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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 97

October / November 2004

Dick Ady, Editor
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Romanian Leadership Meeting Bucharest National Conference Growth of Church in Timisaora Church Plant in Lugoj
New Birth in Durrës, Albania Campbells Return to
Albania
Specific Needs for WEI Thanks, Dear Friends


Romanian Leadership Meeting

Tom Langley reports on the outstanding Romanian Leadership Meeting that WEI hosted in Sinaia, October 13-14. Thirty-five elders, missionaries, and national church leaders met for two days—to report, plan, and pray together. Bill Morgan and I were privileged to participate in that meeting and to observe the dynamic Romanian leaders in action.

Tom says, “Three of the four Romanian national leaders that sat on our panel discussion studied WEI ten years ago before becoming Christians: Nicola Corded, Stefan Rica, and Ady Pulaski. All three of these men were first introduced to the Lord’s church and the truth of the Gospel through WEI.

The only one who did not study WEI before becoming a Christian, Vaile Autos, is now teaching others the WEI Romanian Beginner Course, the Basic Course, and the Advanced Course in Ordeal.



Ady, Stefan, Vaile, and Nicola

“All four of these men are now preaching and teaching in Romanian congregations without a full time American missionary presence. I thought that was pretty exciting!”
We commend Tom for a job well done in organizing and directing an excellent leadership meeting..

Bucharest National Conference

Following the Romanian Leadership Meeting in Sinaia, we all went to Bucharest for the 2004 Bucharest National Conference. More than 200 Christians from twenty-one congregations attended.

National leaders gave exciting reports. Among the most memorable were those given by representatives from Timisaora and Lugoj in western Romania. (See picture on page three.)




Nicola Coder, Andy Mateo, Tate Cerulean, Sergio Login

Growth of Church in Timisaora
When Tom Langley and I visited the church in Timisaora in April 2003, Frank Thornton and Nicola were planning summer activities. They were preparing for a medical clinic, an evangelistic campaign in Timisaora and a WEI campaign in Lugoj.

According to Tallulah Thornton, “the Timisaora church began with Nicola Corded and his years of searching for a way to learn English. Nicola was traveling home from work in 1990 and decided to buy a newspaper, which was not a daily habit. On the last page, he found a World English Institute advertisement. Nicola responded to the ad, and within a few weeks, he received study materials. He continues to say, ‘That was the beginning of a new life.’

“In 1993, Nicola and his wife Radical were baptized in Bravos. Upon returning to Timisaora, they invited friends to their apartment to read the Bible, sing and pray. So began the Timisaora church.
“In 1994, the Hartselle [AL] congregation became aware of these Christians. With help from a church in Arkansas, a building was bought to provide the Christians a place to worship.”
Nicola concludes, “In 1995, there were five of us. Since that time, the Lord has increased the number to 91 members and a host of friends who are regular in attendance. The church is growing in numbers and in spiritual maturity at Timisaora.”

Church Plant in Lugoj
“The Lugoj work began by campaign workers meeting with World English Institute students and their friends. In 1999, a Christian couple, Sergio and Vail Login, moved to Lugoj from Timisaora. Three people were baptized, and the visitors increased. Four more people were baptized, and the visitors continued to increase”

At the National Conference in Bucharest, Sergio said, “Last year, you were informed that a new congregation of the Lord had been established in Lugoj and that eight to ten brethren in Christ, together with 20-30 friends were worshiping each Sunday. At this moment, I am telling you that the number of people meeting for worship has almost doubled.

“In addition to our meetings for worship and Bible study, I must tell you about a Medical Mission and an Evangelistic campaign developed during summer time through the initiative of the church from Hartselle, Alabama.

“Another great joy to report is the program for young people developed through World English Institute with the participation of our brethren from Hartselle and Timisaora.”

It is gratifying to know that WEI continues to play a vital role in planting churches in Romania.

New Birth in Durrës, Albania
Ray and Shelley Wheeler report that a young girl named Oriole was baptized into Christ on October 24. “She graduated from the WEI course in March, yet continues to hunger for the word. Most recently, we studied John and Acts. We are excited to see the seeds we plant come to fruition by the grace and love of God.

Tee Pope says, “She had been studying for a long time and came to the decision to be washed by Jesus’ blood. Our hearts rejoice.”

Campbells Return to Albania
Lloyd (Butch) and Suzanne Campbell have been serving as missionaries in Tirana, Albania for several years.

Back in the spring, Butch had a near-death experience with kidney failure and returned to the States just in time to save his life. The doctors said that if he had waited another twenty-four hours to fly home, he would have been dead-on-arrival.

The Campbells’ sponsoring church in Maryville, Tennessee has stood by the Campbells during this crisis. Now, Butch and Suzanne are eager to return to their work in Tirana. Please join us in praising God for Butch’s recovery and for the Maryville congregation.




Butch Campbell with His Student, Olsi Kodra

Specific Needs for WEI
· $1,500 a month to offset WEI’s shortfall in the Gresham office.
· $500 a month for the WEI teaching facility/church building in Tirana, Albania.
· $2,000 a month for a Leadership Training School in Tirana, Albania.
· WEI teaching materials for the Buduburam Refugee Camp near Accra, Ghana.
· Personal Support for Tom and Angie Langley as they work with WEI in Maryville, Tennessee.
· Funds for the work in Kenya.

Thanks, Dear Friends
Thank you for your positive response to our recent letters and newsletters. Some of you are partnering with us for the first time, and we are grateful for your fellowship. Many of you have been supporting this ministry on a regular basis, and we love and appreciate you for that. May God bless you.

With your help and God’s blessing, we pray that WEI will end this year in the black. God is using WEI in 174 nations. To him be the glory.

This is our final newsletter for 2004, so we take this opportunity to wish you a happy holiday season . May God bless us all with a healthy, prosperous New Year. We love you.
---Dick and Maudine Ady
 

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