Charity Baptist Mission, Inc.

A subsidiary of Brookside Baptist Church

 

P. O.  Box 692  Bristol, TN 37621-0692 

Tel. (423) 878-8131   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 9-2-14

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Brookside Baptist Church

 

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

 

Fall Camp Meeting Dates

 

October 27th - Oct. 31st, 2014

 

 

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.

 

CAMP MEETING DATES:  March - Last Monday & week following, July - Last Monday & week following  October - Last Monday & week following

 

Please join us for “Homecoming” the weekend prior to Octobers Camp Meeting

 

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

 

 

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Romanian Missionary Update

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Dear Fellow Saints,                                                                    August 2014

We are Dave and Dara Turner. We have been Baptist missionaries for 22 years this year.  We came to Bulgaria in 1992 to work with Dara’s parents, Ralph and Sandy Cheatwood.  They have been missionaries since 1975 working among Turkish speaking people, many of whom live in both Romania and Bulgaria.

The idea for Casa Julia came to Bro. Ralph about 13 years ago.  For several years we had been starting churches among the Turks living in Romania in the area around the city of Constanta. In these churches, we sang hymns, preached the Gospel and prayed for God to move and save sinners.  We also prayed for the sick and those with special problems and needs.  Out of these churches, we began to give bread to needy families and eventually to provide hot meals once a day to children in the poorer neighborhoods of Constanta and in villages nearby.  Our churches became known among the people as places where one could truly get help from God.  As a result of our reputation for genuinely caring about the needy, we began to get asked if we could take babies who, for one reason or another, would be abandoned.  From this was born Bro. Ralph’s vision of what is now Casa Julia.

Casa Julia is our home now, and the only home these children have ever known.  Dara and I have 6 children and one grandchild.  Shalyn, our oldest and only girl, turns 20 this year and lives in the States.  Noah Cross, our youngest, went to be with the Lord 8 days after he was born two years ago.  We live here with our other 4 boys and the 11 children in the Home ranging in ages from 6 to 15 years old.  All of the children call me “Daddy” and Dara “Mommy”. We got most of the children newborn, several of which are now 12 years old.  We are very proud of what the Lord has let us do here and that He helped us realize Bro. Ralph’s vision of having a place where we could raise unwanted children as our own in the hope of one day seeing them saved and maybe even staying here and serving with us in the work.

Bro. Ralph told us he did not want the children to grow up ashamed that they were raised in an orphanage.  When they are asked where they live, he wants them to be able to hold their heads up and say proudly “I live there, in ‘The Father’s House’”.

Bro. Ralph always taught us that all of the work should be an extension of the local church, in which he believes strongly.  We always keep the church as the center of our work here and also the Children’s Home.  Each week we have a Turkish meeting here on the grounds which the children attend.  We also have an English meeting each week in the Children’s Home on the top floor which we built to be our church. The children love to sing and know many of the English and Turkish hymns.  It is such a comfort to know they are being raised under the Gospel and are given this opportunity to grow up knowing Jesus.

Besides Dara and me, our 4 boys, and Ralph and Sandy, another missionary family, Nathan and Teresa Reed and their children also live here on the property.  Nathan, his son Jacob, and our national pastors take care of the village church meetings.  There are five other missionary families in our group who live in Bulgaria.

Over the years, the Children’s Home has become somewhat of a ‘safe haven’ for the other missionary families.  Three times a year, we have a week-long campmeeting.  The missionaries and their families come and stay here and we have two services and three meals a day.  They are able to get away from their every day work, relax and get a spiritual refreshing here at the meeting.  We also open the home to them whenever they want to come up for a weekend to have church with us or if they just need a day or two away.  We provide a comfortable place to stay and meals so they can rest and get whatever help they may need. This is just one outreach that we have been able to be a part of by having the Home.

About 4 years ago, we met some servicemen stationed at the nearby American military base.  We invited them to church at the Home.  They came on Sunday to church, stayed for lunch, and spent the rest of the day playing with the kids.  This began a very special relationship with our servicemen and women.   As their mission here is rotational, we have a steady flow of Marine, Army, Navy and Air Force men and women coming through the base.

We have stayed in contact with the military, making sure they know they are more than welcome to attend our services or just come and spend time with the kids.  This has enriched our lives and those of the kids so much and, from what many have said, been a great blessing to these men and women.  Several have said that it was the first time they had ever been to church.

We are very thankful that several of the children have people in the States who have taken a special interest in them.  These are people, mostly in churches, who have heard about the children and have taken it upon themselves to help with things like birthday presents, Christmas gifts, and cards at holidays.  A few of these even write back and forth with the children. It is so special to the kids to have someone in America to call their own.  To the children, America seems to be some far-away magical place that must be wonderful since that’s where Mommy and Daddy came from. There are others who on occasion send gifts to all of the kids….Easter candy, presents, school supplies. These types of things help us give to our Home children a little of what kids in America take for granted. We really appreciate those who have taken the time to do something special for our children.

When we talked about what we would tell you about Casa Julia and our children, we discussed telling you the story of how we found each of the children in the Home….of the dreadful conditions, of the lack of love, and in some cases, of the terrible abuse.  We decided that we would rather give you the picture of how we see our children.  They are bright, loving, adorable little people who have been as much a blessing to us as we could ever be to them.  We thank the Lord for calling us to this work and we feel blessed beyond measure for the wonderful life He has given us.

We believe that God has a very special plan for each one of these children He sent our way and whatever that plan is for their lives, we want to care for them and raise them in a way that will bring them to know Jesus Christ as their Savior.

In Christ, Dave and Dara Turner

 

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Bulgaria Update

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August 1, 2014

 

In Bulgaria today there are five missionaries working together with Charity Baptist Missions. Some of these missionaries have been on the field for over twenty years. In this time, over one hundred churches have been established.
 

These are house churches where saved, baptized believers meet at least once a week for a worship service. The churches are pastored by eight national pastors trained by the missionaries. Some of those national pastors have been preaching nearly twenty years, now.

 

There are ten of these established churches where poor children are fed a hot meal every day, normally prepared by the pastor's wife. This feeding ministry has been going on now for over fifteen years. In this time, we've seen some of the children that we fed grow up, marry, and continue in church with their young families.

 

The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few.

 

From Bulgaria 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

 

 

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 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,
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

 

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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 100 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 2013 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.

 

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.
•  Over 300 children are fed each month through theses churches.
•  Ten of these churches feed between 20 and 30 children daily.

•  The churches are pastored by 8 national pastors trained by the missionaries.
•  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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“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”  1 Cor 13:13

 

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