Sending Church:
Galilean Baptist Church
28875 W. Seven Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48152   

 

The Matthew Welch Family

Serving the LORD in BULGARIA and ROMANIA

 


Support and Mailing Address:

Charity Baptist Mission Inc.
P.O. Box 692
Bristol, TN 37621-0692
Tel. (423) 878-8131
 

“And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?” Acts 8:36

Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,    August 2019

Greetings in the name that is above every name, the Lord Jesus Christ:

The Lord's work here continues to prosper, with the Lord himself dealing with the souls of men. One such person is a young man named Matay. No one knew that the Lord was dealing with him. His grandfather was a preacher named Hassan that I used to visit churches with. It brought back a lot of good memories seeing the Spirit of God working on Matay. It brought him to a serious place and he began to think about, and consider where his soul would spend eternity. I love to do personal work, and I love even more seeing the Holy Spirit deal with people about their need of salvation. Normally we baptize in the summer months, because we baptize in a river. It was in July we made an announcement we would be baptizing. Matay needed no prodding or pulling. He only knew he wanted to be obedient to the Lord's command. The question was “what doth hinder me to be baptized?” And the answer was “If thou believest with all thine heart thou mayest.” He answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” Romans 10:9-10

What a wonderful day! The day we received Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior! There is no better day in a person's life than the day they come to the Lord Jesus Christ. It was a blessed day for Matay to confess openly his faith in the Son of God. It brought back some wonderful memories of when I was baptized in 1979. Back then I didn't know hardly anything in the Bible, but I knew the Author and have been blessed by Him ever since. After the eunuch was baptized the Bible says "he went on his way rejoicing” Acts 8:39. Matay and I have done the same.

All because of Calvary, Matthew Welch and Family

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     May/June 2019

Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,

"...ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you..."   Joshua 23:14

We send you greetings from all the brethren that are among us in Bulgaria and Romania.  We returned to Bulgaria in late May to a joyous reunion with our friends and family here.

I can't begin to tell you about the wonderful year we spent in America.  We visited over 60 churches in 15 states, and traveled over 40,000 miles presenting our ministry.  Everyone was blessed to hear about what the Lord has been doing, and how people are still getting saved.  It was a great blessing to see so many friends and family that we haven't seen in many years.  We were also able to visit some churches that we hadn't been to in a very long time.  Everyone was so kind and generous to us.  We thank all of you for making it a prosperous furlough in so many ways.  

We also want to say that it was a blessing while stateside to have our twin boys, James and John, attend and graduate from Tri-Cities Christian School in Blountville, Tennessee.

On May 3rd, a dear preacher friend, Rev. Luther Carver, went home to be with the Lord.  He was a great preacher and faithfully supported the mission work in Bulgaria and Romania since it first started many years ago.  We were privileged to know him and he will be sorely missed.

The month of June marked the one year anniversary of Brother Ralph Cheatwood's passing.  It's hard to believe a year has already gone by.  Before his death he was very concerned that the work on the building in Avren be completed.  We rejoice and are encouraged to see the work coming together on the church building and the Bible/songbook printing facility through the efforts of the American missionaries and the national pastors.  Avren is about halfway done.  We thank the Lord for all that He has supplied through the generosity of individuals and churches who are concerned about seeing this project completed.

Last of all, I want to inform you that, unfortunately, I must have a total shoulder replacement surgery in the near future.  I had hoped to put it off, but the discomfort and pain I am experiencing have deemed it necessary that I have the surgery done sooner than later.  I sincerely would appreciate your prayers and any financial help concerning this matter.

All because of Calvary,  Matthew Welch and Family

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But ye beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. Jude 1:20

January - February 2019

Dear Pastors, Churches and Fellow Saints,

We send greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ from hither, thither and yonder. During the month of January and February we presented our ministry in Bulgaria and Romania to churches in Virginia, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, and North Carolina. Everyone was blessed to see what the Lord was doing there, and we were blessed by the good fellowship we enjoyed together in the Lord. We have been in America since the end of June and have travelled many miles, but God has kept us safe the whole way. Before we returned to America we sold our vehicle that was used for the work. It was a good van and carried many people to the different church meetings we held. We have started a car fund and hope to raise $20,000 dollars toward the purchase of a replacement vehicle.

 

 

In Bulgaria a National pastor’s wife and a very dear sister, Aisha, passed away. Her husband preceded her in death, and I’m sure they had a glorious reunion at the throne of God. She loved to sing gospel songs, and I’m sure the angels of God were blessed by her voice.

We also have good news about my son James. He had knee surgery in October and has been in rehabilitation since then. He is doing very well.

Brethren pray for us. All because of Calvary, Matthew Welch and Family

 

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September/October 2018 Finally my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. Philippians 3:1

Dear Pastors, Churches and Fellow Saints.

We send greetings from the churches of the many states we have been traveling in. In September and October we had the privilege to present our mission work and update many churches in Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Florida and Georgia. It was a lot of traveling, but we had a wonderful time. It brought us much joy telling everyone what the Lord has been doing in Bulgaria and Romania as well as seeing what the Lord has been doing in the churches we visited.

