This song is about how Fred Potter got saved, written by Danny Minton.
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.
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Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ, May of 2018
Feb.18-25th: The I.C. National Ukrainian team and I made visits to 14 Churches in the Chernigovsky Region (just below Russia and Belarus). In Preparation for our visits, on Sundays during the months of September - November, I travelled to seven different Churches in both the city of Chernigov and in the surrounding villages of the region to stir them up by preaching on Evangelism and Intercessory Prayer. During our February visits, the Lord worked on many hearts and also saved many souls. I made visits in two difficult villages and saw four souls receive Christ. Two Sisters, who have been praying for their lost daughters and live in other towns, had me call them to explain the Gospel by phone. As the Lord was working in one of their hearts, you could hear her sniffling and crying. In all, the people listened well. It was obvious that the Lord was working on lost hearts through your prayers.
April 7-15th: Preached in six different Churches in different towns and taught two Bible studies in a town called “Unmovable” in the Sumskoy Region. Eugene, a 26 yr. old Missionary who is trying to Revive a small declining Church, invited me there to make visits and present the Gospel. We saw four people “moved” to repentance, and although many others were close, we left it up to the Holy Spirit to convince/convict them of their sin and need of salvation. 35 yr. old Alexsander complained to his mother that he couldn’t sleep all night because of my visit. 30 yr. old Michael who got saved, works for the Government to help released prisoners acclimate. He got approval for Eugene to start Bible studies with his parolees.
April 19-24th: I held a four hour Evangelism Seminar in the Chernovetsky Region with groups from five Churches. Many were challenged to be faithful in fulfilling their Ministry of Reconciliation and very happy to receive Brochures to Evangelize with. Afterwards while making visits in two villages, the Lord worked to open the hearts of two ladies, both of whom were recovering from broken hips. One received Christ after an hour of explanation, but the 79 year old Anna listened for over 3.5 hours on three different visits and finally said, “I never knew that I needed to ask forgiveness on the basis of Jesus’ Death as the payment for my sins”. Hallelujah! God opened her eyes and heart to receive His Eternal Salvation. On this trip I also travelled into Northern Romania to challenge two Churches about Evangelizing the lost.
***June 23 - July 1st: The I.C. National Ukrainian team and I will be visiting lost souls in Mariupol, Ukraine which is nearby the War zone. We will be visiting many families who left their destroyed homes and moved to Mariupol to survive. Most of these have no work and are reaching out to the local church there to help them in any way they can. These people are very needy and desperate! PLEASE Pray the Lord will soften and prepare the hearts of the lost through prayer. Also, Pray for the Churches and the Christians we will train as we go on Soul Winning visits with them and teach them how to testify and present Christ. * Also, Please pray for the five Bible Clubs which Lakeside Baptist Church will be holding in Ukraine and one in Northern Romania. We also thank you for praying for our Family, especially for my back and hips.
To God be the Glory, Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher
Dear Praying Friends and Family, April 2018
Good Stuff: The months of March and April have been great. We had three people follow the Lord in believer’s baptism including my son Christopher. That same evening we had the Lord’s Supper where two ladies in our church were reconciled after a time of being “at odds” with one another. The Lord’s blessings were evidenced the following week when sister Taraniuk, a school teacher in the town of Yakovlevka, explained the meaning of Easter (Passover) to her all classes. The kids had many questions and the conversation easily turned to salvation and the Gospel. She said she really didn’t know how to act when her entire sixth grade class said that they wanted to pray and receive Christ! She too is against “Easy-Believism” so she went through the plan of salvation again and verified that the kids knew what they were doing. All twelve prayed in class to receive Christ. She said they all wanted Bibles and are reading them!
Opposition and Prayer for Protection: In additions to the blessings, the last two months have had an unusual amount of opposition. First, Sister Taraniuk was hauled into the school principal’s office and was grilled about her teaching the Bible in the classroom. Evidently, the kids went home and told their parents that they had gotten saved and started reading the Bible. This was somehow a problem. The hypocrisy here stinks to high heaven. The director of that same school allowed a huge icon of the Virgin Mary in the front foyer of the school. She has also allowed the local Orthodox priest access to the kids giving them the impression that there is only one church allowed in school. The same day she found that the bank has begun to dock her pay because of her husband’s bad investment deal with the bank. My daughter, Miriam, was walking home alone one day when a black SUV, with four men inside, appeared as though they were planning to abduct her. The initial encounter occurred when they first saw her on a well-travelled street. She saw them turn around and followed her until she came to the place in the road where there are no houses. When they pulled up close Miriam got her mace and then just stared them down and shook her head at them and told them, “No!” Thankfully, they turned around and sped away. The third was too close to home. Last Friday night we all went to bed late and I had just started to fall asleep when I heard our front door open. My first thought was that our neighbor needed something and had woken Ben or Sam. The next thing I heard was Ben yelling “Hey!” then the crashing sound of shattered glass followed by the sound of two men fighting. Then I heard the front door opening again. I jumped up and grabbed my baseball bat and ran downstairs to find Ben pale as a ghost with blood all over him. A man broke into our house and just happened to run into Ben who was coming out of the bathroom. He shouted at him and threw the nearest object, a 25 ft. tape measure, and missed, breaking a window. The robber had some kind of tool with which he slashed at Ben four times gouging his chest, shoulder, and right arm. Thank God it was not a knife. Ben managed to get three kicks in before the guy high-tailed it out of here. After calling the local police and filing a report we nervously and thankfully went to bed at about 3:00 a.m. We thank God for his protection working out the details seeing no one was seriously hurt and nothing was stolen. My children have a new respect for their parent’s constant vigilance and caution which can be a drag to them at times. (Continued on the other side...)
