A brief history of WEC

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History of WEC


CT and Priscilla Studd officially found the Heart of Africa mission with CT heading with Alfred Buxton to the Belgian Congo, whilst Priscilla remained in the UK to start the base to recruit others and gardener support.


With the need of other parts of the world to hear the gospel, Priscilla Studd and Rev. Gilbert Barclay adopted the name Worldwide Evangelization Crusade (WEC) for the mission.


Godfery Buxton established the Missionary Training Colony in the UK to train new workers for a life on the mission field, (this went through a few incarnations before merging with other colleges to become All Nations Christian College based at the Buxton’s family home).


The Australian Council was formed with representation and money to support the work coming in, and books, leaflets, and magazines being circulated across the country.


The work expanded and workers were sent to new areas of the world including Arabia, Amazon and India.


Priscilla Studd died.


CT Studd died and his son-in-law Norman Grubb took over leadership of WEC.


Work was started and established in Columbia and many new places in Africa.


An Australian Base was established in Strathfield, NSW by Arthur and Lilian Davidson in order to more easily recruit and send more Australian workers to be part of the missionary work.


Many more fields entered, and bases established across the world


Tasmanian Missionary Training College (Worldview Centre for Intercultural Studies) was established in Launceston to help train and equip Australians for a life of missionary service. Lawrie and Innes Lincolne served as the first Principals.


Gerhard and Audrey Bargen were the state leaders when a property in Clayfield was purchased and soon became the regional headquarters for Queensland.


East Victoria Park house was purchased in WA, by Tom and Laurel Scotland. It was subsequently renovated and extended so SOON ministry could have a base in the west. It also served as a place for West Aussies to be recruited from.


Patrick and Jill Johnstone joined WEC having served in the Dorothea Mission and on the OM Ship, MV Logos. Patrick became the International Research Officer and together the Johnstones continued to work on Operation World, establishing it as a WEC ministry.


The official name of the mission became WEC International, the WEC standing for Worldwide Evangelism for Christ, but no longer being the name of the organisation.


Betel (drug and alcohol rehabilitation ministry) was established in Spain by Lindsay and Myk McKenzie and Elliot Tepper and his family.


Phyllis Kilbourn started Rainbows of Hope (now CCTI) to help support, care for, and reach children across the world


Byung Kook and Bo In Yoo established International Mission Mobilisation (IMM) in South Korea


Ian and Helen Collinge started the Resonance band in the UK, this has developed into Arts Release a ministry of creative arts specialists who seek to use art and ethnodoxology in cross-cultural mission.


Quambee, an old bluestone house in Ringwood was purchased to become a centre and base in Victoria. Jim and Lyn Dawson oversaw the establishment of this.


International Teams Australia closed, and the Sydney Refugee Team became part of WEC Australia.


Planters the international ministry to see international collaboration among nationals involved in church planting was formed and started.

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WEC International 100 years

Within a yard of hell

C.T. Studd

“If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.”
CT Studd

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