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Concerning the ministry here, we are glad to report that the Lord is doing great things. Our little family has had the honor of working with 8 other American families, in the furtherance of the gospel, among the Turks in Eastern Europe.
As we look back we have seen God's hand leading us every step of the way. It is because of Him, that we are where we are today. From childhood, both of us (Zachary and Verity ) have had the opportunity to be in Christian homes, and were in churches where the gospel was preached. Where we were able to come to be saved, and experience God's redeeming grace. Even before we had met, both of us had the desire to be used in God's work... wherever He would lead us. So, upon meeting and marriage, we sought the Lord's direction. And the Lord led us here...
Our work is mostly with the Turkish people in Bulgaria. They are the POOREST people in Bulgaria. They are a rough and tumble group of folks, who are outcasts in their society. But they are receiving the gospel, and are being brought to salvation, and the knowledge of Jesus Christ. We are thankful to be a part of the work God is doing here, and look forward to many more years in His service.
Below are some of our mission letters.
"For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ" (Eph. 4:12)
Dear churches and praying friends, June 2017
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who has called us and put us into this ministry. I thank the Lord that this is his ministry, and we are labourers together with you. You all labour with us in your prayers and support, while we labour in the field.
This spring we've been as busy as ever. Since missionary Larry Leach has left for his furlough, we are going to his meetings along with Pastor Ismail, as well as our other meetings with Pastor Alish. That makes ten church services a week, and then the occasional larger meetings on Saturdays. Then, once a month we travel to Romania for a weekend and have church with the kids in the children's home and with the other missionaries up there. This is a lot of traveling, and we thank the Lord every day for the vehicles that he has provided us with.
In the mornings we continue to bind Bibles. Right now we are sewing Turkish Bibles (written in the Cyrillic alphabet). We are doing about thirty New Testaments a week. They only cost about five dollars to print, and then the binding is done by hand. We've already given out hundreds. People are thankful to receive a Bible (for the first time). Some people are overjoyed. I've seen people cry, and actually kiss the Bible when we give it to them! Recently Pastor Ahmet told about taking Bibles to one of his villages. Apparently, earlier that week some other religious workers had come through that village selling Bibles. Our people are poor. They said that as bad as they wanted to buy a Bible, they just didn't have the money. Later that week Pastor Ahmet came with boxes of Bibles and gave one to each person in the church (for free). The people were thrilled to see how God gave them the desire of their hearts.
Another part of our work week in the ministry is in the village of Avren where we are working on a building. This will be used for church to meet, and it will have be room to print and bind the Bibles there. I've had the joy of running a jackhammer, busting out all the old concrete. Sometimes the work of the ministry is actual work. The Lord told us to pray for labourers, not loafers.
Aside from all this, we still make hospital visits and preach in various other meetings. We've also seen that if one prays for opportunities to witness, the Lord provides those opportunities. In our daily life and business, we've recently had several people inquire about our work, which opens the door for us to share the gospel with them.
We appreciate all that you do for us. Continue to keep us in your prayers.
In Christ, Zachary LeFevre
Dear Churches and Praying Friends, January 2017
"While the earth remaineth, seedtime
and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall
not cease" (Gen. 8:22)
Greetings in the name of our Savior, Defender and Friend, the Lord Jesus. We trust this letter finds each of you striving together with us in prayer and rejoicing in the hope of his coming. We are back in Bulgaria now. Our trip was long, but uneventful. My brother, William, was kind enough to watch our house while we were gone, and had everything in good working order upon our return. After adjusting to the time difference, we were able to get right back into the work - before the hard winter hit.
Bulgaria is experiencing its worst winter in years. Heavy snowfall has blocked many roads, leaving villages isolated for days resulting in no bread or other groceries transported to the local stores. Many villages were without power and water for several days. Even the Danube River and parts of the Black sea along the coast have been frozen over. For now, the snow has stopped falling, but has not melted. Temperatures remain below freezing for days at a time. The Lord has given us grace to manage through these difficulties. Many poor people are running out of firewood. Let's pray that the Lord would have mercy on them.
Before the winter storms hit, we were able to help (hand) bind several boxes of New Testaments and hymnbooks. We have over a thousand New Testaments printed, waiting to be bound, as soon as we can travel again to the printing location in Dabravino. These New Testaments cost only three dollars to print. We praise the Lord for continually providing seed to the sower. Our desire is to sow bountifully and reap likewise.
Pastor Nasuf related a wonderful testimony of how the Lord saved a man in one of his churches. Sister Leyla has been saved for a couple of years. Her husband, however, wanted nothing to do with the church. He carried a Koran and professed himself as a devout Muslim, doing all he could to suppress his wife's faith in Jesus, but she prayed in the closet all the while. One day he fell sick and was hospitalized. Three days later he came home and told his wife that the Lord spoke to him in the hospital and he gave his heart to Jesus; and that he is a now a believer in Jesus Christ. He immediately got rid of his Koran and asked his wife for her Bible. Two weeks later he was baptized.
Remember to pray for us, and for the poor people here whom we love.
In Christ, Zachary LeFevre
Dear Churches and Praying Friends,
“And Hezekiah appointed the courses of the priests and the Levites after their courses, every man according to his service, the priests and Levites for burnt offerings and for peace offerings, to minister, and to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the tents of the Lord.” (2 Chr. 31:2)
It is once again our privilege to report of the Lord’s work. This month many Americans take time to be thankful, and Christians especially. We have many things to be thankful for: our eternal salvation, our Christian heritage, our families and churches, just to name a few. One particular blessing for which I thank the Lord is that he has appointed me to be a New Testament priest, to give the sacrifice of praise, to minister and give thanks in the gates of the Lord’s house. This ministry is not difficult; it is easy. Count your many blessings, it will surprise what the Lord hath done.
We are now completing our 2016 furlough, and what a blessed time it has been. Every church we visited was like a family reunion – God’s family. Old friends and new friends both have been a blessing to us. Several churches and individuals have given us clothes, or things we’ll need on the field, or just snacks for when we travel. On one recent trip, our car was full to capacity, and little Levi said, “I don’t think we should be blessed any more – we don’t have room.” Truly, God and his children have been good to us. We’ve traveled over twenty thousand miles visiting churches and by faith giving good reports of the mission work. Some new churches have pledged to support the work on a monthly basis, and that is a special blessing, not only for us and for them, but for the many souls in spiritual darkness who still wait for the gospel light to shine on them.
On the twenty-ninth of this month we will be traveling back to Bulgaria. We still need some money for the vehicle which we plan to buy, and a few other household items, so please pray with us about that. I spoke with pastor Alish from our village a few days ago. He and his family are all anxious for us to return, as are we.
Thank you all so much for your prayers and continued financial support. We will try our best to carry on the work evangelizing the Turks in Bulgaria and establishing churches.
“And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches; And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind:” (II Cor. 8:18)
Dear Churches and Praying Friends, June 2016
We trust this letter reaches you rejoicing in the Lord and the victory he has promised us upon his return. It is our joy and privilege to serve him and each day is a gift.
This summer we are in the states traveling to our supporting churches, reporting of the good work of God in Bulgaria. What a blessing it has been to see old friends, and of course, to make new ones. The Lord has also allowed us to present the work in some new churches which have promised to support it. (We need more of these.)
While we are in the states my brother, William, is overseeing our part of the work in Bulgaria. Recently he told me about a visitor to our village church. This Turkish lady was passing through our village, and was invited by one of the believers to come to the meeting. She came, and the Lord touched her heart. All during the singing, she sat and wept. After church, she stayed behind to talk to Pastor Alish and his family. She told them that she had never before heard about Jesus or his wondrous love.
We ask that you would pray for our ministry. Specifically, we are asking the Lord for a new vehicle when we return to Bulgaria in November. Some money has been given already. We lack about twelve thousand dollars yet, but believe that the Lord will provide, right on time.
