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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To God be the Glory!

 

 

 

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updated 1-16-18

     

 

 

 

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Dear Pastors, Churches, and Friends, January 2018

We have had a very interesting year. The presence of the Lord was so real in our services while here in the States. We have also enjoyed a measure of health with a few aches and pains, but at least you can feel something!

2017 was a year of hurricanes for, the United States, Puerto Rico and other Hispanic countries. On our last trip we used most of the time assessing the damage from the hurricane that plowed across the Northern section of a Hispanic country. We are trying to help in as many areas as possible, but there were so many people affected by the storm it seems almost impossible. Those that sustained heavy damage will never completely recover in their lifetime.

One project that we began in is almost finished. Now the only problem is getting the required materials, because so many others are in need from the hurricanes. This particular church and house will serve as our base of operations. We want thank all of you who have helped with needs from the hurricane and this project.

We just returned from a trip to the Amazon; seeing works along the river in Colombia, Peru and Brazil. As a result of two prior trips in 2009 and 2010 we were able to bring three men to the States to be in our conferences. Since then, these men have “increased” their ministry by planting several new works. It was exciting as we road banana boats across and up the Amazon to see those churches and be in services with the people.

One of the buildings that we helped build in 2010 was at the point of being taken over by a drug cartel. They had threatened the pastor’s life. As Brother Euler told us the story while weeping said, “the brothers from the church were hazarding their lives to salvage materials from the building by disassembling it, and all at once, they were totally surrounded by soldiers with guns”! He said while being overcome by tears, “until this day they do not know if it was the military or angels protecting them!” God is on the throne and mindful of our needs!

Thanks to all of you who have been so faithful to our ministry with your prayers and help. May God Bless each one richly in this next year!

Joyfully Yours, Farren Caeble

 

2017 - 2018 Flour & Oil

 

Dear Friends and Supporters,    November 2017

 

“There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.” John 6:9-11

 

These verses have been resonating in my heart for the past several days: how Jesus had performed many miracles while walking here on this earth. “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written”.  Amen. John 21:25

 

I write this letter to say thank you. Thank you for your yearly support, both by prayer and giving, for the feeding of the Turks in Romania and Bulgaria. I am so thankful that God has allowed me to be a part of His ministry. He is still performing miracles. I am a witness to them and testify to you that our God is still God and still able. He still feeds the multitudes. He still has the Gospel preached to the poor. And those poor in spirit, are rich in faith. He still binds up the brokenhearted. Time, paper, and pen would fail us to tell all the things God is still doing.

 

It is time once again to give our “loaves and fishes” to Jesus, and trust Him to satisfy the hungry. I have spoken to Brother Matt Welch about the cost of this endeavor this year, and he said it would take around $60,000 to $65,000 to feed 2,000 families. These are the families that make up the 105 churches in Romania and Bulgaria. I realize this is a lot of money; but, don’t forget the little lad with five little barley loaves and two little fishes. He gave what little he had to a great big God who with it, fed the multitudes. Everything was little, but his heart. He had a heart for Jesus, as so many of you all have. We are believing this same Jesus, to perform this same miracle once again this year, by the love of God in your hearts.

 

 

Our goal is to get this money to the missionaries by the first of the year. Last year, the missionaries were able to distribute over seventy tons of flour along with around two thousand gallons of cooking oil to over two thousand families from our churches. Each family received one hundred and ten pounds of flour and five liters of cooking oil.

 

Thank you once again for your continued support and love for your fellow believers in foreign countries.

 

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

 

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

 

Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Fall of 2017

 

Lakeside Baptist Church continues to faithfully distribute the 8,000 Evangelistic Calendar and tract packets from house to house in the same 15 villages as last year. *Please pray these 8,000 lost souls will read the Calendars daily that the seed of God’s Word be sown in their hearts through the messages about Christ & Salvation. They testified that some of the villages are finally opening up to listen to the Gospel.

 

Pray for Vamil and four Hindu Students from Southern India. They are learning here in English, but it is very hard for us to understand each other. I am trying to find tracts to reach them in their native language of Tamil.

 

We praise the Lord for supplying the funds to print 20,000 of the tracts: “Are you sure that you will be with God in Heaven?” 10,000 have already been distributed. This is a great tool for use on visitation. We’ve also been able to print 35,000 Chick tracts and 120,000 testimonial tracts. We are now preparing to print five testimonial tracts in the Ukrainian language.

