Missions Sunday looks to the future, building on the past

Friday 23 June 1978 is remembered as being the darkest day in Elim’s history. On that day almost 40 years ago, twelve people were slaughtered at the Elim Mission station in the Vumba Mountains in northern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Another would die a week later.

The sheer brutality of this massacre shocked the world that heard the story for the first time on the radio or television or read the more detailed account in their Sunday newspapers in the UK.

We will never forget our missionaries who were killed so mercilessly. Their story continues to inspire us to go to the whole earth with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

As these events took place almost a generation ago, watch the following short video from the Defining Moments film that gives a brief summary of what happened on that day.


Each year, Missions Sunday honours the deaths of our missionaries. This year, we remember them on Sunday 26 June and like last year Elim Missions will be promoting our Be Church campaign for church planting on this significant day.

For 2016, a range of new resources have been created and are freely available on the Elim Missions website. They provide a full childrens, youth and adult programme for you to download and use on Missions Sunday. View them at

Planting new churches

All around the Elim world we see many different expressions of new churches being planted. We are in exciting days. Every month we tell a new story of a new church planter going across borders, and even cultures and languages, to tell others about Jesus and to start a church. This is what Elim UK does.

We send money, we equip and send people to those who have never heard of the Lord and we also pray.

Watch Paul Hudson, International Missions Director, share about some of the current work that is happening with Elim Missions in the following videos.

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Take Action

Join with Elim churches across the nation on Sunday 26 June to mark Missions Sunday and take a special offering for the work of Elim Missions. Use the programme resources to plan your day across the children's, youth and adult services.

Find out more at

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