It was easy to rejoice in the Lord when we got together with God's people for church services. Joy can be contagious when you spend time with someone that is rejoicing in the Lord. We were thoroughly encouraged by the joy of the Lord found in so many of the churches we visited. In Nehemiah the Bible says "the joy of the Lord is your strength". May we all be full of God's joy, because everything is different in a good way when we have the joy of the Lord. The Lord is the author of our happiness, for it is written "happy is the people whose God is the Lord". Psalms 144:15

In October my son James was operated on for the third time due to a knee injury. The surgeon was very pleased with how it went. It will take about a year for him to totally recover, but James has a good attitude about it, and is thankful as well as we, are for all Dr. Gibson and the Lord has done for him. I'll also covet your prayers, because it looks like I will need my shoulder replaced in the near future.

We have begun taking up offerings for the 2018 flower and oil distribution in Bulgaria this winter. We will give each family 110 lbs. of flour and a gallon of oil. This provision helps them make it through the long winters. We have seen many rejoice in the Lord from this, and testify that "God can furnish a table in the wilderness".

Please, also keep my father Martin Welch in your prayers. We celebrated his 86th birthday in October.

All because of Calvary, Matthew Welch & Family

 

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Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints, July - August 2018

"And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the gentiles. And there they abode long time with the disciples." Acts 14:27, 28

In July and August we visited and presented our mission work at churches in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia. We had not been to some of those churches in years. It was a blessing to gather together and rehearse once again what God has done on the mission field in Bulgaria and Romania. It was a blessing to also hear from them what the Lord has been doing in their churches and ministries in America.

It is good to be back on furlough and not only to visit with the churches but also with family and friends. I am especially thankful for another opportunity to speak to our lost loved ones about their soul's need of salvation. God is dealing with them and our prayer is that they will open their heart's door and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. It has been encouraging to see some who were so hard and cold to God and the gospel to give ear and listen with open heart and mind. I believe they are in the place of Isaiah 1:18 where the Lord says "come" and "reason".

I love dealing and talking with people about their souls, but how much better it is when the Lord Himself starts to deal with them. We have seen this verse, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." John 12:32, work over and over again in the lives of so many in Bulgaria and Romania and also here in America. If we lift up the Lord Jesus Christ in song and sermon and tell of His great salvation then God will draw them unto Him. "Draw" means: to cause to move in a particular direction". May the Lord help us all to be like the Maniac of Gadara and take to heart the command that Jesus told him, "Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee." Mark 5:19

If you are interested in seeing the work presented or having us come and preach please call me at (828) 592-1498. If you should not be able to reach me at that number I can also be reached at (423) 878-5800. We're looking forward to seeing all of you and fellowshipping and praising God together.

All Because of Calvary,

Matthew Welch and Family
 

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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,

Ralph_CheatwoodWe 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

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November/December 2017

"Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me." Acts 27:25

Dear pastors, churches and fellow saints,

We send you all greetings from the saints in the Lord Jesus Christ here. First, we would like to thank you for your prayers and faithful support through the years. We count it a great privilege to be your ambassadors for Christ. One of the greatest joys I have is to be able to preach the gospel of the grace of God. The other week we had the blessing of having some American soldiers visit our services in Constanta, Romania. They are stationed here and were invited to a service and wanted to see the children's home. One woman came and she enjoyed the home, food, and the children; but then she heard the word of God preached, and enjoyed getting saved and so did we. It is a wonderful sight to see someone come to the Lord. Many soldiers are here for only a short time, but we have seen how God has used us poor, sorry as can be sinners, to tell them about God, His love, and how Jesus can save them.

Secondly, we are really looking forward in 2018 to be in America and visit many of you. We have been on the field for 25 years and it has gone by so fast. The last time we were home for a furlough was five years ago. I know many of our friends and supporting churches have not seen us for many years, so we are looking forward to trying to see each of you. You are in our prayers often, and we know we couldn’t be here if it wasn't for God and his people.

I would also appreciate everyone keeping my family and myself (namely my health) in your prayers. I really believe the Lord’s ears are open to our prayers. James 5:16.

In closing, our prayer is that God's Spirit would move, not only in our services, but also in yours and that Jesus Christ would be lifted up, and all men would be drawn near.

All because of Calvary, Matthew Welch and family

P.S. We are still working on the church building in Vaglin. Hopefully we will finish soon. Thank you for all you have done to make this possible.

 

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Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,       September/October 2017

"There was a marriage...Jesus was called." (John 2:1, 2)

 

Greetings from the happy location of a marriage!  On October 7, 2017, the Lord made it possible for our whole family (all 21 of us) to come together for the marriage of our daughter, Rebecca, to Mr. Jesse Lee Adcock.  It was a beautiful wedding and the Lord blessed us with His presence there.  It brought back many fond memories for me and my wife of our own wedding 34 years ago in the same location.  It was so wonderful to enjoy this special event with our loved ones and our Lord.  Our hearts were filled with joy and gratitude for the time that we could spend together with our family.  We ask God's blessing upon Jesse and Rebecca and that their love may continue to grow for one another and for the Lord.

 

 During the month of October, while we were in America we attended church services in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.  I had the privilege of preaching in those meetings, and the Lord blessed.  Many of our family members attended church services with us; and we were able once again to sing together for the glory of God, just like old times.

 

On October 10th my father, Martin Welch, had his 85th birthday.  I was able to be with him and with my brother Kevin and his wife Barb, who take care of my father.  We thank the Lord for all the wonderful times He gave us with friends and family during our short visit to America.

