Charity Baptist Mission, Inc.

 

       Founder                                               Est. 1973                                                   Director

 

      Rev. Fred Potter               P.O.  Box 692  Bristol, TN  37621-0692                Rev. Mike Nixon

 

      Tel. (423) 354-0342  or  (423) 878-5800               e-mail cbmission@juno.com

  

 

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A Few Words

From Our Founder

Rev. Fred Potter



"Heard a church bell ringing"

This song is about how Fred Potter got saved, written by Danny Minton.

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It is our privilege to welcome you to the Charity Baptist Mission web page. We hope this will be a testament of what the Lord is doing in America and throughout the world.

In 1973, the Lord laid upon my heart to start Charity Baptist Mission Inc., here in Bristol, Tennessee.  We started it because we were opening a children’s home in Mexico. From there the Lord continued to bless and increased the areas to other countries by which we could share the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour. 

It has been truly a blessing to see how the Lord has used missionaries to reach the lost and see them saved.

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Hispanic Missions

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Dear Pastors, Churches, and Friends,                                  Spring 2017

 

It has been a wild and very busy year! I did not realize it had been so long since the last letter, my apologies!

 

We made three trips since the last letter, of which one was an extra trip. During the January trip we travelled to a small seaport on the southern coast. We were there for several night services and the churches were packed. We had over 20 conversions during that week! One afternoon service really stuck out. This was in an "underground" house church where you would walk through the house and the meeting was held in the back yard, so you would not attract attention. Since it was an afternoon meeting we were not going to have a complete service, just greet them, read some scripture and give a word of encouragement. Many are working during the day and the attendance is always down. As we walked through the house, you had to bend your head down to walk through the back door. We stepped into their "church building" which consisted of no more than a chicken coop and there were 25 people in attendance! One of the American pastors that travelled with me said, if it is OK, I will preach. Well, he tried to preach, all he could do is weep. God has been so good to America!

 

On the next trip we had a similar situation. On the last night before returning home we sat under a tree with the stars overhead and had church! The people had a cardboard backdrop arranged with a schedule of services under that tree. It was a sweet service with the best music of all that week. I thought, well this is a new work. Upon inquiry I found out they have been meeting there for five years!

 

Two weeks ago I made the third trip to this Hispanic country and we took a plaque honoring Brother Bob Barker who traveled with me many times to Cuba. He passed away almost a year ago and shall be missed. He certainly was a great help and loved the national preachers and their coffee. It was a sweet time. Our American preachers did well in preaching and exhorting the brethren. During one service seven people were saved. One of the preachers spoke on "There is going to be an abundance of rain". And there was an abundance of God's blessings as those people were wondrously converted.

 

Thanks for your patience and prayers for our ministry. May God richly bless you!

 

Joyfully Yours, Farren Caeble, 1Sam. 12:24

 

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From South India

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Dear brethren, greetings to everyone. Summer - 2017

 

It is indeed my privilege and pleasure to greet you all in the precious name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ at this time.

 

I hope this letter will find you in good health and in the joy of the Lord. Thank you for your love and support for our ministry in India. The Children’s home ministry started in 1975 and the Lord has helped us to win hundreds of souls for his kingdom through this work.

 

Many of our children have graduated from the home and are doing the Lord’s work in different parts of India. God has enabled us to support them financially, some as local pastors and others to help build churches in the villages. Our vision is to reach the unreachable people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by sending and supporting national missionaries and local pastors for $50 per month. During Christmas our pastors were very happy to receive a pair of pants and shirt as a special gift.

 

We are also doing some charity work for needy women by giving them sewing machines. This will help them to support their families. Each sewing machine cost about $120. Let us pray and support, let’s go or send someone to spread the word.

 

We are so thankful to each and every one in the church for your prayers and support for this ministry.

 

Our country is going through many political and economic changes. Your valuable prayers are greatly appreciated. Please continue to pray for the children and the staff.

 

Yours truly,

 

"For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.” Mark 3:35

 

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From Ukraine

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Dear Praying Friends and Family, March - April 2017

 

I hope this letter finds you all well in the Lord and rejoicing in His blessings. It is our privilege to once again give a report on the work and our family. We pray it will be a blessing and encouragement to you.

