Marsida Is Baptized in
Thirteen years ago, Gjovalin Bobaj was a WEI correspondence student in
Elbasan, Albania. Then, he moved to Montenegro and we lost contact with him.
He didn’t finish the WEI course, but he never forgot what he learned.
Last year, when Gjovalin’s daughter, Marsida, decided to study English, he
asked her to search for WEI on the Internet. She found us, and Jan Towell
assigned her to Jo Byrd Huddleston, one of our Internet teachers in
Jo and Marsida studied together for several months, and Marsida decided
to be baptized into Christ. There is no known Church of Christ in
Montenegro, so Jo contacted Tom Bonner in Lushnja, Albania and Bledi Valca
in Tirana and asked for their help.
On July 19, Tom drove Bledi and his wife, Valbona, and their infant son
Lemuel up to Tuzi, Montenegro to meet with Marsida and her parents.
Tom writes, “We met the family consisting of Marsida, her father, Gjovalin,
and her mother, Luçi. Arrangements were made for us to travel to a nearby
river where the baptism took place.”
Bledi writes, “Marsida is a WEI Internet student who requested baptism. We
went to see her, and I baptized her in the Cen River. We also encouraged her
to sign her friends to study with WEI.”
Bledi, Marsida, Gjovalin, and Tom
Bledi, himself, is an ex-WEI student who came to Christ in the
mid-nineties after studying with Jim Hutson of Knoxville, Tennessee. Now,
Bledi is a full-time minister with the church in Tirana.
Marsida was born again on Jo Byrd Huddleston’s birthday. Jo’s joy was made
complete when she visited Marsida in September. Ellen Walker and two young
Albanian men (Sokol and another Bledi) accompanied Jo to Montenegro. Jo
writes, “It was even better to see Marsida in person! She was really open
and communicative with me, calling me ‘Mum.’
“On Sunday, I arranged for all of us to meet in my hotel room to have our
worship service together. Mrs. Bobaj came and listened attentively while
Sokol and Bledi gave the devotional talks and prayed for the communion.
Also, songs were sung in both Albanian and English. Marsida seemed so full
of joy getting to participate with other Christians!”
Success in Guatemala
Hawatthia Jones and Byron Benitez, missionaries in Guatemala City, write,
“This year, we were blessed to once again host teams from World English
Institute (WEI). There were two teams. Again, we were highly impressed with
the work that each of the teachers did while here. Needless to say, we
continue to be sold on WEI!
“There were a total of 43 students signed up to attend the classes. We had a
total of 12 teachers, six teachers on each team, over a span of four weeks.
The hotel where the teams stayed gave us a meeting room for the studies each
day without additional cost. This was a significant savings. It was also a
benefit to the hotel in that several of their employees were able to take
these classes. We were able to make many positive contacts in the hotel.
“In addition to all the good that was taking place, we were able to see
fruit born from the seed that had been planted. One student, Guadalupe
Granados de Alba de Perez, decided to be baptized. Lupita, as she is called,
was a returning WEI student from last year. She has always shown great
eagerness in learning English, but also in learning from God’s word.
“We are thankful for the combined efforts of the teachers who planted the
seed in her heart that resulted in fruit unto the Lord.”
Greg Weston Baptizes Lupita in the Hotel Swimming pool
Hawatthia and Byron conclude, “We now have several good contacts as a
result of the good work done by both of these WEI teams. Thank you, brothers
and sisters from WEI, for your good work and labor of love.”
Fruit Borne in Arad, Romania
Larry and Kay Little, itinerant missionaries who work in Russia and Romania,
write an exciting report about their four-week WEI campaign in Arad,
Romania: “Leading up to the campaign, the Romanian brethren had advertised,
screened respondents, and signed up 19 students. They ranged in age from 11
to 58 and came from various religious and economic backgrounds.
“We kept our promise by helping those students improve their English but,
more importantly, we had the opportunity to study the Bible with them,
one-on-one, for about 20 hours over the course of a month. In terms of
exposure to the gospel, this is extraordinary in campaign work. Some plant,
others water, and the Lord gives the increase.
“A highlight was seeing an old friend obey the gospel. Nicolae Pernevan
is a 58-year-old retired economist of Orthodox background who came to us as
a student in the very first WEI campaign back in ’04. After that campaign, I
continued studying with him until he completed both the intermediate and
advanced courses. He came to realize that he was lost and in need of baptism
for the forgiveness of sins, but never obeyed out of fear of repercussions
from within his family. He then left the country for a period of time, and
we lost contact. It was a pleasant surprise, therefore, to see his name
among the students signed up for this year’s campaign.”
“Since he had already completed both courses, we believe that he was
spiritually motivated to repeat the course. This time, he expressed his
desire to obey the gospel. After services on the last Sunday we were there,
we rejoiced to witness Nicolae’s baptism into Christ.
“It was an emotional occasion. He will be a great asset to the small Arad
church. Please remember him in prayer.
