God Is at Work in Ethiopia
In early November, Art Hitt and I joined John Ed Clark, Behailu Abebe, and
others in Ethiopia for two of the most memorable weeks of our lives.
On Saturday, the day after we arrived, approximately twenty WEI students met
us at the church building in Addis Ababa and spent most of the afternoon
studying the Bible with us. Art scheduled personal studies with them—studies
that would last two weeks while John Ed and I were out traveling around the
country preaching and teaching.
Churches of Christ are flourishing in Ethiopia. Even though communism has
dominated the nation until recently, there are
| congregations in Ethiopia
with a combined membership of 70,000 Christians. New congregations are
springing up everywhere.|
More than 37,000 people in 301 cities, towns, and villages are studying the
Bible through WBS and WEI. We are receiving more student applications from
Ethiopia than from any other country in the world.
Demere Interprets for Dick in Awasa
On November 11, we celebrated the grand
opening of a new WEI Computer Learning Center in Awasa. It was a momentous
occasion. Television cameras were there, and the ceremony was telecast
throughout the nation the next day.
A high ranking government official spoke first. Then, Behailu, John Ed, and
I took our turns. Before I got up to speak, Behailu said, “Remember:
sixty-four million people will be watching you.”
One of the highlights of the trip was preaching to 500 people at Jajura on
Tuesday morning November 18. Some of the people had come by horseback, and
some had ridden mules. Most, however, had come by foot. Some had arisen
during the night and had walked for six hours to get there.
We returned to Addis Ababa on Wednesday, November 19, just in time to see
Art Hitt baptize Firehiwot into Christ.
On Thursday, two more of Art’s WEI students were buried with Christ in
baptism. What a way to end our missionary journey!
Art Hitt Baptizes Firehiwot into Christ
Tom and Angie!
For some time now, we have been looking for someone to take my place when I
get too old or sick to direct WEI. After praying for guidance, Bill Morgan
and I came to the conclusion that Tom Langley was the man.
We had seen Tom at work in Albania. We had listened to him speak at mission
conferences. We both concluded that Tom had the leadership skills, the world
vision, and the personal qualities needed to lead WEI to new heights.
Tom met with us in Tirana in March 2001 and responded positively to our
proposal. He met with the Metro elders in January 2002, and they were
favorably impressed. Tom agreed to find a sponsoring congregation, raise his
own support and working fund, and work with WEI as Executive Vice President
beginning January 1, 2004 when he and Angie completed their mission in
Now, things have come together. The Langleys have returned to America. The
church in Maryville, Tennessee is now Tom’s sponsoring congregation. And Tom
Langley is working with WEI full time. Praise God!
Angie, Tom, Bianca, and Brianna Langley
As you read Tom’s comments, you will detect his humble spirit and heart for
missions. Please welcome the man whom God has chosen to lead this outreach
ministry a few years down the line.
Tom writes the following:
“It is an understatement to say that Angie and I are eager and excited to
begin this new phase in our life and ministry.
“We were first introduced to WEI in 1992 while working as missionaries in
Bucharest, Romania. Angie was studying with an atheist student who brought
his WEI materials to class with him one day. They began reading the WEI
material and Bible together. After several weeks of study, he became a
believer and was soon baptized.
“This basic story has been repeated thousands of times over the last decade.
Angie was so impressed with the material that she persuaded me to read it.
We were immediately drawn to the simplicity, logic, and biblical content of
the WEI materials.
“Over the last twelve years, we have taught WEI to hundreds of students, led
teams of WEI short-term missions, hosted WEI short-term missions as resident
missionaries in Romania, and taught WEI through correspondence.
“We are looking forward to establishing stateside local outreach, English as
a Second Language (ESL) programs.
“We feel blessed by God to have this wonderful opportunity to promote and
expand the WEI ministry here in America and all over the world. WEI is truly
an international missions ministry reaching out to the lost of all nations
with God’s word.
“As citizens of the most powerful country in the world, with the most
popular language in the world, we have a unique opportunity in history to
attract people to God’s word through the language of our heart.
“With great opportunities come great responsibilities. May God grant us the
wisdom and courage to accept these responsibilities and meet the challenge
of fulfilling the great commission of our Lord Jesus Christ. As brother Dick
Ady has stated many times, “WEI belongs to God, and to Him be the glory.”
“Please keep us in your prayers as we move forward with this new and
exciting missions ministry.” ---Tom Langley
You can contact Tom at his new office at the Maryville Church of Christ, 611
Sherwood Drive, P.O. Box 5293, Maryville, TN 37802-5293, telephone number
865/9830-0370. Tom’s email address is
You can also contact him at the church’s email address:
Church Growth in Elbasan
Pete Hodge, missionary in Elbasan, Albania, writes: “We want to share with
you news of the immersion into Christ of Denisa Leshi today, 14th December.
Denisa is twelve years old and a student of Dulcie’s for some time.
“We are so impressed with Denisa, who was so determined to become a child of
God that she did not hesitate to enter the water even though we were unable
to heat the water for her.”
We might add that the water in Elbasan is cold in December. Denisa has
certainly demonstrated her faith.
New Babes in Lushnja
Tom Bonner, missionary in Lushnja, Albania, reports that Altin Koçi, a new
Christian in Lushnja, comes to the office almost every day to see if there
is anything he can do to help. Tom says, “Last week, he asked if I would
come and speak at his high school, and this week, he wanted to talk about
starting classes for beginners in English so that more could come to know
about Jesus. . . . It is so good to see his involvement and interest.
