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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 125

October - December 2009

Dick Ady, Editor

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Proclaiming the Gospel Throughout the World


An Inspiring Example in India New Sister in Durrës, Albania Lebanon Church Bears Fruit
Internet Student Baptized PIP School Leaves Rich Legacy Four New Christians in India
Internet Ministry Short-Term Missions God Is at Work Among Us
Students in Romania Winter Scene  
 
An Inspiring Example in India
Ratna Paul grew up in an Indian village of 6,200 people. Everyone in the village was Hindu. There was not a Christian of any kind in the community.

When Ratna Paul became a man, he worked for the Pithapuram Sugar Factory as a Mechanical Fitter. One day, in an accident at work, his right eye was seriously injured. In fact, he lost the sight in his right eye. His company spent a lot of money on surgeries, but none was successful.

Finally, a preacher from the Church of Christ, Brother Prakasam Reddy, introduced Ratna Paul to Christ and advised him to pray. That is when things began to change. Slowly, God answered Ratna Paul’s prayers. His eye healed, and he regained the sight he had lost. He was baptized into Christ and dedicated his life to God. From that time onward, he began preaching Christ to all his villagers and to other people throughout the area. His personal history is not unlike that of the apostle Paul. Ratna Paul’s own family members, his blood relatives, and his friends turned against him and became his enemies. The whole community met together and expelled him from the village.

Brother Paul then constructed a small hut in another place and began worshiping God. For many years, people objected to this and commanded him not to worship. They beat him and tried to burn his hut. They sternly warned him not to preach the word of God. Four times, they gathered together and tried to kill him. But God saved him, and now he has become a preacher of the gospel in that area. God is capable of changing a man’s social status. In the village where people once hated Ratna Paul, they now love him.

God’s power has been demonstrated again and again in Brother Paul’s life. Today, everyone honors him, and many join him in worship.




Brother Ratna Paul Baptizes his Student

Prabhu Kumar writes, “God is now using this brother to work with us by using our WEI study material. He was a good student while he studied the WEI lessons. I hope that God uses him to open a new door to the whole Hindu community.

“Please pray for him and for me that we may work together to win many souls for Christ from the strong Hindu community of Kandarada in the year 2010.”

New Sister in Durrës, Albania
One of the most fruitful works being done in Albania today is being done by Shkelqim (Çimi) Kafexhiu and his wife, Anila, in the city of Durrës.


Çimi, Anila, & Samuel Kafexhiu

In his December 2009 report, Çimi wrote, “My family and I thank our God every time we remember you. In all our prayers and thanksgivings for all of you, we always pray with joy because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now.”

These words come from the heart of a humble servant of God in Albania.
In nearly every newsletter Çimi reports that God has blessed his efforts with more fruit.



Ermelinda (Eri) Zyfi Is Born Again

In the current edition of “Winning Albanians to Christ,” Çimi writes, “On November 3rd, Ermelinda Zyfi (Eri) put on Christ in baptism. Eri has been attending the church, and she has studied World English Institute Bible course with Suela since a year ago. I studied the Bible with Eri for more than three months, and now she is a dear sister in Christ.
“Eri is very serious about being a godly woman, and she wants to please the Lord in her life.”

Lebanon Church Bears Fruit
The Grant Street Church of Christ in Lebanon, Oregon has been teaching WEI postal students for several years, and the Lord has continued to bless them with a fruitful harvest.
Recently, we received a note from their minister, Jim Vice, saying, “Grant Street just received their 37th request for baptism through our correspondence work.”
Jim meets with several members of the Grant Street congregation every Wednesday evening, and they grade papers, share excitement, and write letters together.
Jim would be the first to encourage other congregations to get involved in this worldwide outreach ministry. Leading others to Christ is very satisfying. Any church, large or small, can do what the Grant Street congregation is doing. The fruit is sweet, and the rewards are “out of this world.”

Internet Student Baptized
Ed Deckard, a member of the Maryville, Tennessee congregation who teaches WEI Internet students, has just experience the thrill of his life. One of his students, D---- R----, has just been baptized into Christ.

D---- has had a rugged life. In 2002, he was one of many students who took part in human rights demonstrations in Eastern Africa. He and the other students thought they had a right to vocalize their views, but government soldiers reacted violently. A few students died. Some were wounded. Others were arrested and suspended from school.

At the encouragement of his family, D---- fled to Kenya. He writes, “Even though God spared my life, I slept at the shade, drank from the rivers, and was bitten by desert insects in the refugee camp. Life in Kenya was horrible.


