Missionary Spotlight: Paul Cox
Recently One Mission Society sat down with Paul Cox, the director of Mobilization, to hear how he was called to One Mission Society, his heart for missions and how he came to follow Christ. Paul is a great asset to the Mobilization Department, One Mission Society and to the missions world. Paul has a heart for God and a willingness and obedience to do what God has called him to do.
One Mission Society: Where are you from?
Paul Cox: I’m from the great state of Texas.
OMS: How did you hear about OMS?
Paul: I was 12 [when] our Methodist church supported Dick and Judy Amos. One night, they came to our church and they served a Japanese meal. We sat on the floor in kimonos, and they showed slides of their work and ministry in Japan. If my heart had been a guitar, I felt like my heart strings were strummed that night by the Lord. I remember thinking, “Wow, it’d be great to do that job some day.”
OMS: What is your ministry here at OMS?
Paul: I’m the director of Mobilization, which is a fancy five-dollar term for recruitment.
OMS: Why did you come to OMS?
Paul: The strength of the call. The Lord clearly called me to join One Mission Society and serve Him overseas, which I initially did in Spain, and I’m here today in this role because I felt the Lord calling in 2009 to put my hat in the ring for this role. I’m now starting my 11th year with OMS.
OMS: How did you come to know the Lord (testimony)?
Paul: I use to say that my testimony was boring, but it’s not true. No one’s testimony, of going [from] a dead person to a person that’s alive in Jesus, from an enemy of the Lord to His precious son or daughter, is boring. I grew up knowing who Jesus was. One day I was sitting in my father’s store reading the Scripture. I read, “Ask, knock, and the door will be opened. Ask, knock, and He will come in.” And that’s what I did: I believed it at age 9 and [my heart] was on fire for Jesus. He is faithful.
OMS: What’s you’re favorite Bible verse?
Paul: 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 in the Message states, “Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.” The more I grow in Jesus the more I come to know Him and love Him. It’s so easy for us to turn on our love like a faucet, but Jesus’ call on our lives is to love without stopping. Colossians 1:9-10, is a verse that we pray over and share with all our candidates. We pray without ceasing that you’ll continue to walk in a manner worthy of your calling and that you will continue to grow in Jesus.
OMS: If you could be any superhero who would you be?
Paul: I think I would be Captain America because he is fully human [and] he does not have any super powers. Yet, he does super hero kinds of things. I think it’d be easy if you had super powers to just make buildings fall down, but I like the fact that he’s brave [and] courageous even though he knows he’s not superhuman. That’s the way I want to live my life.
OMS: What Bible character do you connect with the most?
Paul: Gideon, in my call to missions, his story was a central part. The Lord called him and he was in hiding [but] the Lord comes to him. The Lord challenges Gideon, and Gideon responds saying, “But I’m the least of these, I’m the baby of the family,” yet the Lord kept calling him.
OMS: What excites you about your current role at One Mission Society?
Paul: I have the best job. I get a front row seat to God stirring [in people’s hearts]. They’re obeying and saying, “Here’s what’s going on in my life, here’s what God’s doing and here’s how I’m responding.” We’re seeing how God is raising up people to meet needs [around the world] and it’s neat to watch Him be the great mobilizer.