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 cbmission@juno.com

  

 

 

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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.

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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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Charity Baptist Mission 2014 Four & Oil distribution

 

Please click on the picture above to see the video which shows the distribution of flour and oil to the believers in our churches in Bulgaria.

 

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Dear Praying Friends and Family,                                                                      December 2014 – January 2015

It is strange that for the third time in a row I’ve sat at my computer and wanted to write something in our prayer letter that sort of transcends all the typical reporting of events and updates. There is so much to say. Where to start? The two most popular questions asked us lately are: “Are you sure it’s safe to be in Ukraine right now?” and “How is your church and work in light of the present situation with Russia?”

As for our safety, all I can say is that I think that our present location does put us in one of the most likely regions to be attacked if the war continues to escalate. It is still a little early to tell which way all this is going to go. I’ve always believed that Russia would first take Crimea then federalize Donetsk and Lughansk. It is hard to tell which way it is going to go after that. There is certainly less optimism today that we will avoid conflict here but I know that we would have several days to get out seeing that an offensive against our region would take around two months to prepare. If this were the case there would be certain signs and several have begun to appear. There have been periodic bombings in and around Odessa, which is evidence that someone is trying to stir up trouble. Military outposts are being setup in our town and around us as well.

Several friends and family members have told us to get out but I don’t see any real reason to leave yet. I recall, over twenty years ago, well-intentioned brethren telling me that the door in Ukraine was going to close in two years. I’m glad I didn’t listen to them. On the other hand, I see that there is a real need for the preaching of the word of God. God gave me some clear orders to come here and He has not given any clear orders to leave. So, I have no intention of leaving my post. My only intention is to advance the work of the Lord as best as I know how while we still can.

The work here is not really affected by the political division that others have experienced. We have, however, experienced increased hatred towards us by pro Russian nationals. They curse us as we pass out tracts but we are glad to say that there is no violence. What did affect our ministry here was the desertion of my most trusted preacher. While we were in the states he and his family left the church altogether, leaving us all in a bad way. Betrayal is an awful thing to endure. Above all else it helps me understand what my Lord went through with Judas and it gave me a new respect for my pastor who has had more than his fair share. But the Lord’s work is not about us and it certainly is not about our feelings. I was very thankful that Brother Casey Kline was here to help, along with Brother Sasha, when it happened. I’ve always taken comfort in a list of men whom I trusted could take the work forward should something happen to me. First on the list was Slavic and he deserted. Second was Brother Sasha and then he was drafted into the military. Third on the list was Brother Taras Hammerdiuk who went home to be with the Lord in August. There are other men who probably could and would step up to the plate if need be but they need more training. The work was struggling when we returned and it is obvious to me more than ever that the Lord has me here for a reason. It certainly wasn’t what I planned. My plans were to turn the church over to Brother Slavic and phase back to Odessa to start a new work there. We are, by the way, praying and laying the ground work for starting a work in or near Odessa but it will take some time before we make that move. One thing is clear. The Lord has us here and there are men here that need training. This is why we are beginning Bible Institute classes again and have been encouraging the saints in evangelism and soul winning.

Unusual Blessings. In spite of the setbacks and disappointments (and having our electricity turned off six hours every day) we have enjoyed the Lord’s blessings. Twice in the past few months the Lord has done something truly unusual for us here in Ukraine. A man showed up in our church service one night whom I did not recognize. He came late so there was no opportunity to meet him before the service began. After the service he asked to address the congregation and said that he just wanted to come by and thank me for leading him to Christ over 15 years ago! I didn’t remember him but he remembered the sermon and passage from Acts 20 that I preached from years ago. The other family from Donetsk has been coming faithfully and fit well in the ministry. Brother Alosha and his wife continue to grow and show signs of Gods call on their lives. I had the privilege to lead a young man to Christ named Slava and we pray that he really “gets in” as they say.

Nearby Military Outpost. We now have a nearby outpost about 2 miles from our home. The soldiers there keep an eye on traffic along the road that leads to the Transnistria region located about 20 miles away. If there is going to be an invasion in southern Ukraine that region would definitely play a role. They live in a tent and have a wood stove. Wood pallets keep everything off the wet ground. We give them literature, reading lights, and food. A few of the men there were in the same region as Brother Sasha and survived the “caldron” of Lughansk. He has a real spirit of comradery with them, which we pray will help lead these men to Jesus Christ.

Holiday Season Opportunities. A blizzard and freezing temperatures caused us to cancel our New Year’s Watchnight service. We postponed it one week which put it right on the Ukrainian Epiphany. We took a group caroling to be a blessing to our shut-ins and try to use the day to sow some seed in the homes of a few people in need of salvation. We also took up a collection all month for our missionaries in Siberia and for Brother Dolbin who is planting churches here in Ukraine. The Watchnight Service was a blessing but one thing stands out in my memory above all else – it was the first time my two sons, Benjamin and Samuel, preached in front of a crowd. They did not feel comfortable enough to do it in Russian so I translated for them. We were all surprised at how well they did. What can I say? My heart is filled with joy and thanksgiving..living the dream!

