One of our outstanding WEI teachers has recently become very involved in the mission work directed by Brother Aniefiok Akpan in Nigeria. He even delivered the main lesson for the most recent World English Institute – Internet Digital Evangelism Africa, monthly Zoom Lectureship. We refer to this ministry as WEI-IDEA.
Russ Mitchell is an engineer by education and vocation and served as an officer in the United States Air Force for 9 years. Russ and his beautiful family live in Morristown, TN and worship with the Morristown Church of Christ. I asked Russ to share with us his involvement with WEI and his passion for The Great Commission.
I started teaching English and Bible with WEI about three years ago. I liked the idea of evangelizing using English. I had really good English teachers in high school. We had to diagram hundreds of sentences, so I learned a lot of grammar. In 10th grade I had a fun English Composition class. I also like to read and write, so WEI is a really good fit for me. I can teach English because I know more than the people I’m teaching. I also enjoy apologetics and enjoy answering students’ Bible questions.
I really like connecting with my students. I have been able to have serious conversations with Muslims in Iran, encourage young people in Haiti, and share experiences with people in Africa. The people I encounter have many interesting stories to tell. I have found that people are the same everywhere. We are all made in the image of God and Jesus died for all people. Our differences are what makes humanity beautiful and interesting.
I may never know what impact I have on people, but it is motivating to see God work through me when I can see the results. Many people drop out. Some people show back up months later. Some finish all the lessons and want more. A few are baptized.
I have recently enjoyed getting to know other WEI teachers and getting more deeply involved in Africa and the Middle East. This is even more exciting. I have a passion for serious evangelism. I’m looking for like-minded people, and I have found them in WEI.
Russ is successful using the WEI tool because he loves people and has a strong desire to share God’s word and his faith with them. Russ loves English, but you don’t have to be an English expert to teach WEI. The computer grades all the grammar questions and provides an explanation for each answer. The Bible reading assignments are where relationships are formed and strengthened with our students. The seed is planted deep in their hearts. God will give the increase.