How to Use WEI
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."
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
Dale & Imogene McAnulty in Bucharest
Pleasant Valley Church of Christ Little Rock, AR
|The church in
Romania began in February 1990. There are now around 26 or 27 very active
congregations there. WEI STM Summer campaigns are available in which you
With the FIRST work,
WEI coupons were passed out in the street by
Don Yelton & Bill McDonough two months after
Ceaucescu's execution on 12/28/1989.
Almost 50,000 inquiries were received, which totally
overwhelmed the capacity of anybody to handle. That's how it started
There are SEVERAL congregations in the country.
According to Jan Towell, churches are in numerous cities.
A 21st year celebration was held in 2011.
Click here to read about it in the
Announcements by Bill McDonough.
WEI Short-Term-Mission trips continue each
summer. To participate, look at the
STM planning for 2014 and
inquire of Tom.
SYKTYVKAR, RUSSIA &
- Dec 2010
Pitesti (pronounced Pitesht), Ploesti (pronounced Ploiesht), Cluj,
Timisoara, Oradea, Arad, Iasi (pronounced Yahsh) and, since June, 2000
when Dowlings moved there, Bacau (prounounced Bah-coh.) The Dowlings have
now returned to the US (2003).
Larry Williams has
consistently worked with WEI in Romania. Larry is in Little Rock.
Bro. Will Odom, preacher at Normangee, TX and a WEI
teacher by email, made another trip to Cluj-Napoca, Romania, from April 12
until May 10, 2002. His letter to Jan Towell reports the work in this city
Tom Langley sends his reports to the Church in
36801. A recent report is posted here.
Photos from Dale
Dead to self
Buried with Christ Raised to a new life
WE are back, but worn out and excited. We had a great trip. I do not know
what kind of report that you want, but here goes.
WEI Team Goes To Romania.
It was an exciting time with 327 total Bible Studies. Going with me were
four other workers: Elvis and Kay Istre of Abilene; Naoma Guinn of
Livingston, and Yvonne Davis from Little Rock, ARK. All five of us taught
from the WEI booklets with 64 students. Many of these students came two or
three times per week. Two of the teachers had students who were willing to
be taught every day. All of these students were invited to the Assembly of
the Church on Sunday and a few of them came and enjoyed the Worship
Services. Although there were no baptisms while we were in Cluj, many Seeds
were planted and God will give the increase at His appointed time.
The Romanian Easter Holiday came on May 5th, but some students began to take
time off from their WEI studies as early as 7 days before that date. It was
disappointing that the number of studies drop each week. Had it not been for
the holiday, there would have been more than 400 Bible studies for the month
It is amazing to watch these students, whose ages vary from 18 - 65, become
so interested in the Bible stories. In the beginning, they are only
interested in improving their English , then they are hooked on the joy of
knowing the Bible. Many begin to see very early that their infant baptism
did not save their soul. However, they are slow to change from their old
religion. Also, parental influence or objections play a big part in their
hesitation to become a true Christian.
Jan Towell sent me ETR Bibles and WEI Lessons to deliver to a few students
that she has been teaching. I delivered them to her young university
student, but was unable to schedule any time with him. By the time that I
met with him, my schedule was already full.
It was a great joy to serve the Master by teaching His message using the
WEI material, which is perfect for one-on-one studies as well as email use.
Find a non-Christian in your neighborhood and try using the WEI material
For the Master,
2003 Newsletter #31 THE ORADEA REPORT
From 10th Street Church of Christ Website
The first weekend in May we rented a van and drove my car 9 hours over
the mountains to the city of Pitesti in southern Romania. The Pitesti church
of Christ hosted their second national youth seminar for ages 14 -30. A
total of eleven of us from Oradea made the trip and enjoyed a wonderful
weekend of bible study and fellowship with approximately 300 other church of
Christ youth from many different cities in the country.
Vasile Iuhos and I taught break out
classes, and our Alin led the entire
auditorium seminar in most of the singing. The theme of the seminar was
"Serving the Master". Everyone enjoyed a very spiritually uplifting time
We just concluded a three month teaching and sermon series centered on
the theme of commitment, dedication, and devotion.