20th Anniversary Celebration Service. It is hard to believe that it has been twenty years since we held our first preaching service in Razdelnaya. We held a two day celebration service and enjoyed remembering all the great things that God has done for us. I can’t frame the words to express the thoughts and emotions that filled my heart to hear the testimonies of our people telling how they came to Christ or how God lead them to our church. We enjoyed a 100% authentic Ukrainian dinner on the church grounds and the food was wonderful. The ladies in the church wanted to “do it up” and boy did they knock it out of the ballpark. They honored Naomi and me with very high quality traditional Ukrainian shirts called “Vyshyvanka” (pronounced Vish-ee-vanka). We felt as if we were finally accepted as one of their own. When I commented on it they said, “You became one of us a long time ago.” Months ago I asked the church to pray for the Lord to send us a preacher for the special occasion and Missionary Ed Keough “just happened” to be in town to take care of some business in Odessa. He preached and was a great encouragement to our people.

Upcoming Bible Institute. After years of praying and seeking God’s will we believe it is His timing to begin holding Bible Institute classes again for our people. Classes begin the first week of February. Please pray that the Lord will bless our efforts to train a new generation of preachers and ministers for the Lord’s work.

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. Until our next prayer letter, or, until we meet in the air!

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

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Dear Friends in Christ,                                             
December 2014/January 2015

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I started out trying to write this letter right after Christmas. I can’t believe it is now the end of January and I am just getting it out. We have been so busy, but I do want to let you folks know what has been going on.

We had a wonderful couple of days celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is our tradition to open presents with the Home kids on Christmas Eve morning and then have our big Christmas meal at the Home in the afternoon. The kids were thrilled with their gifts. We are so blessed to have brothers and sisters in Christ who are faithful to send toys and clothes to our kids and give them a day as special as any child could hope for. These are children who, but for God’s grace, would be lucky to have any meal, much less the feast we all enjoyed. They would have had no hope of getting new clothes and toys. But most importantly, they know the true meaning of Christmas because we have been able to teach them and preach to them their whole lives. Our children know we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and what that means. We are surely most blessed.

We were able to share our Christmas dinner with 10 soldiers from the US military base as well as another missionary family from a nearby village. The soldiers were grateful to have somewhere to go on Christmas. Several told how much they appreciated having a ‘family’ dinner after having been away so long.  After dinner, the children sang some hymns and were able to testify about what the Lord has been doing and how good He has been to us. It was a special time for all of us.

In the middle of January, we had a 2-day Turkish meeting here on the Children’s Home property in Romania. We brought people in from our churches in surrounding towns and villages. We even had some believers come up from Bulgaria to worship with us. Bro. Ralph was here and preached through the whole book of Colossians over the course of the meeting. Everyone left on Sunday afternoon refreshed and filled from the good services. Bro. Ralph left without his voice after so much preaching!

The village meetings are going well. Please pray for one of our national pastors, Ali. His health has been poor and he has lost a couple of the workers that normally go with him to the village meetings. Praise the Lord, he remains faithful. When I asked him whether he thought he would be able to continue to go to the meetings, he said “There are still people going to hell. I have to go.” Please pray the Lord will give him health and strength and the words to speak to lift up Jesus Christ in these villages.

The Home kids are at the end of their first semester of school. It has been hard on all of us! But they are doing well and the Lord has given us grace to get all the homework done, get them back and forth to school and everything else involved.

Once again, I can’t say enough how thankful we are to those who helped make Christmas so wonderful for the children. Thanks also to those who continue to faithfully support us, the Children’s Home and the work we are trying to do here. God bless you all.

In Christ, The Turners

 

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Bulgaria - Romania Update

 

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September 27, 2014

 

Missionaries:

Eight (8) American Families, three (3) in Romania and five (5) in Bulgaria:  Dave Turner, Nathan Reed, Jacob Reed, Ralph Cheatwood, Matthew Welch, Zachary LeFevre, Larry Leach, William LeFevre. We work as a group, with each missionary having their individual work.

 

National Pastors:

Four (4) pastors in Romania and eight (8) in Bulgaria.  Besides these pastors there are several young men in Romania that preach but do not pastor churches at this time.  All these pastors and preachers work under the authority of the missionaries.

 

Churches:

Mostly Turkish house meetings, with seven (7) self-standing buildings, twenty (20) churches in Romania and eighty (80) in Bulgaria.  We minister in English, Turkish, Romanian and Bulgarian.

Our simple definition of a local church is a group of baptized believers, meeting regularly as a church, having a national pastor.

 

Charity East Association Romania:

Casa Julia: Home where we are raising eleven (11) children.  This home is also lovingly called ‘The Father’s House’.  We have had most of these children since birth. 

Our ministry in Romania is done from this complex.

 

 

* for full update on Casa Julia, see Attachment 1

 

 

Feeding Centers:

National believers’ homes where we feed children a hot meal every day.  Twelve (12) in Romania and nine (9) in Bulgaria.  In these homes the children learn to sing hymns and pray, thanking God for His many blessings and for their daily bread.  As these children have grown up, many have been saved and are now established in one of our local churches.