 

The Lord led me to work with International Commission or (I.C.): Our main purpose is teaching Baptist Churches the importance of purposeful intercessory prayer combined with relationship building to sow the seed of the Gospel in the hearts of lost souls one at a time.

 

We use Operation Andrew brochures which lay out a simple strategy for building a relationship with a lost relative, neighbor, colleague or friend; as God softens their heart through prayer. Each Christian makes a list of 10 lost acquaintances and prays everyday for one minute for each soul. Then they let the person know that they pray for them daily. After a few weeks they contact them to ask for any special prayer needs. In a month or so they invite them out for coffee, and again later they invite them over for dinner (praying along the way that the Lord will touch their heart to ask why they became so important). If they ask, then this opens the door to give your testimony and present the Gospel of Christ. If the door doesn’t open up, then they prayerfully invite someone else to come with them to share their testimony and present the Gospel. At this point an I.C. team can come by the Church to help make visits, sharing their salvation testimony and presenting Christ with hopes that the person will listen to them about Christ.

 

From Nov. 3rd-13th I participated with an I.C., American team which made a week of visits in different towns in Southern Moldova. Many from the team testified about how God moved on hearts and saved souls. I labored in two Turkish speaking Gagauz villages where I testified to 65 lost people on 32 visits. Praise the Lord! He saved 15 souls. What a great blessing to help others reap some souls in their harvest field, whitened by prayer.

 

December 16th-24th The I.C. National Ukrainian team and I will be visiting lost souls in Chernivtsy, Ukraine. Pray the Lord will soften and prepare the hearts of the lost through prayer. Also, pray for the Churches and the Christians we will train, as we go on soul-winning visits with them and teach them how to testify and present Christ.

 

We are so grateful to the Lord that they sentenced and locked up for 8.5 years the armed robber who broke into our Church apartment in 2012 and 2013. We also thank you for your prayers for our Family.

 

To God be the Glory!  Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher --   ***Pray for our present Political Unrest: the Opposition is pushing to impeach the President.

 

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November 2017  Dear Churches and Praying Friends,

 

“Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:12-14)

 

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who has washed us from our sins in his own blood, and called us into the glorious work of preaching the gospel. Our primary work on the field is preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost, and establishing churches. Much of our time is spent preaching and teaching in the local village churches, along with the national pastors. Thus, the national pastors receive training in the work, the saints are edified, and the churches built. Widespread evangelism was done in previous decades, so that now, in most cities with Turkish populations, most everyone has heard the gospel. However, when opportunities arise to preach the gospel to unbelievers, we rejoice.

 

One of the main connections we have with the lost world now is in the “kardesh sofrasi”, or brotherly supper. This is a tradition among the people here of showing their thanks to God for some great blessing. These blessings might include such things as escaping injury in a car crash, or recovering from a serious illness. When one realizes that God has done some great thing for them, they like to show their thanks by putting on a supper: to feed their friends, family and neighbors. Before each supper, though, we will sing hymns, and give the believers an opportunity to explain what God has done for them. Then, we preach the gospel to the gathered crowd, many of whom would not come to a regular church service. Last week I was able to preach to about thirty people gathered for a supper. What a joy it is to preach the gospel to the lost! Through such outreach many have come to know the Lord, and we shall be blessed at the resurrection of the just. We have two more such meetings scheduled in the near future. Among so many village churches they are a regular occurrence.

 

After these meetings we also distribute New Testaments. I spend most mornings binding New Testaments before the afternoon church services. I’ve done hundreds of them, but there are still thousands of people without Bibles. We appreciate your prayers and support for us in this work of sowing the seed.

 

In Christ,  Zachary LeFevre

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

All because of Calvary. Matthew Welch & family

 

 

 

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“...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,                        October 2017

 

For those of you who don’t know, as it’s been too long since I’ve written, we are Stateside. We arrived safely and without incident August 24th. After a brief period of rest and recuperation, we started on the road. We’ve been traveling for almost a month, all the way from Michigan to Florida and many points in between. It has been good to renew old acquaintances, and make many more new ones. We also, after securing a cell phone, have a new, direct means of contact. Our new phone number is: (828) 592-1498. If you’d like to have us in, to update you on the work in Bulgaria, to testify, sing or preach, don’t hesitate to let us know. We’d love to come and tell the goodness of our Savior demonstrated toward our gypsy Turks. Also, feel free to pass our information along to any other pastors or churches, and especially to as many praying people as you know.

