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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."
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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 106 Apr - May  2006 Dick Ady, Editor
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Meet Nkurunziza Jean de la Paix Four New Christians in Durrës Winhams Evaluate WEI Course
New Christians at Buduburam Bill Morgan Trains Leaders WEI Students Increase in Cambodia
Steve & Ruth Byrne Move to Fier Teaching Sudanese through CDs Opportunities Abound in Central America
Tom & Angela Langley

Dick & Maudine Ady


Meet Nkurunziza Jean de la Paix
Ted and Martha Ogle, veteran missionaries in Nairobi, Kenya, are now partnering with WEI as well as WBS and NationsUniversity, and God is blessing our partnership. Exciting things are happening.

Ted and Martha write, “We have accepted responsibility for administering another teaching tool known as World English Institute (WEI). It is a teaching program that teaches English and uses items learned for Bible study.

“Now, Nkurunziza Jean de la Paix [from Rwanda] is working with us full time on this approach to Bible study. Though this is new to him, he has 23 students enrolled; 16 of these are refugees. The refugees seem to be a field ripe unto harvest. Language skills are much needed in a strange land. Please pray for this work of sharing the good news of salvation.” Jean is well-qualified for this work both spiritually and academically. He is now working on his second MRS degree through NationsUniversity.

For those of us who haven’t studied French, the Ogles explain how Jean’s family name is pronounced. The “N” is almost silent, and “Nkurunziza” is pronounced: “Kur’ un ziza,” meaning “Good News.” “Jean” is French for John. “Jean de la Paix” means “John of Peace.” Thus, “John of Peace,” is preaching the Good News about the Prince of Peace.
Interestingly, Ted and Martha are now working with Peter, Andrew, and John. Like the apostles for whom they were named, they have been sent forth by Jesus Christ to share the Good News with others.

Peter, John, and Andrew
 

We just received word that John has baptized his first WEI student, Rene Ibrahim Issa, a 21-year-old man from Rwanda. The picture below tells the story.
 



The Ogles, Peter, John, and Rene Rejoice with the Angels

Four New Christians in Durrës
Alfred Zike, a minister of the church in Durrës, Albania, writes the following: “The membership has grown with four new souls since January 2006. All of them were baptized for the remission of their sins based on their beliefs and confessions of the Lord among many witnesses. Daniela, Olsa, and Nikolin Kosta were baptized on January 8th, while Ilsa Basha was baptized in February.



Çimi (far right) and New Christians


“The four new souls are very devoted. All of them are faithful in attendance [at worship] and all other activities of the church. “Çimi [Kafexhiu] is having Bible classes with them. They all are growing spiritually.”

Winhams Evaluate WEI Course
Steve and Suzie Winham, who make regular mission trips to La Paz, Mexico, have this to say about WEI: “We found the course to be very effective with the students that knew very little English. One elderly lady said that she had taken several English courses in Mexico, and this was, by far, the best one she had seen.”


New Christians at Buduburam
John Travis (minister of the gospel at the Buduburam Refugee Camp near Accra, Ghana) reports: “We are thankful for the number of baptisms here in the month of March 2006. There was one baptism in the month of April. Her name is Mamie Mombo, born February 22, 1973 and baptized April 16, 2006.” She was a WEI student who “attended most of the Bible classes during the week and at church. She had visited the church for more than two years before she got baptized.”
 



Mamie Mombo Is Baptized into Christ


Bill Morgan Trains Leaders
Each year, Bill Morgan teaches two or three leadership-training classes in Tirana, Albania. Between twenty and thirty people usually attend these classes. Consequently, the Tirana church now has eight strong male leaders as well as a number of well-informed male and female teachers.

We commend Bill for his wisdom and perseverance. God is using him powerfully to build up the kingdom of Christ in Tirana.



Bill Morgan Teaching Leadership Training Class

WEI Students Increase in Cambodia
In a recent newsletter, Bill McDonough said, “In an effort to increase the number of students studying the Bible in English, we have promoted World English Institute Internet Study opportunities. Today, WEI Internet School Director, Bob Towell, told us we have the second largest number of [Internet] students of any country in the world.

“By encouraging Internet study, we can teach many more students, and when they are ready, they can join our private tutoring program which teaches an average of seventy-five students a week at the PIP Center in Phnom Penh.

“More than sixty Christians from the USA and Europe have spent one to nine months teaching in the Phnom Penh Center, and many of those taught obey the gospel and remain faithful.

“This is another example of how partnering with other ministries increases our productivity and allows us to share the gospel with many more than we ever could working alone.”

Steve & Ruth Byrne Move to Fier
Pray for Steve and Ruth Byrne as they move to Fier, Albania to serve as long-term missionaries. Steve and Ruth first went to Albania in 1995 as part of a singing group from Livermore, California. Since then, Steve has returned to Albania twice for short-term mission efforts.

Steve and Ruth will work with the church in Fier under the oversight of the Slicer Street Church of Christ in Kennett, Missouri.

