Charity Baptist Mission, Inc.


       Founder                                               Est. 1973                                                   Director


      Rev. Fred Potter               P.O.  Box 692  Bristol, TN  37621-0692                Rev. Mike Nixon


      Tel. (423) 354-0342  or  (423) 878-5800               e-mail



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A Few Words

From Our Founder

Rev. Fred Potter

"Heard a church bell ringing"

This song is about how Fred Potter got saved, written by Danny Minton.





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!




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updated 8-15-17



Brookside Baptist Church Summer Camp Meeting


2017 Camp Meeting dates:  October 23rd - October 27th


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


Please join us for "Homecoming" - October 22nd the Sunday prior to Octobers Camp Meeting


For more information call: 423.878.2771





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From Bulgaria




The William LeFevre Family Missionaries in Bulgaria


“These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:” 1 Timothy 3:14


Our praying friends and family in the Lord,                                    July 2017


In the village of Shkorpilovtsi, the church continues to thrive. The lady of the house, Nazife, who long ago opened her heart and home to the Lord, has recently returned from Austria. She didn’t want to go initially, but her children, who have lived there for years, begged her. In addition to the family reunion, she’d be able to get better health care, having suffered long from the residual effects of chemotherapy. She went, determined to make the best of it. She took with her as many New Testaments and hymnbooks as she could carry in her luggage. While there, she would often call back during our services to hear us singing hymns and would join with us over the phone. After passing the winter idly, she made up her mind to return home. Her family tried to dissuade her, but she was set on returning. The first church service after her return, she cried and hugged everyone. She said, “I got back to my house on Tuesday, but today I’m home.” That first meeting, after many tears and testimonies, Nazife asked prayer for her daughter. They had found tumors on her vocal chords, and the doctors had said there was a good possibility, in removing them, that she’d never speak again. That evening we had special prayer for her. The whole week, however, her burdened mother prayed without ceasing. She knew the surgery was scheduled for some time that week, but had no idea when precisely. Friday morning she received a phone call. She was ecstatic to hear her daughter speaking clearly, praising God for bringing her safely through. This week her family from Austria is visiting. Our dear sister is planning a thanksgiving supper, inviting everyone who will come to rejoice with her in God’s deliverance.


In Novi Pazar, through a series of unfortunate events, one of our elderly church members' daughter was arrested. She was held in the local jail until arrangements could be made to transport her to prison. Her mother was devastated at the news. She came to church in such a state that her unbearable burden moved every heart. From every corner she heard that her daughter was beyond help and would likely suffer horribly in prison. But prayer was made by the church, and our hurting hearts moved our heavenly Father. The local authorities transported the young lady to the prison in Ruse, and there left her to be admitted. Soon the prison called back to the local police asking for the woman’s paperwork. The police said they had no paperwork, that they had given it all to the prison. The prison said no one had given them anything. After a heated back and forth, the prison said they wouldn’t admit her without paperwork. The local police said they couldn’t take her back to jail without paperwork. They decided the best course of action was to take her home and forget it ever happened. Our God still answers prayers.


Finally, I’d again like to ask you all for your faith and prayers. Our furlough is fast approaching. Lord willing, we will be departing August 23rd for an extended visit to the States. We are packing up house here in Levski, moving out one more time in preparation for our departure. It’s my desire, while on furlough, to see as many of you as possible and get to as many new meetings as the Lord provides. Please, if you have any open dates and would like us in, all our contact info is below. We’d love to come and testify as to the goodness of our Savior demonstrated toward the gypsy Turks of Bulgaria.


Pray for us. As you can imagine, our needs are many, but I’m not asking for anything more than your help in praying and believing. I’m thankful for all that the Lord Jesus does for us and with us here. I bless the Lord in everything, for good times and hard times. I even thank Him for the ol' Devil that fights us, for trials, storms, and valleys. And I thank Him now for what will be, for meeting these things we have need of. I rejoice in their fulfillment. My needs exceed your resources and mine, but not the Lord’s. Our heavenly Joseph is in charge of the storehouses of God’s bounty, and they stand open to needy souls. Help us pray; believe for us when our faith wanes, and we’ll do the same for you. We love you.  Because of a living Saviour,


The William LeFevre Family  -


From Romania



Dear Brethren,                                                                             July 1, 2017


It is an honor to write to you from Romania once again. The Lord is good and truly to be praised and I praise him today!