Thank you for your continued prayer and support.
In Christ, Zachary LeFevre
Dear Churches and Praying Friends, February 2016
Greetings in the name of our Savior, the Lord Jesus. We trust this letter finds you rejoicing in the Lord and waiting for his appearing. Our winter months have been busy, and we're glad to report that the Lord's still working in Bulgaria. Most of our village churches are full, and there is joy and love among the believers.
In the village of Avren we were able to help finish the main part of the roof of the building that we will use for a church and a Bible printing facility. Even without this facility, we've been able to print and distribute hundreds of hymn books and gospels of John to the church members.
Pastor Nasuf recently told me about a family that visited his church one Sunday. This woman had evidently heard the gospel years ago, but never did believe. Until she got seriously ill. After the doctors told her they could do nothing more to help her, she began to seek the Lord and pray. Then through his miraculous power, the Lord healed her. For months she has been worshipping the Lord in her own home every Sunday morning, and inviting her neighbors to join her. Several of them have also come to believe in Jesus. One day, she happened to meet another believer in a different village that told her about their preacher, Pastor Nasuf. So, she traveled thirty kilometers to Targovishte to find Pastor Nasuf and his church. Last week Pastor Nasuf was able to visit her village on Sunday mornings and have church with this little group of believers. The Lord answered their prayers in sending them a pastor. Please pray for Pastor Nasuf and for these believers, who are very poor.
Lord willing, this March we should be traveling back to the states for an eight month furlough. This is a difficult time for us, because the work is going so well that we don't want to leave. But we do look forward to seeing our American friends and family, and most of all, the churches.
Please pray for us. We want to see you all. For now, if you would like to contact us, please use our email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In Christ, Zachary LeFevre
Dear Churches and Praying Friends,November 2015
Churches and Praying Friends,
"Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous..." (Matthew 9:37)
We've had a good time this spring visiting the different churches here in Bulgaria. I've been able to go to the village churches of pastors Nasuf, Alish, Mitko and Ismail. The people are all very glad to have us come and preach; they're encouraged just to see someone come visit them.
In one church there was a sixteen year old girl that came for the first time. She told about her problems with fear and with seeing strange visions. The local Islamic religious leader told her she had a demon in her (and he was probably right). To protect her from it, he made a type of a spell, and gave her a little charm to wear around her neck to keep evil spirits away. Of course, this just made the matters worse. She couldn't keep from crying while telling us about what all she's suffered. Thanks be to God, that I was able to tell her that her suffering could all end that day. I preached to her that faith in the name of Jesus would run every devil away, and she could live a life of peace. We prayed for her and gave her a New Testament to take home. The next week she came back and said she hadn't suffered any more since that day at the church. Now, she attends the meetings every week and loves it. What a blessing it is to preach to someone so hungry to hear the word of God!
In another church there was a middle-aged man that came in while I was preaching. He sat down and listened intently while I preached from Matthew 16:27, "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? " Well, this man had recently returned to Bulgaria from Germany where he works to see his mother. She is seventy-five years old and in the hospital with heart trouble. She has been saved and faithful to the church for years. This man said that his mother always prayed for him and told him he needed to quit drinking, but he never did. Now that she is perhaps on her death bed, he came to church and said that from now on he is going to be a believer. That day he prayed for the first time in his life. What a blessing it was to be able to preach the first gospel sermon that man had ever heard!
In one of Mitko's villages we went to pray for an older lady after church. She had suffered a stroke and couldn't get out of bed. We sang her a song and prayed for her. Pastor Mitko told me her testimony. He said that when they were younger both she and her husband used to drink a lot. When her husband died, her children tried to convince her not to get drunk at the funeral, but she couldn't even stay sober one day. Later, she said that one day somebody told her about Jesus and she asked him in her heart. After that she said she never had a desire to drink any more. Her life changed completely. What a blessing it was to pray for her!
Continue to pray for us as we keep preaching the gospel six days a week in the Bulgarian villages. We always need help. The harvest truly is plenteous.
In Christ, Zachary LeFevre
Thou crownest the year with thy goodness and thy paths drop fatness Ps. 65:11
the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month,
upon the mountains of Ararat." (Gen 8:4)
This month it was my privilege to again make a trip down into Turkey. This time I was able to travel to the eastern region of the country, and see Mt. Ararat. It is the highest peak in a mountainous region, at over 16,000 ft. Noah's ark has never been found, but the covenant that God made with Noah stands to this day. The Lord graciously allowed me see a rainbow on Mt. Ararat. "And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth." (Gen ) What a blessing it was to witness the token of the covenant that God made with Noah thousands of years ago!
There is, however, more to the
ten days in Turkey I returned home on a .
Then, a flood came
to the Turkish section of Varna. It seems it has rained here almost every
day since Easter. The ground on the hills above Asparuhovo must have
reached the point of saturation, causing a small landslide and flash flood.
This is the area where we have had a church for nearly twenty years.
Praise the Lord, the flood did not affect any of our church people, but the
lives of many others have been devastated. At least twelve people have been
confirmed dead, and others are missing. Scores of houses have been
destroyed. An estimated two hundred people are, at least temporarily,
We feel it out duty and privilege to help these people. The day after the flood, Brother Alish, who pastors in that town, was surveyed the damage. He knew many of the people who died and attended their funerals. He was able to give those families each a fifty pound bag of flour. In the days to come it is our desire to continue feeding the flood victims and, as the Lord provides, help them build their homes again. Would you pray about helping these people that are without food, clothing and shelter?
Jesus warned that a worse catastrophe than a flood is coming. "For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." (Matt 24:38,39) Who knows how much time we may have left to preach and warn people of the coming of the Lord? Pray for us.
In Christ, Zachary LeFevre
Dear Churches and Praying Friends
"In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ," (I Cor. 5:4)
One of the greatest blessings in the work here is the camp meeting. The Lord has helped us to establish house churches all over eastern Bulgaria and Romania. Many of them are small congregations among small Turkish villages. Each of the national pastors cares for believers in a different region. Just as the American camp meeting/revival meeting is a blessing, this large gathering of believers has proven to be a great encouragement for the believers in Bulgaria. Each summer we try to gather in believers from different regions. This large gathering together is accompanied by the power of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is like heaven on earth to experience a large crowd of believers singing loudly the praises of the Lord who died for them, rose again for them, sought them, found them, washed their sins away and gave them a new life. Then the time of testimonies is a great blessing. They get to encourage one another by telling their own stories of how God has delivered them from various difficulties. For the new believers this is an eye-opening experience to see so many other people who have endured the same afflictions and can tell of how God always gives the victory through faith and prayer. At the camp meetings churches are edified, the preachers are strengthened, prayers are answered, and sometimes even souls are saved. The fellowship is sweet and parting is sorrowful.
Just this week we had our first camp meeting of the year. Later in the summer these meetings will include baptizing down at the river. Those meetings are special because we get to see the results of a year's worth of preaching in various villages: new believers obeying Christ's command in baptism. Normally, they enter the water fearful and exit the water with hands lifted to heaven joyfully.
Thank you all for your continued prayer and support. With some more help, we could sow more bountifully, and reap more bountifully. The Lord is working in Bulgaria. We look forward to the day when we shall come again with rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.
In Christ, Zachary LeFevre
"I have no greater joy than to hear
that my children walk in truth". (III John 4)
Dear Churches and Praying Friends,
First of all, let me say how much we appreciate each and every one of you who have prayed for us these many years. Next month we will begin our twentieth year on the mission field. The time has certainly flown. In 1995 my wife and I packed up six bags, and took our baby girl, Katy, to live and work in Romania. It was an exciting time for us as a family, and an exciting time to be in the work of God among the Turks here. Today we can say that God has been faithful to us these many years. He's never failed us one time. He's provided our every need. He's everything he claims to be and more. He's done so much for us. We're far behind in praising him. We may never catch up, but we have eternity to try.