Don’t ever give up planting the seed of the kingdom or become discouraged
for lack of immediate, tangible results. For Nicolae, it took four teachers,
numerous encouragers, and six years for fruit to be borne.
“The WEI method of evangelism works, and we praise God for the increase.”
Gabi, the Local Preacher, Baptizes Nicolae Pernevan
God Gives Increase in
Julie Broyles is doing a great job as Director of the Bible English Study
and Training (BEST) Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She and the teachers use
WEI materials in their mission. Julie’s reports are exciting:
July 31: “What a day of rejoicing! We have a new brother! His name is Ny
“Ny Vannak began studying over a year and a half ago, but he has had to stop
over and over due to his busy school schedule. When he is free, he shows up
again, asking if he can continue studying. “A couple of weeks ago, Vannak
showed up asking if he could begin again. Vannak was Amanda Taylor’s
student, Russ Burcham’s student, Jill Tucker’s student, and my student at
times—planting, watering, and waiting for God to give the increase! Can’t
you hear the angels singing?”
August 9: “Sat Monorea is our sister! If you only knew how much genuine
tender, loving care went into this girl by her teachers, you would wonder
why she hadn’t made this decision long ago. “When she was accepted into the
program two years ago, Monorea was a giggly, silly girl. You’d wonder if she
was even listening. But she finished the program, and I haven’t seen her for
awhile. Then, last Friday night, she came to BEST and said, “I want to be
baptized.” This was a serious, more mature girl. I asked her what her
reasons were and she said, ‘I want to be a daughter of God and have all my
Sat Monorea Is Baptized at the BEST Center
A Fruitful Summer in Albania
This year marked the nineteenth consecutive WEI short-term mission effort in
Tirana, Albania. We had 12 teachers and 49 students. Sixty additional
students registered but were not able to study because they had no teacher.
Three students were baptized during the Tirana summer session, and another
student, Flaviana Laci (Bledi Valca’s sister-in-law), was baptized at camp
the following week. Thirteen teen-age campers were baptized this year.
Çimi and Anila Kafexhiu report several baptisms in Central Durrës.
Alfred and Diana Zike also report baptisms at the Adriatic Church of Christ
in the beach area in South Durrës. God is at work in Albania.
Art Hitt, an elder of the Peninsula Church of Christ in Portland, Oregon,
spent ten weeks in Tirana this summer. Listen to Art’s report:
“In 2008, Dick Ady studied with a young Albanian lady by the name of
Françeska Malaj. The following year, I was asked to study the WEI lessons
with Françeska’s mother, Laureta (Laura). Following those weeks of study,
and to the joy of all of us, both mother and daughter made the decision to
be baptized into Christ. They have since been active in the Tirana
“During that time, Laura was working hard to qualify for a job in security
at the American Embassy. Ultimately, she was chosen for this position and
was assisted and encouraged by another employee, Anjeza Gjokrosa. In their
developing friendship, Laura referred Anjeza to the Tirana congregation and
the WEI teaching program. Anjeza (33) in turn informed two of her cousins,
Ela Qoku (25) and Herta Toska (24). As a result, I had the joy and honor to
have these very special young ladies among my students this summer. After
10+ weeks of study, Anjeza and Ela dedicated their lives to their Savior in
baptism. What joy and excitement!”
Ela, Art, and Anjeza
Ukraine Is Calling
David and Galina Binkley are using WEI materials in Nikolaev, Ukraine. Their
daily reports are full of inspiration.
David writes, “One of our WEI students is our friend Natasha who was
educated at an institution of engineering. She worked several years at a
local manufacturing plant that produces large turbine engines. She has
learned English mostly with her own hard work and was referred to us by a
fellow student. She is very interested in the Bible and has no working
knowledge of God’s word.”
David Studying with Natasha
David has invited us to bring two teams of teachers to Nikolaev next
summer, one for three weeks in late June and early July, and the other for
three weeks in late July and early August.
We are looking for twelve to fourteen good teachers. Who will go with us? If
interested, contact me, Dick Ady, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Langley at
More Conversions in India
On August 10, Prabhu Kumar spoke at a WEI graduation ceremony in
Konakanamitla, India. He spoke to them about their salvation. Prabhu writes,
“It is really a miracle which God has done in the lives of our WEI students.
Totally 8 students were baptized into the body of Christ. Immediately, I
thanked God for bringing a good number of fruits from our labor. Brother
Prabhu Dass is working there and he arranged everything in an order. We took
all those 8 students 12 kilometers for the water by two auto rickshaws to
give them baptism. Thank God for blessing the labor of my co-WEI teachers.”
On August 24, Prabhu traveled to Bargrgh, India to participate in another
WEI graduation ceremony. He writes, “Our WEI teacher, Bro. Ajith Kumar
Tandy, conducted the graduation service with all his students. I also shared
the word of God from Philippians 2:13 to encourage all the graduated class.
