Learning a second language in high school may have been necessary to graduate, but its usefulness might be questionable now in a largely English-speaking world. Conversely, in Southeast Asia, learning English as a second language has increasingly becoming a necessity. The region has caught ‘English fever’. In some countries such as Vietnam, it has now become a compulsory part of the primary school curriculum.
Many believers, however, because of their humble circumstances, have not had the opportunity to learn English and are disadvantaged in both spiritual and practical ways. Without a common language, it is impossible to converse with brothers and sisters speaking a different dialect at Bible Schools or in other cross border ecclesial settings. Language barriers invariably hamper fellowship. The paucity of local translators has also hindered unilingual Western brethren from preaching the Gospel in the region.
Practically speaking, fluency in English opens doors to employment—particularly with multinational corporations. English is also the language of tourism and increasingly, the language of higher education. The salaries and job security that can result from proficiency in English in turn encourage greater self-sufficiency and reduce the reliance on aid from overseas brethren.
WCF has undertaken a program to fund English instruction for suitably selected candidates. The student’s cost for ESL tuition and supplies is $1,000 a year. Your generosity in providing a scholarship will enable these young brothers and sisters to continue their studies and with their new English skills be better able to serve their families, ecclesias and communities.
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