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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."

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 93

February / March 2004

Dick Ady, Editor
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New Christians in
WEI & WBS Work Together WBS Offers Air Mail Service “Swimming Parties” in China
Exciting Plans for Romania You Are Needed in Albania WEI Short-Term Mission in Italy WEI Short-Term Mission in Taiwan
Thanks from the Langleys Thanks from the Adys    

New Christians in Ghana

Week after week, John Travis keeps sending email reports about people who are being baptized into Christ at Buduburam, a Liberian refugee camp outside Accra, Ghana. John is the Director of WBS/WEI in the camp, and God is blessing him with a bountiful spiritual harvest. John also uses WEI and WBS materials for teaching people in towns and villages near the refugee camp.

On February 6, John sent the following picture of WEI students being tested over the Books 1, 2, and 3 in order to qualify for the Diploma.

John Travis Testing WEI Students

On February 9, John wrote, “I am happy to inform you of the baptism of Sister Eliza Metzger.”


John Baptizes Eliza Metzger into Christ

On February 12, John wrote, “This is the baptism of Christopher Johnson, WEI student of Buduburam Camp, Ghana.”

John Travis Baptizes Christopher Johnson

On March 7, John wrote, “I am thankful to inform you of the baptism of Louis Payne, a WBS/WEI student. He was baptized on Friday, the 5th of March, 2004. We pray for more souls to be added through this program.”

One week last fall, Greg Larson (an American missionary) conducted a four day Gospel meeting in Buduburam Camp. John wrote, “I am grateful to God to inform you of the souls that were added to the Lord’s church here at Buduburam, Ghana. On the second night, we had nine [baptisms], on the third night five, and the last day three, a total of 17 souls for the four day Gospel work.”

WEI & WBS Work Together

As you may know, WEI has been closely related to World Bible School from the beginning. Both ministries are dedicated to the task of taking the Gospel of Christ to the whole world.

WEI is designed to attract unbelievers who want to learn English as a second language and are willing to study the Bible in order to learn English. In the process of studying English and the Bible, God grabs many students’ hearts, and their interest shifts from English to the Bible. WEI is especially effective in communist, formerly communist, and Muslim countries. There are WEI students in 171 countries.

WBS is designed to attract students who are already interested in the Bible. WBS is especially effective in Africa, Latin America, the Philippines, and other countries where people already believe in God, Christ, and the Bible. There are WBS students in nearly every nation on earth.

There is no competition between WEI and WBS. We complement each other. We are partners in Christ. The work that John Travis is doing at Buduburam Camp is a case in point. John has posted both WBS and WEI signs on the building where he teaches.

Recently, the owner of the building decided that she wanted to use it for starting a business. So WBS and WEI linked arms and sent $200 each to John for renting another teaching facility, remodeling it, and making it secure.

WEI and WBS are also working together in Ethiopia, Russia, the Ukraine, and many other parts of the world. Praise God for the fellowship that we enjoy.

WBS Offers Air Mail Service

Ron Pottberg writes, “We have found a way to consolidate our mail at a very reasonable price that will still offer a fast and reliable Air Mail service to the student. Simply place all of your mail in one envelope or box and mail it to us, and we will take care of the rest.

“Alpha Mailing Solutions, Inc. specializes in International Air Mail services and can SAVE you MONEY! “We have one low rate of $6.75 per pound rounded to the nearest ounce—which guarantees you the lowest rates around. We ship weekly, keeping your mail moving to your students.”

This is another way WBS and WEI can work together in the cause of Christ. For more information about this moneysaving method of mailing, call Ron Pottberg at (512) 635-8519 and ask for a brochure.

“Swimming Parties” in China
Don Wright, English teacher in northern China, writes some exciting e-mail letters. Week after week, he tells us about the close relationships that are formed with his Chinese students, many of whom are now his brothers and sisters.

Don writes, “Inasmuch as your material is the heart of our teaching ministry and has shown very solid and outstanding results, it is my wish that you use (with care) ANY OF THE PHOTOS that might inspire others to use WEI English and Bible studies.”

The picture below is just one of many photos taken at “swimming parties“ in northern China.

Don (Center) with His “Swimming” Partners

Exciting Plans for Romania
Tom Langley writes, “Four Romanian cities will be hosting WEI short-term mission teams this summer. Approximately 50 teachers will be teaching the word of God one-on-one, using the WEI material. These teachers will represent approximately 10 different states of the U.S.

“The church in Oradea, Romania will be hosting their fourth summer WEI short-term mission. Since the summer of 2001, scores of students have studied the word of God in Oradea and have success-fully completed the basic WEI course. As a result, many have been baptized into Christ. The church has more than doubled in size during that time.”

