Charity Baptist Mission, Inc.

A subsidiary of Brookside Baptist Church


P. O.  Box 692  Bristol, TN 37621-0692 

Tel. (423) 878-8131   E-mail -




Bolivia & other Hispanic countries


A Few Words

From Our Founder

Rev. Fred Potter

"Heard a church bell ringing"

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





Ukraine / Moldova

United States





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.

We believe in the Authorized King James 1611 version of the Word of God. It has stood the test of time and we believe this is the only true Bible.

To God be the Glory! 






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updated 9-16-14





Brookside Baptist Church


Rev. Mike Nixon - Pastor   -    Rev. Fred Potter - Founder


Fall Camp Meeting Dates


October 27th - Oct. 31st, 2014



Services: Monday 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.


CAMP MEETING DATES:  March - Last Monday & week following, July - Last Monday & week following  October - Last Monday & week following


Please join us for “Homecoming” the weekend prior to Octobers Camp Meeting


For more information call: Tel. 423-878-2771 or 423-878-8131  or write to: Tri-State Baptist Children’s Home 1528 Vance Tank Rd. Bristol, TN 37620




Ukraine Missionary Update


Dear Praying Friends and Family,                                                                                                             July – August 2014

We want to thank each and every one of you who has sent us notes of encouragement and for prayer. Several have voiced their concern for our wellbeing in light of the present situation in Ukraine. To be honest I am very concerned at the moment too. It has always been my opinion that if the conflict with Russia reaches the Odessa Region (Oblast) it will be the worst yet in terms of bloodshed and body count. If Putin makes a move to create “NovoRussia” he will try to join Prednestrovia and the Crimea taking all access to the Black Sea away from Ukraine. That makes our location right in the middle of a big mess. At this moment there is a buildup of Pro-Russian troops 20 miles away from our home as the crow flies. There are Ukrainian soldiers and tanks standing between our house and Prednestrovia about 10 miles away. If they invade they will try to take this town over with the help of the local Russian (not Ukrainian) Orthodox priest. If things start to move in that direction we will have no choice but to flee our home and get out. The reports we have heard from Eastern Ukraine of what the Pro-Russians do to Protestant pastors and their families is not comforting. We have only one evacuation route; get to the Kiev highway and head north to Kiev or western Ukraine. We are making plans for our safety along with our colleagues – the Klines. We are also doing all we can to prepare for the continuation of the work and the safety of our members if we have to leave for a while. Whether Putin slowly pushes east to west, or whether he invades Odessa and pushes inward toward Mykolayiv, Kherson, and Zaporizhzia, it is going to be a hard winter. We only have one heating source – natural gas, and they say it may be turned off. Many are starting to buy electric heaters and the power stations say the grid will not be able to handle it. Rationing electricity is expected to start soon. Please pray for us to stay safe and warm.

Brother Sasha is Home! We want to thank you all for praying for Brother Sasha Taraniuk, who returned home safe after serving almost twice the term of his contract and spent 40 days in Lugansk on the Russian border. He survived 40 days of bombings, missile strikes, and sniper fire from Russia. The Lord preserved him through the whole “caldron corridor” ordeal where a ceasefire and evacuation route were agreed on and then they were fired on from the pro-Russian separatists. He gave an amazing testimony of God’s protection and guidance during his time there. He was able to lead several soldiers to Christ including officers during bombings. He is now more determined than ever to serve the Lord!

Brother Taras Hamardiuk’s Homegoing. I received a phone call one morning informing me that Brother Sasha was on his way home! How relieved and overjoyed we were! Five minutes later I received another informing me that my long-time friend and brother in the Lord, Taras Aleksandervich Hamardiuk, went home to be with the Lord. He served the Lord as a translator, translating over 1,000 sermons in my early years here before I went off on my own. He translated for my pastor Dr. Ruckman back in 1992, which was the beginning of our relationship. He went on to translate for other men like Pastor Rick DeMichele, Missionary Gerald Sutek, Missionary Thomas Castellaw, Missionary Ricky Bolick, Don Stertz, and scores of others we have had the privilege to have with us here in Ukraine.