That baby girl that we brought to the mission field is now almost twenty years old. She is studying at Pensacola Christian College. Her younger sister, Polly, just left home this week. Lord willing, she will be graduating high school in May and then joining her sister at PCC in the fall. Both of these girls have been wonderful and we truly miss having them in the house. They love the Lord and honour their parents. Before you feel sorry for them having to grow up outside of the United States, let me tell you that they speak two foreign languages, know how to cook, clean, sew, and they both play classical violin. God has been good to us! I ask that you pray for them as they seek their way in life. Isaac, Maggie and Levi are still with us here. Verity teaches them at home. Pray for us as we endeavor to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
It's still an exciting time to be in the work of God among the Turks here. The day after I dropped Polly off at the airport, I got to preach three times. Today our little meeting house was full. Several came for the first time. Two people actually told us their sins, and asked if they were allowed to come to church. I preached from the book of 1st Timothy that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Every week I drive over a hundred miles to that meeting. I pass through many villages along the way, and they're all full of sinners. Pray that the Lord would open doors of opportunity to reach these people.
I thank God for Jesus our Saviour. I thank God for my family. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. To work in the Lord's vineyard we have forsaken father, mother, brothers, sisters, and children. I thank God for the hundreds of spiritual brothers, sisters, mothers, and children that he has given us in return. I thank God for each of the dear brethren in America that love us, pray for us and support us in this work. May God richly bless you all.
In Christ, Zachary LeFevre
Dear churches and Praying Friends, February 2014
"Wherefore I say unto
thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much" (Luke 7:47)
Greetings in the name of the Lord and our redeemer. We've had a mild winter in Bulgaria; there's only been one snow storm that kept the roads closed for a week or so. Other than that, we've been able to make it to all of our regular meetings. In recent weeks there have been a couple of people saved, and others strengthened in the faith.
Recently we saw a wonderful display of love for the Lord. In a village to the north of us, there is a 60+ year old woman who has been a believer for several years. Now she is unable to walk. During the meeting this woman came crawling from her house into the church house (about 100 yards)! When she got through the door, she had an extra skirt to put on top of her regular clothes, which were by then dirty. She came into the meeting and requested that we sing number 11 in the hymn book. That song says, "Jesus saved me that I might go to him. Jesus saved me that I might see him." Two weeks ago we had a meeting in Dabravino with believers from several village churches attending. While he was preaching Brother Cheatwood said, "Some people claim to be saved, but don't even come to church. I want to ask them, 'If your faith can't even bring you to the local church, what makes you think your faith will take you to all the way to heaven?" Well, I believe that this sister that crawled through the dirt and mud to be in the Lord's house certainly has a faith that will take her to the Father's house one day.
In one of our new meetings a woman testified of how God had answered her first prayer. She told the story of the prodigal son from Luke 15, but in her case, it was a prodigal daughter. Not long after this woman started coming to church, her daughter left her husband and two children and ran away with another man. The family was devastated; it seemed nothing could be done to reach her. So, as we taught the new believers about prayer she decided that she would pray for her daughter. Then, in January the girl came home one day. She said that they had had a big New Year’s Eve party, and after the party was over she sat down and thought about her life. "What am I doing here?", she said to herself, "I've got a husband and two children." As soon as she could, she made her way home and begged forgiveness. The little church was thrilled to hear how God had worked in the girl's life through the prayers.
Please continue to pray for us as we persevere in preaching the gospel and establishing the new believers in the faith. One by one we see them coming to know the Lord. We trust that our preaching coupled with your prayers will bring more people to the knowledge of the Lord Jesus.
In Christ, Zachary LeFevre
"And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready." Luke14:17
Greetings the name above every name. We pray this letter finds you rejoicing in the Savior: born in Bethlehem, returning to Jerusalem.
Our recent months have been productive. Although we don't always see immediate reward for our labour, looking back, the Lord's blessings are evident everywhere. There have been several saved recently. One woman has been attending church for five years. She always enjoyed the meetings, but her heart never had been opened. Although she had a form of godliness for five years, it wasn't until this month that she discovered the power thereof. When faced with throat cancer she got serious about God. In the operating room, she prayed and gave her life to Jesus. The doctors had told her she would never speak again after surgery. God delivers again. When she started talking, the doctors were amazed. Now she's testifying in church and said that wherever she goes, she's going to use her voice to tell people what the Lord has done for her.
Over here, many times when people have a great blessing like surviving a car crash, or surgery etc. they will give a supper for their family and friends in the community to celebrate. The Lord actually gave instructions for this type of meal: "Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just."
This practice is also carried out in the churches, with the difference being that now they give glory to God in the name of Jesus for his blessings. This summer when the lady in our church regained her sight after being blind in one eye for six months, she made a supper and fed over fifty people in the village. At that gathering we sang hymns and preached the gospel to several people that would not normally come to a church service. Last week the pastor in the village made a supper. The occasion was the completion of a meeting house for the church. Alish is 72 years old and lives off of about three hundred dollars a month. Yet, he was able to build a room on the end of his house for the church to meet. He did the work himself and paid for all the materials himself. The only thing he asked help for was the door and the window, which I was able to get for them. Very quickly, the new meeting room for the church was full of people, and once they started singing, the spirit filled the room. The unbelievers that attended heard good spirit-filled singing, many good testimonies of salvation, and at the end a sermon about the resurrection. At the end, the meal, too, was excellent. These community suppers have proven to be a tremendous opportunity for evangelism.
In the summer we had started a prayer meeting in Ruse, a town about a hundred miles away. It's a long drive, but we believed that if the Lord opened the door, we should go. Now, after six months of weekly meetings we've had six good testimonies of salvation. Four people have been baptized (some will wait until next summer to get baptized in the Danube river.) Two people have given testimonies that the Lord answered our prayers in such a way that amazed the doctors. The little group of believers is beginning to love the hymns. We've seen a pattern among the new believers here. First, they love to sing the hymns, later they love to pray, and as they mature in the Lord they love the Bible. We thank God for each and every one that has given their heart to the Lord Jesus.
This month three vehicles have been purchased for the national pastors. We've
been able to get these used (7 passenger) vehicles that are in great shape for a
very reasonable price: between five and six thousand dollars. There are two
more pastors that are in dire need of new vehicles. We're spending a couple
hundred dollars every month in repairs. Please help us and pray for this
situation. God bless you all.
In Christ, Zachary LeFevre and family
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Rom 1:16)
We've seen the Lord do wonderful things for us in these summer days. Here in our local church we've had several people come back from western Europe to visit their families. Some of them have been saved and baptized during their time here with us. Some of them told about how they came to know the Lord while away, as a result of the prayers and testimony of their family members who attend the church here. The Lord has also opened up doors for us to minister in new towns and villages. Recently we started a weekly meeting in a Turkish neighborhood of a large town. Several people have come and enjoyed the meetings. Last week one woman asked us after church how she could be saved. It's good to hear those words again.
Another blessing that we have seen is the fruit of the children's feedings. We began this ministry about twelve years ago and have fed hundreds of children in Bulgaria and Romania. Although we never pressed the children for a profession of faith, many did come to know the Lord personally. Now, many of them are adults with families of their own and have opened their doors to us to have prayer meetings. As children they knew the holy scriptures which are able to make them wise unto salvation, and now as adults they are ready to meet the Lord. We have also seen the Lord send in more support for this important work of the ministry. This is a great opportunity to impact the lives of children here before the muslim teachers can influence them.
As usual we have been enjoying summer camp-meetings and baptisms. This year we have seen about fifty people baptized, and yet there are more waiting the opportunity. Just last weekend at a baptism there was a new believer, but she was afraid to be baptized. In the crowd on the shore her sister asked her, "Whom do you love more, Jesus or the world?" At that she stood right up and marched out into the waters publicly declaring her faith in Christ.
Keep us in your prayers as we endeavor to preach the gospel in Bulgaria.