“This short-term mission is always led by Oradea’s sponsoring church, the Tenth Street Church of Christ in Opelika, Alabama. This year, Tenth Street will again be sending many teachers—who look forward to renewing relationships with the Christians in Oradea.

“The Christians in Oradea begin praying months in advance for the return of their dear brothers and sisters in Christ from Opelika, and for the success of their mission.

Alin Ardelean was the first WEI student to be baptized in Oradea in 2001. “He is now the primary song leader at the Oradea church.”

Tom Langley and Alin Ardelean at Baptism

“Larry and Kay Little, missionaries in Arad, Romania, are eagerly anticipating the arrival of teachers—predominately from their sponsoring congregation, the Grant Street Church of Christ in Decatur, Alabama. Larry mentioned to me several times that this four-week WEI short-term mission in July will be the highlight of the church’s many activities this year.

“Scott Karnes, campus minister at the University of Arkansas, will again be leading teams of WEI teachers from his Razorbacks for Christ ministry this summer. His desire is to introduce college students from the campus ministry to the mission field, knowing that this will instill in them a lifelong passion for missions.

“His group will return to Cluj, Romania for another meaningful mission experience in that city, working with missionaries Dan and Jan Davis.

“The church in Bucharest, Romania will be hosting their second WEI short-term mission this summer. Missionaries Bubba and Lavinia Cook will enjoy the presence of WEI teachers from their sponsoring congregation, the University Church of Christ in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Elders Marcus Brown and Carol Anderson will be leading two two-week teams from May 7 to June 11. One of the teachers, Marty Stewart said, ‘I just can’t wait to return to Romania. We’re all looking forward to seeing everyone again.’”

Tom concludes, “Recruiting teachers from U.S. sponsoring churches to go and teach in the mission field they support is the goal of our WEI short-term mission ministry.”

You Are Needed in Albania
If enough teachers can be found, WEI short-term mission schools will be conducted in six Albanian cities and towns this summer: Durrës, Elbasan, Korçë, Lushnja, Orikum, Pogradec, and Tirana.
Tom Bonner, missionary in Lushnja, needs four teachers. Erik Qirjaqi and the church in Tirana need at least six more. The Hodges in Elbasan, the Saltsmans in Korçë, the Jacksons in Orikum, and the Morrils in Pogradec all need help.

It’s not too late to sign up. The money for your airline tickets is not due until May 1. You have until July 1 to raise the rest of your travel fund.

If you would like to go with us for two, three, four, or six weeks, please get in touch with us.

WEI Short-Term Mission in Italy
Tom Langley writes, “We have been asked to recruit a few experienced teachers to teach WEI one-on-one in Florence, Italy. The Avanti ministry in Florence would like to train their two year ministry students by observing how WEI is taught in an actual teaching setting. If you have taught WEI on a short-term mission and are interested, please email me at tabblangley@yahoo.com or call me at 865-983-1984.

WEI Short-Term Mission in Taiwan
Tom Langley writes, “The Taipei City Church of Christ in Taiwan has expressed an interest in hosting a WEI short-term mission team this fall or late summer. Several people from the U.S. have expressed a desire to go and teach. If you are interested, please contact me by phone or email.

Thanks from the Langleys
“World English Institute is such an exciting international missions ministry. English is a powerfully attractive language all over the world. What a wonderful opportunity it is to share God’s word with so many who desire to learn our language.

“We feel so blessed to once again be serving with the church in Maryville, TN. Maryville is our sponsoring church and largest single supporter. We are also grateful to the Arlington Church of Christ Knoxville, TN, and to the Holladay Church of Christ in Cookeville, TN for their support and partnership in this work—not to mention the many individuals who also give so generously.

“We are still lacking about one half of the needed funds to operate this new office in the south and east. Please give prayerful consideration to this opportunity to partner with us and share in the blessings of this ministry.”

Thanks from the Adys
First, Maudine and I sincerely thank you for your prayers. As you may know, Maudine had a basal cell carcinoma removed from her nose last week. It turned out to be much worse than expected, and she ended up with a deep hole in her nose the size of a quarter. But God provided the best Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon in Oregon, and she is now recovering nicely. Please remember her in your prayers. She is a vital part of this ministry.

Secondly, we want to thank you for your generous response to our last appeal for funds. Since December 15, we have lost $1,150 a month in regular support. But God has blessed us with friends like you and churches that have a heart for missions. Through you, God has provided enough funds to keep this work going until we can raise the $1,150 a month that has been lost.

If you have not yet had fellowship with us in this soul saving ministry, please partner with us today. Together, we can take the gospel to the whole world.

We love you with the love of the Lord.
---Dick and Maudine Ady



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