Langley Becomes President
Twenty-three years ago, by the grace of God, Maudine and I founded World
English Institute as a church-related non-profit educational institution
based in Oregon and sponsored by the Metro Church of Christ in Gresham. Our
aim was to attract correspondence students by teaching English and to lead
them to Christ by teaching the Bible. Since that auspicious day in1989, God
has blessed WEI with students from every nation on earth except the Vatican.
To Him be the glory.
On June 30, eight days after I celebrated my 81st birthday, I stepped down
as President of WEI and gave the reins to Tom Langley, a well-qualified
younger man. Tom and I will continue doing what we have been doing, except
Tom will be the front man from now on.
Tom Langley in Maryville, Tennessee
Tom has been preparing for this transition for eight and a half years,
and he is ready for the challenge. Tom and his wife, Angela, served as
missionaries in Romania for ten years after the fall of the Iron Curtain.
They have two daughters, Brianna (18), and Bianca (15). Both daughters have
been home-schooled throughout their school years. Brianna is scheduled to
enroll in David Lipscomb University this fall. The Langleys are sponsored
and supported by the Church of Christ in Maryville, Tennessee, and they
reside in Louisville, TN in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains.
Tom writes, “Angela and I first started using the WEI materials twenty years
ago in 1992 while serving as missionaries in Bucharest, Romania. We were so
impressed with the curriculum that WEI became our primary tool for
contacting and studying the Bible with Romanian students. We’ve personally
studied with hundreds of WEI students through the years. Scores have put
Christ on in baptism. We have a burning passion for this ministry and for
the powerful influence it has in the lives of students all over the world.
It’s an honor and privilege to assume a leadership position in the WEI
international mission ministry. In the past ten years, WEI has grown
exponentially. We are now starting over 1,000 new correspondence Bible
studies per month, with students in every nation of the world. The present
is beyond exciting, and the future holds many challenges. The potential for
WEI to reach the lost of the world is unlimited. It is our fervent prayer
and desire within a few years to begin 10,000 new Bible studies per month.
There is much to do in order to realize this goal, but it is a challenge,
opportunity, and responsibility that we simply cannot turn away from. We
have the greatest of all commissions to motivate and inspire us as we move
forward. To God be the glory!”
I thank God for Tom Langley, and we welcome him to his new role as
President. At the same time, I want to assure you that I am NOT retiring.
The Gresham office will still be the corporate headquarters. We will still
be responsible for recruiting postal teachers and assigning students to
them. I will continue to write books and send them to Bob and Jonathan
Towell for installation on the WEI teaching web site. These books will be
printed and warehoused in Oregon, and the Gresham secretaries will mail them
to teachers, missionaries, and national preachers who are using them in
their outreach ministries. I will also continue to participate in short-term
mission campaigns. I will also continue to write and edit this quarterly
newsletter, and the Gresham team will mail each issue to nearly 8,000
churches and individuals.
The financial needs in the Gresham and Maryville offices will continue to
grow as God gives us greater opportunities to share the good news about
Jesus with people throughout the world. Please join us in responding to the
Great Commission. ---Dick Ady
Former WEI Student Murdered
A story that began with great promise came to a tragic end May 1 when
Adebowale Ajagunna, better known as “Debo,” was shot and killed by gunmen
during a prayer meeting in the city of Ikare-Akoko in southwestern Nigeria.
In 2006, Debo was awarded a scholarship by the Nigerian government to study
in a PhD program at the University of Crete. While in Crete, Debo worshiped
with John Adesoye and became a WEI student. After he was baptized, he became
actively involved in the church. He was known as “a faithful and joyful
Christian man” and “a vibrant worship leader.”
After receiving his PhD, Debo returned to Nigeria to be with his family. On
April 30, he and other members of the church in Ikare-Akoko were praying for
an upcoming evangelistic campaign when armed gunmen burst into the room.
While trying to protect a pregnant woman from gunfire, Debo was shot in the
head. The mother and unborn baby escaped injury, but Debo lay in a pool of
his own blood for more than an hour. He finally died at 2:00 a.m. in a local
Adebowale (Debo) Ajagunna
According to an article in The Christian Chronicle, Debo is being praised
by local Christians as “a good shepherd who died at his duty post guarding
Debo has gone to be with his Lord. May God bless his memory.
WBS and WEI to Join
During the past eighteen months, John Reese, Ron Pottburg, Tom Langley
and I and our boards have been discussing the possibility of a WBS/WEI
joint-effort to share the good news with people all over the world. After
much thought and prayer, we are happy to announce that a plan has been
finalized and approved. We are scheduled to launch this joint-effort on
January 1, 2013. Notice that it is “a joint-effort,” not a merger.
WBS and WEI will continue to be separate entities as we work together for
Jonathan Towell, grandson of Bob and Jan, has developed an excellent WEI
teaching web site during the past six years. He has done such an outstanding
job that WBS has now hired him full-time to develop a similar web site for
them. WBS will allow Jonathan to give 10% of his time to WEI. Our goal is to
develop and maintain identical web sites.
