rediscover Mission

Go and make disciples of all the nations ... and I am with you always.

Our desire in mission is to let the whole world know and experience God and to live, love and thrive for him. Everyone has a different part to play, and all are important. We all have unique gifts; some spiritual, some more practical - some may serve full time for God overseas, others may play a more supporting role – each is vital. We want everyone to know what part God is asking them to play in his mission around the world.

Sometimes God wants us firmly in our home context, and sometimes he asks us to go overseas for a time. Elim mission exists to serve, send and equip people to do just that. Empowered by the Holy Spirit and with a faith that can move even mountains, anything is possible!

Let's dream big. Let's imagine a world with no suffering, no hunger, no disease. Let's imagine a world where everyone has a life-changing, awesome relationship with God. Lets imagine a world where every single person can live, love and thrive!

Below are profiles of current mission work, some official Elim projects and some from members of Rediscover Church. More are yet to come, including some inspirational stories! 

For more information on Elim Mission opportunities - click here!

Whatever you did for one of the least of these you did it to me!’

Surf Church Hossegor, France

Richard and Regi Ellerington

After 13 Years pastoring an Elim church in Weston Super Mare, Richard, Regi and their family sensed God’s call to plant a church in a surfing hotspot; Hossegor, France! They have a vision to reach the surfing community and see people who may otherwise have little connection with church impacted by the Gospel. “We are Surfers and local people who are discovering that faith is the greatest ride of life and is worth exploring. We are committed to following Jesus and trying to make a real difference in the world around us. We are not perfect; we don’t have all the answers; but we have found something-life changing in having a relationship with Jesus.” Today, Surf Church Hossegor is a thriving community. They combine a passion for surfing and extreme sports with vibrant, multicultural services translated into both French and English. Excellent coffee is always served at their surf café too! Yearly summer camps are an exciting opportunity to join them! Find out more: www.elim.org.uk/Articles/486248/Richard_and_Regi.aspx www.surfchurch.com

After 13 Years pastoring an Elim church in Weston Super Mare, Richard, Regi and their family sensed God’s call to plant a church in a surfing hotspot; Hossegor, France! They have a vision to reach the surfing community and see people who may otherwise have little connection with church impacted by the Gospel.

“We are Surfers and local people who are discovering that faith is the greatest ride of life and is worth exploring. We are committed to following Jesus and trying to make a real difference in the world around us. We are not perfect; we don’t have all the answers; but we have found something-life changing in having a relationship with Jesus.”

Today, Surf Church Hossegor is a thriving community. They combine a passion for surfing and extreme sports with vibrant, multicultural services translated into both French and English. Excellent coffee is always served at their surf café too! Yearly summer camps are an exciting opportunity to join them!

Find out more:

www.elim.org.uk/Articles/486248/Richard_and_Regi.aspx

www.surfchurch.com

Kondonani Children’s Village, Malawi 

Annie chikhwaza

With 1 million orphans in a country of 12 million people, Malawi faces great challenge. Kondonani (Meaning ‘Love One Another’) Children’s Village is a home where the orphaned young can find love, care and a new family. It is a place that cultivates a sense of belonging and security for each child; giving them the opportunity for a fresh start and the hope of a better future. It also provides healthcare for many more in the surrounding area. Their work is growing, and they are currently building a children’s hospital. With this vital work, diseases can be treated and lives saved. By providing education and healthcare, the children of Malawi have hope for a brighter future.  Short and long term mission opportunities are available or teachers and healthcare workers. See the website for more information: www.kondanani.org For the full background story of Kondanani Children's Village, be sure to read ‘Mother of Malawi,’ by Al Gibson; an inspirational testimony to the grace of Christ shown in the life of Annie, and in turn the orphans of Malawi.

With 1 million orphans in a country of 12 million people, Malawi faces great challenge. Kondonani (Meaning ‘Love One Another’) Children’s Village is a home where the orphaned young can find love, care and a new family. It is a place that cultivates a sense of belonging and security for each child; giving them the opportunity for a fresh start and the hope of a better future. It also provides healthcare for many more in the surrounding area. Their work is growing, and they are currently building a children’s hospital. With this vital work, diseases can be treated and lives saved. By providing education and healthcare, the children of Malawi have hope for a brighter future. 

Short and long term mission opportunities are available or teachers and healthcare workers.

