Just sent out an email to our list of churches. I am glad that the apostles didn’t have to worry about spam filters… Here is what was sent:
Brothers and Sisters,
Since 1993, Western Bible Institute has been working to strengthen the Kingdom by providing free training in Christian leadership. We recently started offering online leadership training courses in English and Spanish.
Through our network of websites we offer free Bible courses with a focus on Christian leadership to members of the churches of Christ. We design our courses to be used by people with different educational backgrounds. We have doctors in our programs as well as those with little or no formal education. Courses are self-paced and help is available to those who need assistance or guidance during their studies.
If anyone in your congregation (brother or sister) or other congregation in your area has a desire to study the Word with us online and grow their leadership skills, please share this message with them. All of our courses are available free-of-charge at the nearest Internet access point; it is not necessary for students to move or travel to a central campus.
Our English-language website is http://www.westernbibleinstitute.com. Our Spanish-language website is http://www.institutobiblicodeoccidente.com.
Along with this email I am attaching a colorful flier that shows WBI students at our campus in Guatemala and provides a brief summary of our work.
In Christian Love,
Associate Director of English Studies
Western Bible Institute
WBI Flier PDF Document
WBI strives to meet a need that often goes unmet: access to Christian leadership education for those who are unable to uproot themselves to attend a school of preaching or similar institution. Our online programs allow established individuals an opportunity to enhance their ability to strengthen their local congregation. Here is a snippet from an email I recently received from a brother in India. It is a great example of how our programs are able to reach those who are already established in an area and active in their local church.
“From the beginning, I mean the day of my Baptism I am doing Lord’s Work without any financial support from any congregation or any other person in India or Abroad. […] I have commenced a Special Bible class in our Place. I have been conducting a Bible Class on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday in the Evening 8.00 pm. to 9.30 pm. Six Brothers and a Sister are Studying in my Class. […] Brother I did not study bible in a Regular Bible School or College. I am taking class by my many years of working Experience in the Lord’s Church. Now I am studying many Articles and books for my Lesson Preparation.
So, I want to study more about the word of God. I believe that your courses and your guidance will be very helpful to my spiritual growth and my students. I am teaching lessons in our mother tongue Tamil. I would like to translate it into English soon”.
This man is now studying with WBI. Through his efforts the Gospel is being shared in his local tongue, and by the grace of God WBI is privileged to share in this brother’s work.
If your congregation would be interested in supporting our work, please let us know. Also, if you would like to support what we are doing through your Facebook network, please ‘Like‘ our page so that we get exposed to more people.