Celebrates 25th Anniversary
One score and five years ago, our Father brought forth to this
continent a new method of attracting atheists, Buddhists, Communists,
Hindus, Muslims, and Satanists to Christ.
For twenty-five years, God has used World English Institute and Bible
Correspondence School to introduce Christ to hundreds of thousands of
people in every nation on earth, to draw thousands of them into his
kingdom, and to establish churches in Albania, Brazil, Cambodia,
Cameroon, China, Crete, Czech Republic, Estonia, India, Indonesia,
Iraq, Kosovo, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Mozambique,
Nigeria, Romania, Sierra Leone, Slovak Republic, Tanzania, and perhaps
other nations. To God be the glory.
Twenty-five years ago, WEI was only a dream. Today, by the grace of
God, it covers the earth.
Twenty-five years ago, Maudine and I were the only two people on the
WEI staff, and WEI was sponsored by the Metro Church of Christ in
Gresham, Oregon. Today, WEI functions under a board that consists of
elders, former elders, missionaries, and former missionaries. The WEI
staff now consists of Maudine and me, Debbie Henry, Administrative
Assistant; Tom Langley, President; Justin Acuff, Technical Director
and Webmaster of the WEI teaching web site; and Bob and Jan Towell,
volunteer Directors of the WEI Internet ministry, plus several hundred
volunteer teachers who teach postal and Internet students and go on
short-term mission campaigns.
WEI operates on a shoestring budget, and we are not able to mount an
all-out fundraising campaign to celebrate our Silver Anniversary. The
entire WEI staff is busy doing the Lord’s work. As I write this
newsletter, I am recovering from shoulder replacement surgery. Tom
Langley is in Romania conducting short-term mission campaigns. Justin
Acuff is getting ready to join Tom and teach in a short-term mission
effort for three weeks. Bill Morgan, WEI board member, is in Albania
teaching in a preacher training school. Bob and Jan Towell are
snowed-under with the Internet ministry.
Therefore, we are appealing to churches of
Christ throughout the United States to take up a special contribution
for WEI on a Sunday in August or September to keep this
Gospel Chariot moving. There is almost no limit to the number of
people who can be introduced to Christ through WEI if we all work
together. We need $100,000 in order to expand and maintain our
teaching web site.
Our immediate goal is to teach 10,000 new students every month. To
reach this goal, we need 800 more Internet teachers. The Lord needs
you to help spread the good news about Christ to every man, woman, and
child on earth.
Please partner with us in fulfilling the Great Commission. Send your
checks to the WEI office in Gresham at the address below.
May God use us to accomplish his eternal purposes.
Muslims Come to
The following article was written by Katheryn Haddad
who has taught nearly 5,000 Muslim students.
Rachael (a Christian name her teacher gave her for safety) was in the
Middle East when she enrolled in WEI. She was so thrilled with the
lessons. She wrote, “The Bible course is very convincing, but I am
afraid of reactions because the Middle East people don’t accept any
different ideas. Unfortunately, some, especially in Islam, don’t
accept any opposite idea. If you don’t believe them, they kill you.”
Persecuted Woman Weeps
Later, when she learned about the miraculous birth of
Jesus, she mentioned to one of her friends that the baby was God’s
Son. Her friend became very angry, and their friendship ended. Her
teacher encouraged her to pray to the God of the Bible. She replied,
“I felt my soul fly to heaven!” Then she added, “Now, when I
know you and more about Christians, I love them more.”
Her teacher explained baptism to her. She replied, “I am afraid too
much, but I have a plan to do it one day.” Several times she
mentioned her brother who she believes to be an extremist. “I want to
be baptized, but it’s not easy. I need more thinking.”
Time passed. She continued doing her lessons, and her teacher kept
explaining the importance of baptism. In August of last year, she
wrote, “Mum, I am afraid.” The next day she wrote, “Mum, I am
baptized! I have done it! Yes! My soul is free! But, please never
leave me alone.”
