Teach Others to Teach Others
I come to you as a friend and brother with nothing on my heart but a strong
desire to share the Good News with others.
God is using WEI to teach people about Christ in 176
of the 192 nations. Our aim is to preach the gospel to every person on
But, we must also fulfill the second part of the Great
Commission by teaching new Christians to obey everything Jesus has
In the recent Global Missions Conference in Arlington,
Texas, Rudy Wray said, “The fastest way to reach the world for Christ is to
follow the principle in 2 Timothy 2:2, that is, to teach others to teach
others to teach others.”
Since the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, more than
1,100 Albanians have been baptized into Christ, and eleven churches have
been established. Now, these churches desperately need trained leaders.
One by one, missionaries are leaving Albania. Already,
one church has died from lack of leadership. If churches in the Balkans are
to grow, thrive, and flourish, they must be led by trained nationals.
Without leadership, the fledgling churches in the Balkan nations will all
die, and the money, time, and effort invested in them will have been wasted.
We have a plan for training church leaders, and we
need your help. In January 2006, Lord willing, International Bible Institute
of Albania (IBIA) will open its doors and start teaching students. This
school will be international in scope from the first day. Applications have
already come in from Albania, Kosova, Romania, Africa, and India.
This will be a cooperative effort. Sunset
International Bible Institute will oversee the school, assign a dean and
teachers, and maintain high academic standards. The Adams Boulevard Church
of Christ in Bartlesville, Oklahoma will sponsor Steve Stamatis as Dean and
provide half of his support. As a representative of WEI, I am committed to
raising $500 a month to cover operational expenses plus scholarship money
for each full-time Albanian student.
In order to make this training affordable for all
students, no tuition will be charged, and food and lodging will be provided
for qualified students.
That’s where your help is needed. For $300 to $500 a
month, you can provide food, lodging, and training for a future church
leader and thus prepare him for ministry. Will you or your congregation
provide a scholarship fund for one or more of these students for a period of
two years? Will you help us teach them to teach others?
I would be happy to provide additional information,
meet with you personally, or speak to your congregation about this new
school. Call me at 503-661-0348 or e-mail me at
May God bless you as you consider this opportunity to
build up the kingdom of God in Eastern Europe and other parts of the world.
You can make a difference! ---Dick
Christians in Tirana
Bill Morgan did double-duty again this summer. On the one hand, he taught
two training classes for members of the church in Tirana, Albania. On the
other hand, he directed eleven teachers in a WEI short-term mission effort.
Bill reports, “The summer session this year was five
weeks [long], which is one week shorter than previous years. Those
participating felt it was a great session with a lot accomplished.
“In addition to teaching one-on-one with new students,
and some return students, an emphasis was also given to special classes for
members of the church. These classes were designed to help members in their
personal growth and spiritual maturity.
“There were eleven teachers: Lee Allen, Art and Bonnie Edwards, Jim Fox,
Bill Morgan, Stinn and Lindita McDaniel, Emily Pownall, Nancy Walker,
Rosalie Waymire, and Alison Winstead.
“Sadete Hoxha [WEI Secretary] reported
that seventy-five students were taught this summer. There were two
baptisms: Livia Themelko and Blerina Kruja.
Nancy Walker, Blerina Kruja, Artan Xhaferi
“Two graduation parties were given this
year, one at the end of week three and the other at the end of week five.
These parties serve several purposes: (1) to award diplomas to students who
have completed their studies, (2) to give opportunity for all students to
have fellowship with one another, (3) to give opportunity for parents to
meet the teachers, other students, and the WEI staff, and (4) to serve
refreshments, play games, and thus allow students and parents to see the
value that comes from fellowship in the church.”
After returning to the U.S., Stinn and
Lindita McDaniel came by our Gresham office for a visit. Lindita, an
Albanian by birth, was unusually excited. She exclaimed that one of her
former Albanian university professors had approached her on a street in
Tirana and asked, “Will you teach my daughter, Livia, this summer?”
