This was an exciting summer in Lushnja, Albania.
Tom Bonner (local missionary), four American teachers, and a young Albanian
brother joined forces in a four-week WEI teaching campaigna campaign that
resulted in nine people being born again of water and the Spirit.
On Sunday, July 27, I shared in the excitement. That morning, thirty-nine
people came together for a heartwarming worship service, and three people (Gėzim
Killoli, Julinada Meēo, and Hoze Davidhi) asked to be immersed into Christ.
Gėzim and Hoze had been studying with Dr. Bob Threlkeld of Knoxville,
Tennessee. Julinada (Juli) had been studying with Tom.
Following the morning worship service, we hired four vans and headed for the
Adriatic Sea, located a few miles to the west. There, in the surf,
Bob and Tom baptized their students into Christ.
Three WEI Students Are Baptized in the Adriatic Sea
I wonder how many people the
apostle Paul baptized in the Adriatic Sea when he preached in Illyricum and
western Macedonia (Albania) in the first century (Romans 15:19).
During the final two weeks of the campaign, six more people were added to
the kingdom of Christ: Altin Koēi, Erselda Xhumari, Arten Dyrmishi, Erges
Toshkezi, Orieta Llupo, and Marsella Nesha. Some campaigners sowed the seed.
Others watered, and God gave the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6).
In his September newsletter, Tom wrote, "We made two trips to the Adriatic
Sea, with four rented vans, to baptize three people each time. Another trip
required only one van due to the lateness of the hour. Two others have been
baptized in the bathtub at my home, which is not a very satisfactory
"At today's service (8/17), eight of the nine previously baptized brothers
and sisters were present, and the tenth was baptized today. This was quite
remarkable considering that the temperature today hit 40 degrees Celsius,
about 105 degrees Fahrenheit, and the tendency is to head to the beach under
"Please be praying for these new brothers and sisters, for their
faithfulness, growth, and their influence on their families.
"In addition, we have two young ladies who were previously baptized by
immersion for the forgiveness of sins who have asked to be a part of our
ministry. They are Irena Gogu and Ermira Bano."
When the campaign began in July, the new church in Lushnja consisted of
three members: Tom Bonner, Eriona Ēuko, and Besmir Bėrboti. Now, their
number has grown to thirteen.
Praise God for the wonderful things he is doing in Lushnja.
Good News from Oradea
Tom Langley, missionary in Oradea, Romania, conducted another WEI campaign
in Oradea this summer. In his August newsletter, Tom wrote the following:
"On Friday, August 8th, we rejoiced in the first fruit of our WEI summer
campaign. Leventes [Levi] Peres, a 23year-old WEI student of Madalina Kiss
and Buck Dukes, was immersed in the waters of baptism and put on Christ.
Levi's kind nature and seeking spirit had already endeared many of us to
him. It was a wonderful evening of singing and giving thanks to God for our
new brother in Christ.
"Like most WEI students, Levi originally came to us interested only in
improving his English skills. He confessed that in his teenage years, he was
involved in a street gang and was generally an angry young man. Being a very
good athlete, Levi's involvement in sports was the only thing that kept him
from serious trouble. He finally made the decision to change his life for
the better, and some time later he discovered our WEI ad in the paper.
As he read and studied the Bible with Mady and Mr. Buck, he began to
discover a peace in his life he had never known. He realized that his deeper
knowledge of God and Jesus was the source of this peace. He said that his
decision to be baptized was simply a natural step toward a fuller peace and
a deeper commitment to God.
"He never misses a meeting of the church, and he even brought his mother
Another WEI student has expressed the desire to commit her life to God and
be baptized. Her name is Magdalina Luchici. She is a very intelligent 14
year old WEI student of Cara Waiswalos. She cannot stop smiling and keeps
telling us how happy she is. She told me this morning that she wants to be
baptized on Sunday September 21. I told her, "When you are ready, we will be
"Every time the church meets, we see the faces of several students who
studied in the summer campaign. The seed has been sown, we will continue to
water and ask God to give the increase."
Liberian Refugees in Ghana
Civil war has torn the heart out of Liberia in recent years, and thousands
of people have fled to neighboring countries for refuge. One of the largest
Liberian refugee camps is located near Accra, Ghana.
Several months ago, we received an email letter from John B. Travis,
coordinator of evangelism in the refugee camp. In a single day, he and
his fellow workers had signed up 185 WEI students, and he was sure they
could enroll 1,000. Local Christians could teach the students and do
the follow-up work, but they needed materials.
Thanks to the generosity of several people, we have been able to ship WEI
materials to Accra, and these materials are now being used in the camp.
But we are just beginning to begin. John needs more materials, and we
need to raise $1,000 for every 100 new students to cover the cost of
printing and shipping the materials.
John Travis (in white shirt) at Liberian Refugee Camp
Recently, we received the following letter from John: "It is my pleasure in
the Lord to extend thanks to all who have contributed to the availability of
lessons for the Liberian refugee camp in Ghana.
