Summary: Mission is a response of the command Jesus gave His disciples in Matthew 28:18-19. Why are we to go? Because Jesus told us to go! Where are we to go? Into all nations.
INTRO TO ELIM & ELIM MISSIONS
Today is Elim Missions Sunday. It’s a day Elim sets apart for two main reasons:
The first is to remember the great Sacrifice of our Missionaries in the Vumba Massacre of 1978.
The second is to speak about the importance of supporting the work of Mission’s today - supporting our Missionaries both in prayer and also financially.
Mission is a response of the command Jesus gave His disciples in Matthew 28:18-19 Jesus told His disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Why are we to go? Because Jesus told us to go!
Where are we to go?
Into all nations, all the world, all our communities, to all our neighbours, to all our friends,
even into our own homes!
Who are we to share the Good News of Jesus with?
Perhaps it would be helpful if I gave you a quick history lesson on THE ELIM PENTECOSTAL CHURCH and it’s Missionary work.
The Elim Pentecostal Church was founded in 1915 by a Welshman in Monaghan Ireland.
George Jeffreys was an outstanding evangelist and church planter. He came from a Welsh Congregational Church background and was strongly influenced by the Welsh Revival of 1904. Our name ‘Elim’ is taken from the book of Exodus where the Israelites, exhausted from their escape from Egypt, arrived at an oasis in the desert called Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees. Exodus 15.27.
While many traditional churches and denominations were shrinking, The Elim Movement grew rapidly, it really was a place of spiritual refreshment.
So what about Missions work?
Between 1915 and 1934, George Jeffreys was involved in some amazing evangelistic missions.
This unknown preacher would commence a mission with a mere handful of people, and by the end of the week, thousands would queue for a seat.
Amazing miracles of healing were taking place. And after the missions, large churches were planted.
The Elim Movement continued to grow and today there are just over 600 churches in the UK and we Elim is active in nearly 50 countries around the world.
ELIM INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS was birthed in the spirit of evangelism and church planting.
As early as 1922, Missionaries were sent out to Africa. In 1929, The Elim Missionary Society was founded.
After the Second World War ended in 1945, missionaries went out to many countries in Africa, South America and Asia.
We are committed never to forget the sacrifice that our missionaries made in the Vumba Massacre on the 23rd June 1978.
Catherine Picken from Southend Elim Church was one of the Elim Missionaries who was killed in the Vumba Massacre.
It was a sad day but as you heard in the video, more people signed up to be missionaries following that massacre than in the previous 5 years added together.