See the website for more information:

www.kondanani.org

For the full background story of Kondanani Children's Village, be sure to read ‘Mother of Malawi,’ by Al Gibson; an inspirational testimony to the grace of Christ shown in the life of Annie, and in turn the orphans of Malawi.

MPower Mission, Rwanda /Congo

Al Whitmoor-Pryer

Al's story of his mission trip to Rwanda/Congo: “In 2016 during an Elim M-Power meeting led by Mark Lindon-Jones, I felt challenged to go on a mission trip that would be out of my comfort zones. Mark mentioned a trip going to Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, and I knew this was for me, and for a friend who would have a life changing experience and know the love of God in a practical and challenging way. I felt this was a fantastic opportunity for the men across Elim to step out in faith on mission, challenging us to break the comfortable lifestyles many have in countries such as the UK. The DRC is a very beautiful yet broken country, tainted with corruption, poverty and war. It is the 4th most dangerous country in the world, with the most cases of rape in the world. The team were unable to get travel insurance and were advised not to go by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  A great start to a mission trip! Whilst working with ‘Comfort Rwanda and Congo’ we were involved in several projects such as supporting rape survivors at the Rusayu Clinic. Opened in 2015, it supports victims who needed hospitalisation following rape attacks. This clinic also supports women during pregnancy and childbirth, providing pre and post natal care from pregnancy resulting from rape. The MPower team helped build a pre and post natal support facility to create space and resources for this to happen. As a team we raised over £11,500 towards the building! Survivors of rape in North Kivu have been subjected to terrible abuse. Multiple rape often leads to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual trauma. Husbands and families often reject victims; their families may even be killed. ‘Comfort Congo’ gathered over 150 women aged from 13-85, all who had been raped, to minister healing and hope into their lives. The MPower team worked with the rape survivors and with men in the area to teach what it means to protect and value women. We were overwhelmed at the response and lost for words but all knew the power of prayer. As a team we felt it necessary to ask for forgiveness for what men had done to these women. We knelt and washed the women’s feet (babies included) with soft soap and prayed and ministered to them. There were many tears and hugs from the women. They said that they have never seen men do such acts of kindness before. This was such a powerful moment for all concerned and an experience none of us will ever forget. Child soldiers are a vulnerable group who desperately need support. Deeply traumatised, dislocated from their homes and bereaved of their families, without income or support structures, they need educational, spiritual, social and practical support. Dozens of ex-child soldiers came to MPOWER mission. Many of the team were deeply affected by the horror stories but also amazed at the wonderful work that had changed their lives through accepting the Lord Jesus. We had the amazing privilege of working with these children; teaching and building a new wing for accommodation. I personally had the privilege of teaching Kingdom Business principles to a number of the teenage solders, and I was amazed at the way they grasped the concept and were inspired. The testimonies were devastating of children killing many and being used as sex slaves to the rebel army. A feeding programme had begun and land bought to create a ‘village of hope’ where the ex-soldiers were given free education and emotional support. Mission will always be through someone else’s eyes, and always will remain through someone else’s eyes until you see and witness these amazing challenges for yourself and GO ON A MISSION!” For more information on MPower, go to: http://www.elim.org.uk/Articles/470690/Stepping_into_surrender.aspx

Al's story of his mission trip to Rwanda/Congo:

“In 2016 during an Elim M-Power meeting led by Mark Lindon-Jones, I felt challenged to go on a mission trip that would be out of my comfort zones. Mark mentioned a trip going to Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, and I knew this was for me, and for a friend who would have a life changing experience and know the love of God in a practical and challenging way. I felt this was a fantastic opportunity for the men across Elim to step out in faith on mission, challenging us to break the comfortable lifestyles many have in countries such as the UK.

The DRC is a very beautiful yet broken country, tainted with corruption, poverty and war. It is the 4th most dangerous country in the world, with the most cases of rape in the world. The team were unable to get travel insurance and were advised not to go by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  A great start to a mission trip!

Whilst working with ‘Comfort Rwanda and Congo’ we were involved in several projects such as supporting rape survivors at the Rusayu Clinic. Opened in 2015, it supports victims who needed hospitalisation following rape attacks. This clinic also supports women during pregnancy and childbirth, providing pre and post natal care from pregnancy resulting from rape. The MPower team helped build a pre and post natal support facility to create space and resources for this to happen. As a team we raised over £11,500 towards the building!