 

Rue Crew Review. We received requests to give more information on the family, so here goes… We are all breathing a sigh of relief now that spring has sprung. We had a freak snow storm in the middle of April after many gardens were already planted and blossoms on the fruit trees were in bloom. Two feet of snow fell over two days. Many trees were broken, power lines were down, and over twenty villages in our region were without power for several days. The family birthday season began in January and continues monthly until July. Naomi had her birthday in March and is still a young lady! Christopher and Joshua’s birthdays were in April. We want to thank all who send cards remembering our birthdays. It is a blessing to know we are remembered.

 

After praying about it, our oldest son, Joshua, is planning on entering the air force in the near future. He had several unplanned hindrances signing up for his second semester in college which caused him to look for other ways to get his education. Please pray for him.

 

Miriam is a huge help to us in our family and ministry. She helps Naomi keep up with all the shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and schooling. She helps in the ministry with teaching, passing out tracts, and just trying to fill in anywhere there is a need. She works as an illustrator of tracts, children’s books, and our Sunday School curriculum. She also has her own website and is constantly in demand. Miriam has her own website which is worth a few minutes of your time to check out www.waterslideillustrations.com. She is planning to return to the US in the near future to attend Pensacola Bible Institute.

 

Naomi and Christopher are still trying to get on top of some health problems. Both have thyroid issues but we still do not know the extent yet. We are very thankful for the Schmitz family’s generous shipment of iodine. It is helping us all. We are still trying to get help for Christopher’s feet which are becoming more deformed as he grows. We finally found a different company that makes special corrective shoes. We went to a recommended Ukrainian company for the past three years and it has only been a waste of precious time and money. This time of his childhood is crucial for correcting his feet. The first company just took our money. We pray every night for God’s help, wisdom, and healing. We’ve been encouraged by this new company and were given the advice to try it for a year. If it doesn’t help then surgery will be the only option left.

 

Our family website is up and running thanks to Pastor Schoolfield’s wife Amanda. It is still a work in progress but you can log on to see pictures and get more information on current projects www.ruemissions.com.

 

Preaching in Public Schools. We are rejoicing in the new open door here to preach in the public schools. President Poroshenko issued a decree celebrating the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. He has further dedicated the upcoming month of October to celebrating the Reformation and wants school children to know and understand the value and contribution of Protestants in the development of civilization in Europe and America. We are preparing a big presentation for all the schools in our region during the month of September. Please pray about scheduling and meetings with each school’s director.

2017 is also being celebrated as the year of the English language which is a perfect opportunity to give them King James Bibles. Brother David Cagle has already shipped us over 1,000 Bibles through his ministry Operation Enduring Word. One of our missionaries who works in the Zhitomir region is asking me for KJV Bibles and said that he could give away up to 10,000 in his Oblast alone. While the Bibles have been donated by several Bible Societies and are free the shipping is not. Brother Cagle has helped with these costs and we are are very grateful for the opportunity! The Lord is obviously giving the Ukrainian people grace that is seldom given these days. Please pray for God’s blessings on this endeavor.

 

Missions Conference. Our church had a long overdue missions conference in March. We are putting the emphasis on supporting Ukrainian men involved in evangelism and planting local Baptist churches. Our people practically qualify to be placed alongside the Macedonians of Second Corinthians chapter eight and yet they’ve increased their giving and pledges that allowed us to take on three more missionaries.

 

Upcoming Guests. Our church and family are all excited about our special guests in May. My parents have finally mustered up enough courage to cross “the pond” and see our family and ministry in our natural habitat. They are coming with their pastor and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. John Niehaus of Mt. Hope Baptist Church who will be very busy making the rounds to visit all their supported Ukrainian missionaries. We are very grateful to get them for a day and our church is very excited about the opportunity to treat them to Ukrainian hospitality! Two weeks after their departure, Naomi’s mother, Sarah Witter, will be visiting us for a couple of months. Our kids are so happy about the news to finally see their Grandparents again.

 

In a Nutshell. All other areas of ministry continue with the Lord’s blessings. The Gospel is going out via literature, personal work, and our YouTube channel. Men are being trained in our Bible Institute, and we’ve had a lot of new visitor’s lately! Sergei followed the Lord in believer’s baptism and we are rejoicing that Oksana who was recently saved has begun attending church services in spite of the opposition from her family! We are excited about the future work in Odessa and the upcoming opportunities to preach in Missionary Ed Keough’s Missions Conference and Missionary Perry Demopolis’ Bible Conference.

