“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)
Love God, and Love your Neighbour
Because we love him and wish for all to hear of his love and what he has done for us, we are passionate about seeing the gospel message brought to the unreached peoples of the world. To accomplish this, we plant churches, do children’s ministry, minister to those with addictions, use radio and arts and so much more. There are many ways we are called to work and many skills required. Do you have a heart for missions? Whether you are called to go or called to stay and be a support and encouragement to others there is a place for you in the work that God is doing in the world.
We began as a mission out of England into Africa founded in 1913 by Charles (CT) Studd, a cricketer turned missionary. Before launching WEC, Studd was a missionary in China and India for many years. He left for Africa against medical advice, saying, “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.” WEC now has over 2000 missionaries sent from approximately 50 different countries to about 90 countries around the world. Today, WEC continues to work, “To bring the gospel to the remaining unevangelized peoples with the utmost urgency, to demonstrate the compassion of Christ to a needy world, and to inspire, mobilize and train for cross-cultural mission.” (Mission Handbook p286)
In short, we’re a big mission with a long history and much experience. Given our size and diversity, it might come as a surprise that WEC has a remarkably stable and coherent way of doing things, an organizational culture we hold to with deep conviction. Missionary candidates are required to live at our headquarters for four months, a time of preparation, of evaluation, and, just as important, a time to absorb the WEC ethos.
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
What is WEC International (CANADA) ?
If you’ve been looking, you have probably discovered a boatload of mission organizations. So, how do you tell them apart? How do you choose which mission you should join or support?
A lot of good work is being done. If you’re thinking of becoming a missionary, or feel a conviction to somehow get more involved, to pray, to volunteer, to offer financial support; in short, to do your part in missions; then please take the time to look at how and what various groups are doing. Our desire is that you will be able to say, “Yes, I need to be a part of what these people are doing!”
The important thing is that you become involved somewhere, that you become an active partner with Jesus Himself, sharing in the blessed task of bringing the Good News to the world.
Our job here is to help you in this quest by presenting something of WEC: who we are, what we do, and how we do it. If you have questions that aren’t answered, or are hovering on the edge of the pool wondering if you should dip your toe into the water, then feel free to contact us and start a dialogue. Don’t worry, we won’t latch onto you, put you on our mailing list, and deluge you with requests for money. If you read on, you’ll see that that’s definitely not our style. WEC isn’t for everybody. You need to be where God wants you to be. Talking to us might help you figure out where you ought to be investing yourself.
This organization, that organization; in the grand scheme of things none of this matters; the important thing is that the kingdom of God advances. That happens as each of us is obedient to the direction of God’s Spirit in our hearts, following wherever He takes us.
How we Work
If Jesus Christ be God and died for me,
then no sacrifice can be too great
for me to make for Him.
Even were WEC a fellowship of perfect missionaries, there would need to be some structures in place, just to avoid institutional chaos. And since we are by no means perfect, we need structure even more! There is something deeper here as well. We don’t seek God as to whether we should look both ways before crossing the street. That’s because God teaches us through our experiences in this world, so that we learn some wisdom about how to go about things. In over a century of experience as a mission, we have learned a few things – often the hard way – about missionary work.
What We Do
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
Reaching the Unreached
At our Core
Our focus is going to the places of greatest need, and doing whatever it takes, however long it takes, for the local believers to stand on their own feet, and take on the task of evangelizing their own people, and beyond, without outside help.