Survivors of rape in North Kivu have been subjected to terrible abuse. Multiple rape often leads to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual trauma. Husbands and families often reject victims; their families may even be killed. ‘Comfort Congo’ gathered over 150 women aged from 13-85, all who had been raped, to minister healing and hope into their lives. The MPower team worked with the rape survivors and with men in the area to teach what it means to protect and value women. We were overwhelmed at the response and lost for words but all knew the power of prayer. As a team we felt it necessary to ask for forgiveness for what men had done to these women. We knelt and washed the women’s feet (babies included) with soft soap and prayed and ministered to them. There were many tears and hugs from the women. They said that they have never seen men do such acts of kindness before. This was such a powerful moment for all concerned and an experience none of us will ever forget.

Child soldiers are a vulnerable group who desperately need support. Deeply traumatised, dislocated from their homes and bereaved of their families, without income or support structures, they need educational, spiritual, social and practical support. Dozens of ex-child soldiers came to MPOWER mission. Many of the team were deeply affected by the horror stories but also amazed at the wonderful work that had changed their lives through accepting the Lord Jesus. We had the amazing privilege of working with these children; teaching and building a new wing for accommodation. I personally had the privilege of teaching Kingdom Business principles to a number of the teenage solders, and I was amazed at the way they grasped the concept and were inspired. The testimonies were devastating of children killing many and being used as sex slaves to the rebel army. A feeding programme had begun and land bought to create a ‘village of hope’ where the ex-soldiers were given free education and emotional support.

Mission will always be through someone else’s eyes, and always will remain through someone else’s eyes until you see and witness these amazing challenges for yourself and GO ON A MISSION!”

For more information on MPower, go to:

http://www.elim.org.uk/Articles/470690/Stepping_into_surrender.aspx

Radiant Encounter Ministries, Bulgaria

Steve and Adonna Jones

“Our Mission is to express the goodness of God and reveal His grace and power through the message of hope and through practical solutions.” Founders of Radiant Encounter Ministries, Steve and Adonna Jones, aim to serve the various communities of Bulgaria with practical action, demonstrating the transforming love of God. Their short-term mission trips include taking supplies rarely obtainable in Bulgaria, and carrying out vital development projects. People are encouraged to grow in their relationship with God and experience a deep understanding of His love. They have a particular concern for the Roma Gipsy population, who have been subject to extreme racism and poverty. Churches among this community are growing, and Steve and Adonna have the privilege of fellowshipping with and ministering to many of them. Actions include: Feeding and clothing the poor Fresh water to a Roma community Electricity to a Christian welfare centre Helping a home for children and adults with     special needs Supplying sound systems for evangelism Sharing the grace and power of God with many Radiant Encounter Ministries is not an official Elim charity, however individuals are welcome to support them! Radiant Encounter Ministries is a charitable foundation registered in England. Our charity number is 1165807. We are committed to stewarding all resources with integrity and care, seeking to demonstrate Godliness in all we do. See website for more details: www.radiantencounterministries.org

“Our Mission is to express the goodness of God and reveal His grace and power through the message of hope and through practical solutions.”

Founders of Radiant Encounter Ministries, Steve and Adonna Jones, aim to serve the various communities of Bulgaria with practical action, demonstrating the transforming love of God. Their short-term mission trips include taking supplies rarely obtainable in Bulgaria, and carrying out vital development projects. People are encouraged to grow in their relationship with God and experience a deep understanding of His love. They have a particular concern for the Roma Gipsy population, who have been subject to extreme racism and poverty. Churches among this community are growing, and Steve and Adonna have the privilege of fellowshipping with and ministering to many of them.

Actions include:

Feeding and clothing the poor

Fresh water to a Roma community

Electricity to a Christian welfare centre

Helping a home for children and adults with     special needs

Supplying sound systems for evangelism

Sharing the grace and power of God with many

Radiant Encounter Ministries is not an official Elim charity, however individuals are welcome to support them!

Radiant Encounter Ministries is a charitable foundation registered in England. Our charity number is 1165807. We are committed to stewarding all resources with integrity and care, seeking to demonstrate Godliness in all we do.

See website for more details: www.radiantencounterministries.org

Let it never be said we stayed when God said Go.
Let it never be said we preferred the comforts of home to the challenges of the call.
Let it never be said ‘Where were you?’ and the answer be,
‘I do not know...’