek prayer meeting because he likes praying with us. He said that the first day of camp was fun, but a little spiritually dry. I told him that he would have to enlist others to the task of praying for God’s blessing on the camp. They started praying together for over an hour at a time at night and God blessed it!

Church Update: The building program for the church is going slowly forward. We are still saving for the first phase before actually breaking ground. In the meantime we poured a new concrete porch and stairs for the entryway of the existing building. The old one was an eyesore which we tolerated thinking that it would be temporary. We also put a nice wide awning over the entry so that there is cover during the snow and rainy seasons.

We are very encouraged by the return of my old secretary who left after being offended at several people in the church. I dealt with her once about getting right with God, but she didn’t budge and eventually turned all her bitterness against me since I didn’t repeatedly beg her to come back. She finally did return a changed woman...seven years later! She joined the church along with her new husband and they are doing great!

From time to time I’ll have a sister or two in the church complain that our church is too chauvinistic, that everything is for the men. I’ve assured them that there is no male conspiracy going on, just Bible-believing Christianity! Coincidently, those that complain are all divorced and still unmarried! Anyway, just to prove them wrong, we scheduled a women’s retreat where they had a great time of fellowship together with a fireside picnic in the country. Funny thing is that they requested that two men from the church help them with the fire and to be within calling distance should any wild boars show up! Other than the usual goings on we have a wedding in the works along with a baptismal service for several new converts.

Future Plans: Over the past year I’ve been waiting for several things to be accomplished before focusing our time and energy on beginning the work in Odessa. First, there is the trip to the US to help Miriam get settled in. We’ve been waiting on the Lord and now it is time. Knowing that we would have to leave for a month or two, I did not want to start something only to leave it for such a long time. The second thing was our full time Bible Institute. Over the past three plus years we have taught every class that is taught at PBI with the exception of Greek and Hebrew. There are several classes left that I will finish during the upcoming semester. With that accomplished I’ll have much more time for the work in Odessa. Lastly, there was the issue of giving time to instruct and prove my assistant for the pastorate. He is doing very well and will have his first dry run at the helm during our two months in the US. Please pray for him and his wife during this time.

Answered Prayer: We want to thank you all for praying for our various health needs over the past year. Since returning to Ukraine over four years ago, Naomi suffered through four miscarriages, the last of which almost killed her. We are only now learning how devastating the loss of blood is on a woman’s thyroid. She has been studying and working with functional doctors in the US and we are seeing great improvement. We are so thankful for the Lord’s mercies. My various health issues are getting back to normal. I haven’t felt very comfortable talking about it, but I’ve had my own private battle with depression over the past ten years. The only time that I felt normal was when I was preaching. My blood work revealed that I had stage two stomach cancer, very low vitamin D levels, adrenal fatigue, and bad cortisol levels, among others I don’t care to mention. In short, I was a mess. My wife rolled up her sleeves and took on the task of doing the research to heal cancer naturally. I went on a total vegetarian diet and included several cancer healing protocols over the course of four months. I want to thank my God and Savior Jesus Christ for His mercies on me and my family. My cancer levels are now back to normal; the skin cancer on my arm is healed; and for the first time in a long time, I’m beginning to feel like my old self again. Also, thank you for praying for our vehicle situation. After two months in the shop, they were finally repaired.

We want to thank you all for your friendship, prayers, support, and all that you do for the Lord that gives us the privilege and opportunity to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May the Lord bless you as you serve Him! Until our next prayer letter or our meeting in the air!

That Ukraine May Know Him,  Christopher Rue Phil. 3:10  Click here for a printable PDF.

 

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Dear Pastors, Friends, and Churches, May-June, 2018

It is with much sadness that I write this newsletter. My Dad, who was a pastor for many years, went home to be with the Lord in May. He had leukemia, then had a bone marrow transplant and lived about 17 years after the transplant. This was a miracle within itself to have survived that long with such an aggressive treatment and take chemotherapy. It is always a shock when someone whom you love departs from this life. He was a soldier for sure. God bless you Dad!