Ruth and Steve Byrne
 

Teaching Sudanese through CDs
A Muslim refugee from Sudan, now living in France, has become a Christian, and he will soon be using WEI materials to share his faith with others. Bob and Jan Towell have given several CDs containing the WEI Bible and English courses to a brother in Abilene, Texas. He, in turn, will send the CDs to France where they will be used by our brother (whose name is withheld for security reasons) in his outreach ministry. He is also being encouraged to enroll in NationsUniversity for advanced Bible training.

“So you see,” says Jan, “the Word is being scattered in all kinds of places. You never know where, when, and how the seed will touch fertile soil. Amen?”

Opportunities Abound in Central America
Tom Langley has just returned from an exciting trip to Central America. In an effort to open doors, he introduced WEI at the Baxter Institute Lectureships in Tegucigalpa, Honduras for the first time.

Tom says, “Preachers and missionaries from all over Central America attend this lectureship each year. Baxter Institute is highly regarded for its Bible instruction and leadership training. Students from all over Central America attend this school and, after graduation, go on to become ministers, evangelists, and missionaries primarily in Central America.

“Most of those in attendance did not even know of WEI and were thrilled to learn of this exciting tool to aid their present and future ministries. They were so excited about the possibilities that 79 preachers and students signed up to take the course themselves! They absolutely loved the idea of a combination of English and Bible courses. Several mission sites in Central America are also very interested in hosting WEI short-term teams in the future.

“There is an exciting future for WEI in this part of the world, and we are praying for God’s blessings as we pursue these wonderful opportunities.”
 

Tom Langley with Baxter Institute Students


Tom & Angela Langley

These are very good times for WEI, and we are grateful to God for them. Every aspect of the ministry seems to be growing and expanding. We have correspondence students in more countries than ever before. Our e-mail ministry continues to be on the cutting edge of Internet technology, thanks to the tireless efforts of Bob and Jan Towell, and our webmaster, Bob Patterson.

Our short-term mission ministry has exceeded its goals for expansion in 2006. In the coming weeks, eight (8) WEI short-term mission teams will be launching out to personally study the Bible with hundreds of students. Very good reports are coming in from all over the world where mission efforts are using WEI as a tool to reach countless numbers of people with God’s word. As stated in this newsletter, there are even more opportunities on the horizon.

We know that we must not become satisfied and complacent with these blessings. We will continue to dream and envision the day when every man and woman has an opportunity to respond to the gospel message. When Jesus commissioned us to “go into ALL the world,” he meant what he said.

I’ve recently been inspired by the work of World Bible School, our sister correspondence ministry. They speak in terms of reaching people in biblical proportions, not just tens of thousands, but millions! May God continue to bless WBS and WEI as we both strive to reach the lost of the ENTIRE world.

If this is exciting to you, please give prayerful consideration to partnering with us so that ALL the world may come to know our Lord. Also, please pray for our teams of WEI short-term teachers who will be traveling great distances in the coming weeks.

Our family is grateful to God for the opportunity to serve in this international mission ministry. Over the last 30 months, we have been so blessed to meet, fellowship, and partner with so many of you: Arlington, Buffalo Valley, Holladay, Piedmont Road, Tenth Street, and of course our sponsoring church in Maryville. We love and appreciate you all in the Lord.

---Tom and Angie
 

Dick & Maudine Ady


Praise God for Tom and Angie Langley. They are tremendous assets to WEI. As my future successor, Tom is accepting more and more responsibility. He is now in charge of organizing short-term mission efforts throughout the world. He is also speaking to churches, setting up his WEI display booth at college lectureships and missionary workshops, and promoting world evangelism in general.

Tom just returned from an exciting trip to Central America. At Baxter Institute in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, seventy-one preachers and students enrolled in WEI. Most of these know little or no English, so they want to begin with the WEI Beginner’s English Course for Spanish-speaking students. That presents a CHALLENGE and an OPPORTUNITY. The challenge is to find bilingual teachers who can communicate with these students in Spanish.

The opportunity is for Spanish-speaking Christians and Hispanic churches in the U.S. to get involved in mission work. Hispanic congregations are popping up everywhere in the United States. Please help us contact them about teaching these seventy-one new students in Honduras.

Tom also spent three days with Benny and Donna Baker in Nicaragua talking to them about introducing the WEI English and Bible courses into a Jinotega high school curriculum. Tom will have more to say about this in our next newsletter.

We still have matching funds available for gifts up to $25,000, thanks to the generosity of Bill Stephens and Tim Partlow. Here is your chance to double your money while laying up treasures in heaven.

God is using WEI to teach people about Christ in 189 countries. To him be the glory. As WEI grows, the cost of spreading the gospel grows with it. Only by the grace of God are we able to pay the bills. We are deeply grateful to him and to you. May he reward you for your love gifts. Thank you for your friendship and your encouragement. We love you with the love of God.

---Dick and Maudine
 

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