Paris Evangelical Missionary Society

Paris Evangelical Missionary Society


The Paris Evangelical Missionary Society (Société des missions évangéliques de Paris), also known as the SMEP or Mission de Paris, was a Protestant missionary association created in 1822. As with other Christian societies of the era, it came under of the auspices of an organised church, in this case the Reformed Church in France and brought together Protestants of the Réveil (Awakening).

The SMEP opened several areas of operation, notably in Africa (in particular, Lesotho) and Oceania. The churches founded in these areas were organised along similar lines to the Reformed Church in France, with synods and presbyteries (consistoires).

In 1964, the daughter churches established by SMEP missionaries expressed a strong desire to change the tenor of the relationship with the mother church, for their part they wished for ‘integration of the Missionary Church to the Mother Church’ (l’intégration de la Mission à l’Église)

This objective was realised in 1970, when two new organisations replaced the SMEP: CÉVAA Communauté évangélique d’action apostolique (subsequently Communauté d’Églises en Mission) and DÉFAP, Département évangélique français d’action apostolique (subsequently Service protestant de mission).


  • 1885 – Shesheke
  • 1886 – Sefula
  • 1889 – Kazungula
  • 1892 – Lealui
  • 1894 – Nalolo
  • 1898 – Senanga
  • 1899 – Victoria Falls
  • 1899 – Mabumbu
  • 1903 – Seoma
  • 1905 – Lukona
  • 1907 – Livingstone


  • Sean Burke


Postcards: Paris Evangelical Missionary Society – Series A – Green

Paris Evangelical Missionary Society

Series A – Green

This series has a greenish hue to the back of the card.

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
N/AZAMBEZE - Bebes indigenes
N/AZAMBEZE - Fillettes indigenes
N/AZAMBEZE - Fillettes revenant du fleuve
N/AZAMBEZE - La canot royal
N/AZAMBEZE - La grand cour interieure du palais royal
N/AZAMBEZE - La Reine au travail
N/AZAMBEZE - La Reine et la Princesse
N/AZAMBEZE - La salutation idigene - 2 mouvement
N/AZAMBEZE - La salutation idigene - 3 mouvement
N/AZAMBEZE - La suivantes de la Reine
N/AZAMBEZE - Les flotilles des canots royaux
N/AZAMBEZE - Maison missionnaire a Lukona
N/AZAMBEZE - Salutation idigene.
N/AZAMBEZE - Une famillie chretienne
N/AZAMBEZE - Vannage du grain

British South Africa Company: Department of Postmaster General – Postal Notice No.66 of 1898

Department of Postmaster General

Postal Notice No.66 of 1898

Mail Communication with Northern Zambesi

It is hereby notified for general information that a monthly mail service by native runners has been established between Bulawayo and Lialui in Barotseland. The mails leave Bulawayo and Lialui on the 1st of each month, and are conveyed by the Gwaai to Wankies, thence along southern bank of the Zambesi to Sekutes, five miles above Victoria Falls, thence along northern bank to Sesheke, thence to Lialui, the journey occupying twenty-five to thirty days. Letters only are conveyed by these posts, and any newspapers, book packets, or parcels intended for the places served by these posts can only be sent forward by wagon as opportunity offers. The rates of postage are the same as other parts of Rhodesia.

G. H. Eyre, Postmaster-General

General Post Office, Salisbury


  • Date: 8 March 1898
  • Notice: 66/1898
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