Friday, March 2, 2012

Six Hindus Are Baptized into Christ

Six Hindus Are Baptized into Christ

Mike Hale, Internet teacher in Georgetown, Texas, shared some exciting news with us yesterday.  Five WEI students in India (all Hindus) have come to faith and have put Christ on in baptism.  Also, another Hindu woman who has been worshiping with the church has been baptized into Christ.

Prabhu writes, “Yesterday, Bro. Jayapaul sent me two baptism photos and called me on the phone.  He said, ‘The students who were baptized were from the Hindu religion.  Though their parents did not agree to it, they came forward to be baptized.  Now, they are wondering if their parents will cooperate with them in their future life.  They both asked me to pray for them.’”  Prabhu concludes, “I, too, am asking you to put them in your regular prayers.”

On February 23, Prabhu took his wife and daughter to Vakathippa for a WEI graduation ceremony.  Seventeen students received diplomas.  Following the ceremony, Bro. T. Ratnapaul took three of his students to Uppada beach and baptized them into Christ.  All three students are from “pure Hindu families.”  Following their baptism, the students said, “We have been vexed with this idolatry for 20 years.  Now, God has released us from the bondage of Satan.”  Prabhu writes, “When we heard their words, we too thanked God along with them.”

These Hindu converts will have a “tough row to hoe.”  Even though they are 17, 18, 20, 24, 25, and 27 years of age, their families will, no doubt, put pressure on them to return to Hinduism.  Satan will do his best to reclaim them.  Let us pray that they will soon be integrated into a local church where they will find spiritual nourishment and an opportunity to grow toward spiritual maturity.  

These six new Christians are but few among many who have come to Christ in India in recent weeks.  God is using WEI to draw people to Jesus in India and every nation.  God is calling on his children to unite in spreading the good news about Christ to the whole creation. 

We invite you to join hands with us at WEI as we respond to the great commission.  Students are waiting to be taught, but there are not enough teachers.  We need Internet teachers, postal mail teachers, and short-term missionaries in order to grasp the opportunities that God has laid before us.  If you would like to share your faith with others, please contact me by e-mail at 

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mid-Winter Baptism in Ukraine

Mid-Winter Baptism in Ukraine
The winter of 2012 has been exceptionally frigid in Ukraine and in other parts of Eastern Europe. In Nikiolaev, the banana belt of Ukraine, temperatures have plunged to eleven degrees below zero. Snow has piled up in places, and rivers have frozen solid. Hundreds of people in Ukraine have died of hypothermia. Yet, Natasha Budynka, a WEI student, braved the elements on February 13 to be immersed in a bathtub in David and Galina Binkley’s apartment.

Here is the story.
In 2009, David and Galina were visiting in Odessa, a city just west of Nikolaev. They saw a McDonald’s Restaurant near the train station, so they stepped inside to get a bite to eat. The room was crowded, and they sat down next to a professional looking young woman. When she overheard them speaking in English, she smiled. They introduced themselves and learned her name was Natasha Budynka and that she worked in Odessa as an accountant. However, she spent her vacations in Nikolaev with her parents.

Ever since that providential meeting in Odessa, Natasha has been worshiping with the Church of Christ in Nikolaev whenever she has been in town. She has also been studying the Bible with David and Galina privately. During her winter vacation this year, she has studied the WEI Bible and English courses and is currently studying The New Birth in the WEI Advanced Bible Course.


Last Wednesday, February 8, Natasha braved the frigid weather and came to the church office to study with David and Galina. David says, “Before we even opened up to check her work in The New Birth book, she began our conversation by asking when she could be baptized. . . . So, I told her, ‘Today.’ But she wants us to do this on Monday. Today or tomorrow, we hope to find a place where we can baptize our friends. We always have our bathtub in case we don’t find a sauna available or a swimming pool. Now our prayer is that Satan will not hinder her.”

On Valentine’s Day, David wrote, “Fresh snowfall greeted us yesterday morning as we began to make preparations for our day with Natasha Budynka. In the morning, we met with her for a long period of Bible study and almost completed the study of the Advanced Bible Course, The New Birth. We have been amazed at how much she has grown spiritually since we first met her in 2009 when she was mostly interested in being our friend and improving her English.

“After the study, we left the office and went to our apartment. We had been waiting for a call from our neighbor letting us know when the water was turned back on in our building. As soon as she called, we headed home quickly. The fresh snowfall was a reminder of how the saving power of Jesus’ blood makes us white as snow.