All WEI English and Bible courses will be downloaded on the WBS web site,
and WBS’s 1,000 Internet teachers will be trained to teach the WEI lessons
to students who want to include English in their studies. At the same time,
our 200 WEI Internet teachers will continue teaching their students as
We are expecting hundreds of thousands of Chinese students to enroll during
the coming year. Our ability to seize this tremendous opportunity depends on
(1) We need 800 more WEI Internet teachers. If you have a computer with
access to the Internet, you can be a WEI Internet teacher. The true-false
and multiple choice questions are graded automatically by the web site.
Internet teaching is easy. “Try it. You’ll like it.” God needs you!!!!
(2) We must also raise at least $100,000 by the end of this year in order to
expand and maintain our teaching web site. To grasp this once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity, we must hire a computer specialist to work closely with
Jonathan Towell on the WEI web site. We must also pay other expenses
associated with the Internet teaching ministry as it expands and as we
enroll more teachers and students.
Tom Langley has developed a fund-raising plan called I-40-$300 (Internet,
40 churches or individuals, who give $300 a month). We hope you or your
congregation will be one of the “40.”
Please pray that this historic joint-effort between WBS and WEI will bear
much fruit in 2013 and will bring glory to God.
Another Baptism in Tanzania
Willy Emmanuel Yudah, is a hard-working gospel preacher and WBS/WEI
teacher in Mbeya, Tanzania.
Bro. Yudah writes, “Attached is the baptismal picture of Sarah Greyson. She
was baptized today. There are two who said they will be baptized this coming
“Sarah is a WEI student. She has finished the WBS course. Let us rejoice
while praying for her growth.”
Willy Yudah Baptizes Sarah Greyson
Brother Yudah has an interesting history. He was baptized in 1996 at the
age of sixteen. Three months later, he started teaching a children’s Bible
class. In 1998, he enrolled in a school of preaching and graduated in 2000.
Since then, he has ministered to two congregations, served as a translator,
and earned two more diplomas—one from Zhukrani International College in
English, and the other from Mapepe Bible College in Zambia.
Ruth Orr was Willy’s World Bible School teacher, and he calls her “Mom.”
Willy uses WBS materials in his outreach ministry in Mbeya. Now he is using
WEI courses as well. Praise God that we can work together to expand the
kingdom of Christ.
New Birth in Cambodia
Julie Broyles always writes heart-warming blogs. In her May 18 blog, she
reported that Kouy Pov, a WEI student at the BEST Center in Phnom Penh, had
been baptized into Christ. (As regular readers of this newsletter know,
“BEST” Center means “Bible English Study and Training Center.” Julie Broyles
is the director.)
Billy Martin, Kouy Pov’s latest teacher, writes, “On Wednesday, May 16th,
2012, at 5:15 PM, Kouy Pov, a student at the BEST Center, was born again!
The teachers, staff, and students witnessed his new spiritual birth.
“When Pov came up out of the water, he told everyone that he had decided to
change the direction of his life. Before the baptism, it had been raining
all day, and suddenly the skies began to clear up, and the sun broke through
the clouds. Pov said, ‘Maybe God made the sun shine because he was pleased
with Pov’s decision to follow God’s Son.’”
Kouy Pov Is Baptized into Christ
Julie writes, “Pov told his teacher that when he first came to the BEST
Center, he did not believe in God. After he began to study, he was impressed
by ‘the God that was always doing something for others.’
“What a delight to see the fruit of my brothers’ and sisters’ service for
the Lord. Many teachers come and lay the foundation which others come later
and build on. For Pov, Billy Campbell began breaking the ground. Nita
Mansholt planted and cultivated for two months, Billy Martin got to water.
And when Pov said he wanted to be baptized, Try added some more water in
Khmer. Thanks be to God for the increase. To him be all the glory!! I wish I
could have seen and heard the angels singing.”
Tom & Angie, Bianca, Brianna
Two of our WEI short-term mission schools have begun at the writing of
this column. I am blessed to have three generations of my family teaching
together this year in Oradea. My daughter Brianna is teaching in her first
WEI short-term mission, and my mother is on her 13th trip to teach WEI in
In addition to our adult teachers, we have three young, but mature, 18
year old teachers this summer. We make sure their students are age
appropriate, and all three are doing an outstanding job.
Brianna Langley Studies with Quintus Capus
We have several students this summer who returned to take the advanced
course. I asked one of them to write down a few words about his experience
studying WEI. Quintus Capus wrote: “Well, what could I say? WEI is simply
GREAT. Not only that the course is structured in such a manner that in a
short period of time our English speech is significantly improved, but we
also get to know the teachings of God and what we should obey in order to
achieve inner peace. The Bible course is very helpful to learn more about
God, Jesus Christ, early Christians, and the teachings which pave the road
to eternal life.”