 

Personally Speaking. Last week I visited my former assistant who is terribly backslidden. I poured twenty years into him. He was talented, gifted, and capable but twice the Lord kept me from ordaining him to full-time ministry. Actually, his own conduct is what kept me from it. It seemed the Lord brought it out each time I was getting ready for his ordination service. The recent visit left me saddened, frustrated, and angry. So much was poured into him and I was so excited to finally reach the point where we could turn this church over to national leadership and plant the church in Odessa. My hopes were dashed. God changed my plans. For the last three years I’ve been waiting for him to come back. The Lord recently dealt with me about him from I Samuel chapter 16, because I was beginning to feel slightly resentful toward the work for taking so much time from what I’ve been looking forward to for years, which is start a church in Odessa. I know, however, that to leave this work prematurely could be catastrophic to a work in which we’ve invested over twenty years. In some ways it feels like starting over again, at least as far as leadership training is concerned. In other ways, we are reaping of the rewards that are only seen by those who have stuck it out over the years. We are encouraged that this time we have a young man who, along with his wife, really has a heart for the Lord and His work.

 

We want to thank you all for your friendship, prayers, support, and all that you do for the Lord that gives us the privilege and opportunity to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May the Lord bless you as you serve Him. Until our next prayer letter or our meeting in the air!

 

That Ukraine May Know Him, Christopher Ruem Phil. 3:10

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Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Spring of 2017

 

We Thank the Lord for the opportunity to labor with International Commission in mid-western Ukraine (near Hmelnitsky where they speak a mixture of both Russian and Ukrainian). The Lord blessed and I was able to understand them well and of course they all understand Russian. I worked with a Church of about 50 members that helps poor families in the community and has an outreach for women on Wednesdays. They also have Saturday Bible lessons to reach children. After our week of visits, 10 new children began attending. We made 45 planned visits of people they had been praying for. It was very obvious that the hearts of those who someone had been praying for were much more attentive and receptive of the Gospel than the few last minute meetings where they showed much less interest. Praise the Lord! Three souls believed the Gospel and received Christ. PRAY FOR: Oleg who was waiting for the chance to Repent. Alyona who prayed and tried to get her husband Valeriy to also receive Christ. Tanya was a proud and successful dentist, until the bottle and smoking hooked her. We counseled with her twice for two hours before she finally poured out her heart trusting the Lord.

 

{***SPECIAL REQUEST: Alicia (18) the Pastor’s middle daughter has Lymphoma- lymphatic cancer. Her attitude is good and& she continues serving the Lord, but is losing strength. A very giving family in need of much Prayer!!!}

 

I was asked to participate on the Ukrainian National Coordinators group concerning Mobilizing Churches using courses like the “Kairos”- MISSIONS COURSE. Pray that the Lord will open doors in more Churches and Institutes and that He will stir the Churches burden to send Ukrainian Missionaries into Closed Eastern Countries.

 

God answered your prayers: I found a video course by Kirk Cameron called “The Way of the Master” in Russian. Simple enough that anyone can learn how to deal with lost souls, present Christ and Salvation. 2017 is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in Europe. The President of Ukraine signed a declaration allowing Protestant churches the liberty to speak openly in the schools and hold large Evangelisms. Please Pray as many of the Baptist Churches are using this freedom to set-up opportunities to present the Gospel Message. Many doors are opening to work with International Students- I am ordering tracts in six languages to distribute. I’m also helping in an Evangelistic English Course: Pray for the Salvation of Dennis, Deema, Yuriy, Stephan & Kenny.

 

LAKESIDE BAPTIST NEWS & Prayer Requests --------------------- Pray for these OPEN DOORS --------------

 

In Kagul, Moldova: Bros. Slavik, Sergey and Michael had an open door to teach and testify in a Russian Speaking trade school. They’re now praying the Lord will open up the door to speak in the local Lemansky trade school. 

 

June 11-17 FAMILY CAMP: Pray the Lord will strengthen families through applying the teaching of His Word.  *Please Pray for the 10,000 souls who received Evangelistic Calendars to understand & receive Christ.

 

To God be the Glory,  Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher - Your Missionaries to Ukraine

 

P.S. The War has really picked up again and this is putting fear into many. Pray that God would work and use this.

