Why No Matter Who You Are, You Are A Missionary: An Interview With Conway Robinson

   

Missions are at the heart of what it means to be a Christian. Spreading the Gospel is not something consigned to just a few missionaries in far away lands or by paid church staff reaching out to a local community. Every Christian is a missionary. Every Christian, no matter what age, what career path, or how busy, is responsible for making disciples, serving those in need, and act as the living representatives of Jesus Christ on earth.

In highlighting this call, we caught up with Conway Robinson—an average twenty-something college student who has dedicated his summer to serving and ministering in Costa Rica.

(Jonathan Keck) Tell us a little a bit about your story before God called you and where He has taken you since you gave your life to Christ?

(Conway Robinson) After the separation of my parents, I quickly became one of independence and self-reliance. At the age of 16 I willing chose, after finally being given the freedom to do so, to no longer attend church. Leaving what was a traditional “pew” meeting, I quickly walked the many avenues of this world seeking nothing more than a quick fix, instant gratification, and self-dependability…all of which had no need for any god. I was a good person who did good things. I got good grades and had good friends. I had good goals that would ultimately result in even more good things. It wasn’t until the beginning of college in 2006 that God revealed himself continuously making clear the necessity of His very being in my life. During this time He molded into my heart a desire to serve others near and far. Through the entire process I have been blessed tremendously, not by wealth, not by success, and not by fame of any extent, but rather by His extended hand which has gracefully given me a new, real, and powerful faith and hope for tomorrow.

(Keck) When and How did God call you to Costa Rica?

(Robinson) Leaving the “pew,” I desired to be a part of something that was not merely stagnant, but actively and intentionally serving something much greater than myself. In February of 2008, God invited me to learn what He was all about and to share in his business. The business of “giving life to the dead and calling things that are not as though they were.” God wanted me to experience and witness who He is, what He does, and how He does it. He had Costa Rica in mind. Partnering with the Christian Light Foundation (CLF), I have served with four teams, one of which I had the opportunity to lead. In addition, I also have served as an intern for seven weeks during the summer of 2010 and this year for three months

(Keck) What has God done in, through, and around you while serving the Gospel and people of La Finca?

(Robinson) Responding to God’s call to be a servant has not only allowed me to be an eyewitness of His glory revealed here in Costa Rica, but has also pierced my heart for such areas that may be just around the corner which I so unfortunately have walked by or intentionally ignored. God desperately desires to know and jealously seeks to have a relationship with the forgotten, ignored, and misplaced…as well as the rich, wise, and successful. I have learned that God is constantly at work in, through, and around me. The extent to which I wish to serve, experience, and glorify God in the midst of self-sustainability, pride, and success is dependent on the level in which I chose to make myself vulnerable to the very hand of God…a tool ready to be used. I have learned that there are broken lives, lost individuals, and bruised hearts everywhere…all of whom are in need of “the power of the gospel”. These individuals exist in my family, my neighborhood, my church body, and my city. It is my prayer that I can obediently learn from the leadership and discipleship that is a lifestyle from those of the New Life Church of Costa Rica. My prayer mirrors that of Paul’s challenge in that I would “bring the good news” in every opportunity I have to serve… “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Conway Robinson is currently a student at the California State University of Los Angeles, where he is working towards the completion of a B.A. in Political Science/Public Administration and a B.S. in Fire Protection Administration and Technology. In addition, he is also a student at Rio Hondo Community College where he is working on an A.S. Degree in Fire Science, as well as an EMT Certification. But with all this, he finds time to serve and spread the gospel. So can we all.

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  • naya

    So encouraged and challenged by Conway and his testimony! God is definitely using him in big ways not only to share the Gospel with the people in Costa Rica but to also encourage and challenge those close to home :-) So proud and blessed to call him friend!! Thanks for the interview with him Jon…I really enjoyed reading it :-)

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