The William LeFevre Family

Missionaries to Eastern Europe

Sending Church

Brookside Baptist Church

1558 Vance Tank Rd.

Bristol, TN  37620

(423) 878-8131

Contact Information

 

(423) 534-3152

wdlefevre09@gmail.com

www.lefevrestoeurope.org

 

Support Address

Charity Baptist Mission

PO BOX 692

Bristol, TN  37621

(423) 878-5800

 

December 2013 

"O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people." Psalm 105:1

Our praying friends and family in the Lord,

As Christians we've so much to be thankful for, one day a year just wont do. While we endeavor everyday to be thankful, we find the days too short and our blessings far too exceedingly abundant to express our gratitude with any measure of sufficiency. The late Preacher John Geouge asked, "Who can truly comprehend all it is we have to be thankful for?" Still, as best we can, as sincerely as we can, we offer our praise and thanksgiving for what we understand.

In one of the last meetings I attended with Bro. Ismael, an elderly woman testified of God's intervention in her life. She had a problem with one of her teeth that caused her jaw and face to swell. She tried to wait the problem out, hoping that a home remedy or two might prove an ample solution. To her dismay, as the days passed her problem grew worse. She finally broke down and went to the doctor. The doctor took one look at her and said they'd have to operate on her jaw. She came home terrified. She testified, "I wasn't afraid of an operation, I was afraid of the surgeon." She laid down that night in much distress, but called to mind the new song we sang at church 'the Great Physician'. She prayed, "Lord, if I have to have surgery, would you do the operation?" She awoke the next morning cured.

The second week of this month we headed North to Romania for our final camp meeting of the year. We enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship with the other missionaries in the work here. We were refreshed spiritually and physically. We also witnessed the new birth of one of the children in the home, Aslan. We saw his tears, and heard his first words as a child of God, "I'm saved! God saved me!" As we're presently exploring ways and means of getting the gospel into Turkey, towards the end of the meeting Bro. Ralph mentioned that he would like my wife and I to take a survey trip there with several of the other missionaries. We were minded to go before the Bulgarian weather turned bad, so we set off three days after camp meeting. We took six days, toured as many biblical sites and cities as weather permitted, and made many contacts. Please pray that the Lord will bless these endeavors; guide those souls to whom we gave bibles to the truth; and show us what to do.

We are considering a short furlough to the states next year, Lord willing. As part of the parameters of the residence visa application, we can not be absent from the country for more than ten months in a five year period. Pray the Lord shows us what to do, and when to do it. God bless you all. We love you and thank God often for you in our prayers.

Because of a living Saviour, The William LeFevre Family
 

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Dear praying friends,                                                                                                                                     August 2013


Please help us pray.  As I wrote in our last prayer letter, over the last two and half years we've been here, we have always applied for our visas in October.  Our attorney prepares the paperwork well ahead of time, usually in mid-Summer so that it's ready when necessary.  This also helps stagger our payments, as we pay his fee earlier.  This year there has been a change in the law, and anyone seeking visas are required to submit their applications 45 days in advance, a fact our attorney failed to mention to us when he contacted us to begin this years visa application.  That means our application is due next week.  Presently we lack the funds requisite for our visas.  The Lord knows our need.  Please help us pray and believe to see it met.  The Lord bless you.

Sincerely for Him, William LeFevre

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“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.” Psalm 27:4
 

Our praying friends and family in the Lord,


The last two months have been busy but blessed. Since our last letter, we have had two more Turkish meetings and our American camp meeting. The first of these meetings saw close to 300 souls coming out to worship the Lord, of whom 30 came to publicly confess their faith in Christ by following the Lord in baptism. Three hundred souls singing their hearts out on an early July evening in a room built for half that many made things almost unbearably hot, but we cheerfully carried on. As one brother remarked, “Think of how many preachers and missionaries would love to have our problems - too many people!” At the start of the service, several men came through with newly printed hymn books and New Testaments. Immediately people began clamoring for a hymn book. When they discovered we were giving away Bibles as well, they began to surge forward almost to the point of trampling others to obtain a copy of God's word. Again a fellow missionary remarked, “Years ago they acted this way when we gave out bread. Now they're hungry for the word of God.”

We decided to scale our second meeting back some, and we were able to proceed more effectively. In this meeting, another 19 souls who had trusted the Lord during the year came to be baptized. These baptismal services are some of the most blessed. Family members rejoice to see loved ones follow the Lord. During this last meeting the Alishes, Pastor Alish the elder from Zlatna Niva and Pastor Alish the younger from Dabravino, were brought to tears as both were able to baptize family. Several of our longtime believers, as well, came to be baptized. Their faith in the Lord grew to master their fear of the water.

Earlier this month, a group of Americans visited the work in Romania on a medical missions trip. Not only did they aid the people with medicines and rudimentary health care, but they were also able to assist in some much-needed work around the children's home. While conducting a clinic in a nearby village, a boy was brought in with a severely abscessed tooth. Half the child's face was swollen to near bursting. The doctor, upon seeing him enter, remarked the boy needed to be hospitalized immediately, that his life was in jeopardy from the infection. This was translated to his mother, who declined not only to take him, but also for an ambulance to be called. Several frustrating minutes passed trying to reason with this woman to no avail. At the last, they obtained permission to at least pray with the boy. Everyone present, inside and out, felt the urgency of the situation, and with one heart and mind called on the Lord to intervene. Within moments of finishing the prayer, an ambulance pulled up outside, asking if anyone there had called them. When they saw the boy and heard the explanation, they immediately conducted him to the hospital. We heard later in the week that the boy was much improved.

Pastor Ismael received bad news this last week. After a trip to a specialist in the capitol of Sofia, he was told he has a cancerous tumor in his head. He has started chemotherapy. In spite of this setback, he attended our big meeting in Dabravino and has remained faithful to go to his meetings. When I mentioned it might be better for him to rest at home for awhile, he said, “I don't know how many more days I have. I want to go as long as I can.”

Please keep us in your prayers. We submit our paperwork for our third-year visas soon, and as yet lack the funds for their payment. But my Lord is faithful and will see to all our supply. God is so good.

Because of a living Saviour, The William LeFevre Family
 

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While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”  Psalm 118:23

 

Our praying friends and family in the Lord,                                                                                                  June 25, 2013

We have begun our series of summer Turkish meetings.  This month's meeting took place in Dabravino, Bulgaria.  More than 200 souls came out to sing, pray, testify and listen to preaching.  Last month, in Romania, was our first big gathering of believers for the year.  We met for three days and two nights at facilities belonging to our children's home.  The property is the former residence of the mayor of Constanta, who was no friend of the gypsies.  It is a blessing to behold the handiwork of the Lord and to witness these poor, despised, and most neglected members of his constituency worshipping God in the former mayor's living room.  We were able to bring more than 40 souls up from Bulgaria, each missionary making two trips.  It was a long day of driving, fetching people to the meeting, but the joy that filled their souls that weekend repaid any toil on our part.

One of the believers that rode with me to the meeting was a middle-aged woman named Ihtsaniye.  Though faithful in church attendance, Ihtsaniye had never, ever testified or indeed said much of anything in church other than “hello”.  On our way home from the meeting, I couldn't believe the change the Lord had made in her.  She was freely praising the Lord, singing for joy without a care in the world.  Since returning from Romania, she has testified at every meeting we attend and often begs to carry our bags to and from the services.

