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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).
NIV




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Previous Update Issue

Number 118 February - March 2008 Dick Ady, Editor
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Proclaiming the Gospel Throughout the World

A Land of Gentle People

House Churches in Yangon

Teaching One-on-One

Buddhist Nuns Enroll in WEI

22 WEI Students Graduate in Liberia

Seven Baptisms in Liberia

New Christians in Kenya

WEI Bears Fruit in Cameroon

Marching for the Master in Nigeria

A Fruitful Harvest in Tanzania

Internet Teaching

Short-term Missions

Winds of Change

New developments

Thank you for your fellowship.

Accolades from Bill McDonough

Books on Christian Evidences

Tom and Angela

Dick and Maudine

   



A Land of Gentle People
Six WEI teachers spent the month of February in Yangon and found Myanmar to be a land of sweet, gentle, and hospitable people.

On Friday, February 1, Bill and Marie-Claire McDonough, Russ and Rosemary Burcham, Leonard Blake, and I landed in Yangon and checked into our hotel. There, in the conference room, we would teach fifty students (most of them Buddhists) for a month.




Shwedagon Pagoda

The primary religion in Myanmar is Theravada Buddhism. Thousands of Buddhist pagodas dot the landscape throughout the nation. The most famous shrine in the country is the Shwedagon Pagoda located near downtown Yangon. This pagoda is covered with gold. Hundreds of precious jewels adorn the top of the spire.

In sharp contrast with the opulence of Shwedagon Pagoda, most people in Myanmar live in semi-poverty, working for $1.00 a day.

House Churches in Yangon
Each Sunday morning, we worshiped with the church that meets in the home of Sheila and Winsome Vertannes. Before entering the house, we removed our shoes. Inside, local Christians sat on the floor to worship, but chairs were provided for the Americans. The Burmese Christians probably knew we would not be able to get up after sitting crosslegged for an hour.




The Church Meets in the Vertannes’ Home

The man with glasses and a white shirt in the picture became a Christian several years ago when a missionary came to Yangon and taught him about Jesus using WEI materials. It was a thrill to meet him and to know that God has been taking WEI to distant places without our knowledge or effort.

On Sunday afternoons at 4 o’clock, we worshipped with the church that meets in the home of a devout Christian woman named Esther. I took my turn preaching through an interpreter at both house churches.

Teaching One-on-One
During the week, each of us taught seven or eight students each day, usually one-on-one, one hour each. We began teaching at 8:00 a.m. and finished at 5:00 p.m. It was gratifying to watch the faith of our students grow.
My brightest student was a young girl by the name of Lee May. She virtually memorized every Bible lesson and never forgot a name.




Lee May Studies Bible Lesson

One student, Soe Min, gave me a book on the Teachings of the Buddha in an effort to convert me. But little by little, he warmed up to Jesus Christ.
My favorite student was Hnin Ei Ei Aung, a young female attorney. Although she was a Buddhist, Ei Ei was very receptive to the gospel, but during our final class period she said, “Now I have two sources of power in my life, Jesus and Buddha.” I replied, “I’m glad you believe in Jesus. Let’s continue to study by email.”

Buddhist Nuns Enroll in WEI
Perhaps the highlight of the trip was the day five Buddhist nuns came to the hotel and asked to study with us. They had seen the notice that Bill McDonough had posted in an Internet Café.




Buddhist Nuns Come to Learn English

We gave WEI materials to each of them and asked them to study Lesson One before coming to class the next day. Four of them returned, and I taught them as a group.
Supetteyya (the nun in the blue robe) asked, “Does it bother you that we are Buddhist nuns?”

I replied, “Not at all. In fact, I am delighted to have an opportunity to study with you.”
That set the stage for a relaxed and cordial relationship. They were excited about studying with me, and I was excited about teaching them. They were gentle, loveable, intelligent young women. They seemed almost hypnotized by the power of God’s Word. I was disappointed when they told me they had to stop coming. Nevertheless, the seed has been sown.

22 WEI Students Graduate in Liberia
George S. Tengbeh, II coordinates the School of Evangelism in Weala, Margibi County in Liberia. George makes use of every educational tool available.

George writes, “On March 9, 2008, the School of Evangelism graduated many students from three different schools. The three schools are Sunset International Bible Institute, World English Institute, and International Bible School of South Africa.

Ten students graduated from Sunset International Bible Institute, twenty-two from World English Institute, and thirty-eight from International Bible School of South Africa (a correspondence school).

Some of the students at the School of Evangelism are also studying NationsUniversity courses. Moreover, George is also working with World Radio.




