Developments in technology have allowed MLP to focus much of their support in the form of digital outreach. Right before the COVID-19 pandemic, MLP introduced a new online Bible-based training platform called TELL (Think, Evaluate, Learn, and Lead) in an effort to bring the gospel to English-speakers around the world. TELL students are encouraged to complete self-led courses, participate in deeper studies with a live online instructor, and then lead their own small group in Bible study or worship. TELL is modeled after Academia Cristo, a Spanish online training tool used by our Latin America mission team. The TELL initiative has also begun to launch similar versions in different languages such as Mandarin and Tagalog.
These training initiatives make up the TELL Network. Both TELL and Academia Cristo have launched mobile apps to make access to online Bible study even easier. The apps are being promoted primarily through Facebook, where 1.2 million people follow TELL and 1.3 million people follow Academia Cristo. National pastors and volunteers in WELS fellowship around the world are assisting TELL Network by creating culturally appropriate and diverse online content. A full-time TELL missionary is focusing on furthering relationships with national pastors, lay workers, and volunteers as well as developing relationships with online students.
There can be many benefits that come from hearing God’s Word rather than reading it. Proclaimers are solar-powered audio players that are distributed so the Bible can be listened to. Some pastors use Proclaimers or SD cards in cell phones to play selections of the Bible before worship, which can help overcome language/dialect barriers. In addition to this, it assists in reaching our visually impaired brothers and sisters. MLP supports the purchase and distribution of Proclaimers throughout our WELS world mission fields.
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