During a break between services, at this first meeting, I was conversing with a small group of people.  A couple of them remarked at my progress in the language and said they had been praying for me.  One woman in particular, Narchis by name, said she prays night and day that I learn good Turkish.  She is a Romanian-Turkish believer.  She said that several years ago, before Zachary moved down to Bulgaria, she overheard him listening to a sermon of an American preacher.  She said she couldn't understand a word of English, but something moved her heart at the preaching.  She asked who it was, and Zachary replied, “My brother.” She said from that day on she began to pray that God would bring me to the mission field.  And now she prays I learn Turkish that I might preach to her.

The last two months we have been engaged in mission work of another kind.  Once a week, as many men who are free meet together with Bro.  Ralph to proofread the New Testament.  We have only the gospels remaining to proof, and then we'll begin putting together New Testaments and gospel portions for distribution.  In addition to proofreading, we have been hand-making hymnals.  A few days before our most recent meeting, we gathered to put together and hand-sew more than 150 hymnals.  We hope that, by the end of summer, every believer in every church will have his or her own hymnal and, soon, his or her own Bible.

Remember to keep us in your prayers.  Hannah and I recently celebrated five years of wedded bliss.  Pray that God gives us many, many more.  Remember us also as we begin again the task of renewing our visas.  Our attorney has already contacted us to begin paperwork to be filed in October.  I suppose it takes that long to navigate the halls of bureaucracy, obtaining the same permissions from new government officials.  The Lord knows all about it; he certainly knows more than anyone else in Bulgaria about visas, and we trust he will see to their supply.  God is so good.

 

Because of a living Saviour, The William LeFevre Family

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“This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.”  Psalm 118:23

Our praying friends and family in the Lord,

It may sound strange, but one of the hardest tasks a missionary obligates himself to is the writing of prayer letters, particularly in this work.  Where does one begin?  I feel, as John wrote, that there are so many things the Lord has done, that I have heard or witnessed, “...the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books”.

Since my brother’s return from America I have been at liberty to attend the meetings of some of our other nationals.  For three weeks or more, I opted to go with Pastor Ahmet.  Ahmet is perhaps the hardest working national I know.  He looks after 17 house churches, and maintains at least two big gardens to help feed his family and pay his way.  His churches are also the farthest away from where he lives.  On Mondays he heads up the Black Sea coast to Balchik, while Thursday through Saturday finds him in the Balkan Mountains, about two and half hours from his home.  And he treats each church with the same care, as if they were his only church, dedicating to each one the same amount of time and attention to detail.  Ahmet is by no means a loud or overly dramatic preacher, but his messages ring with the confidence that if you believe God he’ll do the same for you.  And all his meetings reflect the same hospitality and generosity he shows.  In some meetings he has to cut the testimonies short to allow time for preaching, the result of his contagious faith.  In Varbitsa he has a Gypsy meeting.  While all our Turkish gypsies love to sing, pray and testify, the gypsies of Varbitsa do it with reckless abandon.  In the short time I’ve been here, I haven’t heard a more exuberant or joyful bunch of singers as reside in Varbitsa.  Their joy is made all the more poignant, because the house where we meet is less than fifty feet from the village mosque.  And while the call to prayer does little to move the ritualistic Muslim, the songs of Zion raise the roof of the shack next door.  Several years ago, on our honeymoon, we were able to visit the great Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, the jewel of Ottoman Islam.  A little ways away stood the famed Saint Sophia church, a religious marvel of Eastern Roman antiquity.  But neither of them hold a candle to the little dilapidated house on the hill in the mountain village of Varbitsa, where God comes down and visits with his people.

Bro.  Larry Leach has returned to America for furlough.  In his absence I’ll be going to his meetings with national Pastor Ismael.  All of Bro.  Larry’s churches were sad to see him go.  My first visits in his stead, they all told how they cried the hour they knew Larry and his family were in the air.  Pastor Ismael said, “It was like my own son was leaving me.” One woman, a little vague on international travel, assumed Larry would be taking a balloon to America, and asked how many days it would take.  Still, all of his churches have received me graciously.  On the way to the first meeting I asked Bro. Ismael who normally did the preaching.  He replied, “Sometimes it was me, sometimes it was Larry, but now it’s you – all you!” I said, “But I don’t even know Turkish!”  He replied, “Öğrenmek lazım” – you’ll have to learn.  Please pray then, that my Turkish is not only understandable but edifying.

Recently I was able to accompany Bro. Ahmet in the flour distribution.  As he's been doing this a number of years now, he had it down to a science.  Four of us, myself, Ahmet and two other nationals, followed the flour truck in a separate vehicle as we made our way to the villages.  In the village, Ahmet instructed the driver which house to go to, and how many bags of flour would be offloaded.  At the house, Ahmet inquired as to the best place to store the bags while we began the offloading.  Let me say here, that it was a stroke of genius on the part of whichever missionary ordered the flour in 25 kilogram bags as opposed to the customary 50 kilogram bags; it was twice the work, but less wear and tear on us.  It was softly raining on this particular day, so that by the time we finished the day, we looked as though we had collapsed in concrete, rather than having carried flour.  Typically, as we worked a crowd would gather, eyes wide, as bag after bag of flour was taken into usually the poorest house in the village.  It was a blessing to know, that truly, “the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread.”  What a testimony!

For the last few months, Bulgaria has been in turmoil.  What started as a protest against sky-rocketing energy costs, quickly turned into a rage against the entire Bulgarian political system.  So rapidly did things escalate, that the prime minister's entire cabinet resigned soon after the protests began.  And a few weeks ago, less than a mile from where we live, on the steps of the state capitol, a man set himself afire – dying in protest of a failing government.  In the villages, the topic of conversation revolves around the amount of money they receive in pensions verses what they have to pay for medicine and utilities.  As Bulgaria is the poorest country in the EU, the average worker making 540 lev a month ($360), and the average pensioner receiving less than half of that, they can't do both.  It's either buying medicine and defaulting on utilities or vice versa.  Regarding the unbelievers, it is easy to see the magnitude of their predicament, and sympathize with their feelings of hopelessness, frustration and resentment.  And yet, faced with the same difficulties, our believers maintain their hope in God who hears and answers their prayers.  In the village of Mirovsti, a woman testified that her pension was far less than the medicine her doctor prescribed for a life-long affliction.  She got tired of always borrowing to make ends meet.  One day, in her frustration, she complained to the Lord that he was going to have to do something about it, because she couldn't live like that anymore.  She went for her regularly scheduled checkup, and after all her tests came back, the doctor said she no longer had to take the medicine; she was cured.  She returned home, and in few months had paid off all her creditors.

Given the state of affairs presently existing in Bulgaria, it is easy to see and understand the joy that accompanies receiving a couple bags of flour and bottle of oil.  It means that amidst all of their present uncertainties, they don't have to worry about eating.  It also means, as Bro. Zach recently preached to them from the life of Elijah, that while everything around them is drying up, God still takes care to provide for his own.  We are still in the process of buying and distributing flour and oil if anyone else is interested in getting in on the blessing.

 Pray for our family.   The Lord knows all our needs and sees, and will see, to their supply.   God is so good.

 We love you all.   God bless you.

