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This year WEC (Worldwide Evangelisation for Christ), the organisation with whom I work, celebrates 100 years. 100 years of God’s faithfulness. 100 years, as in the words we sang earlier, “because of Jesus”. And we have a story to tell. Recently, when writing about the Centenary, our International Leader quoted from Psalm 155:1—Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. That’s our testimony as we look back over 100 years of the work.


Let me first go back a few years earlier. A famous cricket player Charles T Studd was called by God to go to China, serving there for a number of years with Hudson Taylor. He married an Irish lady, had four daughters and due to illness had to return home. After a few years they went to India where Studd served as a pastor before once again returning to Britain.


Then in 1908 as he was in Liverpool, he saw a poster advertising a meeting. It said “Cannibals want Missionaries”. He had a good laugh, on attending he heard about how hunters and explorers etc were going into Central Africa, but the challenge was who would go with the word of Jesus. God told Studd to go even though humanly he wasn’t physically fit to go. In fact when he did try to go a year later he was refused permission. But God had laid it on his heart and a couple of years later he did make a trip. On the first night on the boat God spoke to him and said that this trip was not just for Central Africa but for the whole unevangelised world.


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