In Christ, Zachary LeFevre and family
"Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people." (1Chron. 16:8)
Dear Churches and Praying Friends, March 2013
Again it is our privilege to write to you of the Lord's blessings upon the work in Bulgaria. We're encouraged at what He's been doing here. This month we've seen people saved, prayers answered, believers encouraged and new meetings started. We give thanks to the Lord for this, and still call upon his name in prayer for more blessings; then we make known his deeds among the people.
Since our return to the field we've been surprised to see how much some of the new believers have grown in the faith. Those who before came out of curiosity are now testifying of God answering prayer in their lives. And as the believers grow in faith and love, they grow in number as well. The meeting here in our village is full every week, and there is a good spirit here. During our furlough pastor Alish has started a new meeting in a village. The people there are very poor, but even sadder is their spiritual poverty. Many have too much pride in their dead religion to come to the new meeting in their village and bear the offence of the cross; but we will continue to call upon the name of the Lord and make his deeds known among the people.
We appreciate your prayers. There are many needs in the work, and the Lord knows them all. We need to print Bibles and hymnbooks. We need to copy DVDs and distribute them to new villages. We need to get the new churches rooted and grounded in the Lord so we can move on to start new churches in new villages. And we look forward to doing it all with your prayers.
In Christ, Zachary LeFevre and family
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“And the king, and all the people that were with him, came weary, and refreshed themselves there.” (II Samuel 16:14)
Dear churches and praying friends, January 2013
As our furlough draws to a close we stop to praise the Lord for all of his blessings upon us in the recent months. We travelled thousands of miles and visited most of our supporting churches. What a blessing it was to renew old acquaintance! Even better, to be able to tell them of the Lord’s blessing upon the work in Bulgaria. Many of the saints are encouraged to hear the good news of how the door of faith has been opened to the Millet Turks in the regions of the former Ottoman empire.
It was also our privilege to visit many new churches and present the work to new brothers and sisters in the Lord. (God’s family is great and we only know a very small part of it.) Several of these new churches have already begun to support the work! and in this new year others may follow.
The greatest blessing in this furlough has been the warmth and love present in the many local assemblies of believers that we visited. Jesus said that wherever two or three are gathered together in his name, he would be in their midst; and we ran into him again and again. We had come to the states weary, but are now leaving refreshed.
Unfortunately, we were not able to see everybody or to visit every church; nor were we able to spend as much time as we originally desired with family and friends. This thought pains my heart. Although we send out a couple of prayer letters a year, we do send out an e-mail prayer letter about every week. To receive this e-mail letter, please write to me at email@example.com we would love to communicate with each of you more effectively this way.
We return to Bulgaria a smaller family. Our oldest daughter, Katy, has already finished her first semester at Pensacola Christian College, where she plans to further her studies. Please remember her in your prayers, and her parents.
Your servants in the Lord, Zachary LeFevre and family
Pastors, churches, and praying friends, July 2012
"And the next day we touched at Sidon. and Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself." (Acts 27:3)
Greetings in the lovely name of the Lord Jesus Christ. We trust that this letter finds you all rejoicing in the Lord. It is our privilege to return to the states this year to travel to our faithful supporters and report of the work of God in Bulgaria. We've had a wonderful time here in the states so far. It's been seven years since we've taken a regular furlough, so it's definitely time for one. The Lord has graciously allowed us to be in several churches already, both old ones and new ones. What a refreshment it is to see old friends again and to be able to tell of how God has opened the door of faith to the poverty-stricken Millet Turks in Bulgaria and Romania through their faithful support of this work. Also, we've been able to visit new churches which have already begun to support the work. We look forward to visiting all of our supporting churches and anywhere else that the Lord opens a door. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling my cell phone, 931-952-9194. Lord willing, we will be in the states through next January.
Our oldest daughter, Katy, has finished her high schooling and graduated this year at the Christian school at Brookside Baptist Church in Bristol, Tennessee. The commencement ceremony was special because the other three graduates were all raised on the mission field like Katy. They were able to greet the congregation in three languages. Katy plans on attending Pensacola Christian College this fall.
During our furlough here, my brother and his family will be staying at our house in Bulgaria, and attending the regular meetings where I normally preach. We thank the Lord for him. It's already been a year that they've been on the field. William is able to attend the regular village churches and has progressed enough in the Turkish language that he is able to read a portion of the scripture to them each meeting. Working together with pastor Alish, they have even started a new church! He reports to me that things are going well there. They're into their summer camp meetings and baptisms now.
Please continue to pray for
the work in Bulgaria and pray for us as we travel here in the states. We look
forward to seeing each of you.
In Christ, Zachary LeFevre
"Praying always...for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador...that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak." (Eph 6:18,19,20)
Pastors, churches, and praying friends, June 2011
Greetings in the name which is above every name. We trust this letter finds you rejoicing in the hope of the glory of God. The Lord continues to bless and answer prayer regarding the work in Bulgaria, which gives us confidence to ask for more. Recently, while contemplating the verses written above I realized that a missionary's strength to preach comes from the churches that send him. Only boldness in preaching can produce results. If the apostle Paul felt a need to ask for prayer that he may preach with boldness, how much more do we need that boldness! And that boldness comes through your prayers. So brethren, pray for us that I might speak boldly, declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In these summer months we've had new doors of opportunity open for us. The national pastors have started some new meetings.
Brother Nasuf has started a new meeting in a village about thirty kilometers north of their town. With his new vehicle he is also traveling to other villages to evangelize. Brother Kenan, his son-in-law, will be taking over some of their older meetings as a pastor. Brother Nasuf's youngest son-in-law lives in Romania and been a part of our churches since he was a boy. Now he has started preaching. His father has kicked him out of the house, and now he's struggling just to feed his wife and child. Please pray for him that the Lord would direct him to a place of service.
Brother Ismail has also been travelling to new villages. One day his wife and another lady from their church went to a village to visit some relatives. While there the people asked them about their religion. So sister Naziye was able to tell them all about how the gospel came to her town and they had believed. The two ladies sang hymns and told of the many things the Lord had done for them. From that house they were invited to another and then another. Several people in that village invited them to come and start a church. Lord willing, tomorrow Brother Ismail will return to that village to organize a weekly meeting along with his son. His son works as a driver driving used cars from Germany to Bulgaria. Last week he was in an accident on the highway in Hungary. The car was "totaled"; two other drivers involved in the accident were hospitalized, yet he walked away without a scratch. Now he wants to travel with his dad, the pastor, to some of the village meetings and testify of how the Lord protected him. Please pray for Sezgin, that the Lord would strengthen him in the faith.
We thank the Lord for each of you, for your continued support and prayers. In Christ, Zachary LeFevre
"I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst." "I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." (John 6:35, 51)
Churches and Praying Friends,
Twice in his earthly ministry the Lord Jesus fed the multitudes. He had compassion on them because they had followed him, but had nothing to eat. He fed them bread, and then declared himself to be the true bread which gives eternal life. Later He told the disciples that the poor we would have always, and when we would (want to) we could do good unto them. As the apostle Paul was sent out to preach to the Gentiles he was told "to remember the poor."
This winter we have again remembered the poor, in giving them bread. There are only a few villages left, but we've already given out tons of flour and oil this year. Many people have testified that the flour we gave has come at precisely the right time, and has sustained them during the winter months when there's no work in the villages.
One woman told us that her husband and son both have skilled trades, but cannot find work. When their meager supplies ran out, she sent her husband to gather scrap metal from the streets and the trash. That day he was able to gather enough scrap metal and sell it to make about ten dollars. But from the market he didn't buy any groceries, instead he bought onion sets to plant. Otherwise, he said, "We won't have anything to eat next winter." That day the only thing they had to eat was bread, but they thanked God for the flour we gave them. The believers here send many, many thanks for your generous giving; it has redounded to the glory of God.
