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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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Previous Update Issue

Number 129

October-December 2010

Dick Ady, Editor

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Proclaiming the Gospel Throughout the World


Adriatic Academy Uses WEI Two New Brothers in Crete Stirring Story from Cambodia
Cult Member Baptized in Cameroon The Kingdom Grows in India Good News From Nigeria
WEI Internet Ministry Short-Term Missions We Praise God for You
More Christians in Nigeria    

Adriatic Academy Uses WEI
Alfred Zike, Minister of the Adriatic Church of Christ in Durrës, Albania, became a Christian in 1992 after studying with Yvonne Davis in our first WEI short-term mission in Tirana. Now, he is using WEI materials to lead young people to Christ in the Adriatic Academy which meets at the church building.



Alfred Zike Teaching His WEI Students

Alfred writes, “Since October 2010, we have been running the fourth academic year at Adriatic Academy School, teaching free English and Bible Courses for kids of age 9-16 in the Beach Area in Durrës. This academic year, 2010-2011, we have 45 kids and teenagers enrolled in three group classes.

“We added WEI materials to our basic curriculum this year. We are very familiar with the WEI curriculum. WEI’s effectiveness in reaching Albanians for Christ is a very well known fact among the workers who have evolved in Albanian missions. We have plans to develop this academy school project from a tutoring school at present to a full curriculum school in the near future as we add more courses like math, computer, etc.
“The work done in this academy till now has blessed the Lord’s work and family at the Adriatic church. It has assisted us to develop many contacts in our evangelistic work and to have a good reputation in the community. We are very thankful to the Adams Boulevard Church of Christ in Bartlesville, OK, our main sponsor in this project.”




Diana Zike with Her WEI Students

Two New Brothers in Crete
Bro. John Adesoye, a former Pentecostal preacher, was baptized into Christ after studying with Mike Hale, his WEI Internet teacher. Since then, he has baptized nearly all the members of his church, which is now the Church of Christ on Crete.
Just last week, we received an e-mail from Bro. Adesoye saying, “Two men were snatched out of darkness yesterday into Christ’s marvelous light. Their names are Chris Sunday and Nmorka Happy.” The gospel chariot rolls on. Praise God.


John with Chris and Happy

Stirring Story from Cambodia
Julie Broyles, Director of BEST (Bible English Study and Training) Center in Phnom Penh, writes a heart-warming story on her blog.

On November 9, Julie and several teachers went to the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh to join the Independence Day celebration.

Julie writes, “The moment everyone was waiting for was to catch a glimpse of King Norodom Sihamoni. It was thrilling to even capture a photo of him, and also thrilling to hear the Khmers as they, in unison, shouted, ‘Chayo! Chayo! Chayo!’ like our ‘Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!’

“But the most ‘moving’ Independence Day was November 6 when Sreyleak’s mother was immersed into Christ, being forever set free! Sreyleak is our secretary. Her mother is terminally ill and nearing the end. The Christians here have been praying for her and have gone to study with her. Try (one of the preaching students) had planned to go back on Friday to study again, but we were all crushed to find out Thursday night that plans had been made for her to go back to Battambang Friday morning (a 5 hour journey from here) to her relatives (to die there). We were crushed, as we had prayed for her to stay alive long enough to hear the gospel.

“Friday morning came, and we learned that the car that was to transport her was too old to make the trip and that they would have to wait and go on Saturday. Wow! This extra 24 hours was a gift from God, an answer to prayers. Try had us pray for him, and he went to the hospital to teach her. She made a decision to follow Jesus and wanted to be baptized.

“The Khmer Christians began to discuss how they could do this, as she cannot stand or move her limbs. She cannot sit up without someone holding her. Her neck is extremely painful if not held in just the right position, besides having a feeding tube in her nose, and an IV.

“When we asked the doctor, they would not allow her to leave the hospital. So we had to wait until Saturday morning when the daughters checked her out. Once she was loaded into the van, we came to the BEST Center, and she was baptized before heading to Battambang.

Sreyleak’s Dying Mother Is Baptized

“Wow! It was very touching to see someone snatched from Satan’s grip, to know the angels were singing, and to see the love and gentleness the Khmer Christians showed. What an independence day! Even sweeter will be to catch a glimpse of the King of kings!

“P.S. I just found out that Syeyleak’s mother died this morning. She has gone to meet the King! I’ll bet she is saying, ‘Chayo!’”

Cult Member Baptized in Cameroon
Obed Anthony is a tremendous WEI teacher in Cameroon. Without any personal support from WEI, he has managed to eek out a living while teaching numerous WEI students.

Almost weekly, Bro. Anthony reports that he has baptized more students. On October 21, he said, “I write to notify you that two more souls have given their lives to Christ through the studies.”

On October 28, he sent another e-mail saying, “A seminar was organized, and three souls were baptized.” Then, he said, “We just got a call from another student who will be baptized on Sunday.

“This month, we were blessed with four souls: Aluba Favour Emmanuel, Nge Darlington, Mabel Oben, and Mafua Yvonne.”

