"With great pleasure, I'd like to let you know that I've washed my sins away." Thus a man in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, announced his baptism to thrilled Cyndi Murphy from Kentucky, who had studied the Bible with him over the internet. Here is her story....
"I met James Sokiri, 25 years old, of Juba, South Sudan through the World English Institute, an internet evangelistic ministry that offers free English grammar and reading and writing lessons--all through Bible-based lessons. James signed up in March 2009 and was assigned to me."
"It quickly became apparent that James was an exceptional student. Already highly competent in reading and writing English, (he works as a journalist for the UN Mission in Sudan) it soon became clear that what kept James doing his WEI lessons was his interest in the Bible lessons.
"Each grammar and reading lesson is followed by a test, and each reading test includes three thought questions that require the student to write in English. Most students write an answer of one or two sentences, but from the beginning James wrote whole paragraphs for answers revealing a deep understanding. It was very exciting to receive his lessons for I could see that James was an intelligent, skilled young man with an open and seeking heart.
"By the 19th lesson, James' answers clearly revealed a repentant heart and an understanding of what God does for us when we submit to baptism. By lesson 21, nine months after he had begun the studies, he clearly understood his personal need for baptism for the forgiveness of his sins."
"When he expressed a desire to know more about Christian evidences so he could refute those who cast doubts at him, I had him do an additional set of WEI lessons called "Evidence of Christ in History." By the time he had completed these lessons and worked through Advanced Level 1, James was more than ready to give his life to the Lord.
"Finally on August 29th, 16-1/2 months after he began studying with World English Institute, Sokiri James Kenyi was immersed into Christ along with his younger brother, Ginyi Robert, with whom James had already shared the Good News! James has a wife, Betty, (and infant daughter, Gift,) who he is also teaching and prays will soon obey the gospel of grace.
"In one of his thought questions, James was asked, 'What future role in the church do you see for yourself?' He responded, 'Maybe a preacher....' Who knows how many people this man may influence?!"
If you would like to know how to become involved in teaching people all over the world through the internet, go to this website: http//www.weiady.org/.