New Horizons for WEI Internet
Tom Langley writes, “We are more than excited to announce the hiring of
Justin Acuff as the full-time Technical Director of the WEI Internet
“Justin is married to Lisa, and they are both mission-minded Christians who
worship with the Laurel Church of Christ in Knoxville, Tennessee. They met
at the University of Tennessee while working on their respective degrees.
“Justin’s primary responsibility will be to work on technical issues related
to the teaching web site, to get the site up and running smoothly again, to
maintain it, to implement new ideas to help our teachers more effectively
bring their students to conversion, and to expand the capacity so that we
can reach more and more people for Christ.
Justin & Lisa Acuff
“We are able to open this office, in large part, due to a
new partnership we have formed with the Laurel congregation in Knoxville.
Laurel is an extremely mission-minded church, and we consider it an honor
and privilege to join with them in this effort. Many of their members are
active WEI teachers, not only through the Internet, but also in short-term
mission efforts, particularly in China.”
Justin writes, “I would first like to thank God for this opportunity
to serve as the Technical Director of the Internet Ministry of WEI.”
Justin is highly qualified for the job. He graduated from the University
of Tennessee (UT) with a double major in Electrical Engineering and Computer
Engineering. During his senior year, he was an undergraduate assistant in
the Imaging, Robotics, and Intelligent Systems (IRIS) Laboratory. For the
past 12 years, he has been the IT Administrator for the IRIS Lab.
While in college, he got involved with the Christian Student Center at UT
and met Lisa there. They were married in October 2011. Justin says, “The
CSC also furthered my passion for missions through doing domestic trips to
Seattle, WA and Dilkon, AZ as well as five trips to Brazil.”
Lisa grew up in Ohio, graduated from Harding University in 2003, and has
earned a Master’s degree in Information Science at UT. She is currently
working toward a PhD.
Lisa has gone on one WEI short-term mission campaign in Taiwan with Enoch
and Jeannine Thweatt. She says, “Being used by God to love people is the
greatest joy I know, and I find great delight in encouraging people and
A Note from the Laurel Elders
“The Laurel congregation truly appreciates what WEI has
done in the past, and we look forward to what will happen in the future as
we work together to spread the gospel in such a unique way. We are grateful
that our congregation financially supports WEI and that more of our members
are signing up as WEI teachers. I am especially thankful that many college
students in Knoxville are signing up as WEI teachers. It is exciting to see
how our young Christians are making an impact for Christ in China and
throughout the world.”
Another Muslim IS Baptized in Iran
We praise God for leading us to Justin and Lisa Acuff and to the Laurel
Church of Christ. The future of WEI just got brighter.
Katheryn Haddad writes, “Another Muslim student in Iran
was baptized last week. He knew that, if he were discovered being a
Christian, he would be publicly hanged. Then his body would be strung from a
crane and hoisted into the air 30 or 40 feet above the street for all to see
as a warning.”
Public Hanging in Iran
Prior to his baptism, Philip (the Christian name of
Katheryn’s student) wrote, “I’m very interested in Christianity, but if
someone changes his/her religion from Islam to Christian, the penalty is
death in our country. I want you to know that I am Muslim because my father
and grandfather and their fathers were Muslims too, and this is not my
choice. I am a Muslim just in words. But Christianity is something
different, and I do believe it by my heart.”
25 New Christians in India
As this student progressed through the WEI lessons, his faith grew. When he
completed his survey of the Bible, he asked about baptism.
A week later, he wrote, “I did it! I baptized finally! Thanks Mum. I owe
you because the one who influenced me to become Christian is just you
yourself. When I saw your message indicating ‘special inner peace you never
knew before,’ I just cried and could not stop crying because from the very
moment after finishing the baptism, I felt a relaxation and a special peace
that I did not experience before. That was very strange to me at first, but
when I read this part of your email, I understand what had happened, and I
realized that my sins were vanished and purged completely, and now I am
innocent like an infant.”