My family is now in possession of our long-term visas. Again we thank God for each of you that gave to support us in this ministry here. In his letter to the church at Philppi Paul wrote, "Not that I desire a gift, but I desire fruit that may abound to your account." We are honored that God, through the church, has trusted us to preach his gospel here in Bulgaria. We labour that fruit may abound to your account.
My brother William, and his wife, Hannah, and two children arrived in Bulgaria two weeks ago. They will be working here with us among the gypsy Turks. We're thankful that God is still calling missionaries and still working in Bulgaria! The future is as bright as the promises of God.
The harvest in Bulgaria truly is great. Right now we have willing labourers, able to preach the gospel. Our greatest need these days is fuel for their vehicles. Many of our preachers drive over five hundred miles a week. As the price of gasoline has climbed to over seven dollars a gallon, it's become a struggle just to make it to all of the weekly meetings. Still other villages are waiting for us to come start new churches. Please pray with us that the Lord would supply the monthly support for these men to go and reap the harvest.
"Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously..." Ex 15:1 "Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place." 2 Cor 2:14
Dear churches and praying friends, October 2010
Again we are able by faith to give a good report of what the Lord is doing here in Bulgaria. As the Lord our Savior triumphed over the forces of evil in this world, He has also given us the power to triumph.
We're glad to report that there have been many new people saved in Bulgaria this year. This summer we saw one hundred people baptized. There have been a several meetings started in new villages. Although many people are leaving Bulgaria looking for work, there are some new people coming to the meetings, hearing the gospel, and believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. It's always a blessing to see a life transformed. The soul that not long ago was cold and unfeeling is now praising God and publicly telling others about Christ.
This summer it was my privilege to preach in Brother Ismail's churches. In one of his villages the believers would gather outside the meeting house an hour before church every week and sing the hymns. What a blessing to see the people so excited about church.
I have now received my permanent visa for residency in Bulgaria! The visas for Verity and the children should be ready next month. Although they cost nearly a thousand dollars apiece, it is the last time we'll have to pay for a visa as long as we live in the country. Please pray about these needs.
We are now able to send out weekly e-mail updates of the ministry. If you or your church would like to receive these updates, please send us your e-mail address to: email@example.com
Thank you all so much for your prayers and financial support. In Christ, Zachary LeFevre
"To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever." (Psalm 30:12)
Dear Churches and Praying Friends, January 2010
The Lord has given us another year to him. Our plan is to give thanks to his name forever. We would like to thank him for all that he did for us last year, and look forward to more blessings in the future.
At year's end, Brother Ralph Cheatwood counted one hundred and five churches in Bulgaria and Romania. The Lord has raised up a dozen men in these countries that work with us both in evangelism, and the on-going pastoral care for these house churches. Surely more doors will open up this year.
Last year we gave out thousands of DVDs. Each DVD has a recorded church service with singing, testifying, praying and preaching. Many sick and shut-ins watch them every night. Believers working in Western Europe use these as their church service where no other church preaches the gospel in their native tongue. Only the Lord knows how many souls have come to faith in the name of Jesus through these DVDs. We are awaiting the arrival of three high speed DVD duplicators. In the New Year we ought to be able to give out ten times as many disks.
In accordance with Christ's command we baptized over one hundred new believers in the summer of 2009. Each week the national pastors and missionaries continue in the work of teaching them to observe all things whatsoever he has commanded. He is with us.
Last October we received the new vehicle that we prayed for. Thank you for your prayers and financial help with this purchase. After three months on the village roads it no longer looks or smells like a new car, but does run like one.
Our newest addition, John Levi LeFevre, was born this week, weighing nine pounds, ten ounces. He couldn't wait for the doctors and nurses, but the Lord helped deliver him in the car. Mother and baby are now home.
We appreciate your prayers and financial help. The Lord hath done great things. In Christ, Zachary LeFevre
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"The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow." Ps 146:9 November 11, 2009
Greetings from the saints in Bulgaria. As the cold weather has come and summer work is ended the churches are filling back up. We’ve had a good summer. Now Isaac is attending a Bulgarian kindergarten in the mornings and doing first grade school work at home in the afternoons, while Maggie has started preschool at home. The older girls study at home and take violin lessons twice a week. .Verity’s due date is January seventeenth. Pray for her as this date approaches.
Once again it is our privilege to thank God for providing us with a new vehicle. Last week I bought a seven passenger Dacia Logan. Not only will it fill the needs of our family’s travel, but we’ll be able to carry more believers with us as we visit the village churches and evangelize. Thank you all for your prayers and financial contributions.
We continue to receive requests for cds and DVDs. The Lord is using these discs to take the gospel into places we cannot go.
The little girl from Brother Nasuf’s meeting that we had prayed for is doing better. The doctor’s don’t have any explanation, but her condition has temporarily stabilized. In the mean time we had a young woman come to the meetings in a nearby village. Several young women were coming to the meeting there, at first out of curiosity, which led to them liking the meeting, which will in turn lead to their faith in Christ. Kiymet knew that she needed some help from God, and seemed more serious than the others. She complained of frequent head aches. When she went to the doctor they found a tumor on her brain. In Varna she was operated on, but not given any hope of recovery. I think they gave her three months to live. Her family took her to a bigger hospital in Sofia, the capitol city, where she was operated on again. Again the doctors predicted she would live only a couple months. Now, two months have gone by. She’s recovered from the surgery, on her feet again, and even able to walk about a mile to the church. Everyone is amazed at her progress, and they say that it is due only to the prayers. Her mother came to church for the first time last week. She said that Kiymet began to recover the night we visited her and prayed for her. Please pray for this family, as we preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to them.
One morning about a month ago I received a phone call from one of the believers in nearby village. There was a man there who had committed suicide that morning, and they needed help in the funeral. He had been mentally ill for sometime. They said that because of the economic crisis, which has left many people without work, he wasn't able to support his family, and he was ashamed that his children had to go to school hungry, and without new shoes. His wife had often told us that she wanted to come to church, but her husband strictly forbade it. Their children have been coming to the feedings. At the church in that village we've been feeding the poor children for about a year now. This family is so poor though, that many days the only food the children ate was at the church. I'm glad that we can feed them. Now, his wife has been coming to church. She’s found a heavenly father faithful to meet their needs.
From Bulgaria, Zachary LeFevre
Greetings from Bulgaria. July, 2009
We hope this letter finds you contending for the faith and praying for the work here. We certainly have much to praise God for. Already this summer we've had sixty-four people baptized, and are planning another baptism this Saturday. There were many wonderful testimonies at the all night meeting after the baptism. New believers from villages all over eastern Bulgaria told of how they came to the Lord, and how God had worked in their lives. Many told of being sick, and how God had healed them. After several doctors’ visits and tests they found no help, but when they came to church the Lord touched them. Others testified about their faith in God in spite of their sicknesses. It seems that God is closer to those that suffer. All of the saints were refreshed, and looking forward to more "camp" meetings. Pray for these meetings. We plan on having at least one each month until the cold weather comes.
This month we were able to help Nasuf make some needed repairs on his car. He's able to drive to his own meetings now. For three weeks he rode a bike to the nearby villages.
I found out that the vehicle we want to buy is on sale right now. God doesn't have to give us the full amount that we were asking for, he can just lower the price! We still lack about six thousand dollars. I need to make a down payment to reserve one at the sales price. Help us to pray in the rest of the money.
There's a child from Brother Nasuf's church that is very sick and in the Varna hospital. The doctors are still doing tests. Please pray for this family. They are a blessing to the church, and they are in the middle of a difficult trial.
Thank you for all of your love, prayers and support.
