Hi, I’m Don Robertson. I am from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I am a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. I grew up in a Christian home and went to church each week. Although I was “religious” I was not really born-again – my life could be summed up by these words from 1 John 2:4: “He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” I claimed to know Him, but my life proved I did not. It was not until 1978 that the Lord got really got my attention and saved me. I was 20 years old and on that day I asked the Lord to forgive my sins, save my soul, and make me into the man of God He intended me to be (Romans 10:9-10, John 3:16, John 1:12, Ephesians 2:8-10).
After high school I joined my father’s cabinet shop and learned the trade, and moved into sales. Full disclosure: I have no degree, no formal training, and no letters after my name. I have not walked the halls of the great schools of theology nor sat in lecture halls among revered professors. I am a simple man of simple faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Perhaps, what was said of Jesus’ disciples can be said of me: “they…perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men…and they realized that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). The apostle Paul also speaks this way, “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called…But God has chosen the foolish…the weak…the base…and the things which are despised…that no flesh should glory in His presence” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31).
I have served my Lord and Savior for more than 40 years and my life verses mean more to me now than ever before: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). What amazes me is that the Lord can use someone like me at all to bring glory to Him.
In 1978 I sensed the Lord calling me to serve Him through the application of Jeremiah 1:4-10. In 1979 I was accepted into a small training program at a church in California called the Discipleship Intern Training Program (DITP) where a group of 12 men studied the Bible together each day. Two men discipled us – Jean Gibson and William MacDonald. During a period of 9 months, we studied through the entire Bible, as well as topical studies on major doctrines of the Bible. The mornings were filled with the verse-by-verse study of the Bible in a side room of the church. We spent afternoons and evenings studying or engaged in practical ministry opportunities ranging from evangelism, campus outreach, small group studies, home visitation, and more.
At the completion of my studies in California, I traveled with William MacDonald, and three others to 13 European countries in 3 months to serve with evangelistic teams, to teach, and to minister to missionaries and churches. It was in Vichy, France that Bill asked me if I would pray about coming to California to serve with the team at the DITP. He literally ended the conversation by saying, “Will you come starve with us?” This challenge to step out into a life of total abandonment to the Lord Jesus was appealing to me. It met the desire of my heart to trust the Lord, not only for salvation but for every practical need in my life. I chose to live by faith in the Lord, and continue to live without making any of my needs known to anyone but Him. The question lingering in my mind was this: “If God was calling me to serve Him, could I trust Him to take care of all my needs for the rest of my life?” (Spoiler alert: Yes, of course!)
It took about one year to work out the details, then I joined the DITP in 1981 as the administrator and as a teacher.
The Lord has allowed us to serve Him in various capacities and we are forever grateful. As we stepped out saying, “I Will Trust In The Lord,” we saw the Lord direct our paths. We have been amazed at how the Lord has opened doors of service for Him. I agree with the Psalmist, David, who said, “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread” (Psalm 37:25). It’s been over 40 years…and counting.
In the future, we hope to share some of our life stories to demonstrate that if God can use me, then, He can use anyone who will simply take Him at His Word and trust Him for each step of life’s journey.