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Matt 28:18-20

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
NIV

John 20:10-16

10 Then the disciples went back to their homes, 11 but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?"

"They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him." 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 "Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?"

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."

16 Jesus said to her, "Mary."

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).
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Number 105 February March 2006 Dick Ady, Editor
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In Loving Memory Wayne Baptizes Jonida Sterjo God Takes WEI to 188 Nations
Advertising WEI in Cambodia Welsh Organizes Iasi Team Recap of Taiwan Mission Trip
Short-term Mission Teachers Needed Message from the Langleys Message from the Adys

WEI short-term mission fund



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 home.

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 Pacific island).

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 Welch.



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 effort.”

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 Taipei.

“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 Langleys

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 applications.

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 site Christians.

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
 

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