Reuben "Uncle Bud" Robinson, 1860-1942
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Reuben "Uncle Bud" Robinson
Uncle Bud Robinson was born in a log cabin in the primitive
mountain region of Tennessee. When he was 16, his father
died, and his mother sold what little they had and moved to
Texas. After an unsuccessful endeavor as a sharecropper, Bud
hired out as a ranch hand. In August of 1880, during a camp
meeting, he felt deep conviction for his sin and received
Christ as his Saviour and was gloriously saved. That same
night, while lying under the wagon with his hat on a mesquite
stump for a pillow, the Lord called him to preach.
Although he had no education and stuttered so badly
that he could hardly tell his name, yet in the first year of
his ministry he saw about 300 conversions in his meetings. On
January 10, 1893, he married Miss Sallie Harper at
Georgetown, Texas. For two years he served the Hubbard cir-
cuit, but the remaining 60 years of his ministry were given
to evangelism. While lacking formal education, Uncle Bud had
a wisdom all of his own. It was an unusual insight into the
purpose for the redeemed man here on earth, a holy walk, day
His philosophy is seen in the following prayer he
prayed each morning: "O Lord, give me a backbone as big as a
sawlog, and ribs like sleepers under the church floor. Put
iron shoes on me and galvanized breeches, and hang a wagon-
load of determination in the gable end of my soul. And help
me to sign the contract to fight the devil as long as I have
a vision, and bit him as long as I have a tooth, and then gum
him till I die! Amen!"
During his long ministry, it is estimated that Uncle
Bud traveled over 2,000,000 miles, preached over 33,000 ser-
mons, witnessed more than 100,000 conversions, personally
gave more than $85,000.00 in helping young people with their
Christian education, secured over 53,000 subscriptions to his
church paper, The Herald of Holiness, and wrote 14 books and
sold more than 500,000 copies.
In spite of his handicaps and physical ailments,
speech impediment and lack of education, he made the Who's
Who of California. From Boston to Los Angeles, thousands
thronged to hear him, charmed by his homespun wit and his
unique presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His life
was one of activity, and his will to his dying hour was to
serve his Lord. He went to be with the Lord on November 2,
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