 

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From Bulgaria

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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April 2017 Prayer Letter      “...Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do.” Acts 15:36

 

Our praying friends and family in the Lord,

 

Last month the Leaches, our fellow missionaries here, returned to the states for furlough. While Bro. Larry is gone, my brother Zachary and I are looking after his meetings. Bro. Larry works with national pastor Ismael; together they take care of eight churches. Ismael is one of our longest serving national pastors.  He’s a good preacher and a loving shepherd to his flock. The last time Bro. Larry returned for furlough, I spent the better part of year going to his churches, learning from Bro. Ismael, growing to appreciate and love his people. They, like their pastor, are a tenderhearted lot. It was good, then, to return to them, to see familiar faces faithfully serving their Lord in their churches.

 

In the village of Stoyan Mihaylovski, the little church continues to thrive. Sister Minka, a widow who opened her house to the church many years ago, recently lost everything in a fire. It seems she was adding wood to her stove when a burning coal rolled out and set the room on fire. Soon, the entire house was engulfed in flames. Sister Minka escaped with her life, and that was it. The only other things to survive the fire were the hymnals the church uses. At present, she spends her time trying to clean up the wreckage and plant and tend her garden. By day, she occupies a stall in an outbuilding where livestock once resided; by night, she stays with a relative nearby. Still, she faithfully attends the meeting and testifies that, while it’s possible to lose everything you have in this life, the word of God will stand the fire. If you’d like to help us in the rebuilding of Sister Minka’s home, you can contact Charity Baptist Mission at the address below. You can also scroll down to see photos of the devastation, and get a sense of what we need to fix it.

 

If you would like to help in the rebuilding of Sister Minka's home, you can make checks payable to:

Charity Baptist Mission P.O. Box 692 Bristol, TN 37621 Memo: Widow Minka’s House

 

Sister Sidika is a doting mother, loving wife, and faithful believer. Her husband, as well, loves the Lord and on meeting day stops work to come to church. The night the fire struck, she was in the crowd watching the destruction, helpless to do anything other than pray. She cried for Minka, for the church, and for those in the crowd mocking the believers. She asked the Lord what she could do. She determined then and there that the church wouldn’t be without a meeting place. She testified a few weeks ago that she had always wanted to host the believers but had never been in a position to. Her little family is desperately poor. They live in a two-room, mud-brick, whitewashed house. The electricity is spotty when working at all. What furniture they have couldn’t be sold, as no one would want it. Sometimes, to accommodate visitors, they bring in logs they haven’t yet split and put a pillow on them for a makeshift chair. Still, as the fire raged, she gave what she had to the Lord and opened her heart and house for the meeting. Every Wednesday now, she’s as happy as a soul can be, watching her heavenly family gather in to sing, pray, and worship God. Last week, at the close of meeting, she said it was on her heart to pray for her friends, that they, too, would come to the meeting and hear the word of God. Yesterday, when we arrived, we were gladly greeted by a house full of new faces. Sister Sidika was ashamed and embarrassed of her poverty, but in opening her house to the Lord Jesus, she found He makes himself quite at home there. In opening her heart to Him, she found He answers exceeding abundantly above all she asks or thinks.

 

I’d like to ask you all for your faith and prayers. We’re slowly making preparations for our upcoming furlough this year. Our needs are many, but I’m not asking for anything more than your help in praying and believing. I’m thankful for all that the Lord Jesus does for us and with us in Bulgaria. I bless the Lord in everything, for good times and hard times. I even thank Him for the ole Devil that fights us, for trials, storms, and valleys. And I thank Him now for what will be, for meeting these things we have need of. I rejoice in their fulfillment. My needs exceed your resources and mine, but not the Lord’s. Our heavenly Joseph is in charge of the storehouses of God’s bounty, and they stand open to needy souls. Help us pray; believe for us when our faith wanes, and we’ll do the same for you. We love you.

 

Because of a living Saviour,  The William LeFevre Family  www.lefevrestoeurope.org  www.facebook.com/bulgarianlefevres

 

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Dear Brethren,                                                                              March 24, 2017

 

We are so thankful to be writing to you from Romania. We returned to Romania on February 23rd, after a short stay in the States. It was a blessing and refreshment to be able to get around to some of our supporting churches and share our ministry. We are thankful for the fellowship we had with family and friends, but we’re contented to be back and we’re looking forward to the spring and summer months.