 

We have been blessed to be in several good, strong meetings; and they have refreshed our spirits. It is a blessing in itself to be in meetings where Christ Jesus is glorified, and His Spirit manifested; to know that God is still at work in America, in this wicked day; to know that there are still, scattered here and there, people who both know, and desire the God of glory and the glory of God. It is my heart’s desire to be in, and have my little family in, as many of those meetings as I can. And when I can’t, to bring that same spirit to as many meetings as I’m in. If there is a dearth in this land, it is for a lack of preaching that provokes people to worship God in Spirit and in truth: that gives Jesus Christ the preeminence, and lifts Him high as an object of wonder and adoration, worthy of worship, love and sacrifice. O what a high estate to be known by Him, to be called His own! O for an insatiable hunger to know Him greater!

 

Pray for us. As we are traveling, pray the Lord fills us with His good Spirit, that we might bring Him glory, and be a help and a blessing wherever He leads us. Pray for our safety. Pray for more opportunities to testify of God’s goodness manifested on the mission field. Pray for our upcoming needs, those here, and those awaiting us when we return. It is human nature to calculate the immensity of a need, against the little at hand, and so grow discouraged. But that equation leaves out the key component: our great Savior. The last day of a three day meeting, and the Savior said they’d close with a meal. Brother Philip surveyed the crowd, and then checked the bank account, and said there wasn’t enough to feed everyone. Brother Andrew went a little farther, and found among the thousands, only one little boy brought lunch, but stated, as a matter of fact, it wasn’t enough. They both had subtracted Jesus; but add the Lord to your want and watch what happens. Bless the Lord, my needs exceed your resources and mine, but not His. Thank you Lord, for meeting all we stand in need of! Help us pray; believe for us when our faith wanes, and we’ll do the same for you. We love you and look forward to hearing from you.

 

Because of a living Savior,  The William LeFevre Family    wdlefevre09@gmail.com  www.lefevrestoeurope.org  www.facebook.com/bulgarianlefevres

 

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Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.   September 2017

But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Matt. 19:14

We hope this letter finds you well satisfied with the goodness and grace of our Lord.  Many of you have been faithful to help supply the physical needs for the poor, hungry and destitute children in Bulgaria and Romania. These children have been made full by your love and generosity.

Our primary ministry is to the gypsy Turks in this region of Eastern Europe.  They are very poor, and most have no means of supplying for their families. That being said, we would like to give you an update on the feeding centers in Romania and Bulgaria. The children who come to these centers are taught to sing hymns to the Lord and receive one hot meal per day.  For most this is their only prepared hot meal.

Currently in Eastern Romania our missionaries along with four national pastors oversee seven feeding centers. For around $3,400 per month we provide one hot meal per day to over 320 children. This breaks down to about 35 cents per child and consists of 6,400 loaves of bread, flour, pasta, beans, rice, tomato paste, potatoes and oil. We now have adults who grew up being feed in these centers assisting with food distribution in many of these villages.

 

In Eastern Bulgaria our missionaries oversee eight feeding centers. Every month we send around $5,000 to provide each feeding center with: five liters of oil, five bags of sugar, five bags of salt, tomato puree, five bags of macaroni, one large sack of potatoes, four 25kg bags of flour, and sometimes bags of lentils, rice or beans. The children are not only fed physically but spiritually as well with hymns and prayer.
 

Our missionaries give generously to help offset the cost of these centers. Currently the exchange rate of the dollar is in our favor, and we can feed more children, but this fluctuates according to the European trade market. As this work continues to grow so do the expenses, but I believe God will meet all the needs. Many souls have been saved by the grace of God through your continual prayers and support of this ministry.
 

Once again, thank you for all you have done and for letting the Lord lead you in helping the helpless in their time of need. To God Be the Glory, Rev. Mike Nixon, Director

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Dear Praying Friends and Family,   August 2017

 

I hope this letter finds you all well in the Lord, and growing in His word and work. It is hard to believe that summer is already over. The Lord gave us a fruitful summer both spiritually and physically. Our cherry and apricot harvests were amazing. Naomi and Miriam have been working hard canning and freezing the food we will need for the soon coming winter.