Vasile taught the Sunday morning class from Old Testament texts,
while Romeo and I rotated the sermon
presentations from New Testament texts. Adinel
presided over the Lord's supper. They all did an impressive job
of preparation and teaching. For the next three months
Vasile, Romeo, and Adinel will rotate the
Bible class and Lord's supper on the theme of, "The Nature of God". I will
present a sermon series entitled "Invitations in the Bible". We are so
blessed to have these three capable men willing to assume and serve in
leadership roles with our church family, and in the Kingdom at large.
Vasile continues to lead us in a
study of "The Key to Knowledge" series at our Wednesday bible study, and our
once a week prayer group in different homes was again well attended. We have
registered all the students necessary (60), for our summer WEI bible
teaching campaign which begins on July 7th, and have begun a waiting list.
We enjoyed our monthly fellowship meal together last Sunday, and for the
month averaged 27 in attendance.
Recently it has become evident to Angie and I
how blessed by God we are here in Oradea. A great challenge for many of the
young churches of Christ in Romania, has been the lack of mature male
leadership. We are so grateful to have several men and a few boys who are
developing into ready and willing participants, teachers, and leaders within
our spiritual family. Vasile who
graduated from Sunset Bible Institute in Athens is a very capable preacher,
teacher, and even song leader when necessary. Romeo
and Adinel are also developing into excellent teachers and
seizing every opportunity to study and present lessons.
Alin Ardelean at the age of 18 takes his
song leading ministry very seriously and has developed into one of the
finest song leaders for his age that I have witnessed.
Sorin Stafie at the age of 15 is always
willing to lead public prayer and even volunteers to prepare and present
devotional thoughts at every opportunity. Romeo and
Sorin have both told me that they have a desire to one day serve
as a preacher and teacher of God's word. There is nothing sweeter to a
missionaries ears than to hear those words. Their enthusiasm inspires us
PRAYER REQUESTS AND MANY THANKS
Many thanks to Harvey and Vernon Starling
and the churches of Christ in Pitesti and Craiova who hosted the National
Youth Bible Seminar. As usual it was very well organized and a spiritually
uplifting experience for all. They organized great bible classes, fed us,
housed us, and put up with us. Thank you! Thank you!
Again we owe great thanks in advance to this years
WEI teachers who are scheduled to come at
their own expense and spend 2 to 4 weeks teaching Bible using the WEI
material. Your sacrifices toward the expansion of God's kingdom will not go
unnoticed. (Heb. 6:10)
Please keep this campaign in your prayers as teachers will be traveling
long distances. Many precious souls will soon be meeting with them to learn
about the one, true, loving, and gracious God in heaven. Is there anything
more exciting than that?
the 2011 report
We set there amazed as they reported of how the church had grown from 0 to
20 congregations. The teenagers that come to study the Bible with us in 1991
had gone to Christian camps together and in many cases married and now had a
cry room full of children. The ladies from Bucharest were cooking
half the night to feed the group and everyone was housing some of those that
had come from other cities. Those who came from other cities came bearing
gifts that they shared with the entire congregation and the fellowship and
love was something to behold.
200 Christians from 18 cities had come together for three days at the
annual National Conference (lectureship) to sing, pray and hear
inspirational messages. They gave reports and last but certainly not least
enjoyed the fellowship of one another and what a time they had.
They had invited us to come and speak to them and what I did was remind them
of their blessings and the opportunity to share them with others. The men
who led, were for the most part, men that had been taught in those early
months when you sent us with a team of 24 teachers to share the word.
Many had brought their own parents to the Lord and grown from 0 to 20
congregations that are now leading and directing their own works in as many
cities where they have prospered spiritually. They are concerned about
evangelizing and are bringing their friends to be taught while also rearing
their own children in the Lord.