He was a very well respected man in our town and worked in one of the local schools as a school teacher. His wife divided his funeral into two services, one for those associated with him at the school and the other with our church. She did not want to cause problems by mixing the two. She was touched by our church service and told me that she will come to church. Please pray for her salvation.

Children’s Bible Club. In spite of the setbacks, delays, and problems the Lord allowed us to hold another Children’s Bible Club. Brother Casey Kline and his wife Sarah were key figures this year taking on much of the oversight. Without them I do not believe we would have had one this year. The timing worked against us and many kids were not able to attend as they usually do in July. We had the lowest attendance ever in all our 14 years of conducting Bible Clubs but thanked the Lord for the 25 faithful attendees and rejoiced for the 3 who trusted Christ as Savior for the first time in their lives!

Baptism and Salvation Sunday. Every fifth Sunday is dedicated to Salvation Sunday. We invite visitors, preach a simple Gospel message, and have dinner on the church grounds. While the ladies prepared the meal we took a group and passed out Chick Tracts at the local market and train station. We had several visitors and I was able to deal with lady named Fila for almost an hour about her soul. Please pray for her. We also had the privilege to baptize Yulia, a girl we have been blessed to watch grow up in our church. I still remember the day over ten years ago when her newly saved mother came to me crying because she was pregnant and the doctor said she was too old to have kids and pressuring her to have an abortion. She and her husband were afraid that they were too poor to care for the baby. I counseled them to do right, trust God (not the doctor), and promised to help out as God would provide. Over the years we helped them with doctor bills and clothing and such. Little Yulia gave a sweet little testimony before taking the plunge! The Lord is good!

Registrations are Finished...Almost! We have almost finished the last steps in the registration process. The hard part is past and we have been granted another year by the Lord to serve Him here in Ukraine! Thank you for praying.

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. Until our next prayer letter, or, until we meet in the air!

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



Bulgaria Update



August 1, 2014


In Bulgaria today there are 5 missionaries working together with Charity Baptist Missions. Some of these missionaries have been on the field for over 20 years. In this time, over 100 churches have been established.

These are house churches where saved, baptized believers meet at least once a week for a worship service. The churches are pastored by 8 national pastors trained by the missionaries. Some of those national pastors have been preaching nearly 20 years, now.


There are 10 of these established churches where poor children are fed a hot meal every day, normally prepared by the pastor's wife. This feeding ministry has been going on now for over 15 years. In this time, we've seen some of the children that we fed grow up, marry, and continue in church with their young families.


The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few.


From Bulgaria Zach LeFevre


2014 Bulgarian flour & oil



We've just finished the flour distribution in Bulgaria this year.  Through your generous giving, we were able to provide each family of believers with over one hundred pounds of flour and over a gallon of oil.  Everyone is happy and thankful for this display of your care for them. 


Please click on the following links: 2014 flour thank you letter and from one of our national pastors Brother Mitko.




























This year the mill produced a very good quality of flour.  One woman from the church in Trastikovo said that she had not seen such good flour in her whole life.  She said that she will be baking bread every single day until it runs out.


In the village of Grozdevo one of the believers said that her family was out of flour.  Her husband would be working, but they might only be able to afford to buy a small bag of flour with his pay.  Then, our flour truck came the next day and she received one hundred pounds of flour.  So, they are rejoicing at how the Lord has provided for them.


Another believer, in Vezenkovo, told us that she was down to the bottom of the barrel.  She made her last bread in the evening, and prayed, "Lord, what are we going to do tomorrow"?  Well, the next day when the flour truck arrived at the church, she was amazed at how the Lord answered her prayer and provided for them. 


Zachary LeFevre


Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.


As always we are bound to give God thanks through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for what He has done through Brookside Baptist Church in the mission field in Bulgaria and everywhere else where the Lord let you have a part in His work.  We thank you all for caring for the poor and feeding the children over here.  It has been a great help for the churches over here to see someone like you all each winter provide 5 liters of oil and 50 kg of flour.








