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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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Previous Update Issue

Number 110 December 06 / January  2007 Dick Ady, Editor
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In Memory of Micah Gifford
 
Winning Albanians to Christ Çimi Baptizes Arlind Veshti
IBIA Studies
 
New Birth in Elbasan New Christians in Kenya
Charles Anunda Nyaega Mogoka Is Baptized into Christ Teachers Needed Dick and Maudine Ady

 
In Memory of Micah Gifford
On the evening of December 7, 2006, our dear friends, Dale and Marsha Gifford, received the most horrifying news that any parent could ever receive. Two somber soldiers, a sergeant and a chaplain, came to their door and said, “We are sorry to inform you that your son, Cpl. Micah Stephen Gifford, was killed by an IED in Baghdad, Iraq today.”




Cpl. Micah Gifford


Marsha wrote, “Our hearts are broken. But I am so proud of him and his walk with the Lord, his faith, and his optimism. He was such a blessing. Oh! We’ll miss him so! But I’m happy for him, too. Heaven is such a wonderful place. We can’t even imagine it!”

Dale (minister of the Skyline Church of Christ in Auburn, California) wrote, “My son said on his web site, just before he left for Iraq, ‘Don’t pray that I come home soon. Pray that the people who are causing us to stay there can see the light and change their ways without harm coming to them.’ In life, my son was unable to bring light to the good people steeped in the Muslim faith. Perhaps, through his death, he can motivate those of us left behind to do the right thing and bring the light of God to the world of Islam.

“Marsha and I have determined to go beyond lip service to spreading the Gospel. The blood of our son has motivated us to do what we should have done for the blood of our Savior long ago. We are not only giving $5,000 to WEI; we are, on this day, committing ourselves to participate in the teaching of the Gospel in Albania or any other Islamic-saturated country. We have long known that God is using WEI in a most effective way among the good people trapped in the Muslim religion. We want to help your efforts! The task is daunting, and the path is unsure, but we must do something.”

While he was a student at Harding University, Micah was a linebacker on the football team. One of his fellow-students writes, “Micah was not only a soldier of this great country, but more importantly, he was a soldier of Christ!”

In lieu of flowers, the Giffords have asked that contributions be sent to WEI.

May God bless the memory of Micah Gifford, and may the Lord bring comfort and strength to his grieving family.

Winning Albanians to Christ
Çimi Kafexhiu, minister of the church of Christ in Durrës, Albania, just keeps on sending exciting reports. God is obviously blessing him and those who are working with him.
On November 16, Çimi wrote, “We rejoice with the angels in heaven for four new souls added to the body of Christ in Durrës.
 
“On September 12th, Sinela Gjeci met Christ at the cross (baptism) and was connected with His blood and received the forgiveness of sins.

“Also on September 17th, Dorjan Paja was born again of water and the Spirit.
“On October 4th, Laureta Arapi (my wife’s cousin) declared Christ as her Lord and Savior by being baptized in his name.

“On November 5th, Arlind Veshti confessed Jesus and was baptized in His name.




 

Çimi Baptizes Arlind Veshti
More recently, Çimi reported two more baptisms in Durrës: Klajdi Bido, a boy in his last year of High School, and Iva Demka, a girl in her second year of High School. Çimi says, “Overall, the church in Durrës had 14 baptisms in 2006.” Almost all of them are faithful so far. Praise God. Most of them continue to study the Bible with teachers here in Durrës.
“There are about 8 teachers who are teaching Bible through English using WEI materials on a full time basis. Included in this number of teachers is our secretary Suela Kurti. She is teaching beginners on a full schedule.

“The four girls of the AIM [Adventures in Missions] team in Durrës have become a blessing to the church. They are a great influence on the new students coming to learn English.”

AIMers Anna, Rachel, Sarah, and Robbie
 

IBIA Studies
Bledi Valca and three other young men have been studying under Steve Stamatis at International Bible Institute of Albania for a year now, and all have experienced tremendous growth.

Bledi says, “It is amazing to consider that we have completed one year of studies. During this time we have had 26 courses, over 1000 hours of classroom studies, and countless hours of private studies.

“It is by the grace and the mercy of God that this has happened. May He receive all the glory!”

New Birth in Elbasan
Bledi and his lovely wife Valbona, travel from Tirana to Elbasan twice a week to work with the church.

In his most recent newsletter, Bledi gave some thrilling news. He said, “Ilir Kura, the husband of our sister Vera, put on Christ December 24. The same day he celebrated his 45th birthday. His son Igli and Darina (one of our members in Elbasan) have studied with Ilir.”

Ilir’s baptism is especially exciting to those of us who have known and loved Vera. She is a real servant at heart and casts a tall shadow of influence in the church in Elbasan.
Praise God that Vera and Ilir are now one in Christ.





Bledi Reads Scripture at Ilir’s Baptism
 

New Christians in Kenya
In December, Nkurunziza Jean De La Paix, wrote, “Two ladies and a young man were baptized this morning. The young man is a WEI student. He is called Rudi Bihojo Anderson. He was born in 1985, and he is a Congolese by nationality. He lives here in Kenya as a refugee in a place called Dandora. He has been a Muslim for three years.”
Recently, Jean wrote, “This last Saturday, 6th of January 2007, Charles Anunda Nyaega Mogoka received his baptism and accepted Jesus as his Savior. He is 49 years old. He is married and has three children. He enrolled in WEI on the 9th of June, 2006. His daughter, also, has shown an interest in Christ.”