Why was Philip baptized? Listen to his testimony: “I lived with Muslims
for about 49 years till now, but I realized that when anyone goes deeper
into Islam, the results are not good. LOVE and happy life are two items that
they do not know anything about. As you can see in any place, when Muslims
settle down and live, the war starts there. The one who becomes a pure
Muslim acts like Satan, not God!!!”
Since his baptism, Philip has downloaded the Bible from the Internet, and he
reads it at least three hours a day. He is especially kind to his wife so
that she will see that life is better as a Christian.
Katheryn has taught nearly 3,000 Muslim students, and many of them have come
to Christ. Please keep Katheryn in your prayers as she mourns the death of
her husband Richard.
Prabhu Kumar reports that God has added twenty-five more
people to the body of Christ in India in the final months of 2013.
In late September, Prabhu traveled 3360 kilometers up and down Manipur in an
effort to save the lost. For six days, he ate nothing but one pickle and
white rice. At night, he was alone in the dark, without electricity and
without a fan. There was no cell phone signal, so he couldn’t talk to his
wife. During this mission trip, he developed a severe cough, body pains, and
In spite of his discomfort, Prabhu baptized five WEI students in a
fast-flowing river. One of the young men found WEI while surfing the web in
search of a free English course. Prabhu says, “While he was studying our
lessons, he was inspired very much and discussed with all his family
members. He tried to teach them all the things he had learned. Then, by the
grace of God, all of his family members got ready to take the baptisms. So I
went there, taught two special classes, and baptized all five of them into
Christ. I am so happy to announce that a new worship service was started in
the Nagas tribe.”
Since then, four more WEI students have been baptized in the Satravada,
Chittoor District, three in the State of Tamilnadu, eleven in the Prabhakar
District, all of them Hindus. And Prabhu has baptized two more people at his
home church near Vijayawada.
WEI Teacher, Duraira, Baptizes a Student
God is using WEI as a unique evangelistic tool to bring
Hindus to Christ.
Hats Off to Shelly Hendricks
Jonathan Rawlings, WEI teacher and short-term missionary,
wrote saying, “The congregation where I grew up now has 7 Internet teachers!
One lady there, who is in a wheelchair due to her health conditions, was
extremely excited about the opportunity to teach people around the world.
How exciting is that?”
The Christian woman Jon had in mind was Shelly Hendricks, a member of the
church in Doniphan, Missouri. Shelly is a 39-year-old wife and the mother of
two children. She attended Harding University in 1997 and graduated with two
degrees in education. Since then, she has been a public school teacher, a
librarian, and a Bible School teacher; and she has written a curriculum for
preschool and school-age children.
In 2009, Shelly was struck with Intracranial Hypertension, a
rare condition that causes the brain to produce more spinal fluid than the
body can absorb. Shelly underwent surgery to install a VP shunt in her
brain. She is now learning to walk and function again.
Matias Is Snatched from Satan
Throughout her ordeal, Shelly has prayed that God would enable her to do His
work. She says, “He carried me through every storm, and He continues to
sustain me. In spite of my difficulties, my life is full of joy and hope
because of the Lord, and I long to share my faith with others. The
opportunity that WEI provides me is a blessing and an answer to prayer. The
opportunity to teach again has been a boon for my soul.”
Shelly has started a daily blog designed to spread hope and the message of
Christ to people with chronic illness, pain, and disability. You can read
her messages at
says, “I truly want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the
opportunity that WEI provides to both teachers and students. It has been a
blessing in my life, and I hope to continue teaching for many years.”
May God bless Shelly Hendricks and lift up more champions like her.
In our last newsletter, Lola Crouch told us an amazing story
about the conversion of Samuel, one of her WEI students in Mozambique. Now,
here is the rest of the story
In August, Samuel wrote Lola an e-mail saying, “You cannot imagine how
happy I am that Matias has been baptized today. Matias is not only a friend
now, but a brother in Christ.”
