World English Institute is
evangelistic tool that is available to every church and individual
Christian in 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).
WEI is the CHURCH going on missionary journeys, as
Paul did, and teaching the Word of God through Bible correspondence
courses, the Internet, and short-term mission campaigns. Our goal is to
reach and teach 1,000,000 people in every nation by the end of year
WHY BE CONCERNED
ABOUT PEOPLE OVERSEAS?
Some people ask, "Why should we be concerned about
saving people overseas when there are so many lost people in America?" It
is true that we must be concerned about the lost in America. But it is not
true that we should ignore the rest of the world.
There are two primary reasons why we must try to
save people inside and outside the United States:
Jesus said, "Go . . . and make disciples of ALL
the nations" (Matthew 28:19). There are approximately 300 million people
in the United States, about 6% of the world's population. Including
tent-makers, there are some 13,000 preachers in the U.S., about 90% of
the gospel preachers associated with churches of Christ in the world.
Ninety percent of the gospel preachers are preaching to 6% of the
world's population. Something is wrong with that scenario! That is NOT
what Jesus had in mind when he gave the Great Commission. God loves
everybody! He is "not willing that any should perish but that all should
come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). And he has asked us, his people, to
spread the Good News.
Jesus said, "Seek, and you will find; knock, and
it will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7). Millions of people outside the
U.S. are seeking God, and God is expecting us to lead them to "the Lamb
of God who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).
If you have gone "door-knocking" in America, you
have probably had people slam the door in your face? You have been
rejected and maligned by the people you were trying to help.
In many other countries, people are much more
receptive. Take Albania, for example. In some places, hundreds of people
have had to be turned away and put on waiting lists simply because there have not
been enough teachers to meet the demand.
We MUST be concerned about teaching spiritually
hungry people in other countries. To ignore these truth-seekers would be
to betray the trust that God has placed in us.
WEI is designed to attract students who are studying
English as a second language and to teach them 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
Many students enroll in WEI in order to learn
English. But as they study the Word, their interest gradually shifts from
English to the Bible. Just before he was baptized in the Adriatic Sea in
1992, Daut Bezati said, "When you first came to Albania, we thought
English was more important than the Bible. But little by little, the Bible
caught up. Now we know that the Bible is more important than English."
The name, "World English Institute," is a blessing
and a curse. It is a curse in that American church leaders are inclined to
say, "Teaching English is not the work of the church." It is a blessing in
that it opens doors to countries where the Bible has been outlawed.
The name "World English Institute" was chosen in
order to get the gospel into China and into Muslim countries where
we cannot go as missionaries. Any attempt to advertise Bible
correspondence courses in these countries would be rebuffed. But the
political leaders in most of these nations are eager for their people to
study English. Consequently, we are teaching thousands of WEI students in
communist China and in every Muslim country in the world.
CHRISTIANS AND CHURCHES
God is using WEI to get individuals and churches
throughout America involved in missions. Mission-minded people are urged
to go abroad on WEI follow up campaigns. Christians are urged to be
correspondence missionaries, teaching WEI students through the mail or on
the Internet, and putting their students in touch with
missionaries when they request baptism.
WEI also makes it possible for missionaries and
their supporting churches to work together in reaping a spiritual harvest.
The missionary runs an ad in a local newspaper offering a Free English
Course, which draws upon the Bible for illustrations. Students are asked
to send a letter in English to the address of the supporting church.
Students who respond are taught by members of the congregation. When
students complete their studies and request baptism, they are referred to
the missionary for follow-up. In this way, missionaries and their
supporting churches work together as a team to bear fruit for God.
The church has neither the manpower nor the funds to
send missionaries to every city, town, and hamlet in the world. But by
using WEI as a tool, the church does have the manpower and the funds to
sow the Seed in every nation under heaven.
English has become THE language of the late
twentieth-first century Three-fourths of the world's high school students are
studying English today. Prior to World War II, only 200 million people
spoke English. Now, billions of people speak English, and the number is
growing rapidly. More people are studying English in China today than in
the United States.
English is the language of commerce. Business people
who engage in international trade study English in order to compete on the
English is the language of communication. Airline
pilots communicate with control towers in English throughout the free
world. Ship to shore messages are sent in English.
English is the language of politics. It has replaced
French as the preferred language at international political meetings.
English is the language of science and technology.
