WEC in the Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo has been a place of great harvest for the Kingdom of God. WEC began when C T Studd first went to Congo in 1913. From a vast unevangelised population has come a massive church community in the rainforests and savanna of central Africa.
Estimates of the size of the WEC related church community, known as CECCA 16, have been made as high as 250,000 people.
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A completed task?
Given such a response can we say that the missionary task has been completed? It is true that a large and active church has come into existence and senior leadership is well trained and godly. But anyone who has looked closely soon realises that the job is far from over. Bible knowledge across the church is poor; discipleship weak. Church traditions often replace scriptural principles and many, even some church leaders, live in fear of witchcraft.
"WEC has some considerable unfinished business in Congo" wrote Evan Davies, a previous WEC International Director, after his return visit in the 1990s. He explained in emphatic terms: "We are not only an evangelising mission but we are committed to developing strong churches."
Since that time, wars have impoverished the people more and leadership training and church strengthening have suffered. Most of the missionary team have not been able to return.
The economic crisis and the civil wars of late 1990 to 2003 only serve to underline that the Church of Jesus Christ in Congo appreciates the support and encouragement that comes from the worldwide church. Those who go as missionaries make that fellowship personal and practical.
The missionary task of helping the development of a mature and viable church has not yet been accomplished. The door is open for all kinds of missionaries to work alongside national leaders as the church grows to maturity.
Currently plans are underway for a new missionary team to form for WEC Congo with new strategy and vision.