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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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Previous Update Issue

Number 120 July-September 2008 Dick Ady, Editor
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Proclaiming the Gospel Throughout the World

 What Is Missing?

 Three Baptized in Tirana

 Leadership Seminar in Lushnja

 Growing WEI Ministry in India

 The Ten Chosen Graduates Pray  for Direction

 The Church Grows in Nigeria

 New Christians in Cameroon

 An Amazing Photo from Peru

 Language Teacher Baptized

 Good News from Lushnja

 New Birth in Nairobi, Kenya

 WEI’s Internet Program

 WEI in Taiwan  Tom Langley  Dick and Maudine Ady
 

What Is Missing?
Take a look at the beautiful building God has provided for the church in Tirana, Albania.



Tirana Church Building

Look at it carefully. Part of the building is painted blood red, depicting the blood of Christ. The chairs in the auditorium and in the class rooms are red for the same reason.

Architect Flori Pollo, whom I had the privilege of baptizing in 1998, did a marvelous job designing the building, along with his mother. But the building is not quite complete.
 
Notice that there is no sign anywhere. There is nothing to identify the building with the Church of Christ or with World English Institute. Plans called for a nice sign costing $3,500, but there was not enough money. In fact, $19,710 is still owed for construction and furnishings.

Let’s help the church in Tirana reach out to the community more effectively by putting up a sign.

Three Baptized in Tirana
Twenty teachers taught dozens of WEI students in Tirana this summer, and three students were baptized into Christ: Irida Ismail, Olti Stojku, and Sara Cakoni.



Olti and Sara with Artan Xhaferi After Baptism

I had the pleasure of teaching Olti and Sara after their baptism. What a joy. Each teacher taught six or seven students, one hour each, Monday through Friday. Two of my Muslim students were very close to becoming Christians when we left, and it grieved me to leave them.

If you would like to have a good, satisfying missionary experience before you die, we encourage you to go to Albania with us next summer.

Leadership Seminar in Lushnja
Bill Morgan is responsible for training more church leaders in Albania than anyone else. This summer, on August 23, Bill conducted another excellent leadership training seminar in Lushnja where Tom Bonner serves as missionary.

This seminar was attended by preachers and Bible teachers from Berati, Durres, Elbasan, Fier, Kucova, Polican, and Tirana. Such seminars have contributed greatly toward drawing Albanian church leaders together in a spirit of brotherly love.

Artan Xhaferi Interprets for Bill Morgan in Lushnja

Growing WEI Ministry in India
In 2007, G. Prabhu Kumar started studying the WEI courses by e-mail. He was a preacher, and he wanted to improve his English.

As Prabhu studied the materials, he became excited about the possibilities of using WEI as an evangelistic tool all over India.

Prabhu’s teacher, Mike Hale, wrote, “Prabhu has big plans. He is highly impressed with WEI as a method of teaching others. I’ve sent him the money for printing about 160 full courses. He is running like crazy with the idea.”

Prabhu wrote, “In the state of Andrapradesh, there are 23 districts and 1,200 Mandals. And in Tamilnadu, there are 31 districts. I am trying to establish WEI centers in all districts and mandal headquarters in two states. I feel so happy about our future picture of rapid growth of churches through our new wave WEI. I believe that our God will help me reach my goal of 100 centers to save thousands of souls.”

Prabhu started teaching twenty-five WEI students in his home five days a week. Eleven of them were preachers who worked with Churches of Christ in the area. There were also two school teachers, six pastors of denominations, and six persons from various backgrounds.
 
Forty-five percent of Prabhu’s non-Christian students were baptized into Christ, including a Hindu woman and U. Tytus Paul, Head Master of a local elementary school.

At the graduation ceremony, ten of the best students were selected to start WEI centers at their local congregations.

The Ten Chosen Graduates Pray for Direction

Eight of these ten graduates have already established new WEI branches in their districts. Each is teaching approximately twenty-five students. We are observing the multiplication principle described in 2 Timothy 2:2.

When K. Raju Babu launched his branch of WEI in Samalkot, he invited Brother Veerabhadram to be the guest speaker. This respected preacher said, “Since so many years, I am also trying to learn English, but I can’t. Now, this is a suitable course for preachers also. And through this, we will teach many men and women. Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to bring this WEI class to our place.”

Space does not permit us to tell the whole exciting story. Prabhu and his associates are off to a good start in India, but the best is yet to come.

The Church Grows in Nigeria
Aniefiok Akpan, Director of WEI in Nigeria, reports that Lovinah Michael Akpan, a WEI student from Uruk Otong, was baptized into Christ Sept. 28. He writes, “Lovinah is so excited about her faith and newly established relationship with the Lord.”



