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Number 133

October – December, 2011

Dick Ady, Editor

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Proclaiming the Gospel Throughout the World

Katy Partners with WEI Off to a Good Start Gladys Mejia Thanks Katy Elders

Thanks to Tom Gillson

A Message to Churches Everywhere

602 Baptisms in Haiti in 2011

25 New Christians in India Montenegro Is Calling Thirteen  Baptisms in Nigeria
New Sister & Brother in Guatemala Internet Ministry Short-Term Missions
Behold, the Hand of God    

 
Katy Partners with WEI

On October 8th and 9th, the church in Katy, Texas took advantage of the local “Rice Festival” to offer free English classes to Spanish-speaking people who attended the festivities next door.




Katy Church Building

A booth was set up at the festival to introduce the church to the community. Foot traffic through the church parking lot was channeled through a tent where gospel songs were sung. A petting zoo, puppet show, and games for children were scattered in and around the tent. Free water was provided for everyone. The tent also contained advertisements of WEI and other services offered by the Katy church. The first WEI student to sign up was Gladys Mejia, a member of the Katy congregation. She, in turn, proactively hunted down people who wanted to learn English. When the Rice Festival ended, fifteen individuals had signed up for the WEI classes. That number soon grew to thirty-five.



Justin Speer Introduces WEI to Beginners

Off to a Good Start

Justin Speer writes, “The response to the WEI program from the community and the church has been nothing short of amazing. We are fast-tracking this program . . . to hold WEI sessions during regularly scheduled classes on Wednesday night at 7:00 PM and afterwards at 8:00 PM. We encourage students to bring their families to church while they [the parents] learn English. Look at how powerful this tool is in bringing souls to learn about Christ.

“As many as 25 individuals from the [Katy] congregation will help teach these students. This will enrich both teacher and student who otherwise would not have had the opportunities they now have through WEI.”

“This success will not be bottled up for long. I am sure that in the fullness of time, many will come to see how valuable WEI is to the world (local and abroad). The material is perfect for our situation.”

Justin concludes, “The results are literally overwhelming. We are already forced to turn away potential students who are hungry to learn. We need all hands on deck. Opportunity is knocking, and it isn’t doing so softly.”



Felicia Vaughn Teaches Intermediate Student, Anna Ruiz

Gladys Mejia Thanks Katy Elders

Below is a message that Gladys Mejia wrote to the Katy elders expressing thanks for the WEI ministry. Gladys and her husband, Jaime, are WEI Intermediate students. They also serve as translators for the Beginner’s English classes. Gladys is hugely important in helping to recruit students.

Gladys writes, “I would like to express the word ‘wow’ to the person or people who came up with the idea to take advantage of the Rice Festival. We saw the beginning of the WEI, but we have no idea how deep it can go. It has been a blessing to me to be part of the WEI. I’m getting close to members that I did not have a chance to know before. . . . I think WEI will open doors and ways to bring people to the Gospel.”


A Message to Churches Everywhere

Justin Speer writes, “With the dawning of a new year, we want to spread the message of a powerful local evangelism opportunity through WEI.

“There are a large and growing number of immigrants from Mexico and other parts of the world. Many of these individuals are desperate to learn English. This presents opportunity for evangelism and local outreach using the WEI curriculum.

“The materials that WEI provides are fantastic. They make the job of teaching easy. The best part is the relationships you’ll forge with individuals with whom you would never have spoken or interacted. We’ve yet to experience one student dropping out. This is a powerful tool that is bringing souls to Christ while also providing an essential skill set to individuals hoping for a better life for their families. We have families attending worship services and Bible class that likely never would have stepped foot on church grounds were it not for WEI.

“Slowly, but surely, this evangelism tool is becoming ingrained into the DNA of the church.”


Thanks to Tom Gillson

Three years ago, Tom Gillson (Katy elder) registered as a WEI Internet teacher. Tom says, “Before the end of six months, I was thoroughly convinced of WEI’s effectiveness, scriptural soundness, and potential for spreading the gospel.”

Tom and Kathy Gillson

Since then, more than 40 members of the Katy church have become Internet teachers, short-term missionaries, and teachers in the Hispanic outreach ministry. The partnership between Katy and WEI has flourished, and we are grateful.


602 Baptisms in Haiti in 2011

Brother Jean Robert St. Hilaire, Evangelist in South Haiti, writes, “At least 602 people were baptized in sites where we help train men and women also through the spreading of English and Bible courses offered by WEI (World English Institute)—and this is just what we know about! At least three new congregations were planted.”

Brother Hilaire is Director of WEI in Haiti. We feel blessed that such a busy, gifted, and productive man has seen fit to include WEI in his crowded schedule. Praise God for Jean Robert.


25 New Christians in India

Prabhu Kumar’s reports are full of exciting news. November 11, Prabhu sent pictures of five WEI students who had just been baptized in the Chittoor district of Andhrapradesh. The teachers, Brothers Payani and Jayapaul, have done excellent work, and God has blessed them with fruit.

Bro. D. Jayapaul Baptizes Vasanth Kumar

On December 14, Prabhu reported that 20 more WEI students had been baptized near Hyderabad.

Last year, Brother Michael, our WEI teacher in Hyderabad, baptized three denominational preachers. They, in turn, opened a branch of WEI in their church in an effort to lead their members to a better understanding of the scriptures. When Prabhu came to town for a WEI graduation ceremony, the preachers asked him to speak to the students about the “one baptism” in Ephesians 4:4. When Prabhu finished speaking, twenty of them decided to be immersed into Christ.

Prahhu writes: When we tried to baptize them, there were no water canals or ponds or any other facility. It was necessary to go 37 kilometers to reach the Paleru Reservoir, so we booked four autos and took all the people and their teachers. Because of the special request from our WEI teachers, I myself baptized each one after their confession in front of the local congregation. Thank God for helping our three teachers to teach them, and thank God for baptizing them into Christ at the right time. Totally, we baptized 20 people into Christ.”



