International regions, translations and support services
Our active regions are predominantly grouped by a combination of geographic location and language. These regions (grayed out on the map above) are as follows: Southern Africa (English), Commonwealth of Independent States (Russian), North Africa Middle East (Arabic), East Africa (Swahili), Caribbean (English), West Africa Central Africa (French). Besides these large defined regions Live School is also used in many countries around the world outside these 6 regions in these 8 languages, English, Russian, Arabic, Swahili, Turkish, Korean, Farsi and French. In the last few months we launched the first test schools in Portuguese (In Mozambique) and Spanish (in Cuba). The Spanish version of Live School will be officially launch in Guatemala later in 2016 and with the Portuguese will be made officially available for use. We will also be translating the Live School into Hindi and start the Mandarin translation later this year. We plan to translate Live School into Bahasa (Indonesia) and Mongolian after the completion of Hindi and Mandarin.
Willie and Lydia Crew
Pastor Willie Crew and his wife, Lydia, are the founders, ambassadors and team mentors of World Mission Centre. They have been married for 47 years and have three children who are all serving the Lord.
Willie was in business for 11 years in Durban, South Africa before entering the ministry in 1980. Once he completed his studies at the Hatfield School of Theology, he served as director of church planting and missions at Hatfield Christian Church for six years. During these years, a total of 209 churches were started in various cities and towns of South Africa.
He and Lydia founded the World Mission Centre, a South African missions organization, in 1989. They are currently the International Team Leaders of the World Mission Centre and spend most of their time mentoring eleven men and women who run the operational side of the ministry.
The World Mission Centre is a registered Section 21 Company (not for gain) and has its office in Paarl, South Africa. WMC is also registered as a 501(c) 3 organization in the USA and maintains an office in Columbia, South Carolina
Willie is a cutting-edge facilitator motivated by Acts 1:8. His gifts as a missions visionary and strategist are surely from God.
Willie recounts, “When we started out in 1989, South Africans could hardly travel outside of our own country. A few years later, Nelson Mandela was released, and soon after, the ‘new’ South Africa was born. Suddenly we had a passport that could take us to almost any nation in the world. Today, South Africans are found all over the globe.
I never could have dreamed what role the World Mission Centre would play in mobilizing South Africa to missions. It has been an amazing walk of faith, to say the least.”
Willie is a sought-after public speaker and a world-renowned mission strategist who works tirelessly to mobilize thousands of Christians to reach those who have never heard the gospel.
Traveling extensively allows him to meet with many international Christian and secular leaders. This gives Willie a broad overview of what God is doing in the world and a keen understanding of events in the international arena.
The foremost strategic tool used by World Mission Centre is Live School, a curriculum that contains 242 hours of mission training on cutting edge technology available in English, Russian, Arabic, Farsi, Turkish, Korean, French, Swahili, French, Portuguese and Hindi. Currently, 2,014 Live Schools are being used to train thousands of believers in 95 countries. The curriculum is now being translated into three other languages.
- The International Leadership – Mentors regional team leaders and guides the leadership process, opens up regions, establishes relationships, assists regions in their rollout process.
- The Special Operations Team – Assists in opening difficult countries where we have a contact but have difficulty establishing a Live School presence.
- The Media Team – Translates, dubs and encodes the Live School into various world languages, researches and develops the future technologies of the live school, visits the field to tell the story of what God has done through the Live School, and is responsible for the international web and social media presence.
- The Prayer Team – We have thousands of people around the world that are part of our prayer network. They receive monthly newsletters with a prayer calendar as well as emergency prayer requests.
- The Administrative Team – We have administrative teams in South Africa and in the USA that oversee and administrate all finances and legalities of the organization.
This organization cannot function without these support teams.
Blogs, Stories and testimonies from the International Region
Cuba is a fascinating country with a hard but hopeful history. It's a land stuck between the third and first world, between 1950s'-style suburbs and concrete apartment buildings, between European streetscapes and two aisle grocery stores with only hot dogs in the meat...
Blood and Milk Drinking People
A story of the Gabra tribe in Kenya
A story from the Middle East
Death Threats on Text Messages
A story from Malawi
Hear stories and watch a documentary from our recent trip to South Africa
The Spanish Launch
The Spanish Launch takes place in Guatemala City!