Almost six months before his surgery, Pastor Tim Jones didn’t even know the man to whom he was donating his kidney. At that time, he had just started Mercy Independent Baptist Church in Kannapolis, North Carolina. To raise funds, he threw a craft and bake sale on October 27, 2014.
In order to get to know his new congregation, Jones had set up an aptly named “Meet the Pastor” table at the front of the event. He even hand-selected the music he’d play during his meet-and-greet – and made sure to turn the volume up for his favorite song.
It turned out, “Sow Mercy” by the Gaither Vocal Band wasn’t just the pastor’s favorite tune. “A stranger named Don Herbert was drawn to my table,” Jones recalled to TODAY. “It turned out that ‘Sow Mercy’ was his favorite song, too.”