Dorothy Langley (Tom's Mother) with Two Students
An impressive University student named Narcis Garva is helping us in the
office this summer. He writes: “I took ALL the WEI courses. The WEI helped
me to understand better about God, and the work we need to do here on earth.
Now, I never miss the worship services of the church, and I help the church
of Christ in any way I can. I am thinking about being baptized, and I hope I
will make that decision soon.”
We are so grateful for the many of you who contribute financially to this
teaching ministry. We would not exist without your support. We cherish the
partnership we share in the Great Commission with you. Thank you!
---Tom & Angie Langley
Bob & Jan Towell
Even after adding several teachers recently, we still need more. 815 new
Bible studies started in the second quarter. Think what that number
represents: 815 people from every nation in the world studying God’s word,
many for the first time!
Think of the potential of WEI’s Internet program! Many want English
lessons, and most don’t object to the Bible being used to illustrate them.
Advertising buys high placement on Google’s search engine. Response is so
great that advertising was turned off 60% of the days in the 2nd quarter. If
we had bought more advertising, current teachers could not have serviced the
number who responded.
See Matthew 9:37, 38 and sound the trumpet in your congregations! When Jimmy
Lovell started World Bible School, he said the church needed to get
“ordinary members” teaching. This has accounted for the great success of WBS
because it follows the model in Acts when the disciples who left Jerusalem
because of persecution “proclaimed the good news of Jesus everywhere they
One of our dreams has been for churches to see the potential of offering a
facility where more students could access the Internet. The church on St.
Thomas has now opened the first free Internet café, called “Caribbean WEI.”
Internet teacher, Sam Matthews, their evangelist, caught the vision! As part
of their outreach to Haitian immigrants who otherwise could not afford
Internet study, they have made computers available in the church’s Family
Center. Sam is there from 10 till 4, Monday thru Friday. Local volunteers
study on the Internet with those who register. Ordinary people can do
extraordinary things when they allow themselves to be used by God. ---Bob &
Caribbean WEI Internet Cafe
Blessed Be “God
Maudine & Dick Ady
When Abram returned from defeating Chedorlaomer in battle, having rescued
Lot and the people of Sodom, Melchizedek went out to meet him. Melchizedek,
the King of Salem and priest of the Most High, brought bread and wine to
Abram. Then, he blessed him saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth, and blessed be God Most High who delivered your
enemies into your hand” (Genesis 14:19-20).
Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the spoil he had taken in battle. This
was an expression of Abram’s gratitude to God. Melchizedek had reminded him
that God deserved the credit for the victory. Abram knew that everything
belonged to the Creator.
Today, we see the hand of God at work in WEI. The Lord has given us a
series of victories over the enemy—an enemy stronger and more dangerous than
Chedorlaomer. As we engage Satan and his evil forces in mortal combat, we
depend on the Lord for victory. Blessed be God Most High, Creator of heaven
We can learn much from Abram. When Abram heard that his nephew, Lot, had
been captured by Chedorlaomer, he didn’t sit and wring his hands. He took
action. Today, Satan has captured the lives of countless people, and God is
stirring us to action. We must rescue them.
Please remember that the WEI office in Gresham needs your ongoing financial
We must maintain an office staff as we write materials, publish them, and
mail them to teachers, missionaries, and national preachers. These materials
are downloaded onto the WEI teaching web site and are studied by Internet
students in every nation. We wear out computers, printers, folding machines,
paper cutters, CD duplicators, etc., in the service of God, and our worn-out
equipment must be replaced from time to time. Moreover, we must cover
airline tickets and other expenses associated with short-term mission
Many of you have been generous in your support, and we are grateful. God
bless you for your generosity. Thank you for your fellowship and for your
constant encouragement. We love you.
---Dick & Maudine Ady.
WEI Students Baptized in
Brother Prabhu Kumar, the Director of WEI in India, shared some exciting
news in a recent e-mail. He wrote, “Thank God for helping our WEI teachers
to convert young people to Christ. Please see the pictures of the baptized
Areena Rizal Rejoices After Baptism
“Yesterday, Bro. Kiresh Maharjan sent this e-mail from Khathmandu, Nepal:
‘I would like to give thanks to God for love and grace. It is a great
pleasure that on 4th April we have 3 souls converted to Christ. Now, I have
come to know that our WEI course is doing good in spreading the gospel of
Christ. I have completed our 1st basic course, and I am ready to go forward
with our advanced course. I have attached the photos of baptism of these
three souls. Their names are Areena Rizal, Narayan Rizal, and Rupa Gajmeer.’”
Rupa Gajmeer Smiles Following His Baptism
Nothing is more rewarding and fulfilling than watching your students’
faith grow and witnessing their baptism into Christ.
You can experience this joy by becoming a WEI teacher and by supporting
world evangelism through WEI. Many will thank you in heaven.