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Number 138

 January - March 2013

Dick Ady, Editor

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Proclaiming the Gospel Throughout the World

Albanian Angel

Seven Baptized in Nigeria

WEI Student Baptized in Nashville

Gospel Chariot rolls on in India

Four New Christians Baptized in Bangladesh

Faith in the Face of Danger

Internet

Short-Term-Missions

Historic Opportunity

Albania, Crete, Tanzania

   

 

 

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“Albanian Angel”
Have you ever wondered why WEI teachers get so excited about teaching their students on the Internet? Ask Bob Hesselrode, of Smyrna, TN.

Bob writes, “In September, I began my study with Imena Kërpica, a 22-year-old college student from Berat, Albania. This study ballooned into a relationship that has accelerated through the months to a point that now she is like a daughter. She refers to Billie and me as second parents.”




Bob & Billie Hesselrode

“I am happy to say, she is our daughter in Christ. Imena’s thirst for God’s Word was evident. Receiving her first lesson in September, Imena was on lesson # 14 by the beginning of October, and she finished the Intermediate lessons a month later.

“In October, she moved from Berat to Tirana to enter her last year of college. This was a blessing. She met Ellen Walker, and they formed a close friendship. Soon, she was attending the meetings of the Tirana church where she met Bledi and Bona Valca. Many in the Tirana fellowship have had an impact on Imena’s journey of faith.

“In December, Imena told me she was going to be baptized. Every few days she said, ‘Don’t worry, Mr. Bob. I will be baptized. I just want to be certain that I am ready for that commitment.’ She said, ‘I am trying not to think about myself, what I want, but what God wants me to do.’ God was molding some very soft clay into an angel. On January 26, with her twin sister, her boyfriend, and several from the Tirana fellowship in attendance, Bledi immersed this sweet soul into Christ.”

 



Bledi Takes Imena’s Confession

Bob concludes, “Since entering the kingdom, Imena has attended every meeting of the church that she could. After studying with Imena, I feel like I am running on nuclear power! You know, working with someone like Imena is like watching a beautiful flower unfold from the bud under the warmth of the Son.”

Seven Baptized in Nigeria
God has a dynamic new WEI teacher in Nigeria. His name is Ugoh Ray.

On February 2, the subject line on Ray’s e-mail was “Three WEI Students Baptized.” He wrote, “ I’m glad to report that three persons gave their lives to Christ and were baptized this Sunday through the WEI programme.

“I visited eight secondary schools in Imo State. Their principals indicated their interest to involve their students in the WEI lessons to help prepare them for junior and senior WASCE (West African School Certificate Exams) if the materials are available. I am willing to coordinate any activity that will help extend the WEI programme to various schools and colleges in the State, should my vision attract your consent.”

Two weeks later, Ray sent another e-mail saying, “There is overwhelming joy in the church today as four more WEI students were baptized. I also believe there is rejoicing in heaven, and I wish to share that joy with you.




Ray Baptizes Four More High School Students

“I have started a WEI campaign in schools around Imo State, Nigeria. Out of ten schools and seven churches visited, all are ready to study with us except one. We can start with ten students from each school and church. So you can send complete WEI study materials for two hundred students.
“The truth is that the academic value attached to the WEI programme makes it attractive to youths in schools and churches. Looking forward to hearing from you. Remain blessed in the Lord.”
Imagine the Potential!

Bro. Ray has presented to us a tremendous opportunity. The possibilities for teaching and baptizing high school students in Nigeria are practically unlimited. School principals are eager for Ray to teach the WEI courses in their schools.

In less than three weeks, Bro. Ray has baptized seven high school students into Christ and integrated them into local congregations. Can you imagine the number of souls that can be saved if Ray and other gospel preachers were to expand this pilot program to hundreds of high schools and colleges in Nigeria?

In order to supply Ray with WEI materials, we must raise at least $5,000 to cover the cost of printing and mailing the materials. Is there a church or an individual who would like to take this on as a mission project? Here is an opportunity to save hundreds, perhaps thousands, of precious souls. We must respond to the call while there is still time.


WEI Student Baptized in Nashville
Every major university in America has international students on campus. A mission field has come to us.

On February 9, we received the following email from Enoch and Jeannine Thweatt in Nashville, Tennessee: “Just want to tell you that yesterday we had a small part in baptizing a young woman from Columbia, Central America. She was already a strong believer in God and had been attending church where our friends, John and Patti Miller, work. Enoch has been helping her prepare for the TOEFL, and of course, what other material would he use than the WEI books?