 

In the summer of 2018, we hope to return to America for a year-long furlough.  We would love to visit you and give a first-hand report (Acts 14:27, 28) of the wonderful things that the Lord is doing on the mission field in Bulgaria and Romania.  If you would be interested in setting up a meeting, please contact us.

 

May the Lord continue to bless you abundantly above all that you could ask or think, according to His riches in Christ Jesus.

All Because of Calvary,  Matthew Welch

 

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"Then they that gladly received his word were baptised" Acts 2:41

 

 Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,                                                                     July-August 2017

 

 Greetings unto you from all the believers that are among us. We want you to know you are in our prayers often and we thank our God for you all.

 

 In 1979, I gladly received the Word of God and the Lord Jesus Christ as my saviour. I was so sensitive to God's Spirit and His will. I didn't know much about God or His Word; but, whatever God wanted was what I wanted, and whatever His word said was good for me.

 

 What a blessing it is when you run into a Christian that is sold on the will of God and the word of God. Bornchu was saved in the spring. He enjoys church and is refreshing to be around. His joy in the Lord is contagious, and it is wonderful to see someone grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18

 

I know it should go without saying that when someone receives God's word that they will follow the Lord, but oh how blessed it is to see it actually happen. We were in a church service not long after Bornchu was saved and mentioned to him we would be having a baptism service. We explained how baptism was a "demonstration of the gospel", and upon the profession of our faith in Jesus we may be baptised. Acts 8:36, 37 That is, buried in the likeness of his death and raised in the likeness of his resurrection to walk in newness of life, and that it was an outward demonstration of what had already happened to us inwardly. Bornchu received it gladly and was baptised when we held our baptismal service down by the river. All were happy to see him follow the Lord.

 

In Acts 8, the Ethiopian eunuch believed and was baptised, and in verse 39 he "went on his way rejoicing". Likewise did Bornchu; he gladly received God's word, was baptised and went on his way rejoicing. My, my, how God's way is so simple and so good! Please pray for Bornchu and his family. He is like all of us: he has lost loved ones who need to be saved, but God is able. “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him,...” Hebrews 7:25

 

All because of Calvary. Matthew Welch & family

 

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Dear Pastors, Churches and Fellow Saints.                                                        "He knoweth not how''     Mark 4:27           May - June 2017

 

Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Out of all the seasons I enjoy spring the most. After having come though winter with its barren landscape I love seeing ''Life from the dead''. So it is in our ministry as Christians, witnessing people who were dead in trespasses and sins be quickened by the word of God that liveth and abideth forever. 1 Peter 2:23

 

Boncho's wife is Penka. She is a born again Christian and has been a member of one of our village churches for many years. In good times and bad times she has blessed the Lord. I have known her husband Boncho for a long time. He came to my house years ago and plowed and planted corn with a horse. For this work I paid him a piglet for which he was very happy. He is a nice man, but we could never get him to come to church. In June of this year this changed. Boncho found himself in a bad way and in need of some help that only God could provide. He showed up at church for the worship service where we sing, pray and preach God’s Word. The seed of God’s Word was planted. By the next week Boncho had gotten saved by receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. He was rejoicing with joy unspeakable and was full of the glory of God.  1 Peter 1:8 Oh my, how this made the church rejoice. No one saw this coming! We all felt like this farmer who “kneweth not how”.

 

20170808_171404Our encouragement is how God’s Word is alive, and He is at work. We might "knoweth not how'', but we do have faith in God and His word. God has given us many promises concerning His word as in Isa.55:11. All I can say is, it’s a wonderful thing to see God's Word spring up and bear fruit in someone’s life and soul.

 

We also have continued to work on the church building in Vuglen. It is coming along well. We still have some work to do, but hopefully it will be completed soon.

 

My wife and I would like to announce the engagement of our daughter Rebecca to Mr. Jesse Adcock. Their wedding is planned for October 7th 2017, which we hope to attend in Florida. Please pray for them as they begin a new life together.

 

Thank you for your prayers and support. May God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. Numbers 6:24, 25

 

All Because of Calvary, Matthew Welch

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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January/February 2017  - Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,  And of some have compassion, making a difference; Jude 22

 

Greetings from the churches in Bulgaria and Romania!

 

I am very thankful to be saved by the grace of God and the blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son. I am also thankful to be called to preach God's Word and to be a missionary with the mission of preaching the gospel of Christ. (Rom. 1:16) In 1979 my uncle, Don Welch, made a big difference in my life by possessing the compassion and love of Christ to testify of God's great love displayed for me in John 3:16. It's my desire to make a difference in my family, my neighborhood, my church, and on the mission field. The Apostle Paul said that the love of Christ constrained him and Paul definitely made a difference in countless lives for Christ.

 

We all have so many people that are acquainted with us every day. Some of the ones I'm associated with are Zefko, Ivan, and Baba Danka and so many others. Some are saved while others are not, but if something is going to make a difference - it would be compassion. For over 23 years we have seen many people's lives changed from the preaching of the gospel of Christ. They have come from darkness to light and you have been a part of this ministry by your faithful prayers and support that comes from your compassion. I would like to personally thank you all for "making a difference".

 

In closing, I would also request that you pray for God's mercy and presence for one of my closest friends who has a brain tumor, Preacher Don Medley, of Brookside Baptist Church in Sugar Grove, Virginia. His love and compassion for saints and sinners has made a big impact through the years in that part of the country. I know that he and his wife and family would appreciate the Lord's people holding them up in prayer during this difficult and trying time.