Nineteen and one half years ago we embarked on an effort to take the
gospel to the country of Romania. Many of you worked tirelessly as you
mailed out more then 30,000 correspondence lessons to those that had
responded to the ads in news papers across the country and many of those
students told me how grateful they are for your efforts to allow them to
learn that Jesus lives. Twenty years ago many of you went with us to
Bucharest to share God’s love and His message of salvation. God used you
together with others who came later to bring the message of life and
salvation to hundreds who might never had enjoyed that opportunity with out
you. As I sat in their assembly I thanked our Master for you and for
allowing us to work together to bring salvation to this country. Many of
your Romanian Brothers and Sisters asked me to thank you for caring
enough to bring them the message of eternal hope.
They are planning to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their beginning next
fall and wanted me to invite as many of you as would and could come
to join them in this greatly anticipated event. As you thank God for these
successes we ask you continue to pray for these Christians because we all
knows He Cares.
William E. "Bill" McDonough
PARTNERS IN PROGRESS
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REPORTING ON THE SYKTYVKAR BIBLE SCHOOL IN SYKTYVKAR,
AND WEI EVANGELISM IN ARAD, ROMANIA
Dear friends & supporters,
As I sit in our office at home drafting this newsletter, I am looking out
the window at a beautiful fall morning in North Alabama. How blessed we are.
How blessed and thankful we are also to have you on our team making possible
the mission work that we are involved in. May God bless your part in this
SYKTYVKAR BIBLE SCHOOL – UPDATE
The 2010/2011 school year at SBS got off to a good start in September. Dr.
Ken Yearwood and his wife Ann were there, and Ken taught the morning course.
I taught the afternoon course on-line and it went very smoothly. It was just
like being there, except that I couldn’t have tea with them! Dub Hill was
there for the second session, Tom Wacaster for the third and Ronald Coleman
is there now teaching the fourth session. Charles Begnaud, one of West
Main’s elders, will teach the morning course in December, and I will again
teach the afternoon course on-line. We are ever grateful to those who go and
teach; we couldn’t do it without you.
I am reporting to supporting congregations during this time. Already we have
visited with some of you and anticipate being with all of you over the next
several weeks. We are now trying to report everywhere every year, the Lord
willing. Woven into reports to supporters is also efforts to raise funds for
the school. We still have a long way to go in funding the new distance
learning program. If you know of individuals or congregations that you think
might be interested in becoming part of this work, please let me know.
Development of the Distance Learning program continues. Tanya Pannell will
now be helping with translation of the courses. She was one of our
translators in the school from the very beginning and now lives in Tupelo,
MS with her husband and son. We are still shooting for a launch date in
January if at all possible. The more we consider the current state of the
Lord’s church in Russia, the more we feel the burden the Lord has placed on
our shoulders for the program to succeed. Please pray for all of our efforts
through the school and for the revival of the Russian church.
WEI EVANGELISM / ARAD CHURCH – UPDATE
Recent reports from the Arad church indicate that things are going well. Our
newest brother, Nicolae Pernavan, is a welcome addition to the Lord’s body
there and promises to be a good leader in time. He is well educated and a
After eleven years in the work, the Grant Street elders are in the process
of transferring the Foundation over to the Arad Church of Christ. As the
Church of Christ is not recognized by the Romanian government, the
foundation is the legal entity that gives permission to the church to meet
openly and carry on its work. This move is the logical progression of
turning the work over to the local church and is a good thing. Of course
Grant Street continues to assist the work financially and with campaign
Kay continues studying the Bible with students via World English Institute
on-line. I’ll let her share her experiences with you in her own words… “It
rather blows my mind to think of being able to communicate with people in
countries I know little or nothing about. These are people that I would
never have otherwise come in contact with except through WEI’s internet
course. Most students drop out for one reason or another, but even they can
have been touched by the Word in some way. The importance of what the course
is doing came to me when I received this message from one of my students:
‘Now please Kay let me know why there is so differences between both books [Quran
and Bible] as both come from God. Kindly sort me out of it. I shall be very
thankful to you.’ Please join me in prayer for the thousands who are looking
at the WEI course website.”
