Rob is serving in various ministry roles at Miramichi Valley Church while training to be sent out as a church planter in the near future. Rob is a gifted and faithful evangelist. He is married to Chantelle, and they have just been blessed with the arrival of twin girls.
Testimony of Conversion
I was saved at the age of sixteen. I grew up in a Christian family and first made a profession of faith when I was five. I remember hearing about hell and being sure that I did not want to go there. As a result, I prayed the sinner’s prayer. That is all I remember about my first profession of faith. The next several years of my life, before I actually got saved, I did not think much about God or meeting Him on Judgment Day. God was not a reality in my life. Even though there was a form of godliness, there was no power. I lived my life for myself, and I was not concerned about Jesus or about people dying and going to hell. I just lived to have fun and to hang out with my friends.
However, in the summer of 2006, God intervened in my life. That summer, I went to work as a counselor at a Bible camp in Quebec, and it was there that I genuinely came to saving faith. God actually used my co-counselor to open my eyes and to awaken me. While the other staff members were all sleeping, he would wake up early in the morning to pray and read God’s Word; this really made me question myself, because I barely ever read the Scriptures or spent time alone in prayer. I was also impacted by how he would preach to the campers during “cabin time.” I worked at a few camps before and knew that it was hard to get the children’s attention; but he had their complete attention (as well as my own) as he preached the gospel of Jesus Christ.
One day during the second week of camp, he came up to me and asked if I would like to learn how to share my faith. Then he put me in a position that no preacher had ever put me in before – eternity! He asked me if I died and stood before God in judgment, would I be seen as innocent or guilty? I said that I thought I would be innocent. He then asked if I considered myself to be a good person. I said yes. Finally, he asked me if I were to be judged based on God’s commandments would I still be a good person in His sight?
I had never really thought about that before. So my co-counselor proceeded to go through some of the Ten Commandments with me. He asked me if I had ever told a lie, and if I had ever stolen something. At that moment, an amazing thing happened: the Holy Spirit brought to my memory a time (when I was about four years old) that I stole a toy car from my friend. This was still on my conscience after all that time!
The more commandments we went through, the more convicted and guilty I felt, realizing that God could see my heart. I confessed that I had indeed broken all of God’s commandments. So, having walked through this with me, he asked me again: would I be innocent or guilty? It was now clear to me that I would be guilty. When he asked if I would go to heaven or hell, I looked at the ground and acknowledged that I would go to hell. There was a moment of silence; then he shared the gospel of Jesus Christ and what He actually did for me so that I could be forgiven of my sins. After he explained the gospel to me, the bell rang, and he left to get our campers. Before I did anything else, I went to the cabin by myself and got down on my knees by my bed and confessed to God in prayer. I walked out of that cabin a new man!
That is when I truly got saved, though at first I did not realize that what happened to me was conversion. I was confused, because people were telling me that I only “rededicated my life to Christ” or now was “on fire”; but all I knew is that God did something in my life, and now I really wanted to live for Him.
I did not come to a full understanding of what had happened to me until a couple months later when I was back at home. I found a message on the internet called “The Shocking Youth Message.” After I heard that sermon, I was so broken that I wept profusely, because I realized that I had just been saved that week of Bible camp – any time before that, if I had died, I would have said to God, “Lord, Lord, did I not pray in Your name, go to church in Your name, and work at camps in Your name?”; and God would have replied, “I never knew you, depart from me you worker of lawlessness.” I wept because I knew this was true, but at the same time I rejoiced that God had saved me.
God has been working in me a great deal lately; it seems that the more God is at work in me, the more I realize how small I am and how little I know. In this past month, God has really burdened me to reach the younger generation. Working with the youth and seeing the things to which they are exposed and in which they are getting involved at such a young age – my heart has been so grieved. My country will soon be in a hopeless state if something does not change and the Lord continues to tarry. We have such a desperate need, and nothing can reverse it unless God comes down.
What is the need of my country? I think of what Leonard Ravenhill once said, that the worst thing a country can lose is not its military power or its strong economy and prosperity but the true gospel of Jesus Christ. That is the worst thing a country can lose, and that is exactly what has been lost in my county. Please pray that God would have mercy upon this land!
During this past month, as I have been working on the native reservation, I have had opportunities to witness to some of the aboriginals. Please pray for the conversion of these people, that they would see the sinfulness of their sin before a holy God and that they would be convicted and turn to Christ for salvation.
I continue leading a meeting for youth on Fridays as an outreach to the lost in the community. I have been teaching them about the claims that Jesus and His disciples made about Him. Every message, I have been aiming to exalt Jesus for who He is according to the Scriptures, all the while praying for conversions. Not only have I been reaching out to them when I preach a message but I also make it my intention to engage them in personal, one-on-one conversations to witness to them. Many have become convinced that they are sinners who deserve hell, and many who thought they were saved because of a prayer are now convicted that they are lost. Pray that God would break their hearts and that they would call upon the name of the Lord and be saved!