 

All Because of Calvary, Matthew Welch

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Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,                       September-November 2016

 

And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house,

did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Acts 2:46, 47

 

Greetings from the saints in Bulgaria and Romania that are among us.

 

In these last months we have seen the Lord touch people's hearts and provide grace for others. Mitko is a neighbor of mine. He is 65 years old and a very good and nice man. But he is not saved. He showed me some work he wanted done on the house that he and his mother live in. I encouraged him to let me and my boys, James and John, to help him do it. We worked for many days with Mitko and his cousin, Stoichko. We worked hard, but the work went well and it was worth it.

 

One night when we were done I talked to Mitko and his mother, Baba Penka, about the Bible, salvation, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Baba Penka was so happy that the Lord had opened the door for me to talk to her son. The next day I gave Mitko a New Testament. Since then, he has already read it five times and said he understands it better every time he reads it. We are thankful that as we continue in one accord to praise God that He continues to work among us and touch people's hearts.

             

 Please pray for: Mitko, Stoichko and Pastor Ahmet.

 

We ask that you would also pray for one of our national pastors who name is Ahmet. He is very ill and not expected to live much longer. He has fought a good fight and has kept the faith.

 

 All Because of Calvary, Matthew Welch

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Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,   July/August 2016

 

“And the LORD said unto David my father, Whereas it was in thine heart to build an house unto my name, thou didst well that it was in thine heart.” I Kings 8:18

 

Greetings from all the saints that are among us to you.

 

The Lord has been very good to us. He has washed us from our sins in his own blood (Rev. 1:5) and delivered us from this present evil world. (Gal. 1:4) Notwithstanding, in His goodness He has provided houses for us to live in, as He did for the midwives (Ex. 1:21) and we are grateful. One day I was invited to His house and as King David testified in Psalms 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me “Let us go into the house of the LORD.”

 

                             

The building we are hoping to purchase in Vugland.                                        Baptizing a new convert with Pastor Mitko.

 

Most of our church meetings are held in believers homes. These Christian saints have seen how God has blessed them with His joy for opening up their houses. They have seen the Lord use their homes as places of worship as in Apphia’s home. (Phil. 1:2) In some places we have church buildings and every so often God lays it on our hearts to try to obtain an older home to purchase and use as a meeting place for the church.

 

Recently, God has done this in a village called Vugland. We have been meeting there for over ten years. The national pastor’s name is Mitko and he has been faithful to this church the entire time. A place has become available and God has given us liberty to try to purchase it. The cost is $5,600 and we believe another $2,400 would be needed to make it work. We are assuredly gathered that God is in this. He has given us peace to announce and ask for your help and prayers. I’m sure you would want to have a part in this developing work of our Lord. We are glad to be a part of this ministry. We look forward to hearing new converts say, I was glad when they said unto me “Let us go into the house of the LORD.” Ps. 122:1

 

All Because of Calvary, Matthew Welch

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May/June 2016 Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,

"Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled." Luke 14:23

Periodically, we hold special revival services and bring many of the different village churches together. We help transport the people with our vehicles and all of them are very happy and thankful to have the blessed opportunity of attending the meetings. Sometimes the meetings last for just one day and other times they continue for three days. During this time everyone is served meals and even given a place to sleep when necessary. The fellowship is so precious to behold and reminds us of the fellowship that we have enjoyed while at the churches in America.

                     

Brother Matt preaching in the village church of Dabravino that he helped build 15 years ago.

The last time we held a special meeting I had driven my van to a certain town and was waiting for everyone to show up before we headed out. A man named, Rozdi, came by and asked where we were going. When we told him that we were going to church he jokingly asked if any girls were going to be there. The believers in my van didn't think it was funny at all and started correcting Rozdi for his joke. However, I told him that there were going to be girls but that these girls loved the Lord and were walking in His way. Then I invited him to come along and before I knew it we were headed down the road to church with this man. Later that night, after six hours of preaching, singing, testifying, food, and fellowship, we headed back home with our hearts overflowing. I haven't seen Rozdi since that day but I know the Lord touched his heart. I look forward to inviting him to come to church again that he might hear the glorious gospel of salvation and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Oh Lord, give us courage to go out into the highways and hedges, and to compel the careless, comfortless, and the forsaken to come into Your House that it may be filled!

All Because of Calvary,

Matthew Welch

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Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,                   March / April 2016  Prayer Letter

 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  1 Cor. 1:9

 Greetings and thanks from the churches here in Bulgaria and in Romania.

 We have been very busy working hard on a church building in Avren, Bulgaria.  This lovely village is located about 15 minutes away from Dabravino where we reside.  The other fellow missionaries and even my two 15-year-old sons, James and John, are helping with the work on this building.  Some churches and individuals in America have given to this project and we are sincerely grateful for their generosity and kindness. We still have a lot of work that remains to be done until the building is finished but we are trusting in the Lord's grace and help to complete it.  Please keep this matter in your prayers.  We look forward to the day when we can meet together and worship the Lord in this building.

We have been enjoying good meetings, down the road from us, in the little village of Yunak.  It's a blessing to see the folks coming out faithfully to church.  The village has only a little Orthodox church and it is hardly ever open.  We are thankful to be able to meet together with believers there who desire to worship the Lord and fellowship with the saints.  We hold weekly services in Yunak, at the home of a 74-year-old man named, Malcho.  For many years now Malcho has had a church meeting in his home.  He has been faithful to the Lord even through the hard times and loves to testify about God's saving grace.  I thank the Lord for this man who not only opened his heart to the Lord but also the door of his home, nearly 20 years ago, so that we might have a place where we could worship together.