 Because of a living Saviour,  The William LeFevre Family

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"Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend." Proverbs 27:17


Our praying friends and family in the Lord,


Happy New Year from Bulgaria! We pray your holiday season was a blessed one. Every season with the Lord Jesus is blessed, and every place sacred. We thank the Lord for the blessings of 2012 and look forward with expectant hearts for the blessings of 2013.

This month my brother Zachary returns from America. The last few months we have concerned ourselves with finding a place to move into as we depart his house. Thankfully, we have found an apartment in Varna and will occupy it for the foreseeable future. While we are overjoyed to have the LeFevres back, we are saddened to relinquish this part of the work. The believers in Zlatna Niva and the churches under Zach's care have endeared themselves to us. In every home, in every service we are made to feel like family.


In mid-December we received our first snowfalls. After the first snowfall we made our way as usual to our northernmost meetings. While the roads were relatively clear in our village, farther north they were treacherous. At our first really rough patch of snow, all the believers, including Alish the national pastor, said to turn back. I persevered and made it through, albeit slowly. The roads cleared for a bit and then again turned bad. To me, this section looked worse than the last, and I offered to turn us homeward. Alish encouraged me to go on, as he thought he spied a track of shallow snow. We went on easily enough and soon passed through with no problem. Time and again en route to church that day, these scenarios repeated themselves: one fearing it couldn't be done, the other encouraging the attempt. Eventually we arrived at our meeting. The Lord blessed our perseverance and taught us all the value of fellow believers.

A week later we received our second snowfall. A foot of snow fell in less than 24 hours. However, due to fierce winds, we awoke to six- and eight-foot drifts across all the major roads into and out of the village. On our own little street a drift had covered Zach's minivan. I spent the better part of an afternoon shoveling a way to the main road to Shumen, only to discover it had been closed. While we weren't able to get to the meetings for several days, here and there believers gathered, sang and prayed and thanked God they were safe and sound.

2012 witnessed an abundance of answered prayers, both personally and for the work's sake. We saw whole families become believers. We saw errant children return home and turn to God. We witnessed more than 160 newly saved souls follow the Lord in baptism. We saw babies born and dedicated. And we watched saints depart this life for their eternal reward whispering the name Jesus as they passed. Please continue to pray for the work. Pray for more souls to be saved, for more men to be called to preach, and for the churches to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus. And pray for our family. The Lord knows all our needs and sees, and will see, to their supply. God is so good.

We love you all. God bless you.

Because of a living Saviour, The William LeFevre Family

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Dear Friends and family,                                                                               January 2013

Greetings from Bulgaria. We celebrated our second Christmas on the mission field this year. If you remember, we arrived in March of 2011. It doesn't seem that long ag and yet so much has happened from then until now. In late April, early May, we moved from Hannah's parents' house in Dabravino to Zlatna Niva. We've remained in Zlatna Niva, house sitting for my brother Zachary who returned state-side for a much needed furlough. A few weeks ago, we rented an apartment in Varna. By the time you all receive this we'll be living in it. Varna's a big city, but this neighborhood is not quite as busy as others. Our apartment over looks a beautiful kindergarten facility, that hopefully Carrick will get to attend.

Speaking of Carrick, he is not looking too forward to leaving his present kindergarten. Though he is only three, we thought it best to enroll him in pre-k, to help him in learning the language. He goes to school Monday through Friday, from 8:30 till 12:30. They feed him breakfast, a mid-morning snack, and lunch, and even send him home with a mid-afternoon snack, all for one lev a day (about sixty eight cents). Zlatna Niva has a small but nice facility, and all his teachers dote on him, being the little American boy. The facility in Varna is much much larger, but equally as nice. Carrick and his brother are 'all boy', as the expression goes. They very much love playing with cars, trains, their styrofoam swords, or just wrestling. As Christian grows, Carrick realizes he doesn't have to be quite as gentle as he once was. Also, as Christian has grown he has realized he can use his teeth for more than eating. This makes their play sessions a little more interesting, noisy, and more carefully monitored.

Christian is an adorable two year old. He is a little mischief maker, constantly in need of loving supervision and correction. But he's also sugary sweet, grabbing your face, spinning it until you look into his eyes, and then kissing you. Hannah has taught him multiple words in sign language. He can sign 'banana', 'thirsty', 'please', 'thank you', 'daddy', 'mommy', 'stop', 'no-no', and of course 'sorry'. He is also learning his way around our Turkish meetings. He knows when to shake everyone's hand, when to say hello and goodbye, and knows no stranger as long as food is involved. Whichever believer is handing out treats (a custom they have to show thankfulness for a special answer to prayer), is always his best friend.

Hannah is a busy homemaker, and I am busied in the work. I rely heavily upon Hannah's excellent Bulgarian, as I am studying Turkish. She is very capable in not only day to day conversation, but also the necessary medical and clerical vocabularies we often find ourselves in need of. For the last two years Hannah has handled all of our visa work without a problem. She is a jewel, irreplaceable. Though we dote on our children, she is what makes our home happy.

My Turkish continues to slowly progress. Last week I was conversing freely with some of our Romanian believers, and they remarked as to the change a year has made. Of course when I say freely, I don't mean correctly; I just talked and they understood. However, I praise God for every word learned, every concept comprehended, and every instance, however few and far between; I am able to use it correctly.

Please keep us in your prayers. We think of you all often. God bless every one of you.

Because of a living Saviour,

William, Hannah, Carrick, and Christian LeFevre

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...they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? Psalm 78:19

And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” Mark 10:27

Our praying friends and family in the Lord,                                                                               September 2012

This past weekend we held our third baptism of the summer, during another one of our extended meetings. While the crowd wasn't quite as large as at our other meetings, more than 30 believers were baptized. That makes more than 100 souls who have testified of their newfound faith so far this year. It's difficult to explain what baptism means to these new converts. Most of them were raised with a deathly fear of the water, especially the swiftly running rivers. Among the older generation, most of them have never stepped foot in lake, river or stream. For them to surmount their fear, willfully walk down into the river (we baptize right below a spillway) and submit to being plunged beneath the water is quite a testimony. While the soul being baptized wades out into the river, those on the shore sing loudly the songs of the redeemed. Prior to the preacher immersing the convert, all of the preachers present pause and pray for the faith of the new follower. After the baptismal service, we adjourn to the meeting house for several hours of singing, preaching, testifying and praying. At this last meeting, we had to make a special rule that only the new converts and those who came from the farthest villages could testify. Had we not, we might still be in meeting. With those limits explained, the service still lasted until after 10 p.m., having begun just before 6 p.m., with people waiting in line to tell the blessings of being a child of God.

This month we begin the process of applying for our second-year visa. During the spring, our attorney began preparing the paperwork and collecting the government signatures we need for application. Please pray that processing the paperwork will not be delayed, as our visas expire in October. Also, please pray that when the processing is completed, the money will be there to pick them up. The lawyer informed us the visas have gone up since last year. We know the Lord will supply, but pray for our faith.