We made a trip to a Hispanic island in April and had a great Institute with approximately 80 attendees. Our American pastors taught, wept, and encouraged our Hispanic preachers. It is always a blessing to sit and enjoy the Word of God when it is preached, taught or just discussed, whether in English or Spanish. It’s also getting easier to enter in and exiting out of this country now.

I recently returned from Panama. We were preaching in the city and in the mountain Indian villages. While visiting a new work we crossed a huge river by a hanging bridge that spanned 75 to 100 yards. The community there had a very large stove with a cheese cloth hung over a pot for their coffee, and a hewn out tree trunk that served as a huge bowl to grind the rice with a pole. We gave out Bibles and gospel tracts and preached. Three people were saved, and it was only their 4th service. We also had a service at a building which “Help Ministries” assisted with in constructing. Around 150 children attended the classes and had a meal of rice afterwards.

Over the years we have seen this particular work become a base assisting several other works that exist in these mountains.

We now support several of these national Indian preachers. We also gave out Bibles and commentaries to our preachers and to several young men who are studying and preparing for the ministry. It is exciting to see what the Lord is doing, and the future that lies among these Ngöbe-Buglé Indians in Panama. Thank you for your prayers.

Joyfully Yours, Farren Caeble 1 Sam. 12:24
 

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Important update from South India.

 

Dear Friends,                                                 August 17, 2018

 

We write to you with an urgent need for prayer. As some of you may already know, Charity Baptist Mission has a Children’s Home in South India. It is now monsoon season in where the home in is located, and this region of India is completely flooded. There is no electricity; schools are closed, airports are closed, stores are closed and some hospitals are closed. The dams were overflowing and the gates had to be opened to relieve some of the pressure; but it’s still raining, which is causing more flooding. On Wednesday August 15th around midnight Eastern Standard Time, the Children’s home was flooded with waist-deep water. The children and staff were able to get to a higher floor salvaging some items, clothing and school supplies for the children.

 

As of this writing on Friday August 17th at 8:00 P. M. EST, the Children’s Home is still flooded with water. It is very slowly beginning to recede. Right now the greatest need is to get food and clean water into the home. Thankfully, some friends in neighboring communities (located on higher ground) were later able to get in through the back of the home in order to get much needed essentials for the children and staff.

 

The home was opened in 1975 and has never experienced anything like this. This is the worst flooding South India has experienced since 1924.

 

Please pray for their safety. We know there will be a lot of repairs to be done after the water recedes. The home’s financial support has been really low lately, and there are no funds available to do this much-needed work. Please pray about this.

 

Sincerely, Mike Nixon, Director

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From Bulgaria

 

 

“And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf,

because he hath received him safe and sound.” Luke 15:27

August 2018

 

Our praying friends and family in the Lord,

 

Greetings from Dabravino, Bulgaria! It’s been close to a month since we were received “safe and sound,” and while we’re not quite back in the swing of things, we’re certainly closer. Every return trip requires readjustments. Returning to “life as usual” in Bulgaria is a relearning process. The first night in country, trusting adrenaline to overcome travel delirium, I went into town grocery shopping. Ambling through the store, filling my cart with what I deemed as necessities, I eventually made my way to check out. Placing my items on the conveyor, the attendant began setting certain things aside, eventually accumulating quite a pile. She then informed me her scanner wouldn’t read these items and asked if I wanted to put them back or allow someone else. Somewhere inside me, a voice said, “Welcome back!”

 

A week after our arrival, we headed north to Romania, to Casa Julia, for our Missionary Camp Meeting. It was the first meeting we’ve had without Bro. Cheatwood. Things were notably different, not bad, just different. Things change. We wish they could remain comfortably the same forever, but they can’t, and won’t. Change isn’t necessarily bad. Change awakens us to what is missing, and what was, and forces us to forge onward. No one felt more keenly the loss of Elijah than Elisha, and yet he didn’t wish him back, but rather sought the God who made him the man he was. We missed Bro. Ralph; every message reflected that, but we met to worship God. While there was a definite loss felt, there was also an unmistakable presence. I preached the first service on “The Empty Seat and the Missed Servant” from the twentieth chapter of first Samuel: David was gone, but he left a binding promise of perpetual kindness to Jonathan and his house; he exhibited a surpassing love; and he eventually enjoyed a glad reunion. It is a comfort to know that when inevitable change comes, it brings to light things we’ve missed. When temporary things pass, eternal things shine forth. It was a good spirit-refreshing, soul-restoring meeting, and I bless the Lord for it.