“When Orieta Llupo decided she wanted to be baptized, she went home and
talked with her father about it. He gave his permission, but he also told
her she could not be involved with the church because it would take too much
time. She and I spent a good bit of time talking about what the Bible has to
say about being part of the body, the family of God. I offered to go with
her to talk with her father, but she said she wanted to try first to
convince him to let her be involved.
“She came back in a couple of days literally beaming. I asked her what her
father had said, and she replied, ‘Can’t you tell by looking at my face?’
She was baptized and has missed worship only once—when she was out of town
for a wedding.
“One Sunday, I thanked her for being present, and her reply thrilled my
soul. She said, “I don’t have any choice. I made a commitment to Jesus.’
Then she added, ‘I want to you to know I’m not trying to impress you with my
coming. I want to please Jesus!’
“Does it get any better than this?”
Monita Now Teaching in Cambodia
About a year ago, we ran an article about Monita, a nineteen-year-old WEI
student in Cambodia who had been baptized into Christ. We are happy to
report that Monita is now teaching a children’s Bible class at the church in
Monita in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Just think, before Monita
enrolled in WEI two or three years ago, she was worshiping Buddha. Now, she
is worshiping God and serving Jesus Christ.
New Brother in Durrës
In a recent newsletter from Alfred Zike in Durrës, Albania, he shared the
following good news: “In November, I was blessed to have classes with a
young man on Sunday mornings. His name is Besnik Balliu. He is very friendly
and eager to know God and be right with him. He is studying in New York
University in Tirana and working at a bakery as well. Nick, (his nickname)
came to improve his English and was enrolled in WEI courses here in Durrës.
“Ray Wheeler, who joined with his wife Shelly the WEI team in Durrës in
September, was blessed to have Nick as one of his first students. They got
very quickly to be good friends.
“One afternoon, when Ray and Nick had finished their class, they invited me
to have coffee with them. And I did. We had a good conversation. Ray and
Nick asked me if I could have classes with him. So Nick and I agreed to have
classes on Sunday morning since Sunday is the only day he has some free
time. After three Sundays, Nick asked to be baptized. So, on November
17, he was baptized for the forgiveness of his sins based on the confession
of his faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.”
Spiritual Fruit in Idaho
Rosalie Waymire, who has spent many months teaching WEI students in Tirana,
Albania during the past three years, is using WEI at home in Twin Falls,
Recently, Rosalie wrote an email letter and attached a picture of a man
named Milford. In her letter, she said, “Never let it be said that you can’t
teach an old dog new tricks! Three of us (including me when I am here) have
been holding classes at two nursing homes for over a year, using WEI.
This man [Milford] is eighty-seven years old and was taught by your [WEI]
books. It was very hard for him to let go, but he was baptized last night.
Three of us had a hand in it, but God gave the increase. Two more are going
to be baptized tonight.”
EMail Students Baptized
Jan Towell received an exciting letter from LaVonne, an email teacher. She
had received a call from Larry Perkey in San Antonio, Texas saying that he
had baptized LaVonne’s African student, Charles Wilton Jilo that night.
LaVonne said, “This is so exciting to me, as he is the first baptism from my
students. So we can see that we just need to do our part in sending the WEI
lessons to the student, working with them, and then, if they have a
receptive heart, the Lord will provide the increase.”
Jan also asked us to rejoice over the baptism of one of her students in Port
au Prince. She says, “One of my students was baptized at the Carrefour
Church of Christ on the 23rd of December.”
New Christians in Ghana
On November 14, John Travis wrote, “I am happy to inform you of the baptism
this morning of Sister Princess N. Campbell. She is 39. Madam Princess had
been a student of WBS and is now a student of WEI.”
The very next day, John wrote to say, “We are thankful to Almighty God for
making it possible for the baptism of Rahim Alhassen. He was born March 10,
1981 and was reared by a Muslim father.”
NEW WEI CENTER IN KIEV
Boyd and Nell Williams are setting up a new office in Kiev, Ukraine. Olga
Volkova has committed to work as their secretary and local outreach contact
person. Boyd and Nell plan to use WEI and WBS materials as well as their own
Boyd writes, “Olga will be placing a WEI ad this week in the Kiev Post and
one of the Ukranian papers.”
Please pray for Boyd and Nell as they begin this new work.
Six New Christians in Vlorë
Virgil and Jackie Jackson report that six more people have been baptized in
Vlorë during the past three months. God is at work in Vlorë.
· $900 a month that has been lost for the work in Albania and the Gresham
· $2,000 a month support for Tom Langley in the Maryville office.
$1,000 a month working fund for Tom Langley as he promotes mission work
among American churches and organizes summer mission efforts in Romania and
| for a display booth that Tom can take with him when he visits
churches, college lectureships, and mission workshops.
Thank You, Dear Friends
To our dear friends who have stood by us, supported us, and encouraged us in
the work of the Lord, we say, “Thank you.”
When our hands have drooped, you have held them up. When our faith has
faltered, you have proved that God is faithful. When expenditures have
outpaced income, you have been extremely generous, and we are grateful.
We love you, and we appreciate you. Thank you for being our
partners-in-Christ and for helping us send the Good News to the ends of the
To our fellow-workers who share the load of teaching students and recruiting
teachers, we say,
“Thank you. God bless you.”
---Dick and Maudine Ady