         

Above, Matt gave Charity a rooftop tour of the church in Avren that she'll never forget.  An inside view of the second story of the church.  And, James and John are helping out with the work on the church building.

 All Because of Calvary, Matthew Welch

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May-June 2015 Prayer Letter

“…and there was very great gladness.” Nehemiah 8:17Dear Pastors, Churches, and Saints,

At the beginning of this year, we began having special meetings every month in Romania and Bulgaria. In May and June, many of the believers were blessed to come to a meeting where many villages were represented. Most of our churches are house churches like in Romans 16:5 and cannot accommodate large groups.

Hence, for the Millet Turkish gypsies to see each other worshipping God, hear one another’s testimony of how the Lord Jesus Christ has saved them, sing the songs of Zion and hear God’s Word preached in one big church building is a great thing. It brings to remembrance I Thessalonians 2:13 “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”

Through these meetings, many, as well as myself, have been built up in the faith, encouraged, and edified. There is nothing like a good church service that God is in to get you revived.

As the church increases in number, so does the need for New Testaments and song books. A few years ago, the Lord laid a burden on the heart of our senior missionary, Ralph Cheatwood, to purchase a house in Avren, Bulgaria. This house will be used as a Bible and songbook manufacturing center, as well as a church building. We have started to work on this building, and to complete it we need approximately $20,000.


Once a young enthusiastic Christian asked a wise old spirit-filled preacher for advice in serving God. The wise old preacher told him “Son, find out what God is doing and get in on it.” And to God’s credit, He has carried us along and let us get in on what He was doing; namely, building His church. Jesus said “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18) and I read in the Bible “…It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (I Corinthians 1:21).

In June, my daughter Grace visited us and we went to Istanbul for three days. After being there, and observing the spiritual darkness they are in, what a blessing it is to see God saving people here in Bulgaria and Romania. The people that we preach to were in the same darkness, but have entered into the light of the glorious gospel of Christ. (II Corinthians 4:4)

I would also like to inform you that my health is well, but I do covet your prayers “…that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not the faith.”

II Thessalonians 3:1-2. Laboring in the field, Matthew Welch and family

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March-April 2015 Prayer Letter


“And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.” Ruth 2:16

 

Dear Pastors, Churches, and Saints,


In March and April, we were very busy distributing 110lb sack of flour and a gallon of cooking oil to each family in our churches. The Lord has shown compassion on many of the poor believers by supplying handfuls of purpose and blessing his people. Most of these believers live hand to mouth, that is from God’s hand to their mouth. While most of them are poor, I have come to learn they are rich in faith (James 2:5).


If there was a group of Christians you would want to pray for you, this would be a good one. They just believe God will hear us when we ask, seek, and knock. I guess we call that the faith of a little child (Luke 18:17) or of a submissive centurion (Matthew 8).


Although they believe God has provided this food for them, they all express a thankfulness for the Christian believers in America compassionately and faithfully supporting God’s work.
As a missionary sent out to preach the gospel in the regions beyond, it has been my privilege to preach how the Lord Jesus Christ is the Bread of Life and can satisfy our spiritual hunger (John 6:35). I have also seen how God can provide a table in the wilderness by supplying all our need in Christ Jesus.


God has blessed the distribution of flour and oil for many years. We have seen and heard many testimonies of how believers were hungry and God provided. A woman in one of our churches had only a little flour left. Her husband told her to go borrow money to buy more, but she told him that she believed God would provide for them. That same day we delivered flour and oil to her door. Her husband couldn’t believe it, but she told him “I knew God would take care of us” (Psalm 37:25).


We thank God for you all and may God fill your sack full of blessings that we all may testify “O give thanks unto the LORD for He is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” Psalm 107:1


All because of Calvary,  Matthew Welch and family

 

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Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,                              September/October, 2014

“Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength". Nehemiah 8:10

We send greetings from all the churches here. We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, for all your prayers, support, and fellowship in the gospel.

As many of you know, some years ago, the Lord blessed the believers here by visiting His people in giving them bread (Ruth 1). For the last 21 years we have preached that Jesus said “I am the bread of life, he that cometh to me shall never hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never thirst”. Thank God we have never hungered, nor thirsted spiritually. Jesus satisfied our soul’s hunger and thirst, and filled our hearts with His love. But God has also supplied our physical needs. They asked,” Can God provide a table in the wilderness?” We answer, ”Praise God, yes!”. He has provided, He is providing, and He shall provide for His people. When Ruth heard that the Lord had visited His people, in giving them bread, she was touched and moved. Through the years we have seen God visit his people, and bless them through your prayers and support.

We started years ago in Bulgaria helping the needy church families with food. What began with a two pound bag of rice and beans, and a 10 pound bag of flour has now grown to a 110 pound bag of flour, and a gallon of cooking oil. This is distributed once a year during the winter. This amount helps many believers through the "HARD PART" of winter. After our last camp meeting in Romania, senior missionary, Ralph Cheatwood asked me to come back to America to tell the churches about this need, and how God has touched many hearts through the flour and oil distributions each year. Being assuredly gathered that the Lord had opened the door I arrived in early October to America. I have traveled 5,000 miles in one month and have attended over 25 church services. I will return back to Bulgaria in early December. Many churches have said they would like contribute and have done so. We know many more would like to be a part of this blessed endeavor to help “send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared”.

