On the sixteenth of October, 1913, in the very heart of Africa (Belgian Congo) C.T. Studd baptised twelve people. The World Evangelism Crusade missionary society, as it was then called, took its first steps.
Shortly after this he and his wife returned to England due to her serious illness. CT went back to the Congo alone in 1916 to continue the work which he had begun.
Mrs Studd recovered sufficiently to travel the world promoting missionary work (and even came to NZ) bringing about the expansion of the mission to “the entire world” with workers going to South America, Central Asia and the Middle East as well as Africa. She would not return to Africa again until 1928, and that would be the last time the couple would be together as she died the following year.
Two years later, still working in the Congo at the age of seventy, Charles Studd passed away, but his vision to reach the whole unevangelised world would continue long after his death.
Only one life, yes only one,
Now let me say, “Thy will be done”;
And when at last I’ll hear the call,
I know I’ll say “twas worth it all”;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last. ” (from a Poem written by CT)
While in Africa C.T endured weakness and sickness; he lost most of his teeth and also had several heart attacks. He suffered much but had a very fruitful ministry. He believed that no sacrifice was too great to make for his saviour even if that meant a life of hardship in a very difficult place.
A lot has changed since then yet some things remain the same; we still have that passion to see the lost finding Christ; we still believe that God wants us to be involved in taking the “Good News” of Christ to the whole world. WEC is people, ordinary people – like you and like me; people with a passion for Jesus, people who are devastated about the billions worldwide that have no choice, access or opportunity to hear the gospel, people who will do something by sharing the love of Jesus, walking with seekers and gathering them into communities of faith throughout the world. Join with us on this journey in grabbing the impossible.