In Christ, Zachary LeFevre
We are now able to send out updates on the work via e-mail on a regular basis. If you are able to receive an e-mail update, please write to us at: email@example.com
Greetings from Bulgaria. We just got back from five days of English church in Romania. What a blessing it was to sing our hymns again and hear preaching in English again. Between all the missionaries and their children we had a crowd of over forty people. Although I somehow couldn't sleep but about three or four hours a night, I came away rested. Three times a year we missionaries get together like that, and our meetings coincide with the campmeetings at Brookside Baptist, our mission board's church in Tennessee. During this meeting the Lord raised the rest of the money that we will need to purchase a new vehicle. We praise God for that. He's heard and answered our prayers. Thank you to those of you who prayed and who gave toward this. May God richly bless you.
During the meeting in Romania one night Brother Nathan preached and testified about the work up in Romania. He told about Brother Memet, a fifty-seven year old man that has only been saved a couple years. Memet and his family live in a town about two hours north of here, but come spend their summers in Constanta. They stay in a little shanty out at the land fill between the dump and the railroad tracks. When the dump trucks come in and dump, Memet and his family run to each new load looking for scrap metal to sell. This is the best way they have of making any money. Every Friday Brother Nathan goes out to the land fill to meet with Memet and his family. Besides them, there are a few other families doing the same work. Nathan said they spread out a large rug under a mulberry tree, the only shade in the whole lot. Sometimes others will come, and bring some cardboard to put down (so as to not sit in the dirt). The people there are so thankful. They praise God for all he's done for them. Although from a human standpoint it looks like they have nothing, they have the glory of God in their hearts.
"He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory".
I Samuel 2:8
A couple weeks ago Nathan brought Memet and his wife down to the meeting i Bulgaria. They were thrilled to be able to go, and enjoyed the meeting immensely. The next day they came back to Romania. Nathan said he dropped them off at the land fill and watched Memet and his wife walk back to their little shanty holding hands. It's amazing to see how God can make people who have nothing so happy.
"Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?" James 2:5
One night Brother Matt preached and told of how the Lord has worked in some of his villages.
They had gone to one of the regular churches in a certain village and a woman from the church asked them to come pray for her son. She has been saved for a long time and everyone that knows her says she has a good spirit on her. Well, they went to pray. When they got there the man was in bed, and couldn't walk. Brother Matt said he could walk maybe inch by inch and not even able to stand up straight. His older brother was there too. Both of them looked like hard men. Matt said he was sure the older he would never see the older brother again anlywhere near church, judging by his stern look. When they began to sing, the man with the bad back turned white as a sheet, they said. After some singing and preaching they prayed for him. Four days later the man and his family came to the meeting in Dabravino. He came walking into the church on his own power without a bit of pain, waving his hands and acting like he knew everybody there. It was obvious the Lord had touched him. He was almost "walking and leaping and praising God". Not only that, but his older brother was there, too. God had changed his heart as well. Both of them got baptized last month and they are thrilled to be saved.
Brother Matt told of another man. Years ago, maybe eighteen or twenty, a woman wanted to have church in her house. She got her son to build a large meeting room in their house so she could host the church. Her son was not saved, but built the room. Today the woman has passed away, but her daughter in law hosts the church in the same house. The man is still as hard as ever. Brother Matt said he would be the last one you would expect to see in church. One day they found out that there was a man there, their son, that was a little bit retarded. He stayed in the room next to the church and apparently listened every week. He knows all the hymns now. Brother Matt always visits with him every week, brings him a little snack, talks with him, and shows him love. Well, before the large meeting in Dabravino Brother Matt invited the old man to come. Even though he was anything but God-fearing he said he would come, probably because of the love that the believers had shown to his retarded son. That touched him. The man came to the meeting. All those that knew him were scared to see him in church. He stood up to testify absolutely full of joy. He said over and over again "This is the very first time I've ever been to church". But he promised he would come back every time. Only God could save the meanest man in town and make him a blessing to everybody.
It's great to be able to fellowship with the other missionaries and hear of how God is blessing. After five days of blessings though we're back in Bulgaria. The ducklings are dead and two chicks are dead, and the car broke down today. That's the way it goes.
Good news: For those of you that don't know, we're expecting another baby. We were at the doctor's office today and the doctor says it is a boy. I guess that means there is at least a fifty percent chance that it will be a boy. Verity's been a little sick, and a little weak, but is doing fine now. Her due date is in January.
Pray for us.
From Bulgaria, Zachary LeFevre
July 28, 2009
Greetings from sunny Bulgaria.
This week we've had several days of one hundred degree weather. Saturday night an electrical storm came in with heavy winds and rain. A store in the village was hit by lightning, leaving the village without power for a while. Sunday the daytime temperature was about seventy-five, though.
We have good reports of the after effects of the baptism meeting. Some of the new believers came to that meeting to be baptized, even though they were scared about going into the water for the first time in their lives. In one of our villages the man and wife that host the church in their house were both baptized along with a grown daughter. Since that time, they said, God has taken good care of them. Normally they could only earn about five dollars a day, but now they're getting close to twenty dollars a day. A happy excitement was present in the church service in their village. The new believers have joy, but don't fully understand why. We can say along with John Baptist when he saw his followers leave him to go to Jesus, This my joy therefore is fulfilled.
I had meant to write more about the meeting we had the night of the baptism. Knowing that I had to drive a couple hundred miles in the morning, I could only stay at the meeting until about four o'clock in the morning. Some of the others continued to sing until breakfast. During the testimony time that evening two men especially gave good testimonies of how they had come to Christ. Their stories were similar. Each was sick, with unbearable pain. After weeks of suffering they came to the church and bowed their knees to the Lord. Both men recovered from their illnesses speedily and left the doctors and nurses asking how it could be. They told about how God had come into their hearts, taken away the desire for alcohol, and the things of this world, and given them a desire to come to church to sing praises to Jesus. The congregation wept tears of joy while listening to these men tell what God had done for them.
Tomorrow we will be traveling, Lord willing, up to Romania for five days of fellowship with the other missionaries. We will be meeting twice a day to have church services in English. Remember to pray for us.
From Bulgaria, Zachary LeFevre
Greetings from Bulgaria. Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Hope that you all are doing well, and praying for the work here. Our purpose in writing these regular updates is to give people good news. These days the devil is trying to wear out the saints of the most high. We hope that our weekly updates can be a refreshing and an encouragement to those who are persevering in prayer.
This week we have more good news. Saturday we had another big meeting and baptized forty-three new converts. These people came from probably twenty different villages all over southeastern Bulgaria. Each year we have a baptizing in the summer months for those who have been saved throughout the year in the various villages. This year we were not able to bring in all of those that wanted to be baptized so we had a second meeting. So far this summer we've had over a hundred baptized. There may be a few more. We'll meet with the pastors again next month to see about having another meeting.
Last week I worked with Brother Mitko proofreading the Turkish New Testament. In three days we read from Matthew through I Timothy. Today we should go through Revelation. Ever read the Bible eight hours a day?
Thank you all for your prayers and support. From Bulgaria, Zachary LeFevre
July 13 2009 update
We had another good week here. I was able to preach nine times this week, mostly go groups of five and ten people. In the village’s people stay busy most of the summer, then are at home for the winter. We've got some new believers that want to get baptized this Saturday.
We were able to help Nasuf make some needed repairs on his car. He's able to drive to his own meetings now. For three weeks he rode a bike to the nearby villages.
I found out that the vehicle we want to buy is on sale right now. We lack about six thousand dollars. I may make a down payment to reserve one at the sales price. Help us to pray in the rest of the money.
There's a child from Brother Nasuf's church that is very sick and in the Varna hospital. The doctors are still doing tests. Please pray for this family.
From Bulgaria, Zachary LeFevre
I forgot to mention in last week's update that one of the ladies pictured is paralyzed, but still wanted to be baptized, so they carried her into the water.
July 3, 2009
Greetings from Bulgaria.
Trust you all had a good Independence day celebration. Here we met with other missionaries for a meal, singing, and fellowship. It rained harder than any other day of the year. On the way to Brother Welch's house we saw one car turned upside down. Most of the cars on the highway had pulled to the side of the road because of the heavy rain. That was the first real rain we've had this year. In the evening, though, it cleared up and the children were able to play outside.
