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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 114/115 August - September 2007 Dick Ady, Editor
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Grand Opening in Tirana Two More Christians in Crete New Brother in Cambodia
Another Baptism in Kenya New WEI Center in Nigeria The Kings Serve the King
Surge in Internet Students Tom & Angi Dick & Maudine


Grand Opening in Tirana
Praise God! After ten years of planning and praying, the multi-purpose building in Tirana, Albania has finally been completed.


New Multi-purpose Building in Tirana

Erik Qirjaqie, Director of WEI in Tirana, reported recently that 230 people assembled for the dedication ceremony July 21.

Artan Samara spoke about the fifteen-year his-tory of the Church of Christ in Tirana. Erik Qirjaqie reviewed the challenges that had to be overcome in order to erect the building. The title of his message was, “Gratitude to God.” Flori Pollo, a former WEI student who is now a Christian architect, explained the design of the building. Bill Morgan spoke about the challenges of the future, and Artan Xhaferi served as Master of Ceremonies.




230 People Attend the Dedication Service


The church invited neighbors who had never attended the church services before. According to Erik, “they were really impressed with the organization and the activities.” Some of them told Erik that they were so near and yet they didn’t know anything about the church. Now, they do.

Erik said, “I think the real challenge has just started. In order for the new building to be dedicated completely to God, we must fill this place with people who will hear his word and obey his command.”

Rejoice with us that there is now a permanent place for the church to meet for worship, Bible study, and fellowship, a place for leadership training, and a place for WEI students to study and learn about Jesus during summer campaigns and throughout the year.

Two More Christians in Crete
The headline on Erik Tryggestad’s front page article in the Christian Chronicle read, “God and Google led John Adesoye to Christ.”




John Adesoye

You may remember that John was a Pentecostal preacher on the island of Crete who became disillusioned with Christianity and was surfing the Internet when he found the WEI web site and enrolled as an Internet student. Jan Towell assigned him to Mike Hale, and Mike taught him via email.

At Mike’s request, Dino Roussos (minister in Athens, Greece) visited John and his congregation in Heraklion, Crete, taught them from the Scriptures, and baptized John into Christ. Since then, John has baptized many members of his congregation
 



John Baptizes Naomi in the Mediterranean Sea
 

Recently, we received a note from John saying, “Two more souls surrendered their lives to Christ and were baptized. Naomi was the first to respond after she was instructed about the importance and the need for baptism. Imelda knew about baptism but had been delaying. She suddenly decided to be baptized along with Naomi. Naomi is an African lady, and Imilda is a Philippine woman. They are both students of WEI. To God be the glory!”

New Brother in Cambodia
Emily Pownall, missionary in Cambodia, sent us an email message recently that was especially exciting to me. She said, “Great news, Dick. Nen, whom you started as a student [in February] gave his life to the Lord this evening! After you left, he studied with Doris [Lohry] a long time, and then with Jeanne Moore; so you can imagine the celebration. The daughter of the boat captain decided to follow Nen’s decision while Bora was giving a good chalk talk and reading all the scriptures on conversion. So, double rejoicing this evening.”




Dick with Nen in Phnom Penh

Nen is a law student in Phnom Penh. We praise God that Nen is now our brother in Christ.

Another Baptism in Kenya
Jean de la Nkurunziza reported in a recent email that he had baptized Jacob Mwaboza Gambo into Christ on August 6. Jacob is 27 years old and enrolled in WEI on January 19, 2007. He has now enrolled in NationsUniversity.




Jacob Mwaboza Gambo
 

New WEI Center in Nigeria
We are happy to report that the church in Gladstone, Oregon has volunteered to sponsor and support the new WEI Study Center in Abak, Nigeria. In late July, Aniefiok and Etang Akpan formed a WEI Campaign Team consisting of eight men and two women. This Campaign Team will visit WEI students on a regular basis and will meet monthly at the WEI Study Center to discuss progress. The team will also conduct regular WEI campaigns at local churches throughout Nigeria.
 



Aniefiok and Etang (center) and WEI Campaign Team
 

In a recent report, Aniefiok wrote, “The excitement over the WEI ministry in Nigeria is increasing as more students of the University of Uyo request enrollment. The university campus is notorious for acts of violence. We hope that the word of God through the instrumentality of WEI programme will bring a lasting change to the university campus in the future. Brother Udeme Thomas Udo, an English teacher at Rhema Academy is using the holiday period effectively to distribute the WEI courses in the Uyo area.

“Etang and I will commence work at the WEI Study Center next month. We are excited about this opportunity to serve the Lord. Work at the center is progressing.”

The Kings Serve the King
Jared and Laura King, of Portland, Oregon, spent much of the summer working with Albert Cook in Bucharest, Romania. Here are their comments: “We spent the last half of the summer teaching, using World English Institute material. These classes are where most of the contacts for the new church plant come from. We taught seven hours a day for four weeks. Laura and I each had twelve students, and as each day went by, we grew closer and closer, making it hard to say goodbye. Albert will be teaching a follow-up course in the fall.”