For the next seven months the teacher did not hear from her. She did
not know if she was dead or alive. Finally Rachael wrote that family
members and friends had threatened her and told her not to study any
more. “Mum, I swore to them that I am still Muslim. I am afraid. Am
I guilty because I lied? Can God forgive me?” Her teacher asked if
she could move to another city. After that, she did not hear from
Rachael for six months.
A year after her baptism, Rachael converted her Muslim husband to
Christianity. Somehow, they learned that her husband’s brother was a
secret Christian, so the brother baptized her husband. The brother was
attending a secret house church with about 20 people. They only had
the book of Luke, but they met every Sunday to study the gospel of
Luke, pray, and have the Lord’s Supper. They believe in baptism by
immersion for forgiveness of sins. This is an indigenous church of
Christ that rose up out of nothing with only part of the New Testament
as its guide!
Rachael converted her father last year. She is working on other family
members. It is not easy. She stayed with her mother-in-law recently
while her husband traveled. The Muslim mother-in-law locked her in a
bedroom the whole time and beat her declaring she had to return to
Recently, their indigenous congregation was forced by enemies of
Christ to stop meeting. When it was discovered that her husband had
left Islam to become a Christian, he lost his job. Though fearful of
what additional persecution the future may hold, Rachael and her
husband are determined to maintain their belief that Jesus Christ is
the Son of God and to bear his name!
Please pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters.
Did you know that approximately one third of our WEI Internet students
are Muslims and that many of them live in countries where it is a
capital offense to convert from Islam to Christianity?
Even so, a million Muslims a year are converting to Christianity in
North Africa alone. Many Muslims are disenchanted with radical Islam
and are fed up with violence. The time is right for us to introduce
them to the Prince of PEACE.
God is using WEI to teach people about Christ IN EVERY Islamic country
in the world. Please help us reach out to them with the Good News
about Christ. Include WEI in your church and/or personal budget.
To Christ in India
Brother Mike Hale, one of God’s great WEI Internet
teachers, reports that fifty-three students have been baptized in
India thus far this year. Most of them have come from Hindu
In April, Brother Abraham baptized two Hindu women in a sugar cane
field at Borewell.
Bro. Abraham Baptizes Rani, a Hindu Woman
In May, Brother Parndhamaiah, baptized eight more WEI
The reports we receive from Prabhu Kumar, Director of WEI in India,
are full of exciting news.
Buddhists Come to
Christ in Cambodia
Julie Broyles spent her high school days in Southeast
Asia during the 70’s while her parents were missionaries in Thailand.
Now, she is a missionary in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Julie is the director of BEST Center (Bible English Study and Training
Center) where dozens of Khmer students come to study WEI lessons
Monday through Friday year-around. Teachers from America come and go
throughout the year. These teachers live, eat, and teach at the
Center, usually one month at a time. More teachers are needed. Khmer
Christians help with the teaching, and dormitory space is provided at
the center for some university students.
Dozens of Buddhists have come to Christ at BEST Center during the past
few years. BEST Center students worship with the local Khmer
congregation, and they meet for worship and fellowship at the BEST
Center several times a week. Some of them continue their studies at
the nearby SIBI preacher training school that is directed by Julie’s
brother-in-law, Rich Dolan. Some of these preachers-in-training travel
to nearby villages on weekends to preach and plant churches.
Two Khmer Buddhists have been baptized at BEST Center since our last
newsletter went to press. In her May 6 blog, Julie wrote, “Add Vin
Theary to those being saved! Praise God! It’s such a thrill to see a
little soul snatched from Satan!
“Vin Theary came to live in the dorm here last October. I have seen
her many times out on the balcony at 5:30 or 6:00 a.m. reading her
Bible. Awy [the BEST Center cook] currently teaches her during the
day. Sreyleak [BEST Center secretary] taught her a few months while
Awy was away from the center after the birth of her baby. Now, Try
[the local Khmer preacher who helps teach at BEST] teaches her
Bible/English during the day. Dara [one of BEST’s supervisors] teaches
all the dorm kids in the evenings M-W each week. So exciting!”
