History of WEC International
WEC International (“Worldwide Evangelization for Christ”) has always been a pioneer mission – sharing Jesus across cultural barriers where he’s least known.
In 1913, Charles Thomas Studd, the England cricketer who had already served Christ in China and India, felt God calling him to pioneer a new mission. Passionate to see Africans worshipping Christ, this 53-year-old man of suspect health set sail for the heart of Africa. During the journey God told CT that his trip would not be just for Africa, but for the whole world.
God kept his word. He turned one man’s crazy adventure into a mission and a movement that has since touched millions of lives. Before CT’s death, teams of missionaries had joined WEC to work in Central and West Africa, Amazonia, the Middle East and the Himalayan region.
Each decade has brought fresh challenges and new opportunities for the gospel. In the past 20 years WEC has expanded as men and women have sensed God’s call to take the Gospel to the least reached in the 10/40 window.
“If Jesus Christ be God and died for me,
no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for him.”
This was CT Studd’s answer to the many who said he was too old, sick and crazy to pioneer such a mission – and it continues to be WEC’s motto.
WEC workers are engaged in many different styles of work, concentrating on planting churches, often in hard-to-reach places. The WEC missionaries usually work in teams which are in close contact with the unreached people groups with whom they work.
WEC also works in a number of specialised ministry teams:
• Planting churches among those rescued from addictions Betel
• Evangelistic group Bible study materials Geared For Growth
• Reaching immigrant communities across Europe and elsewhere Neighbours Worldwide
• Producing the definitive world prayer manual Operation World
• Working with children at risk Rainbows of Hope
• Creative radio programming and training Radio Worldwide
• Teaching multi-cultural worship music, drama and other arts Resonance