In March, Dr. David Hamrick, president of World Bible Institute, asked me to join the staff as Director of Technology. I was extremely humbled and grateful that David thought I might be a good fit at WBI, and I jumped at the opportunity. Let me tell you today why I jumped at the opportunity and the good work taking place through WBI.
World Bible Institute, under the oversight of the elders at the McDonough church of Christ, takes seriously the Great Commission. Before Jesus ascended back to the Father, he told his disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:18-20). WBI is going into all the world and baptizing disciples. In fact, during 2016, more than 3,000 (yes, three THOUSAND) precious souls obeyed the Gospel through the work of World Bible Institute. WBI accomplishes the Lord’s work by making, baptizing, and nurturing disciples in the United States, Ghana, South Africa, Haiti, Philippines, Uganda, and Micronesia. Plans are underway to venture into Ukraine and Nicaragua, if the Lord wills. World Bible Institute is truly global in her efforts.
WBI accomplishes its work primarily through preacher-training schools throughout the United States and the world. Let me highlight a couple of our works:
The work in Ghana is, by far, the most productive work undertaken by WBI. In just 4 years, more than 8,000 precious souls have been baptized into Christ, and several new congregations have been established. The work in Ghana averages about 170 baptisms per month!
Students preach via radio, and more than 500 people have been led to Christ through the students’ efforts. Every graduate is now working full-time with a congregation.
World Bible Institute offers good and solid degrees to her graduates. At our extension schools, you can earn an Associate Degree in Biblical Studies or a Bachelor Degree in Biblical Studies. In the BA program, we offer a preacher curriculum, a leadership in ministry curriculum, and a missions curriculum. Online, you may earn a Master Degree in Biblical Studies in either ministry or counseling. All our courses are taught by quality faculty with ministry experience and the appropriate academic credentials. While learning academically is important, the main emphasis is always on the best way to share the Gospel of Jesus with the lost and dying world.
World Bible Institute has a very simple missions philosophy: New works should be self-supporting, self-governing, and self-propagating. In other words, we want these new congregations established through WBI extensions to learn how to get by without American money, learn how to govern themselves instead of relying on American brethren to make their decisions, and learn how to establish new congregations without waiting on campaigns from American churches.
We desperately need you to partner with us in this endeavor. We need your financial support (you may email me if you can help). We need you to pray for us that God may continue to open abundant doors for ministry. We need you to send us students who are eager to learn the word of God. We need you to help spread the word about the good WBI is doing. Never forget that your help can change the population of heaven!!
May we work to see the Gospel cover the earth as the water covers the seas!