A Happy Vin Theary Is Born Again
a Muslim Convert
“Matthew,” a young college student in Yemen, had given
up on Islam. Why? Let’s listen to him as he tells his own story.
“Everyone instinctively needs to love God and to live with love and
peace, not with the hatred, fear, and racism of Islam.
“I know how it is to live without faith. It is like being lost in a
stormy, dark ocean and not knowing who to call for help. But my heart
never stopped searching for God. Then I found you! [his WEI
As soon as Matthew read Isaiah’s prophecies of a divine king who would
save the world, he knew he was reading something important. When he
read about Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus the Son of God, he
wrote, “Some people have great faith. I wish I could be like them
and have the spark that gives people the strength to overcome all the
evil in this world. This spark is from God.”
At this point, his teacher explained how God sent his Son Jesus to
deliver us from sin and Satan. Matthew replied, “Your words were
all I needed. Now I understand it, and I believe it. There is a war
with Satan which I intend to win by following the Savior Jesus.
“The Al Qaida and Muslim Brotherhood are everywhere here. They won’t
think twice before killing another Muslim if he doesn’t agree with
them. However that has nothing to do with me. I will do the right
thing. They don’t own my heart. How can someone be baptized?”
Christian Being Crucified in Yemen
When his teacher explained to him how to be immersed
in baptism, he went to the beach that night, confessed his faith in
Jesus, and was baptized for the forgiveness of his sins.
Afterward, he said to his teacher, “I felt an
overwhelming sense of peace. It made me forget all the hardships of
life’s road. It was a great moment, and I will never forget it!”
When he went home from his baptism, his mother sensed that there was
something different about him, and she cried. She had thought he no
longer believed in God. Now she sensed that he did. He prays that he
can convert his mother.
His teacher gave him the Christian name “Matthew” which means “gift of
the Lord.” Matthew said, “I like it.” Indeed, our new brother
in Christ is a gift from God. He is a young single man attending a
university with courage. We look for great things that this young man
will do for the kingdom of God in a hostile environment.
Bob and Jan Towell
Three Internet teachers are now on short-term missions
in Albania: Bob Patterson, Leon Haight (Fier) and Jo Huddleston
(Tirana). They will recommend that their students continue to study
via the Internet.
In addition to conversions behind the Quran Curtain, more and more
Muslim students declare they believe Jesus is the Son of God but are
still too fearful to make the final decision to become Christians.
Changes in attitude are apparent. Complaints that we are not in God’s
image because God doesn’t have a body, that God never got tired, so he
didn’t need to rest on the seventh day, that all prophets were
sinless, that God did not have a wife (Mary), and that God took Jesus
to heaven without dying, etc., were once frequent, but not now.
Effective teaching continues.
This quarter, several new teachers have started, but some have had to
stop because of declining health, and one has died.
Clifford Yeldell had a missionary heart, having worked in Russia,
Ghana, and Cameroon. As he taught on the website, he noticed the large
number of Haitians, so he not only traveled there himself but
persuaded Samuel Matthews, a preacher in St. Thomas, to go last year
and work with Manius Vixamar in teaching denominational preachers and
others. While there, Samuel also further taught Steve Foltz’s Internet
student, Jean Gardy Joseph, and Manius baptized him.
Jean Gardy Joseph Is Baptized in Haiti
This spring, Clifford traveled to Haiti again, and was scheduled to go
again when a fatal heart attack took him from us. Surely at the
resurrection, he will hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
---Bob and Jan Towell
Tom, Angi, Brianna and Bianca
This is always a thrilling time of the year and the culmination
of many months of recruiting and preparing teachers to go and teach
the word of God in a one-on-one setting all over the world.
I want to share the backgrounds of some of our teachers who are
teaching with me in Romania. They come from seven different states.
Combined, these eight teachers will conduct over 660 hours of Bible
study. Perhaps you will be encouraged to participate in this unique
aspect of the WEI ministry. It’s a life-changing experience.
