God has given me the privilege of being Micah and Kathryn Rastelli’s pastor for several years now! I have watched as the Lord has grown Micah and Kathryn and has prepared them for the ministry that God has given them.
Micah has served as a deacon in our church for over 4 years. He has led one of our children’s ministries. He has worked in Sunday School and every other ministry in our church. Micah is the kind of deacon every pastor dreams of having. He loves Jesus. He loves his church. He serves in every way possible from the lowliest of jobs to being a highly respected spiritual leader in our church.
Kathryn is a founding member of Vision. She has been a part of our special music since the day we started the church. She is one of the sweetest ladies you will ever meet. She has served in every ministry of our church as well. Micah and Kathryn are loved at Vision. They are the heart and core of our church.
Losing Micah and Kathryn to the mission field has cost our church and me! They have been a tremendous blessing to Vision Baptist Church. I never want to see anyone go to the mission field who doesn’t cost the church to send them. Micah and Kathryn cost. That is a tremendous recommendation. We are not sending someone extra that was sitting on the pew but a family greatly used of God in our church.
Micah and Kathryn will be serving as a church planting missionaries in Bosnia. They have prepared for this for years now. They have both spent time overseas serving. They both surrendered to missions many years ago. It is time!
Micah is a man of character. He is hard working, diligent, faithful, and hungry to be used of God. Micah is taking a very big step now as he sets out to start deputation. He is leaving a successful and growing business. He really wants his life to count and is sure this is what God has for them. Bosnia is in desperate need of church planting missionaries, the kind that really start churches! Bosnia is a forgotten country. The need is great. The time is right. I ask you to help them hurry to the field.
I wanted to write to you and ask you to have Micah in. He will bless your church. He will do a good job in Bosnia. He is worthy of your support.
If you have any further questions about Micah, his character, dedication, preparation, or service please feel free to give me a call.
My wife just said that it is with great regret she approves this letter. She is feeling the loss of this family.
Yours to evangelize the world in our generation,
W. Austin Gardner