All Because of Calvary, Matthew Welch

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Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,                                                                                                   July - August 2014

Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer, And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier,
and to the church in thy house: Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.    Philemon 1-3

Our work here is similar to Philemon’s, in that we meet in houses.  We have around 100 churches in Bulgaria and Romania.  Our weekly church services are held in the home of one of our members.  We have seen God bless these meetings with his presence.  We have also seen how important it is for everyone to feel welcome.  If God can work on our people's hearts and help us to praise Him and to preach the gospel, we have the promise that Jesus will draw sinners unto himself, and that by our worship many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.   Psalm 40:3

Philemon is addressed as a fellow laborer.  Thank God for fellow laborers.  One of our fellow labors is a man named Ahmet, who was saved about four years ago in a village called Kamendyal.  Ahmet is a laborer for Jesus, and a blessing to me.  He set aside a room of his house, and prepared it just for church services.  He not only labors with me in and for the gospel, but also labors fervently for others in prayer.  Like Nehemiah, I am encouraged to have fellow laborers to help build the walls for the protection of God’s people.

We also thank God for fellow soldiers in the church, men like Alish, Ismail, Malcho, Demir, and many others, as we not only have a work, but we are also in a war.  Praise God for men that are earnestly contending for the faith; and that are not ashamed to shout for the battle; and are prepared for the fight.  The Captain of our salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ, is our leader and head.  He is the one we are looking unto for victory.  All these men helped me personally in the work of the ministry.  During July and August we met many times together to have our weekly services, as well as special meetings.  During this time as well, some 50 adults were baptized upon the profession of their faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Son of God the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul writes Philemon to those he addresses as beloved.  God has put a special love in the hearts of his people for one another.  Zaira, an older woman from our village, comes with me to almost all the services I attend, and helps with the singing.  She reminds me of the singers Jehoshaphat appointed to go before the army, singing Praise the Lord, for His mercy endureth for ever.   2 Chronicles 20:21

For these brethren as well as for all you pastors, churches, and fellow saints, I can truly say as Paul, I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.  Philippians 1:3  May God continue to strengthen us all, and may we be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.   Ephesians 6:10

All because of Calvary,  Matthew Welch

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                                                                                                                                                             June 2014
Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,

We send greetings from all the saints that are among us in the Lord Jesus Christ. In times of trouble the apostle Paul testified that the Lord spoke to him (Acts 18), stood by him (Acts 23),and continued with him (Acts 27). In times of despair, trouble, and uncertainty, I am thankful that the Lord has promised us as believers that He will never leave us nor forsake us. (Heb. 13) There is no one like the Lord. His word is alive and His presence is life changing.

In the months of March and April, we again held special meetings. We brought some of our local churches together for revival services. We have tried to continue to do this every month for the purpose that everyone may grow and be edified in the Lord and many have been helped.

Many of these people have never even been out of their village so for them it is special to come to a revival meeting. It also has been good for their local churches because after the meetings almost everyone returns “fired up” and testifying of God's goodness.

Many of you know that last year with your help we were able to purchase a few vehicles for some of our national pastors. They were all very thankful to God for you all supplying this need. It has been a great help and blessing. These men have meetings almost every day of the week and you have helped to enable them to feed the flock of God.

The last time I purchased a vehicle for myself was almost ten years ago. My van has over 500,000 km on it. This van has been a great help to the ministry from bringing people to church to delivering food to the feeding centers. We would like to purchase another vehicle for the work. We could really use your help and prayers. It is much needed and will be used for God's service.

In April, we returned to America for six weeks. During this time we were able to visit my 82 year old father, attend a family reunion, and go to my daughter's graduation from college. Rebecca graduated with a degree in Nursing. Unfortunately, I had to be hospitalized the day after we arrived in America. I started having problems on the trip over. I was in the hospital for three days. Due to these unforeseen circumstances, this letter is just now getting to you. Our desire is to return to America again in two years for a furlough; at which time we would like to visit all of you.

All Because of Calvary, Matthew Welch

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Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,                January/February 2014

Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord... (2 Tim. 1:8)

The first two months of this year have gone well. We held another revival meeting in late January. Usually due to the weather we are unable to have meetings at this time of year; however, it was very mild for January, so we decided to schedule a meeting. For some of the people who came out, it was their first time to hear the gospel preached. The Lord dealt with many hearts and we had very good services.

The next morning we woke up to a snowstorm. It was the first snowfall of the winter and it was a heavy one. A couple days later another big storm hit and we got even more snow. We were "snowed in" the village for nearly two weeks. We were very thankful to God that we had been able to have that revival meeting and that everyone had returned safely to their villages before the blizzard hit.

We are trying to have these special revival meetings at least once a month. We bring together people from a number of the churches we have started. Whether from a gospel song, a testimony, preaching or the fellowship of the believers in Christ; everyone is helped by these meetings. There is definitely no shortage of finding people who want to come.

One man, named Rayim, gave a testimony and said that before he was saved he went to one of these revival meetings. He looked at the believers who were enjoying the service and said to himself, "They are all crazy!" But a little while later he was under conviction and thought, "Are they crazy or am I the crazy one?"