“She zoomed through the Intermediate [course] and then started on the Advanced lessons Thursday. These made her realize the importance of baptism. So yesterday afternoon, the Millers, Sharon Short, and an elder and his wife from the Paragon Mills church met with us. Enoch did the ‘talking’ and the song leading, and John did the immersing. We all had time to talk to our baby sister and share our hearts with one another.”

Later Jeannine sent pictures that were taken before, during, and after Estefani Castro’s baptism. The picture below shows the joy on Estefani’s face after John Miller had baptized her into Christ.




John Miller Baptizes Estefani Castro into Christ

O the unspeakable, indescribable joy of being born again of water and the Spirit.

Gospel Chariot Rolls On in India
Almost every week, WEI teachers in India send pictures of students they have baptized for the forgiveness of sins.

WEI teacher, Bro. Joji Babu, reports that he recently baptized two of his students at Hanaman Junction, India. The woman pictured below is one of them.



Joji Babu Baptizes WEI Student at Hanuman Junction

About the same time, we learned that Bro. Ratna Paul, a WEI teacher who grew up worshiping Hindu idols, had taught and baptized a couple who had come from a strong Hindu background. Ratna Paul has suffered great persecution.

On March 7, Prabhu Kumar reported that three more students had been baptized by WEI teacher, Bro. Tiruttani Tamilnadu.



Tiruttani Tamilnadu Baptizes WEI Student

Such reports keep coming in, week after week. The Gospel Chariot is rolling, rolling, rolling in India. As of March 7, twenty-six people had already been baptized in 2013.

Four New Christians in Bangladesh
In spite of the difficulty and danger of leading people to Christ in Bangladesh, WEI teacher, Bro. Emon, writes, “Today, four people took baptism. Their names are Miss Jui, Miss Runa, Mr. Joy, and Mr. Subas.



Bro. Emon Baptizes Mr. Joy

“Please pray for Bangladesh. It is very difficult to convert.”

Faith in the Face of Danger
This former Muslim WEI student and his wife baptized each other in secret in their bathtub two years ago. Since then, John Mark (not his real name) has been personally responsible for some 40 Muslims signing up with WEI.

In January John Mark was threatened with prison if he did not pay a $50,000 bribe "for spreading Christianity". He buried his flash drive with the Bible on it in his yard, and sent his wife and four children to another province where they changed locations every night. John Mark went to another province to hide.




The Threat of Jail (Not John Mark)

Miraculously, two weeks after the threat, he and his family were able to flee to another country. In February, they flew back to their Islamic country. He hid his family in the crowd in a city of millions; then, he returned to his home province, moving from place to place, avoiding his home, and wearing a disguise to go back and forth to work.

In spite of the dangers, John Mark again went back to encouraging people to study with WEI. One of the students said he wanted to be baptized as soon as he gets the courage to do so.

In March God intervened again. John Mark’s close friend was selected commander of the police force of his entire province. The commander promised to protect him and his family. So he moved his family back to their home town, but he rented a house far from their old home as a precaution.
John Mark’s 16-year-old son took our WEI course last year and said, “Christianity is illegal in our country. If the government knows that a person becomes a Christian, he will be at risk….Jesus suffered a lot for us. We should follow him, and continue his way.”

In late March this year, John Mark baptized his son.

Written by WEI teacher, Katheryn Haddad.

In the last issue of WEI Update, John Mark’s life was in danger. We are happy to report that he and his family have been spared by the hand of God.

Internet

Towells

The number of teachers using WEI’s teaching website increased to 284 during the first quarter of 2013. However, current teachers cannot always continue to add new students, so the number of new students dropped from an average of 750 per month last year to fewer than 500 per month.
Please help us continue recruiting new teachers! Souls are waiting to hear the good news of Jesus. When new students wait as much as 48 hours for a teacher, we must decrease Google advertising. Reaching more souls means more advertising, which means more new teachers will always be needed.

What will we say to the Lord when we stand before him if we have failed to carry out his commission?

One teacher sent the following comments:
“I’m having a wonderful experience – 81 and spreading the Word and don’t have to put my coat on and walk out my door.

“At a Wednesday night home Bible study several weeks ago, before everyone got their coffee, I took some time to promote Internet teaching. I told how easy and rewarding the experience is and about the need for more teachers. Would you believe every one got their treats, headed for the dining room and talked ball scores and golf and not a word was ever said about the open door to the world that lay open before them?!