Aniefiok Prays for Lovinah Before Baptizing Her

Aniefiok and his wife, Etang, have established a WEI center in the city of Abak in Southeastern Nigeria. Aniefiok is also Principal of Rhema Academy where the WEI Bible and English courses are a vital part of the curriculum.

He writes, “The newly planted campus congregation at Rhema Academy has witnessed rapid growth. The church has grown from the initial 10 worshipers at the inaugural worship service on 6 January, 2008 to 60 worshipers as of 28 September. Twenty-eight of the 34 baptized members are World English Institute converts.

“Our school has scored 100% in the 2008 Junior School Certificate Examinations administered by the Akwa Ibom Ministry of Education. All our 34 pioneer students who took the examinations passed with distinction in almost all the subjects. The greatest success is recorded in English and Bible knowledge. Again, we are thankful to World English Institute for providing our school with their wonderful English and Bible lessons.”

New Christians in Cameroon
Obed Anthony, a friend of Aniefiok Akpan and a former teacher at Rhema Academy, is now using WEI to spread the gospel in Cameroon.

In April, Obed registered twenty-five students and conducted seminars in Kake Kumba, Mamfe, and Nso. In May, he traveled to various areas in Cameroon speaking to churches and introducing people to the course. In June, thirteen new students were registered, bringing the number of WEI students in Cameroon to seventy-five.

Obed reports that ten students have completed the course, and seven students “have stopped attending their denominations and now attend worship with the Church of Christ. Eight persons have been converted using WEI.”

To this point, Obed has worked without support from us. But he is now looking for a church to sponsor a WEI center in Cameroon the way the WEI center in Abak, Nigeria is sponsored by the congregation in Gladstone, Oregon.

It is becoming clear that national preachers can lead far more people to Christ, using WEI materials, than we can. Postal mail and the Internet both reach people in places where preachers cannot go, but in areas like Africa and India where preachers can teach people in person, the results are impressive.

An Amazing Photo from Peru
Julio Valverdi uses WEI materials to teach mountain people in Northern Peru as well as people in Lima. Recently, Julio sent several photos related to his work. The following photo shows a young man named Alex being baptized in a barrel.



Alex Is Baptized in a Barrel

Language Teacher Baptized
Steve and Ruth Byrne, missionaries in Fier, Albania, report that their language teacher, Drina, was baptized into Christ. Steve writes: “Once again we were blessed to use the baptistery at Orikum and to enjoy some time there with Skender and Vera Mejdaj.”



Drina Is Baptized into Christ

Good News from Lushnja
Tom Bonner, missionary in Lushnja, Albania, reports the following: “I am attaching some pictures taken last Sunday surrounding the baptism of Harallamb (Ari) Gjoka. We had a good outing to Durres for the event. Ari was a bit apprehensive about baptism in the sea at this time of the year. We took two vans.”

Tom Baptizes Ari into Christ

New Birth in Nairobi, Kenya
In a recent e-mail, Nkurunziza Jean De La Paix wrote, “I am writing to report a new baptism of Evans Opande Juma this morning. He is one of the new WEI students. He is 20 years old. He stays at Kawangware with his uncle Mageni who was also baptized some months ago through WEI.”


Evans Opande Juma Steps out of Baptistery

World English Institute’s Internet program




Bob and Jan Towell

World English Institute’s Internet program continues to gather students from all over the world. Thanks are due several who have helped make WEI’s Internet program possible.

Larry Walker of Lubbock, Texas has spent many hours reformatting the questions on all 12 books so they can be graded by the website

Perry Taylor, WEI teacher in Florence, AL, is also part of Operation 2010 that has identified and targeted nations with no known congregations. Mongolia is one of those nations. On a recent stay in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, William Crossman placed an advertisement for Internet study in the newspaper which ran for two weeks. Registrations are still coming in. So far, 286 people in this distant land have registered, and Intros are being returned.

Dick Ady’s lessons on Christian Evidences are being installed on the training website.

As another initiative, the Beginner’s course in French will soon be installed on the website. This installation work is being undertaken by Jean-Claude Schmidt who is a computer professional, as well as bilingual. Doyle Kee and Agnes Ruiz of Geneva, Switzerland, translated the Beginner’s course into French. Doyle is already teaching the Beginner’s course in French to the Tunisians who responded to the advertisement he placed in the Tunis newspaper in May, 2008.

David Kee, Doyle and Barbara’s son, has indicated that there is an enormous interest in learning English among the people of Madagascar. Starting Sept. 20, advertising will be focused there.

Jonathan Towell and Colby Blaisdell have developed Version 2 of the WEI website. It will feature several improvements, including the ability to insert photos, graphics, audio, and video files.