Surge in Internet Students


Bob & Jan Towell

There is very exciting news to report. Our Google and paper advertisements have produced fantastic results. At the beginning of August, the budget for the Google advertisement was increased from $100 to $200 per month, and the registration rate increased from 9.5 per day to 14 a day. During the last week in August, an advertisement offering free English lessons was placed in a magazine in a communist country. The next week, an advertisement in Arabic appeared in a newspaper in the Middle East. With these ads, the registration rate soared from 14 a day to 35 a day. The success of these ads has so strained WEI’s Internet teaching staff and administrative staff that we have stopped the Google advertising.

This success shows that we have been thinking too small. We need to immediately add 30 teachers to the 30 teachers who are presently straining to teach all the students the Lord has entrusted to us. As soon as we have enough teachers, we will turn Google back on. I would like to shoot for a registration rate of 50 a day by the end of 2007.

We have found out how to get students by the hundreds; now we need teachers for them, and the administrative tools to handle and track them properly. Jonathan Towell, our grandson, and Colby Blysdale are working on the administrative tools, and they expect to have the major tool operating by the end of September.

Here is where you can help. If you are not teaching via the Internet, add this method to your bag of teaching tools. If you can send and receive email, and you know how to use the “copy” and “paste” functions, you know enough about computers. Teaching via the Internet eliminates the long wait between sending lessons and receiving answers. Just ˝ of a second after you press the “Send” button, the lesson is in your student’s email box. Another huge advantage in teaching WEI’s courses by the Internet is that the teacher and student write each other after each lesson. Please talk with your friends about this opportunity to persuade people to believe in Jesus.
---Bob & Jan Towell




Tom, Angie, Brianna, Bianca Langley
 

The summer of 2007 World English Institute short-term missions have all concluded. What an exciting summer it was! Our office sent teams of WEI teachers to 14 different mission site cities in 5 countries. Approximately 78 teachers from all over the United States taught the Word of God to more than 380 students. The seed has been sown, and the soil continues to be watered by missionaries on site, and by our teachers continuing with their students in correspondence. God has already given the increase as some of these students have put on Christ in the waters of baptism, and many more are very close to that most important decision. Please pray with us for a continued fruitful harvest.

I have to share with you part of a letter that one of our students from Bucharest, Romania handed me on the last day of classes. I saw her quite often, and I cannot recall once seeing her without a big smile on her face. What she wrote is a testament to the way our teachers reflect Jesus in their lives.

“The first thing that struck me when first meeting my teachers was a feeling of absolute trust. I enjoyed listening to them because they had the accuracy and wisdom provided by studying, praying, and meditating upon the Bible. They transmitted to me serenity, tranquility, and peace. They came from a long distance to make God’s Word known throughout the entire world. The teachings and commandments from the Bible are valid, vivid, and current no matter what time, place, or situation. The Word of God surpasses any language need or barrier. My life will never be the same. I will keep VERY special memories of the 2007 summer course.”

After reading that, how could you not want to be a teacher in a WEI short-term mission? If you are interested in teaching WEI by correspondence or in a short-term mission, please contact me immediately. We’re always looking for teachers.

God bless those of you who support our Maryville office prayerfully and financially. We love and appreciate you.
---Tom & Angie Langley





Dick & Maudine Ady
 

WEI is drowning in opportunity. During a single week recently, Bob and Jan Towell received more than 200 new Internet students, half of them from the heart of Islam, and the other half from a communist country in Asia. Since August, they have received an average of 34.7 registrants per day. They need 30 more teachers to keep up with the opportunity that God has laid in our laps.

Almost every week, we receive news from the Middle East that more people have been born again of water and the Spirit. God is at work, and the church is growing in an area that is hostile to Christianity. Our hats are off to those courageous souls who are proclaiming the Good News at great risk to themselves. Let us pray that God will protect them.

Enoch and Jeannine Thweatt are scheduled to return to Taiwan for another WEI campaign this month. They report that six teachers have signed up thus far, including veteran teachers Sarah Coggins from Alabama and Larry Raper of Cookeville, Tennessee. New teachers include Rodney and Carole English of Nashville. Rodney is a retired salesman and serves as a substitute teacher for Metro schools. Carole is an adjunct professor in the graduate school Department of Education at Lipscomb. She is a former professor of English at Vanderbilt University. Praise God for such a talented group of teachers.

Wayne Pyle, WEI teacher in Nashville, TN reports that the Antioch congregation is using the WEI lessons on Monday and Wednesday nights to teach over 200 ESL students who come from four cultural backgrounds. Wayne is teaching a lady from Mexico who has been in the U.S. six years but is trying to catch up with her fourteen-year-old middle school son. Wayne says, “She works 10 to 12 hour days, and though she is tired, she says this is the best thing that she has found since getting to Tennessee.”

GOD is blessing WEI beyond our wildest hopes and dreams. And he is using YOU, dear friends, to share the Good News about Christ with people in 190 nations. Thank you. We love you.
---Dick and Maudine Ady
 

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