Multiple languages to multiply Christians around the world
Multi-Language Productions (MLP), a division of WELS World Missions, has created more than 2.9 million video, audio, and print resources for use in global outreach. Educational and devotional materials have been translated into 56 languages to date—all to share the gospel message with people around the world.
MLP continues to expand well beyond conventional ways of reaching the lost, embracing emerging technology trends such as data-driven automation, e-learning, mobile websites, smart devices, and social media. TELL Network, MLP’s online leader training program, uses technology to engage and teach large numbers of Bible study students, group leaders, and church planters around the world, especially in places where WELS does not have resident missionaries. Through these varied resources, MLP assists and enhances outreach and training for all world mission fields and national churches.
Traditional means of reaching the lost have not been forgotten. MLP continues to provide resources in different languages for people who don’t have access to the internet and technology, including ministry resources like The People’s Bible, textbooks, illustrated story cloths and posters, as well as worship and praise music.
What We Do
TELL Network provides Bible study curriculum focused on leadership training for students across the globe, preparing them to gather groups, lead Bible studies, and plant churches.
Print, Music, & Art
Multi-Language Productions produces confessional Lutheran materials in many languages and creates culturally appropriate music and art for sharing the gospel across world mission fields.
Meet the Missionaries
Rev. Joel Hoff - TELL Missionary
Rev. Joel Hoff joined the TELL Network team in September 2022 when he accepted the call to serve as the TELL Missionary in Africa. He served in Cameroon from 2010-2011 and then again in 2012-2013 with his wife, Kate. They look forward to this opportunity to serve, once again, in Africa.
Missionary Hoff has been blessed to serve in our WELS mission fields in Cameroon, Albania, and Ukraine. Stateside, he has served as pastor at Divine Peace in Renton, Wash., and most recently at Trinity Lutheran Church in Neenah, Wis.
Missionary Hoff is eager to partner with the One Africa Team and serve as an instructor and mentor for TELL students throughout Africa. He looks forward to the opportunity to meet the men and women who have studied God’s Word with other TELL instructors. He will assist in their training, walk beside them through their courses, and encourage them as they work toward becoming TELL Bible leaders themselves.
His wife Kate enjoys singing with the church choir and has been very involved as a volunteer at Neenah Lutheran School. Her medical background as a registered nurse has come in handy (perhaps more than she’d like) thanks to their very active and adventurous boys. Missionary Hoff and Kate were married in 2012 and have been blessed with three children: Micah, Caleb, and Josiah. The Hoff’s and their two cats, Bones and Zira, are looking forward to their new lives and ministry based in Lusaka, Zambia.
Rev. Dr. Terry Schultz - Artistic Development Missionary
Rev. Dr. Terry and Mary Schultz have over twenty-five years of experience in foreign missions. In 2016, Terry accepted a call to serve in the newly created position of Artistic Development Missionary for Multi-Language Productions(MLP).
Missionary Schultz works to encourage and facilitate the use of culturally appropriate art forms (music, art, theater, dance) in service of the gospel among the churches of our WELS world mission fields. He is currently involved in indigenous music projects for churches in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and North America. He has presented music workshops or pastoral training courses in Vietnam, Kenya, Colombia, Ethiopia, and Hong Kong. Missionary Schultz also encourages and partners with local artists in our mission fields to produce pictures and diagrams for teaching biblical doctrines, particularly in cultures with low rates of literacy.
Upon graduation from Bethany Seminary (Evangelical Lutheran Synod), the Schultz’s were sent to Peru, where they served for fifteen years. Mary directed a Women’s Prison Ministry, and Terry taught at the Lima seminary, served as Peru field coordinator, and worked with the indigenous tribal group, the Shawi, in the Peruvian Amazon jungle. The Schultz’s then moved to the Dominican Republic. From a home base in Santo Domingo, they carried out WELS mission work in Haiti with national Pastor Rona Abraham.
Terry, Mary, and their Peruvian cat currently reside in Chicago, Ill., where Mary studies photography and Terry continues to take music lessons to assist in his mission work.
Visit the WELS Resource Center for additional downloadable information on WELS Home and World Missions.
View and download free, confessional Lutheran multi-media resources in 56 languages through Northwestern Publishing House.