World English Institute is an evangelistic arm of the church of Christ around the world. Its mission is the mission of Christ. He came “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). It is the mission that Jesus gave the apostles when he said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).
In 1992, our most popular teacher in Albania was a 79-year-old woman doctor. In 1994, five of our teachers were more than 70 years of age.
By getting involved in world evangelism, your congregation will be blessed by God. Churches that turn inward, die. Churches that look outward together and share the Good News with others, come alive. Jesus said, “Go… and I’ll be with you.”
The Advanced English Course is designed to help students prepare for the TOEFL while they study the Bible.
The number of students who will proceed beyond the Introductory lesson is about 3 in 10 or 30%. Many students who register and take the Introductory lesson are just exploring and not serious about English Bible study. For some students they find the material too hard, and they don’t feel they have the time to commit. For whatever reason, only about 30% of our students who register will be serious enough to get involved in the course. Don’t worry. This is not the fault of the teacher.
If you are a new teacher and want to have 3 active students to begin, then you really need to claim about 10 students. We have many teachers who have claimed hundreds of students and even thousands. It generally takes only about 10 to 15 minutes to process and correct a student’s 3 Bible lesson “Thought Questions.” These are the only questions not automatically graded by the computer.
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WEI is the CHURCH going on missionary journeys, as Paul did. WEI teaches the Word of God through Bible and English correspondence courses using the Internet, and short-term mission campaigns. Our goal is to reach and teach millions of people in every nation.
World English Institute is the full name given to this evangelistic effort. WEI exists to give missionaries in the field a means for connecting with prospects who are not aware of God and his word. Many nations respond negatively to an invitation to study about God and the Bible. WEI is designed to attract students who are studying English as a second language and to teach them God’s word by using the Bible as an English textbook. While the students are learning English, they are also learning the Scriptures. Some seed falls in good and honest hearts and brings forth fruit (Luke 8:15). God gives the increase (I Corinthians 3:7).
The name “World English Institute” was chosen to teach the gospel in countries where we could not go as Christian missionaries or evangelists. Any attempt to advertise Bible correspondence courses in many of these countries would be blocked by their governments. But the political leaders in most of these nations are eager for their people to study English. Consequently, we are teaching multitudes of WEI students English using the Bible as an English reading text in these very countries. WEI was first used as a postal correspondence course in China and in the former communist nations of Eastern Europe.
God is using WEI to get individuals and churches throughout America involved in missions. Christians are urged to be correspondence missionaries, teaching WEI students on the Internet, and putting their students in touch with missionaries when they request baptism. Many WEI teachers also go on short-term WEI mission efforts to many countries of the world and teach WEI in person, one to one. When they return to their home congregations they are always inspired with a new zeal for The Great Commission. Many times, they become much more active in all forms of church service and outreach efforts.
WEI also makes it possible for missionaries or evangelists and their supporting churches to work together in reaping a spiritual harvest. The missionary or evangelist runs an ad in a local newspaper offering a Free English Course, which draws upon the Bible for illustrations. Or the local church purchases Internet ads focusing on the exact city or location of their missionary. Students from this location register to study WEI. Members of the supporting church claim these students from the WEI website and study the Bible with them while at the same time developing a personal relationship. When students from the supported mission site complete their studies and request baptism, they are referred to the missionary or evangelist for follow-up. In this way, missionaries and their supporting churches work together as a team to bear fruit for God.
World English Institute takes advantage of this worldwide interest in the English language. As God used Koine Greek to spread the Gospel in New Testament times, he is using English in the modern world. Hundreds of thousands of people in all nations are now studying the Word through WEI. Thousands of WEI students have been baptized INTO CHRIST, and many congregations have been established in Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Indonesia, India, Lithuania, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, and many other nations as WEI materials have been used to lead people to Christ.
We mention these things, not to boast, but to stress the unlimited possibilities of using WEI to reach the lost all over the world. God is using WEI to teach multitudes of people in all nations. But more teachers are needed, and we need funds for printing materials, recruiting and training more teachers, improving our teaching web site, running ads and scores of other administrative expenses.
