A Brief History of WEC International

WEC International 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, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for him.”

This was C. T. 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 today. Get to know more about our history.

C. T. Studd's Passion for Evangelism

Pastor David Platt quoting C. T. Studd at The Gospel Coalition 2013 National Conference. The whole message is titled “Why the Great Commission is Great: Reaching More and More People.” Watch David Platt preach about reaching the nations from 2 Corinthians 4 at The Gospel Coalition’s 2013 Missions Conference at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando.

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Our workers serve in multicultural teams, make team-based decisions and make no appeals for funds. These are just a few of the things that make WEC unique. Learn more.

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WEC works in more than 70 countries around the world. Learn more about where we serve and what we do.



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