After studying with Stinn McDaniel and
Jim Fox, Livia said, “I want to be baptized.” “I couldn’t believe it,”
Lindita said. “My professor’s daughter is now my
Jim Fox, Livia Themelko, Stinn McDaniel
Lindita said, “After Livia started
studying with us, she attended every meeting of the church.”
Praise God for these new sisters in Christ.
Hurricane Katrina Takes
Early Monday morning, August 29, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the
Louisiana and Mississippi coast leaving death and destruction in its wake.
The storm broke through two levies that protected New Orleans and flooded
the city streets with water up to twelve feet deep.
Thousands of people who had been unable
or unwilling to evacuate prior to the storm were trapped. Some civic leaders
estimated that more people have died in the path of Hurricane Katrina than
died on 9/11. That remains to be seen. Most of the death and destruction
were caused, not by wind, but by walls of water twenty-nine feet high, the
highest ever recorded on the Gulf Coast.
Our hearts go out to those who have lost
their loved ones and their possessions. Cathy Messecar writes a weekly
newspaper column in Conroe, Texas. On September 2 she wrote, “Two statements
coming from media coverage of hurricane Katrina’s aftermath have stayed with
me: ‘We have each other,’ and ‘If you know God, pray.’
“Ann and Vernon’s Gulfport, MS home was
leveled. They summed up their losses as significant, but not devastating by
saying to NBC’s Lester Holt, ‘We have each other.’ “Mansions and mobile
homes, bicycles and Chevys, clothing and canned goods are submerged in the
toxic soup along the southeast Gulf Coast. Louisiana’s governor estimates
that at least 500,000 homes were destroyed in her home state.
“The second statement is from Linda,
interviewed by a Houston TV station. On Sunday, Linda’s husband stayed
behind to protect their house, and she hasn’t heard from him since. She pled
with viewers, ‘If you know God, pray for my husband.’”
Cathy has zeroed in on two important
lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina: (1) Family and friends are far more
important than houses, cars, boats, and earthly possessions. (2) When life
gets out of control, PRAY.
Therefore, let us pray for, and grieve
with, those who have lost everything in Hurricane Katrina.
Praise God that so many have given so
much to help these hurricane victims get back on their feet.
The Dark Side of Missions
There is a bright side to missions, and it gives us pleasure to report the
heroic deeds of those who lay down their lives for Jesus. But there is also
a dark side to mission work. Satan sometimes enters followers of Christ as
he entered into Judas.
My heart aches as I write this. I wish I
didn’t have to tell you, but I MUST in order to maintain my integrity and
the integrity of WEI.
For two years, Fred and Masi Ogara have
been teaching WEI courses to high school seniors in private schools in
central Kenya. Gene and Nancy Banister, Bob and Jan Towell and others have
sent thousands of dollars to Fred for printing WEI materials. Fred has
reported hundreds of baptisms and the establishment of several churches. We
have shared some of those reports with you in our newsletters.
In May of this year, one of Fred’s
military friends notified us that he was going to Libya on a military
mission and would be able to take several hundred Bibles with him. This was
exciting news. A number of people gave thousands of dollars out of their own
pockets, raised thousands more from friends and churches, and sent the money
to Fred. Fred sent pictures of himself wrapping Bibles, and he sent receipts
from Bible bookstores in Nairobi and Kisumu. Two of Fred’s military friends
sent e-mails saying they were in Libya, they had delivered hundreds of
Bibles, and they had worshiped with several Libyan churches. It turned out
that these e-mails originated in Kenya, and the attached pictures,
purportedly taken in Libya, had been copied from a travel agency’s web site.
To make a sad story short, God used Mac
and Marty Lynn, Bob Towell, Gene Banister, and missionaries and nationals in
Kenya to expose Fred’s lies and deceptions. We now have proof that Fred has
been deceiving us for two years. His reports have been full of falsehoods.
He has impersonated people, sending e-mails in their names. Fred neither
purchased large quantities of Bibles nor sent them to Libya.