On November 8, he wrote, “What exciting news! We have a new convert—not just anyone, but a person who was a cult member. His name is Paul Diala. We also had two other souls added yesterday: Fominka Golda and Fon Victor. Keep them in your prayers and the work of WEI in Cameroon.”

Obed Anthony Baptizes Paul Diala

“Paul Diala belonged to a terrible, horrible cult. They used to beat, seize, and harass women. He had a bad group of friends who could even kill at times. Their eyes were horrible to look into.

My first meeting with him was in the school where he expressed dissatisfaction with the Bible. But after encouraging him to study the WEI courses to make up for his English language (which was one of the papers he failed in his exam), he accepted. That effort soon yielded fruits as he became interested, confessed his past, denounced his magical charms and acts, and was baptized.”

Obed concludes, “WEI is gradually spreading throughout the country, thanks to our students who carry the good news.”

The Kingdom Grows in India
Interesting stories keep coming out of India as Prabhu Kumar establishes WEI branches in more and more cities. In October, Prabhu started a new branch of WEI students in Balanagar, near the city of Hyderabad. There, he met Pastor B. Michael who had established ten local churches that he called the “Throne of Grace Ministries.” He and his wife had also established a free medical clinic for poor people and a tuition-free school in their home, for children from poor families. Pastor B.Michael and his wife had developed a good reputation in the community.

Pastor B. Michael enrolled in WEI and soon graduated. Prabhu reports that this influential family has now “received the truth and has been baptized into Christ to serve in a better way by using our well-designed WEI study material.” He is now a WEI teacher, and they are worshiping with the Church of Christ in Balanagar.

Six of B. Michael’s WEI students are preachers he trained to work with the “Throne of Grace Ministries.” Chances are good that all ten of the “Throne of Grace Ministries” churches will eventually be Churches of Christ.

B. Michael (left) Receives His WEI Diploma

Prabhu reports that four other WEI students have been baptized recently, one of whom was a Hindu.

WEI Goes to Bangladesh
Prabhu Kumar writes, “Yesterday, I received this mail from our WEI teacher, Bro. Emon Roaza, from Dhaka, Bangladesh..”

“Greetings from Bangladesh. Brother, we started our classes last month on November 10, in two places: In Khagrachari, the number of students is 12. In Matirangga, the number of students is 15.

“Brother, please send books for the next semester. Now, we don’t have sufficient books. Continue to pray for me, for Brothers Sepulo and Khageshor. Both are helping me a lot. At last, I would say, brother [Kumar], please come to Bangladesh. If you come, I may get courage. I am always praying for you to come to Bangladesh. Now, I am sending those photos.”

Emon Roaza Teaches WEI Students in Bangladesh


Good News from Nigeria
Aniefiok Akpan writes, “Five WEI students were baptized at Ikot Abasi. Brother Elijah Idio, the preacher of the Essene Church of Christ in Ikot Abasi baptized three WEI students in September. The students are Udeme A. Nwa, Godwin John Inyang, and Ubong Jimmy Atta.

“Brother Idio baptized another WEI student November 10. In another area of Ikot Abasi, brother Godsgift Paul, the preacher with the Akpan Udo Ekpo Church of Christ baptized one of our students in November.”

Have you considered including WEI in your will? By doing so, your estate will keep working for God after you are gone.

WEI Internet Ministry
 

Bob and Jan Towell

Although we did not reach our goal of doubling in 2010, it has been a busy year. More than 107,000 registrations have been received from every nation on earth!

Teachers Chuck & Cathy Gusek and Larry Pruitt inspired the Hanceville, AL church to help the Akpans in Nigeria with their projects. Several members there and at the Peninsula church in Portland, OR are now studying with those contacts via regular mail.
David and Galina Binkley continued teaching their Ukranian students via the Internet while they are back in Alabama, and they are planning to host a short-term mission next summer. Norris and Sali Cline continue via the Internet with students they had in Shanghai.

Students have been baptized in Sudan, Montenegro, China, and the Middle East. Former students in India and Crete are teaching and baptizing others, and the church is growing!

The number of students in Mongolia continues to grow, but there are no congregations there. One student wrote, “My best thing learned from these reading assignments is knowledge about the Lord because I have never read the Bible.” Who will teach, and who will go to follow up?

A fundraising dinner sponsored by the Katy, TX church resulted in a few additional Internet teachers. Bob taught on evangelism at a Sojourners workshop, and eight new teachers began. Katheryn Haddad wrote an article for the Nov/Dec Christian Woman magazine; several responded and are already teaching. One wrote, “I’m so glad to be part of this program. It seems there are SO many people wanting to take the courses, and not enough teachers.” Another wrote, “I had been feeling that I was wasting my abilities. It wasn’t entirely true, but this is better.”

Even more can be accomplished in 2011. If you have been considering adding Internet teaching to your evangelism tools, don’t let Satan snatch the idea from your heart, but this very day email jrtowell@aol.com. If you can send and receive email, you can teach on the Internet.
Matthew 9:37, 38.

