Letters from Amy Robinson
Amy ended mission service with PC(USA) World Mission in 2011
Amy Robinson came under appointment as a long-term volunteer in June 2008 and was commissioned by the 218th General Assembly of the PC(USA) in San Jose, California. She went through missionary orientation in July 2008 and started work as U.S. coordinator of Pasos de Fe, one of six sites along the U.S.-Mexico border that are part of the Presbyterian Border Ministry.
Amy facilitates the visits of church groups that want to participate in mission: she schedules and coordinates the visits, working with her colleagues from the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico to plan the work, worship, and living arrangements.
This will not be Amy’s first appointment as a PC(USA) mission worker: she served one year (2003-2004) in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a Young Adult Volunteer. There, Amy served Third Presbyterian Church as the primary staff person of the congregation of 20 people after the minister’s retirement. She planned and prepared worship and staffed the after-school program, among other duties.
Amy also served for a month in Colombia as a human rights accompanier in August 2006. There she assisted human rights workers document the infractions of the laws of war by paramilitary groups.
Amy credits her experience in Colombia as giving her a new understanding of her faith. She writes, “While I was an accompanier in Barranquilla, I lived on the campus of a seminary and spent my days either in their office, meeing with local leaders among the displaced, or visiting sites around Barranquilla. This brought me to a new understanding of my own faith. Spending time with farmers who wanted nothing more than to return to their homes and till the land again helped me better understand my own connection with the earth. Living in a language that is not my native tongue helped me resonate more with the communication struggles of immigrants in our own nation. Seeing the risks faith demands in a context like the war in Colombia inspired me to assess how genuinely I was calculating and accepting the very different risks I shoud be taking as a U.S. citizen and as a Christian. In a way, my faith became more holistic than it was."
Amy has been active for years with the National Network of Presbyterian College Women and was on the planning committee for Presbyterian Women’s churchwide gatherings in 2003, 2006, and 2009.
Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, and a master’s of divinity from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Birthday: August 9