WEI Graduates at the Liberia School of Evangelism

Here is a prime example of evangelistic ministries working together to build up the kingdom of God. We are not competitors. We are partners-in-Christ.

Seven Baptisms in Liberia
John Travis reports that seven persons, including Esther Harris, were baptized in Totota, Liberia recently as a result of evangelistic work done by him, George Tengbeh, and others.




Esther Harris Is Baptized in Liberia

John was an effective evangelist in Buduburam, a Liberian refugee camp in Ghana. Now, in Liberia, he continues to teach others, using WEI and WBS materials.

George and John need materials. A one-time contribution of $1,000 would enable us to send free WEI materials to them so they can continue leading people to Christ in Liberia.

New Christians in Kenya
Nkurunziza Jean De La Paix continues to teach and baptize WEI students in Nairobi, Kenya. In a recent email, he wrote, “I am writing to let you know about the baptism we had yesterday of Mildred Nafula. Mildred is 19 years old, and she stays at Kahangware area. She is one of my WEI students.”




Nkurunziza Baptizes Mildred Nafula

More recently, Nkurunziza wrote to say, “Two more people were baptized: a lady called Milca Adhiambo Anyonya, and a man called Godfrey Asudi.

WEI Bears Fruit in Cameroon
Anthony Obed recently conducted the first WEI seminar in Bamkika’ ay, Bui Division in North West Province in Cameroon.
Anthony writes, “Njombam Gerald was baptized yesterday. Gerald comes from a Moslem family. After taking the WEI course he said, ‘My eyes are now open to see that Christ is the King.’ Now, he has registered for the advanced course.
“Gerald is suffering a little persecution from his family since he began the course, and more since yesterday. But he said, ‘No turning back.’”

Marching for the Master in Nigeria
One of the most exciting works in the world is being done by Aniefiok and Etang Akpan in Nigeria. Aniefiok is the Founder and Principal of Rhema Academy in the jungle five miles east of Abak in southeastern Nigeria. He is using WEI materials to teach English and the Bible to the Academy students. Many students are being baptized, and a new congregation has been established on the campus. Etang works in the WEI Center in Abak.

In a recent email, Aniefiok reported that two young girls, Utibe Sunday Akpan and Idara Etim Noah accepted Christ and were baptized.

Aniefiok also said that “A team of four inspectors from the Area Education Office were in our school on Wednesday March 27 to monitor the activities of our school. They appreciated the great work we are doing. They were particularly excited and delighted about our World English Institute resources and studies.
 
“We have planted a new congregation in our hometown, Uruk Otong. The name of the new congregation is Campus Church of Christ, Rhema Academy. The inaugural worship service of the church was held on January 06, 2008. The third worship service on January 20 witnessed some great harvests for the Lord. Five young people (4 boys and 1 girl) ranging in ages from 12 to 16 accepted Christ. I baptized them in a jungle stream some kilometers away.




Aniefiok Baptizes Edidiong Udeme James

Please pray for Edidiong Udeme James, Christopher Michael Akpan, Lucky Michael Akpan, Kingsley Ezekiel Titus, and Nneka Anthony Saturday.
“All the converts so far are WEI students. We anticipate more baptisms in the coming weeks and months.”

A Fruitful Harvest in Tanzania
Mike Hale’s student in Tanzania, Samuel Andambike Msawsungula, has been teaching WEI courses at the Mbeye Vocational School, and God has blessed his efforts.
In a recent report, Samuel wrote, “Twelve students have been baptized since I started to teach them in their school. Thirty-five students, among the 50 students I teach, are serious to learn the Bible and English lessons.”
Mike Hale reports that Samuel has recently baptized a Pentecostal preacher and his wife, and that several of Samuel’s students are attending worship services in his home on Sundays.

Internet Teaching



Bob and Jan Towell

Tiago, a college student in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, boards his bus to school. Tiago is majoring in business. He dreams of making a better life for his family. He wears Nikes, eats at McDonalds, and watches American movies. He listens to American hiphop music on his cell phone. He uses the same cell phone to access websites like MySpace and Facebook, where he spends time talking with friends all over the world.

Does this sound like science fiction? The truth is, men and women, young and old, are being heavily influenced by globalization and American culture. They are using mobile phones to access the Internet and listen to music. The future is now.

We launched www.worldenglishinstitue.org last year. This website lets students everywhere study and take tests online using a computer. Teachers guide students through their studies and spiritual development. Through this website, teachers can quadruple the number of students they can teach.