Louis Gerber Baptizes D---- into Christ

“Since the situation hadn’t changed at home, I decided to look for a better place for the sake of my future. Thank God, I am finally in South Africa and able to earn some money and study WEI English and Bible lessons. In short, I live in exile.”

When D---- made a decision to be baptized, Ed put him in touch with Brother Louis Gerber, a missionary in South Africa. Louis picked D---- up, took him to the church building, studied the Bible with him, and eventually baptized him into Christ.

Ed was ecstatic when he heard that D---- had been baptized. He wrote to Louis, “I am Ed Deckard, your brother in Christ who has been working with D---- through WEI. I have never had better news. I am overwhelmed with the idea of his salvation.”

Ed was not alone in rejoicing over D----’s baptism. The smiles in the picture below tell the story.

Prior to his baptism, D---- said, “I am afraid to go to church with my addictions: two or three cigars a day, and alcohol.”

After his baptism, D---- said, “It was a wonderful experience. Since then, I didn’t smoke or drink. God has forgiven me my sin, broken the bondage, answered my prayer, and comforted me in my dreams. The Bible readings in WEI have helped me a lot.”

Ed Decker concludes, “The Lord has blessed me by allowing me to work with WEI. This work gives me a sense of making a difference.”

PIP School Leaves Rich Legacy
We just received word from Bill McDonough, Director of Partners in Progress, saying that the PIP Center for English Bible Study in Phnom Penh, Cambodia will be closed this summer.

Bill says, “We too are disappointed that we could not continue to run the WEI program in Phnom Penh, but the costs have gone through the roof. When the landlord told us that he would not renew the lease, we felt it was time to close the office there.



Dick Ady & Phil Gardner in Front of PIP Center

“More than 100 young people have obeyed the gospel, and although many are unfaithful, there is a core group that has done well. Some have gone to preaching schools. Others are gainfully employed because of the English they learned, and are faithful Christians. There are currently several in the preacher training schools.

“When we look back across seven years (that’s how long we have been here), we remember there were two small congregations and one missionary here. Now, we see scores of churches across the country, two full-time schools of preaching and several part-time schools. There are now more than twenty full-time foreign missionaries in the country. It’s time to turn it over to others and look forward.

“Missionaries here (Rich Dolan and Troy Snowbarger) are applauding the decision saying it is time to make the church more independent and more Cambodian.”

We should stress that PIP will continue its work in Cambodia through the Ship of Life and the children’s programs. The Ship of Life will continue to cruise up and down the Mekong River providing free medical and dental care for villagers. The children’s programs will continue to feed 1,400 and educate more than 400 children and young people who are not able to provide for themselves.

We applaud Bill and Marie-Claire McDonough and their fellow-workers for the great work they have done and are doing in Cambodia.

Four New Christians in India
Prabhu Kumar reports that, in spite of political turmoil in his part of India, four WEI students were baptized in Orissa during the past two weeks.



Bro. Tandy Baptizes WEI Student in Orissa, India

There are now more than forty WEI branches in India, each with approximately twenty-five students. Praise God.

Internet Ministry


Bob & Jan Towell


Internet Registrations - Past 12 months

Thanks to all of you who have participated in helping WEI’s Internet Program grow dramatically during 2009. What a year it has been! Almost 37,000 people from 194 nations registered on WEI’s teaching website and had an opportunity to study Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son. Of these, approximately 5,550 completed the Introductory Lesson and were assigned to a personal teacher.

The preceding graph shows the number of registrations each month (blue line), the number of people who submitted answers to the Introductory Test (green line), and the number of people who scored 70% or higher and were accepted as students (red line). The registration rate was down the first quarter when we moved the website to another server and had to fix programming errors “on-the-fly.” In August and September we had to suspend the Google advertising because there were not enough teachers for the students. Thanks to those who stretched themselves and recruited additional teachers, we were able to keep the Google advertisement on the full month of October when we reached a record high of 4,363.
We want to personally thank all who made this growth possible.

Not only did you recruit teachers, but you also found additional money to fund WEI’s Internet program. Please keep up your efforts on both fronts. Remember, the ad is shown only to the first 4 % of the people who search for English studies each day, so the numbers in the graph, as impressive as they seem, are nothing compared to what they would be if the ad ran all day. The potential is enormous. To reach its potential, more teachers, more student/teacher coordinators, and more money are needed. The Lord will provide all these as we are able to use them.