Building Project: Everyone in our ministry, including myself, has a touch of Spring fever. The winter was long and being housebound for three months is enough to make any hermit stir crazy. We thank the Lord for the change in seasons which has given opportunity to minister to the youth and do more work on our building. We are still waiting for the final “OK” to be given before we can actually begin. This last inspection is simply to verify that we did not already begin building without the proper permission. If we had begun we would be facing a fine. However, we have been waiting over six weeks for the inspector to come from Odessa. In the meantime we are working on several small projects that will help facilitate our goals of having a building large enough to minister to this town and the surrounding region. Our current small project involves rerouting the water lines, pouring a meter pit and installing a new water meter. This is all in preparation for the first stage of our project – the foundation and sewage system. We are doing the work ourselves as the Lord provides and only begin each phase when we have the funds to do so. Please pray with us about this work.
Family Update: My kids are getting older and so are we! Ben just took his ACT test. Being here in Ukraine makes things like this both time consuming and expensive. We had to travel to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and get a room for the night and order taxis to get around. The Lord worked it out where an old Ukrainian friend just happened to be the taxi driver that came to pick me up from the hotel. He is a little backslidden and needed some encouragement to get back to the Lord Jesus. Our daughter Miriam is a huge blessing and asset to our family and ministry here. Sadly, however, we know that it is time to pray and consider returning to the states for about two or three months to take care of a few personal things and help her transition to life on her own. We are all content to do this in God’s time and we’ve been praying about it for over two years. We hope that we can do this sometime in August so she can start school in September. Please pray the Lord’s will in this. She loves God and wants His will for her life.
Anniversary: Naomi and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in May! We look forward to a little alone time and will probably spend it talking about our kids and the ministry!
Prayer Requests: Most all our church members have lost relatives and they are constantly witnessing to them and asking prayer for their salvation. Please pray with us for them. We have a somewhat carnal request as well. We have been without a vehicle for almost six weeks. Both of our vehicles are in the shop to be repaired and I think that the old ministry van just needs to be retired. It was great for hauling building materials and chauffeuring groups of people to church on Sundays. However, it is getting more difficult and expensive to repair. Please pray we can get them fixed soon.
We want to thank you all for your friendship, prayers, support, and all that you do for the Lord that gives us the privilege and opportunity to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May the Lord bless you as you serve Him! Until our next prayer letter or our meeting in the air!
That Ukraine May Know Him, Christopher Rue Phil. 3:10 www.ruemission.com
Update From Bulgaria and Romania
Dear Friends in Christ, June 2018
As you have probably heard, Brother Ralph Cheatwood went home to be with the Lord recently after serving as a missionary for the last 42 years. Many of you have faithfully supported him and his ministry over the years. There were both lean years living in Turkey, learning the language and culture of the people God called him to serve, and also the wonderful years of harvesting in Bulgaria and Romania when the Lord brought an awakening after the fall of communism. The Lord used your prayers and financial support, through Brother Ralph, to establish a strong church community in these countries where before there were only scattered remnants from earlier generations.
In Brother Ralph’s years of service, he translated the KJV Bible into the modern Turkish language, he preached to tens of thousands of Turks, started over 100 churches - the vast majority of which are still led by national pastors who were raised up under Brother Ralph’s teaching. He also established a children’s home in Romania where children are being raised to God’s glory and he fed and clothed countless of the poor and needy as he strived to show God’s love to the people he cared so much for.
This is the legacy Brother Ralph is leaving behind. This is the work that he loved and asked those of us who labored alongside him to continue. His wife, Sandy, who has an invaluable role in the children’s home in Romania, will remain with us and continue to serve.
As this ministry has grown over the years, each of the missionaries working under Brother Cheatwood has tried to carry his share of the financial burden, because it far exceeded what Brother Ralph could do alone. Brother Cheatwood used very little of his financial support for himself, rather choosing to put that money into the work...printing Bibles and hymnbooks, building churches, making sure the national pastors have gas money to get to their meetings, helping widowed grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren and much more. Brother Ralph’s passing means those of us who remain will now shoulder the financial burdens that he, and many of you with him, have been carrying.
We who will continue to serve in the field that Brother Cheatwood plowed and reaped for over 40 years will carry on the same way Brother Ralph would were he still with us...preaching the Gospel, establishing churches and caring for the flock that God has given us. We ask that you will prayerfully consider continuing your financial support so that we are able to do this and, by God’s grace see many more souls added to the Kingdom of Heaven.
In Christ, Dave and Dara Turner
"If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be..." John 12:26
March - April 2018
“Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to everyone that is to come. Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee”. Psalm71:18, 19
Dear Pastors, Churches and Fellow saints,
We send greetings from all the believers that are among us in Christ Jesus our Lord. It was in early March of 2018 that our senior missionary, dear friend and God's man called us all together to let us know that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. All of our hearts were deeply saddened by this unfortunate news. We understood the time had come for Brother Cheatwood to be able to say, as the apostle Peter said, "Shortly I must put off this my tabernacle”. 2 Peter 1:14
It was 1993 the Lord called us to "Come over into Macedonia and help" (Acts 16:9) in God's work under Brother Ralph. It was he who greeted and welcomed us to the mission field. From that time until now Brother Ralph has shown us God's strength and power as manifested in the New Testament, and that without it, God's work cannot be done. From the beginning he has put emphasis on the Word of God, on holding church services, worshipping God, and on prayer. Through these things we have experienced and witnessed God's strength and power.
God has done great things here through Brother Cheatwood. He has translated the King James Bible into the Turkish language and put together a hymnal containing 250 songs that worship God and His Son. He also started over one hundred churches and a children' home in Constanta, Romania.
I would like to thank the Lord for a man of God like Brother Ralph. His desire is for everyone to come and know and experience God's strength, power, and righteousness, and to behold His great things.