---Bob & Jan


Short-term Missions

Tom, Angie, Bianca, & Brianna Langley

What a joy our family experienced this past quarter. In November, I had the honor of performing the wedding ceremony of two of our dearest friends in Romania. Vasile Iuhos, the evangelist/preacher for the church in Oradea, married Anca Gilga, one of my former WEI students back in 2003. There are few things in life that are more encouraging than two lovely, faithful, and hard-working servants of God uniting in marriage. They will surely make a great team for the advancement of God’s kingdom in Romania.

As I was looking around the church on Sunday morning after the wedding, I observed that many of the Christians in attendance were former WEI students who had studied God’s word with a short-term mission teacher. Please consider going on a WEI short-term mission. Several mission sites have requested teams of teachers this year.

Here is a list of some of those sites, with dates and approximate costs: (1) Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras, July 18-Aug 12 (2 wks = $1,500. (2) Oradea, Romania, June 13-July 8 (2 wks = $1,800. (3) Guatemala City, Guatemala, July 18-Aug 12 (2 wks = $1,

. (4) Podava, Italy, Feb 21–Mar 18 (2 wks = $2,000. (5) Nikolaev, Ukraine, June 13–July 22 (3 wks. $2,800. (6) Tirana Albania, July 4–Aug 12 (2 wks = $2,500. (7) Korçë, Albania, July 4–Aug 12 (2 wks = $2,500. (8) Lushnja, Albania, July 4–Aug 12 (2 wks = $2,500. (9) Jinotega, Nicaragua, July 18–Aug 12 (2 wks = $1,500.

Link to 2011 Short-Term Missions

The past couple of years have been difficult for so many of our brothers and sisters in Christ. A few churches have informed us that they will not be able to continue their monthly support in 2011. It will be difficult for our WEI Maryville office in 2011, but we continue to face these challenges with a confident hope that God will provide all that is necessary to keep this powerful mission ministry operational. As we reflect on the last year, our hearts are filled with deep gratitude for the blessings God poured out on our family and WEI through you. You were gracious and generous in your support of WEI, and our Maryville office was just able to finish 2010 in the black. Thank you! We love and appreciate you all.


---Tom & Angie

We Praise God for You
 

Dick & Maudine Ady

These are exciting and challenging times. In 2010, the Lord used WEI to teach people about Christ in EVERY nation on earth. But as Tom Langley said, “WEI has reached every country in the world, but not every soul. There is much yet to be done.”
Almost every day, Jan Towell sends out a list of Internet students who are waiting for teachers. Many of these students are Buddhists, Hindus, and Muslims. What an opportunity to spread the gospel of Christ!

These are the best of times for world evangelism. Never before have God’s people had the tools to reach so many people in so many places with the gospel of Christ. We must not let this opportunity slip away!

The year 2010 was also a challenging time for WEI financially. Our faith was tested. As of August 31, 2010, the WEI General Fund in Gresham was $38,000 in the red. Then, Justin Speer and the church in Katy, TX sponsored a fund-raising dinner in Houston and put WEI in their church budget. Moreover, the College congregation in Searcy, AR included WEI in its annual Harvest Sunday contribution. Then, many of our dear friends contributed generously during the last quarter of the year. Consequently, we ended 2010 in the black. Hallelujah!

In 2011, we still face a financial challenge. Last year, we lost more than $4,000 a month in regular contributions due to the economic crisis in America. New contributors have picked up about half of that loss, and our hearts are filled with gratitude. But we still need an additional $2,000 a month to keep this mission work going full steam ahead.
The Peninsula church in Portland, OR is planning a fund-raising dinner April 1. We are praying that other churches will follow the Katy church’s lead by sponsoring a fund-raising dinner and by putting WEI in their budget.

Thank you, beloved friends. Many of you have given until it hurt, and we are grateful. May God bless you with an extra star in your crown. We love you with the love of God.
---Dick & Maudine

More Christians in Nigeria
Aniefiok Akpan writes, “Several of our WEI students attended the thanksgiving services. Two of them, Nduese Monday John, and Nseobong Aniedi Sunday accepted Christ and were baptized on January 01. Nseobong, who carries a four-month old pregnancy was so angry with her husband when he accepted Christ sometime ago. Her anger turned into great joy when she stood before the congregation to confess Christ. Nduese traveled all the way from Port Hacourt in Rivers State to attend the thanksgiving. What a great way to begin the year 2011. We anticipate more baptisms among our WEI students this year.

“Our WEI Office and Teaching Center in Abak is fast becoming a regional office of WEI in the West Africa sub-region. By God’s special grace, we were able to extend the tentacles of our WEI Ministry to Cameroon where several souls have been saved as a result of that effort.

“With the support of the Northside (Hanceville, AL) church, we have initiated our WEI ministry in Sierra Leone. Presently, we are working on sending WEI Introductory lessons to prospects in Gambia, Liberia, and South Africa.”

Aniefiok Baptizes Nduese at Uruk Otong, Nigeria

 

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