Billions cannot afford a computer but many own a mobile phone with Internet access. Some have already used their cell phone to try to access our website.
In the near future, Internet on the mobile phone may become our most used medium for communication since WEI began. Instead of listening to hiphop, Tiago could listen to WEI lessons. Instead of browsing sites like MySpace, Tiago could use his phone to read lessons, take tests, and respond to messages from his teacher.

We are currently laying the foundation for placing the WEI platform on mobile phones. However, there is still more work to be done and more funding needed. Together, we can build a cutting edge tool for ministry.

Did you know that for every $2.50 you give to Internet advertising, someone will sign up to take our lessons? Would you consider funding the WEI Internet program today? ---Bob & Jan

Short-term Missions




Tom, Angie, Bianca, and Brianna Langley

Since the last newsletter, I’ve received several exciting communications from missionaries and evangelists thanking us for the WEI materials. The combined Bible and English grammar courses make it much easier to schedule Bible studies in countries where English is not the first language.

WEI materials are being used more and more by members of churches of Christ all over the world. Christians who speak English fluently are discovering that they can use this skill as a way to reach the lost. They are advertising WEI beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses in their communities and are then conducting private and group classes with the contacts. This has become a wonderful way to introduce people to the Bible and to the local church.

One Romanian evangelist wrote, “Three members of our church are now active in evangelistic efforts using WEI. Your materials have been a big help to me and to the Lord’s church here as we pray to grow and tell others the good news.”

Also, more and more American congregations are using WEI in their local outreach efforts. In the last 3 months, I’ve spoken to several church leaders and conducted 3 training sessions with Christians interested in starting local ESL (English as a Second Language) ministries. The results have been very promising, but we are discovering that a new course between the beginner and intermediate courses might be helpful. We are always looking for ways to better accomplish our goal of communicating the gospel to the world using innovative materials and techniques.

As with all nonprofit ministries, we are aware that WEI would not be possible without those of you who give so graciously. We love you and thank you for your continued support.
WEI, especially those of us in Maryville, recently lost a dear Christian sister and generous WEI supporter, Mrs. Monty Arnold. We miss her infectious smile and attitude, but we rejoice with all assurance that she is now in a much better place.
---Tom and Angela

Winds of Change



Dick and Maudine Ady

In the beginning, WEI was designed to be a Bible Correspondence School. In an effort to attract students, an English grammar course was written to accompany the Bible studies.
This strategy has worked wonders. Hundreds of thousands of WEI students have been introduced to Christ through postal mail. God has used WEI to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth.

New developments
With the passing of time, however, new technology has been developed. A web site was added in the mid-90’s by Bob Patterson, our volunteer web master. An Internet teaching ministry was added in the late-90’s by Jan and Bob Towell. The Towells have donated their time and talent (working 10 to 14 hours a day) and thousands of dollars for the development of a teaching web site that will attract thousands of new students every month.
In 2000, Tom Langley came aboard and began promoting short-term missions. This method enables teachers to teach their students face to face—with greater results.
Now, national preachers are using WEI in their outreach ministries. This strategy is getting dramatic results, but it requires funding for printing and mailing free materials.
If we had $100,000, we could supply missionaries and national preachers with free materials, and they would baptize thousands of people into Christ. Here is a great opportunity.

Thank you for your fellowship.
If you are one of our regular contributors, we thank you. Difficult economic times have resulted in hardships for many contributors and for the ministries they support. We appreciate you for partnering with us in this great evangelistic work. May God bless you for your generosity. We love you with the love of the Lord.


---Dick and Maudine

Accolades from Bill McDonough

Bill Teaches WEI Student in Myanmar

Bill McDonough has been using WEI materials in his mission work for sixteen years, first in Albania in 1992, then in Kosova in 2000, and more recently in Cambodia and Myanmar. Here is what Bill wrote to the elders of the Metro church in Gresham:
“WEI material has been, in my opinion, the greatest asset to evangelizing the world in recent years. [It] has made it possible for any Christian to go abroad and share the gospel in an organized, effective form. Hundreds of people have gone and will continue to go because this material [is] available and is so easy to use.”

Books on Christian Evidences
A series of three books on Christian Evidences are now available. Evidence of God in the Universe, Evidence of Christ in History, and Evidence that the Bible Is Trustworthy.


Books on Christian Evidences
Click here to see Table of Contents

Thanks to Raúl and Kim Solis, Joel Banks, and Sandra Cortabarria, the first two books have been translated into Spanish and will soon be in print. Book Three is being translated into Spanish now and should be available shortly.

If you have unbelieving students, friends, or acquaintances, and you would like to help them come to faith in God, Christ, and the Bible, we recommend these books. They are packed with information and are available at fifty cents each.

 

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