What an evangelism tool WEI is! People from every nation in the world are coming to us, seeking to learn our language. Even teachers who cannot leave home can teach these people God’s Word as we teach them our language.

Join us in dreaming, praying, and giving in the next year!
---Bob & Jan Towell

 


Short-term Missions


Tom, Angela, Bianca, and Brianna Langley

WEI students are taught by the most effective form of education known, that is, one to one. Most educational research I’ve read concludes that the learning experience diminishes in proportion to the increase of students per teacher. Our postal and Internet correspondence studies are taught by one teacher to one student. Our short-term mission studies are conducted in the same manner.

Because we combine English grammar with Bible lessons, we never seem to have a shortage of students. Therefore, we need teachers. WEI provides opportunities you to share the gospel and your faith with thousands of lost souls all over the world. Please consider being a WEI teacher.

We are in the process of forming short-term WEI teams for mission sites in 2010. We have several sites already committed to hosting teams of teachers, and we need teachers for these sites. The time to make a decision to go is now. Hiwatthia Jones and Byron Benitez, missionaries in Guatemala City, have enough teachers for one two-week team, and they need about 6 more teachers to fill another two-week team in July. Oradea, Romania would like to host a team of teachers in June and July. Sibiu, Romania would like to host a small team in 2010. Podova, Italy, under the leadership of the Korodaj and Brauer families, would like to host their first WEI short-term mission in June and July. Tirana, Albania will be hosting their 19th WEI short-term mission this year. Mission sites in the Ukraine, Central America, and South America have also expressed an interest in hosting WEI teachers. If you are interested in teaching for 2 weeks, 4 weeks, or even 6 weeks, please contact me directly, or visit our informational website at www.weiady.org.

The last three months have been busy with mission workshops, retreats, lectureships, seminars, etc. It’s encouraging to meet so many faithful Christians who share our passion for proclaiming the Gospel. Through WEI we can literally reach the entire world with the true message of hope. Catch the vision and partner with us in this global mission ministry. We need teachers and we need financial support as well. Thank you for your continued prayers and support. ---Tom and Angela Langley

 


God Is at Work Among Us



Dick and Maudine Ady

The year 2009 is history. A new decade looms before us, crammed with opportunities for spreading the good news about Christ to every nook and cranny on earth.

In the past, God has used WEI to teach people about Christ in 201 nations—all but tiny San Marino and the Vatican. Thousands of WEI students have been baptized, and churches have been planted in at least a dozen nations.

In the early nineties, the Lord used WEI to teach people about Christ through postal mail exclusively. Then, he used it in short-term mission campaigns to follow up on WEI postal students. Now, he has added the Internet to the mix and is using WEI to teach people in every Muslim country (including Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan), and in every Communist country (including China, Cuba, North Korea, and Vietnam).

I sincerely believe we could have ten million WEI students by this time next year if we had the money to run the Google ads, and the staff and teachers to teach the students. If we had unlimited human and financial resources, I am convinced we could have 100 million students by the end of this decade.

This is not a fanciful pipe dream. It is a realistic vision of what can be done if churches and individuals all over America were to use this God-given tool for world evangelism.
Maudine and I are grateful to the churches and friends who have supported this ministry with your prayers, your participation, and your financial gifts. You have been generous and loving; and we are thankful. When you get to heaven, you may be surprised by the number of people you will thank you for introducing them to the Savior.

The forces of evil are numerous and strong, and Godless secularism is gaining control of our world. But we are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. It is the power of God unto salvation.
If you have not yet had fellowship with us in this ministry, please start now. You will be blessed. If you are part of the WEI support team, God bless you. We love you.
---Dick & Maudine Ady

Students in Romania

Tom Langley with Two of His Students in Cluj, Romania

Most of our WEI short-term missions occur in the summer months, but occasionally we are blessed with an opportunity to teach students in other seasons of the year.

Evangelist to Cluj, Romania Claudiu Murtaza, and his wife Anca, began teaching WEI to other Romanians last August. The effort was met with great success, and an opportunity presented itself for some American teachers to follow up on some of their students in November. When I was asked to go, I hesitated about one-half second before saying YES. My mother agreed to teach for two weeks following my two weeks of teaching. My mother and I are becoming quite the WEI tag team.

In Cluj, we were blessed with wonderful students who enjoyed the Bible lessons more than the grammar. The seed has been planted. May God give the increase. There is no greater thrill than sharing the gospel and your faith with precious souls in a WEI short-term mission.
---Tom Langley
 

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