Charity Baptist Mission, Inc.


       Founder                                               Est. 1973                                                   Director


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


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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.

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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From Bulgaria



“...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



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


From Ukraine



Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Summer of 2017


Praise Him! Our Lord is Faithful! Lakeside Baptist Church continues to faithfully minister.


Youth Conference: In August, 36 youth from four Churches stayed at Lakeside for constant fellowship over a four day and night period. The Lord saved six souls (two of ours and four from other churches) and mightily worked in hearts. Many testified, “God helped me concerning the music I should be listening to.” He also challenged those who had laxed in attendance, to be faithful again. Lakesides VBS outreach was attended daily by 100 children.


The Lord also used Brothers Slavic, Paul Gray and the VBS team to minister to over 95 in “Onok” and two camps in Romania with 140 children (ages 5-11years) and 120 youth (ages 12-17). The Romanians said, “These were the best camps we ever had - due to very scripturally based lessons.” Lakeside Baptist Church continues to faithfully pray for and support their two Missionary families (Eugene & Julie Lisikh and Stas & Lyudmila Molchanov) serving since 2004 in Altai, Russia. Please see the attached Missionary Prayer letter as well as Yuri & Leanne in “Onok” Western Ukraine and Nick & Love in “October” ~2.5 hours north of Lakeside.


*{Bro. Nick is pictured with van} *We Thank the Lord for giving us the opportunity to help out our local Missionary Brother Nick in buying a dependable used van. He has five children and also brings the believers to services. That Church has been evangelizing the surrounding villages and they preach and pass out tracts every Saturday morning in their open market.


**In late May, the Lord blessed us to have Pastor John and Sister Kim Niehaus come for an encouraging visit to Lakeside Baptist Church and to Kiev.


***Pray for: Alicia (18) who has lymphatic cancer. She’s maintaining her strength due to God’s People Praying and courses of B-17 plus vitamins.


Pray for open hearts as we make contacts while distributing tracts among the International and Ukrainian students in the Kiev Universities. We will be trying to reach them with tracts in their native languages.


September 23rd in “Elizarovka”- I’ll be preaching the 1st adult service. Every month 8-12 Children gather to study the Bible, but it has taken a year to gather the adults together. Now the Lord has opened up two rooms in the town hall for the meetings. Soon we hope to meet twice a month. (Brothers & Sisters from five churches have been Evangelizing this remote region where the people from the “1986 Chernobyl Accident” were relocated.)


Moldova November 5th – 12th I will be Laboring with I.C. Pray the Lord will prepare hearts as we do visits.

2017 is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in Europe. The President’s signed a declaration which gives the Churches freedom to speak openly in schools and hold Evangelization meetings. Please pray for these open doors to present the Gospel.


Answers to Prayer!!! - Our Court hearing from the 2012 and 13 break-ins went very well. The Lord gave Grace and strength to testify. September 27th will be the next to last hearing. Thank you for Praying for our Family.


!!! Opportunities to witness to Muslims happen everywhere, but how to start? Well, September 4th - 8th we’ll be taking a Seminary course called “Encountering the World of Islam” (EWI). We’ve had a burden to witness to our Uzbekistan Muslim friends in Cincinnati, but have been praying for His wisdom how to present Christ to them.


To God be the Glory,


Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher ---- *Please Note the Field Address Change on our letter head!


(Summer Altai,Russia prayer letter)


Missionaries Richard Maher & Paul Gray established the Ukrainian Church, which sent out the Eugene & Julie Lisikh Family

Missionaries in Altai,Russia Ministering to Mongolians and Russians in Oost Kahn, White Annoy and in Vladimirovka-Altai (towns in Siberia just above Mongolia in Russia)


Grace and peace unto you Brothers and Sisters.   Prayer Letter for Spring 2017


We again are in need of your prayers. We believe that all the things God does, He does as an answer to the prayers of His children.


In our last letter we asked you to pray for the salvation of Zhenya Halooev. God heard our shared prayers. Zhenya accepted the Lord into his heart. Now he is struggling with trying to stop smoking. Please remember him in prayer.


Everything is well with us by the mercy of God. I conduct church services as usual. We had another evangelization this spring. We evangelized in our region, in the same villages where we had been before. There were good encounters and discussions. Last time we also asked for prayer for Boris. Now his spiritual state is much better. Of course, the process of restoration could be much less painful. He recently had an operation on his heart and on his eyes.  Please continue to pray for Olessya. She sometimes gets drunk, therefore, she is ashamed to come to church. She reads the Bible at home, but this barrier is hard for her to overcome.


Sister Julie has 2-3 weeks until her due date. Please continue to remember her in prayer. Abner finished the school year with Straight A’s with the help of his mother and grandmother. Glory to the Lord, the Church has a good testimony in the school. I went to the church that Brother Stas joined in Gorno-Altaisk, and I preached there. Please continue to pray for the salvation of the unsaved spouses of Salavat, Sister Elena Ivanovna, Tanya, Aunt Galya, Boris, Zhenya and Iana. We are planning to have a men’s meeting at the end of June. Please remember it in prayer. We are planning an evangelization trip to Mongolia this summer. Also, please pray about a baptismal service. Zhenya would like to get baptized, as well as Aunt Galya from Upper Annoy.