We are grateful to all who teach, who make the website work, and who contribute money for advertising. Student registrations have averaged over 500 per month for the past year. –Bob & Jan



Tom, Angela, Bianca, and Brianna Langley

The WEI 2008 short-term summer missions have concluded, and we are thankful to God that once again these efforts have been very fruitful. This summer, over 45 teachers from 10 different states have traveled to many countries and taught students the word of God using the WEI materials.

Since 2000, hundreds of teachers have gone out to over 40 different mission sites all over the world. WEI is truly a “Go into all the world” mission ministry.

At this time every year, email testimonials from our WEI short-term mission students begin to flow into our office. These testimonials are so powerful that I must share with you what one student wrote: “It’s unbelievable how WEI has totally changed my life and my way of think. I was at church services last week and I looked to the others at how much joy they praised the Lord. It didn’t matter their language, or their social status. All what mattered is they were gathered there in faith. Because of WEI, God has become so incredible to me. In my free time, I read the Bible, and I don’t understand some things. Who can explain to me? I need those lessons! Only when I understand completely will I be at peace. Until then, I am a trembling leaf under the touch of the wind. Step by step I start to put my thoughts in order in my head; it was a catastrophe there before WEI.”

The potential to reach the lost through WEI is virtually unlimited. As we grow, we have many challenges to meet in order to more effectively communicate Christ to more people around the globe. Our Internet ministry needs expanding. We need more advertising funds. We need to replenish our WEI short-term mission grant. We continue to print more and more materials and purchase Bibles, and we must continue to recruit and train teachers. We ask that you pray for us and consider partnering with us as we strive to meet these challenges of taking God’s word to every nation in the world.

Thank you for your support, prayers, and your love for the lost. ---Tom & Angela



Dick and Maudine Ady

Troublesome times are here. Our nation is reeling under the blows of economic and political chaos. Many Americans are deeply concerned about their future. In the words of Charles Dickens, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” The whole world feels our pain and shares in it.

Actually, these are the times that try men’s faith. People who have little faith are subject to panic when things go wrong. They are tossed to and fro on the tides of change.

On the other hand, those who put their trust in God feel secure. They sing, “We have an anchor that keeps the soul steadfast and sure while the billows roll, fastened to the Rock that cannot move, grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.”

At times like this, we are reminded of the supreme importance of sharing the Good News about Christ with people everywhere. That is what WEI is all about. God has opened doors that no one can close. He has battered down walls that men have erected, and he is using WEI in 192 nations to introduce people to Christ.
 
Every time I go to a country like Albania, Cambodia, Kenya, or Myanmar to teach WEI students, I praise God for the privilege of feeding hungry souls. Nothing can compare with the joy that comes from leading someone to Christ. No bond is stronger than the bond between teachers and their students when students are baptized into Christ and remain faithful to him.

Thank you, dear friends, for partnering with us in this world-wide ministry. We could do little without your fellowship. Together, with God’s blessing, we can “go into all the world.”

Money is tight. The Gresham and Maryville offices are both running a deficit nearly every month. We must raise more money in order to keep this work going and growing.

However, we put our trust in God and in the generosity of God’s people.

With love and gratitude,
---Dick & Maudine

WEI in Taiwan
Enoch and Jeannine Thweatt are not as young as they used to be, but they are still spending almost half their time in Taiwan conducting WEI campaigns.




Enoch & Jeannine with Chinese Friends

This summer, as they were preparing to leave Nashville, Jeannine’s doctor discovered a lump. It was a malignant tumor. Consequently, Jeannine postponed her trip to Taiwan until after the final radiation treatment.

Following the final treatment, the doctor gave Jeannine a clean bill of health. When the doctor and nurse left the hospital room, Jeannine burst out singing the Hallelujah Chorus. The nurse rushed back into the room to see what was wrong.

About three days later, on October 3, Enoch and Jeannine boarded an airplane in Nashville and headed for Taiwan. Mike and Diana Folkerts were there waiting for them.

Jeaninne writes, “In November, Ryan Campbell will join us in the WEI program. Ryan has taught the WEI material before, having served a couple of terms in Mainland China. Later, Lisa Metzer will arrive to spend a couple of weeks with WEI.

“Also, in November, we will welcome our daughter and her husband, Diane and Don Johnson, who will work several days with us. They will have just finished a Medical Missions campaign in Cambodia.

“We appreciate these six volunteers who buy their own plane tickets, who arrange time off from work, and sacrifice their vacation time, and who have a heart for the Chinese people. May God bless them, and may he bless their time in Taiwan.”

Happy Holidays
This is the last issue of WEI Update in 2008. Therefore, all of us at WEI take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
 

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