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Our living history

A regularly updated timeline of key events in WEC's history

WEC International has always been a pioneer mission – sharing Jesus across cultural barriers where he's least known.

  • Bulstrode 1000

    Dec 2016

    New UK headquarters

    The move to a new HQ in Coventry is complete, as Bulstrode is sold. WEC’s home of 50 years is purchased by a private buyer, whose bid is unanimously accepted by the trustees. 

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    Jul 2015

    Asian Church in Wolverhampton purchases a new building

    After the building in which they met was gutted by fire in March 2014, the Asian Church begins the search for new premises, finally having an offer accepted on a suitable building just over a year later.

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    May 2015

    Maud Kells awarded an OBE

    75-year-old WEC missionary Maud is presented with an OBE for her services to the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo, having served in the DRC since 1968. She receives the award from the Duke of Cambridge in May.

  • Pray For World 1080 2

    May 2015

    Pray for the world

    2016 saw the publication of Pray for the World, a simple, accessible 300 page resource to inform prayer for the nations from the Operation World team The book be used by groups or individuals; by working through the book, country by country, or by dipping in for prayer points on specific nations. It is available to buy here.

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    Apr 2015

    Rising Café opens in Coventry

    Betel launches its latest business development, Rising Café. Taking on workers previously labelled as unemployable, the café helps its staff discover a sense of dignity and purpose, and learn vocational skills. A second café follows in Lincoln in March 2016.

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    Resonance London band starts

    Resonance’s ministry expands into the south of England with the launch of a new multi-cultural worship band. After beginning rehearsals in November 2014, the band is formally established in the following January.

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    Betel Watford launched

    WEC’s outreach to men and women struggling with substance abuse gains a new residential centre in Watford. In this secure environment, vulnerable people can recover from addictions, restore their dignity and hear the good news.

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    WEC established in Finland

    The WEC fellowship grows as a new sending base is set up. New workers can now be recruited, trained and prepared for mission in Finland, as well as the 21 other WEC centres. (Photo: Natalia Robba, flickr.com)

  • 100cecca 1000

    Oct 2013

    100 years of WEC in Congo

    There are celebrations in the DRC as WEC marks the hundredth anniversary of its presence in Congo, and the hundredth year of CECCA Church. A century after CT Studd’s first expedition, WEC’s mission in DRC and worldwide remains as strong as ever.

  • res-drama asia 1000


    Resonance Drama starts

    Resonance sets up a specialist project to share the gospel with the least-reached peoples, using drama. This augments Resonance’s well-established ministry in cross-cultural musical worship.

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