Below are some of our mission letters.
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church
1133 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Murphy, NC 28906
Missionaries to Bulgaria
ďBlessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:Ē Ephesians 1:3
I generally begin a letter by describing all our blessings, and as usual we have many to mention. But most of all I want to give blessings to my Lord and God. I praise Him for His holiness and righteousness. I praise Him for His faithfulness and truth. I could spend an entire prayer letter telling how good my God is and not cover a fraction of what He has done and who He is. I can however tell of His goodness toward me, and for that I am thankful!
It has been a couple of busy months since we returned to Bulgaria in mid-September and began going back to the village meetings, witnessing Gods hand in the lives of the people here. We also had the privilege of seeing the last baptism of the summer. It was a blessing to see the joy on each face as they took this important step in their life. Itís been wonderful to see Godís presence in every meeting as we go from village to village each week.
My family has settled in quite nicely to the everyday routine of Bulgarian living, and they are so thankful for your daily prayers. We are thankful for each blessing that God has provided since our return and believe these to be a direct result of your fervent prayers on our behalf. God has been so good even with the small things. One such thing is God granting a desire of Kylieís heart. For quite some time Kylie has wanted a puppy. After arriving in Bulgaria we were told that a dog wasnít something we could have in our apartment. This of course disappointed Kylie, but she didnít lose faith. When we had to renew our rental contract due to the Visa process, I asked our landlord if it were possible for us to have a small dog. He was very happy to allow us to have one. So soon after our return we added a new member to the household, a little Yorkie named Sage. Iím so thankful that Kylie believes God loves her best.
We have also seen God moving in our monthly meetings in Dabravino. We have this meeting to gather in believers from the surrounding villages into one large meeting place. Itís a time of fellowship and encouragement for all. We start with a time of worship for a of couple hours, then break for a meal and fellowship, followed by another hour or so of worship. It is really a time of refreshing for all. While it is a great to know that God is blessing in these meetings, itís also good to know that opportunities still abound for the spreading of the gospel in new meetings. Earlier in the year I was with our national pastor Nasuf as he began a meeting in the village of Antonovo. Itís great to see that the meeting is still carrying on each week. Because of this meeting we recently visited the village of Kamburovo and had an evangelistic meeting in a home there. Just a few people from the family were present, and they are asking us to return. Weíre excited about what God will do in that village. Since that meeting began we have learned of two other nearby locations where they have asked us to come and hold a service. Thank the Lord for these opportunities.
In our spare time we are staying busy binding
Bibles, and are thankful to be able to help in this important ministry. Itís
such a joy to know that someone who never had a Bible before can now have one in
their language. As Americans we can easily get a Bible, but for others itís not
that simple. Itís real a privilege to be able to bind these and then give them
There are several upcoming needs for the ministry that we desire you to pray about. Winter is upon us, and that is a very busy time for the missionaries while helping those in need in Bulgaria. Once again we will be providing flour and oil for around 2,000 of our church families. This is a big undertaking. Last year there were over 70 tons of flour distributed to those in need. Also, fellow missionary Larry Leach heads up the Coats for Kids drive. Last year they were able to provide over 1,200 coats for needy children in the region. These ministries are a tremendous blessing to the poor. It is also a great encouragement to the church. We look forward to seeing what the Lord is going to do this upcoming year concerning both. Please be praying about and contributing to these vital ministries.
We also ask that you pray about the finalizing of our Visas. Lord willing we have just a little longer, and look forward to putting that behind us. Also, please pray for the ongoing task of learning the language. Tracy and Kylie began Bulgarian lessons this month and are progressing a little each week. Another big blessing is that they can have their lessons in the same building we live in. Iím also progressing a little farther with Turkish each week. Itís an ongoing process, but Iím thankful for each step, and Iím encouraged by being able to preach at the village meeting in Targovishte. Right now, I must spend several hours translating what God puts on my heart into Turkish and then reciting it as I preach. I want to get to the point where I donít have to recite it. For now Iím grateful to be able to preach to them any way I can. God has been too good to me for me not to find a way to share His grace.
Gratefully, we have had very few setbacks so far and for that we are grateful. We did have an issue with our car and had to replace a fuel injector which set us back over $500. Thankfully, fellow missionary Zach Lefevre has allowed us to borrow one of his vehicles while ours is in the shop for a few weeks.
We are looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas here and pray that God blesses you during this time of year. Please continue to pray for the Turks that we minister to here and in Romania. God bless you all, and may we all be found faithful until His return.
The Blalocks, Keith, Tracy and Kylie. www.blalockstobulgaria.com firstname.lastname@example.org
ďContinue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ,ÖĒ Col 4:2,3a
God has greatly blessed us over these last five months here in the States: we have seen many blessings in our family and look forward to what God is going to do in the future. The greatest thing we were anticipating was the completion of our Visas to return to Bulgaria. We received these in the second week of August and immediately went to work on getting tickets. We will be leaving on September 17th and arriving on the 18th. We so look forward to returning to our home in Shumen, Bulgaria. Please continue to pray that God would provide for the expenses that come with travel and settling back into our life there.