Soon after this Rayim was sent to prison. He began to pray to God that the warden would give him a week pass to go home. He told the Lord that he wanted to go back to church. When the other inmates heard what he was praying for they laughed and told him he was crazy. They said the warden would never let him go. But the next morning, to everyone's surprise, the warden called him into his office and gave him a week pass to go home. Well, he returned home and went to church, and got saved by the grace of God!
Upon returning back to prison, Rayim chided himself for not having asked the Lord to release him indefinitely. He began to pray about his release and again the other inmates laughed at him. Amazingly, the next day he was called once again by the warden who told him, "You have been a good prisoner so today you will be freed." He was so happy! When the inmates heard this news they couldn't believe it and said, "We want to become believers, too!"

Rayim returned home and now attends church regularly. He loves to tell his testimony about how the Lord delivered him.
The Bible says in Acts 12 that "the iron gate...opened...of his own accord" letting Peter out of prison. Only the Lord can so miraculously deliver those who are in bonds. We pray that God might work this same way in all of our lives, and in the lives of our loved ones.

All Because Of Calvary, Matthew Welch

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Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,                                                                             March 2013

We send greetings from all the churches that are among us in Christ Jesus. Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

We would like to praise the Lord for visiting his people in giving them bread (Ruth 1). God has greatly blessed the flour and oil distribution of 2013. To date, we have distributed over 140,000 pounds of flour and more than 1,500 gallons of oil to the families in our churches. Every family receives 110 pounds of flour and a gallon of oil. For many who live from hand to mouth, and truly live by faith, this is such a blessing. They rejoice how God has provided for them during the most difficult time of the year when most people have no work or money. Many people have gone to Germany or Holland to find work but most have returned empty and hungry. I cannot begin to tell you of all the joy that has come from the most needy believers and how they have testified about God providing for them. They give thanks to the Lord for laying the Bulgarian Christian believers on the hearts of American Christians.

Here are a few testimonies from the believers:

A woman from the village of Sadovo said, "I am a shut-in and I was going to ask someone to buy me 10 pounds of flour and I would try to repay them when I received my pension. That same day the pastor came with a truckload of flour. The Lord gave me ten times more than I asked for! Praise be to God!"

In Yankovo, two families were living together for the winter. By February, all the canned goods they had laid up for the winter were gone, as well as the flour. As they were going to the store to see if they could get credit for a 25 kilogram bag of flour, word came to "Bring your horse-cart to the church. God has given us flour!" They returned home praising God, with 50 kilograms of flour and a big jug of oil.

In another village, a Christian woman was praying as she watched her family shaking the last of the flour from a sack. Some neighbors made fun of her as they watched her praying for more flour. Then, they heard that a truckload of flour had just arrived at the church. The woman ran and told her husband, "See there is a God, and He has heard our prayer! Before the bread ran out He has given us more!"

We have seen thousands blessed and provided for by the Lord's hand. Truly, many here pray, "Give us this day our daily bread", and He still answers prayer. To God be the glory!

Because of Calvary,  Matthew Welch

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Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,    December 2012 Prayer Letter

...for the Lord sustained me. Psalm 3:5  ...he shall sustain thee... Psalm 55:22

Greetings from the churches in the Lord Jesus Christ which are among us in Bulgaria and Romania!

We are bound to thank God for you all, and for your prayers and support of the Lord's work here. From the weekly services, to the many special meetings that we have held throughout the past year, God has been so good to us, and we have seen His people grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

In November and December we were occupied mostly with our meetings. We have nine different villages that we attend weekly. The believers here pray for the American believers and are thankful for them sending someone to tell them about God's plan of salvation, through the Lord Jesus Christ. They are very open to the gospel. Rarely do we have someone turn down gospel literature, or DVD's with preaching and singing. We thank the Lord for the numerous opportunities we have to present the gospel and to help others who are in need.

Recently we had the blessing and privilege of seeing a 60 year old man named, Ahmet, come to Christ. He is from the village of Kamendial. Please remember to pray for him.

In December the Lord blessed us with the happy reunion of all ten of our children (and a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren). It had been five years since we all had been together. We are so grateful that we were able to celebrate the holiday season at our home in Dabravino, Bulgaria.

Please continue to keep us and our ministry in your prayers.

All Because of Calvary,  Matthew Welch

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Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,                                                           October 2012 Prayer Letter

 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest:...to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus... Acts 28:22, 23 

During the month of August, we held special Turkish meetings in Constanta, Romania.  We traveled from Bulgaria and made a couple of trips back and forth in order to bring some of the believers from Bulgaria.  Unfortunately, we didn't have enough room to bring everyone that wanted to come.  Some of the people we invited were not Christians, but we invited them in hopes that they might become believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Pappe, is a 21 year old woman whose mother is a Christian.  We hold church services in her mother's home every week.  Ahmet, a national pastor, had a burden for Pappe; so he invited her to attend these meetings.  Even though she was not a believer, she accepted the invitation and came with us to Romania.