There continues to be a great need for more Christians to become WEI
internet teachers. Every time the ad is run on Google, the response is
great. It is as Jesus described, the harvest is plentiful but the laborers
are few. In our reporting, I always challenge members of the church to
consider becoming WEI internet teachers and some have already taken the
challenge. What about you? If you would like to learn more about WEI
internet teaching, please contact us and Kay will be glad to send you
information and help you get started. For the latest news about WEI, go to
One thing that I have come to realize over the past year and a half is the
extent to which the down economy has affected the Lord’s church. Part of my
work is raising funds for the school, in particular, funding the development
of the distance learning program. In speaking of this with elders, mission
committees and individuals, I hear a lot about slow business, lost jobs,
reduced salaries, contributions down, church budgets not being met and
programs and missions having to be cut or reduced. It is a difficult time
for raising funds for the Lord’s work, yet the Lord’s work goes on none the
less. We consider ourselves very blessed in that none of our supporters have
had to drop support during this time. God is good. Thank you again for your
loyal support, and we pray that God may continue to bless our fellowship in
Yours in Christ,
Larry & Kay
WEI BIBLE CAMPAIGN – ARAD,
Since our last newsletter, the
four-week WEI campaign in July was conducted in Arad. Leading up to the
campaign, the Romanian brethren had advertized, screened respondents, and signed
up 19 students.
Team One, consisting of Paul Holland, his father, Wayne, and
Scott Pena were there for the first two weeks. Then, Team Two, consisting of
Janet Smith and Jonathan Jett from Grant Street, along with Kay and me, arrived
for the last two weeks. Both teams met together upon our arrival for briefing
and transfer of students. We finished up with 15 students, ranging in age from
11 (an exception) to 58 and from various religious and economic backgrounds.
Seven were awarded certificates of completion with one continuing the course
with Kay via the internet. We kept our promise of helping those 15 students to
improve their English but, more importantly, we had the opportunity to study the
Bible with them, one-on-one, for around 20 hours over the course of the month.
In terms of exposure to the gospel, this is extraordinary in campaign work. We
labored under the assurance that the Lord’s Word that goes forth will not return
to Him void. Some plant, others water and the Lord gives the increase. Everyone
on both teams worked hard and did a great job, and we believe that the 4-week
gospel effort was successful.
2010 WEI MISSION to
Two teams of WEI teachers sowed the
seed of the Gospel in Oradea this summer from June 14 – July 9. The first team
consisting of teachers Dorothy Langley, Mark Kelly, Susan Kelly, Doug Chason,
and Alice Noles taught the first 2 weeks of the mission. This team was followed
by Bruce Green, Janice Green, Dana Slingluff, Max Duer, and Sally Duer. Each
teacher taught a one hour class to 6 students per day. The day began with a
short teacher’s devotional at 9:30. One to one studies were conducted from 10:00
to 12:00 am, and then each hour from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Many of the veteran
teachers commented that this was one of the best groups of students they have
Over 35 students attended the daily
classes and attendance for the entire 4 weeks was nearly 100 percent. Nearly
every student finished the WEI intermediate course and several continued
studying the advanced lessons. They all seemed to enjoy the teaching and many
students commented that they especially enjoyed learning more about God through
the Bible. A nice graduation ceremony was conducted on Saturday July 10th. Many
of the students attended worship services for the first time during the 4 weeks
of studies. Some continue to visit worship services and mid-week Bible study.
The Tenth Street Church of Christ in Opelika, Alabama sponsors and supports the
mission church in Oradea and has organized this WEI mission each summer for the
last 9 years.
Vasile Iuhos, the Romanian preacher along with several church members do a great
job in hosting the WEI mission each summer. The church in Oradea is blessed to
own an apartment one block from the church building where teachers are
comfortably housed. The church building also has some nice bed rooms upstairs
for additional teacher housing. As a result, the housing for teachers each
summer is absolutely free. The teachers simply need to raise enough money for
their plane ticket, food, and other minor miscellaneous expenses.