 

A few days following our camp meeting, we were invited to a Sofra in the village of Zlatna Niva. As you may recall from previous prayer letters, a Turkish Sofra is a meal of thanksgiving. When the Lord has done something extra special in someone’s life, to show gratitude, they hold a supper. They bid all who can, come to the feast. The supper is preceded by a service. Hymns are sung, then the individual is given the opportunity to declare the reason for the Sofra. In this case, national pastor Alish’s oldest daughter, Emine, wanted to give thanks to God for a clean bill of health from the oncologist. After her testimony, many others testified of God’s great kindness and mercy in relieving their distresses. Young Alish brought a message from Matthew on “Ask and ye shall receive,” regarding our heavenly Father’s love for His children. A young woman, herself battling cancer and touched by the testimonies and preaching, begged for prayer. We cheerfully obliged and are trusting God for her help. The service over, like all good Baptists everywhere, we eat. We dined on young goat, wild rice, cucumber-tomato salad, and fresh rustic bread, with a side of hot peppers. We wish all our believers would be that thankful.

 

We held our first big meeting of the summer last weekend, our first Bulgarian meeting without Bro. Cheatwood. We had planned for a modest crowd, around one hundred people, thinking most would be working. When the count was made, we had over a hundred and fifty. Pastor Demir called me that morning and informed me more people wanted to come than we had planned. So, we changed our plans and made accommodation for them. The service was excellent, with Bro. Zach preaching from the first chapter of John regarding the baptism of Jesus. That afternoon, four souls who had professed Christ in their village church were baptized in the Kamchia River. The Kamchia was flowing particularly swiftly that day, and after almost losing the last candidate and a few of the missionaries, no one else felt the urge to enter the baptismal waters.

 

For the foreseeable future, I’m helping national pastor Demir. He’s been ill for the last couple of years, suffering the after effects of a number of mini-strokes. Due to his health, he hasn’t been able to shepherd his meetings as he’d like. Prior to his initial stroke, Demir was as faithful a pastor as we have, always in church. Now he’s uncertain what the day will hold or whether his strength will sustain him. Still, he doesn’t complain. Rather, he says his change in health is the best thing that’s happened to him in a long time. In every meeting this last week, he’s testified that it’s better to have no strength and rely on the Lord than to know everything and be able to work but miss God’s will. He said for years he preached from the shallow pool of his own understanding. Then he had his stroke. He couldn’t speak hardly, and he wasn’t strong enough to walk unassisted. All he could do was lie in bed. He returned to his Bible and prayed for strength. He said the Lord opened His word to him, and everything was sweet, fresh, and new. He’s a different preacher now. He said today, “Sometimes when I come back from meetings, I can’t remember how I got there or how I got home. But in the church, during meeting, I feel like a young man, like I could do anything, and all I want to do is preach!”

 

The meetings have been strong, though sparsely attended. The other day in Venelin, four people came out. Still, we had meeting as if there were a hundred in attendance. We closed the meeting with an invitation for prayer. While praying, a horse wandered in. Demir, without missing a beat, said, “Lord, grant this horse whatever he came for!” The woman of the house, embarrassed, hurried the horse out. On the way home, the ladies who came with us were lamenting the size of the crowd, wondering aloud where everyone was. Asiye, Demir’s wife, said, “Tsk, tsk, tsk, only four people!” “Six,” Demir said emphatically, “the horse counts as two.”

 

The Lord sure has been awfully good to us. Before departing America, money came in to be put toward a future home, while still other money was designated for a vehicle. We’re a ways off from both, but closer than we were. We thank everyone who gave, and bless the Lord who put it in your heart to help. He’s a good God, and our eyes are upon Him, trusting Him to do what’s best. We miss you all. Pray for us. We love you and look forward to hearing from you. Believe for us when our faith wanes, and we’ll do the same for you. The good Lord bless you all out of His abundant riches in glory.