Samuel Baptizes Matias
Matias, like Samuel, stepped into Satan’s snare. He agreed
to kill his firstborn son and give his son’s blood to a witch doctor in
exchange for riches.
WEI Internet Teaching
But Matias changed his mind. He says, “God hooked me from the evil hands
of the devil. During the night, my late father appeared in a dream looking
at me with an angry face and sadly asked what I was looking for at that
place.” When Matias woke up, he rescinded his agreement and went home.
Two years later, Matias walked into Satan’s trap again. This time, the
richest man in town invited him to be his partner in buying and selling
precious stones. The rich man took him to a different witch doctor who gave
him a charm and two small horns, each wrapped in a white and red cloth. He
was told that the white cloth represented the spirit of luck, and the red
cloth represented blood and riches. Matias took these things home that night
and placed them in a private room.
The next morning, Matias had an experience that was so terrifying that he
took the charm and the horns and threw them into Zambezi River. There, he
confessed his sins and the sins of his ancestors and prayed with all his
heart, crying so loudly that passers-by stopped and stared.
It was then that God used Samuel to bring Matias into the light. Samuel
called Matias again and again telling him about Jesus. Then, he invited
Matias into his home and taught him about God and his Son. Then, Samuel took
Matias down to the river and baptized him into Christ. At that point, Matias
enrolled in WEI and is studying with Lola Crouch. Matias says, “I am
happier than ever before. I will continue to be God’s friend.”
Bob and Jan Towell
WEI’s lessons have proved their ability to effectively
present the Good News so people understand and obey it. And WEI’s website
has proven to be an effective way to both recruit and teach. Nearly 200,000
from every nation have viewed WEI’s Introductory Lesson.
These results made obvious the need for a full-time webmaster to maintain
and expand WEI’s website, and Justin Acuff has been hired for this position.
Previously, this work was done on a part-time basis by Jonathan Towell as an
offering to the Lord. We look forward to working with Justin as we seek the
lost while there is yet time.
Here are two examples of what happens when the seed is sown in good and
In November, we rejoiced when Polly Scott received word from Vicki Funk (of
Gospel Chariots) that Dimpo, a preacher of the Downtown Pretoria (South
Africa) church had baptized her student, Michael.
Dimpo Baptizes Michael in South Africa
We were also thrilled when Vicki Murphy received word that
Milson, her student in Madagascar who was baptized last May, had baptized
Monista, another one of her students. Monista said neither of them had a
camera, but “don’t worry about it. God saw us.”
An Appeal from Tom Langley
Monista is only 19, but he is already teaching others. He says, “I am
determined to multiply and teach others like you taught me. I want God to
use me according to his will.”
---Bob and Jan Towell
Tom, Angie, Bianca, & Briana Langley
Dear WEI friends and supporters,
I trust you have read the front page of this newsletter. We are embarking on
an exciting and momentous time for WEI! Our Internet ministry is effectively
spreading the Gospel message in EVERY country of the world.
Many lost souls have been baptized, and churches have been planted. As a
result, we MUST invest more resources into the WEI Internet Bible-teaching
ministry. The web site has incurred many serious glitches over the last
year. For some time now, it has become increasingly obvious to the WEI board
of directors, and to Bob and Jan Towell, that WEI needs a full-time web site
programmer and engineer.
The Lord has blessed our fundraising efforts in 2012 just enough that we are
now in a financial position to open a new Internet office in partnership
with the Laurel church of Christ in Knoxville, TN. Though we have the money
in place to initially make the hire and open this office, funding the
ongoing operation will continue to be a major challenge in coming years.
With regard to this new long-range fundraising challenge, as President, I
would like to use this column space to make an appeal to all our WEI friends
and supporters. The expense of this new office will require us to raise an
additional $75,000 each year. We’re asking that you please give prayerful
consideration to helping us reach this goal. We’re asking all our 200+
Internet teachers to simply pledge $100, or $8.33 a month to this need. If
you have the ability to give this amount, or more in 2014, we would be most
We know that many of you are already giving generously to the WEI ministry.
