Church Tour Wrapping Up: Last stop (we think) is tomorrow in Honor, MI

Tomorrow (Nov 15) Paul will be at Honor Congregational Church in Honor, MI. You are very welcome to join Paul for some time in God’s word and for some stories of Africa. The service starts at 11PM. See map.

We praise God for all the great visits that we have had with churches and friends. Pray for us as we try meet up with all the people we have missed or not been able to see. Also pray for wisdom as we start to think about wrapping up our time in the States.

Below is a recent picture of some dear friends, Joe and Edna Miller, and our table at Orangewood Presbyterian Church. Joe taught me how to work on short wave transmitters and Edna helped Donna with our children when we first started our missionary journey as a family in Swaziland back in 1999.

The Cox and Miller Families

Joe & Edna Miller and Paul & Donna Cox

The Coxes in Phoenix at Orangewood Presbyterian Church

Tomorrow (Nov. 8) we will be at Orangewood Presbyterian Church. We will give greetings in the 9:00AM and 10:30AM service. At 11:45AM after the second service we will give a presentation about our ministry. If you are in the Phoenix area please drop by and see us. See map.

Praise God with us for the great opportunities that we have had to share from God’s word and about the work of Africa Theological Seminary. Pray with us as we continue to share with more churches and people. Pray that we will be able to help people catch a vision for what God is doing.


The Coxes at Calvary Chapel Sun City (El Paso) Tomorrow and our Amazing God

If you are in the El Paso area please come and see us at Calvary Chapel Sun City (services at 9 and 11 – We are looking forward to a great day worshiping our Savior together. See map.

Thank you for your prayers over the past several weeks. At the beginning of October we asked for prayer for working through some relationships. Distance and time away had taken its toll. Praise be to God that He worked in some of these relationships beyond what we would have ever imagined. We are (once again) amazed at what God did.

Pray for us as we work on figuring out ways to minimize the distance and time in all our relationships.


Paul Will Preach at New Covenant Church Tomorrow – Matthew 28:16-20

Donna and I are very excited about tomorrow (Oct. 25) and the opportunity to preach Matthew 28:16-20 at New Covenant Church (NCC). Some 16 years ago, NCC sent us to go and make disciples in Africa. Tomorrow, I will share some about our journey, Africa and, by God’s grace, encourage others to go and make disciples. If you are in the Albuquerque area, Donna and I would love for you to come. There are two services, one at 9:00AM and one at 10:45AM. See map.

After the second service, there will be a Fall Fiesta at NCC with a cookout, Mariachi, fresh roasted green chili, jumpers, and activities for the kids. The event is free and all are welcome. For more info see:


Great Visits – Speaking at FBC Belen – More Visits on the Calendar

Donna’s mom, my mom and Thuy (who worked with us in Benin) have all been to Albuquerque to stay with us. It has been wonderful. This weekend is Nehemiah’s Fall Break and Donna has a family reunion in Texas. So both Nehemiah and Donna are in Dallas. Tomorrow I will share about our ministry in Kenya and preach at First Baptist Church Belen. This is the church in which I grew up so I am very excited. If you would like to come, the service starts at 10:30 and is at 401 Becker Ave., Belen, NM 87002. See map.

Next week Donna and I have lots of appointments to see people. Pray that the Lord would help us share about what He is doing in Africa. Also pray for endurance. We love to meet with people and share, although it is tiring. Please continue to pray for our relationships.


Paul, Donna & Thuy

Paul, Donna & Thuy

Grateful and Difficulties

There are many things for which I am grateful: spending time with Nehemiah and friends at OC (photo below), a couple of days in a cabin in the woods, a second car for Albuquerque, a wonderful place to stay in the Albuquerque foothills with a gorgeous view of the Sandia mountains, seeing Andy Mineo in concert with my son, the ability to catch up with many friends, the chance to make some new friends and a great birthday celebration with my wife.

I am also grateful for the opportunity that the Lord has opened up for Donna and I to develop a new relationship with Center City Church in Albuquerque. We will be speaking there about what we do in Africa for about 10 minutes tomorrow (Oct 11, 2015). If any of you are in Albuquerque and would like to come hear us share, the service starts at 10AM. Center City Church is at: 5202 2nd St. NW, ABQ 87107. (Shares a building with a TV repair shop and garage). See map.

While I am truly grateful for what God has done, there are some difficulties that Donna and I are working through with some relationships.  Sadly, distance and time away sometimes takes its toll.  We would covet your prayers and wisdom concerning these.




If we could sum up our time in the states thus far in one word it would be thankful. All your prayers over the past few weeks are greatly appreciated. Praise God with us that the girls made it back to Kenya without incident and have settled back into life at boarding school. Rejoice with us that Nehemiah is loving university and has plugged in with the Third Culture Kid program at Oklahoma Christian University (OC). Give thanks with us that Donna and I have been able to share with churches and individuals what God has done and what we hope to see Him do.

