World English Institute Students Growing Rapidly
by: Stafford North | June 11, 2018
The World English Institute, which Dick Ady began when everything was done by regular mail, now operates online. On their website they say, “All you need is Internet access and an email address where we can send the lessons. Each grammar lesson is illustrated with reading assignments taken from the Easy to Read English Version of the Bible.” With people all over the world wanting to learn English, the Institute provides that opportunity and does it by sharing English studies by using the Bible.
On their website, they indicate that each student who signs up will have a personal counselor who will grade the lessons and correspond. And they indicate that the lessons are designed to prepare a person to succeed on the TOFEL English test which people all over the world want to pass in order to gain admission to colleges and universities in the United States.
A recent newsletter from WEI shares statistics of the last three years which show amazing growth in the number of students. In 2015, 398 teachers conducted 61,000 Bible studies with 8,355 students from 184 nations. In 2016, 615 teachers conducted 94,403 Bible studies with 15,077 students in 189 countries. In 2017, the numbers increased to 727 teachers conducting 143,907 Bible studies with 20,433 students from 195 nations.
World English Institute has two offices, the Maryville Church of Christ in Tennessee and the Metro Church of Christ in Gresham, Oregon.
An interesting story of how a person came to participate in WEI also comes from the recent newsletter. In 2015, Blane Anderson, retired from the University of Oklahoma, having served there as the Chief Financial Officer of the School of Law. He was looking for an interesting and meaningful way to serve in the Lord’s kingdom. While surfing the web looking for short-term mission opportunities, he found WEI but had never heard of this work. A few weeks later he saw an ad for WEI in the Christian Chronicle and thought it must be a good work and so he registered as an internet teacher and began teaching students. By the summer of 2016, Blane was well involved and wanted to get more teachers from his congregation, the Westside Church of Christ in Norman, Oklahoma. So he approached the elders about it and they agreed that he could grow the ministry there.
Anderson’s wife and two daughters became involved and he agreed to become an ambassador for WEI to get more workers from Oklahoma. In 2017, he visited four Oklahoma congregations and he set up WEI displays at the Oklahoma Christian University Lectureship. He has also set up a display for WEI at the Florida School of Preaching in Lakeland where his son-in-law is a student. He then went on two short-term mission trips to Albania and Romania and later spent four weeks in Guatemala to follow up on students who have studied with WEI. While there he also recruited new students by running Google ads, distributing flyers, and inviting people personally. He taught students one hour classes Monday through Saturday, some of them at Wendy’s and others at Pop’s Ice Cream Shop. Two of his students are pictured. His first student arrived at 9 a.m. and his last one departed at 8 p.m.
The expansion of WEI students over the last three years is certainly good news. It is also good news that so many people are working through this medium to reach the lost around the world. To find out more about World English Institute go to their website or email tom.@worldenglishinstitutte.org.