I don't often mention our family life, as there is so much to say about the work that I haven't the space left to talk about us. We are presently looking for living accommodations, preparing for my brother's return just after the New Year. We want to be close to both of our families and right in the center of the work. If you think about it, pray the Lord leads us to the place He wants us to be. This week, our three-year-old, Carrick, began Bulgarian preschool. A little hesitant at first, he now enjoys the time he spends there. We hope he'll pick up the language. While officially everything is in Bulgarian, most of his classmates are Turks, so he's sure to get a good dose of both languages. Christian, now almost two years old, remains at home with Hannah. At the beginning of the month, we took him to the doctor for help with his congestion. After a thorough examination the doctor informed us Christian has asthma. If you remember, earlier in the year he spent almost two weeks in the hospital with respiratory problems. Please keep him in your prayers. My language studies continue to progress, albeit slowly. I read a portion of Turkish scripture almost every meeting, and I try to express my thankfulness to God for His word. Pray the Lord helps me learn this language for His glory.

We love you all. God bless you.  Because of a living Saviour,  The William LeFevre Family

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All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts... Psalm 145:10-12

 

Our praying friends and family in the Lord,                                                                                 August 2012

First, let me apologize for the tardiness of this newest prayer letter.  The last few months have been a whirlwind of activity, and unfortunately the timeliness of our communication has suffered.  The Lord's work is never dull and seldom slow.  And we are grateful to be part of it anywhere, but especially here.

We've just returned from our English camp meeting in Romania, and our hearts are full.  Three times a year we try and assemble together as a group and exhort one another through preaching and fellowship.  We also discuss the state of the work and its needs.  I am very pleased to report that, though the devil opposes, the Lord continues to save souls and establish churches.  One such new meeting is in Sekulovo, about 45 minutes north of my brother's home.  A year or more ago, there was an attempt made at starting a meeting there, but with little interest among the people.  Two months ago Alish (the national pastor I'm presently working with) expressed a desire to return.  After meeting with some of the people from the village, he said there were two homes that would welcome us.  One home was newer, and the family a little better off; however, they were particular about who came to the meeting.  The other home was in the poorest section of the village and was plagued with more flies than Egypt, but the woman, a widow, was gracious and hospitable.  The Turks asked, “Which one do we go to?  The one's a better place to meet, but the other has love.” The answer was easy enough; we go where there's love.  Our first service commenced with loud and joyful singing.  As we began to sing, friends and neighbors began dropping by to see what was going on.  By the end of the first service, twenty or more people crowded the room and lingered outside amazed at what we were doing.  That scene has been duplicated every time we have returned.  Praise the Lord.  (Halfway through our first service, mid-singing, I glanced up toward the ceiling and discovered the widow woman's attempt at fly control: she had let a spider build its web across the ceiling.  That was the busiest spider I have ever seen.)

We have had three big Turkish meetings since the beginning of summer: one in Romania, two in Bulgaria.  The meeting in Romania lasted three days.  The others were just protracted services, beginning around 4 p.m.  and ending well after midnight.  At our last big meeting in Bulgaria, by the working of God, we were able to see over 70 souls, saved throughout the year, follow the Lord in believers' baptism.  Two of those baptized were from Sekulovo.  Lord willing, we'll have at least one more big meeting in Bulgaria and another Turkish camp meeting in Romania before summer ends.

In Romania we also discussed our present needs for the work.  As the Turkish and Bulgarian Bibles are still in the proofing stages, we are not quite ready for a mass printing.  Regardless, the demand for Bibles, Bible portions, and hymnbooks continues to rise.  Presently, we have one copier/printer working ceaselessly to fill the void.  We are praying now for the money to purchase two more copiers and the computers to run them.  We can buy a new copier and computer for $2,000.

As always, thank you all so very much for remembering us in your prayers.  By the grace of God we are all in good health, marveling at God's blessings.  If you think about it, pray for our visa situation.  Our yearly visa renewal comes in September, and it entails quite a bit, both bureaucratically and financially.  We know the Lord will supply, but pray for our faith.  We love you all.  God bless you.

 

Because of a living Saviour,  The William LeFevre Family

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The Blessings of God                             August 13, 2012

Returned last night from our Turkish Camp Meeting in Romania.  I took a load of believers up on Friday night, for a three day meeting.  There were over 100 Turks in attendance, with a little more than half from Bulgaria.  Every service was blessed.  Friday night Bro. Ralph preached.  Saturday morning the Romanian Turkish pastors preached and testified, while the Bulgarian Turkish Pastors took their turn during the afternoon service.  By the evening service Saturday night, souls who had come empty were hungry for God, and he spread a table for everyone present.  It was the best service I've been in since coming to the field, and one of the very best I've ever been blessed to be in anywhere.

Sunday morning the preaching, singing, and testifying were all with strained voice, everyone having exhausted their's praising God the night before.  At one point mid someone else’s testimony, and man jumped up, begged the forgiveness of the man testifying, but said he had to testify before his heart burst out of his chest.  When the floor was opened for other testimonies, people were climbing over one another to be the first one up to tell what God had done for them.  That one service was worth everything it costs to be a missionary.  I thank God for allowing me to be a small part of it.

William LeFevre

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April 2012

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor;

he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, o preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18,19

 

 Our praying friends and family in the Lord,

 

According to Luke's gospel, these words were spoken early in the ministry of our Lord. He had just returned from the wilderness after having been tempted by the devil. It is important to remember that Jesus, being full of the Holy Ghost, was led of the Spirit into the wilderness; by that same Spirit resisted the devil while in the wilderness; and by the power of the Spirit He returned from the wilderness. At no point during His wilderness experience was He forsaken of the Spirit; that's a comforting thought. It's good to know that while going through a "rough patch," with the devil seemingly around every corner, and that though He can't always be felt, God's Spirit is ever with us.

 

This winter has been a 'rough patch." And yet we thank God for it, as He has shown Himself, time and again, faithful and able to meet and exceed whatever came our way. Toward the end of February, our littlest son, Christian, was hospitalized with double pneumonia. A week later, Carrick, his older brother, was hospitalized with the makings of the same. When a child is hospitalized here, a parent is required to stay with him. Also, the patient is responsible for everything apart from hospital-administered medicine, and I mean everything. When Carrick was admitted, he was placed in an entirely different facility than Christian. Thankfully, Hannah's sister Sarah cheerfully volunteered to stay with Christian while Hannah moved to the other facility to stay with Carrick. I was left to make sure patients and caregivers had everything they needed. Praise the Lord the boys recovered, the bills were paid, and the Lord's work moves on. And our God illustrated that the hills and valleys are alike to Him, and He's able to do anything His children need. What a Savior!

 

While we rejoice in what God proved again to us, we sure are thankful for being led out of the wilderness. Our Savior came out of the wilderness and into the pulpit, preaching good news to the poor, brokenhearted, captives, blind and bruised. It's our privilege to tell the same audience that our God is still alive and able to save. And it's the joy of our hearts to hear from them that they've believed the gospel. Bro. Matt Welch preaches at the house church in Dolgapol. The man of the house, though cordial, always refused the invitation to come into the service. Nevertheless, when the service would begin, he could always be found within earshot. After several months of this, one day Bro. Matt arrived to find the man already in attendance right in the middle of the room. When testimony time came around, he was up declaring how after all those months listening in, he had believed the Gospel and no longer would remain on the outside. Praise God, what He's given us is worth coming in for. In the village of Nikolai Kolevo, due to some necessary minor repairs, the church had to temporarily meet in another house. The room dedicated for the meeting was up a steep flight of narrow outdoor steps. One of our believing ladies, though heavyset and infirm, determined to make it to the meeting. When her weakness prevented her climbing the stairs on her feet, she got down on her hands and knees and crawled her way to the top. When she entered the room she greeted everyone individually with a “Praise God” and tears of joy. It's a blessing serving Jesus; whether in the storm or out, He's good all the time. Keep us in your prayers. This month we move out to Zlatna Niva to look after my brother Zachary's place while he's on furlough. While there, I'll also be looking after his meetings. Pray for his churches and myself, that in whatever capacity, God will use me to be a blessing. God bless you all. We love you.