The only good that has come from this
ordeal is that baby Gene received treatment for his horrible burns. The
Doctors in the U.S. have dismissed him saying that he will not need further
We tried over a period of weeks to bring
Fred and Masi to repentance, but our efforts resulted only in increased
lying and vicious letters to us and about us. Consequently, Fred was
notified that he can no longer represent WEI in Kenya or anywhere else.
We know of at least four people in the
U.S. whom Fred and Masi have approached with pleas for help. If either of
them should approach you asking for money, please be aware that Fred and
Masi Ogara are seasoned con artists. Weep with us, and pray
for Fred and Masi.
The WEI Short-term Missions
Tom & Angie Langley
The WEI short-term mission efforts,
organized by the Maryville, TN office this summer, were again successful and
very fruitful. We praise God for this and are grateful to Him for providing
us with 61 wonderful and talented teachers, and over 375 seeking students.
The seeds of the kingdom were sown in four cities in Romania and three
cities in Albania.
I’d like to share with you a few of the comments from some of the students.
Some of their comments were so precious and heartwarming that I either
jotted them down or committed them to memory.
The students’ first response was almost
always about their teacher: “I just love my teacher. There is something deep
in her soul that is very good. I must find this goodness.” “I think my
teacher is very close to God, and he answers my questions always from the
Bible. These classes are a blessing for me.” “My teacher is so gentle and
kind, and I’m happy when she smiles.” “When I think about my teacher, I
think to Jesus.” “I would stay here all day if I could.”
Many times, the students would comment on
the WEI material. Immediately after one young lady in Constanta was
baptized, she said, “I learned something much better than English. I learned
more perfectly the way of salvation.”
Blessings, Blessings, Blessings
God is using WEI teachers to teach students all over the world through
correspondence, e-mail, and short-term missions. The teachers are blessed,
and our short-term teachers always want to return to the field. In fact,
many of them come home to the States with ambitions to enter the mission
field full time.
At the same time, the students are
blessed through a study of the word of God and through the close
relationships they form with their teachers.
Thank you for your support of WEI. Our
budget always seems to be strained, and without your support, none of this
would be possible. If you are not partnering with us in world missions,
please give this prayerful consideration.
We love you, and we are grateful.
---Tom and Angela
Good Things are Happening
Dick and Maudine Ady
Lots of good things are happening. Virgil
and Jackie Jackson, missionaries in Vlorë, Albania, report that two young
women have been baptized into Christ: Fationa Bodo, 17, and Juliana Aliaj,
18. Fatiana comes from a Muslim family.
John Travis, WEI/WBS teacher at the
Buduburam Refugee Camp outside of Accra, Ghana, reports that three more
people have become Christians: Comfort Cherue, Miatta Rennie, and Helen
By the time you read this newsletter,
Enoch and Jeannine Thweatt will be in Taiwan conducting another WEI
short-term mission campaign in the Taipei area. Keith and Lyn Farris, and
others, will soon be joining them.
A WEI student in China has translated two
of the three books of the Easy-to-Read Bible Course into Chinese and is
ready to work on Book Three.
Did you know that the Easy-to-Read Bible
Course has now been translated into Albanian, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish
and is being translated into Chinese and Farsi.
Did you know that the Beginner’s English
Course has been translated into Albanian, Hungarian, Romanian, and Spanish
and is in being translated into Chinese and Farsi? God is opening new doors
and is using WEI to reach lost people in China, Latin America, and the
Middle East. To him be the glory.
At the same time, WEI is struggling
financially. You will notice on page six that we were $5,410.34 in the red
as of August 31. We are bleeding, and we need a transfusion. If you and/or
your congregation have not yet partnered with us in world evangelism, we
invite you to join hands with us. We are praying that God will stir your
To our loyal friends who are supporting us in this world-wide mission
effort, we say, “Thank you.” You have been so generous with your resources
and your time. Some of you have given thousands of dollars. Others have
given thousands of hours teaching others. We are grateful for your
May God bless you.
---Dick and Maudine