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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."
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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 87

February/March  2003

Dick Ady, Editor
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Perilous Times Call for Prayer Tom Langley to Join WEI New Christian in Madagascar    WEI Internet Ministry
More Baptisms in Fier New WEI Center in Ethiopia F. Lagard Smith in Albania Attention Summer Campaigners
Thanks, Beloved Friends      

   

Perilous Times Call for Prayer

The massive military buildup in the Middle East has set the nerves of the world on edge.  Some say the U.S. should go to war, and others say we should not. To whom should we listen?  To whom can we turn for answers?

 

U.S. Marines in Kuwait

At times like this, the only voice we can trust is the voice of God.  He, alone, has the wisdom to direct us.

Sadly, many Americans are turning their backs on God at a time when we need him most.  Some are even suing to have God's name removed from our Pledge of Allegiance.  How can God bless America when America is dishonoring God?

We need to get back to our spiritual roots.  When the American colonists faced the threat of war in 1775, Patrick Henry said, "An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all there is left us.  There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations.  I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death."

In 1782, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution recommending that the Bible be used in all schools.

In his farewell address on September 19, 1796, George Washington said, "It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible. Reason and experience forbid us to expect that our national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."  Removing God from government results in moral decay.

Our second president, John Adams, said, "Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

On July 4, 1821, John Quincy Adams, said, "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."  In other words, church and state work together.  They are bound together.

Our thirteenth president, Calvin Coolidge, said, "The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings should cease to be practically universal in our country."

John Jay, the first Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, urged the American people to elect Christians as their national leaders.

But in 1947, the U.S. Supreme Court ignored the precedents set by our founding fathers and built a wall between church and state. 

Consequently, in 1962, prayer was removed from public school classrooms as unconstitutional.

In 1963, Bible reading in the classroom was outlawed as unconstitutional.

In 1965, audible prayer for food in a public school cafeteria was banned as unconstitutional.

In 1980, the Ten Commandments were banished from public schools as unconstitutional.

Nine tenths of the men who wrote the U.S. constitution and built our public school system were praying, Bible-believing, Bible-quoting men. 

James Madison, the main author of the constitution, said, "We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it.  We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon our capacity to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments."

In these perilous times, let us pray that our nation will return to God and that God will lead us.

Having prayed, let us take a stand with and for God.  "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline" (2 Tim. 1:7).   

Good people must speak up for God and speak out against evil if our country is to reclaim its spiritual heritage.

Tom Langley to Join WEI

God has opened so many doors to WEI during the past decade that our staff can hardly keep up with opportunities.  The time has come for us to broaden our base and expand the ministry.

As of January 2004, Tom Langley and his family are scheduled to return from Oradea, Romania where they have been serving as missionaries for nearly five years.  At that time, Tom will join the WEI staff as Executive Vice President with a view to serving as President in the future.

Tom is almost as excited about becoming a member of the WEI team as we are thrilled to have him. Listen to his words:

"I cannot begin to express what a thrill it is to have this opportunity to serve with brother Dick Ady in a leadership capacity with the WEI ministry.  When we were approached with this offer from WEI over a year ago, Angie and I both sensed that this was where God was leading us. 

"We have felt very strongly for more than 12 years that WEI is one of the most effective worldwide evangelistic tools in the brotherhood.  We have been involved in every aspect of the WEI ministry, and through this ministry hundreds of thousands have been introduced to the Gospel.  To have this opportunity is very exciting for us, and also very humbling.

 

 Tom, Angie, Bianca, and Brianna Langley

"Angie and I were first introduced to the WEI material in 1992 while serving as missionaries in Bucharest, Romania.  One of Angie's first students in Bucharest was studying the material through correspondence and brought it with him to their Bible study.  Angie began helping him with WEI and immediately recognized the value and power of these lessons. 

"The value is in its appeal to the worldwide desire to learn the English language.  The power is in its focus on the Word of God, and in the historical sequence of God's plan to bring man back into a right relationship with Him. 

"Angie's student, who was a proclaimed atheist, soon became a believer.  Shortly after becoming a believer, he obeyed the gospel and remains faithful to this day.

"It was during that year that we caught the vision of WEI's limitless potential as a worldwide evangelistic tool, both through correspondence and one-on-one teaching.  Needless to say, we have been involved with WEI ever since.

"We are very excited about the future of WEI and are humbled at the opportunity before us.  May God continue to bless the WEI ministry.  To him be the glory!  Amen."

New Christian in Madagascar   

Since 1998, Andrea Jones of Grand Junction, Colorado has been teaching David Oliver, a young man in Madagascar.  After completing Book Three of the WEI course, David wrote to Andrea that he wanted to be baptized. 