 

Because of a living Saviour, The William LeFevre Family 

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"A Song of degrees of David.  If it had not been the LORD who was on our side..." Psalm 124:1

Our praying friends and family in the Lord,                                                                    November 7, 2011

The Lord's greatness is not only illustrated in the answering of our 'big' requests, but in his faithful supply of everyday necessities. This September the Lord, in his infinite wisdom, saw fit to call Hasan, the national pastor I've traveled with since arriving here, home to be with Him. All Summer long Hasan complained of heart trouble. He knew that if he went to the doctor, more than likely, he would be hospitalized. He felt he could hold on till my father-in-law's return; that way, were he hospitalized, his churches would not be without a preacher. Many services we prayed the Lord would heal him, and He did, in the best way possible. Hasan departed the local assembly for the general assembly, his faith of many years finally being made sight. While we mourn his loss, we praise God for that our Christian friendships our eternal, and that one day we'll pick up where we left off, and worship God together while the ages roll. Please keep his family, and the churches he left in your prayers. Also in September, through the loving-kindness of his people, the Lord provided us with a new Dacia Logan MCV (a seven passenger mini-van of sorts). Through the Spring and Summer we drove my father-in-law's van. In the June prayer letter I wrote that we had the funds to put in our order, and just over a month ago we received our vehicle. Praise the Lord, it was a good day getting it dusty on the way to the village. While we want to be good stewards of what the Lord provides, we also want to put as many miles as we can on it for the furtherance of the gospel.

October witnessed the Lord providing us with our first one-year visa. As I wrote to one supporting church:

"In order to obtain a permanent residence visa here (which is the visa we need to live and work in the country for multiple years in succession), we first had to obtain a 6 month temporary, or probationary visa (which we did upon arrival). After that, we had to apply for 'residence', stating it was our wish to stay, and minister in the country indefinitely. The 'residence' visa program is, at present, a ten year contract. We obtain five one-year visas, after which we obtain one five-year visa. Upon completion we will be considered 'residents' of Bulgaria. So long as we are in the 'residency program'- progressing toward permanent residence, we are free to work in the country. This has been a long and costly affair, and we're thankful we're nearing the close for this year."

Praise the Lord, our paperwork was in order and accepted, and we now have our visas. In a few days we will pick up our Bulgarian identity cards stating our visa status. One year down, nine more to go, Lord willing.

October 6th, Bro. Matt and his family returned from their furlough. Their return has allowed me to visit more of the churches that prayed for our safe arrival. Lord willing, as the days progress, I'll be able to visit the bulk of the churches the Lord has established here in Bulgaria. Day in and day out the Lord continues to help us, whether it's in language study, or going to meetings, or accomplishing any of the mundane tasks of life. If He were not with us, and more than that, on 'our side', then even the simplest things would prove overwhelming. Keep us in your daily prayers; the Lord knows our needs. Keep my oldest brother, Craig LeFevre, in your prayers. He was recently involved in a serious car crash on his way to church, in which he sustained a punctured lung, multiple broken ribs, and a fractured pelvis. He is now at home recuperating. Pray for a successful recovery. We love you all. God bless you.

Because of a living Saviour, The William LeFevre Family

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September 14, 2011

Since leaving the hospital a few weeks ago, the work of the Lord has kept us busy. The Saturday after being discharged, we had our first baptism of the year in Bulgaria. 28 souls were baptized. Following the baptism, they had a service that went past midnight. They sang and rejoiced and testified for hours.

Sunday morning, my family and I went to Romania, to be with our fellow missionaries at the children's home, for their morning service. (For the last month or so, US military personnel from the base in Constanta, have been coming out for services.) The Lord blessed us, as we met together to sing, pray and preach, and glorify the Lord.

That Wednesday, we baptized 18 in Romania, in a channel of the Danube. Though it was hot outside, they erected a make-shift shelter where Bro. Ralph could preach in the shade. It was wonderful to see so many, with so little, enjoy themselves so much in the Lord.

Today we buried Pastor Hasan. He's the national pastor I've been driving to meetings 5 days a week, since arriving in Bulgaria. We became as good a friends as the language barrier allowed; better even, as our friendship was in Christ and for the spread of the gospel. Hasan was a faithful minister, and a caring pastor. He loved going to the meetings, not only to preach, but to find out how his members fared. Before every meeting he would greet every one personally and ask how they were doing. He was a gracious man. Though I knew very little of the language, he would always encourage me to take part in the services in whatever capacity I could. When I first learned my Turkish numbers, he had me call out the hymn numbers for the congregation. I had no idea what the hymns said, and he knew that, but it gave me practice. Last Tuesday Hasan, his wife, and I went to Yunak, a meeting close by. He sang well, he preached well, he seemed strong in body. An hour after we returned from the meeting, and I had dropped him off, his grandson came running to the house, asking me to come and take Hasan to the hospital, as he was having chest pains. We rushed him to the nearest hospital, but after an hour the pain subsided, and they told him to go home and rest. He rested one day and was back in meetings by Thursday. Friday I picked him up and he seemed stronger and happier than I had seen him in a month. We went to Sadavo, where I noticed, he was rubbing his chest. Still, he sang strong and preached from John 9. At Venelin, he conducted a special meeting at a believers house, who had the church over for a thanks-giving meal. He preached, ate supper, and rejoiced with everyone in attendance. I took him home that evening, and 30 minutes later they came and told me he had collapsed. Again, we rushed him to the nearest hospital. There, they realized he needed more urgent care than they could provide, so they took by ambulance to the university hospital in Varna. That was the last his family saw him alive. After arrival (and dismissing the family), the doctors concluded there was nothing they could do for him. They called the family Monday, and told them to come get him Tuesday, and let him rest at home. On Tuesday morning they called again to say he was dead. About a month ago, Hasan told me he knew he was ill, that there was something wrong with his heart, but that he couldn't go to the hospital until Bro. Matt returned, as he couldn't leave his churches without someone to preach to them.

Today, at the funeral, the believers from Dolgapol (tomorrows village) asked if we would still come. I was happy to tell them yes, and that we would sing, and pray, and thank God for Hasan, and rejoice that we'll see him again.

It's good to be in the Lord's work, whether that means lying in a hospital bed with pneumonia, standing at a river side watching new Christians exercise their faith, or sitting with a grieving family as they say their goodbyes. The Lord is good. The Lord's work is worth it: a fact I'm sure Hasan would tell you now.

William LeFevre

PS - Please make it a point to pray for our national pastors. Recently, the support they receive, that puts gas in their tanks, and food on their tables, has dropped off significantly. These men are all full time, pastoring multiple churches, laboring to start more. Without them, we missionaries couldn't cover half the churches they look after. Please pray that the Lord will stir hearts to help the national pastors fund through Charity Baptist missions. God bless you all.