“We didn’t have much water pressure, so we had another good Bible study while we waited for our tub to fill up. Galina was boiling water in our hot water pot and on the stove. This was the 5th baptism here in our bathtub. Many of you have been praying for Natasha who has attended worship with us off and on almost since the church first started meeting in our present location. Rejoice with us over this new birth, and please keep our new sister in your prayers.”

Jack frost nipped at Natasha’s toes, but the love of God warmed her heart and led her to victory in Jesus. We rejoice with her and the Binkleys and with the angels in heaven.

WEI provides teaching materials for the Binkleys and other missionaries and national preachers—free of charge. We are experiencing a serious financial shortfall, and we are seeking more churches and individuals who will have fellowship with us in sharing the good news about Christ in every nation.

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Saturday, February 4, 2012


In November 2003, I had the privilege of preaching for a congregation of Sudanese refugees in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I was deeply moved by their stories, and I felt called to help them share the good news about Christ as soon as the civil war ended. The civil war has ended, and South Sudan is now the world’s newest nation. Ken Bolden, Minister of the Church of Christ in Sheridan, Arkansas, has written an article that set my heart on fire. I would like to share that article with you here.

"I traveled to Juba, the new capitol city of South Sudan, in October of last year. During a week of research and fact-finding I learned the following:

"1) The Nation is Building - Juba was completely devastated in 2005. On Saturday July 9, 2011, millions of southern Sudanese celebrated the birth of the world’s newest country and Africa’s 54th sovereign state. Today, construction is going on everywhere in the capitol with electricity, running water, paved roads, and communications not yet available, but all a part of their ongoing plan for

"2) There are Resources - one day South Sudan may be an economic power. There is the Nile River for water and electricity, abundant oil, cattle, plenty of fertile land, water available to irrigate, a moderate climate. It is a beautiful country that looks a lot like Texas. Most of all, the human potential is immense, with millions of tribal people who have never heard the Gospel, but are willing to listen! Also, thousands of Sudanese are coming and going between South Sudan and the United States, in an attempt to help develop their families and their homeland.

"3) There is Freedom: For nearly 50 years, southern rebels have fought two civil wars with the northern Islamic government, seeking greater autonomy and recognition, while the North continually tried to enforce Islam and Sharia Law on the southern tribes.

"One of the first decisions made by the new nation was to adopt English as its new national language. Since Arabic had been the national language, this can be viewed as both a spit in the eye of Islam, and a desire to be identified with rest of the modern world. The general public is "pro-Christian" with a desire to learn both English and the Bible! The Ministry of Education would love for qualified workers to come and work with their department and train school teachers to teach English in the hundreds of little schools popping up all over the country… and one could use Christian/ Bible related curriculum to do so.

"4) Communications are Available in the Capitol City. While the postal system is not yet working, it soon will be! Cell phones are in use and they have international capacity. Internet cafes are available, and most hotels have free wifi access. FM radio stations are popping up all over the city.

"I have suggested that WBS, WEI, and World Radio cooperate over the next few years with an emphasis on Juba. We have national Christians in the city who are ready and willing to speak on the Radio, follow-up on contacts, take materials to the schools, and orchestrate American workers to come in and start teaching. If congregations were established all over the city during the next few years, and if workers in those churches were trained, once the roads were made passable, those workers could begin traveling to the rural areas and begin training school teachers, holding seminars, and distributing course material.

"I believe South Sudan has the greatest potential for churches of Christ to grow and become an important factor in the growth and development of a nation on earth!"

WEI is perfectly suited for such an opportunity as this. As God used WEI to save thousands of souls and plant dozens of churches in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union after the fall of communism, he can use WEI to save thousands of souls and plant dozens of congregations in South Sudan. Well-trained and dedicated Sudanese preachers are already at work in South Sudan, and they are eager to follow up on all WEI students who are baptized while we are there. The time is right to organize short-term mission campaigns in Juba to reap the harvest that God has provided. If you would like to be a part of this historic event, please send me an e-mail at

"I can hear the Savior calling."
---Dick Ady
This is especially true in view of the fact that there are hundreds of South Sudanese refugees who have come to America, become educated and financially independent, who want American churches to work with them in taking the Gospel back to their home country. This is an opportunity that we must not let pass by.