- In September 1988, Dale Randolph, Director of World Bible Translation Center in Fort Worth, Texas, asked me to write a Bible correspondence course based on the Easy-to-Read Version of the Bible.
- In October 1988, I visited with Dr. Richard Lee, then Librarian at Columbia Christian College in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Lee had been converted in Korea by studying the Bible to learn English. When Dr. Lee learned that I was planning to write a Bible correspondence course, he asked, “Whom are you trying to reach? The believer, or the non-believer?”
“The non-believer,” I replied. “We are aiming at China.”
“Then, don’t start with the New Testament,” he said. “If you do, the first thing your students will encounter is the virgin birth of Christ. And they will reject it as nonsense, because they are not ready to receive it. Start with the Old Testament and introduce them to God. Show them how God has worked in human history. By the time they get to the New Testament, they will be ready to accept the virgin birth of Christ. By then, God can do anything he wants to.”
Dr. Lee continued, “And don’t write a treatise on systematic theology with lessons on God, Christ, the Spirit, man, sin, the church, and salvation in Christ. Unbelievers are not interested in systematic theology. They will simply put the book aside and never finish it. Tell them some interesting Bible stories. Those stories are in the Bible for a reason. Everyone likes a good story. Tell some stories, and draw from the stories the lessons you want them to learn.”
Dr. Lee spoke with the voice of wisdom and experience. Out of that conversation came the format for the Easy-to-Read Bible Course—a course that is designed to approach people who know nothing about God, Christ, or the Bible, and lead them to faith.
- In April 1989, the West Coast Center for World Bible School in Palos Verdes Estates, California invited me to join the board, to develop World English Institute under the auspices of World Bible School, and to adapt the WBS logo.
- In June 1989, Maudine and I moved from Santa Rosa, California to Gresham, Oregon to work under the sponsorship of the Metro Church of Christ. I continued writing the Easy-to-Read Bible Course and made plans to write a WEI English Course to go with it.
- After completing the WEI English Course to go with the Easy-to-Read Bible Course, WEI was born.
- In June 1989, the Chinese government massacred hundreds of Chinese students on Tienanmen Square in Beijing, putting a damper on our dream of evangelizing China through WEI. Yet, hundreds of Chinese people have been brought to Christ through WEI.
- In November 1989, five months after the Tienanmen Square massacre, the “Iron Curtain” fell, opening doors that had been closed for generations. More than 450,000,000 soul-hungry people in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union were free to study the Bible.
- In January 1990, Bill McDonough entered Romania and ran a series of ads in a Romanian magazine, offering a free English course. About 50,000 people responded and started studying the Bible by correspondence and with short-term and long-term missionaries. More than 1,000 Romanians have become Christians, and twenty-one churches have been established. Larry Williams coordinated follow-up work on WEI and WBS students in Romania.
- In mid-1990, Truitt Adair and Bob Hare ran a series of newspaper ads in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. More than 13,000 people responded, and WEI materials were used to teach these truth-seekers. Missionaries soon entered the country. Now, English Bible Study Centers and churches of Christ can be found all over the Czech and Slovak Republics.
- In 1991, Bill McDonough ran a series of ads in Albania. More than 5,000 people responded and enrolled in WEI. That number has now surpassed 11,000.
- During the summer of 1992, Bill McDonough, Ben Jones, and I led twenty-six teachers in a follow-up campaign in Tirana, Albania. Forty-two students were baptized in August and fifteen more became Christians in September. Now, churches have established in fifteen Albanian cities and towns.
- In 1993, John Ed Clark ran WEI ads in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. More than 1,000 people responded, and that number continues to grow almost daily. Many of the students are now Christians.
- In 1994, Keith Levy and the Waterview Church in Richardson, Texas began using WEI to evangelize Lithuania. Now, two good churches have been established in that small country.
- In 1995, Jeff and Cheryl Cash moved to Fort Portal, Uganda and ran WEI ads in a newspaper. Consequently, about 1,000 Ugandan students started studying the Bible through the mail, and dozens were baptized.
- These stories are typical of what is happening all over the world. Even though we have only begun to begin, God is already using WEI to teach hundreds of thousands of people in 203 countries. To him be the honor, the praise, and the glory forever.