“To this day, NOT A WORD! The group included five or six retired Christian College professors and the prayer regularly includes ‘Lord, help us…’ - you know the prayer. God never commanded Bible study on Wednesday night, but He did have something to say about carrying the message of redemption to the ends of the earth. We have clearly defined faithfulness as ‘attendance’ on Sunday AM, PM and Wednesday night. ‘Old Brother So-in-So is a faithful soul, he’s here every time the door is open!’ These are nice people and do good things, but we have institutionalized evangelism and feel we’ve participated in the process when we drop our tithe into the collection plate!”
Read Matthew 9:37, 38/

---Bob and Jan Towell

Short-term Missions

Langleys

This is an exciting time of the year! Our 2013 summer short-term mission efforts are all shaping up nicely. It’s always a special joy for me to introduce new teachers to WEI short-term missions. It truly is a life changing experience and tremendous catalyst for spiritual growth, for both the students and teachers. This year we have more new teachers than I can ever remember. Praise be to God!
Late last fall we launched a fund raising campaign called Internet 40 for $300, or ”I-40 for $300.” Our ambitious goal is to increase the number of new Bible studies we start from 1000 to 10,000 per month within five years. We need 40 churches or Individuals to commit $300 per month. The primary purpose for this campaign is to raise enough money on a consistent basis to significantly expand our Internet correspondence ministry by hiring a full time staff, build an Internet website large enough to handle much greater volume, recruit more Internet teachers, and increase our Google advertising budget.

We are very pleased to announce that by the end of 2012 we had received commitments from churches and individuals totaling about 25% of our goal. This is very encouraging given the fact that we only had 3 months to promote this campaign. We will continue promoting this effort through the end of this year and possibly into 2014. Please keep this in your prayers as we are now screening candidates to become our Internet specialist and begin the second phase of this expansion.
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We are grateful to God for all of you who contribute to this Great Commission ministry. We love you, and we thank you! ---Tom and Angela



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Historic Opportunity

Adys

Never before have so many Christians been able to teach so many people in so many places at the same time. This was made possible by the advent of the Internet.

Never before have so many people in so many places been so interested in studying English as a second language. Billions of people in today’s world regard English as the language of upward mobility. Hundreds of millions of the world’s brightest people are studying English with a passion, and WEI is pursuing those people with a passion.

World English Institute is uniquely equipped to attract people to Christ today by teaching English as well as the Bible. The WEI English courses attract the students, and the WEI Bible courses lead them to Christ. God is using WEI to introduce people to Christ in every nation on earth except the Vatican. Our teachers are studying with Buddhists in Cambodia, Hindus in India, Communists in China, and with people from every imaginable religious background. Thousands of Buddhists, Communists, Hindus, and Muslims have been baptized into Christ through World English Institute. Muslims in some countries are converting to Christ at the risk of their lives.

WEI’s method of using English to attract Bible students is so effective that World Bible School has borrowed our English and Bible courses and is downloading them onto their teaching web sites. As soon as WEI and WBS expand the capacity of our web sites and recruit more Internet teachers, we plan to launch an all-out joint-effort to win China for Christ. This is a momentous development in the history of world evangelism.

In order to grasp this unprecedented opportunity, we must expand and maintain our WEI teaching web site and recruit an additional 800 Internet teachers. Please consider being an Internet teacher. This is one way you can respond to the great commission without leaving home.
 
Maudine and I are deeply grateful to our friends for supporting and encouraging us as we continue to developed the WEI outreach ministry. May God bless you and give you peace.

---Dick and Maudine

Albania, Crete, Tanzania
On February 12, Tom Bonner, Missionary in Lushnja, Albania wrote, “On Sunday afternoon, we took our van, and hired another van, to travel to Tirana where we utilized the baptistery of the church. The new member of the body of Christ is named Sonila Xhilivoda. Her story is an interesting and encouraging one. Nine years ago, when we moved into the current facilities, she came as a student during a summer campaign, with Roxie Patterson from Portland, Oregon as her teacher. During her high school years she attended worship regularly with her cousin, but we didn’t see much of them when they went off to university. But Sonila has been on a journey to find meaning to her life. She began on her own to read the Bible, has read it all the way through once, and is reading it again.
“For some months now she, along with a younger sister, have been attending with us. Sonila came to me a couple of months ago with a request to be baptized. After more study with her, it was clear that she has a strong belief in God/Christ/Holy Spirit. So, on Sunday, she became our sister.”




Tom Bonner Baptizes Sonila Xhilivoda

The frustrating part of writing a quarterly newsletter is there is never enough space to report everything God is doing through WEI.

Here are a few examples:
John Adesoye’s WEI student on the Island of Crete, was baptized at the Omonia Church of Christ in Athens, Greece March 25. Her name, appropriately, is Happiness.

Willy Yudah, a WEI teacher in Tanzania, wrote, “Hallelujah!!! Two souls added today!”



Willy Yudah Baptizes WEI Student in Tanzania
 


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