Thank you Brother Ralph for all you have done to make this possible. Phil. 4:9 and John 4:38 and 17:3
All because of Calvary, Matthew Welch and family
“Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh… were without Christ … having no hope, and without God in the world:
But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:11-13
Our praying friends and family in the Lord,
Paul states in the above verses that as Gentiles, we were “aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise.” While those two facts might not seem a reason for dismay, we are reminded by Scripture that: “salvation is of the Jew”; that Jesus Christ was the “minister of the circumcision” to “confirm the promises made unto the fathers”; that Christ was “made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law.” He sent out His disciples with this charge, “Go not into the way of the Gentiles… But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” He said of Himself, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” John said, “he came unto his own,” and Matthew stated, He came to save “his people from their sins.”
Now then, we see the terrible significance of being Gentile aliens and strangers: We were “without Christ.” We were left without a Savior or even the promise of a Savior. We were wholly alone, resigned to live and die in our sins. “Without Christ,” we were “without hope, and without God.” “Without Christ,” we were left as dead men walking, subjects of Satan, doomed to wander the course of this world with the children of disobedience, seeking fulfillment in the vanity of our flesh and minds, left to our own sinful lusts, under the awful condemnation of Heaven, awaiting the righteous judgment and wrath of Almighty God.
We were without Christ, without hope, without God! But God in Heaven was not without love. Israel, as a helpless newborn loathed by its mother, was cast in an open field, discarded as trash: navel uncut, lying in afterbirth, covered in blood, repellent to all who passed by. But beholding him, God pitied him, and in love flew to his relief. That great love that provoked God almighty to intervene on behalf of helpless Israel would not allow Him to forsake us in our hopeless estate. He who is rich in mercy made a way on Calvary to welcome every Gentile into the family of God. By the blood of Jesus Christ, we who were strangers and foreigners, outcasts and enemies, are now sufficient to sit at the same table with the saints. Our sins having been atoned for by the same Lamb, we are now fellow citizens of the same country, fellow heirs of the same inheritance, fellow occupants of the same exalted state, and fellow partakers of all the spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus. We enjoy the same access to the Father and fellowship with His Son. And we patiently wait for this same Jesus to return in the clouds and take us home. In the meantime, we preach everywhere the same glorious gospel that opened the hearts of those first Gentile believers and trust the selfsame God to accomplish the same thing today. Now we not only have Christ, but are in Christ, and, as such, we have the hope of glory, and by the Spirit of His Son in our hearts, we cry unto God our Father.
Does that excite you? It certainly does me. Wherever I am, whatever I need, through Jesus I can obtain help of God. What else could anyone want? Maybe a prayer letter every now and again. It’s been a good while since I’ve updated you on our furlough. Here’s my update: It’s going well and is almost over. My wife (who once more begs me to make up my mind whether I’m writing devotionals or updates), informed me a day or two ago that we’d been in forty meetings in the last forty days. We’ve been in many meetings, some with great rejoicing, some that fed our hearts and stirred up our pure minds, but all good. I’ve been encouraged in the last few meetings, as several people have mentioned reading these letters. One preacher mentioned an object of prayer I thought no one but the Lord had noticed, and informed me he was earnestly praying for its fulfillment. That means more to me than I can express. I trust that, through your prayers, the good God of Heaven will grant all our petitions.
A few weeks back, I was preaching about our God being a personal God, knowing our desires, and working on our behalf for His glory. Well, I preached myself under conviction. After the service I thought, I’m not allowing God to be my God. I’m not consciously giving Him place to work in my life. I found a quiet corner of the church, pulled out a pen and paper, and wrote out a “Honey-do” list. I wrote out things I needed done in my heart, home, and in the work of God. In short, I renewed our relationship and invited Him to renew me. What do you expect followed? If you guessed “health, wealth, and prosperity,” you’re probably reading the wrong missionary’s letter. Spiritual warfare took place. I reckon the devil must have been looking over my shoulder, reading my list, and listening to my prayer. We’ve been in good meetings since, don’t get me wrong; they’ve been blessed meetings, but hard-fought meetings. The work of God doesn’t come without spiritual opposition and oppression. Nevertheless, I believe God, that everything shall be well. My beloved Savior knows our needs and will be pleased to supply them. Furthermore, He knows us and will be glorified in us. My Lord will work when all hell is raging, and spread a table for us, laden with the delectables of Heaven, in the very presence of our enemies, and they won’t be able to do a single thing about it. O what a Savior is mine!
I close as last time, with the verse etched on my dear old Dad’s gravestone: “Sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” Pray for us. We depart for Bulgaria July 9. Keep us in mind as we reach the home stretch. We love you and look forward to hearing from you.
Believe for us when our faith wanes, and we’ll do the same for you. The good Lord bless you all out of His abundant riches in glory.
Because of a living Savior, The William LeFevre Family email@example.com www.lefevrestoeurope.org www.facebook.com/bulgarianlefevres
"...there was one Anna..." And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for the redemption in Jerusalem. Luke2:36-38
Dear Pastors, Churches and Fellow Saints, January - February 2018
Greeting from all the saints among us. Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Fatme lives in a village called Sadovo. We started meeting for church in her home years ago. Her husband became ill and couldn't walk to where we held services. Therefore they asked if we could hold the church service in their home. Fatme's home is not very big, but it was sufficient and there has always been an open invitation to all.
This last week we all celebrated Fatme's 97th birthday. After the church service we had cake and gave presents to her. She was very happy and gave a good testimony about how God has been with her and helped. You couldn't but be blessed from her encouraging words.
I believe she is doing quite well for 97 years old. She never misses a church service and she is so blessed. Her children and many of her grand-children and great children attend church.
If someone famous was to come to Sadovo they wouldn't be attracted to the beauty of Fatme's home. And yet the Great I AM, the Lord Jesus Christ has been pleased to come over and over again.
Fatme is a widow now and up in years. She doesn't leave her home, but she serves God with prayers and continually gives thanks to Him. She has spoken to all that would listen about her precious Redeemer Jesus Christ.
