Tom’s parents, Russ and Margaret Jackson, were among the early missionaries and pioneers of TEAM’s work in then Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Tom completed high school by correspondence while living on a remote bush mission station in Zimbabwe and God used that experience to build in his heart a deep desire and commitment to serve God in missions.
Lois grew up on Long Island, New York. Her parents loved the Lord and were active in giving and supporting missions. Lois responded to God’s call in her life to serve Him and attended Northeastern Bible College in Essex Fells, New Jersey to train for ministry. It was there that Tom and Lois met. As God lead Tom and Lois together, they forged a mutual commitment to serve Him in Africa.
Tom and Lois were accepted by TEAM for missionary service in 1976. They arrived in Zimbabwe on January 1, 1977. After a year of language study and enculturation, Tom and Lois began their ministry of evangelism and church planting. They had the joy of seeing the birth of several new churches and seeing many come to faith in Christ. They also provided a home for missionary children whose parents worked in remote locations. In addition, Tom discovered a gift for accounting and began to manage the finances for the field.
In January 2006, TEAM asked Tom and Lois to return to the States to serve at TEAM’s Carol Stream office. Tom was asked to serve as Manager of Missionary Finance, serving the world-wide missionary family of TEAM. They served there until 2014 when God began to stir their hearts to return to overseas service. In April 2015 they left the Carol Stream office and returned to Zimbabwe to answer an invitation of the national church for help as discipleship mentors. They wanted to help the Church be the Church by helping to link city churches with rural communities and partner with rural congregations in discovering ways to serve their communities through farming, education and health care alongside evangelism and outreach. These days their greatest joy is the time spent in the villages alongside Zimbabwean pastors and believers engaging in creative outreach and encouraging the growth of the church, helping people come to know and love the Lord.
The Jacksons have four grown children and 12 grandchildren all who love the Lord. They love gardening, raising chickens, camping and fishing. They love being with the people in village communities and the friendships they form along the way. And they love the way God uses His people in creative partnerships to engage a lost world with the hope of the Gospel.