Stolen, Then Showered with Blessings
I grew up as a pastor´s kid within the Church of the Nazarene. It was under my father´s ministry that I was saved at the age of 10. During high school, I enjoyed sports, drama, choir, and concert band. I have three adult children, two of whom are married, and one grandchild.
At the age of 16, I sensed the call to ministry during family camp with Dr. Stephen Manley. I was not really excited about this call at first. But with the Lord’s help, I was able to work through the reasons I held to for not serving in the church.
After finishing my graduate work at Asbury Theological Seminary, I took a pastorate in NY. When we were moving to our new assignment, two weeks before Christmas, we stopped off for the night due to a major snowstorm. When we woke up the next morning, we found out our moving truck had been stolen. We did have our car, which was on a trailer that they left behind. God was gracious through the church family at a Nazarene church close by who took us in for the day and provided some gifts for the children because all the Christmas gifts we had were taken in the truck. We made it to our church a little late to find the whole community had come together to provide housing items we would need to live; we had so much we had to give some away to help others. It was great to see how a small community can be the hands and feet of God. During our time at this church, our youngest child, a son, was born.
About five years later, Sherry and I served with Nazarene Missions. We went to Trinidad and Tobago where we served at the Caribbean Nazarene Theological Seminary. After a year of service, Sherry became very ill, and we had to return to the states. She was found to be "very puny" according to the specialist. She had no vitamin C or magnesium left in her body and had very little Bs. She was placed on a strong regiment of shots and pills for about two years for her strength to become better. Today, she is better and must stay on top of her vitamins and minerals.
I have served in ministry in various positions: administrator, educator, pastor, and missionary over the past 29 years. I have worked in multi-ethnic and multi-cultural ministries over the years in various areas. Today, I work as a missionary in the area of consultant and lecturer in Africa helping Bible colleges work through their mission and vision for impacting their world with God’s mission.
I enjoy reading, sports, spending time with my family, and talking about ministry and missions.
Rev. Tom Cahill, Adjunct NBC professor, pastor and missionary
Filed Under: Communicator Published: 03/10/2020