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August 22, 2011

“A Song of degrees of David."  I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” Psalm 122:1

Our praying friends and family in the Lord,

What a privilege it is to be able to attend ‘God’s House’! There is nothing like it on earth, when fellow believers come together, in one mind and one accord, for the express purpose of worshipping God. It’s a little slice of ‘Heaven on earth’. It reminds us that we’re only pilgrims here, and that our pilgrimage won’t be long, and that one day we’ll arrive at the “house of the LORD”, never to depart. These refreshing truths were made all the clearer, as we recently attended our second missionary camp meeting. (Three times a year, all the missionaries cooperating together to reach the Turks here, gather for four or five days of English preaching and singing.) The first camp meeting we attended was soon after our arrival, and having just been in almost two years of services stateside, it felt like any other camp meeting. But now, after having been isolated, for the most part, from regular English speaking interaction outside of the home, this camp meeting was sweet. It makes a difference when you can’t afford to have division. No one can afford to come to meeting with a chip on their shoulder, lest they miss a blessing, and have to go another three months without hearing preaching in their mother tongue. I go to meetings all the time here, and while I don’t understand the language well enough yet, I’m aware of God’s presence, and am able, in measure, to participate in the services through song and prayer. Still, there’s an intimacy in hearing the “wonderful works of God” in your own language. That’s why, though we live and labor in Bulgaria, and, for the most part, these Bulgarian Turks all speak fluent Bulgarian, it’s our desire to learn Turkish, to speak ‘their’ language.

I began this letter, early on the morning of the 12th. I had been ill, suffering for a couple of days with what I thought was a strain of the flu. Friday morning I awoke early, feeling better than I had, and determined to see my wife to a doctor’s appointment. As the day wore on, I began to feel worse and worse. As we were in the area anyway, I stopped by our family physician to see if she couldn’t recommend something to take care of this flu. After listening to me breathe, she recommended an x-ray. Upon receipt of that, she informed me I had pneumonia. I was told only the hospital could administer medication strong enough to help me, and that I was to report immediately there. I knew I wasn’t well, I just didn’t know how ill I was. They admitted me that night with a 103.5 degree fever, and told me I would remain there a mandatory 7 days. The hospital was exceptional by Bulgarian standards, and all the staff I encountered were friendly and as helpful as they could be regardless of the language barrier. Because of my inability to communicate, I was at their mercy as to what they prescribed me and why, and could only pray that the Lord would help me. My wife asked me, before being admitted, if I was nervous. I told her I felt too bad to be nervous. But, looking back, I wasn’t nervous at all. In fact, all I could do was resign myself to God’s will, trusting that he had me there for his purpose. And, in spite of my physical discomfort, I enjoyed a week of fellowship with the Lord: reading and praying and enjoying His company. I am now home, and on a high powered antibiotic for a few more days. I feel a tad weak in body, but refreshed in the Lord. Please keep me in your prayers, that the Lord would grant a full recovery, and that I would soon feel myself again. Also, please keep us in your prayers, as our residency visas will soon come due. We are presently here on a 6 month visa, awaiting our residency visas. We have other prayer requests, and the Lord knows them all. Help me believe God for the needs of this work, and ours as well. God bless you all.

Because of a living Saviour, The William LeFevre Family

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 “Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us–ward:
 they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee:
if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.”  Psalm 40:5

Our praying friends and family in the Lord,

Greetings.  I trust this letter finds you all well, strong in faith, giving glory to God.  All the churches I attend here send their greetings.  I have been driving Brother Hasan, accompanying him to his meetings, since shortly after arriving here.  We go to nine meetings a week.  In all the time I’ve been here, there hasn’t failed a service that I haven’t heard someone, either in prayer or testimony, thank God for the American believers.  They are always conscious of the love you all have shown them, in the sending of missionaries, and your sacrificial giving to help meet their needs.  Brother Hasan prays fervently, every service, for the American pastors, that God would bless you all and empower you to preach the gospel.  Please pray for these men, as they do for you.

Testimonies.  The believers in Kamarevo, though desperately poor, are nevertheless rich in joy.  This is one of the happiest meetings I attend, and I look forward to it every Saturday.  They sing louder, longer, and with more enthusiasm than churches double their number.  Recently, during the service, an elderly sister exhorted the crowd never to be afraid to testify.  “Don’t be fearful.  You should always stand and thank God for something!”  That’s pretty good advice.  And she’s a good example, happily testifying every service.  Last week, in the village of Sadavo, a family called for us to come and pray for the man of the house, who was very sick.  We sang a few hymns, and then gathered round the man and prayed.  Afterwards, Brother Hasan told the man, “Now when you get better, come to the church and testify.”  Brother Hasan’s faith blessed me.  He didn’t tell the man, “Well, I hope you get better.  I’m praying for you.”; but stated as a matter of fact, “when you get better”, and not as a natural course of events, as the man was evidently very sick, but as the supernatural result of prayer.  I like that kind of faith.  That’s the kind of faith that saves a seat for you at the meeting, expecting you to show up and tell what God’s done for you.

Praises.  The Lord graciously supplies all we need.  When my father-in-law left, he left us with the use of his van, ensuring I wouldn’t be without transportation.  But this was a temporary provision, as he wouldn’t be away too long.  Yet, before I had even left the States, the Lord had given me the assurance that he’d provide a vehicle.  I even went out and picked up a little key-chain by faith.  Well, this last week I was able to put in an order for a car of our own.  The Lord does all things well, and we praise Him for it!  At the same time I bought the key-chain, I purchased a welcome-mat too.  I see that welcome-mat every day, and trust the same God who puts cars to key-chains will soon put a house to a welcome mat!  I don’t know how, but the ‘knowing how’ is not my business.  I bless him for what was, is, and is to come.  Speaking of which, Hannah and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary this month.  We marvel at how far the Lord has brought us, all that He’s done for us, and how exceeding abundantly He’s blessed us in these few short years.  Can you imagine, with a God this good, what the future holds for us?!

We love you all.  Keep us in your prayers as we continue to study the language, that God might use us, in our limited capacity, to be a blessing.  God bless you all.

Because of a living Saviour, The William LeFevre Family

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"¶ And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and said, Who am I, O LORD God,

and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?" 1 Chronicles 17:16

 Our praying friends and family in the Lord,                                                                                                          April 2011

Merhaba! Greetings from Dabravino, Bulgaria. God is very good to us: not only did we arrive safe and sound, and without incident, our bags arrived with us. We were assisted every step of our journey. Even at check in at the airport, when so much has the potential to go wrong, the Lord had a missionary mother working the counter, whose gracious help set the tone for our travels. Upon arriving in Varna, we were greeted at the airport by fellow missionaries and family members. Soon after our arrival we traveled to Sofia to meet with our attorney. We then traveled to Greece, to apply for our visas (they have to be applied for at a foreign Bulgarian embassy). The entire visa process is both costly and time consuming, but a necessity to remain and labor here. Once applied for, it can take up to (and sometimes exceed) three months to receive them. Please pray that there won’t be any problem with the paperwork and the receiving of our visas.

We have spent the last several weeks getting adjusted to village life. The pace is much slower, but there is no shortage of activity. Already I've had the privilege of attending several church services in the surrounding villages. The people, though terribly poor, nevertheless count themselves rich that God would send them the gospel, and missionaries to preach it. I have been humbled numerous times over, as the poorest people I've seen express their love and gratitude for coming to be with them. Please make it a point to pray, that the Lord will help me with the language, that I may declare the wonderful works of God to these people. In addition, I've also been privileged to help distribute flour to many of the poor Turkish believers. What a blessing to be one of His 'disciples' distributing bread to the hungry multitudes!