Charles Anunda Nyaega Mogoka Is Baptized into Christ
 

Good News from Cambodia
Betty Nance, longtime WEI teacher and supporter from Tuscumbia, Alabama writes, “I had an email from Marie-Claire [McDonough] today about the work in Cambodia. She said my student who was baptized while I was there is still coming. Other students are also being baptized.

“My student, Kim Yim (standing next to me in the picture) was a very sweet young man. He came to school one day and asked, ‘How long does it take to baptize someone?’ I responded, ‘About 30 minutes with the preparation getting to the water.’ Then he said, ‘Where do you baptize?’ and I told him I thought there was a baptistery where the church met. Then I asked, ‘Do you want to be baptized?’ and he responded with a big smile, ‘Yes.’ I took his hands and said, ‘Then, you will be my brother in Christ.’ I was so happy to have him worship with me for two Sundays before I left for home.”

Betty Nance, Kim Yim, and His New Brother in Christ
 

Beware of Bible Scam
Bob and Jan Towell issue the following warning: “The man responsible for scamming thousands of dollars in 2005 in a scheme to smuggle Bibles into Libya is unfortunately still at work. In the past few weeks, brethren in Austria, Switzerland, England, and Italy have been approached with variations of the original scheme.
 
“Please be aware that at least some appeals for help to get Bibles into Muslim countries are fraudulent. If you would like the benefit of our sad experience in evaluating a request you have received, forward the request to BibleScam@aol.com.”

Teachers Needed
If you would like to teach people about Christ through regular mail, please contact Debbie Henry at the Gresham office weiady@aol.com.

If you would prefer to teach through email, contact Bob and Jan Towell at BobTowell@aol.com and JRTowell@aol.com.

Tom, Angie, Brianna, & Bianca Langley

As we begin the New Year, we are thankful to God for last year’s blessings, and we are looking forward to new challenges and opportunities in 2007.

This year, the Maryville office has agreed to take on a greater role in promoting WEI worldwide, and we are looking forward to this challenge.

I want to share with you some very exciting news about a new WEI program. The program is called our World English Institute Short-term Mission Grant, or WEISTM Grant. The purpose of this grant is to provide up to 20% of the total cost for individuals who wish to participate in a short-term mission using WEI material. Raising money can sometimes be a daunting task, especially for full-time students, or those with ongoing family financial obligations, or those living on fixed-incomes. Therefore, we hope this grant will give potential WEI teachers the incentive to continue their fundraising efforts, and encourage them to answer the call of the great commission.

The blessings and benefits of teaching the Gospel in a WEI short-term mission are numerous. Many of our short-term teachers have made the decision to serve full-time in the mission field. The WEI short-term mission has also served as a catalyst to deeper spiritual growth and development, especially among our younger teachers. Many of our teachers have returned from the mission field with a more dedicated desire and commitment to serve God in their local home churches.

We immediately began praying that God would provide money to begin funding this grant. He answered our prayers, and we now have a designated account with an initial contribution for this fund. Please consider partnering with us in the further funding of this grant. One hundred percent of your tax deductible contribution will help send someone to the mission field to share the Good News of Jesus to a lost and dying world.

For more information about the WEISTM Grant and an application brochure, please call or write us here at the Maryville office.
Love, ---Tom & Angie



Dick and Maudine Ady


It is inspiring to watch God work in the world removing mountains of opposition, tearing down walls, and penetrating the enemy’s strongholds.

For example, Bob Patterson (WEI webmaster) sent a picture of one of his students—a handsome, well-dressed, smiling young man in the world’s most populous country. Bob said, “My student was baptized this week and is going strong. He is now studying The New Life each day. Doesn’t he look happy?”

Fred Uptagrafft sent a picture of one of his students in Malawi and said, “I am glad to send you a photo and a few words about Dokiso Beston Munthali. He was baptized sometime before May 29, 2006. On 9-6-06, he enrolled in NationsUniversity."

A multi-purpose building is under construction in Tirana, Albania, and everything is on schedule. By early June, the building project should be complete, and if another $45,000 can be raised for furniture and appliances, it will be ready for use. The church, WEI, and IBIA will all be using the facility to build up the kingdom of God in Albania and beyond. The new building will be dedicated to God some time this summer in conjunction with a big WEI short-term mission effort. The Lord is blessing the work in Albania.

The story goes on and on. God is using WEI in 189 nations. More and more people are becoming involved in WEI, and more and more students are enrolling. Expenses are mounting up, but we are confident that God will provide the needed resources.
 
If you would like to invest in eternity by including WEI in your will, please contact Jim Fox at jsinhimfox@aol.com. Jim is an attorney by profession, a former elder, and a member of the WEI board. He will tell you how to use your estate to lead people to Christ long after you are gone.

Maudine and I thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement. Because of your generosity, WEI ended 2006 in the black. Thank you!!!

Our hearts are full of love and gratitude. May God bless you with a happy, healthy, fruitful 2007.

---Dick and Maudine
 

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