World English Institute & Bible Correspondence School
Quarterly Update : July-September, 2015
Three Baptisms in Hungary
Three Baptisms in Hungary
Five young adults from the Metro congregation in Gresham, Oregon (Matt & Kristen Caldwell, Donnie and Taylor Adams, and Jimmy Tucker), spent a month in Debrecen, Hungary this summer in a short-term mission.
On July 16, Kristen Caldwell wrote, “Good news from Debrecen! Two of our students, Frieda and Dóra, have decided to put Christ on in baptism. Jesus completely paved the way for this to happen.
“Dóra was my WEI student for two summers, and we have communicated often over the course of the years. Last summer, she was convicted of the fact that she needed to be baptized, but her personal relationships and the situation here in Debrecen prevented her from changing. This last week, Jimmy Tucker has studied with Dóra. She is committed to becoming a Christian, relies on God to overcome these stumbling blocks, and
put on Christ in baptism.
“Frieda is a student who has studied with both Gian Monzon and Taylor Adams off and on, over three years. Today, after many hard conversations and the breakdown of many personal barriers, Frieda is a new child of God! Praise Jesus!”
The very next day, Kristen sent another exciting e-mail saying, “Tonight, we had the honor of attending yet another baptism! A man named Zoltán who has been studying with me for three summers was baptized today by my husband Matt. This all came about over the last day or so as Zoltán realized that he needed to be fully obedient and follow the example of Christ. Praise God! He is a very kind and gentle soul. Please pray for our THREE new Christian family members: Dóra, Zoltán, and Frieda!”
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Please join us in a concerted effort to lead the whole world to Christ.
Editorial – Update 148
When God spoke to Moses from the burning bush and commanded him to go back to Egypt and lead the Israelite people out of bondage, Moses made excuses. God’s answer was, “I will be with you” (Exodus3:12). And Moses led approximately two million people out of slavery. When God told Gideon, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand” (Judges 6:14), Gideon made excuses. God answered, “I will be
with you” (Judges 6:16). And with God’s help, Gideon and 300 men routed 135,000 enemies and led Israel out of bondage.
When God called Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations, Jeremiah made excuses. God replied, “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you” (Jeremiah 1:8). And with God’s help, Jeremiah became one of God’s greatest prophets.
On a mountain in Galilee, Jesus commanded his followers to go and make disciples of all the nations. Can you imagine the enormity of the task and how inadequate they felt? But before they could make excuses, Jesus said, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). And within the apostles’ lifetime, the gospel was preached to every nation in the known world.
Today, we are still marching for the Master in response to the Great Commission. Today, there are more than 7,000,000,000 people in the world people for whom Christ died. Today, God is using WEI to spread the good news about Christ in every nation, but he needs more teachers, both postal and Internet. Will you respond to his call? Don’t make excuses. He has promised to be with you.
This is the last WEI newsletter that you will receive this year. Therefore, we take this opportunity to say, “Happy Thanksgiving. Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.” We also want to say, “Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement and for your fellowship in Christ. We love you.”
Dick and Maudine
Short Term Missions – Update 148
Short Term Missions
One of the unique aspects of the WEI material is that it is a very effective English and Bible curriculum in both correspondence studies, one-to-one, or small group personal studies. Therefore, long- and short-term missionaries are able to use our materials to teach the word of God and share their faith with students from every country of the world.
One of WEI’s most effective short-term mission efforts each year is in the country of Guatemala. This is a 4-week mission to Guatemala City conducted by two teams of teachers who go and teach for two weeks each. The host long-term missionaries, Hiwatthia Jones and Byron, and Snezana Benetiz are faithful servants of the Lord and enthusiastic supporters of WEI. Anna Pride and Greg Weston are the two WEI teachers who primarily recruit teachers for their respective teams. Thirty or forty Guatemalan students study the Bible via our WEI Intermediate course for one hour a day, Monday – Friday, for four weeks. Each student has two teachers to guide them through the material.
Over the years many baptisms have resulted from this effort. Below is a very sweet translated letter from one of those students, Deborah Talavera, after taking the WEI course in this year’s short-term mission with teacher Doris Minor.
With blessing, gratitude, and joy I write this because I have been favored with teachings that missionaries have brought to Guatemala. When I share with my peers, I noticed that his face is satisfaction and recognition of the valuable work you perform. Year after year, this spring we expect to receive and also renew our strength and hearts toward a better future. So, Thanks for coming and investing in us, the missionaries, especially: Hi, Byron, Doris, Greg, LaDon, and of course Anna Pride.”
Please consider going on one of these WEI short-term missions. Your life may forever be changed and your soul renewed. You will witness the lives of your students change before your very eyes as they read and contemplate the powerful word of God. You will be an instrument of God to help them make practical application of His Word.
Thank you for remembering WEI in your giving, and know that we love and appreciate you all.
Tom and Angie
Muslim Is Baptized in Somalia
Muslim Is Baptized in Somalia
Katheryn Haddad has taught more than 5,000 Muslim students in the Middle and the Far East. On September 14, Katheryn reported that one of her students in Somalia had been baptized into Christ.
Katheryn writes, “In the World Watch List of countries that are persecuting Christians, Somalia is number two, outranking Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.
“We shall call our Somalian ‘Adam’ for his own protection. He enrolled in WEI last June. He told his instructor that the teachers of Islam tell everyone over and over that Christianity is very bad, and no good Muslim will respect them. He said such teaching is in every sentence. “After a month, he had only completed three lessons. He said, ‘Sometimes it is very difficult for me to read or print the Bible lessons because in Somalia we share everything [computers, etc.], and if they know what I am reading, you can understand what can happen to me.’
Joanna concludes, “This experience has helped me to understand the Parable of the Sower so much better. Many seeds were planted, but it took time for the plant to grow.”