Recently we held a church service in a nursing home with the help of our guests. Please pray for the salvation of Nina and her sons in the village of Oost Koomeer. Nina’s oldest son has epilepsy. We have the desire, if it is the Lord’s will, to visit the church in Crimea which supports and prays for us. Please pray that our family would have a Godly influence among the people of our village and our region. Please pray for our children that they would grow “in favor with God and man.” Please continue to pray for the strengthening of the local church here, that there would be youth on fire for the Lord and native preachers. Please pray for me that God would (give me) sound and spirit-filled preaching.


We are grateful to you for your help, and we desire to see all the supporting Churches next year if the Lord allows, and if He directs our way.


The Lord works through both life and work, and this is not a fast process. However, glory to the Lord, we see how He is changing His people little by little. During our 12-year ministry here in Altai, many people have heard the Gospel, and they now have the opportunity to attend a sound Bible church.

For the time being, I have stopped working with the Christian Mission OM (Operation Mobilization). Several things about them concern me – ecumenicalism which is a sister to compromise. They also have Sisters organizing their short-term mission trips. I believe that this is not according to the Scriptures. (Although, I’m glad that in Russia this mission only cooperates with Baptist churches.)

The Brothers and I have already done a lot of work on installing the siding on the church.   The church auditorium is almost finished. Recently I built a large bookshelf there. Please pray that the Lord would bless us with the materials needed to finish the Sunday School room. For now, Sister Julie conducts the children’s class in the kitchen.


Glory to the Lord for His wondrous Word and for the promise of His soon return. I already want to get to Heaven as quickly as possible. While we are still here, we want to be faithful to the Lord and glorify Him with our whole heart because He is worthy. May the Lord’s perfect will be done in our lives. Hold fast to the Lord with a sincere heart.


Grace be unto you all. Amen. Your missionary family, Brother. Eugene, Sister Julie, Abner, Kassia, Hannah, Ilya and Misha




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;


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



From Romania



“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




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


From Bulgaria



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.



From the Streets of Boston Massachusetts



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


From Bulgaria




Dear Pastors, Churches and Fellow Saints.                                                        "He knoweth not how'' Mark 4:27     May - June 2017


Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Out of all the seasons I enjoy spring the most. After having come though winter with its barren landscape I love seeing ''Life from the dead''. So it is in our ministry as Christians, witnessing people who were dead in trespasses and sins be quickened by the word of God that liveth and abideth forever. 1 Peter 2:23


Boncho's wife is Penka. She is a born again Christian and has been a member of one of our village churches for many years. In good times and bad times she has blessed the Lord. I have known her husband Boncho for a long time. He came to my house years ago and plowed and planted corn with a horse. For this work I paid him a piglet for which he was very happy. He is a nice man, but we could never get him to come to church. In June of this year this changed. Boncho found himself in a bad way and in need of some help that only God could provide. He showed up at church for the worship service where we sing, pray and preach God’s Word. The seed of God’s Word was planted. By the next week Boncho had gotten saved by receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. He was rejoicing with joy unspeakable and was full of the glory of God.  1 Peter 1:8 Oh my, how this made the church rejoice. No one saw this coming! We all felt like this farmer who “kneweth not how”.



Our encouragement is how God’s Word is alive, and He is at work. We might "knoweth not how'', but we do have faith in God and His word. God has given us many promises concerning His word as in Isa.55:11. All I can say is, it’s a wonderful thing to see God's Word spring up and bear fruit in someone’s life and soul.


We also have continued to work on the church building in Vuglen. It is coming along well. We still have some work to do, but hopefully it will be completed soon.


My wife and I would like to announce the engagement of our daughter Rebecca to Mr. Jesse Adcock. Their wedding is planned for October 7th 2017, which we hope to attend in Florida. Please pray for them as they begin a new life together.


Thank you for your prayers and support. May God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. Numbers 6:24, 25


All Because of Calvary, Matthew Welch





The William LeFevre Family Missionaries in Bulgaria                    “These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:” 1 Timothy 3:14


Our praying friends and family in the Lord,                                    July 2017


In the village of Shkorpilovtsi, the church continues to thrive. The lady of the house, Nazife, who long ago opened her heart and home to the Lord, has recently returned from Austria. She didn’t want to go initially, but her children, who have lived there for years, begged her. In addition to the family reunion, she’d be able to get better health care, having suffered long from the residual effects of chemotherapy. She went, determined to make the best of it. She took with her as many New Testaments and hymnbooks as she could carry in her luggage. While there, she would often call back during our services to hear us singing hymns and would join with us over the phone. After passing the winter idly, she made up her mind to return home. Her family tried to dissuade her, but she was set on returning. The first church service after her return, she cried and hugged everyone. She said, “I got back to my house on Tuesday, but today I’m home.” That first meeting, after many tears and testimonies, Nazife asked prayer for her daughter. They had found tumors on her vocal chords, and the doctors had said there was a good possibility, in removing them, that she’d never speak again. That evening we had special prayer for her. The whole week, however, her burdened mother prayed without ceasing. She knew the surgery was scheduled for some time that week, but had no idea when precisely. Friday morning she received a phone call. She was ecstatic to hear her daughter speaking clearly, praising God for bringing her safely through. This week her family from Austria is visiting. Our dear sister is planning a thanksgiving supper, inviting everyone who will come to rejoice with her in God’s deliverance.


