Paul Robinson, pioneer missionary to Uruguay, entered his heavenly home Sunday, August 19, 2018. He was transported from his home in Smithville, Tennessee, to Vanderbilt Veterans Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, following a fall on Saturday, the 93-year-old died of cardiac arrest.
Appointed as missionaries to Uruguay in 1960, Paul and his wife Amy departed for language school in Costa Rica in August 1961. They teamed with Bill and Glenda Fulcher to plant churches along the border with Brazil. Working in rural areas outside the border-town of Rivera, the Robinsons also developed a camp for church members. A natural evangelist, Paul’s love for people translated into a desire to see them know His Savior. Paul, who never considered himself anything other than a layman, believed his status encouraged Uruguayan laymen to serve and be witnesses. The Robinsons retired from missionary service in 1992, after 32 years of service with IM. They continued ministering to Hispanics after they settled in Smithville.
Born (June 20, 1925) and raised in Tennessee, Paul served in the Navy from 1943-1946, participating in five invasions in that short span.
Although 25 years old when he came to Christ, his conversion served to instill a burden for Latin America in his heart. Living in the Detroit area, he attended Highland Park Free Will Baptist Church (now Central Oaks Community Church) to hear Cuban pastor Benito Rodriguez preach. Benito, a product of Pop and Mom Willey’s ministry in Cuba, led this future missionary to Christ. Paul served Highland Park as a layman, met and married Amy (Lucaciu), studied at Detroit Bible Institute, and attended Berlitz School of Languages at night. While serving at Hyde Park, Paul constantly interacted with missionaries. Finally, he surrendered to overseas service and the family of three moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to attend Free Will Baptist Bible College (now Welch College) for one year before heading to language school. Paul leaves behind his wife Amy, son Ken and family, and daughter Rebecca (Parker) and family, as well as numerous children in the faith.