I was able to attend the regular meetings with Brother Alish this week. These village meetings need prayer. We are no longer facing opposition from unbelievers, but attendance is down due to the work opportunities of the summer months. We were able to meet with one family that had not been to church in a month or more. They had been sick, but promised to come back and bring several more people with them.
There were sixty-four new believers baptized. Later in the month we'll have another meeting and baptize any who missed the first meeting. Normally we start the meeting around noon, and preach about the meaning of baptism, then go down to the river. In the evening we'll have a meal and then meet for church until about midnight when we take a break. Usually most of the believers stay and have church all night after that. At five or six in the morning we serve breakfast and take the people back to their villages.
Pass this message on to your friends. Thank you for your prayers.
From Bulgaria, Zachary LeFevre
July 1, 2009
We had a good week here. I was able to preach again in Brother Nasuf's new village. Those new believers are a blessing to preach to. They're so ignorant of spiritual things, yet eager to hear. Thursday I went to our regular villages. The family that hosts the church in their house is moving. Pray that the Lord will open a door for us to meet in that village.
Saturday we had a baptism. There were two vans full of people from Brother Ahmet's villages. Then, the other preachers each brought in a car load. Others came on their own. Over fifty new believers were baptized. Many of them had never been in the water before, and were scared to death. Today I was talking with some of them and they told me how peacefully they slept that evening, and how happy they are today. There are still some others that could not come to this meeting, so we're planning on baptizing them later, probably next month.
This month we were able to help Brother Nasuf make some much needed repairs on his vehicle. Your prayers for the purchase of a new vehicle are not in vain. This month again we received some more money. Please continue to pray.
From Bulgaria, Zachary LeFevre
May 25, 2009
Hello from Sofia.
I took a bus to the capitol city today to get a new passport. My old passport is still valid, but all the pages are filled with visa stamps. I even had new pages added a couple years ago.
We had a good week here, preaching in the usual villages. One lady testified that her daughter that we've been praying for is doing better. Her daughter has some kind of thyroid problems, but her mother is now a believer in Jesus as a result of our answered prayers. In another village where we've been disappointed week after week things were different. We had a good church service without any problems. In spite of our doubts, the Lord may establish a church in that village. Pray for them.
I've been able to recover at least one of the video files that we thought were of no use. We may be able to use that recording for distribution, as the whole church service was evangelistic. We're preparing some other recordings to distribute this summer. Continue to pray for us as we persevere.
From Bulgaria, Zachary LeFevre
Greetings from Romania.
I came up here Monday morning to spend about a couple days and preach in some of the meetings. However, an evil stomach virus has prevented me from my goal. After a day of rest I'm able to get out. Today I'll preach at a meeting in Constanta, then head on home from there. Another reason for coming was to see sister Ayshe. She's been faithful to the Lord for several years and is now fighting her final battle. I'm glad I got to see her one last time.
Recently Brother Ralph printed about fifty new testaments for all the preachers and other men in the churches that wanted them. Many of these men are happy to have a Bible for the first time. Pray for them as they begin to read the word of God. The Turkish dialect spoken in Bulgaria is different, so it's difficult for the beginner.
At this time of year many of the people have begun to work out in the fields and in the mountains. We're preparing some DVDs to distribute this summer with hymns and preaching. We are also planning a baptizing in June.
I want to thank those of you who have prayed for our vehicle situation. Last month we had a couple thousand dollars extra come in. It's exciting to see God work. Continue to pray for the remainder to come in quickly.
From Romania, Zachary LeFevre
April 21, 2009
This week in Bulgaria things are warming up. It won’t be long until many of the people in the villages will find summer work, and the meetings may slow down some. Although we feared the possibility of the enemy closing certain meetings, we are still meeting in those villages. Things have calmed down some, and now there are new problems. I suppose there always will be. At least the door is still open.
This week we had a woman touched during the preaching. I had preached from the first fourteen verses of John chapter one. It was the most truth she had ever heard about God. She asked for special prayer for her daughter. Next week we expect good news from her. In another village it looked like there might only be two people come, but this week the woman had invited her neighbors, and they came. They seemed excited to come to church and promised to come again next week. In our northernmost village the people are very anxious to travel with us to other villages and open new churches. Pray that the Lord would open the doors up there.
Our daughter Katy is doing well after a bout with pneumonia. The other children have also made a good recovery. Thanks for your prayers.
Whenever there’s a computer involved, it seems there’s bound to be some problem in the job. We’ve worked on some new DVDs, but can’t seem to get them to record properly please keep this part of the work in your prayers as well. These recordings of our church services are our best evangelistic tool at the moment.
From Bulgaria, Zachary LeFevre
March 31, 2009
We would like to thank all of you who prayed for us during the illness and passing of my father, Clyde LeFevre. The Lord has been gracious to us in these difficult times. We sorrow not as others that have no hope.
I was able to fly back and make it for the funeral. My family stayed here in Bulgaria. After a two week visit I'm back home now.
Although the time change has my days and nights mixed up, I've been in two meetings since I've been back. Sunday we had a good meeting here in our village. Brother Alish gave a good testimony from one of our new villages. We had prayed for a sick person, though I don't recall what the specific need was. Apparently that person got better and is praising the Lord now. This type of testimony shows the new people that we are of God and that the Lord answers our prayers.
Yesterday we went to a new village about thirty miles from here. They had never heard the gospel before, and they are slow to believe. The one that had invited us to come changed her mind and said she doesn't want a church now. We left some of the evangelistic DVDs and some hymnbooks. Some people outside said they would come if we had a meeting there.
Tomorrow we are going up to Romania for a week of fellowship with the other missionaries and English church.
From Bulgaria, Zachary LeFevre
Monday, March 10, 2009
Spring has just about come to Bulgaria. The sun is shining and daffodils are blooming. Before too long people will begin work in the fields, so we're going to as many meetings as we can while the people are still home.
In the northern region where things have been more difficult we have seen a little progress. One lady told us she would come to church if we had one in the village, but she was not willing to host the meeting in her house. Another family had claimed to be believers but did not want to host the meeting, either, because of the opposition. In another village we heard how the man of the house stood up to the unbelievers who were against him. He told them the local Islamic religious leaders were all hypocrites that did nothing but wait for people to die so they could perform funerals and make some money, and that what he did in his own house was none of their business. Thank God for giving this man the strength to stand.
In another village the family told us not to come back, because they couldn't stand the pressure from the unbelievers, the day before church they called us on the phone and asked us to come. Several people came and met with us, and agreed to have us come back next week, although they admit to being fearful. We're praying that God would fill their souls with joy to outweigh their fears of persecution.
In two other villages, both new for us, we had short meetings with only two people present. There may be a few more Turkish gypsies in these villages, but not very many. Pray for these individuals and their villages this week.
On Wednesday we took a family with us to visit a church pastored by Brother Alish (the younger). There were about thirty people there that sang and testified for about two hours before I preached. Alish had prepared twenty hymn books for our village churches which will be put to good use.
Again, we appreciate your prayers for my dad. He is growing weaker. The hospice nurses are amazed that he is still living. I spoke with him briefly last night. He wasn't breathing well, but sounded happy.
From Bulgaria, Zachary LeFevre
The harvest truly is plenteous. (Mathew 9:27)
We write this letter from
Constanta Romania, where we have met with our other missionary brethren for a
week of English church. We are all
excited about all the testimonies that each of the missionaries bring in from
their respective villages. We're
all anxious to see what the Lord will do in the days ahead.
Right now we're planning on recording some more DVDs.
Perhaps this month we'll have three or four meetings in Dabravino and
bring in people from different villages each time for recording the testimonies
and preaching. The DVDs are going
out everywhere including to the Moslem Turks (not just the gypsy Turks). One such Turkish man watched the DVD several times and
requested a New Testament to read (which is a
miracle). In other villages the
real Turks are beginning to come to our meetings and ask for prayer.
