Rob’s Testimony

cropped-family-pic-20181.jpg    I was blessed of God to be born and raised in a Christian home. At the age of five, I understood that Jesus had died to pay for my sins and save me from hell. I knelt by my bed and asked the Lord to take me to heaven when I died. At the age of seven, I was baptized into the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana where my family still attends and is actively involved.

My last year of Junior High, I responded to God’s call on my life to preach. I participated in the preaching competition at camp and God confirmed that He wanted me to preach. At the time, I was very interested in aviation and had always wanted to be a pilot. So, I combined my will with what I knew God wanted me to do and said I was called to be a missionary pilot. I continued to say this all through High School and into college.

As I drew near my senior year of High School, God had not opened the door for me to get a pilot’s license. However, through attending college days at Heartland Baptist Bible College, I did know that God wanted me to study for the ministry at Heartland. I still applied to a couple of other colleges, but God continued to point toward Heartland—which doesn’t have an aviation program. So, I went for my first year as a missions major, saying I might not do all four years if a door opened up to get my pilot’s license. That door never opened—and believe me, I looked. My senior year at Heartland, God finally got a hold of my heart, and I committed my life to His will, whether I ever fly another plane or not. That same night, God revealed to me His next step for my life.

I had worked with Rebekah Williamson in the deaf ministry. We had been in a class or two together. I had picked her up from work while I was driving shuttle for the college. Yet, I barely knew her name. I had never noticed her the way I did that night. I knew, that night, she was the one God wanted me to marry—now, just to convince her of that! I began that night to get to know her better, and the more I learned about her, the more I loved her. We started courting in April of 2012, but Bekah’s parents did not want her to get married before she finished her four-year missions degree—she had two years left. I decided to use these two years to continue learning there at Heartland, and thus entered the Grad School program at Heartland to further my education. That was a growing time for both of us. We established standards and asked people to keep us accountable to our wedding day.

On June 7, 2014, Bekah and I were married. We moved back to Indianapolis, Indiana where I became the missions intern at Lighthouse Baptist Church. While we were there, we were able to put into practice what we had learned at Heartland and learn ministry from a more hands-on perspective. We were also able to start getting ready for our next step as missionaries.

In January of 2015, I was able to make a “Burden Catching” trip to Peru. The Lord had seemed to be opening doors for us to go to Peru, but I still hadn’t caught a burden for the field. While I was in Peru with the Lindsey family, Brother Markos and I took several drives through villages and towns in the area, most of which had no witness of the gospel. While there, I definitely caught a burden for the people of Peru. I saw the need. I saw some of the potential of what God could do through my family there. We finally made it to Peru in November of 2019.  God allowed us to get settled in Peru right before Covid-19 hit and everything got shut down for almost a year.  But God allowed us to be a held to the church in Huancayo during that time.  I was able to provide equipment for streaming services and eventually purchase a computer for the church so we didn’t have to reconnect everything every time.  I was able to help with putting a new floor in the church and helped financially with purchasing pews as well.  I was also able to preach a few times in Spanish.

In June of 2021, we returned to the States to have our fourth son.  During that time, God confirmed in our hearts that He wants us to work with the deaf in the States.  We are currently working through that transition and I will, Lord willing, start classes at IUPUI for ASL/interpreting in the fall of 2022.