Baptism in Arad, Romania
2010 WEI teachers Oradea Romania
(Back row left to right) Mark Kelly, Max Duer, Dana Slingluff, Bruce Green,
(Front row left to right) Dorothy Langley, Alice Noles, Sally Duer, Susan
Kelly, Janice Green
THINGS YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE
2012 ALL ROMANIA WORKSHOP
October 8, 2012
• PITESTI CONDUCTING THE ALL ROMANIA WORKSHOP OCTOBER 18-19-20
• LARGEST PRE-REGISTRATION EVER FOR WORKSHOP AS OF OCTOBER 8
• TWO U.S. PREACHERS AND 25 ROMANIAN TEACHERS AND PREACHERS FOR
ALL AGES ARE SCHEDULED FOR THE THREE DAYS OF CLASSES
• CHRISTIANS FROM ALL OF THE 20 ROMANIAN CHURCHES ARE ACTIVELY
PARTICIPATING IN THE WORKSHOP
IN THE SEVEN CHURCHES IN DOLJ, ARGES AND VALCEA
• CHILDREN’S BIBLE CLASSES ARE
TAUGHT IN ALL SEVEN CONGREGATIONS
• YOUTH BIBLE STUDIES IN ALL PLACES
• ONGOING BENEVOLENT WORK: FOOD FOR NEEDY FAMILIES, EMERGENCY
MEDICAL CARE, WATER WELL DRILLED FOR FAMILY, LADIES QUILT WORK
AND MUCH MORE
• ROMANIAN MEN PREACHING IN ALL
• ACTIVE LADIES IN EVERY PLACE
• WORK PLANS FOR 2013 TO BE COMPLETED IN OCTOBER
• HUNDREDS OF BIBLES TO BE DISTRIBUTED IN COMING MONTHS
YOUR CONTINUED LOVE, PRAYERS AND CONTRIBUTIONS ARE
APPRECIATED AND ALWAYS URGENTLY NEEDED. ALL GIFTS
GO TO THE MIDWAY CHURCH. HMS
SUCCESSFUL BIBLE TRAINING SCHOOL IN PITESTI! OCTOBER 8, 2012
There were 43 students in the 12th annual Bible school in Pitesti, Romania.
The schoolwas conducted August 26-September 9. Marc Curfman and Joel Inman
were the instructors for the six hours each day during the two weeks. The
studies this year were Isaiah, I John, Revelation and Introduction to the
The students came from the seven churches in Arges, Dolj and Valcea
Districts and the average age of those attending was 35. There were 17 older
teens and two brothers in the school were 70 and 80 years of age. A number
of the older teens and ladies in the school are the regular teachers for the
children Bible classes in the seven churches. Nine of the men present are
preachers in the three districts.
According to Ion Fratostiteanu, the Director of the school, “There is no
activity in the church in the three districts which is more fruitful and
more helpful in building the local congregations.” A retired school teacher
who became a Christian 10 years ago was a student in the school for the
first time. She excitedly said, “These Bible classes are wonderful and gave
me an insight to the word which I have never gotten before. I am thankful
for the school.”
Two U.S. churches, Glendale in Murray, KY and Wetumpka, AL provide the funds
for the school. The students receive no funds for attending the school but
lodging, transportation, food and study materials are provided.Many of the
students take their vacation in order to attend the school while several are
retired and others simply take off work to be present.
Harvey M. Starling
A PERSONAL NOTE FROM HMS
This month marks the 21st year
of my preaching the Word in Romania. The first five were as requested by
U.S. brethren already working there. The last 16 began in Pitesti and have
progressed now to the seven congregations in Dolj, Arges and Valcea
God’s grace and your love and sacrifice have made this possible. The 21st
All Romania Workshop is being conducted in Pitesti, the first time it has
been at any place other than at Bucharest. This event is a challenge to us
in everyway! Every church in Romania is participating. Already we have
received enrollments from over 300 in the 20 churches. We must make every
effort to build faith in God through the simple Gospel. We must work to
promote zeal, vision, planning and unity. The task is not easy but we must
keep on regardless of the price.
“Taking the gospel to Romania”
A Ministry of the Midway Church of Christ
“Helping in Worldwide Evangelism”
Harvey and Pat Starling
P.O. Box 915
Madison, AL 35758