Thank you so much for praying for the older lady in the town of Calarasi who was dying. Many times she would become sick and I would go by and have a service and pray and she would receive strength. Toward the end she drifted off into a coma and stopped eating. Jacob and Kemal gathered the believers from Constanta and started the journey to Calarasi as I sat with the family while they prepared for Mammy’s death. About an hour before the believer’s arrival, a miracle happened and Mammy began to awake and wanted to sit up! She couldn’t talk, but wanted something to drink. They had some water and fruit which they tried to give her, but she was only able to eat and drink a little. During those 60 minutes it was wonderful to see the family come in and out of the house, amazed at how the Lord had raised her up. The most amazing thing to watch was the grandchildren and great grandchildren. After the adults had cleared the room, they began to come and sit on the floor before the bed. I would watch Mammy as she would look at them and I could see her lips moving. One little girl came to the door and Mammy tried to wave for her to come to her side, but was very weak. One of the older girl’s went to bring the little girl to Mammy’s bed and as if the time had come, she raised her hands and though I couldn’t hear, I knew she was praying for those little ones. It was such a powerful moment and most of the 20 or so children didn’t know what was happening, but there was no mistake of the presence of the Holy Spirit as she prayed for God to watch over them. The believers arrived and we had a wonderful service. Mammy seemed to receive strength from the believers and was able to greet them after the service. The whole next week I held service every morning at her house and Mammy got stronger and stronger to the place where she was able to feed herself and walk to the bathroom with help. God took Mammy to heaven on Easter morning. She died after telling her grandson, Emara, not to worry. She said Jesus had told her she was going home today. What a wonderful testimony she has left us to help her family find the way, the truth and the life. Now every time we sing her hymn, everyone knows that it is the hymn Mammy loved. It was an honor to preach her funeral. “..….Yea, saith the Spirit, they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” Revelation 14:13. Amen!



The meetings are going well and I’m thankful to tell you we have been able to baptize six believers this year. Just yesterday we were able to baptize two. This morning Teresa and I went to the meeting and about half way through, in came Ekrem who was baptized yesterday. He still had his work cloths on and was smiling from ear to ear. He said he had finished up early and rushed to come to prayer meeting. Such joy and hope he brings to the older believers and us. Out of the nine that were baptized last year, four were present this morning and four more came as their work schedules or unsaved husbands allow. One was forced into prostitution by her husband and I ask you to pray for her deliverance from the devil’s plans. Amelia is in the picture above. She is the mother of little Alexandria who had leukemia, I asked you to pray for a couple years ago. God healed Alexandria through prayer and Amelia knows it. She was one of the ones to follow the Lord in baptism just last month. Amelia now has great faith because of these trials and it’s a great joy to be a part of her continual growth. What joy and faith came out of her the day she was baptized! Now she believes God for her husband to be saved. Please help us pray for her husband’s faith and salvation.


We praise God for adding to the church every year as he sees fit and please continue to pray for us and all the national pastors and missionaries as we try to keep and shepherd His flock.


We would also like to ask you to pray for Jacob, his wife, and children as we go to the Embassy tomorrow and submit a request for them to return to America for a short furlough. Nothing is easy over here, but I know our God is able.


From Romania, Nathan, Teresa, Rachel, Nate, Jacob, Elmas, Rebecca, and Uriah Reed



From Bulgaria




 "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ" (Eph. 4:12)

Dear churches and praying friends,                      June 2017

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who has called us and put us into this ministry. I thank the Lord that this is his ministry, and we are labourers together with you. You all labour with us in your prayers and support, while we labour in the field.

This spring we've been as busy as ever. Since missionary Larry Leach has left for his furlough, we are going to his meetings along with Pastor Ismail, as well as our other meetings with Pastor Alish. That makes ten church services a week, and then the occasional larger meetings on Saturdays. Then, once a month we travel to Romania for a weekend and have church with the kids in the children's home and with the other missionaries up there. This is a lot of traveling, and we thank the Lord every day for the vehicles that he has provided us with.

In the mornings we continue to bind Bibles. Right now we are sewing Turkish Bibles (written in the Cyrillic alphabet). We are doing about thirty New Testaments a week. They only cost about five dollars to print, and then the binding is done by hand. We've already given out hundreds. People are thankful to receive a Bible (for the first time). Some people are overjoyed. I've seen people cry, and actually kiss the Bible when we give it to them! Recently Pastor Ahmet told about taking Bibles to one of his villages. Apparently, earlier that week some other religious workers had come through that village selling Bibles. Our people are poor. They said that as bad as they wanted to buy a Bible, they just didn't have the money. Later that week Pastor Ahmet came with boxes of Bibles and gave one to each person in the church (for free). The people were thrilled to see how God gave them the desire of their hearts.