A point or two to pray about: if you think about it, please pray as we begin our search for a vehicle. Gas is approaching eight dollars a gallon; the roads are in a horrible state of disrepair; and we need something that's both sturdy and economical. The Lord is able. Also, pray for us as we search for a dwelling of our own. Presently, we are staying at my father-in-law, Matthew Welch's, as they are on furlough in the States. Soon, though, we will have to have a place we can call home. Pray that the Lord will direct us where to settle, and provide the dwelling.

I can't tell you what a relief it is, what confidence it provides, knowing we have a God whose desire is toward us, who not only has all we need, but takes pleasure in providing it. What a blessing to say with the Psalmist, that the Lord has "brought me hitherto"! That acknowledges and implies three things: that the Lord did for me what I could not do on my own; and as it was He who brought me here, He will take care of me while here; finally, as He was able to see me thus far, I am assured He will see me all the way home.

Finally, let me say, we miss all of you. We're not alone, and not lonely, merely separated from those whom God has made dear to us. It is our desire to have the best of both worlds. If we could, we'd love and labor here by day, and come home to you all at night. Alas, God's work necessitates a separation, which makes Heaven all the sweeter. Thank God for the day when we'll never have to say 'Goodbye' again. Still, we're not very far apart, as the throne of grace is close at hand to us all; and as the song writer wrote, "though sundered far, by faith we meet around one common mercy seat!' Please pray for us. You all are in our prayers. We love you.

Because of a living Saviour,  The William LeFevre Family

PS - Our new field address is below

William LeFevre
PO BOX 627
Centralna Poshta
Varna 9000
BULGARIA
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“... So he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”
Psalm 107:30b, 31

Our praying friends and family in the Lord,

Desiring Since the middle of 2009, it has been our desire to love and labour in the field of Bulgaria. My wife and I prayed to that end, and by faith prepared for it's realization. We are very happy to announce (and grateful to God for all his provisions making it a reality) that, Lord willing, March 11th we will depart for our 'desired haven'. We are heading to Bulgaria to lend whatever hand we can, as Missionary Matt Welch returns for a six month furlough, in easing the burden his departure will bring; and to prepare for the work the Lord would have us to do. God's goodness is beyond description, and all his gifts unspeakable. We are blessed! “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Psalm 37:4

Speaking of 'the desires of the heart', recently, in the midst of packing our belongings for shipping, my wife's engagement ring slipped off her finger. We made a diligent search of every possible place it could have been, but came up wanting. My wife was sick with worry and remorse. However, by the grace of God, I was cheered. We had just witnessed three months of God's richest and miraculous blessings in providing all we needed to move overseas. I was confident that the God who could raise support, secure a vehicle, facilitate shipping, and reserve plane tickets, could find a little lost ring. Sure enough, two weeks later, in a purse she had received as a gift, and had tucked away, my wife found her ring. Someone told her, “My scientific brain tells me God didn't put it there, and if it were me, I'd rack by brain trying to remember how and when it got there!” But I prefer Hannah's explanation, “For all I know God might have put it there just so that I could find it. I believe He is capable of doing things like that. I am thankful I lost the ring, because I prayed so much about it, that when I found the ring it was such a revelation to me. I felt so special. It suddenly struck me that the God of Heaven was so interested in me that he would answer even the smallest request.” And what a revelation that is, to know that our God's not only interested in the 'big picture' of us getting to, and sustaining us while on the field, but also in each and every of the smallest details of our lives. What confidence that provides us, that, come what may, be it big or small, be it a great sum or pennies, in life or in death, our God is with us, to aid us in our time of need!

Praying. “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:” 2 Thessalonians 3:1 It has been our great privilege on deputation to both renew, and to make many new acquaintances. Such is the nature of deputation: not only is it the necessary burden to secure support enabling a missionary to go where God calls him; but also the means of meeting and forging loving friendships that will span the ocean. The Lord has so ordained it, that we cannot labour independently; we are bound one to another in the fulfilling of the great commission, as senders and sent ones; but how gracious the Lord has been to Hannah and I, in that you are our supporters; that we are not names on a page, absent from your presence, and so absent from your thoughts, but that your care is felt in your words of encouragement, and especially your prayers. It's a wonderful blessing to know there are yet thousands who have not 'bowed the knee to the image of Baal'. “Brethren, pray for us.” Thessalonians 5:25 As you have, so continue to do, and more. We have enjoyed your company in America, in your churches, and your homes, but how much more do we need you now, as we take our leave of you. Pray that God will help us in learning the language, especially. Pray for our family: that Hannah and I would be Spirit-filled parents, and that our little boys will be saved, and fall in love with Jesus. Pray that God will fill us for use on the field. And if you think about it, pray that our car sells.

Farewell. As this is the last prayer letter we'll be writing from America for a while, I wanted to say 'thank you'. The Lord has certainly used you all to be a blessing to us, and in turn we pray the Lord uses us to be a blessing to others. We love you all. “The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

“Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11

Because of a living Saviour, The William LeFevre Family

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My brethren, fellowcitizens, soldiers, and labourers in the Lord,                                                                         September 2010

I trust this letter finds you all rejoicing in the Lord, and growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. We have been on the road now for several weeks, and marvel at God's care demonstrated though his people. He has met our needs every step of the way, and secured more praying friends for us and the ministry.

“I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.” Psalm 130:5, 6

Waiting. For those of you who don't know yet, we are waiting on the arrival of our second son. Christian Asher LeFevre is due December 16th. Please keep our family in your prayers, Hannah and the baby especially. Very soon Hannah will have to come off the road, resting until the baby's birth. Also, keep us in your prayers, as we have now applied for our Bulgarian visas. We have been informed that the entire process will take close to six months. This starts the countdown clock for our departure. Please pray for us, and help us believe for the support we lack, and for the finances required for a vehicle once we arrive in country.

“Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.” Psalm 140:16

Rejoicing. We have received word from our missionaries in country, that this last month saw one hundred new believers baptized. What a blessing to hear of former Muslims publicly and unashamedly professing their faith in Christ! Continue to pray for the work overseas, our believers, both new and old, and our missionary families laboring to convert the unsaved, and strengthen the converted.

“...The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly…” James 5:16, 17

Praying. We would like to thank each and everyone of you for praying for us. Your prayers of faith, asking God on our behalf, and believing for the answers, have brought us this far. We earnestly beseech you to keep on praying and believing God for us. We are conscious that all that has been gained thus far, has been granted by prayer. And we are doubly conscious of all the prayer we will need as we begin this transition. The Lord knows what we need, and what we will need as our departure draws close. “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 18:19

May the Lord bless you all. You are in our prayers.