 

Season’s Blessings: Like the Lord says in Psalm 1:3 “ that bringeth forth his fruit in his season.” It was a great, fruitful season for us. We saw ten people come to Christ! During our Children’s Bible Club six children trusted the Lord Jesus as their Savior. We had an average attendance of 75 children each day. Of those who trusted Christ we’ve seen four of them come to church for Sunday services after the Bible Club was over.

 

This year’s Youth Conference in Limonski was a blessing where my son, Ben, received Christ along with our neighbor’s son, Sergei. In addition, there is a single mother and her two teenagers who began visiting our services. She is an English teacher and tutors one of our church members. During the lessons he continually talks about our family and how much he loves and respects us. She was interested and wanted to meet us for herself. She is staunch Russian Orthodox and is not saved but her daughter, Nastia, finally received Christ and is now sold out! Please pray for her continued growth in the Lord as she goes to college during the week days and comes home only on the weekends. A young man named Slava came to church one Sunday where he heard the Gospel for the first time. He heard that we were going to have a Bible Club and wanted to help during the week. Several of the workers came to me and asked if it would be okay to have an unsaved young man help and I told them that it would be a great opportunity for him to be exposed to more Bible even though it was more geared towards small children. On the first day of Bible Club one of our visiting missionaries took him aside and led him to Christ!

 

We also received news of the Lord continuing to use the testimony of our deacon, Sasha Taraniuk, who served on the front lines in Donetsk and was a part of the now famous “Kotyol” evacuation before it was overrun by the Pro-Russian Separatists. A few days before the evacuation Sasha along with a group of about twenty-five men were pinned down in a bunker which was being bombarded with “Grad” rocket fire. They thought they were going to die. Sasha gave an invitation call to anyone who wanted to get ready to meet their Maker to which about fifteen men said that they wanted to pray. He led them in prayer and after a few more minutes the shelling stopped and they were all alive!

 

A few months ago, Sasha was contacted by a journalist who wanted to do an interview with him about his experience there on the front. He told them about the bunker and required them to print the exact prayer they prayed word for word. The story ran in two different newspapers about a month apart. We just learned that the head of a nearby village told Sasha that she prayed to receive Christ after reading the article! It is very encouraging to think of how the Lord may have used that article elsewhere! (Continued on the other side….)

 

Bibles for Public Schools: We mentioned this in our last prayer letter and would like to ask you to continue to pray about it with us. The time is almost here to preach in the public schools to celebrate the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. If anyone would like to help with Bibles for this initiative please contact Brother David Cagle at Operation Enduring Word, 527 Benjulyn Rd., Cantonment, FL 32533. His phone number and e-mail address: (850)607-4426; kjbs@juno.com.

 

Visa Registrations: All the business and excitement of summer led to a big oversight on our part. Last year we renewed our visa registrations six weeks earlier than necessary to avoid the hassle during the demanding weeks of summer. The problem was that I still had it in the back of my mind that we needed to deal with it later. By the time I noticed that we had to renew we barely had enough time to get it done. To complicate things further, Sasha, who always handles our paperwork, was called back for military training for ten days. As a result we missed the deadline by one day!!! My wife, kids, and I had to leave the country on foot at the Moldova border at night and hoped that they would let us back in. For the most part all went well except that the border guard was confused about the law for Ukrainians verses the law for foreigners and would not let Benjamin leave. He said that the law required him to write up a protocol on him and send him to appear before court for trying to leave the country being 16 years of age! So, now we are here under a 90 day tourist visa and have to start our paperwork all over again. It requires us to leave the country and get a new religious visa at a foreign embassy before reentry. We are going through the process in October. Please pray that everything will be right and that we will get our visas with no problems.