Brain surgeons, computer programmers, microbiologists, and rocket
engineers must read English in order to keep up with developments in their
fields. Approximately 95% of the world's technical papers are written in
Many third-world countries are pushing their people
to learn English, believing that English is a key to economic growth and
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 191 nations are now
studying the Word through WEI. Thousands of WEI students have been
baptized INTO CHRIST, and dozens of congregations have been established in
Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Lithuania, Romania, Russia,
Slovak Republic, and 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 people about Christ in 206 nations—every
major nation on earth except North Korea. These 206 nations
represent all of the world’s population. But more teachers are needed,
and we need funds for printing materials, improving our teaching web site,
and running ads.
HISTORY OF WEI
- 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
- 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
"The non-believer," I replied. "We are aiming at
"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
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
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
- 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.
- 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. However, the Lord
may yet open a door to the 1,200,000,000 people who live there. 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
WES 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
- 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. 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
- 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 191
countries. To him be the honor, the praise, and the glory forever.
Easy-to-Read Bible Course
surveys the Bible from Genesis 1 to Acts 20. Each lesson consists of a
Bible story that is followed by applications.
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
historical context. Each lesson points forward to the coming of Christ and
Book Three, The
King Has Come, exalts Jesus Christ as Savior and King and leads the
student toward obedience. The final lesson examines the cases of
conversion in Acts and encourages students to obey the Gospel.
WEI ENGLISH COURSE
The WEI English Course is designed to
teach Basic English grammar, using Scriptures and Bible stories as
English course is tied to the ETR Bible Course, lesson for lesson.
A WEI student cannot learn English without learning the Bible at the same
cassette tape or CD is
included with the WEI English Course to help international students with
their English comprehension and pronunciation. The first forty minutes of
the tape contain the vocabulary words. Each word is pronounced twice,
followed by the reading of the sentence in which it is used, usually a
verse of scripture. The last twenty minutes contain a reading from Book
Three on the suffering, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. As
the students read the text and listen to the tape, the Gospel is planted
in their hearts.
An Advanced Bible Course is designed to
deepen the students' understanding of scripture and to help them grow
toward spiritual maturity.
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.
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.
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.
ADVANCED ENGLISH COURSE
Before international students can enroll in an
American college or university, they must make an acceptable score on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Millions of
college-age students around the world are preparing for the TOEFL and will
respond to newspaper and Internet ads.
The Advanced English Course is designed to help
students prepare for the TOEFL while they study the Bible.
Book One, Evidence of God in the Universe,
includes evidence of intelligent design discovered by various branches of
science, including anthropology, botany, micro-biology, paleontology, and
physics. The book also uses the fossil record to discredit the theory of
Book Two, Evidence of Christ in History, draws from secular,
Jewish, and Biblical records to verify the existence of the historical
Jesus and his impact on world history.
Book Three, Evidence that the Bible Is Trustworthy, draws
upon the Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient documents to verify that the
Bible we have today is virtually identical to the original Biblical text
and can be trusted as authentic.
THE GODHEAD COURSES
There are three books on the God Head - Book 1 Who
is God?, Book 2, Who is Jesus?, and Book 3 The Spirit of God.
These books bring understanding into the heart and mind of the God Head, an
important subject for students who want to extend their understanding.
Throughout Bible history, Go gave himself different names,
and each name revealed something new about him that he wanted us to know.
This book about Jesus seeks to follow the historical and
Biblical evidence wherever it leads to answer the changing world views
of a global society presenting archaeological evidence about the Biblical
records of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit has been active in the world since
the beginning of time. As we read through the Bible, we are amazed by the
frequency of his appearance. He is everywhere. He is always present with God’s
people. This course will summarize the Bible's teachings. It will also evaluate
present day teachings by certain groups who emphasize the Spirit's workings
WHAT CAN BE DERIVED
Getting involved with WEI can build a holy fire
under your congregation and give your members world vision.
Children look forward to going on summer campaigns when they come of
age. Young people experience mission work in other cultures, and
some of them decide to return as long-term missionaries. Middle-aged
Christians find purpose and fulfillment by leading others to Christ.
Elderly Christians who feel unneeded reclaim the joy of being actively
involved in the work of God. If they are in good health, they can
go on a summer campaign. Elderly with an Internet connection can teach by
clicking to send lessons, grade lessons, and chat with their students in a
country of their choice.
Click here to learn more.
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."
HOW YOU CAN
"The Lord hath need of thee."
- If you can go on a summer campaign, you are
- If you can teach students through the mail, you
- If you can teach students using the Internet, you
- If you can stir up your congregation and get
others involved in world missions, you are needed.
- If you can travel and speak to churches and
church leaders about getting involved in WEI, you are needed.
- If you have funds or a will to invest in
world evangelism, 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.
--- Dick and Maudine Ady