The miracle is two-fold. Not
only are Moslems coming to a Christian meeting, but "higher class"
Turks are coming to a gypsy meeting. Brother
Ralph also wants to begin printing some New Testaments for distribution in the
future. Right now we need to make several hundred hymn books.
They cost a dollar a piece. I'm
not sure what the New Testaments would cost.
In some areas the police
and authorities are beginning to question our work. Thankfully we have all the legal documents we need to justify
our meetings. In one village the
police came to question what was going on, and Brother Robert could not
communicate with him in Bulgarian very well.
One of the sisters explained what they were doing.
When the man threatened to arrest her she put her hands together and told
him, "Get out the handcuffs." They
had been preached to that it is easy to have faith and boldness in the church
and in the company of other believers, but what would they do when the trials
come? She responded full of joy.
In other areas the
villages are harder Moslems and haven't even heard of us believers.
In those places there is stronger opposition.
In one village the family believes, but no one else does.
They told us it might be better if we would come after dark so that no
one else in the village would see us. In
another village the men gathered to ask the family what we were doing there.
We had only had two meetings there.
After much talk and many accusations they saw that the one or two
believers would not back down so they threatened that the believers could come
back to the village again, but "they had better think about how they're
going to make it out of here". Please pray that God would shine the light in these dark
In other areas people are
eager to come to church. They come
to the meetings, and invite the believers to their houses for prayer.
People who had never heard the gospel are now believing God.
Churches are opening up almost every week.
One family had a child that was afflicted with a certain sickness that
caused him much pain. We began
praying for the boy and he got better. The
father was off working in another city for a month or more and didn't believe it
when his wife told him on the phone that the boy was healed.
He came home and spent a day with the boy and saw how well he was, then
told his wife to have the believers pray for him. In another village there were some deaf people that
started coming to the meetings. Deafness
ran in their family. They can talk
fairly well, and can read lips, but can't hear.
After a few weeks of praying in
the church the one girl began to hear in one ear. She's able to speak to people on the phone now.
The entire village was amazed at this.
No one can deny that God has performed a miracle.
Many new people came to the church after this.
Needless to say the church is packed.
There's not even room to sit comfortably.
Brother Alish now has
over twenty villages that he goes to a week.
He cannot reach that many himself, so we have separated some of the
churches for Robert to take over, and some others Brother Frank will take over.
Alish will continue traveling, doing the work of an evangelist in the
region where God is moving.
Here in Romania
the DVDs are going out and everyone loves them.
I suppose you heard the testimony about the woman who took a CD of the
hymns and listened to it on the bus ride to Istanbul.
When she got there she realized she didn't have the address of her sister
in her purse, so she remembered what she heard on the CD about praying to God.
She said a quick prayer then walked from the bus station to the nearest
market. At the market someone called out her name, and it was her
sister. In one of the largest
cities in the world, that has over ten million people in it, God brought the two
sisters together in answer to prayer. They
both believed through the CD and then took it to the sister's place of work
where the boss played our hymns over the intercom to 250 Moslem employees. I
personally sang with the Turks on some of those recordings.
I never thought my voice would reach that many people that far away.
What a blessing. One of the
believers here in Romania has a business selling
music cassettes and CDs. She is
saved and gives our gospel CDs and DVDs free of charge to everyone she meets. Recently business has been poor here in the city, so she
travels to several villages now selling. God
has opened the door for the gospel to go all over Romania,
and we don't have to pay a dime to send it out.
Everything is exciting
here. God is moving, and we
recognize it. Have everyone to pray
and help us get in on this "wave" to get the gospel out in Bulgaria
now more than ever. Since Bulgaria and Romania
have joined the European Union big things have
happened. One, the cost of living
here has doubled. Our American dollars aren’t worth half of what they used to
be. The other thing is that the
poor people here are going into every country in Europe
looking for work. And they're
taking the gospel with them. Help
us to send it to them. We need more
CDs, DVDs, gas money, and men to preach the gospel.
Pray the Lord of the harvest!
In Christ, Zachary
always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,
and watching thereunto with all
perseverance and supplication for all saints;"
Sent From: Prayer Baptist Church 855 Edwin Westland, MI 48185
Prayer Letter April 2006
“And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.” (Mark 1:38)
Dear Churches and Praying Friends,
Again with joy we write unto you of the Lord’s work in Bulgaria and Romania. This month we were able to travel up to Constanta and enjoy a week of fellowship with the believers up there. While there, we were able to preach the gospel in three languages. Only the Lord could give us this grace.
Down in Bulgaria, we’ve enjoyed the spring time and warmer weather, using the opportunity to reach new villages. Last month we were able to preach in twenty different villages. Although in most of these villages we have had churches meeting for several years, five of them are new to us, and have no regular church. They asked us to come back. In one village, they said, “We believe in Jesus, we just don’t have anyone to come preach to us. We want a church.” In another one of the new villages they told us they’d like to become believers, but there are fifteen Moslem there, and the persecution would be too great. Please pray for the people in that village.
This week we went to a new village. While talking to a family there about starting a church, we offered some tapes and cds of the hymns and preaching, only to find that they already had some! Praise the Lord, He prepares the way for his workers! Also, we learned that some fifteen years earlier, Brother Ralph and some of the other Turkish preachers had visited that village and held a meeting. Although a church was not started at that time, there was a sick lady that they prayed for. The people of the village said that after the believers left, the lady recovered from her illness and her family has professed faith in Jesus all these years. It’s amazing to see the way that God works.
Many thanks to all of you who pray and support this work. We continue to reap the fruit of seed sown years ago, and this encourages us to sew more seed. Lord willing, we will continue going to new villages, visiting the existing churches, ministering to the saints, both here and in Romania. May God richly bless each of you.
In Christ, Zachary LeFevre
Thy congregation hath dwelt therein: thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor. (Ps. 68:10)
Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We trust this letter finds you all rejoicing in the Lord and
continuing in the faith. It's turned cold here, and rainy. Sunday night there
was such a thick fog that came in, we could only drive about twenty miles an
hour. Sunday nights we bring the pastors and young men in for a meeting to
teach them the Bible and pray for the meetings. They really enjoy that. Also,
on Tuesdays we bring a couple of carloads of Turks from town out to the village,
and have a bigger meeting. There's more power that way, and several people have
testified how they got strength from that meeting. The name of that village in
Romanian is "******", but the Turks call it "Believer's Village".
Ahmet and his family are doing well. They are gypsies and do a gypsy meeting in the village of ***. That meeting is going very well. They also have the meeting in their house. Although their house only has three rooms, they gave the biggest room for the church, and they all sleep in the two smaller rooms.
In ***** the Lord's been blessing. There is not a large crowd, but the ones that come are serious about God. Every week there's a new testimony of how God has blessed them. This week one lady testified about how someone had set her house on fire, and everything she had burnt. She said that she used to be the meanest woman in town, and would have killed them, but now she's a believer and doesn't have any anger. She forgave them. Those believers are terribly poor. They don't have wood to burn, so they burn plastic, or whatever garbage they find. Their husbands are all drunks, and don't work. Sometimes their children go hungry, but the believers don't complain, they just pray.
This weekend we should be taking some of the Turks down to Bulgaria. In ****, Brother Ralph's been having meetings every weekend, bringing in the preachers and believers from all the villages. A week or two ago they had heard down there that I was coming down, and might be bringing some of the believers from here, and they gathered up and waited for us until midnight. Sometimes they have meetings down there all day, then stay up all night singing the hymns. We're looking forward to a good time.
We thank you all for your faithful prayers and support, and hope that the Lord blesses you richly this holiday season.
In Christ, The LeFevre Family Zachary, Verity, Katy, Polly,and Isaac
"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;"
Sent From: Prayer Baptist Church 855 Edwin Westland, MI 48185
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