 

On February 4th, our national pastor Ahmet went home to be with the Lord after battling lung cancer. I returned to Romania for a few days for the funeral and to comfort the family. We prayed that Ahmet would not suffer. He wasn’t on any kind of pain medications, only oxygen and we were afraid he would have a terrible death. But the Lord answered our prayer and Ahmet died peacefully in his wife’s arms while holding his oldest son’s hand. At the funeral many family members who still aren’t believers heard the gospel preached. We thank God for the testimony He gave Ahmet of his grace and mercy to see us through to the very end. When his children and grandchildren visited him while he was sick, he would sit up in bed and preach to them about Jesus Christ saving his soul and tell them he was ready to see Him. I was amazed at the Americans and nationals the Lord sent by to visit. This is a true picture of the grace of God for his children. Praise God Ahmet didn’t face death alone and neither do any of us who’ve trusted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

 

On March 17th, we had a Turkish Campmeeting. The Bulgarian Turkish believers came to Romania and joined our Romanian Turkish believers for a weekend of church services and fellowship. We were able to bring our new believers from Calarasi and they were blessed to be part of it. During the Saturday night service, while we were singing the second song, the Lord came down in the service and people were on their feet praising God. Many of these people have burdens we can’t imagine and it’s such a blessing to see the Lord come by and lift those burdens from them. One of our new believers from Calarasi testified during one of our morning prayer meetings that he’d never felt such love and joy as he did while singing with the other believers during the services and in between them. He said he even found himself alone in the church after everyone else had gone to bed, still singing.

 

We’re looking forward to the spring and summer months. At our morning prayer meetings in Calarasi, we are already able to have our services outside. It is around 60 degrees, but when the people hear us singing, they know it’s time for church. The children will come and sing and pray with us and afterwards the women will feed them a meal and send them home with bread. As I’ve told you before, this is the only hot meal some of these kids will get that day. We would love to do some much needed construction work around the property and church. One of the things we would love to do is put in a church bell. Please be in prayer for us about this.


Yesterday, Jacob and I were able to bring believers from Constanta and Calarasi to the meetings in Lespes and Valin. There were a large number of adults and children in both meetings. Our Turkish pastor Kadir oversees these meetings and was very pleased to see all the people. Please help us pray for these villages! There are some strong Muslim leaders in these villages that use the poor people for their personal profit. Please help us pray the Lord will save or distract these influential leaders until we can get the gospel to the poor in darkness.

 

I would like to praise the Lord for answering a prayer of ours for an elderly believer in Calarasi. She is in her eighties and has seen many hard days. Just in the last two years she has had to bury four of her daughters and one grandchild. She slipped into a coma just four days ago and we were truly worried because they put her into intensive care. The doctors called for the family and told them to prepare for her death. We started to pray and a few hours later we received word that she had come out of the coma and was doing well. After the village meetings I stopped by the hospital to find they had moved her out of intensive care to a normal room with three other ladies. Mommy, as we call her, looked twenty years younger. Before I left everyone in the room was singing hymns and we had church in the hospital. Praise God for hearing our prayers!

 

From Romania, Nathan, Teresa, Rachel, Nate, Jacob, Elmaz, Rebecca and Uriah

 

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"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Heb. 11:1)

 

Dear churches and praying friends, March 2017

 

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, our savior, the God who answers prayer. Three weeks ago I took possession of the car that we ordered back in December. Last year at about this time, I had begun to pray for a new car. At first, I only prayed for a car for my family to use while on furlough. When that prayer wasn't answered quickly, I got more serious and asked the Lord for three cars. I knew that we would need a car for furlough, and that we would need a new one for Bulgaria after the furlough was over, and then I wanted to get a used car for my oldest daughter, Katy. (Some people thought it was funny for a person to pray for three cars.) The Lord soon provided us with a wonderful car to drive, as well as a good used car, which we were able to purchase and leave with our daughter, Katy. Later in the summer we had enough funds to buy a used car for our second daughter, Polly, as well. Now, back in Bulgaria, we have purchased the new vehicle. I asked the Lord for three cars, and he gave me four! If you need a car, I would recommend praying. Let me also say thank you to each of those who helped us with these cars. I believe the Lord will meet your transportation needs and desires.

 

Last week I was able to drive this new car down to Turkey. While there, I met a Turkish pastor who is doing a good work, although in a very difficult area. He requested prayer. He also requested financial help. His little church is meeting in a rented room in his city. Recently, he lost what little support that he had. It looks like they may have to leave this facility soon, if they do not get the financial assistance that they need. Would you all please pray for this little church? If you are able to help in any way, send it to my mission board, designated for the Turkish church building.