All because of Calvary, Matthew Welch and family
Dear Brethren, April 2018
“Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with the new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10
Brethren, I won’t sugarcoat it – it has been pretty rough over here. While getting ready for the day I was talking to God and pouring out my complaints before Him and asked for some strength through the daily verse on my Bible app on my phone. The above were the verses that came up. I looked up various words in the Websters 1828 dictionary and found that these verses refer to more than tithes and offerings. It also refers to our labors and our time. The Lord impressed upon my heart to turn my complaints around and honour the Lord instead and He would take care of everything else. That’s the purpose of this letter – to honour Him because He is worthy.
Last week I took the car in for routine maintenance, having a feeling in my gut that there was something wrong. Sure enough, there was so much wrong that they had to keep it overnight and charge $1,200 for all necessary repairs. But the head mechanic took me to the side and said that I was “lucky” because he couldn’t believe the oil pump was even holding on and not spraying everywhere. Also, that bolts in the front end hadn’t broken entirely while driving down the road. We know, however, that it was not “luck”. I thank God for his hand of protection. Also, though we had to borrow the money to pay for these repairs, money was there to pay. I’m thankful for that as well.
Two days after the major car repairs, I went to have the tires balanced because the car was shaking at higher speeds. When they took the front tires off it was obvious that the front end troubles had shortened the life of the tires and had worn the inner tread past the warning bar. The attendant there thought us “lucky” to still have one of the tires at all. Again I thank God for his protection. And again, the borrowed money was there to buy four new tires.
Our lawn equipment wouldn’t start this spring and I just knew it would mean another repair and another bill. I prayed all day while working on the lawnmower and weed eater. And all day the Lord was with me. Little things I never would have thought of came to mind and by the end of the day, both machines were fixed and running well. It seems such a small thing but I’m so thankful.
This vehicle is definitely on its last legs and we remain in need of a new vehicle but God knows the need. We’ve been in this place before and He has provided. We trust Him to continue to provide.
I want to close with the best possible news I could share: Three children at the Home in Romania were born again. God is still saving!
Thank you all for keeping us in your oft prayers. We do not take prayers for granted.
Because He First Loved Me, Brother Larry Leach, Jr.
Important update From Bulgaria and Romania
“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” (2 Tim 4:7,8)
Dear churches and praying friends, March 2018
Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. As spring comes to Bulgaria, we are thankful for a new season of sowing and reaping. The Lord has been good to us these many years. Here in my office, I have about two hundred Turkish New Testaments that I have bound by hand, and ready to be distributed. Last month one of our national pastors went to the hospital for a week’s stay where he witnessed to all those around him. One man, although unreceptive at the first, said, “Why don’t you give me a Bible so I can read it for myself? Then I might believe.” Last week this same pastor went back to the hospital for a week, and this time he took Bibles with him. In due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
It’s been five years since Brother Ralph Cheatwood purchased a house and small building in the village of Avren. Each year we have worked on preparing the building to be a church house, a workspace for producing Bibles and also a storage facility for the coat distribution in the winter. It is our desire to finish the work this year. Brother Cheatwood was recently diagnosed with cancer in the lungs and kidneys. He has refused chemo therapy, choosing to live the rest of his days in the Lord’s hands. Paul told Timothy, “The time of my departure is at hand.” That’s where Brother Cheatwood is now. After forty three years of service on the mission field his departure time is near. He called us missionaries and national pastors together to tell us. “…neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” His last request is that we finish the work on this church house and Bible factory.
I believe the work needed on this building will cost at least ten thousand dollars. Would you pray for this work? Brother Cheatwood has given his life preaching the gospel to the Turks and translating the Bible into their language. Although Paul told Timothy that his departure was at hand, he also gave him some final instructions. Those instructions included bringing his winter coat to him, the books, and especially the parchments. This is Brother Cheatwood’s final request. To prepare a place for the winter coats that we give the poor children each winter; to have a meeting house for a Turkish meeting, Bulgarian meeting, and an English meeting; and to have a place to print and bind the New Testament that he has translated. We believe there are some people who would believe, if only they had a Bible in their hands. Please pray with us about finishing this work.
In Christ, Zachary LeFevre
Dear Friends in Christ, March 2018
I am writing this at the request of my father-in-law, Ralph Cheatwood. He has been my pastor, mentor, and example of a true man of God for the 25 years that Dara and I have been on the field.
Besides preaching to thousands of Turks in Romania and Bulgaria, planting over 100 churches, founding Casa Julia children’s home, and feeding and clothing countless children of God, he has worked tirelessly and faithfully to translate the King James Bible into Turkish so that the people he loves so much can have the true Word of God.
Brother Ralph was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer – a tumor on his bronchial tube and several other places in his body. The doctors have said that there is nothing they can do besides, when the time comes, make his passing as comfortable as possible. At this time, his only complaint is a persistent cough which makes it difficult to concentrate on his translation work.
We are pursuing some natural treatments that are said to have success in shrinking tumors, which may give him some relief from the cough. Brother Ralph is at peace with his inevitable passing. He is 79 years old and has been blessed to be serving the Lord for the last 43 years on several different mission fields. His prayer now is that the Lord will give him this summer to read through his Turkish Bible a final time to have peace that he has done the best he could.
Brother Ralph also wants to finish the building in Avren, Bulgaria that will be home to the church in that village. It will also house the printing workshop for Bibles and hymnbooks and “Coats for Kids” which collects and distributes coats for poor children. He wants to leave that building completed so that we missionaries who have served under him all these years can carry on the work that the Lord laid on his heart to do.
The missionary families here got together and are resolved to see Brother Ralph’s vision realized. This will take some money and each of us will shoulder a part of that burden for him. I am asking each of you to pray and, if the Lord leads you, to help us with the work that we will be trying to do before the end of the summer.