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Twenty Baptisms in the Paleru Reservoir

What can a retired cotton farmer with failing health do to promote the kingdom of God?  The following story gives us a clue.

During the past five years, Mike Hale, of Georgetown, Texas, has been one of our most effective and productive WEI Internet teachers.  God has used him to teach and convert students in Brazil, Crete, India, and Tanzania.  Who knows where else?

One of Mike’s students in 2008 was a Christian teacher in Chennai, India named Prabu Kumar.  Prabhu was so impressed by the WEI materials that he quit his teaching job at a Bible college in Chennai and launched a nation-wide outreach ministry called “WEI of India.” Mike Hale and his family have assisted Prabhu in that work ever since.  Literally hundreds of WEI students have been baptized, and many of the converts are now converting others.

Last year, for example, three denominational preachers became WEI students, finished the course, and were baptized into Christ.  They, in turn, started teaching members of their churches.  Prabhu writes, “The three of them are working sincerely to convert the local members with whom they have been worshiping for ten years.”

Prabhu reported recently that he had gone to Surypet and Nalgonda to speak at a WEI graduation ceremony.  These students had been taught by the three preachers.  Some of the students had expressed doubts about the necessity of baptism, so Prabhu spoke about the “one baptism” in Ephesians 4:4.  In a question and answer session, Prabhu was able to remove their doubts and reservations.

Prabhu writes, “When we tried to baptize them, there was no water.  There were no canals or ponds or any other facility.  It was necessary to go 37 kilometers to reach the Paleru Reservoir, so we booked four autos and took all the people and their teachers.  Because of the special request from our WEI teachers, I myself baptized each one after their confession in front of the congregation.  Thank God for helping our three teachers to teach them, and thank God for baptizing them into Christ.  Totally, we baptized 20 people.”

Look at the pictures.
May God bless you with a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011


 The best Christmas gift you could possibly give a Buddhist, Hindu, or Muslim this year is the gospel of Christ.  As you give to WEI (World English Institute and Bible Correspondence School), you are introducing Christ to people in every nation on earth—people from every conceivable religious background. 

Studying with Voen Sarom in Phnom Penh

 WEI is a world-wide mission outreach that depends on monthly support from churches of Christ and Christian individuals.  We also depend on large year-end contributions.  God is using WEI to teach hundreds of thousands of people via the Internet, postal mail, and short-term mission campaigns. 
 The picture above was taken during a short-term mission effort in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2009.  My
first student each day was a Buddhist monk by the name of Voen Sarom.  Sarom had been a monk thirteen years when he came to us, but at the end of our month-long study, he was having second thoughts.  Virtually all WEI students in Cambodia are Buddhists when then come, but many are Christians when they leave.  Some are now church leaders.  To God be the glory. The people you are influencing through WEI are real people.  Each has a story to tell, and each needs Jesus Christ more than anything in the world.  As you enter the Christmas season and start wrapping gifts for others, please consider sending a year-end gift to WEI.  Any gift, great or small, will make a difference in someone’s life.  You may even help determine someone’s eternal destiny. 

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Giving and Thanksgiving

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17). 

At this time of year, Christians all over America bow our heads and thank God for our blessings—the love of God, salvation in Christ, the abundant life, jobs, family, friends, fellowship with other Christians, shelter from the elements, warm beds to sleep in—even the air we breathe and the water we drink.   

This week is also a time of giving.  Out of gratitude, we want to be a blessing to others.  God so loved us that he gave his only Son to save us from the power and consequences of sin.  Jesus so loved us that he gave his life that we might live.  The more like God we become, the more we want to give for the sake of others.

Last week, the population of the world reached seven billion.  These are people for whom Christ died, yet most of them are alienated from God.  God does not want anyone to perish.  He wants everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). 

God is using WEI to teach people about Christ in every nation on earth except the Vatican.  Literally thousands of WEI students have been baptized into Christ, and dozens of churches have been planted. 

Yet, WEI has come upon hard times.  The economic crisis in America has put WEI in jeopardy.  We have lost $5,000 a month in regular contributions during the past two years while the demands on our resources have risen.  We need an additional $6,000 a month in regular gifts in order to keep this world-wide ministry going and growing. 

Our goal is to preach the gospel to every man, woman, and child in the world from this day forward until Jesus comes again.  Please join hands with us in fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).

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