- About WEC
Today WEC International works in more than 70 countries.
We exist in order to:
- share the gospel with the remaining unevangelised peoples with utmost urgency
- demonstrate the compassion of Christ to a needy world
- plant churches and lead them to spiritual maturity
- inspire, mobilise and train for cross-cultural mission
WEC is a multi-ethnic, multi-national and inter-denominational movement. We are bound together by shared convictions, a desire to live a godly lifestyle and an unwavering commitment to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. Our oneness in Him makes it possible for us to work together. It compels us to accept each other irrespective of gender, ethnicity, nationality or church affiliation. It constrains us to care for the wellness of our entire missionary family, and calls for international co-operation with local and national churches, and with other Christian agencies.
WEC International certainly lives up to its name! Workers from 50 nationalities are currently working in over 70 countries around the world, and involved in many different tasks. There are now about 2,000 people actively serving long-term with WEC around the world, and almost a third of them are from non-Western countries.
We have 18 centres scattered throughout the world which screen, send, and help support workers. Naturally, we also need workers in these centres, as well as in ministries such as media which are located in these centres.
In the last 90 years WEC has planted hundreds of churches in Africa and South America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For example, the number of churches begun by WEC workers in the Congo alone number more than 1,400, whilst in Colombia, South America, over 60,000 people attend more than 250 churches started by WEC. In keeping with our philosophy of planting indigenous churches all the fellowships that develop out of WEC ministries are locally led as soon as possible. There is no such thing as a WEC denomination.
WEC’s primary goal has always been seeing churches established where Christ was previously unknown. To this end WEC workers are engaged in many different styles of work, often in hard-to-reach places, but always with the ultimate goal that new churches of new believers would be established, i.e. church planting. WEC missionaries usually work in multi-cultural teams amongst the least-reached people groups.
WEC also works in a number of specialised ministries.
- Production of world prayer guides like "Operation World"
- Planting churches among addicts Betel
- Working with children at risk Rainbows of Hope
- Direct mail and internet evangelism Soon Ministries
- Radio training and programming Radio Worldwide
- Evangelistic group studies Geared for Growth
- Reaching Ethnic Minorities in the United Kingdom Neighbours Worldwide
Training for mission
WEC runs unique training centres around the world. These exist to provide holistic training for effective cross-cultural service. They’re designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills and character.
Many of WEC's missionary families depend on specialist schools which have a vital role in the care and nurture of the children of workers.
- Bourofaye Christian School (Senegal)
WEC is working in over 70 countries amongst nearly 100 people groups. As we approach our centenary we celebrate the fact that God is at work and on the move. We have witnessed massive shifts in mission which is now from anywhere to everywhere, involving new partnerships that span languages, culture, even civilizations. Our focus of activity varies incredibly, according to what those ‘on the ground’ sense God wants to do in the local context.
Our main regions of involvement are …
Africa: WEC is working alongside emerging national churches in Burkina Faso, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, South Africa and several North African countries.
Europe: From home of the Reformation and the modern missionary movement, the church in Europe is very much in decline. Church planting teams, along with a variety of supporting ministries exist in Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the U.K.
Middle East: A long standing witness has existed among numerous Middle Eastern peoples. Commonly known as “creative access nations”, workers faithfully flesh out the gospel in a huge variety of business and professional contexts. Church planting remains the focus.
Asia: Church growth in Asia has exploded. Ever increasing numbers of Korean and Chinese background believers are represented in WEC. However, many countries are still extremely resistant to the gospel. Multicultural teams are spearheading advances into most of these least reached areas.
Pacific: While many established churches exist in this region, WEC is active in inspiring, mobilising and training churches in cross-cultural mission involvement. It is also modelling church planting in several locations that are home to unreached peoples.
Latin America: In many of these countries the missionary role has changed from church planter to trainer and facilitator. WEC continues a vibrant array of ministries in Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela.
“WEC Bases”: We currently have 18 such bases in the world which, in partnership with churches, recruit, screen, orientate and send workers. They operate from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Fiji, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands, U.K. and U.S.A.
Not all of our teams have websites. Below is a list of non-security sensitive countries for which WEC has websites. In many, WEC is planting churches. Others are places where we’re recruiting and sending out cross-cultural church-planting workers. In a number of countries we do both. Contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone either 0800 46 46 86 or (07) 8243211 for information on countries not available via a website.