In Loving Memory
Rosalie Waymire, one of God’s great missionaries, has gone home to be with her Lord.
In the summer of 2000, Rosemary went to Albania as a WEI campaigner for the first time. Within
days after she arrived, she said, “I’m going home; I’m going to take care of some personal
affairs; and I’m coming back to teach.” Within a few weeks after the campaign ended, Rosalie
was back in Tirana working with Ellen Walker and other missionaries in an effort to lead her
Albanian students to Christ. She loved them, and they loved her.
Rosalie at the Baptism of Two of Her Students
Rosalie said she had been sitting on the side
lines, warming pews, and feeling useless long enough.
In Albania, she felt fulfilled. She had a sense of purpose—a feeling of belonging. Leading her
students to Christ filled her heart with joy.
During the last six years of her life, Rosalie spent almost as much time in Albania as she did
in Idaho. In fact, she was eagerly anticipating her return to Albania this summer when she
learned that she had inoperable cancer.
Instead of complaining, Rosalie praised God for the hope within her, and she faced death with
dignity, confidence, and serenity.
Her three surviving children wrote the following words for the obituary, “Rosalie had amazing
strength and beauty inside and out. . . . She passed away with a smile knowing she was
loved by her children, family, and friends.” She also knew she was loved by God and by her
Lord, Jesus Christ. Perhaps she died smiling because she saw the angels coming to take her
Ellen Walker wrote the following in her recent newsletter: “Many of you have heard that my
dear, sweet roommate, Rosalie, went to be with the Lord this past Wednesday. . . . I
will never forget the lessons that I learned from Rosalie’s life of service, selflessness, and
graciousness. She lived her life to the fullest with a smile on her face. The truth is, having
lost her husband, two children, and siblings would have made a lesser woman bitter, but not
Rosalie. . . . May I live my life so as to be that kind of example.”
God bless the memory of Rosalie Waymire. It is an understatement to say she will be missed.
Speer Baptizes Jonida Sterjo
Wayne and Brenda Speer, former missionaries to Albania,
recently returned to Tirana for three weeks to renew friendships and to serve the church.
Ellen Walker says that “for three weeks, Wayne preached and taught all the Bible classes.
Brenda taught my Ladies’ Bible Class, and they both spent many hours meeting with members and
non-members, teaching, advising, encouraging, and in general serving the Lord.
Wayne Speer and Artan Xhaferi Pray at Jonida’s Baptism
“While Wayne was here, one of the students he
studied with was Jonida Sterjo. She’s the new wife of our brother Nastor Sterjo. She’s been
coming to classes and worship for several months with Nastor and several times, when he had to
work, she came alone. Wayne was able to study with her every day, and baptized her the last
Sunday they were here.”
God Takes WEI to 188 Nations
God is using WEI to lead people to Christ in 188 nations,
including every Muslim nation in North Africa and the Middle East, and every Communist Country
in the world except North Korea.
Please pray that God will open doors to the twenty nations and island countries that WEI has
not yet penetrated: Andorra (a tiny country in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and
Spain), Barbados; Chad; Comoros (an island north of Madagascar), Democratic People’s Republic
of Korea (North Korea), Grenada; Guinea and Guinea-Bissau (both located in West Africa),
Kirbati (a South Pacific island chain), Lesotho (a small country within South Africa), Mal
dives (an island chain in the South Pacific), Marshall Islands, Monaco, Palau (islands in the
North Pacific), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino (tiny
country in Eastern Italy), Slovinia (in Eastern Europe), Solomon Islands, and Tavalu (a South
Please note that Barbados, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Vincent and the
Grenadines are all vacation spots in the Caribbean Sea. Many Christians book cruises to these
islands and could help spread the word.
If you are planning a cruise to the Windward Islands, please let us know, and we will send you
a packet of fliers to hand out on the streets, in stores, and in the market places. You can do
mission work while you are on vacation. You can introduce people to Christ in a very
unthreatening way by handing them a flier and inviting them to study with us through regular
mail or e mail. God can use you to recruit Bible and English students in the Caribbean, or
anywhere in the world. Help us share the Good News with people in every nation.
Advertising WEI in Cambodia
Bill McDonough, Director of Partners in Progress and a missionary in Phnom Penh,
Cambodia, is using WEI materials in his outreach ministry.
In the past, Bill has recruited WEI students by placing signs in Internet Café windows.
Recently, he put a large sign on the back of a Tuk Tuk, a Cambodian three-wheeled taxi.
We commend Bill for his ingenuity. God has used him to open many doors in Europe and Asia.
Advertising on a Cambodian Tuk Tuk
Welch Organizes Iasi Team
Eric Welch, missionary in Iasi, Romania, is putting together a team of teachers for his first
short-term WEI mission effort in Iasi. This short-term mission work is scheduled to last from
July 3 to July 28.
Tom Langley was at Freed Hardeman University doing a training session when this photo was
taken. From left to right: Elizabeth Wilcom and Zach Opheim (Oklahoma Christian University
students), Daniel Ashby (FHU student), Tom Langley, Graham Bates ( FHU student), and Eric
Some of the Teachers Going to Iasi, Romania
Other teachers not included in the photo are Jim
Gardner (teacher at FHU), his wife Peggy, and Brianna Turner, another FHU student.