This food has fed a lot of people that are destitute of their daily food.  A lot of the believers have fed a lot of the hungry neighbours around and it turns to be a good testimony.  Also some of the believers testified that the oil fails not and the flour is not diminished.


Some testified that when they saw people more destitute than them they gave away their own oil and flour.


May the Lord bless you all in everything that you are doing.    In Christ, Bro. Mitko.




This is a picture of the church in the village of Brestak, getting blessed with flour and oil. All these believers are extremely poor in this world but rich with God and thank you all for blessing them with their daily bread and oil.   This is a picture of two of our sisters that got blessed by the Lord and what Brookside provided for them. They have large families and are more than happy and thankful that the Lord and Brookside care for them.


Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.


As always we are bound to give God thanks through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for what He has done through Brookside Baptist Church in the mission field in Bulgaria and everywhere else where the Lord let you have a part in His work.  We thank you all for caring for the poor and feeding the children over here.  It has been a great help for the churches over here to see someone like you all each winter provide 5 liters of oil and 50 kg of flour.  This food has fed a lot of people that are destitute of their daily food.  A lot of the believers have fed a lot of the hungry neighbours around and it turns to be a good testimony.  Also some of the believers testified that the oil fails not and the flour is not diminished.  Some testified that when they saw people more destitute than them they gave away their own oil and flour.  May the Lord bless you all in everything that you are doing.


In Christ, Bro. Mitko.



Coats for kids


Coats for Kids 2014-15  Dear Friends,

It’s that time of year again, we are excited to announce… Coats for Kids. Every year, with the help of churches and individuals all across America, we have been able to distribute coats, socks, and the gospel on DVD to needy children and widows in our area here in Eastern Bulgaria, as well as in Romania. The needs are still great, as Bulgaria and Romania are the poorest nations in the European Union and work is scarce.

Though prices of most other items have really inflated, the cost of new socks and gently used coats remains nearly the same. For $6, we can outfit a needy child with a coat and socks for the winter. Please pray about what, if anything, the Lord would have you do to help with this ministry.

It is our hope to have all gathered funds in by November 1st, so we have time for our mission to send it over at the beginning of the buying season when coats are in abundance.


You can send to:

Charity Baptist Mission
Coats for Kids
P.O. Box 692
Bristol, TN 37621

In closing, here are a few pictures of kids we were able to help last year:



Please click on the following link to see the full story of the first Coats for Kids 2013-14  (12-21-13) distribution. (a printable pdf is available here)


The weather was absolutely perfect for a coat distribution, with temperatures around forty, clear roads, sunny skies, and a cool breeze. A little after nine this morning, Larry and I loaded up the car and headed up the road to the LeFevre house, where the elder daughters, Katy and Polly, were waiting for us. ...Together we headed to Novi Pazar where we were to begin this year’s coat season. We barely had time to greet the Pastor and his wife before the first group of kids arrived. They were a lively, rowdy bunch. I was thrilled to see them again—and they were thrilled to see us. ...that distribution went smoothly.... We gave coats, socks, and DVDs to around 70 kids there.


We brought more bags of coats and socks down from upstairs and filled the cars. Then we drove on to Kaspichan....Kaspichan is wild. I could describe it for you, but really, in order to fully understand it, you’d have to experience it for yourself. Its just wild. ...We ended up giving out around sixty coats and socks there. The demand for DVDs was so great today, we ran out.


And one final picture, a few of the 48 kids who got coats, socks, and pants in Eforie:






The fella at front left came in without a pair of pants, but he left with pants, socks, and a coat. This one makes me cry buckets. With a pair of pants, he can have a chance to go to school.


Thank you all for your prayers! Stay tuned for the next update.  On Behalf of the Leach Family, Carrie Leach - Bulgaria



From Romania

Please click on the link below to see some pictures from the village of Eforie.


Mugur Varzariu, is a Romanian documentary photographer who created a web page depicting the living conditions of the Roma in the village of Eforie.

Follow the link below to get more information from the authors website.  "rain of tears"



Bro. Mike and beloved saints at Brookside,


We are thrilled to hear good reports of what the Lord is already doing at campmeeting.  It seems when Satan is getting the best of us, that is when the Lord is able to show Himself most powerfully.  I am grateful He is close by when we need Him.