We were able to see God move in many ways these past five months. We saw his hand in the life of our family and the ministry. It was a blessing to see Zack and Haylie begin their life together in marriage; and it was great to see Riley graduate and then start college. We had several churches take us on financially and we saw many lives touched during our time on the road. We are thankful for each church we visited and for the love and support shown to our family.
We have several prayer requests as we prepare to return to Bulgaria. First and foremost is for safe and trouble-free travel as we go back to Bulgaria. Pray that all the paperwork required to get our residence Visa will go smoothly.
In closing, we look forward to what the years to come may hold and are excited to be partnered with you in reaching the Turks of Bulgaria and Romania with the gospel. Please remember that we will soon be preparing for all the needs of winter. We will have the Flour and Oil distribution along with the Coats for Kids, and these are two big yearly undertakings. Last year over 60 tons of flour were distributed, and over 1,200 coats provided for needy children. We ask that you pray about what part you can take in these vital ministries. God has already done so much, but we feel that he is far from finished and believe the greatest days may be yet to come. Please keep us in your prayers, and donít forget to mention the needs of Turkish believers in the lands of Bulgaria and Romania.
By His grace, The Blalocks
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Itís with great joy and excitement for the future that I write this letter. We are currently in North Carolina after spending the first three months of the year in Bulgaria. It has truly been amazing to see what God is doing among the Turks in Bulgaria and Romania. The Lord is still doing great things and for this we are grateful. Iíve been working daily with a national pastor, Nasuf Kadirov, and I thank God for him and his heart for his people, and the desire he has to help me learn Turkish. Itís a true blessing to have him talk to me constantly, from one meeting to the next regardless of whether I understand or not. This is a much-needed blessing. Please keep Nasuf in your prayers.
We settled into Bulgarian living quite nicely and are very thankful. God has given us a nice place to live and we feel very fortunate. Our next step is obtaining visas for our continued residency in Bulgaria. This is a complicated process which led us back to the states to complete the necessary paperwork at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington D.C. We ask that you pray for Godís hand in each step of the process as we face each obstacle and expense.
While stateside, we have quite a lot going on. The Visa requirements will have us going to Raleigh, NC and to Washington, DC. Please pray for Godís protection as we travel. We will also be going around to churches as we look to raise our last seven - eight percent of support. It has been and will be a busy schedule with our family. Just this past week we saw Riley graduate high school, and for this we are so thankful and proud. Next month on June 22nd we will have the long-anticipated wedding of Zack and Haylie. We are so happy to be here for these events and ask that you pray for Riley and Zack and Haylie.
God is truly blessing our family, and we ask for your continued prayers as we prepare to return to Bulgaria. We are more certain than ever of Godís desire for our lives there, and have seen how God has blessed the churches. We have also seen new villages crying out for the believers to come. There is much to do, and we are excited about getting back.
Will you consider helping us with a couple needs? Please pray that we find reasonable airfare for our return and that God provides for this need. We are also continuing to work on the church and print shop in Avren. Please pray that God meets the needs there and what you may do to help with this vital part of the ministry.
In Closing, I would like to thank each of you for your prayers and continued support. Upon returning to the states in April we came home to the passing of my father-in-law, Ronnie Garrison. During this loss in our family we knew for sure that people were praying. Thank each one of you for your faithfulness and love. May God bless you!
For Him, Keith Blalock www.blalockstobulgaria.com email@example.com
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalms 34:8
Without one doubt I can surely say that my LORD is good and surely worthy of all my trust. I am currently writing this letter from my apartment in Shumen, Bulgaria and that is truly because of the goodness and faithfulness of my God. We arrived in Bulgaria on the 16th of January a little over two years after beginning deputation. We are so grateful to be here and look forward to seeing what God will do in the years to come. The family is adjusting to the differences of living in a third-world country. Thankfully we are not complete strangers to what itís like in this part of the world. There are many things that come unexpectedly, but that is not unusual, for example waking up this morning to no water in the apartment, a nice welcome back to Eastern Europe! Yet we are thankful for a warm place to call home, and are blessed to have such a place as we do. God is so good.
There are so many ďThank-youísĒ to be said for all that has been done to get us to this point. We appreciate each one who has given faithfully to help us get here and for those who give faithfully to keep us here. We are certainly in this together and could not be here without you. Most of all we desire your continued prayers while moving forward with everything that needs to be done. With that in mind we ask that you pray about a few things. We have just purchased a vehicle over here and ask that you pray that it will prove trust-worthy and reliable. We would like to thank Corriher Heights Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church for giving and making it possible for us to meet this need in our life. God bless you for generosity. We also ask that you pray about our Bible-printing ministry. Iíve brought over a new way to bind our Bibles together. Please pray that it will prove to be a sturdy, reliable and more efficient method, so that we can distribute them faster than weíve been able to.