Because of a living Saviour, The William LeFevre Family

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My brethren, fellowcitizens, soldiers, and labourers in the Lord,                                                                                                  July, 2010

 One of the many blessings of being a missionary on deputation, are the people God brings across your path to help you.  I’m thankful for every individual that supports us financially, but then the Lord allows some into your life to help you in other ways.  I am not the most internet or technologically savvy person there is, and in an increasingly internet and computer driven society that can be a detriment.  But for my lack, God makes up with his supply.  A few months back we were presenting the work at Westphal Avenue Baptist Church, in Whitehall, OH, just outside of Columbus.  Pastor Toby Cambron had visited my brother Zachary the previous October, and returned with a real burden for the work among the Turks.  Not only did he invite us to share our call to the field, but helped facilitate more meetings in the area.  In addition to helping us with meetings, Bro. Cambron introduced us to Eric Baldwin, one of his members with experience in web design.  Over the course of a meal on Monday night, Bro. Baldwin took our ideas, and utilizing his knowledge, launched www.lefevrestoeurope.org  Lord willing, and with Eric’s assistance, over the next several months we hope to utilize the sites full potential for spreading the word about the Lord’s work, both in our lives, and among the Gypsy Turks of Eastern Europe.  I couldn’t have done this by myself.  Thank you Bro. Eric, for all your help.  And Bro. Toby, thank you, for your burden, not just for the lost, but for missionaries as well.  These are just two examples of God’s care demonstrated through his people.  I feel like Paul, writing in Hebrews 11, where he said, “And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of…” Tim & Sara Braddock, of Bro. Doug Powell, of Bro. David and Miss Sandra Carpenter, and his parents, Bro. Ray & Miss Brooks; of all the saints at Brookside in Bristol, and Temple Baptist in McMinnville, and the list could go on and on.  I know, according to Psalm 145:9 “The LORD is good to all”, but it sure seems like he favors me best.

Keeping with the technology theme, I am apparently so far behind the times that I am still sending the bulk of my prayer letters out via ‘snail mail’.  If you would rather receive the LeFevre family prayer letters via email, please drop me a line at wdlefevre09@gmail.com   Anyone else interested in receiving our prayer letters and updates via email, drop me a line at the same address as well.

Keep us in your prayers, helping us believe God about a departure date.  The Lord knows all that we need prior to heading over.  At present we are praying and planning on a departure date of early 2011, but whatever the Lord wills, whether sooner or later, we will follow him.  More than anything, continue to pray that God rests his hand upon us, and keeps it there, that we might bring him glory, and be a blessing.  We love you all.  God bless you.

“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”  Matthew 18:19

 Because of a living Saviour,  The William LeFevre Family

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My brethren, fellowcitizens, soldiers, and labourers in the Lord, God bless you all.                                             March, 2010

God sure is good to us! Though it has been a bit since our last prayer letter, it hasn’t been for lack of blessings to write about. Everyday He illustrates his affection for us, in more ways than can be numbered. While the last several weeks have been slow in regards to meetings, the Lord has increased our support and supporters. We are presently over the 50% mark of our needed monthly financial support. Please pray and believe with us, that the remaining support will come in quickly.

In addition to the increased support, we have had money given toward the purchase of a vehicle once we arrive in country. I mentioned in January's letter, Bro. Cheatwood’s exhortation, that there were believers ready, waiting for me to take them to the villages. Well, we now have money towards a van to get them there. I hadn’t even thought of mentioning the need for a vehicle. I thought to myself, the need is too far down the road to mention at this juncture. Well, The Lord knows better than I do, and knows the things I don’t even know I need and when I need them.

The distribution of flour and oil finished up earlier this month. All in all over 215, 000 lbs. of flour was given out, as well as over 2,500 gallons of cooking oil. As many of the Turkish believers were without work, your charity satisfied their necessity. I’m told one believing woman testified, that she was very poor and had no money, but said, "Praise God, I have flour and oil!" Each family received an 110 lb. sack of flour and over a gallon of oil. Well over 1,500 families were sustained through this difficult Winter, because of your faith and charity.

Thank you all again, for your faithfulness in loving and supporting us. Keep us in your prayers, not only that God would meet our material needs in going overseas, but that he might fill our hearts with grace and power to minister to needy hearts. God bless you all. We love you.

“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 18:19

Because of a living Saviour, The William LeFevre Family

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Our brethren, fellowcitizens, soldiers, and labourers in the Lord, God bless you all.                                                  January, 2010

It’s a pleasure to write once again and tell of the Lord’s blessings on the deputation trail. Our God is faithful! It’s been six months since we began our press toward the mission field, and God’s blessed us every step of the way. I always knew God was good, by word and experience, but I never imagined He could be this good. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17

December 30th, 2009 we left on a two week visit to Bulgaria. During our stay we were able to fellowship with our families. (While there my brother Zachary saw a new addition to his family with the birth of John Levi LeFevre. He was born in the back seat of Zach’s van in the maternity hospital parking lot, as they had locked the hospital up for the night. Zach delivered the baby, and mother, son, and dad are all fine.) We were able also to visit several churches while there, testifying in each, and receiving encouragment from each. We were able also to assess more completely the costs and needs of making the transition to Bulgaria. (Housing is a little cheaper now, but the prices in the stores remain relatively the same. Gas is currently about $6 a gallon.) All in all it was a wonderful, and needed visit.

The first church service we attended, just a few days after we arrived, rekindled my fire and gave me a renewed urgency to get to the field. What a refreshing it was to sing the Turkish hymns, listen to the testimonies of new believers, and pray with seasoned saints! At the end of the service, we were asked forward, and the church prayed for us, that God would meet our needs quickly, and bring us quickly and safely to them. Help us believe God for this answer. After the service, Bro. Ralph Cheatwood, the senior missionary over the work, said, “Your van is filled with believers ready to go to the village, we’re just waiting on you.”

The Lord God knows our every need, both for today and tomorrow. Please keep us in your prayers, believing God for all we need. I’d like to say ‘Thank you’ to all our supporters for your faithfulness in giving and praying. May the Lord continue his richest blessings toward you. We love you. “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 18:19

Because of a living Saviour, The William LeFevre Family

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 October 2009

Our brethren, fellowcitizens, soldiers, and labourers in the Lord, greetings.  This is our first prayer letter.  We are happy to report that our God is faithful.  He has met our every need while we are on deputation, and we have great hope that He will continue to do so.

It has been a blessed few months since our beginning.  We have been encouraged by the churches visited.  They’re excitement for the work of God in Bulgaria and Romania matches our own.  It has been a priviledge meeting with those who know the work, and those new to it.  It has also proved a necessary strengthening of our faith, that the God we look to serve overseas, is able to care for us on the way.  Thank you all, very much, for being intruments of his kindness, vessels of mercy, ministering to us as we try and minister to others.

We are happy to report from our fellowmissionaries in country, that God continues to do ‘exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think’.  There have been four baptisms this Summer, one each month.  Over 150 gypsy-Turks, former Muslims, publicly identified with the Son of God, that he was their Saviour.  There are now 96 churches in Bulgaria and Romania.  There have been thousands of preaching DVDs distributed throughout the Turkish community, that, literally have reached the world over.  And the Macedonia call still rings out, “Come over … and help us.”  The work continues to grow; the door of faith remains open; the labourers are still few.  Help us believe God for the remaining support necessary to reach our field, and lend our hand in the work He has called us to.  We want to get there as soon as possible, but not at the expense of the work; we want to be a blessing and not a burden.  And we believe our God will do this for us.

Our God has given us ‘exceeding great and precious promises’ that serve to illustrate who He is, and what He is able to do; Let’s lay hold of them.  Keep us in your prayers, as we keep on the road.  Trust God for us, that He will be glorified in us, that we might be a blessing to all we meet.

“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”  Matthew 18:19

Because of a living Saviour,

The William LeFevre Family

 

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