 

Because of a living Savior, The William LeFevre Family

 

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Dear Brethren, July 2018

 

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15

 

Missionary Ralph Cheatwood, hero of the faith, went on to be with the Lord last month. He was our Field Director and Pastor figure but also like a father to so many of us. Our children even called him Grandad. His presence will be greatly missed but we fully intend to carry on the work he began all those years ago.

 

Time marches on, and we strive to “Redeem the time”… The churches continue to do well. In Zlatina a lady stopped us outside on the sidewalk to inquire after the church there because she had heard about it from a believer she met while working in Western Europe. What a blessing that the testimony of the church stands strong even as it travels. Our family is doing well. I remain busy tending the flock with Pastor Ismail while Carrie and Cherith stay home on weekdays so Cherith can finish her home-school work. Esther is in America for a few more weeks – she had an unexpected opportunity arise to visit a university, work a summer job, and spend a bit of time with some children in foster care. Our older children are doing well also but could always use your prayers.

 

In my last prayer letter I wrote at length about our vehicle situation. The situation remains unchanged and we continue to pray the Lord keeps this car going while we wait, but some money has come in for a new vehicle. Of our $18,000 goal we now have a little over $4,000.

 

There are so many financial needs of the ministry but at the moment I feel compelled to highlight this one: Winter Firewood. The mindset here is to always be preparing for winter, and at this time firewood (which is controlled by the government) is more available and 20% cheaper. The closer winter gets, the less available firewood is, and it gets more expensive with each passing month. I would like to see Pastor Ismail and the church in Novi Pazar get firewood yet this month. My family also.

 

In closing we ask that you pray for the following: 1) The upcoming American camp meeting: the first without Brother Ralph. There are many young people yet unsaved. 2) Our children in America. Guidance. Wisdom. 3) The ministry here. Pastors and families, missionaries, churches, believers. 4) Avren. Work is going on in Avren as we strive to follow Brother Ralph’s vision and carry on what he started.

 

Thank you all for your faithful prayers and support.

 

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

 

 

From Ukraine

 

Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ,                    May of 2018

Feb.18-25th: The I.C. National Ukrainian team and I made visits to 14 Churches in the Chernigovsky Region (just below Russia and Belarus). In Preparation for our visits, on Sundays during the months of September - November, I travelled to seven different Churches in both the city of Chernigov and in the surrounding villages of the region to stir them up by preaching on Evangelism and Intercessory Prayer. During our February visits, the Lord worked on many hearts and also saved many souls. I made visits in two difficult villages and saw four souls receive Christ. Two Sisters, who have been praying for their lost daughters and live in other towns, had me call them to explain the Gospel by phone. As the Lord was working in one of their hearts, you could hear her sniffling and crying. In all, the people listened well. It was obvious that the Lord was working on lost hearts through your prayers.

April 7-15th: Preached in six different Churches in different towns and taught two Bible studies in a town called “Unmovable” in the Sumskoy Region. Eugene, a 26 yr. old Missionary who is trying to Revive a small declining Church, invited me there to make visits and present the Gospel. We saw four people “moved” to repentance, and although many others were close, we left it up to the Holy Spirit to convince/convict them of their sin and need of salvation. 35 yr. old Alexsander complained to his mother that he couldn’t sleep all night because of my visit. 30 yr. old Michael who got saved, works for the Government to help released prisoners acclimate. He got approval for Eugene to start Bible studies with his parolees.

April 19-24th: I held a four hour Evangelism Seminar in the Chernovetsky Region with groups from five Churches. Many were challenged to be faithful in fulfilling their Ministry of Reconciliation and very happy to receive Brochures to Evangelize with. Afterwards while making visits in two villages, the Lord worked to open the hearts of two ladies, both of whom were recovering from broken hips. One received Christ after an hour of explanation, but the 79 year old Anna listened for over 3.5 hours on three different visits and finally said, “I never knew that I needed to ask forgiveness on the basis of Jesus’ Death as the payment for my sins”. Hallelujah! God opened her eyes and heart to receive His Eternal Salvation. On this trip I also travelled into Northern Romania to challenge two Churches about Evangelizing the lost.

