Recently, Will Taylor of the Center for Great Commission Studies interviewed Tom Jones, Pastor of Missions and Evangelism at First Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, NC, about their efforts to reach the nations next door. Here’s an excerpt:
Will: Tell us your story, so you’re currently serving as a missions pastor. How did that happen, what steps did God use to lead you down that road?
Tom: I would back up to 2010. It all started on 2 short-term mission trips, one to Haiti and one to Belarus. While on those trips, I felt God was calling me to ministry. My wife and I were doing a Bible study during that time and I felt called to get equipped to handle his word. That’s the best way to summarize how God has called me to share with others about him.
Will: Were you aware of Internationals around your city? How did you discover them?
Tom: Dr. Robinson’s missions class totally reshaped my mindset on reaching the international community here in North America. Some of the statistics of students, the amount of internationals in the US really impacted me. So, I started looking some of those numbers up online. I’ve never really thought about having internationals here in my backyard. To think that some of these guys will never step inside an American home is heartbreaking.