Weíve certainly had a good start to the year and look forward to all that God is going to do. We were in our first Turkish meeting on Sunday and it was so good to hear the singing and testifying about the goodness and blessings of God even in their poverty. We also will be attending a special meal today given by the believers in the village of Zlatni Niva in honor of our return to Bulgaria. What a special blessing for us. We feel humbled by their love for us and their willingness to do this. What a special day! Our life will get busier in the coming weeks as we get adjusted to living here and the needs and demands of the work. We will soon be distributing flour and oil for all the churches. God has been faithful in providing for this. I look forward to seeing the joy each believer has in receiving this blessing from the LORD.
Please pray that all will go smoothly while obtaining our Bulgarian residence visas. We also ask that you also pray concerning our return to the States in April. We will complete the visa process stateside and attend Rileyís graduation at the end of May, then attend Zack and Haylieís wedding. We look forward to this day and also to adding this loving and fine Christian young lady to the Blalock clan. We will return to Bulgaria in July and begin our five-year stay. We cannot express enough gratitude for each of you, and we are so excited to be partnered with you for the years to come. Letís all pray that Godís will be done in every area of our lives and in the work he wants to do among the Turks of Bulgaria and Romania.
By His grace, The Blalocks
ďRemember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works;ÖĒ Revelation 2:5
Greetings, October 2017
I have said in many churches that we are returning to our first love when it comes to service to the Lord. This was made very clear to us as we spent 24 days of September in Bulgaria. It was such a blessing to stand among the believers in a village church and share about the goodness and grace of our GOD. We were also thrilled to hear of their faith and love for the Savior as they testified. ďLet the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;Ē Psalm 107:2
Many things have changed in the past 13 years. The countries of Bulgaria and Romania both are far more advanced and modern. The Soviet era cars and outdated machinery are gone, replaced by modern vehicles and shopping malls with western clothing and fast food chains. Things are different in the cities, but life changes quite a bit as you enter the villages. The people are still poor, with indoor plumbing a rarity. Much of their life has not changed like those within the city. The greatest thing that has not changed is a need to spread the gospel to the Turks of Bulgaria and Romania, and there is a great hunger from many villages desiring the believers to come.
We also saw the great needs with what God is doing in Bulgaria. We visited the village of Avren where our printing ministry is based, and saw how Bibles are being produced for the Turks and Bulgarians. Over 100,000 pages of Godís word are being printed each month and given away. The cost of printing 100,000 pages is around $1,000 a month. If you would like to help with the printing of Godís word, you can send a check to Charity Baptist Mission with note that itís for Keith Blalock/Bibles. We would love to raise a thousand dollars a month outside of our personal support for this great need. ďFaith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of GodĒ
Of course, the heart of the work is still the everyday village meetings. We only got to a portion of these meetings, but at each one we marveled at the sweet spirit and faith of the people. They truly just believe God. One believer said concerning a prayer, ďyou believe, I believe, it will happenĒ. The singing of the hymns, testimonies, and hospitality of the people were such a joy to see. At each meeting just about everyone testified, and they were sure to have coffee for us plus a meal. I thank God for such loving and giving people.
It was such a blessing to be able to see Sully in Romania. Words cannot express how much this meant to us after not seeing him for 13 years. God is so good! Then we were able to spend some time with Monica, who lived with us for several years. What a blessing both reunions were to us!
While in Bulgaria we visited the town of Novi Pazar where we would like to rent an apartment and live. It is a quiet town, and we believe it is an ideal location for us. Please pray that God would open the door for the place he would desire for us to live. We also looked into what transportation would cost. For 10-12 thousand dollars we can purchase a decent vehicle for the work. If you are interested in helping with this please send any gifts to our mission board designated for Blalock Family car fund.
Lastly, please pray that our support would come in quickly. We returned from Bulgaria last month not wanting to leave, and we are currently at 42% of our needed support. Itís our desire to go back soon. We look forward to seeing how God will work to supply this need, and we will be diligently working toward meeting these other needs. If Iíve not contacted you concerning a meeting please give me a call at (828) 644-8123, as we look forward to sharing Godís blessing on our life.
God bless you all, Brother Keith Blalock
------------------------------------------------------------------------Psalm 126:3 ďThe Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.Ē
Greetings; June 2017
Four months ago, my family began another journey of faith with our Lord. We have certainly seen the hand of God on our lives and He has done great things and we are glad.
We began the task of deputation at the beginning of the year and are currently close to 25% of our needed support. This is truly a blessing and we thank God for each church and individual who have partnered with us. We have enjoyed so much the opportunity to get back on the road and share our hearts with Godís people. Itís been a pleasure to have been in many wonderful churches preaching, singing and sharing the work with everyone.
On a personal note, we also enjoyed a trip visiting our daughter and her husband on the mission field. It was an enjoyable time of refreshing just being with them. There is nothing like spending time with your grandbabies. We are so thankful for all our children and we are truly grateful for our older children who made the trip possible as a Christmas gift. We are so blessed.
Please keep us in your prayers as we continue on to raise the support we need. Also, we are planning a trip to Bulgaria in September or October. We would like to use this trip to re-familiarize ourselves with Bulgaria and let Kylie see the country for the first time. We also want the folks there to be able to see us and for our return to be real in their hearts as well.
May God bless and keep you. If we can be a help or be a blessing to you in any way please feel free to contact us at: (828) 644-8123 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Him, Keith Blalock
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