Another part of our work week in the ministry is in the village of Avren where we are working on a building. This will be used for church to meet, and it will have be room to print and bind the Bibles there. I've had the joy of running a jackhammer, busting out all the old concrete. Sometimes the work of the ministry is actual work. The Lord told us to pray for labourers, not loafers.

Aside from all this, we still make hospital visits and preach in various other meetings. We've also seen that if one prays for opportunities to witness, the Lord provides those opportunities. In our daily life and business, we've recently had several people inquire about our work, which opens the door for us to share the gospel with them.

We appreciate all that you do for us. Continue to keep us in your prayers.

In Christ, Zachary LeFevre


Hispanic Missions



Dear Pastors, Churches, and Friends,                                  Spring 2017


It has been a wild and very busy year! I did not realize it had been so long since the last letter, my apologies!


We made three trips since the last letter, of which one was an extra trip. During the January trip we travelled to a small seaport on the southern coast. We were there for several night services and the churches were packed. We had over 20 conversions during that week! One afternoon service really stuck out. This was in an "underground" house church where you would walk through the house and the meeting was held in the back yard, so you would not attract attention. Since it was an afternoon meeting we were not going to have a complete service, just greet them, read some scripture and give a word of encouragement. Many are working during the day and the attendance is always down. As we walked through the house, you had to bend your head down to walk through the back door. We stepped into their "church building" which consisted of no more than a chicken coop and there were 25 people in attendance! One of the American pastors that travelled with me said, if it is OK, I will preach. Well, he tried to preach, all he could do is weep. God has been so good to America!


On the next trip we had a similar situation. On the last night before returning home we sat under a tree with the stars overhead and had church! The people had a cardboard backdrop arranged with a schedule of services under that tree. It was a sweet service with the best music of all that week. I thought, well this is a new work. Upon inquiry I found out they have been meeting there for five years!


Two weeks ago I made the third trip to this Hispanic country and we took a plaque honoring Brother Bob Barker who traveled with me many times to Cuba. He passed away almost a year ago and shall be missed. He certainly was a great help and loved the national preachers and their coffee. It was a sweet time. Our American preachers did well in preaching and exhorting the brethren. During one service seven people were saved. One of the preachers spoke on "There is going to be an abundance of rain". And there was an abundance of God's blessings as those people were wondrously converted.


Thanks for your patience and prayers for our ministry. May God richly bless you!


Joyfully Yours, Farren Caeble, 1Sam. 12:24


From South India


Dear brethren, greetings to everyone. Summer - 2017


It is indeed my privilege and pleasure to greet you all in the precious name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ at this time.


I hope this letter will find you in good health and in the joy of the Lord. Thank you for your love and support for our ministry in India. The Children’s home ministry started in 1975 and the Lord has helped us to win hundreds of souls for his kingdom through this work.


Many of our children have graduated from the home and are doing the Lord’s work in different parts of India. God has enabled us to support them financially, some as local pastors and others to help build churches in the villages. Our vision is to reach the unreachable people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by sending and supporting national missionaries and local pastors for $50 per month. During Christmas our pastors were very happy to receive a pair of pants and shirt as a special gift.


We are also doing some charity work for needy women by giving them sewing machines. This will help them to support their families. Each sewing machine cost about $120. Let us pray and support, let’s go or send someone to spread the word.


We are so thankful to each and every one in the church for your prayers and support for this ministry.


Our country is going through many political and economic changes. Your valuable prayers are greatly appreciated. Please continue to pray for the children and the staff.


Yours truly,


"For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.” Mark 3:35



From Ukraine



Dear Praying Friends and Family, March - April 2017


I hope this letter finds you all well in the Lord and rejoicing in His blessings. It is our privilege to once again give a report on the work and our family. We pray it will be a blessing and encouragement to you.


Rue Crew Review. We received requests to give more information on the family, so here goes… We are all breathing a sigh of relief now that spring has sprung. We had a freak snow storm in the middle of April after many gardens were already planted and blossoms on the fruit trees were in bloom. Two feet of snow fell over two days. Many trees were broken, power lines were down, and over twenty villages in our region were without power for several days. The family birthday season began in January and continues monthly until July. Naomi had her birthday in March and is still a young lady! Christopher and Joshua’s birthdays were in April. We want to thank all who send cards remembering our birthdays. It is a blessing to know we are remembered.


After praying about it, our oldest son, Joshua, is planning on entering the air force in the near future. He had several unplanned hindrances signing up for his second semester in college which caused him to look for other ways to get his education. Please pray for him.


