Below are some of our mission letters.
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church
1133 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Murphy, NC 28906
Missionaries to Bulgaria
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalms 34:8
Without one doubt I can surely say that my LORD is good and surely worthy of all my trust. I am currently writing this letter from my apartment in Shumen, Bulgaria and that is truly because of the goodness and faithfulness of my God. We arrived in Bulgaria on the 16th of January a little over two years after beginning deputation. We are so grateful to be here and look forward to seeing what God will do in the years to come. The family is adjusting to the differences of living in a third-world country. Thankfully we are not complete strangers to what it’s like in this part of the world. There are many things that come unexpectedly, but that is not unusual, for example waking up this morning to no water in the apartment, a nice welcome back to Eastern Europe! Yet we are thankful for a warm place to call home, and are blessed to have such a place as we do. God is so good.
There are so many “Thank-you’s” to be said for all that has been done to get us to this point. We appreciate each one who has given faithfully to help us get here and for those who give faithfully to keep us here. We are certainly in this together and could not be here without you. Most of all we desire your continued prayers while moving forward with everything that needs to be done. With that in mind we ask that you pray about a few things. We have just purchased a vehicle over here and ask that you pray that it will prove trust-worthy and reliable. We would like to thank Corriher Heights Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church for giving and making it possible for us to meet this need in our life. God bless you for generosity. We also ask that you pray about our Bible-printing ministry. I’ve brought over a new way to bind our Bibles together. Please pray that it will prove to be a sturdy, reliable and more efficient method, so that we can distribute them faster than we’ve been able to.
We’ve certainly had a good start to the year and look forward to all that God is going to do. We were in our first Turkish meeting on Sunday and it was so good to hear the singing and testifying about the goodness and blessings of God even in their poverty. We also will be attending a special meal today given by the believers in the village of Zlatni Niva in honor of our return to Bulgaria. What a special blessing for us. We feel humbled by their love for us and their willingness to do this. What a special day! Our life will get busier in the coming weeks as we get adjusted to living here and the needs and demands of the work. We will soon be distributing flour and oil for all the churches. God has been faithful in providing for this. I look forward to seeing the joy each believer has in receiving this blessing from the LORD.
Please pray that all will go smoothly while obtaining our Bulgarian residence visas. We also ask that you also pray concerning our return to the States in April. We will complete the visa process stateside and attend Riley’s graduation at the end of May, then attend Zack and Haylie’s wedding. We look forward to this day and also to adding this loving and fine Christian young lady to the Blalock clan. We will return to Bulgaria in July and begin our five-year stay. We cannot express enough gratitude for each of you, and we are so excited to be partnered with you for the years to come. Let’s all pray that God’s will be done in every area of our lives and in the work he wants to do among the Turks of Bulgaria and Romania.
By His grace, The Blalocks
“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works;…” Revelation 2:5
Greetings, October 2017
I have said in many churches that we are returning to our first love when it comes to service to the Lord. This was made very clear to us as we spent 24 days of September in Bulgaria. It was such a blessing to stand among the believers in a village church and share about the goodness and grace of our GOD. We were also thrilled to hear of their faith and love for the Savior as they testified. “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;” Psalm 107:2
Many things have changed in the past 13 years. The countries of Bulgaria and Romania both are far more advanced and modern. The Soviet era cars and outdated machinery are gone, replaced by modern vehicles and shopping malls with western clothing and fast food chains. Things are different in the cities, but life changes quite a bit as you enter the villages. The people are still poor, with indoor plumbing a rarity. Much of their life has not changed like those within the city. The greatest thing that has not changed is a need to spread the gospel to the Turks of Bulgaria and Romania, and there is a great hunger from many villages desiring the believers to come.
We also saw the great needs with what God is doing in Bulgaria. We visited the village of Avren where our printing ministry is based, and saw how Bibles are being produced for the Turks and Bulgarians. Over 100,000 pages of God’s word are being printed each month and given away. The cost of printing 100,000 pages is around $1,000 a month. If you would like to help with the printing of God’s word, you can send a check to Charity Baptist Mission with note that it’s for Keith Blalock/Bibles. We would love to raise a thousand dollars a month outside of our personal support for this great need. “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God”
Of course, the heart of the work is still the everyday village meetings. We only got to a portion of these meetings, but at each one we marveled at the sweet spirit and faith of the people. They truly just believe God. One believer said concerning a prayer, “you believe, I believe, it will happen”. The singing of the hymns, testimonies, and hospitality of the people were such a joy to see. At each meeting just about everyone testified, and they were sure to have coffee for us plus a meal. I thank God for such loving and giving people.
It was such a blessing to be able to see Sully in Romania. Words cannot express how much this meant to us after not seeing him for 13 years. God is so good! Then we were able to spend some time with Monica, who lived with us for several years. What a blessing both reunions were to us!
While in Bulgaria we visited the town of Novi Pazar where we would like to rent an apartment and live. It is a quiet town, and we believe it is an ideal location for us. Please pray that God would open the door for the place he would desire for us to live. We also looked into what transportation would cost. For 10-12 thousand dollars we can purchase a decent vehicle for the work. If you are interested in helping with this please send any gifts to our mission board designated for Blalock Family car fund.
Lastly, please pray that our support would come in quickly. We returned from Bulgaria last month not wanting to leave, and we are currently at 42% of our needed support. It’s our desire to go back soon. We look forward to seeing how God will work to supply this need, and we will be diligently working toward meeting these other needs. If I’ve not contacted you concerning a meeting please give me a call at (828) 644-8123, as we look forward to sharing God’s blessing on our life.
God bless you all, Brother Keith Blalock
------------------------------------------------------------------------Psalm 126:3 “The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.”
Greetings; June 2017
Four months ago, my family began another journey of faith with our Lord. We have certainly seen the hand of God on our lives and He has done great things and we are glad.
We began the task of deputation at the beginning of the year and are currently close to 25% of our needed support. This is truly a blessing and we thank God for each church and individual who have partnered with us. We have enjoyed so much the opportunity to get back on the road and share our hearts with God’s people. It’s been a pleasure to have been in many wonderful churches preaching, singing and sharing the work with everyone.
On a personal note, we also enjoyed a trip visiting our daughter and her husband on the mission field. It was an enjoyable time of refreshing just being with them. There is nothing like spending time with your grandbabies. We are so thankful for all our children and we are truly grateful for our older children who made the trip possible as a Christmas gift. We are so blessed.
Please keep us in your prayers as we continue on to raise the support we need. Also, we are planning a trip to Bulgaria in September or October. We would like to use this trip to re-familiarize ourselves with Bulgaria and let Kylie see the country for the first time. We also want the folks there to be able to see us and for our return to be real in their hearts as well.
May God bless and keep you. If we can be a help or be a blessing to you in any way please feel free to contact us at: (828) 644-8123 or email us email@example.com.
For Him, Keith Blalock
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