- In 2007, Jonathan Towell built and launched the WEI teaching website.
The WEI Elementary and Intermediate Course lessons begin with creation and systematically continue through the entire Bible through the spreading of the gospel and plan of salvation described in the book of Acts of the Apostles. These courses are a summary of the entire Bible and teach the student what they must do to become a member of the Kingdom of God.
The Intermediate Bible Course surveys the Bible from Genesis 1 to Acts 20. Each lesson consists of a Bible story that is followed by applications. Each lesson focuses on Jesus Christ.
- Book One, The Conflict Between Good and Evil, introduces students to God, to the first human beings, to the origin of sin and the spread of evil. It also gives scriptural clues to God’s remedy to the problem of evil.
- Book Two, The King Is Coming, deals with Messianic prophecies as they appear in a historical context. Each lesson points forward to the coming of the true King and his kingdom.
- Book Three, The King Has Come, exalts Jesus Christ as the promised King and leads the student toward obedience. The final lesson examines the cases of conversion in Acts and encourages students to obey the Gospel.
The Advanced Bible Course is designed to deepen the students’ understanding of scripture and to help them grow toward spiritual maturity.
- Advanced Book One, The New Birth, is written for students who say, “I was baptized when I was a baby.” Book One traces the history of infant baptism and the substitution of sprinkling for immersion and contrasts these historical developments with Biblical teachings.
- Advanced Book Two, The New Life, answers the question, “Now that I am a Christian, what difference does it make?” Emphasis is given to spiritual growth into the image of Christ.
- Advanced Book Three, The Church, helps the student understand what it means to be a member of the Lord’s church. It portrays the church as the kingdom of God, the body of Christ, the temple of the Spirit, the worshiping community, the family of God, the Royal Priesthood, and the Bride of Christ.
There are also Supplementary Courses available for study after a student completes the Advanced English and Bible Course. These courses do not have accompanying English grammar lessons. They currently cover Biblical topics entitled, Christian Evidence, The Course on God, Living for Jesus, and Blessed Assurance. More supplementary courses are in the process of being written for all our WEI students who complete the final English and Bible Advanced Course.
To accomplish the mission that God has laid upon us, WEI needs the following things:
- Funds to cover ongoing expenses, including salaries, materials and supplies, postage, printing, and operating expenses. This need includes secretarial help so that we can provide an ongoing support system for hundreds of volunteer teachers.
- Tens of thousands of dollars a year for attracting students in every nation through Google ads. There is an urgent need for advertising funds if we are to reach the whole world with the gospel.
- 5,000 correspondence teachers. In order to reach our goal of teaching 1,000,000 new students every year, we must recruit thousands of teachers nationwide. This recruiting is done by setting up booths at Bible lectureships and workshops, by speaking to local congregations, and by appealing to readers in our quarterly newsletter. Teachers are also recruited by other teachers who tell their friends about the need. We just hired a new Director of Teacher Recruitment and Training to fill this demanding need.
- Many teachers who will go on summer campaigns. Teachers who have been to Albania, Romania, Ukraine, Cambodia, Guatemala, Cambodia, and many other countries are doing a great job recruiting other workers, but we need more.
- Many more churches that will use WEI to help their own missionaries reap a harvest of souls. No one church is big enough to fulfill the Great Commission alone. We must all work together.
“The Lord hath need of thee.”
- If you can go on a summer campaign, you are needed.
- If you can teach students through the Internet, you are needed.
- If you can stir up your congregation and get others involved in world missions, you are needed.
- If you have funds to invest in world evangelism, you are needed.
- If you can travel and speak to churches and church leaders about getting involved in WEI, you are needed.
- If you can pray that God will use WEI to preach the gospel to the whole creation, YOU ARE NEEDED!
May God bless you with insight as you ask yourself how you might help fulfill the Great Commission in our generation.
Yes! Many students are registering almost daily on our website from the United States. Some of them simply want to take the Bible lessons. Most of them however are international citizens or residents who need to improve their English language skills. It is a great opportunity to share the word of God and your faith with them.