***June 23 - July 1st: The I.C. National Ukrainian team and I will be visiting lost souls in Mariupol, Ukraine which is nearby the War zone. We will be visiting many families who left their destroyed homes and moved to Mariupol to survive. Most of these have no work and are reaching out to the local church there to help them in any way they can. These people are very needy and desperate! PLEASE Pray the Lord will soften and prepare the hearts of the lost through prayer. Also, Pray for the Churches and the Christians we will train as we go on Soul Winning visits with them and teach them how to testify and present Christ. * Also, Please pray for the five Bible Clubs which Lakeside Baptist Church will be holding in Ukraine and one in Northern Romania. We also thank you for praying for our Family, especially for my back and hips.

To God be the Glory, Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher

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Dear Praying Friends and Family,                           April 2018

Good Stuff: The months of March and April have been great. We had three people follow the Lord in believer’s baptism including my son Christopher. That same evening we had the Lord’s Supper where two ladies in our church were reconciled after a time of being “at odds” with one another. The Lord’s blessings were evidenced the following week when sister Taraniuk, a school teacher in the town of Yakovlevka, explained the meaning of Easter (Passover) to her all classes. The kids had many questions and the conversation easily turned to salvation and the Gospel. She said she really didn’t know how to act when her entire sixth grade class said that they wanted to pray and receive Christ! She too is against “Easy-Believism” so she went through the plan of salvation again and verified that the kids knew what they were doing. All twelve prayed in class to receive Christ. She said they all wanted Bibles and are reading them!

Opposition and Prayer for Protection: In additions to the blessings, the last two months have had an unusual amount of opposition. First, Sister Taraniuk was hauled into the school principal’s office and was grilled about her teaching the Bible in the classroom. Evidently, the kids went home and told their parents that they had gotten saved and started reading the Bible. This was somehow a problem. The hypocrisy here stinks to high heaven. The director of that same school allowed a huge icon of the Virgin Mary in the front foyer of the school. She has also allowed the local Orthodox priest access to the kids giving them the impression that there is only one church allowed in school. The same day she found that the bank has begun to dock her pay because of her husband’s bad investment deal with the bank. My daughter, Miriam, was walking home alone one day when a black SUV, with four men inside, appeared as though they were planning to abduct her. The initial encounter occurred when they first saw her on a well-travelled street. She saw them turn around and followed her until she came to the place in the road where there are no houses. When they pulled up close Miriam got her mace and then just stared them down and shook her head at them and told them, “No!” Thankfully, they turned around and sped away. The third was too close to home. Last Friday night we all went to bed late and I had just started to fall asleep when I heard our front door open. My first thought was that our neighbor needed something and had woken Ben or Sam. The next thing I heard was Ben yelling “Hey!” then the crashing sound of shattered glass followed by the sound of two men fighting. Then I heard the front door opening again. I jumped up and grabbed my baseball bat and ran downstairs to find Ben pale as a ghost with blood all over him. A man broke into our house and just happened to run into Ben who was coming out of the bathroom. He shouted at him and threw the nearest object, a 25 ft. tape measure, and missed, breaking a window. The robber had some kind of tool with which he slashed at Ben four times gouging his chest, shoulder, and right arm. Thank God it was not a knife. Ben managed to get three kicks in before the guy high-tailed it out of here. After calling the local police and filing a report we nervously and thankfully went to bed at about 3:00 a.m. We thank God for his protection working out the details seeing no one was seriously hurt and nothing was stolen. My children have a new respect for their parent’s constant vigilance and caution which can be a drag to them at times.

