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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."
NIV

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 99 February & March 2005 Dick Ady, Editor
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Training School in Albania Xhumert Marries, Baptizes Irena New Christian in Elbasan Correction
Message from the Langleys Encouragement from a short-term missionary

Thank You

Message from the Adys

Special Needs

God Bless You    


Training School in Albania
International Bible Institute of Albania is scheduled to open its doors in Tirana September 7, and Steve Stamatis has agreed to serve as the first Dean. This school answers a tremendous need.



Deborah & Steve Stamatis

During the past twelve years, more than 1,100 Albanians have been baptized into Christ, most of them from Muslim backgrounds. Churches have been established in eleven Albanian cities and in Prizren, Kosova.

For approximately eight years, Bill Morgan of Loudon, TN has been conducting leadership training classes in Tirana once or twice a year. Consequently, the church in Tirana is strong and is led by Albanians. Bill is doing a great job, and God is blessing the church through him.




Bill Morgan Teaching Leadership Class in Tirana

The time has come, however, to start a training school for all Albanians—one in which future church leaders can study full time or part time. Initially, the classes will be taught in English, and the school will accept students from all nations.

The missionaries are gradually leaving Albania. Brent Parr left Fier last summer. Pete Hodge is leaving Elbasan in May. Kevin and Allison Morrill are leaving Pogradec in June. Increasingly, church leadership is falling into the hands of Albanians.

The need for informed, well trained nationals is critical. If the churches in Albania and Kosova are to survive, thrive, and plant other churches, they must be led by Albanians who know the scriptures and are able to share the Good News with others.

We are happy to announce that WEI, Sunset International Bible Institute, and the Adams Blvd. Church of Christ in Bartlesville, Oklahoma are forming a partnership. SIBI is organizing the school and developing the curriculum. The Adams Blvd. church is sponsoring Steve and Deborah and providing about half of their personal support. I have agreed to raise funds for operating expenses, classroom space, and food and lodging for the students.

Would you or your congregation like to sponsor a student at $250 a month? Would you help train preachers and church leaders for churches in Albania and other countries?

For more information about this opportunity to train leaders who will plant churches throughout the world, please call Dick Ady at 503-661-0348 or email him at weiady@aol.com.

New Birth in Oradea
Vasile Iuhos, minister of the church in Oradea, Romania, writes, “Dear brothers and sisters, yesterday we had the privilege to witness the new birth of our sister Ramona Bungau who decided to follow Jesus as she had found out in her WEI studies. She came last summer to our church to study English, and she discovered God and His will for her life. During the summer campaign, her teachers were Julia Mays and Kathryn Holmes. Then, in October, she studied with Anna Pride. She thanks her teachers for their love and encouragement, and also for their patience with her.




Vasile Baptizes Ramona Bungau into Christ
 

“The church in Oradea is now rejoicing that her soul is being added to Lord's Church, and we pray for her to stay firm in the faith and on the path.”

Xhumert Marries, Baptizes Irena
On November 3, 2004, Xhumert Nuro (the Albanian minister in Pogradec, Albania) was married to Irena Gegprifti, a lovely young woman from the village of Potgozhan.

Irena had grown up in the Orthodox Church, but after studying the Bible with Xhumert, she decided that “the Bible and faith were more important than traditions and superstitions.”
 

Xhumert Baptizes His Wife, Irena

But there is more good news. We received word today that Xhumert and Irena are expecting their first child. God is good.

New Christian in Elbasan
Pete Hodge, missionary in Elbasan, Albania, reports: “On the 16th of February, we rejoiced at the immersion into Christ of Silvana Biba. Silvana is the 14-year-old sister of our sisters Mimoza and Ilda.”

Correction
Our October/November 2004 newsletter contained some unintentional errors that were pointed out by a former missionary. We want to give proper credit to World Bible School for contacts provided to missionaries in Romania during the early 1990’s.

Through the years, WEI and WBS have worked side-by-side in world evangelism. To God be the glory in all things.




Tom & Angie Langley


Message from the Langleys
We are busy here at the Eastern Office with, among other things, organizing and recruiting teachers for short-term missions this spring and summer. If you are interested in teaching WEI one-to-one or in a small group setting, please let us know as soon as possible. Most of these short-term missions require a minimum two-week teacher commitment.

Location Dates Teacher Status
Oradea, Romania June 27-Aug 5 One needed
Arad, Romania June 20-July 29 Teachers needed
Constanta, Rom. July 4-July 29 Teachers needed
Lugoj, Romania July or August Teachers needed
Tirana, Albania July 11-Aug 19 Teachers needed
Taipei, Taiwan April 24-May 15 Teachers needed

For more information, contact Tom Langley at the WEI Eastern Office.
Tel:  (865) 983-0397
Fax:  (865) 983-0397
E-Mail:  weimaryville@aol.com

Encouragement from a Short-term Teacher
“Go! Become a short-term WEI missionary. I remember my first WEI mission trip to Albania in July 1998. It was such an awesome, life-changing experience that I returned to Albania three months later to follow up on some of my students. I will make my eighth trip to Albania this April.
“The WEI material is simply wonderful and makes your teaching efforts a very rewarding experience. Go and make a difference in the lives of your students, and your life as well.”
---Lee Allen

Thank You
A special thanks to the Maryville Church of Christ elders and congregation. Not only do they sponsor and provide us with a wonderful office space, but they also increased their financial support of this ministry by 40% for 2005.

We also thank other supporting churches, friends, and loved ones. Because of your heart for missions and love for the lost, we are able to continue the work of expanding WEI in the southern and eastern United States.
---Tom and Angie Langley




Dick and Maudine Ady

Message from the Adys
In this newsletter, we give special accolades to three groups of people:

(1) We thank the NOTHYS (Not Over the Hill Yet Saints) of the Metro congregation in Gresham, Oregon. They have helped mail every WEI Update since 1989. We are grateful!

(2) We also give special recognition to Bob Patterson, our WEI Webmaster. Bob has given tirelessly of his time, talent, and money for six years. An average of eighty-five people per day have visited the web site—a total of 186,000 visitors. Thanks, Bob.

(3) We also give special recognition to Bob and Jan Towell, Directors of the WEI Internet Teaching Ministry. Since 1997, nearly 5,000 people in 147 nations have enrolled as Internet students. Thanks, Bob and Jan, for donating so much time, energy, and money to the cause of Christ.

Special Needs
There are three special needs:
(1) Funds to cover operating expenses of the International Bible Institute of Albania, plus food and lodging for the students. An estimated $2,000 a month is needed.

(2) Funds for printing materials for nearly 5,000 high school seniors and military police cadets in Kenya. Approximately $18,000 is needed in 2005.

(3) Funds to cover operational expenses at the WEI offices. About $1,000 a month is needed.

God Bless You
Maudine and I want to thank the Metro church in Gresham for sponsoring and partially supporting us since 1989. We also thank the other churches and special friends for their gifts of love.
We praise God for you, and we deeply appreciate your ongoing support and encouragement. May God reward you for your commitment to world evangelism? We love you.
---Dick & Maudine Ady
 

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