Twenty Baptisms in Paleru Reservoir in India

 

Montenegro Is Calling

We are looking for people who would like to go with us on a short-term mission campaign to Podgorica, Montenegro either this year or next. Montenegro is a beautiful little mountainous country just north of Albania. So far as we know, Marsida Bobaj is the only member if the Church of Christ in Montenegro, and she needs the fellowship of a good church. If you would like to help us plant a church in Montenegro, please get in touch with Dick Ady at weiady@aol.com, and we will talk. A great opportunity awaits us.


Thirteen Baptisms in Nigeria

On November 9, Aniefiok Akpan reported that a young girl, Idorenyin Friday Benjamin, accepted Christ and was baptized at Uruk Otong, Nigeria. Aniefiok writes, “She was led to Christ through WEI. Five students of Obong Christian High School accepted Christ and were baptized. Another group of five persons were baptized recently at Ikot Imo.”



Aniefiok Baptizes Idorenyin Friday Benjamin

On December 21, Aniefiok wrote, “Two precious souls, Ima Uwem Michael (a woman) and Anwanga Effong Udo (a boy) were baptized at Uruk Otong yesterday. . . . The two converts were brought to Christ by two WEI converts.”

It is exciting to know that WEI converts are now converting others. Praise God.

New Sister & Brother in Guatemala

This report is late simply because we ran out of space in our last newsletter. During the past three summers, teams of WEI short-term missionaries have worked with Hawatthia Jones and Byron Benitez in Guatemala City. In August, Greg Weston wrote, “Tonight, I had the honor of baptizing Donna Suseth Alvarado Castillo and her husband Giovanni into Christ. Donna has been my student in Guatemala for three years. . . . What a great night!”



Greg Weston Baptizes Donna S. A. Castillo
 

 

Internet Ministry - 4th Quarter Report

 

Bob & Jan Towell

ISA 55:10 “As the rain and snow come down from heaven and do not return without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word …It will not return empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

These responses from students reflect the seed being sown in the heart of Islam. We are encouraged and we know you will be also.

"I always remember Jesus saying, “Father, forgive these people.” Really, I like this sentence. Other religions want you to die for their leader, but their leader does not die for them."

"I am so happy to know all these information about Christ and Baptize. And I wanna learn more and more. We believe the Bible, the word of God. I will looking for Christians here, because I can’t give my number…"

"I become fully sure Jesus was the true king, the miracles were amazing and proved he was divine. His word is the word of God. He suffered and died, but God raised him. Jesus is lord of all people and all will be judged by him."

"We cannot compare him with any person, he is from God. I learned to love Jesus. All he said about lifting him from death was true. I don’t know what to say. I did not know about Christian religion, but now I know. I am Happy for that, it is great. When I move to the reading assignment I feel happy and So excited especially when read the story of Jesus."

"I learned to change your hearts and lives and be baptized, God will forgive your sins. This meaningful speech really touched my heart. I learned the amazing connection between baptism and Jesus’ death, that baptism is a symbol of death, burial and resurrection that’s amasing, isn’t it?"

Matthew 4:16 “People living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” ---Bob & Jan Towell

Short-term Missions

The Langleys

We are now in the process of finalizing our short-term mission locations for 2012. All sites are in need of teachers. Church leaders in Verazdin, Croatia are asking for WEI teachers who will stay six months instead of the usual two to six weeks. .

Missionaries in the following cities have requested short-term mission teams in 2012: Oradea and Cluj, Romania, Tirana, Korçë, and Lushnja, Albania, Verazdin, Croatia, Guatemala City, and Yangon, Burma. If this is something you might be interested in, please contact the WEI Maryville office. We are committed to work with you or your congregation to help prepare you. for a WEI life-changing experience.

Dr. Mike Moss has been leading teams of teachers to Romania for 20 years. They have been using the WEI material as their primary teaching curriculum for over 10 years. Dr. Moss is the Dean of Biblical Studies at Ohio Valley University.

Below is a photo of the 2011 team to Bucharest. Dr. Moss writes: “This summer, I will make my 20th trip to Bucharest, Romania to work with the church there. My wife will be making her 11th trip. Bucharest has become a second home for us. It is wonderful to see former students faithful to the Lord, serving in leadership roles in the church, and raising Christian families. Every year I bring along college students who teach English and the Bible using WEI material. We have found the WEI material to be the best resource for us to teach English using the Bible as our text. My students also conduct a VBS for the children who attend the church, and I teach a college level class each year.”

Mike & Virginia Moss, Anna Carroll, Hannah Rollins,
Bill Proctor, Jim Morgan

Behold, the Hand of God

Dick and Maudine Ady

The most exciting thing in the world is watching God work. There is never enough room in our newsletter to report everything that God is doing through WEI. For example, David and Galina Binkley are using WEI to build up the church in Nikolaev, Ukraine. Their wonderful work deserves far more space that we can give it in this newsletter

Julio Valverde, one of our teachers in Lima, Peru, reported recently that his sister, Juana, had been baptized. Here is a picture of the baptism.




Julio’s Sister, Juana, Is Baptized in Peru

Julie Broyles, Director of BEST Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, reports that Avy, her Buddhist cook who has studied with numerous WEI teachers through the years, was baptized into Christ October 12 amid great celebration.



Avy Becomes a Christian

The handiwork of God is evident everywhere. It is an honor to be his servant. Watching him work is a source of inspiration.

Thank you for your fellowship in world evangelism. May God bless you for your sacrificial service. We love you with the love of the Lord, and we thank God for you in our prayers. ---Dick & Maudine Ady
 


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