Tom writes: “Three missionary families, all graduates from FHU (Paul and Rachael Holland,
Daren and Julie Shroeder, and Eric and Stephanie Welch) started the work in Iasi in 2000 and
have produced some of the finest Bible study and church-related material in the Romanian
language. It’s an honor to be partnering with them in their first WEI short-term mission
Recap of Taiwan Mission Trip
Enoch and Jeannine Thweatt led a team of teachers to Taipei, Taiwan last Fall. The group
included Doug and Johanna Chason from Auburn, Alabama; Keith and Lyn Farris from Portland,
Oregon; Larry Roper from Cookeville, Tennessee; Dr. Shirley Curry from Waynesboro, Tennessee;
and Sarah Cog gins from Marietta, Georgia.
In her recap of this short-term mission trip, Sarah wrote the following: “One of the best
parts of the trip was teaching the World English Institute (WEI) materials to our students in
“Our students (those wonderful people who have a desire to learn or improve their English)
come to us seeking one thing (English lessons), and through God’s help, we give them something
much more valuable—an introduction to JEHOVAH GOD.
“There’s always great interest in ‘free’ English lessons. About seventy people expressed
‘interest’ in the program. Forty-two (42) signed up and attended some or all of their lessons.
Twenty-six (26) completed all of the lessons in their course of study.
“Each teacher begins the day with prayer, prays throughout the day, and prays a prayer of
thanksgiving at the end of the day.
“This year, Su Baba and Su Mama (Enoch and Jeannine Thweatt) planned ‘graduation’ to occur at
the first annual Thanksgiving dinner. Yes, we celebrated Thanksgiving with turkey, KFC, Pizza
Hut, and all the trimmings. It was a great success. The students made it an evening to
remember. After dinner, the students were given their completion certificates and Bibles with
their names engraved on the cover.”
Sarah Coggins with One of Her Students
short-term Mission Teachers Needed
The “Mission Para Cristo” effort in Nicaragua would like to host a team of WEI teachers, and
we have not yet found any teachers for this team. The tentative dates are July 3-28. We also
need teachers for WEI schools in Lugos, Romania, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Tirana, Albania. If
you are interested in teaching WEI in any one of these mission sites, please contact Tom
Langley at the Maryville office.
Angela & Tom Langley
Tom & Angie Langley
Message from the
I would like to use this column to share with you an exciting opportunity to partner with us
in our WEI short-term mission ministry.
We are in the process of creating a WEI short-term
mission fund that will be used to grant financial assistance to prospective WEI
short-term teachers. It is not our intent to provide 100 percent of the money necessary for
any individual, but rather to help en courage prospective teachers and to provide a starting
point for them to begin their fund raising efforts.
This grant will be administered and regulated by a policy that defines the grant’s purpose,
philosophy, and guidelines. The WEI board will be responsible for reviewing and approving all
We believe that our short-term mission ministry is a responsible and effective method which
fulfills the stated purpose of WEI, that is, to promote the worldwide spread of the gospel
using innovative materials and techniques. The WEI short-term Bible-teaching mission is a
valuable and responsible approach to missions which actively and personally involves
Christians in the great commission of our Lord.
The mission of our short-term mission ministry is to teach the Bible using WEI material, to
build faith in God, to lead the students to Jesus Christ, and to encourage the mission site
church. We do our best to instruct and train our WEI short-term teachers to understand that
they are guests and must be sensitive to the host culture. Our teachers also commit to
following up by studying with their students through WEI correspondence by post or email.
Recruiting teachers from U.S. churches to go and teach in the mission fields they support is
our goal. This has greatly enhanced the relationship between supporting churches and mission
God bless you for your continued prayerful and financial support. Angela and I are humbled by
your generosity and commitment to world missions. We love and appreciate you.
---Tom & Angela Langley
Dick and Maudine Ady
Dick & Maudine Ady
Message from the Adys
Watching God work in the world is the most exciting thing I have experienced. His hand is
visible in the affairs of the nations, and he is opening doors that no man can open. It was
the hand of God that tore down the Iron Curtain and coaxed us into Eastern Europe and the
former Soviet Union. Now, the Lord is opening doors in Cambodia, China, Cuba, Vietnam, and
other Communist countries. He is also tearing down walls in Muslim countries in North Africa,
Indonesia, the Middle East, and other parts of the world. God is using WEI to teach people
about Christ in nearly every Muslim nation on earth.
During the past two months, several men of God, at great risk to themselves, have distributed
Bibles, preached the Gospel, and baptized dozens of people into Christ right in the heart of
Islam. We have pictures of these amazing activities, but we can’t show them to you without
putting these workers and the new Christians in jeopardy. Rejoice with us over these
astounding new breakthroughs. The Lord is at work making the impossible possible.
God is blessing WEI with the resources needed to spread the word. Bill Brown’s $5,000
contribution to WEI doubled when Bill Stephens matched it with another $5,000. Thanks to Bill
Stephens and Tim Partlow, we now have matching funds for any contribution up to $25,000. That
means that a $25,000 gift would become $50,000, enough to send Bibles and WEI materials to
thousands of missionaries and students around the world.
Here is your opportunity to stretch your mission dollars by 100 % and introduce thousands of
people to Christ.
God is good, and we are grateful. He has blessed us with some of the most loving, supportive,
and generous friends in the world, and we are filled with thanksgiving. It is a pleasure to be
your partners in the greatest, most rewarding, and most satisfying work in the world. Thank
God for you. We love you.
---Dick and Maudine Ady