The Kessler Family 
Bringing the glorious gospel to the people of Bulgaria.

Daniel Kessler’s Testimony

   I thought I had gotten saved when I was 10 years old. At that time my family was going to a Methodist Church. One evening they were having a special service to watch “The Burning Hell”. The movie put the fear and dread of Hell in my heart. I responded to the alter call and prayed a prayer after someone but there was no change of heart. As I grew older I would say that my life was quite miserable; especially, when I would think upon the matter of being saved or not.

 

   By God’s providence, In April 1996 I started working at Gulfstream Aerospace. There I met a real Bible Believing Christian. He challenged me concerning my faith in Christ. I gave all the right answers but still no peace within. This man was different from most Christians as he had a zeal for God and purity of life. He invited me to his church, Calvary Baptist Church in Beaufort, SC. Two months later I decided I would visit. The night before going to his church I got down on my knees and asked God to reveal to me if I was truly saved or not.

 

    I don’t remember the title of the message, but one thing was for sure. God would use this preacher, Pastor Karl Baker, with the authority of His Word, (Rom. 10:17) to reveal my true need of Salvation. By the end of the sermon I wanted to be saved more than anything in this world. For the first time, I died to myself and trusted Jesus Christ to save my soul in sincerity. Something was different that day I left church. I had a peace with God that I had never experienced before. My conscience didn’t condemn me anymore. God was now so real to me and His Word so true. According to Rom.12:1-2, our reasonable service is to seek the Lord’s will in our lives.

 

    I was able to attend our local church’s Bible Institute in 1999. I completed a 3 year course and received a Bachelors Divinity degree in 2001. In 1999 a missionary family, the Fairs, came home to our church for furlough. That was when I met my wife to be, Melissa Fair. We were married Jan. 6, 2001. 

 

 The end of 2002 we went to Papua New Guinea on our first missions trip. My in-laws serve as missionaries there. We continued to serve the Lord in our local church desiring to be used of Him.

 

 In 2006 a few men and I from our church went on a mission’s trip to the Dominican Republic. The Lord was dealing with me about the mission field, I just wasn’t sure where and when He would call. My family and I have been content to abide at out local church and serve the Lord there; but the desire of possibly being missionaries ourselves has never left us. November 2008 we received a prayer letter from a missionary in Bulgaria, Jeff Krontz. He mentioned the need for a missionary in Burgas which is 6 hrs. from where he ministered. There were some people asking and praying for someone to come start a work there. After much prayer the Lord gave assurance for me to go. Everything worked out perfectly. The month of July my company had a temporary layoff. I was able to go to Bulgaria for 3 weeks in  July 2009. While there I was able to spend 4 days with the Bulgarian couple who have been praying for someone to come. I believe this family is to me and my family just like the vision was to Paul in Acts 16:9. It took some time for me to be settled in this, but the Lord convinced me by the end of September 2009 that it was time to step out and obey God and His leading. Ps. 37:4,5. We thank you for your thoughtful and prayerful consideration for the ministry the Lord has called us to. May God bless you all as you seek to serve Him and be a blessing in His sight.

 

Sincerely in Christ,

 

Danny Kessler


Melissa Kessler’s Testimony

 I was born and raised in a Christian home. I am thankful to the Lord for saving my parents, Wayne and Sue Fair, before I was born. I am also thankful for my parents’ living testimonies of real Christians. As a young child I made different professions of faith but I didn’t have complete assurance. Once I was in my teen years my life didn’t show the fruit of a true Christian, which made me doubt my salvation. It troubled me very much that I wasn’t sure. One night our Pastor preached a sermon out of 1Jn. 5:12 “He that hath the Son hath life, and He that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” He preached about the simplicity of Salvation. The message was just for me. That night I asked the Lord to forgive me of my sins and save me. There wasn’t a drastic change outwardly but inwardly there was. My desires and friends changed.    

 

    Not long after my salvation my family left for the mission field. We went to the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. It was a major change in my life at 15 years old. At first it was hard not knowing anyone or the language. Once I surrendered my will I was content and happy to be there.  It wasn’t long before my siblings and I were speaking the language and making friends. I knew the reason we were there wasn’t about us; but was a much deeper and eternal reason. Therefore, the conditions didn’t seem as great a deal after all. I truly believe the years I was on the field were very beneficial to my Spiritual growth as a young Christian. I was able to experience much more than I even realized at the time. I was able to serve with my family on the field until I was 19yrs old. Once I finished High school my heart’s desire was to go back to PNG with my family. I taught a reading and writing class for the adults in our church so they could read the Bible. I also helped my Mother in the aid station we had. I enjoyed serving and ministering with my family there. Best of all was seeing the fruit of our labor; seeing  souls saved and lives being changed.

 

   At 19yrs. old my family and I came home for furlough. I knew I wouldn’t be returning with them. I was praying before we came home for the Lord to direct me. My desire was to marry a Christian and raise a family. I knew my parents would only be home 1yr before returning to the field. I thought it impossible to be married before they returned. I told people I wasn’t coming home to get married. My father was very good to me. He didn’t make me feel as if I had to get married or that he was going to find someone for me. The Lord had His plan though. He had someone waiting. Danny had gotten saved and had been faithful at our home church for the past 3 years we while were on the field. We were married before my parents returned to the field. With God all things are possible. We have been married for 10 years and have 4 children.

 

   Danny and I have been faithful and available in our church to serve wherever needed. I have been the piano player and Danny the head Trustee. We also handled the Missions. Our heart has been in Missions. Danny has taken 3 different Missions trips. The last trip being to Bulgaria in July 2009. We saw God’s hand bring everything together perfectly making it possible for Danny to go. We believe the Lord is calling us to go to Bulgaria. I have been and am willing to go wherever He leads us. Thank you for considering us as missionaries to take the blessed gospel to the people of Bulgaria.

 

Sincerely in Christ,

 

Melissa Kessler