 

Back in Bulgaria, Pastor Nasuf told me about a man who turned to Christ on his death bed. Nasuf has been going to this village for several years, and almost every week this older man across from the church house would greet him. When possible, Pastor Nasuf would tell this man about the Lord, but he never wanted to come into the meeting. At last, when he got seriously sick, his wife called the preacher to his bedside. There, Pastor Nasuf retold the gospel of Christ's suffering for our sins, dying and rising again the third day, and that now a man needs to repent and believe this gospel to be saved. The ninety year old man could barely speak, but he nodded in agreement to everything. Pastor Nasuf asked him if he believed each part of the gospel, and when he got to the part about repenting of his sins, the man broke down crying and was finally able to ask God for forgiveness. That day he passed from death unto life, and since then, he has entered into the presence of his Lord.

 

Thank you all for your prayers. Please continue to pray for us, and that church in Turkey.

 

In Christ,  Zachary LeFevre

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From Bulgaria

 

 

 

Dear Brethren, February 2017

The following, is an urgent matter of prayer involving Widow Minka and the church in Bulgaria.

Every week in we hold church services her house and this is where we’ve given out coats and socks as well as flour and oil for the past several years.  Tragically, all this went up in flames.  Widow Minka was adding wood to her wood stove when a piece of burning wood rolled out at her, catching everything on fire. She was able to get out with her life, but that’s all that survived.  All her tangible memories, all her personal documents, her bank card, what little money she had, her phone, her clothes, and all her furniture were lost in the blaze. We are thankful that she is okay, but she suffered a great loss. So did the church.

                          

The only thing that survived the fire, and even the water being sprayed by the firemen are these Bibles and hymn books. This is not a coincidence.

After Pastor Ismail and I surveyed the damage today, we went and found Sister Minka. She was staying with relatives in an apartment the same size as my son’s bedroom. It’s small and she can only stay until other arrangements can be made.  When I returned home, I called our Field Director, Ralph Cheatwood and he said, “Okay, let’s rebuild.” And that, friends, is what we aim to do. Will you pray with us?

Thank you,  Larry Leach

If you would like to help, you can make checks payable to:

Charity Baptist Mission P.O. Box 692 Bristol, TN 37621 Memo: Widow Minka’s House

 

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Dear Churches and Praying Friends,                                  January 2017

 

"While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease" (Gen. 8:22)

 

Greetings in the name of our Savior, Defender and Friend, the Lord Jesus. We trust this letter finds each of you striving together with us in prayer and rejoicing in the hope of his coming. We are back in Bulgaria now. Our trip was long, but uneventful. My brother, William, was kind enough to watch our house while we were gone, and had everything in good working order upon our return. After adjusting to the time difference, we were able to get right back into the work - before the hard winter hit.

 

Bulgaria is experiencing its worst winter in years. Heavy snowfall has blocked many roads, leaving villages isolated for days resulting in no bread or other groceries transported to the local stores. Many villages were without power and water for several days. Even the Danube River and parts of the Black sea along the coast have been frozen over. For now, the snow has stopped falling, but has not melted. Temperatures remain below freezing for days at a time. The Lord has given us grace to manage through these difficulties. Many poor people are running out of firewood. Let's pray that the Lord would have mercy on them.

 

Before the winter storms hit, we were able to help (hand) bind several boxes of New Testaments and hymnbooks. We have over a thousand New Testaments printed, waiting to be bound, as soon as we can travel again to the printing location in Dabravino. These New Testaments cost only three dollars to print. We praise the Lord for continually providing seed to the sower. Our desire is to sow bountifully and reap likewise.

 

Pastor Nasuf related a wonderful testimony of how the Lord saved a man in one of his churches. Sister Leyla has been saved for a couple of years. Her husband, however, wanted nothing to do with the church. He carried a Koran and professed himself as a devout Muslim, doing all he could to suppress his wife's faith in Jesus, but she prayed in the closet all the while. One day he fell sick and was hospitalized. Three days later he came home and told his wife that the Lord spoke to him in the hospital and he gave his heart to Jesus; and that he is a now a believer in Jesus Christ. He immediately got rid of his Koran and asked his wife for her Bible. Two weeks later he was baptized.

 

Remember to pray for us, and for the poor people here whom we love.

 

In Christ, Zachary LeFevre

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From the Streets of Boston Massachusetts

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