I know Brother Ralph is thankful to all who have supported him and this work over the years. By God’s grace, we will stay faithful to see that work continue into eternity.
In Christ, Dave Turner
But he stood in the midst of the ground, and
defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory."
(II Sam. 23:12)
Dear Churches and Praying Friends, January 2018
Greetings in the name of our great Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. We trust this letter finds you persevering in the work of God by faith. As the New Year rolls around, we always think about what we've seen in the past year, and then what the New Year might hold. Reflecting on the events of 2017 we are, first of all, bound to give thanks to each of you who have supported this work faithfully through the years. Without your support we would not be here. You labor with us in your prayers. We are fellow laborers. Our burdens are your burdens. Our prayer requests are your works of faith. The victories that we see are your victories. Another year now has passed, a year of standing like Shammah in the midst of the ground and defending it, as mentioned in the verse above. Victory is experienced after long battles. Much of our work here is simply standing, refusing to move or leave the battle. Ralph Cheatwood, the senior missionary with whom we work, when asked “what was his greatest accomplishment in forty years on the mission field”, responded simply, "I stayed." During those forty years of staying he was able to translate the Bible into modern Turkish and preach to thousands of people all over Bulgaria. Many of those thousands believed the gospel and obeyed the command to be baptized into the Christian faith.
So, we have stayed another year. Our year has been filled with preaching to little crowds in house churches. The saints have been edified, or built up in the faith. National pastors have been able to faithfully travel to the villages, week in and week out because we've stayed, and because you've stayed faithful. Hungry children have been fed. Had we not stayed faithful, what would they eat? Just today at the children's meeting there was a girl that told my wife, "I don't come here for the food. I come to hear you talk about Jesus." Many poor people have come to church and experienced the blessing of answered prayer in times of sickness and disease. Just today there was a lady that came to our house and asked prayer for her mother who has cancer. Had we not stayed faithful, where would they be? Last year there was a town drunk who started coming to church. He professed faith in Jesus and proclaimed his drinking days were over. Had we not stayed faithful, what hope would he have?
So, we have stayed another year, and the Lord gives a great victory. The victory is in the hearts of the people here. When they see God answer their prayers, when the truth of the gospel enlightens their hearts, when their faith is manifested in the baptismal waters, which is a great victory.
In 2018 we look forward to more battles and more victories.
In Christ, Zachary LeFevre
Bulgaria and Romania
Coats for Kids 2017-18
Please click on the above link for a printable version
“There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?” John 6:9
When we were in America last year I was asked to tell a congregation about Coats for Kids. After service a boy came to me and asked if there were winter hats in Bulgaria. I said yes. He then asked if I knew where to buy them and I said yes. He further asked if he sent me money would I go buy them for the kids. Smiling and crying at the same time, I said yes.
Aden was true to his word and sent money for winter hats. Instead of birthday presents he requested his friends and family give money to put hats on kids in Bulgaria this winter. This one lad shared what he had to help take care of many. It has been a blessing to give out over 300 hats for Aden.
“The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.” Proverbs 22:2
I’ve written about Eforie before. Eforie, where castaways are cast even further away: out of sight and out of mind. But when I tell you that in this tiny container village at the city landfill live some of the sweetest, most loving children I have ever met, I truly mean it. Hugs. Smiles. Conversation. And not just when we bring coats and socks - no, they’re like this all the time.
So you just have to ask yourself: are they really the poor among us?
Sheker is a precious girl who lives in the Children’s Home in Romania. She and some of her sisters came to our house to spend time with our family. We met them at the mall in Varna where all the girls proceeded to spend Christmas money. Sheker bought a pair of boots that ended up being too big for her. I felt strongly we should buy them from her so she could get a pair that fit and we could give this pair to someone in need.
Today we met that someone. Her story is tragic - she was born into the lap of luxury and used to have huge bags full of Italian leather boots, but after her parents died and she turned to alcohol she lost everything. The woman we met did not look like she had ever been rich... but then again, maybe she’s richer now than she was before because she is open to her need for Christ. Pray for Petya.
They have very little. No indoor toilet. No accessible bath or shower. No washing machine. No kitchen. Barely any clothes.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,” Ephesians 2:4
But God. God makes the difference. God sees past these temporal things on which we place monetary value. He sees to the very heart of man. And in an area of great opulence where these people are cast aside, the true riches He sees are in a place of great poverty where the Holy Spirit fills a shipping container and lavishes an abundance of “the exceeding riches of his grace” on a thankful people. They may never swim in a safe of gold coins but they sure are immersed in love, mercy, and grace. They are rich.
I’m incredibly thankful to get to help people... but in the end I also ask myself: Did I help them? Or did they help me? That’s the beauty of the Body of Christ - rich and poor, he made us all. We are one.
On Behalf of All the Kids,
Carrie M. Leach - The Leach Family
Dear Friends in
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I hope all of you enjoyed the holiday season. Dara and I have been saying that it seems like this has been one of the best holidays ever for us. After our Sunday service on New Year’s Eve, I think we can say for sure it is the best. I’ll tell you more about that in a minute.
First of all, I want to thank everyone who sent money and gifts for all of our kids for Christmas. It could not have worked out more perfectly. We were able to get the children all we had hoped for and even more. More importantly, we had several family prayer meetings during the time the kids have been out of school and it felt like we really drew together around Christ. It’s hard to explain-- you want your children to enjoy the presents and yet you want there to be a spirit of thankfulness and worship toward Jesus Christ and the salvation we have through Him – the most important gift! This year, more than any I can remember, we have had that spirit here in our Home. I want to thank the Lord for that…it really has been wonderful!