Miriam is a huge help to us in our family and ministry. She helps Naomi keep up with all the shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and schooling. She helps in the ministry with teaching, passing out tracts, and just trying to fill in anywhere there is a need. She works as an illustrator of tracts, children’s books, and our Sunday School curriculum. She also has her own website and is constantly in demand. Miriam has her own website which is worth a few minutes of your time to check out She is planning to return to the US in the near future to attend Pensacola Bible Institute.


Naomi and Christopher are still trying to get on top of some health problems. Both have thyroid issues but we still do not know the extent yet. We are very thankful for the Schmitz family’s generous shipment of iodine. It is helping us all. We are still trying to get help for Christopher’s feet which are becoming more deformed as he grows. We finally found a different company that makes special corrective shoes. We went to a recommended Ukrainian company for the past three years and it has only been a waste of precious time and money. This time of his childhood is crucial for correcting his feet. The first company just took our money. We pray every night for God’s help, wisdom, and healing. We’ve been encouraged by this new company and were given the advice to try it for a year. If it doesn’t help then surgery will be the only option left.


Our family website is up and running thanks to Pastor Schoolfield’s wife Amanda. It is still a work in progress but you can log on to see pictures and get more information on current projects


Preaching in Public Schools. We are rejoicing in the new open door here to preach in the public schools. President Poroshenko issued a decree celebrating the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. He has further dedicated the upcoming month of October to celebrating the Reformation and wants school children to know and understand the value and contribution of Protestants in the development of civilization in Europe and America. We are preparing a big presentation for all the schools in our region during the month of September. Please pray about scheduling and meetings with each school’s director.

2017 is also being celebrated as the year of the English language which is a perfect opportunity to give them King James Bibles. Brother David Cagle has already shipped us over 1,000 Bibles through his ministry Operation Enduring Word. One of our missionaries who works in the Zhitomir region is asking me for KJV Bibles and said that he could give away up to 10,000 in his Oblast alone. While the Bibles have been donated by several Bible Societies and are free the shipping is not. Brother Cagle has helped with these costs and we are are very grateful for the opportunity! The Lord is obviously giving the Ukrainian people grace that is seldom given these days. Please pray for God’s blessings on this endeavor.


Missions Conference. Our church had a long overdue missions conference in March. We are putting the emphasis on supporting Ukrainian men involved in evangelism and planting local Baptist churches. Our people practically qualify to be placed alongside the Macedonians of Second Corinthians chapter eight and yet they’ve increased their giving and pledges that allowed us to take on three more missionaries.


Upcoming Guests. Our church and family are all excited about our special guests in May. My parents have finally mustered up enough courage to cross “the pond” and see our family and ministry in our natural habitat. They are coming with their pastor and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. John Niehaus of Mt. Hope Baptist Church who will be very busy making the rounds to visit all their supported Ukrainian missionaries. We are very grateful to get them for a day and our church is very excited about the opportunity to treat them to Ukrainian hospitality! Two weeks after their departure, Naomi’s mother, Sarah Witter, will be visiting us for a couple of months. Our kids are so happy about the news to finally see their Grandparents again.


In a Nutshell. All other areas of ministry continue with the Lord’s blessings. The Gospel is going out via literature, personal work, and our YouTube channel. Men are being trained in our Bible Institute, and we’ve had a lot of new visitor’s lately! Sergei followed the Lord in believer’s baptism and we are rejoicing that Oksana who was recently saved has begun attending church services in spite of the opposition from her family! We are excited about the future work in Odessa and the upcoming opportunities to preach in Missionary Ed Keough’s Missions Conference and Missionary Perry Demopolis’ Bible Conference.


Personally Speaking. Last week I visited my former assistant who is terribly backslidden. I poured twenty years into him. He was talented, gifted, and capable but twice the Lord kept me from ordaining him to full-time ministry. Actually, his own conduct is what kept me from it. It seemed the Lord brought it out each time I was getting ready for his ordination service. The recent visit left me saddened, frustrated, and angry. So much was poured into him and I was so excited to finally reach the point where we could turn this church over to national leadership and plant the church in Odessa. My hopes were dashed. God changed my plans. For the last three years I’ve been waiting for him to come back. The Lord recently dealt with me about him from I Samuel chapter 16, because I was beginning to feel slightly resentful toward the work for taking so much time from what I’ve been looking forward to for years, which is start a church in Odessa. I know, however, that to leave this work prematurely could be catastrophic to a work in which we’ve invested over twenty years. In some ways it feels like starting over again, at least as far as leadership training is concerned. In other ways, we are reaping of the rewards that are only seen by those who have stuck it out over the years. We are encouraged that this time we have a young man who, along with his wife, really has a heart for the Lord and His work.