 

Ministry of Mercy: There is a man in our church named Gresha who has struggled with pain ever since I’ve known him. He fell two stories from an apartment balcony and badly injured his hip. It is a miracle he can even walk. This shook him up and he ended up receiving Christ. His family has become regular members and help in various ways. It was always sad to watch him fidget and shift with pain during the services. The pain got worse and he tried to get help in the Ukrainian system of socialized medicine but was always disappointed. The bureaucracy led him in circles while he was getting worse and worse. The operation is expensive and we didn’t have the money so I told them to pray and see if they could get any help whatsoever and we would try to make up the difference. Our church saved money and took up love offerings for him and Brother Kline left a good chunk of money for his hip replacement before returning to the states but this was still not enough. Finally, we received some extra love offerings from you, our supporters, and together we were able to pay for their trip to another town and finally get him the help he needed. He and his family are very grateful. The surgeon said that his hip was literally bone on bone and was amazed at how well he put up with the pain for so long. Thank you to all who give so that this man and his family could experience this answer to their prayers.

 

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 Rue Phil. 3:10 www.ruemissions.com

 

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“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. ” Eph.3:20-21

 

Dear Brethren,                                          September  2017

 

Greetings from the Brethren in Romania who are praising God for his continual blessings and thankful for your faithful prayers and support. God’s love is never-ending and I rejoice to see the hope spring up in them as they perceive God’s hand working in their lives. Before the knowledge of prayer came into their lives they were bound in darkness to live out their lives with only the hope of fate. They tried to obtain this by religious acts and ceremonies, but now they pray to Jesus.

 

Affisa is a woman whom God has been working with for many years. We found her while she was very messed up and the community was ashamed of her. She would come to the meetings and looked as if she were in a trance. My heart would break for her as I could see the deadness in her eyes as the believers sang the hymns with victory. The Lord opened a door for me to start having service in her mother’s house. She still would only come as it was convenient for her. It seemed as if God would start to deal with her, but when she would get close to getting light, something would cause a fight and again the hard spirit would return. This went on for about two years and no matter how good the service was the bitterness would always enter in and was a great hindrance. I felt the Lord put it on my heart to preach out of Gal. 6:1-2. It talks about restoring someone to the Lord in a spirit of meekness and helping bear their burdens and fulfilling the law of Christ. Well I thought that would take care of everything and God had spoken! Well to my shock, we returned the next meeting to find her mother had kicked her out of the house and a lot of the church was happy she was gone. Needless to say it made me angry and I knew they didn’t understand the function or reason for the church. I knew it wasn’t going to work in this house any longer. I didn’t hold a meeting in the house and proceeded to find Affisa. On the way it came to me how our senior missionary had always taken in the outcast that the legalist Muslims and even evangelical churches had kicked out. It was as if the Holy Spirit said, start a meeting in her run down home. I spoke to her and with great joy she spoke to the landlord to see if it would be ok. We have been having the meeting there for over three years. The mother and other church members swore they would run us out of the village, but have since started coming and really gotten in. The mother is the lady we buried back in April I wrote about in my July prayer letter. She became a true believer!

 

The Lord has and is doing more then we could ever think or ask! Affisa has become a very strong believer and prayer warrior. We have daily morning prayer meetings at the church. She also prepares meals for the poor children and adults every day. I am continually blessed at how she can catch a burden for someone in the village and as the Holy Spirit moves her to weep in the presence of the church. You can feel the grace that was given to her start flowing as she prays for the same deliverance for the ones still in darkness. There is truly nothing that can change someone’s life forever like the grace and mercy of God.

 

I will continue to tell you of the wonderful things God is doing in His church with my next prayer letter, but I need to thank the Lord for the privilege to be back in the States at this time. I flew into the States last week and desire your prayers for the Lord to open doors for me to be able to raise more support for my son Jacob. He hasn’t been back to America for five years and has helped me nonstop. Because of his help in taking care of the older meetings, Teresa and I have been able to stay in Affisa’s village and hold prayer meetings every morning. Our senior missionary had a service to ordain him in July. It was one of the greatest days of my life to be a part of this holy service. Before raising support for him and his family we wanted to wait until we were sure he was sincere with his call. With Brother Ralph’s desire to ordain him, I feel it is time to help Jacob by establishing some regular support. I am asking for your sincere prayers that God would do miracles and lay it upon people’s hearts and take him on by faith. By you helping him it would free me up to help some of our national pastors a little more.