We started the meeting, singing hymns.  The hymns do a thorough job of breaking up the ground and preparing hearts to hear and receive the Word of God when it is preached.  After much singing, there was a time of testifying.  Many believers stood up telling about God's grace and goodness to them.  Some told of how Jesus had brought them out of the miry pit.  Others, told how the Lord had brought them through trials and sickness and given them grace and peace through it all.  All the testimonies lifted up the Lord.  In this, we have seen God honor his Word; for Jesus said, "If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto me." (Jn.12:32)  After the singing and the testifying, came the preaching from the Word of God.  "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." (1 Cor.1:18)

We have seen His power in action and His Spirit dealing with many souls.  But, I must admit, I didn't know God was dealing with the young woman.  Pappe stood up, during one of the meetings and told everyone that she was not a Christian.  However, after listening to the singing and testifying, and hearing the preaching of God's Word, she now believed with all her heart that Jesus died for her and rose again.  Her testimony has been an encouragement to all of us as we see how God is working in her life.  She came to the church meeting in Romania empty, but she left full. 

By the time she returned back to Bulgaria she was on fire for the Lord.  A few days later, I heard her testify about the meeting in Romania, at her mother's home.  Her face was glowing and her heart full of joy because the Lord had saved her.  She said, "I just believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and I was saved.  That's all I did!"  In Turkish it translates, "Bu kadar yaptim!"  A week later, Pappe attended a baptismal service in Dabravino.  The believers gathered around the banks of the river and sang hymns as Pappe was baptized. 

Before closing this letter, I would like to mention that in September, 2010, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.  I am still in the early stages.  The Lord is helping me; but, I do covet your prayers.  I count it a great privilege to be on the mission field.  I know that God's grace has been sufficient in the past and am confident it will be so in the future.

 All Because Of Calvary,  Matthew Welch

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Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,                                                                 March/April 2012 Prayer Letter

…The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.  Luke 10:2

We send greetings to you from all the saints that are among us.  These past few months have been very busy for us.  We’ve been going to church meetings almost every day, and have helped to distribute over 190,000 pounds of flour and oil to hungry and needy church families.  I count it a real honor to be here on the mission field, and see the Lord work.  What a privilege and blessing to labor together with God (1 Cor. 3:9).  It makes all the difference when He is working with us, but how vain it is when we try to do the Lord’s work alone.

Thanks be to God that He has mercy on us and has promised to bless His Word!  “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isa. 55:11)  Therefore we have purposed in our hearts and in this work to go with God’s Word: to believe It, sow It, and preach It.  How God has blessed the preaching of His Word!  And having said that, I ask for you to pray for me, that the Lord would help me with the different languages, that I might speak clearly, and that the Word of God would have free course and be glorified. (2 Thess. 3:1)

We ask that you continue to pray for a young man that attends services with me named Remzi.  He is 19 years old and is the grandson of Pastor Hassan who passed away last year.  We have a real need for national pastors. Please pray that God would have His will in Remzi’s life, and that this young man would go with God, whether or not He calls him into His work.  His grandmother, Kadrie, still comes to the meetings and helps with the singing and testifying.  She is in poor health and we ask that you would remember her in your prayers.

We have been distributing the Gospel of John and Romans in the Bulgarian language.  It was translated by one of our national pastors, Mitko Stefanov, and printed by Bearing Precious Seed ministry in Ohio.  It is still very rare to have someone refuse a gospel tract or pamphlet, or a Bible.  The people here are very open to the gospel.

Before we close we would like to mention one more special prayer request.  We ask that you pray for Teresa Nixon, who is suffering from pancreatic cancer.  She is the wife of Mike Nixon, our mission board director, and pastor of Brookside Baptist Church in Bristol, Tennessee.  We know that they earnestly covet the prayers of the saints during this difficult and trying time.

All Because Of Calvary, Matthew Welch

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Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,                                                                And he went on his way rejoicing.  Acts 8:39b                                                                        February 2012 Prayer Letter

Greetings from Bulgaria and Romania!  This winter was very long and cold.  We are looking forward to warm weather, blossoming trees, blooming flowers, and the return of the songbirds.  What a beautiful song they make and how sweet it comes to our ears!

We have been enjoying good church services in the villages where we minister.  We have been taking new believers around with us to attend these services and it has been a blessing for them.  A new believer, whose name is Negibe, recently traveled with us to a few church services. She is about 55 years old and was saved and baptized about a year and a half ago.  It was her first time to travel with us. From the moment she got in the van and heard the Turkish gospel hymns playing, she joined in singing and rejoiced the whole way to the meeting.  When we finally arrived at the church, she could hardly wait to stand up and testify.  She told how good the Lord was to her and that she was so glad to be saved.  She also said that she wanted all of us to go to the village where she grew up and preach the gospel there.  We told her that we would and she rejoiced.  It was such a blessing and encouragement to be around a new Christian that hadn’t gotten over being born again. 

The church in Kamendale, was recently relocated due to the death of the 80 year old woman in whose home we met for years.  We have started meeting in the home of another believer.  She was saved a few years ago but her husband was not saved.  Her husband would not attend the meeting in their home.  We could, however, see him seated at the upstairs window listening to the preaching and singing.  It continued like this for a couple of weeks.  One day, her husband finally came into the service.  He testified how he had listened for weeks, and the Lord had touched his heart. We are joyful to welcome him into the family of God. His is now inviting many people to come to the church services.  It is wonderful to witness how Psalm 40:3 has come to pass. “He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God; many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.”  Please remember this couple in your prayers.

 All Because Of Calvary,  Matthew Welch and Family

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Dear Pastors, Churches, and Fellow Saints,                                                                                                                                           November/December 2011 Prayer Let