Building Project: Everyone in our ministry, including myself, has a touch of Spring fever. The winter was long and being housebound for three months is enough to make any hermit stir crazy. We thank the Lord for the change in seasons which has given opportunity to minister to the youth and do more work on our building. We are still waiting for the final “OK” to be given before we can actually begin. This last inspection is simply to verify that we did not already begin building without the proper permission. If we had begun we would be facing a fine. However, we have been waiting over six weeks for the inspector to come from Odessa. In the meantime we are working on several small projects that will help facilitate our goals of having a building large enough to minister to this town and the surrounding region. Our current small project involves rerouting the water lines, pouring a meter pit and installing a new water meter. This is all in preparation for the first stage of our project – the foundation and sewage system. We are doing the work ourselves as the Lord provides and only begin each phase when we have the funds to do so. Please pray with us about this work.

Family Update: My kids are getting older and so are we! Ben just took his ACT test. Being here in Ukraine makes things like this both time consuming and expensive. We had to travel to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and get a room for the night and order taxis to get around. The Lord worked it out where an old Ukrainian friend just happened to be the taxi driver that came to pick me up from the hotel. He is a little backslidden and needed some encouragement to get back to the Lord Jesus. Our daughter Miriam is a huge blessing and asset to our family and ministry here. Sadly, however, we know that it is time to pray and consider returning to the states for about two or three months to take care of a few personal things and help her transition to life on her own. We are all content to do this in God’s time and we’ve been praying about it for over two years. We hope that we can do this sometime in August so she can start school in September. Please pray the Lord’s will in this. She loves God and wants His will for her life.

Anniversary: Naomi and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in May! We look forward to a little alone time and will probably spend it talking about our kids and the ministry!

Prayer Requests: Most all our church members have lost relatives and they are constantly witnessing to them and asking prayer for their salvation. Please pray with us for them. We have a somewhat carnal request as well. We have been without a vehicle for almost six weeks. Both of our vehicles are in the shop to be repaired and I think that the old ministry van just needs to be retired. It was great for hauling building materials and chauffeuring groups of people to church on Sundays. However, it is getting more difficult and expensive to repair. Please pray we can get them fixed soon.

We want to thank you all for your friendship, prayers, support, and all that you do for the Lord that gives us the privilege and opportunity to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May the Lord bless you as you serve Him! Until our next prayer letter or our meeting in the air!

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

 

Update From Bulgaria and Romania

 

Dear Friends in Christ,                             June 2018

 

As you have probably heard, Brother Ralph Cheatwood went home to be with the Lord recently after serving as a missionary for the last 42 years. Many of you have faithfully supported him and his ministry over the years. There were both lean years living in Turkey, learning the language and culture of the people God called him to serve, and also the wonderful years of harvesting in Bulgaria and Romania when the Lord brought an awakening after the fall of communism. The Lord used your prayers and financial support, through Brother Ralph, to establish a strong church community in these countries where before there were only scattered remnants from earlier generations.

 

In Brother Ralph’s years of service, he translated the KJV Bible into the modern Turkish language, he preached to tens of thousands of Turks, started over 100 churches - the vast majority of which are still led by national pastors who were raised up under Brother Ralph’s teaching. He also established a children’s home in Romania where children are being raised to God’s glory and he fed and clothed countless of the poor and needy as he strived to show God’s love to the people he cared so much for.

 

This is the legacy Brother Ralph is leaving behind. This is the work that he loved and asked those of us who labored alongside him to continue. His wife, Sandy, who has an invaluable role in the children’s home in Romania, will remain with us and continue to serve.

 

As this ministry has grown over the years, each of the missionaries working under Brother Cheatwood has tried to carry his share of the financial burden, because it far exceeded what Brother Ralph could do alone. Brother Cheatwood used very little of his financial support for himself, rather choosing to put that money into the work...printing Bibles and hymnbooks, building churches, making sure the national pastors have gas money to get to their meetings, helping widowed grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren and much more. Brother Ralph’s passing means those of us who remain will now shoulder the financial burdens that he, and many of you with him, have been carrying.

 

We who will continue to serve in the field that Brother Cheatwood plowed and reaped for over 40 years will carry on the same way Brother Ralph would were he still with us...preaching the Gospel, establishing churches and caring for the flock that God has given us. We ask that you will prayerfully consider continuing your financial support so that we are able to do this and, by God’s grace see many more souls added to the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

In Christ, Dave and Dara Turner

 

"If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be..." John 12:26

 

 

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From Bulgaria

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