I have a prayer request to ask your help with.  For a few years, we have had a meeting and feeding center in Eforie, a town not far from Constanta.  Many have been saved and baptized from this meeting and some of the poorest children in this area have been fed each day.  This is also the place where we got Kelebek, our youngest girl in the Children's Home.  The meeting was held in a 'shanty town' of houses thrown together around a garbage dump.  Most of the families, including their children, dig around for plastic bottles, cardboard, and metal to sell for a few cents each day.  A few weeks ago, the city came in and bulldozed everything down to make way for an apartment development.  The families were left outside huddled under sheets of plastic during a week of rain.  Several TV stations showed the families sitting under their shelters, their children covered in mud.  The mayor was asked what they were going do about these people.  He said "If the butcher throws the stray dog scraps, they will stay in front of his shop.  If the butcher locks the door, they will go away" He was comparing our Turks to dogs.  These are the people to whom we have given our lives to show God's love.  The city, under the pressure of the media, was forced to let these families move into a very old, abandoned school building.  The woman of the church, along with her children, have their few possessions gathered in a corner of a large room.  They cannot leave for fear their few belongings will be stolen. 


I went out on Tuesday and looked at the situation.  We can build a wall with a door across the end of the room she is in and she would have her own 12 x 25 ft. "house".  If we get her a stove and a gas bottle and utensils, she can continue to feed the many children which are now living in the school.


This seems to be an opportunity for us to show God's goodness, as many of these families have lost hope.


I think for $1,200 we can get her room built and secured and buy what is needed for her to begin feeding even more children than before.  We may also be able to have our church meeting in one of the larger 'common' rooms where all these families who are gathered in one place can attend.


This woman has been faithful through much adversity.  Please pray we will be able to take care of her and this church.


We are all praying for the Lord to do even greater things for you this week. 


In Christ, Bro. Dave Turner



Bulgaria Feeding

Dear Fellow Labourers,
In 2013 the Lord graciously allowed supporters of the work to help feed 2,000 poor Milet Turkish church families for $80,000.
  Each family received a 110 lb sack of flour and 5 liters of oil.   We would like to help feed the people again this year.   Please pray with us about this and see if the Lord would have you help feed them.


September 2013 Update from Bulgaria brochure (click on link for PDF)


“For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”  Ps. 107:9




The Cheatwoods,                               July 2013


Greetings in the wonderful name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Everything is going well in Him.  This prayer letter is a normal prayer letter.  We will start out by praising God, then go to asking for money.  Like one pastor told his congregation, “I have some good news and some bad news.  The good news is that we have all the money we need to do everything we need to do.  The bad news is that it is still in your pockets!”


I recently had the opportunity to buy a piece of property in Avren, Bulgaria where we have a very good house church established.  The property has a house and a cheese factory.  Because I did not want to miss this opportunity, I borrowed 25 thousand dollars and bought the property.  One large room will be for the church which now has about 20 members meeting in a small house nearby.  We are going to produce Bibles and hymn books there as well.  Between the house and the factory, there are many rooms we can utilize.  I feel sure you will want to help and have a part in this project.


I am writing this letter from Romania where we are just finishing our campmeeting.  When I arrived here from Bulgaria, I learned one of our old cars that has over 300,000 kilometers on it (200,000 miles) had just died and is not worth repairing again.  So I asked Brother Dave what it would cost to replace it.  In short, the price is about 9,000 dollars.  This is my other request.  We use this car for the Children’s Home and for going to village church meetings.  In September, two of our children will be going to a special school for children with physical and mental challenges.  This car will also be used to transport them each day.


We would very much appreciate your help!


In His Service.  Bro. Ralph Cheatwood


Bulgaria Feeding update

Bulgarian Flour and Oil Distribution Update April 2013  (click on link for PDF)


“For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”  Ps. 107:9

Dear Fellow Labourers,
With much thankfulness we would like to give you an update on the work:
Last year in 2012 the Lord graciously allowed you to be a part with us in feeding 1,750 poor Milet Turkish church families. Each family received a 110 lb sack of flour and 5 liters of oil. This year we wanted to feed around 2,000 church families and the Lord has supplied that need.

