March Updates from the Rastelli family

 


Dear Pastors and Praying Friends,

This week I went to my first funeral here in Bosnia. Last Friday a friend called to let me know that his wife had died that day. The following day as is customary here I went to his house with a bag of coffee, cakes, and sugar as a gift and then sat and talked with him for an hour. They had been married for 55 years. He is Catholic and his wife was Muslim. Muslim funerals are called dženaza here and Monday I went to her's

Her funeral was very different from any any funeral I have ever been to. Normally only men go to this funeral and it starts with Imam's leading the men in a prayer. Then they move to the place that the body will be buried. After they set the body in the grave they proceed to shovel dirt on to the grave. The men that are there take turns shovelling till all the dirt is on the grave. Then the Imam will ask if anyone has anything against the departed and if they do to forgive that person of whatever wrong they have committed. Then the Imam will proceed to kneel and pray. After they are done praying people set flowers on the grave and go home. 

When the funeral was over I spoke to my friend for just a minute and he said, now you see how it goes, once they go it is forever and they never come back. How true this statement really is. People only have one life to believe the truth and that is it. Truly we have a job to do in preaching the Gospel in all the world. Please pray for the people of Bosnia that they would believe the Gospel before it is too late. 

Yours for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Micah and Kathryn Rastelli

 

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