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EDM (Early Day Motion) 1552: tabled on 13 May 2008

Tabled in the 2007-08 session.

This motion has been signed by 14 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes that 23rd June 2008 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Vumba Massacre of British missionaries by members of the Zimbabwe National Liberation Army in the former Rhodesia that resulted in the murder of nine missionaries and four children; further notes that all were associated with the Elim Pentecostal Church; recalls that those who were murdered were Peter McCann, his wife, Sandra, son Phillip aged six and daughter Joy aged five, Phillip Evans, his wife, Suzan, and their daughter Rebecca aged four, Catherine Picken, Elizabeth Wendy Hamilton-White, Mary Fisher and Roy Lynn, his wife, Joyce and their daughter Pamela Grace aged three weeks old; further recalls that according to witnesses the missionaries were praying for their killers as they died; notes that since then, several of those terrorists have become Christians, and the work that the missionaries started is being carried on today by Zimbabwean nationals; expresses its gratitude to all who have imperilled their lives in order to carry the Gospel to those in need; and takes comfort in the promise contained in the book of Revelation chapter 14 and verse 13 that says `Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth... that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them'.