 

Coats for Kids:

This ministry was started by Larry and Carrie Leach in 2008 with just a few coats in the back of a van.  It has grown and now over one thousand (1,000) coats with a pair of socks are given out each winter.

 

Flour and Oil:

Each winter, over two thousand (2,000) families in Bulgaria receive a fifty (50) kilogram sack of flour and a five (5) liter bottle of cooking oil.  This helps them get through the winter.

 

Bulgarian and Turkish Bibles:

These Bibles have been newly translated from the English King James 1611 Authorized Version.  Along with Turkish hymnbooks, the New Testaments of these Bibles are being freely distributed to our believers and others that are interested.

 

Daily Bread:

Over 4,500 loaves of bread are freely distributed monthly to needy families in Romania through the daily prayer meetings.

 

Three Seas Missionary Journeys:

Our purpose for these journeys is to raise interest and support for the work in Romania and Bulgaria, and also to expand into Turkey. Since Romania and Bulgaria are a part of the European Union, many of our believers have travelled into Europe, seeking work. They carry their hymnbooks and New Testaments with them, finding each other and meeting together wherever they go, so we have a witness in many parts of Europe. Several of the missionaries have already made trips into Turkey this past year, giving out New Testaments and hymnbooks in Turkish to contacts they have made. 

 

In order to achieve our purpose, we want pastors, mission directors and church members with a heart for missions to have the opportunity to see our work in Romania and Bulgaria, take part in church services and evangelization and visit sites of the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation which are in Turkey.  We want you to have a ‘hands on’ part in this work. To use a military term, we want ‘Boots on the Ground’.

The cost of these missionary journeys would be your roundtrip airfare to Bucharest, Romania, where you would be met at the airport and brought to our Children’s Home complex in Constanta, Romania.  The price after arriving in Bucharest would be one hundred dollars ($100) a day per person all inclusive.  This price would cover all your expenses while with us- travel, hotels, meals, snacks, etc.- and would leave us with enough money to produce DVD’s, hymnbooks and New Testaments to give out on the way.

 

* For itinerary of missionary journeys, see Attachment 2                      * For more information on journeys, see Attachment 3

 

 DVD’s and Website:

Twenty years ago we began giving out cassette tapes of our church services that included preaching, testifying, singing and praying.  We now give out DVD’s with videos of Turkish church services and have a website where hundreds of meeting videos are posted.

 

This is our work that the Lord has given us.  We are thankful to be able to share it with you. 

 

Brother  Ralph Cheatwood

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Sep 23, 2014

As summer draws to a close we pause to reflect on what the Lord has done for us this season.  The work in Bulgaria continues to flourish. We recently finished our summer baptisms.  This year the Lord added over fifty souls to the church through the ordinance of baptism. Others have been saved, but could not make it to the meetings to be baptized. Lord willing, next summer they'll be baptized as well.  Our baptizings are the highlight of our year, because the older believers get to meet the new ones and they fellowship together.  Normally the church service afterwards goes long into the night.  This year was no exception. Even after the closing prayer, the believers broke out into another song, and then another.

This year the Lord has provided new vehicles for each of the national pastors in Bulgaria.  We want to thank those who gave towards this work.  Most of these men preach in about ten villages per week, some of them, even more.  They have addicted themselves to this ministry. With pastors so dedicated to the churches, it's no wonder that the churches are thriving.

Another special blessing is the large meeting at our church up in Romania. Earlier in the year we took about sixty believers from Bulgaria who met about that many in Romania for a weekend of meetings. Now our plan is to have weekend meetings every fifth Sunday up in Romania. (Thank the Lord for the new cars!) The believers are thrilled to see one another. The preachers are tickled to see so many people gathered in one place that they preach extra good.

Please continue to pray for the work here, the new believers, the churches, the national pastors, and the missionaries.  Without your continued prayer and support, the work would not be what it is today. 

God bless each one of you.  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

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Coats for Kids 2014-15  Dear Friends,

It’s that time of year again, we are excited to announce… Coats for Kids. Every year, with the help of churches and individuals all across America, we have been able to distribute coats, socks, and the gospel on DVD to needy children and widows in our area here in Eastern Bulgaria, as well as in Romania. The needs are still great, as Bulgaria and Romania are the poorest nations in the European Union and work is scarce.

Though prices of most other items have really inflated, the cost of new socks and gently used coats remains nearly the same. For $6, we can outfit a needy child with a coat and socks for the winter. Please pray about what, if anything, the Lord would have you do to help with this ministry.

It is our hope to have all gathered funds in by November 1st, so we have time for our mission to send it over at the beginning of the buying season when coats are in abundance.

 

You can send to:

Charity Baptist Mission
Coats for Kids
P.O. Box 692
Bristol, TN 37621

In closing, here are a few pictures of kids we were able to help last year:

 

 

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

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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

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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

 

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.  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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2013 Bulgaria Feeding update

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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 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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