Andrea contacted Brother Romain Rakotomalala, a minister in Antananarivo, Madagascar.  Romain contacted David and discovered that he knew David's mother and wife.  After a Bible discussion and a period of prayer, David decided to be baptized.  The following picture tells the story.

 

Romain Rakotomalala Baptizes David Oliver

WEI Internet Ministry

As we have reported in previous Updates, Bob Patterson has developed an excellent web site that invites people all over the world to study WEI courses via the Internet.  Bob and Jan Towell take the students who respond and either teach them or assign them to other Internet teachers.

Bob Towell wrote the following article for the Westside church bulletin in Round Rock, Texas:

"The performance of World English Institute's web site in Bible studies via E-mail remained about the same in 2002 as it was in 2001.  Like World Bible School, WEI is a Bible correspondence course, but it has the added feature of helping students improve their English while they study the Bible.  Many people in the world want to improve their English, and WEI takes advantage of this desire and teaches God's Word as well. 

"Two thousand four hundred and thirty-four people have registered at www.weiady.org since the site opened in July 1998.  These people live in 127 of the world's 192 countries.

"In spite of increased competition, the effectiveness of the web site remained about the same in 2002, and the percentage of those starting Bible studies remained at about 40 %.  That is equivalent to knocking on doors in our neighborhoods and starting Bible studies in 4 out of 10 doors!

"To meet the challenge of competing web sites in 2003, volunteers are attempting to create an additional web site that presents audio with a simultaneous display of the written Bible lesson.  This will allow the students to hear spoken English while mastering the grammar.  Some of these students will be "good soil" in which God's word takes root and grows.

"If you are interested in teaching with WEI via E-mail, you may register as a teacher at the web site, www.weiady.org.  WEI is also taught by snail mail."        

More Baptisms in Fier

Luan Hasanbelliu, an Albanian brother in Fier, Albania, writes the following letter to Doug Smith.  You can sense his excitement.

"It is a great joy for me to send a message to you.  I wish you are doing well.  I am fine, and things are going very well here. 

"Three nights ago, we had a baptism: our friend Toto Avdia who has been coming at our church for more than 4 months and has finished the first three books of WEI.  Now, he is our new brother in Christ.

"There are two other of our friends that are very close to be baptized.  One of them is Arben Yzeiri that you know very well.  He will be baptized next week on Friday.

"I will try to send some pictures from Toto's baptism where you can see him, his wife, his daughter, and our friends that were there.  That was a very wonderful day for us."

  

Toto , Between Wife, Daughter, and Brent Parr, with Friends

The following Friday, Arben, was baptized into Christ.

New WEI Center in Ethiopia

About two years ago, the Ethiopian government offered to give the Church of Christ a plot of land in Awassa, Ethiopia's third largest city, on the condition that the church erect a quality building on it and teach English. 

Samuel Abebe, a structural engineer and  WEI graduate drew up a set of plans, the government approved the plans, and the church in Fort Smith funded the construction of the building.  Behailu Abebe and other church leaders decided to use WEI materials for teaching English and the Bible 

 

Multi-purpose Building in Awassa, Ethiopia

As indicated in the picture, this building will serve several purposes.  It will be a WEI center, a WBS center, a Sunset International Bible Institute center, a Computer center, and a place of worship for the church.  A school for deaf children is next door.

John Ed Clark and I, and others, are scheduled to go to Awassa in May or June to help celebrate the grand opening of this new building—a building that will be used daily to build up the kingdom of Christ.

F. LaGard Smith in Albania

F. LaGard Smith, noted author, law professor, Bible teacher, and lecturer is scheduled to preach a series of lessons in Elbasan, Albania in mid-March.  Pete Hodge, missionary, reports that townspeople and Christians from all parts of Albania are excited about LaGard's coming.

On March 19 and 20, LaGard will also speak at the third annual Elders/Missionary Conference in Tirana.  This is a time when missionaries from Albania and Kosova get together with their elders for prayer, reporting, analysis, and planning.  The conference is planned by Bill Morgan and hosted by WEI.

Attention Summer Campaigners

If you plan to go to Albania with us this summer as a short-term missionary, please let us hear from you immediately.  If you  plan to stay four to six weeks, you need to send $160 for Bibles and materials by April 15.  If you plan to stay two or three weeks, you need to send $80 for materials.  This covers the cost of the Bibles that you will take with you and the printing of WEI materials in Albania.  

You also need to send us $1,400 by May 15 to cover the estimated cost of airline tickets.  You have until the end of June to raise funds for food and lodging ($170 per week).  If war should break out, it should be over before we leave.

Thanks, Beloved Friends

We are constantly amazed by the generosity of our dear friends—friends who continue to support and encourage us in our effort to preach the gospel to the whole world.  We are grateful, and we thank God for you every day.  We love you.

           

                        ---Dick and Maudine Ady

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