Our fellow missionaries working in Bulgaria, Larry and Carrie Leach, once again raised money and bought winter coats for the children in one of our poorest villages. Not long before Christmas they brought the coats; and we took most of our kids with us out to this village to fit every child (over 30 in total) with a beautiful warm coat, each with a pair of socks in the pocket. Our kids took turns fitting a coat to a village child, many of whom came with no coat at all, even though the weather was quite cold. The village children were beaming proudly when we left and our kids were warmed with that feeling that comes from being able to show Christ’s love to someone else.
We were able to pray for two families we know who each lost a newborn child right around Christmas. Of course, learning of these terrible losses brought back many of the emotions we felt losing our own Noah Cross. We missed having him here with us for Christmas. But, thank the Lord, we were also reminded of that wonderful flood of grace that God poured out on us during that time, now 5 ½ years ago. All of our children here at the Home went through that loss with us and we were all able to pray together for these families in a way that many will never know. Paul said to the Romans “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” I think our short separation from Noah Cross will not compare to the glory we will share together with him for an eternity in Heaven.
Over the last several weeks we have had some really good church services, and it seemed the Lord had been stirring our hearts. On several occasions over these weeks we had young military men and women visit for the first time. We heard that 6 or 7 would be coming to church on Sunday the 31st, the last day of the year. Everyone was feeling the Lord might do something great. My mother-in-law, Sandy, said she prayed the night before that someone would be saved. One of the military men who is a Christian and has been coming regularly told me when he got here on Sunday morning that he believed someone would be saved. We had a very good service. The Lord really blessed as Dara and the kids sang during the service and then afterward when Dara gave a beautiful testimony of God’s goodness to all of us.
After the service, a few of us were able to sit down with two of the young men who came and discuss salvation. One of the men, who had been saved years before, was afraid he had drifted so far that he had lost his salvation. We were able to show him from the Bible that it is God, not he himself, who is the keeper of his soul. He now has the Lord’s full assurance of his salvation and he made a commitment to get back to that walk with the Lord that had been missing in his life for so long.
The other young man had not been saved; but as we talked with him and prayed with him, he asked the Lord to save him and to come into his heart and life. Praise the Lord!! This was the answer for which we had been praying. Afterward, we sat around singing hymns and testifying until late in the evening. Someone said to this young soldier, “Aren’t you excited the Lord did this for you today?”, it being New Year’s Eve. He said “I am more excited for every day in the next year!” We thank the Lord for saving this young man and for everything He let us have a part in – not just on that day but every day. We are certainly going into the New Year with a renewed excitement for serving our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ.
We pray a blessed new year for each of you. Thank you again for all your prayers and support.
In Christ, The Turners
Dear Pastors, Churches and fellow Saints, Greetings once again from Romania! January 1, 2018
The Lord blessed Jacob and my visit to America. I only had two weeks and needed more time, but we are thankful for the depth of love we found as we traveled to all the places we could. I’m convinced that God wanted to do more, but we are busy, and the work must be watched over.
I enjoyed hearing Jacob stand up and share the way God had worked in his heart and led him to see the ministry. Jacob spoke of when he was around 14 years old and how I had taken him to a meeting in town. He had not wanted to go, but knew he had to. I was forced to leave him alone with the lady of the house as I drove some older people to their homes. During this time the lady of the house was concerned because it was growing colder as sun began to set. She had no wood and took one of her pillows and ripped it up and burnt it in her little stove to keep him warm. He said, that one act of kindness and the thought of her having to sleep that night without a pillow somehow opened his heart to see what God is doing in these people’s lives. As I listened, I was so blessed to watch pastors and church members transfixed as Jacob spoke of how God had burdened him and wanted him to give his life to this Turkish work.
It is wonderful to see how faith is a beautiful and miraculous gift from God. I was able to experience the joy of seeing it unfold in his life after years of worry and fear. What a beautiful picture of the grace and power of God. It is hard to hold the emotions in when God’s pure love is being revealed like that. I wish all young people could understand what a beautiful thing it is to seek God’s ways. Not because of talent or ability, not because of prestige or financial gain, but because of the gospel and power it has too set men and women free.
We are joyful as we end another prosperous year. We were blessed to baptized seven believers and honored to participate in an ordination service this year. We also buried two of our oldest believers. We buried their bodies, but their works do follow them. We are committed to guarding their testimonies of Jesus Christ while awaiting the joyous day of our reunion in heaven. What a blessing to give out over 350 Christmas packets to the poor children. The joy and hugs always help seal and cap off the year with hope. Time and space would fail me to tell all Jesus has done in the lives and families of these believers, but God’s grace has carried us through and our faith is once again unshaken because of his faithfulness. Please continue to pray for the churches and centers and us as we enter another year for his name’s sake!
Thank You and May God Richly
Bless You Is Our Prayer! From Romania, Nathan, Teresa,
Rachel, Nate, Jacob, Elmas, Rebecca and little Uriah
Dear Brethren, January 2018
Happy New Year! It is our hope and prayer that this letter finds you all well and warm. Our holidays were a little difficult without the older children home, but we had a nice, quiet time together and even tried to make new traditions.
The response this winter to Coats for Kids has been overwhelming, and for that we are thankful. We have been very busy with the distributions, only taking a forced break when the flu hit our house for a few weeks. Hundreds of coats and socks (and this year some hats) have been bought, sorted, and distributed. Today Carrie and I were sitting at the table planning our next step when a request for coats came in. We felt like we should go get coats for this need right at that moment in order to be ahead of the ice storm. We hope to keep working until we have exhausted all suppliers and/or resources.
The churches are doing very well. I love the people, and I'm so glad they love me too. Yesterday five folks from the church in Mihailovski came to my house to check on me because they heard I had been very sick. They also brought bags of fruit. Unfortunately I was not home to visit with them, but it blessed my heart that they would figure out a way to get out here to my house to see about me. What a blessing!
