HOW IT ALL BEGAN...
ECM has been involved in spreading the gospel in Europe for more than a hundred years. What began with one man's call has now become a mission involving hundreds of people. All across Europe.
The origins of European Christian Mission stretch back to the year 1904. A young man named Ganz Raud was called by God during an all night prayer meeting (in what is now Estonia) to reach Europe once more with the gospel. He began by travelling to Britain where he spoke everywhere about the need in the continent of Europe.
The 1905 Russian Revolution and the First World War forced Raud to leave for the United States. There he slowly built up a network of people who shared his vision and in 1920 the first office was opened in New York. Offices in Toronto and London were also established in the years that followed.
By 1923 there were 55 missionaries working for ECM in Europe. In 1927 that number had grown to 81 with 250 volunteers. After the Second World War an ECM office was opened in Paris. Raud died in 1953, but the organisation still continued to grow after his death.
Today ECM has over 300 workers in more than 20 different countries. These reach from Sweden to the sunny beaches of Spain. From developing Albania to the developed West. From big cities to rural communities. From centres of tourism to forgotten villages. ECM is involved everywhere in the mission which God began through Ganz Raud more than a hundred years ago.
ECM NZ History
European Christian Mission first became a legal entity in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1988, however for many years ECM New Zealand was overseen by ECM Australia.
Prior to 1988, there were four ECM missionaries who had connections with NZ, but there is little information in New Zealand about them. They were Stephen Carruthers, Eskelien de Ridder and Wim & Mourne Mijnen.
Margaret Willan was the ECM Mission Representative in NZ from the mid 1980’s until 1993, and then again from 2013 for four years. During these years she was based in the UK and worked in NZ for six months each year.
In 1992 Murray and Féy Cotter were approved as candidates and went to Albania in 1996 for six years, and then again from 2011 – 2018.
In 2018 Féy appointed as the NZ mobiliser, and then in 2021 she was appointed as the National Director of ECM New Zealand.