MISSIONARY organisation WEC International (Worldwide Evangelisation for Christ) are celebrating their one hundred year anniversary in the coming weeks with a celebration evening in Claggan Presbyterian.
WEC, is an inter-denominational mission community of around 1,800 workers from over fifty nationalities, serving in mission teams across the world.
It grew out of the Heart of Africa Mission, a mission agency set up in 1913 by Charles T Studd, the famous English cricketer whose name still remains linked with the evangelisation of the Congo Basin.
Over the years Claggan Presbyterian Church has had a close association with WEC, some of its members going abroad under its auspices - Willie Weir (India), Martha Darbyshire (née Crooks) (Pakistan), Philip Crooks (Senegal), Rhoda Lilystone (née Crooks) (Senegal) and from Molesworth congregation, Maud Kells (Democratic Republic of Congo).
The name of Mrs R G Stewart is synonymous with WEC in the Cookstown area.
She started the first WEC prayer support group in the 1930s after hearing about a young WEC missionary who had died from a snake bite just six weeks after arriving on the mission field.
Mrs Stewart also initiated an annual WEC meeting in Cookstown in the early 1940s, which continues until today.
Although the story of WEC is 100 years old, it is still being told. It is a celebration of God at work through ordinary people. It’s the story of God’s love and faithfulness.
Today WEC’s main regions of involvement are Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Pacific and Latin America.
As part of the local celebrations, a Mid-Ulster Centenary Celebration will be held on Thursday 7th November 2013 at 7.30pm in Claggan Presbyterian Church (BT80 9UF). If you are free that evening, why not come along, you will be made most welcome.