Following the Call to Ministry
Not Journeying Alone
During this fall season, Pastor Nixon Solomon reflects on how grateful he is to have transitioned to his calling at First Baptist Church in Thompson, MB. But it has been a journey getting there, and his family has yet to join him.
The last time he saw his wife and two sons was in India, and under less-than-favourable conditions, when his mother-in-law had a medical emergency. CBWC, Northmount Baptist Church and Sonrise Baptist Church helped him during his time of need, and he’s so thankful that God provided for him through them.
Before coming to Canada, Pastor Nixon was pastoring an all-Hindu Convert Church called Bethel Baptist Thiruchabai (“Church” in Tamil is Thiruchabai). Having pioneered this church since 1997, he mentored a young man who was a Hindu convert and saw him being led into full time ministry. In 2011, he saw a need to help train pastors without formal theological education.
For the next three years, Pastor Nixon self-funded a ministry called Foundation for Disciplemakers, which was a training in disciple-making for pastors who were not able to go to school. Over 50 pastors were trained on the job in various locations. He wasn’t able to sustain it however, as he had no source of reliable income.
In 2013, the Calgary Christian Tamil Church asked Pastor Nixon to find a Tamil pastor who could speak fluently in English and Tamil. After being unable to find someone who fit the need, he was asked if he would consider the position. He accepted the offer.
“I am convinced that the Lord has a plan for me here and the price I pay is my struggle with being separated from my family.” —Pastor Nixon
While in Canada, Pastor Nixon was mentored by Pastor Greg Butt and Northmount Baptist Church. He saw the deep need for ministers who would serve; he prayed and was led to remain in Canada. “I am convinced that the Lord has a plan for me here and the price I need to pay is my struggle with being separated from my family,” he said.
Amidst the changes, the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada have helped to sustain him through his challenges. As of now, one challenge preventing his family from coming is corruption in the passport office in India. Pastor Nixon knew a full-time job would help his family in the process. So he approached his Alberta Regional Minister and mentor to assist him in finding a full-time pastor position.
During the interview with FBC Thompson, the leadership recognized that a complete job could help bring Pastor Nixon’s family to Canada. They made it a priority to do everything to reunite them and have taken on sponsorship of his family.
Pastor Nixon and his wife know that he has been called to minister in Canada and this knowledge helps sustain them through the hardship of being apart. “I really look forward to being available for the Lord to use me as He wills,” he says.