Our time in America was bittersweet, but mostly sweet. The Lord did such big things for our family, and we returned to the field encouraged and helped. While in America we were able to visit many churches - both supporting churches and new contacts. The Lord blessed as we presented the work. When asked about our personal needs, I told of those - each time highlighting the need of the moment (getting our older children set up, Pastor Ismail, Widow Minka, getting Carrie some medical help, Coats for Kids, etc.). I felt at peace about the direction of each and every meeting. However, after returning to the field and finding costs had risen while I was gone, I find that I ran out of time in America to highlight every need and our personal monthly support ended up feeling the lack. I cannot visit new churches in America while working here in Bulgaria, but I know God answers prayers; so I would like to ask all of our supporters to make this a matter of prayer for the Leach Family.
In closing, I want to thank all of you for your faithfulness. You have been faithful to pray and support and give to special needs. We are thankful that God put us together in His ministry. Praying for you.
Because He First Loved Me, Brother Larry Leach, Jr.
Dear Pastors, Churches, and Friends, January 2018
We have had a very interesting year. The presence of the Lord was so real in our services while here in the States. We have also enjoyed a measure of health with a few aches and pains, but at least you can feel something!
2017 was a year of hurricanes for, the United States, Puerto Rico and other Hispanic countries. On our last trip we used most of the time assessing the damage from the hurricane that plowed across the Northern section of a Hispanic country. We are trying to help in as many areas as possible, but there were so many people affected by the storm it seems almost impossible. Those that sustained heavy damage will never completely recover in their lifetime.
One project that we began in is almost finished. Now the only problem is getting the required materials, because so many others are in need from the hurricanes. This particular church and house will serve as our base of operations. We want thank all of you who have helped with needs from the hurricane and this project.
We just returned from a trip to the Amazon; seeing works along the river in Colombia, Peru and Brazil. As a result of two prior trips in 2009 and 2010 we were able to bring three men to the States to be in our conferences. Since then, these men have “increased” their ministry by planting several new works. It was exciting as we road banana boats across and up the Amazon to see those churches and be in services with the people.
One of the buildings that we helped build in 2010 was at the point of being taken over by a drug cartel. They had threatened the pastor’s life. As Brother Euler told us the story while weeping said, “the brothers from the church were hazarding their lives to salvage materials from the building by disassembling it, and all at once, they were totally surrounded by soldiers with guns”! He said while being overcome by tears, “until this day they do not know if it was the military or angels protecting them!” God is on the throne and mindful of our needs!
Thanks to all of you who have been so faithful to our ministry with your prayers and help. May God Bless each one richly in this next year!
Joyfully Yours, Farren Caeble
2017 - 2018 Flour & Oil
Dear Friends and Supporters, November 2017
“There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.” John 6:9-11
These verses have been resonating in my heart for the past several days: how Jesus had performed many miracles while walking here on this earth. “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written”. Amen. John 21:25
I write this letter to say thank you. Thank you for your yearly support, both by prayer and giving, for the feeding of the Turks in Romania and Bulgaria. I am so thankful that God has allowed me to be a part of His ministry. He is still performing miracles. I am a witness to them and testify to you that our God is still God and still able. He still feeds the multitudes. He still has the Gospel preached to the poor. And those poor in spirit, are rich in faith. He still binds up the brokenhearted. Time, paper, and pen would fail us to tell all the things God is still doing.
It is time once again to give our “loaves and fishes” to Jesus, and trust Him to satisfy the hungry. I have spoken to Brother Matt Welch about the cost of this endeavor this year, and he said it would take around $60,000 to $65,000 to feed 2,000 families. These are the families that make up the 105 churches in Romania and Bulgaria. I realize this is a lot of money; but, don’t forget the little lad with five little barley loaves and two little fishes. He gave what little he had to a great big God who with it, fed the multitudes. Everything was little, but his heart. He had a heart for Jesus, as so many of you all have. We are believing this same Jesus, to perform this same miracle once again this year, by the love of God in your hearts.
Our goal is to get this money to the missionaries by the first of the year. Last year, the missionaries were able to distribute over seventy tons of flour along with around two thousand gallons of cooking oil to over two thousand families from our churches. Each family received one hundred and ten pounds of flour and five liters of cooking oil.
Thank you once again for your continued support and love for your fellow believers in foreign countries.
To God be the Glory! In Christ, Rev. Michael Nixon, Director
“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Fall of 2017
Lakeside Baptist Church continues to faithfully distribute the 8,000 Evangelistic Calendar and tract packets from house to house in the same 15 villages as last year. *Please pray these 8,000 lost souls will read the Calendars daily that the seed of God’s Word be sown in their hearts through the messages about Christ & Salvation. They testified that some of the villages are finally opening up to listen to the Gospel.
Pray for Vamil and four Hindu Students from Southern India. They are learning here in English, but it is very hard for us to understand each other. I am trying to find tracts to reach them in their native language of Tamil.
We praise the Lord for supplying the funds to print 20,000 of the tracts: “Are you sure that you will be with God in Heaven?” 10,000 have already been distributed. This is a great tool for use on visitation. We’ve also been able to print 35,000 Chick tracts and 120,000 testimonial tracts. We are now preparing to print five testimonial tracts in the Ukrainian language.
The Lord led me to work with International Commission or (I.C.): Our main purpose is teaching Baptist Churches the importance of purposeful intercessory prayer combined with relationship building to sow the seed of the Gospel in the hearts of lost souls one at a time.
We use Operation Andrew brochures which lay out a simple strategy for building a relationship with a lost relative, neighbor, colleague or friend; as God softens their heart through prayer. Each Christian makes a list of 10 lost acquaintances and prays everyday for one minute for each soul. Then they let the person know that they pray for them daily. After a few weeks they contact them to ask for any special prayer needs. In a month or so they invite them out for coffee, and again later they invite them over for dinner (praying along the way that the Lord will touch their heart to ask why they became so important). If they ask, then this opens the door to give your testimony and present the Gospel of Christ. If the door doesn’t open up, then they prayerfully invite someone else to come with them to share their testimony and present the Gospel. At this point an I.C. team can come by the Church to help make visits, sharing their salvation testimony and presenting Christ with hopes that the person will listen to them about Christ.