We would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude for
your partnership in this “Great Commission” ministry. THANK YOU! We love and
appreciate you more than you know. If you can assist us in this ministry, we
would be most grateful. Please send your tax-deductible contribution to WEI,
P.O. Box 5293, Maryville, TN 37802. Thank you, and may the Lord bless you in
2014. ---Tom & Angie Langley
Dick & Maudine Ady
The other day, I read that all great leaders have three
things in common. They know why they are doing what they are doing. They
know what they are doing. And, they know how to do it. Jesus is the greatest
human leader of all time, and he has provided answers to all three of these
What People Are Saying about WEI
Jesus makes it possible for everyone involved in WEI to understand WHY we
are doing what we are doing. We are marching to the drumbeat of the Great
Commission. The Great Commission is not a great suggestion. It is a command,
and we are following orders.
Our orders from heaven make it possible for us to know WHAT we are doing. We
are making disciples of Christ in ALL nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey
everything that Jesus has commanded (Matthew 28:19-20a).
Moreover, God has, in his providence, shown us HOW to take the gospel to the
whole world. He is using WEI to attract students by offering them English,
and he is leading them to Christ by exposing them to the scriptures. This he
is doing through postal mail, the Internet, short-term missions, long-term
missionaries, and national preachers. Thousands of Atheists, Buddhists,
Hindus, and Muslims who had no interest in the Bible but a strong desire to
learn English, are now Christians.
In this newsletter, you have seen evidence that God is using WEI to draw
Muslims, Hindus, and even Satanists to himself. Buddhists are coming to
Christ in Cambodia as Julie Broyles and her guest-teachers use WEI as a
curriculum at the BEST Center in Phnom Penh. To God be the glory, honor, and
Maudine and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your friendship,
your generous support, and your encouragement through the years. We hope you
enjoyed a Merry Christmas and were surrounded by loved ones. We pray that
God will bless you with love, joy, peace, and a sense of purpose throughout
2014. We love you.
---Dick and Maudine
Aniefiok Akpan, national preacher in Nigeria, writes,
“When God placed WEI materials as an evangelistic tool in our hands
several years ago, we never knew to what extent we would go in reaching out
to souls with these resources. Today, many persons have had the opportunity
to hear the gospel through World English Institute as preachers from
different regions of Nigeria embrace the ministry. Outside Nigeria, gospel
preachers in Cameroon, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Senegal, and other
countries of Africa are using WEI materials in their evangelistic outreach.
Presently, I have the grace to serve as the chaplain and campus minister in
Obong University, the first private university associated with churches of
Christ in Africa. Many students of the university have enrolled in the WEI
Perry Taylor, a WEI teacher who worships with the Cloverdale
congregation in Florence, AL, writes, “World English Institute is one of
the greatest tools the church has to reach the world—especially the Muslim
Don Wright, former missionary, writes, “It is my opinion, after a
lifetime of teaching in four countries (Vietnam, Ireland, Russia, and China)
that WEI is the most effective method available, both for individual and
Doyle Kee, missionary in Switzerland, writes, “One of the most
impressive evangelistic tools around the world . . . is World English
David Binkley, missionary to Russia and Ukraine, writes, “We are
still amazed at how many friends and prospects we have established here in
Nikolaev that are connected with the English language. Dick Ady agreed for
us to use the WEI materials in our efforts.”
An Islamic Imam, after studying WEI lessons, wrote, “It is very
fantastic for me to know about the real Christian opinions. I’m Muslim. I
have studied about six years at Islamic schools and became an Islamic imam.
I thought that Christians have three Gods, but now I find that they have
only one God, and they have many other beautiful and respectable opinions.”
Steve Foltz, a WEI teacher, writes, “I thank God for the WEI
Internet work which gives so many people a chance to fulfill the Great
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