Mike and Diana Folkerts have now taught WEI in seven different
countries of the world.
Coker Mayes, an elder and medical professional at the Tenth Street
congregation in Opelika, Alabama, has participated in WEI short-term
missions for nearly twenty years.
Tricia Leprettre, twenty-one years old, is experiencing her first trip
out of the country, her first time to fly on an airplane, and her
first WEI mission.
Dorothy Langley, my mother, is teaching WEI for the 14th year in the
L to R: Diana & Mike Folkerts; Dorothy Langley;
Tricia Leprettre; & Coker Mayes
It is always encouraging and inspiring to serve with such dedicated
Christians. We are also inspired by all of you who generously continue
to support and pray for WEI. Please know that we are forever dedicated
to Jesus’ Great Commission and to the spread of the gospel in a
powerful way. We love you, and we thank you.
---Tom and Angie Langley
Maudine and Dick Ady
God’s people are caught up in the cosmic war between
God and Satan. This conflict between good and evil has become
increasingly obvious to me during the past month.
On June 2, Maudine and I celebrated our 59th wedding anniversary.
Actually, I had shoulder replacement surgery on June 2, so we
celebrated three days early by taking our daughter Debbie, her husband
Dan, and our 12-year-old granddaughter Lisa to the Oregon coast.
Early Saturday morning, while the tide was out, Lisa said, “Bappa,
let’s go climb the rocks.” (There were several large barnacle-covered
rocks at the water’s edge.) So we walked down to the beach and started
climbing the biggest rock. About halfway up, I lost my balance and
tumbled backward landing on my hands and knees ten feet below. I
jumped up and shouted, “I’m okay.” My hands were bleeding, but by the
grace of God, I didn’t have a single bruise. Later, I thanked God for
protecting me from major injury or death. Maudine thinks I have a host
of guardian angels.
The following Friday night, while I was at home recovering from
surgery, two men in a black SUV rounded the corner at high speed, ran
through the church parking lot, went airborne, and plowed into the WEI
office. The impact broke four concrete blocks, shattered a window
frame, and left the east end of the building without electricity. The
driver of the SUV was not insured. Now, Debbie is working at the WEI
office by lamplight.
About that time, Oregon Lithoprint’s computers went down, and they
lost most of the five books and covers that I sent to them last month.
Some of these books are needed in short-term mission campaigns this
summer. The printer is a month behind schedule, but it looks like the
books will be available by the time they are needed in Europe. God has
defeated Satan again.
Today, my right arm is still in a sling, and I am typing this
newsletter at home with one finger. Yet, I am ahead of schedule.
Satan has hindered us at every turn, but God is stronger than Satan.
To Him be the glory!
Thank you, dear friends, for your love, help, and encouragement. We
---Dick and Maudine
Richard, Emily and Anna are Harding students participating in
Harding’s “Go Program” by teaching WEI in Romania for four weeks. I
have a feeling they will be teaching God’s word through WEI for many
years to come. Richard, Emily, and Anna have done a WONDERFUL job and
have been great ambassadors of Harding and God’s kingdom.
Harding Students Teach WEI Students in Romania
Student Saved From Brink of Atheism
Each WEI Bible lesson ends by asking the student,
“What have you learned in this lesson that is especially meaningful to
After studying the first lesson in the WEI Intermediate Bible Course,
a student in the Philippines wrote: “I doubted the existence of God
because I watched a video on YouTube about the theory of evolution. I
was persuaded that the theory had more scientific evidence than the
story of creation. My heart kept telling me that I should believe God,
but my brain logically analyzed the facts. Since then, I have been
standing on the line between believing that God really exists and
accepting that God is not real.
“Having read this lesson, I feel so much better now—believing that I
am not alone in this world, that God is always by my side, that he is
real, and his promises are real. God existed, exists, and will always
exist. I honestly feel secure and protected now. Thank you.”
Jan Towell concludes, “What an encouraging way to start a new
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