From Nov. 3rd-13th I participated with an I.C., American team which made a week of visits in different towns in Southern Moldova. Many from the team testified about how God moved on hearts and saved souls. I labored in two Turkish speaking Gagauz villages where I testified to 65 lost people on 32 visits. Praise the Lord! He saved 15 souls. What a great blessing to help others reap some souls in their harvest field, whitened by prayer.
December 16th-24th The I.C. National Ukrainian team and I will be visiting lost souls in Chernivtsy, Ukraine. Pray the Lord will soften and prepare the hearts of the lost through prayer. Also, pray for the Churches and the Christians we will train, as we go on soul-winning visits with them and teach them how to testify and present Christ.
We are so grateful to the Lord that they sentenced and locked up for 8.5 years the armed robber who broke into our Church apartment in 2012 and 2013. We also thank you for your prayers for our Family.
To God be the Glory! Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher -- ***Pray for our present Political Unrest: the Opposition is pushing to impeach the President.
“...Who am I, O LORD God, and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?” 1 Chronicles 17:16
Our praying friends and family in the Lord, October 2017
For those of you who don’t know, as it’s been too long since I’ve written, we are Stateside. We arrived safely and without incident August 24th. After a brief period of rest and recuperation, we started on the road. We’ve been traveling for almost a month, all the way from Michigan to Florida and many points in between. It has been good to renew old acquaintances, and make many more new ones. We also, after securing a cell phone, have a new, direct means of contact. Our new phone number is: (828) 592-1498. If you’d like to have us in, to update you on the work in Bulgaria, to testify, sing or preach, don’t hesitate to let us know. We’d love to come and tell the goodness of our Savior demonstrated toward our gypsy Turks. Also, feel free to pass our information along to any other pastors or churches, and especially to as many praying people as you know.
We have been blessed to be in several good, strong meetings; and they have refreshed our spirits. It is a blessing in itself to be in meetings where Christ Jesus is glorified, and His Spirit manifested; to know that God is still at work in America, in this wicked day; to know that there are still, scattered here and there, people who both know, and desire the God of glory and the glory of God. It is my heart’s desire to be in, and have my little family in, as many of those meetings as I can. And when I can’t, to bring that same spirit to as many meetings as I’m in. If there is a dearth in this land, it is for a lack of preaching that provokes people to worship God in Spirit and in truth: that gives Jesus Christ the preeminence, and lifts Him high as an object of wonder and adoration, worthy of worship, love and sacrifice. O what a high estate to be known by Him, to be called His own! O for an insatiable hunger to know Him greater!
Pray for us. As we are traveling, pray the Lord fills us with His good Spirit, that we might bring Him glory, and be a help and a blessing wherever He leads us. Pray for our safety. Pray for more opportunities to testify of God’s goodness manifested on the mission field. Pray for our upcoming needs, those here, and those awaiting us when we return. It is human nature to calculate the immensity of a need, against the little at hand, and so grow discouraged. But that equation leaves out the key component: our great Savior. The last day of a three day meeting, and the Savior said they’d close with a meal. Brother Philip surveyed the crowd, and then checked the bank account, and said there wasn’t enough to feed everyone. Brother Andrew went a little farther, and found among the thousands, only one little boy brought lunch, but stated, as a matter of fact, it wasn’t enough. They both had subtracted Jesus; but add the Lord to your want and watch what happens. Bless the Lord, my needs exceed your resources and mine, but not His. Thank you Lord, for meeting all we stand in need of! Help us pray; believe for us when our faith wanes, and we’ll do the same for you. We love you and look forward to hearing from you.
Because of a living Savior, The William LeFevre Family firstname.lastname@example.org www.lefevrestoeurope.org www.facebook.com/bulgarianlefevres
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. September 2017
But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Matt. 19:14
We hope this letter finds you well satisfied with the goodness and grace of our Lord. Many of you have been faithful to help supply the physical needs for the poor, hungry and destitute children in Bulgaria and Romania. These children have been made full by your love and generosity.
Our primary ministry is to the gypsy Turks in this region of Eastern Europe. They are very poor, and most have no means of supplying for their families. That being said, we would like to give you an update on the feeding centers in Romania and Bulgaria. The children who come to these centers are taught to sing hymns to the Lord and receive one hot meal per day. For most this is their only prepared hot meal.
Currently in Eastern Romania our missionaries along with four national pastors oversee seven feeding centers. For around $3,400 per month we provide one hot meal per day to over 320 children. This breaks down to about 35 cents per child and consists of 6,400 loaves of bread, flour, pasta, beans, rice, tomato paste, potatoes and oil. We now have adults who grew up being feed in these centers assisting with food distribution in many of these villages.
In Eastern Bulgariaour missionaries oversee eight feeding centers. Every month we send around $5,000 to provide each feeding center with: five liters of oil, five bags of sugar, five bags of salt, tomato puree, five bags of macaroni, one large sack of potatoes, four 25kg bags of flour, and sometimes bags of lentils, rice or beans. The children are not only fed physically but spiritually as well with hymns and prayer.
Our missionaries give generously to help offset the cost of these
centers. Currently the exchange rate of the dollar is in our favor, and
we can feed more children, but this fluctuates according to the European
trade market. As this work continues to grow so do the expenses, but I
believe God will meet all the needs. Many souls have been saved by the
grace of God through your continual prayers and support of this
Once again, thank you for all you have done and for letting the Lord lead you in helping the helpless in their time of need. To God Be the Glory, Rev. Mike Nixon, Director