When God Calls, Jim Answers
Jim Fox has been an effective and influential WEI short-term missionary in Albania for a quarter of a century. By worldly standards Jim has reason to be proud, but he is one of the kindest, most humble, and most spiritually-minded men I know.
Jim graduated from law school at the University of Memphis in 1970 and distinguished himself as an attorney during the next twenty-two years. At Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), he served as a trial attorney and rose in rank to Vice President and Deputy General Counsel.
Since his retirement in 2001, Jim has worked with his lovely wife, Susan, at Knoxville Christian School, free of charge. At KCS, he has served as Principal, President, and CEO.
Jim also serves as an elder of the Hardin Valley Church of Christ in Knoxville and as a valuable member of the WEI board of directors.
The students at Knoxville Christian School love Jim. So do his WEI students in Albania. He not only teaches them English and the Bible; he also prays with them and encourages them. His humble spirit draws them to Jesus and often leads them to the waters of baptism.
These accolades probably will make Jim feel uncomfortable. That is not our goal. Our aim is to recognize Jim as God’s man. That is why God is using him as an humble servant.
One of Jim’s students this summer was a young Albanian woman named Fjori Zani (pronounced “Fee-o’-ree”).
Sadete Hoxha, the WEI secretary in Tirana, writes, “Fjori was a WEI student this summer, and her first teacher was Lois Huffman. She continued her studies with Woody Byars and Sarah Cobb. Fjori continued the advanced level with Jim Fox.
“We are so grateful to Jim. He followed up on the Summer Session and taught seven students every day for two weeks (August 20-31). Now, Fjori Zani is our new sister-in-Christ . On August 31, she received salvation in the waters of baptism.”