"This Buduburam Refugee Camp has close to 60,000 persons, 75 churches, 65
elementary and junior high schools, one senior high school, 10 entertainment
centers, and one Church of Christ of which Rebecca and I are members.
"Our work plan for the months of September-December is to use the above
areas to enroll students, conduct Bible studies, follow up, and baptize
those who are converted by the teaching of the gospel, especially with WEI.
"As we speak, applications continue to come in for more WEI lessons, and we
now have 215 persons who have been accepted [as students]. More are to come
when the lessons are available. We want to win 10 -12 to Christ by the 31st
of December 2003.
"We join you in appealing to all for support. With WEI materials, we, as
volunteers, can continue to work in the vineyard of Christ. We will continue
to pray for materials."
If you have a special interest in Ghana or in teaching Liberian refugees,
please help us grasp this opportunity while the hearts of the refugees are
turned toward God
Church in Tirana Grows
We tried something new in Tirana this summer. While WEI students were
studying with teachers in one section of the classroom building, a dozen or
more Albanian Christians were studying the Bible on a college level in
another section of the building. Christians who took these advanced courses
experienced great spiritual growth.
During the first four weeks of the campaign, Bill Morgan taught a two-hour
class each morning and another two-hour class each afternoonone on
Ephesians, and the other on Principles of Christian Living in the Sermon on
During the last two weeks of the campaign, Ron Clark taught a
NationsUniversity class on Jesus and his relationship with people as seen in
the gospel of Luke. This course made a tremendous impact on the life of the
During the campaign, no more than four or five WEI teachers were teaching
students at any given time. Yet, the Lord blessed our efforts, and eight
people were baptized into Christ.
Last summer, my student Anola Braēe was baptized into Christ. This summer, I
had the privilege of teaching and baptizing her
younger sister, Oldiana. Both are exceptionally
Dick Ady Baptizes Oldiana Braēe into Christ
In the picture below, Jim Fox
has just baptized his student, Lindita Shkurti, a Tirana school teacher.
According to Jim, "Lindita was an excellent studentand so eager to learn
God's word. As we were studying in Book 3, Lindita
said that she needed to change her life and make it right with God.
Jim Fox with Lindita Following Her Baptism
Everyone could see the joy and
happiness on her face. She said that she felt so good and happy inside.
"Lindita and her family had experienced the oppression of the Communist
regime in Albania. Now, she says that she is experiencing a new peace and
freedom in her life that could only come from Jesus Christ. Now, she
understands what true freedom is.
Two Special Baptisms in Durrės
On August 17th, Alfred Zike had the privilege of baptizing Doriana Deliaj,
the daughter of two of his old friends at the University. Doriana was a WEI
student who had been studying with Lyn Hunt.
On August 27, Alfred baptized his son, Aldi. Alfred says, "Our family
rejoices abundantly with the decision that our son, Aldi, made to follow
Christ. We are so thankful to the Lord because our constant prayers about
our kids are getting positive answers. Words cannot explain our thankfulness
and happiness on this occasion. Praise Him!"
Alfred, Wife Diana, Daughter Yvonne, Son Aldi
"I would like to tell a true story about Aldi. Aldi was only 5 years old,
while we were two years old in Christ. He was going to kindergarten in
Tirana. There, he and the other kids were asked to tell in class new stories
they had learned on Saturday or Sunday. Every Monday, Aldi told Bible
stories to his teacher and friends or sang to them children hymns that he
had learned at Children's Bible Class.
"This moved his teacher to approach us one day and ask us about the church
we were part of. While talking with her about the church and our belief, she
asked us if she and her daughter might come to the church services and if
her daughter could be enrolled in WEI courses. Now, her daughter is one of
the faithful members of the Tirana church."
Special Baptism in Vlorė
On August 16, while Bledi Valca and I were visiting Virgil and Jackie
Jackson in Vlorė, we witnessed a very special baptism. That Saturday
afternoon, Virgil baptized Hava Shehu into Christ. Hava is the mother of
Alida, Virgil's former interpreter and secretary, now
a student at Harding University.
Mother and Daughter Are Now
Virgil writes, "Hava has been encouraged and influenced toward faith for
many years by her daughter. Several times this summer, we had intensive
studies with Hava and Alida. What seemed impossible a few years back,
finally happenedthe daughter of a Muslim hoxha [priest] acknowledged that
Jesus is the Christ, God in human form! We are still amazed at what prayer,
love, and persistence can accomplish when partnered with the Holy Spirit."
Help! We Need Teachers
At this moment, we have people in various countries waiting for someone to
teach them. Some prefer to study through the mail. Others would rather study
on the Internet.
If you are willing to teach people about Christ through the mail or on the
Internet, please let us hear from you pronto.
Thank You Dear Friends
God has blessed us with the dearest and most generous friends in the world.
Every time there is an urgent need, the Lord stirs people to action and
provides exactly what is needed. We praise him, and we thank you. Moreover,
we love you.
If you are a church leader, please consider including WEI in your church
budget in 2004. Your church will be blessed by being involved in world
evangelism through WEI.
God bless you. --Dick & Maudine Ady