‘TO LIVE IS CHRIST, TO DIE IS GAIN’


Blog by Joel Pridmore

I had the privilege this week to visit the memorial garden at Elim International Centre that was built this year to commemorate the Elim Missionaries who lost their lives in the Vumba massacre. We took an offering as a church toward the garden earlier this year, to honour these men, women and children who were murdered in June 1978 in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) 40 years ago.

As I stood in that space, I remembered I had a sound clip in my emails of one of the missionaries, Mary Fisher, singing with some children in the school she was serving in. I found the clip and played it to hear the words ‘To live is Christ, to die is gain’ ringing out around the acacia tree and the memorial stones with the names of those heroes who literally laid down their lives to serve the Lord.

We can easily sing songs or make bold statements that promise to give our whole lives to The Lord, but few of us in our culture truly have to face the reality of our life being ended on account of our faith.

The Vumba missionaries understood that their Saviour who had given everything for them, and in response, they gave everything for Him. May we too be inspired to give everything we have for Him.

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1).