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 Ruem Phil. 3:10



Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Spring of 2017


We Thank the Lord for the opportunity to labor with International Commission in mid-western Ukraine (near Hmelnitsky where they speak a mixture of both Russian and Ukrainian). The Lord blessed and I was able to understand them well and of course they all understand Russian. I worked with a Church of about 50 members that helps poor families in the community and has an outreach for women on Wednesdays. They also have Saturday Bible lessons to reach children. After our week of visits, 10 new children began attending. We made 45 planned visits of people they had been praying for. It was very obvious that the hearts of those who someone had been praying for were much more attentive and receptive of the Gospel than the few last minute meetings where they showed much less interest. Praise the Lord! Three souls believed the Gospel and received Christ. PRAY FOR: Oleg who was waiting for the chance to Repent. Alyona who prayed and tried to get her husband Valeriy to also receive Christ. Tanya was a proud and successful dentist, until the bottle and smoking hooked her. We counseled with her twice for two hours before she finally poured out her heart trusting the Lord.


{***SPECIAL REQUEST: Alicia (18) the Pastor’s middle daughter has Lymphoma- lymphatic cancer. Her attitude is good and& she continues serving the Lord, but is losing strength. A very giving family in need of much Prayer!!!}


I was asked to participate on the Ukrainian National Coordinators group concerning Mobilizing Churches using courses like the “Kairos”- MISSIONS COURSE. Pray that the Lord will open doors in more Churches and Institutes and that He will stir the Churches burden to send Ukrainian Missionaries into Closed Eastern Countries.


God answered your prayers: I found a video course by Kirk Cameron called “The Way of the Master” in Russian. Simple enough that anyone can learn how to deal with lost souls, present Christ and Salvation. 2017 is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in Europe. The President of Ukraine signed a declaration allowing Protestant churches the liberty to speak openly in the schools and hold large Evangelisms. Please Pray as many of the Baptist Churches are using this freedom to set-up opportunities to present the Gospel Message. Many doors are opening to work with International Students- I am ordering tracts in six languages to distribute. I’m also helping in an Evangelistic English Course: Pray for the Salvation of Dennis, Deema, Yuriy, Stephan & Kenny.


LAKESIDE BAPTIST NEWS & Prayer Requests --------------------- Pray for these OPEN DOORS --------------


In Kagul, Moldova: Bros. Slavik, Sergey and Michael had an open door to teach and testify in a Russian Speaking trade school. They’re now praying the Lord will open up the door to speak in the local Lemansky trade school. 


June 11-17 FAMILY CAMP: Pray the Lord will strengthen families through applying the teaching of His Word.  *Please Pray for the 10,000 souls who received Evangelistic Calendars to understand & receive Christ.


To God be the Glory,  Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher - Your Missionaries to Ukraine


P.S. The War has really picked up again and this is putting fear into many. Pray that God would work and use this.



From Bulgaria



March/April 2017  - Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,  ...always abounding in the work of the Lord... I Cor. 15:58


Greetings from the blessed saints in Bulgaria and Romania! The churches I attend are doing well with many saints wanting me to send greetings to their brethren in America. In many of their testimonies they always thank the Lord for the missionaries that brought them the gospel. We remain encouraged in the work of the Lord knowing that He is among us and will supply our every need according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus.


We continue to print and hand bind New Testaments and to distribute them to our church members. They all feel very privileged to receive a copy of the Word of God and we feel privileged to distribute it. Many of you have helped to make this ministry possible through your generous offerings, faithful support, and steadfast prayers.


We have started work on the church in Vugland (mentioned in a previous prayer letter) and hopefully we will be able to meet in it soon. We are thankful for the money that was sent in to help purchase this building and property. Mitko Stefanov is the pastor and is a blessing to all that know him and work with him in this ministry.


I have been dealing with a man named Micky who lives in our village. He is 72 years old and is from England. We went to his house last week to help him fix his gate. He told us that he doesn't believe he has long to live. Pray for him that the light of the glorious gospel would shine in his heart and he would be saved.


I know that most of you wonder about my health. I continue to have problems but God's grace is sufficient.


Please keep me and my family in your prayers. All Because of Calvary, Matthew Welch





April 2017 Prayer Letter      “...Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do.” Acts 15:36


Our praying friends and family in the Lord,