 

I am here now and will go to as many places as possible. I am also waiting for him to receive his residence visa so he can come to the States. Hopefully he can travel around with me for about two weeks, then I must return and he will have to continue here by himself. I can’t leave the work without one of us there for more than two weeks. My wife is in Romania with my family and will be there to watch over Jacob’s family while we are here. I know it is a short window, but if you can help, please contact me at my email at the top of the letter. I would love to come myself or with him and continue to show and tell you all the Lord is doing in Romania.

 

We thank you for everything and may God richly bless you.

 

From North Carolina, Nathan, Teresa, Rachel, Nate, Jacob, Elmas, Rebecca and Uriah

 

“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

 

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Dear Friends in Christ,  August/September 2017

 

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are coming to the end of a very busy summer and (at least most of the kids) are dreading the start of a new school year. Six of our Home kids are starting high school this year and our oldest, Meli, is in her last year of vocational school. It doesn’t seem that long ago when we were feeding them all in a row of high chairs. When we stop to think about where they came from and the odds that all of them, maybe any of them, would make it to high school, we have to thank the Lord. More importantly, they have grown up in a home where Jesus Christ is at the center of all we do. They know God and have seen His hand on their lives and on our family and work. Many of them have already been saved and baptized. They are all becoming young men and women that reflect Jesus Christ’s presence in their lives and we could not be more proud.

 

Today we were visited by some of the chaplain team serving at the nearby American military base. Dara served them lunch and then we spent some time making plans for groups of the incoming soldiers to come out and be involved at the Home. Before they left, we took them up to the church and Dara and the kids sang several songs. It is always a blessing when the Lord opens the door for us to share His love with others. Several of the soldiers are coming out to be in church with us tomorrow.

 

We hosted a couple of big Turkish meetings here this summer. The missionaries in Bulgaria brought up carloads of Turks from their churches and we gathered believers from the Romanian Turkish meetings for three day meetings of singing, praying, testifying and preaching. The national pastors did most of the preaching and it is so good to see how, over the years, they have grown in God’s Word. They are truly pastors - shepherds - that are caring for and feeding the flock that God has given them.

 

UPDATE - I wasn’t able to finish this letter until after church on Sunday. We did have a group of military join us for church, five men and one young lady. Brother Matt Welch was also here with his family and he preached a beautiful message about Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman at the well. It was one of those good services where you could feel the Lord moving and even though you may not have known what it was, you felt like the Lord was doing something. After the service, we found out that the young lady visiting accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior. She was beaming with joy and couldn’t stop smiling. We all rejoiced with her and gave thanks to our Lord who, praise His Name, is still seeking and saving lost souls.

 

Again, we appreciate you who keep us in your prayers and who faithfully support the work here in Romania and Bulgaria. Our prayers are with you as well.

 

In Christ,The Turners

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From Bulgaria

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Dear Brethren, September 2017

 

“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” Psalm 103:1

 

This verse has become our personal psalm of praise and instead of a typical update and prayer letter, I would just like to praise the Lord a while for what great things He has done. He is worthy to be praised. He continues to prove Himself faithful and has provided above and beyond all that we hoped or imagined. He has heard our cries and answered our prayers. I better just jump into telling you about all the good things that have taken place during this furlough - take a minute to consider the depth of each one:

 

Hannah and Joshua are settled in, here in America. Carrie’s health is in hand and she has been given the all clear to return to the field. National Pastor Ismail’s monthly support needs have been met. We all underwent Christian counseling for PTSD and our counselors praise the Lord with us for our quick progress. Carrie is singing again. We’ve had times of rest and relaxation with friends who encouraged us more than words. We got to spend quality time with family, both immediate and extended. A dear family - a missionary to missionaries - let us stay in one of their rental homes in Florida, allowing us to rest. We made many new friends, laughed a lot, and have new supporting churches. I got to preach a lot in English. We got the clothes and shoes we all needed. And, Carrie and I got to go on many dates, including one tubing adventure down a river in Tennessee. A lot has been packed into six months and I bless the Lord.

 

We plan to fly back to Bulgaria on the 18th of this month and will resume our ministry among the Turkish speaking people there. We ask for your prayers. Pray for our safety and encouragement as we travel and for our grown children who will remain. We will begin fundraising for this year’s Coats for Kids drive this month, so pray about that. And pray for the ministry vehicle fund. This is one need that has not yet been fully met, but we trust God to meet this need. Of the $18,000 we need, we have a little over $1,100. Pray.