I am so happy to announce that we baptized totally 5 people from the efforts
of our WEI teacher, Bro. Ajith Kumar Tandy. We baptized them in the pond
according to their will, not in the tub which we constructed . All of them
Prabhu Watches as Bro. Ajith Baptizes WEI Student
Tom, Angie, Bianca, & Brianna Langley
From all reports and from personal experience, our short-term mission
efforts this summer were extremely fruitful and a blessing to all who
I had the privilege of working with 3 efforts in Romania and Albania. The
students were eager to study God’s word, and attendance was near 100
percent. Toward the end of our studies, several were thinking seriously
about surrendering their lives to Jesus Christ. It was such a joy to read
about and to witness the baptism of students working with our WEI teams.
The thrill of sharing God’s word and your personal faith with students
every day is a blessing I wish every Christian could encounter. A WEI
teacher who has taught in our short-term mission efforts for more than 15
years recently made this statement from the pulpit, “It is impossible to
know this side of heaven the impact that our teaching can have on the future
of God’s kingdom.” He then relayed the story of an 18-year-old young man who
was studying WEI correspondence and requested baptism. An evangelist from
that country was sent to follow-up. The boy was baptized, and now 12 years
later, he is a leader in the Lord’s church in his country, preaching,
teaching, and nurturing young Christians in the faith. God is using him in a
I am sure the same story could be repeated many times from many countries.
People in nations all over the world desire to learn the English language.
WEI is an amazing tool that God is using to spread his good news through
Here at our WEI Eastern office in Maryville, TN, we have finally felt the
financial burden of these economic times. Our contributions were a little
down for the first time since we opened this office in January 2004. If you
have ever considered partnering with us, please give it prayerful
consideration now. We are grateful that God has supplied our ministry needs
in the past, and we are confident he will continue to provide for our
ministry needs in the future. We love you all and appreciate so much your
prayers and support.
---Tom & Angie
God Takes His Time
Dick & Maudine Ady
Last month, I received an e-mail that blew me away. It read: “My name is
Tom Zang, and I am from Beijing, China. Do you remember me? I studied
Bible/English through your WEI postal mail correspondence around 1995 and
got my Advanced English Bible Course Diploma. WEI gave me a chance to study
English and also God’s words and his kindness to us. Now, I am studying my
MBA degree courses in University of Illinois at Chicago. I happened to
access your website and am very happy to send you an e-mail to thank you for
your long time kindness and help. We all are giving glory to God.” Signed:
In 1995, we planted the seed. Now, fifteen years later, the seed is
beginning to sprout. Tom indicated that he was ready to be baptized, and I
put him in touch with two Chicago churches.
As you read this newsletter, notice how God has taken his time in the
In Albania, Gjovalin Bobaj was a postal mail student thirteen years ago. The
seed that was sown in his heart did not die. This summer, it was
transplanted to his daughter, Marsida, and she is now our sister in Christ.
In Guatemala, the seed was planted in Lupita’s heart a year ago. But it did
not sprout until this year. It took two years for her to respond.
In Romania, Nicolae Pernevan studied in Arad’s first WEI campaign in the
summer of 1994. For six years, the seed lay in fallow soil. Finally, this
year, Nocolae gave himself to Jesus.
In Cambodia, Ny Vannak and Sat Monorea have both been studying the WEI
courses for a long time. Now, they are Christians.
God keeps using WEI to accomplish his eternal purpose in Christ. To him be
The Gresham WEI office has suffered a shortfall of $30,000 during the first
nine months of 2010, but we believe that God, in his own time, will bless us
with the resources we need to carry on the work that he has called us to do.
Thank you for your fellowship in the greatest cause on earth. We love you.
---Dick & Maudine
Bob & Jan Towell
During the 3rd quarter of 2010, the
website continued to gather more students than there were teachers for them.
This chart shows the number of new Bible studies started each month from
August 2008 through September 2010.
Points to notice on the bar chart are: (1) The number of students
starting each month in 2010 is 15 times larger than when the teaching
website started. (2) The “high-water” mark in the 2nd quarter of 2010, was
achieved by showing WEI’s teaching website to the first 6% of the Google
searches for English studies. (3) In the last half of 2009 and again in the
3rd quarter of 2010, fewer new studies could be started because there were
not enough teachers.
Two conclusions: (1) More teachers are needed immediately. The 130
teachers working in the 2nd quarter are not enough to start 1147 new Bible
classes a month. (2) WEI’s teaching website has the potential to attract
about 19,000 new Bible students a month if WEI’s teaching website were shown
to 100% of the Google searches for English studies each day. We need more
than 2150 teachers to teach 19,000 new Bible classes a month.
Please add WEI’s teaching website to your evangelism tool kit. If you can
send e-mails, you have enough computer skills the “send the light” into a
world lost in sin. The Great Commission has not expired.
---Bob & Jan