In the next couple of weeks Donna and I are trying to meet up with a number of people in the North Texas area, spend some time with her parents and get a trip to OC in before we head off to New Mexico for the month of October. Please pray for the scheduling of meetings and the meetings themselves.

Your continued prayers for our transition to International Christian Ministries would also be appreciated. Pray that God would continue to grow our prayer team and our giving team.

Lots of Miles, Snafus and Transitions

Since our last prayer blog, we have seen six countries, two Canadian providences and five US States; granted for some of these places we only saw the soil/tarmac from an airport window. Donna and the kids were detained twice by Home Land Security and subsequently missed two flights (they were detained because their travel itinerary included a two hour layover in Turkey). Four bags spent eight days wandering through Airport Neverever Land. We have arrived at the wrong airport for a flight, demonstrating that it is not only the airlines who make mistakes. We have attended two conferences, hosted one graduation party and one reception for the Cox kids. We have experienced reverse culture shock. (Since when did churches have the stage lighting match the background color of the video screen during worship?) We have had sweet reunions and fellowship with friends and family members, made a few new friends, been encouraged by many and discouraged by finding some doors locked to places we thought were home.

In a week and half we will take Nehemiah to Oklahoma Christian University for him to start his college life. The next day we will put Micah Joy and Miriam on a plane to return to Kenya to continue high school at Rift Valley Academy while we remain in the States to share the vision of our work with Africa Theological Seminary and what the Lord has done the last three years with TWR. Then the following day, we half jokingly and half seriously say, we will cry.

Praise God with us that for all the miles and snafus we are well and God provided a few helpful people in the midst of Airport Neverever Land bureaucracy who were able to help us get on our way (special thanks to Edna in Houston who searched, found and forwarded our bags to us). Pray for Nehemiah as he starts university, pray for Micah Joy and Miriam as they travel and pray for Donna and I as we launch our kids different directions and then focus on sharing what God has done and the new vision of what He will be doing at Africa Theological Seminary.

Congratulations Nehemiah!

Below Nehemiah and friends at graduation:



Below Nehemiah just after receiving his diploma:


Many thanks to those who prayed for Miriam’s passport. Praise be to God that Miriam received today an emergency passport and re-entry pass. We are thankful for the help we received from the US Embassy in Nairobi and Kenya Immigration. Soon (like really soon) we will be on our way back to the States.

Keep praying about us being in the background (see my last prayer blog for details) and glitches. Both seem to be on the rise.


Glitches and Background

We live in Africa and are used to things not going to plan, but sometimes life is glitch rich. Miriam applied for a new passport the first part of May and has yet to receive her new passport. Her current passport expires this week. In addition to needing a valid passport to travel, Miriam also needs her passport to get a new re-entry pass for Kenya so she can get in and out of Kenya. The US State Department is having problems with the passport system. We can get an emergency passport but we cannot get her entry pass put into it. Please pray that her passport comes in today or tomorrow or that Kenya Immigration will put the re-entry pass in her old passport!

We are returning to Kenya at the end of December, when we booked our tickets to come to the States we also booked our tickets to return. The airlines has canceled one of our return flights. After spending almost two hours on hold, the agent asked if it was OK to fly from Dallas to Newark have a three hour layover then fly from New York to Zurich and then on to Kenya. I did not catch the difference between Newark and New York and never in my wildest imagination would I be offered a three hour layover where I had to get baggage, get a taxi and recheck in for an international flight. So I said, OK that sounds great. Then I few minutes later I received an email with the itinerary and immediately called back and said this will not work. This has turned into quite an ordeal and countless hours on the phone with the end result being the airline is unwilling to change our tickets.

On top of these two issues, Donna has been sick, I have had computer issues plus all the normal getting ready for furlough stuff. Please pray that Donna and I are gracious and kind in our dealings with people and that there are no more glitches.

I could play the background…
and You can take the lead…

You pulled my card, I’m bluffing
You know what’s in my hand.
Me, I just roll to trust You, You cause the dice to land.
I’m in control of nothing. Follow You at any cost.
Some call it sovereign will, all I know is You the boss.
And man I’m so at ease. I’m so content.
I play the background like it’s an instrument.


This last week I have spent some time pondering Lecrae’s song Background and if I am really willing to play the background or do I try to be in the lead. It has been said that servanthood is measured by our response when others treat us like a servant. Now I have been around the Christian block enough times to know that when treated like a servant I should be gracious; and sometimes I muster enough poise to be. But even when I am poised, the screams from my heart for center stage must sound like the tantrum of a two-year old to God. What would it be like to serve and be treated like a servant and find joy. Pray that God moves me closer to this.