 

A heartfelt thanks to everyone for your faithful prayers and support of our family and the ministries.

 

Because He First Loved Me, Brother Larry Leach, Jr.

 

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From the Streets of Boston Massachusetts

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Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? Ezekiel 33:11

 

Greetings from Boston,                              August 2017

 

I would like to thank all that have a part in this work. Thank you for your love, prayers and support. I would like to have us all pray for our country, as we can put America in that verse from Ezekiel. We see our country’s foundation being destroyed by the wicked many years ago by taking the word of God and prayer out of our schools and government. They have wanted to replace it with Islam and the Koran instead of the God’s word.

 

Our young people die for lack of knowledge of the word of God. It is our responsibility as Christians to proclaim the word of God. I have had many opportunities lately to go to high schools and junior high schools, sometimes not even knowing that is where I would wind up while giving out tracts. So many of today’s young people have been taking the tracts and letting me tell them that Jesus loves them, and that he died for their sins.

 

One time many young people were getting on the bus, but I could not reach my bag in time to get them a tract. When I got off the bus I started tracking the neighborhood and ended up in front of a graduation ceremony. At first I did not want to interrupt the ceremony, so I hung around until it was over. The young people and their families came by me and I ended up giving them all tracts. One young man said to me as I told him God loved him, “Thank you very much sir, this is just what I needed.” What a blessing!

 

I have ended up at so many events through the spring and summer. Case in point: The Tall Ships Festival came to Boston. I had hundreds of tracts with tall ships on them for the occasion. So many people took them and I also put many on the cars. I saw people take them off of their cars with tract in hand and take it with them as they drove off with the word of God.

 

I also went to a Greek festival and little did I know that I would end up getting a gospel tract in the mayor of Boston’s hand who told me he would read it. I think he noticed my Heaven and Hell hat. Also, I had Greek language tracts and many of the Greek orthodox priests took them. I started feeling uneasy and felt like it was time to go. So I went into a doughnut shop to get an ice coffee. It clouded up and all of a sudden started raining cats and dogs. I realized it was the Lord getting me out of the bad weather and that put an end to their religious festival. I thought within myself that the word of God says “The rain falls on the just and the unjust.”

 

Recently I went to an anti-Trump rally. I had my Bible verse sign Psalms 9:17.” The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” That sign ended up in their video that they were recording for their propaganda. Not many people took tracts, but out of the crowd came a woman who said Mr. Costigan, “What are you doing here?” She is the therapist at the VA Hospital in the rehabilitation department. The Lord used this lady to help me get my motorized wheel chair. This is the chair I use to help spread the gospel and hand out tracts all over the city. She took a tract as she usually does when I see her at the VA. This time I had a little more time to talk with her and explain my reason for being there.

 

Remember Proverbs 3:5, 6, ”Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” I believe she is the whole reason for my being at the rally.

 

Another time while handing out tracts at that area I talked to some undercover detectives. I gave them some tracts and testified about what the Lord had done for me and also them. They drove off and the Lord brought to my mind that one of the detectives had a tattoo on his arm that said freedom. Well, in my tract assortment I remember as they drove off that I had a tract entitled freedom. I thought I missed the opportunity but they came around the corner again and I stopped them and gave him a tract of the statue of Liberty on the front of it titled Freedom. I said, “I noticed your tattoo Freedom. This will explain what true freedom is.”

 

In closing, I would like you to pray for a girl named Jen. She got saved, and it was amazing as I shared the scriptures with her. I saw how the word of God came to life in such a beautiful way. The light shineth in the darkness and the darkness comprehendeth it not. I had seen this happening to her when Jesus said ”I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12. She said she would like to go with me and pass out tracts. I asked her why? She said, “I want to help others!” Now that’s a good answer. Only the Lord could put that in her heart. It’s a long story to explain how she ended up in my life and I will explain in a future newsletter. I will dedicate the newsletter solely on her testimony. It would be a little hard to do at this time. I will need a lot of prayer. Please pray for me as it is somewhat painful, but yet glorified the Lord Jesus Christ in ways that I never thought would happen.

 

If anyone can help me out I can use some more chick tracts. I’ll write soon again. Eph. 6:10-20

 

In his Love,  Jim and Jo Ann Costigan

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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 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.