In Novi Pazar, through a series of unfortunate events, one of our elderly church members' daughter was arrested. She was held in the local jail until arrangements could be made to transport her to prison. Her mother was devastated at the news. She came to church in such a state that her unbearable burden moved every heart. From every corner she heard that her daughter was beyond help and would likely suffer horribly in prison. But prayer was made by the church, and our hurting hearts moved our heavenly Father. The local authorities transported the young lady to the prison in Ruse, and there left her to be admitted. Soon the prison called back to the local police asking for the woman’s paperwork. The police said they had no paperwork, that they had given it all to the prison. The prison said no one had given them anything. After a heated back and forth, the prison said they wouldn’t admit her without paperwork. The local police said they couldn’t take her back to jail without paperwork. They decided the best course of action was to take her home and forget it ever happened. Our God still answers prayers.


Finally, I’d again like to ask you all for your faith and prayers. Our furlough is fast approaching. Lord willing, we will be departing August 23rd for an extended visit to the States. We are packing up house here in Levski, moving out one more time in preparation for our departure. It’s my desire, while on furlough, to see as many of you as possible and get to as many new meetings as the Lord provides. Please, if you have any open dates and would like us in, all our contact info is below. We’d love to come and testify as to the goodness of our Savior demonstrated toward the gypsy Turks of Bulgaria.


Pray for us. As you can imagine, 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 here. I bless the Lord in everything, for good times and hard times. I even thank Him for the ol' 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  -



From Romania



Dear Brethren,                                                                             July 1, 2017


It is an honor to write to you from Romania once again. The Lord is good and truly to be praised and I praise him today! 

Thank you so much for praying for the older lady in the town of Calarasi who was dying. Many times she would become sick and I would go by and have a service and pray and she would receive strength. Toward the end she drifted off into a coma and stopped eating. Jacob and Kemal gathered the believers from Constanta and started the journey to Calarasi as I sat with the family while they prepared for Mammy’s death. About an hour before the believer’s arrival, a miracle happened and Mammy began to awake and wanted to sit up! She couldn’t talk, but wanted something to drink. They had some water and fruit which they tried to give her, but she was only able to eat and drink a little. During those 60 minutes it was wonderful to see the family come in and out of the house, amazed at how the Lord had raised her up. The most amazing thing to watch was the grandchildren and great grandchildren. After the adults had cleared the room, they began to come and sit on the floor before the bed. I would watch Mammy as she would look at them and I could see her lips moving. One little girl came to the door and Mammy tried to wave for her to come to her side, but was very weak. One of the older girl’s went to bring the little girl to Mammy’s bed and as if the time had come, she raised her hands and though I couldn’t hear, I knew she was praying for those little ones. It was such a powerful moment and most of the 20 or so children didn’t know what was happening, but there was no mistake of the presence of the Holy Spirit as she prayed for God to watch over them. The believers arrived and we had a wonderful service. Mammy seemed to receive strength from the believers and was able to greet them after the service. The whole next week I held service every morning at her house and Mammy got stronger and stronger to the place where she was able to feed herself and walk to the bathroom with help. God took Mammy to heaven on Easter morning. She died after telling her grandson, Emara, not to worry. She said Jesus had told her she was going home today. What a wonderful testimony she has left us to help her family find the way, the truth and the life. Now every time we sing her hymn, everyone knows that it is the hymn Mammy loved. It was an honor to preach her funeral. “..….Yea, saith the Spirit, they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” Revelation 14:13. Amen!

The meetings are going well and I’m thankful to tell you we have been able to baptize six believers this year. Just yesterday we were able to baptize two. This morning Teresa and I went to the meeting and about half way through, in came Ekrem who was baptized yesterday. He still had his work cloths on and was smiling from ear to ear. He said he had finished up early and rushed to come to prayer meeting. Such joy and hope he brings to the older believers and us. Out of the nine that were baptized last year, four were present this morning and four more came as their work schedules or unsaved husbands allow. One was forced into prostitution by her husband and I ask you to pray for her deliverance from the devil’s plans. Amelia is in the picture above. She is the mother of little Alexandria who had leukemia, I asked you to pray for a couple years ago. God healed Alexandria through prayer and Amelia knows it. She was one of the ones to follow the Lord in baptism just last month. Amelia now has great faith because of these trials and it’s a great joy to be a part of her continual growth. What joy and faith came out of her the day she was baptized! Now she believes God for her husband to be saved. Please help us pray for her husband’s faith and salvation.


We praise God for adding to the church every year as he sees fit and please continue to pray for us and all the national pastors and missionaries as we try to keep and shepherd His flock.


We would also like to ask you to pray for Jacob, his wife, and children as we go to the Embassy tomorrow and submit a request for them to return to America for a short furlough. Nothing is easy over here, but I know our God is able.