Thanks be to God, and the charity of His people, most of these families have now received a sufficient supply of flour and oil for the year. This was a large undertaking, but not too big for the Lord to handle.




With great joy we would like to give you a brief update of the work in Bulgaria and Romania:


•   Brother Ralph Cheatwood is completing the Turkish Bible translation and Mitko (one of our national pastors), the Bulgarian Bible, while 8 Missionary families minister in three languages:

     Turkish, Romanian, and Bulgarian.
•  16 National pastors help us oversee this work. About $1,000 a month extra is needed to support these men. We try to help each pastor offset the costs of their food and fuel (presently $7 a gallon).
    Our men oversee 5-10 churches each, while driving hundreds of miles every week to get to all of the meetings!
•  During the winter we also assist our church members with food and those in need with firewood.  A cord of firewood costs about $180.
•  Over 100 churches have been established in Bulgaria and Romania since 1991.  During the past few years the churches have grown from around 1,500 families to about 2,000.
•  In 2013 around 100 adults professed faith in Christ and were baptized.
•  Many have been saved and encouraged through our preaching and singing DVD’s and CD’s, one of our main evangelistic tools.  Wherever our Turks travel they take the DVD’s and CD’s with them.
•  20 church feeding centers have been established in Romania and 18 in Bulgaria, where children and adults get one good meal per day.
•  “Coats for Kids” was started in 2008 by the Leach family.  One year they distributed 1,000 winter coats, 1,000 pairs of socks and 25 pairs of shoes to the neediest children in his village churches.
•   In 2002 Casa Julia Children’s home was established in Romania. They are raising 11 abandoned children, giving them a safe, loving, Christian home.

The Lord has consistently met our needs. We praise Him for His loving provision, and for your obedience to His moving in your hearts.

In Christ, Rev. Mike Nixon                                                                                                                     To God be the Glory!





Since 1991 the Lord has kept the doors open for Charity Baptist Mission to help feed the poor in Bulgaria and Romania.


The following are the basic costs for carrying on this work.


•  We are supplying food for 18 churches daily. Monthly it costs about $175 per church.
•  Over 300 children are fed each month through theses churches.
•  Ten of these churches feed between 20 and 30 children daily.

•  The churches are pastored by 8 national pastors trained by the missionaries.
•  It costs roughly $8.50 to feed a child for the month or 29 cents per day.
•  We need at least $3,150 each month to continue this work.


It's been a long time since we've gotten in this amount for the feeding.  Currently, we receive less than $2,000 per month, so many of the missionaries give out of their monthly support to help with this endeavor. Even with their help, we had to cut the feeding down due to lack of funds.


We can't afford to buy beans every month. Sometimes we have to buy fewer potatoes, rice, and/or oil.  This month cabbage will be cheap, so we'd like to get each church a couple barrels of cabbage: they pickle it and use it the rest of the winter.  If we had the funds, we could also buy more potatoes this month while they're cheap and then store and use them in the coming months. 



•  We supply food for 20 feeding centers which feed 15-20 people at each location.
•  Each month we buy 7,500 loaves of bread for around $2,200 dollars (at 29 cents per loaf)
•  These are distributed throughout the Romanian feeding centers.
•  Roughly 280 people are being fed each day at a cost of $2,550 each month.
•  That comes to about $8.90 per month for a child/person.
•  Our Missionaries oversee 15 churches with the help of 7 national pastors.


In addition to the bread we are spending about $2,000 a month for food plus about $500 - $600 a month all together on rents and water for the 16 places that prepare food for children.  This includes some food for the National pastors and their families.  We also have churches in some very poor villages where not only the children, but all those that come to the church can be fed.




 - Please click on the following link for -



(An overview of what the Lord has done through Sr. Missionary Ralph Cheatwood, who is over the work in Bulgaria and Romania)






“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”  1 Cor 13:13


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