Rafael and Mary have been missionaries for over twenty-six years. They began their ministry in the country of Uruguay, where they trained as church planters. While serving there, their mission asked them to transfer to Barcelona, Spain, where they ministered until 1995.
Since then the Restrepos have been serving in the cities of Murcia, Torrevieja and Hondon Spain. From this base of operation, they have been assisting national workers in Cuba and North Africa.
Rafael was born in Colombia, South America, and came to live in New York at the age of nine. He accepted Christ as Savior in the cafeteria of a machine shop at the age of nineteen. His life changed quickly when he began to follow Jesus instead of the things he had learned on the streets of New York. A few months later he went off to Bible school in Arkansas where he met Mary.
Mary was raised on a farm in Nebraska and had the privilege of being reared in a Christian home and received a Christian education all the way through her college years. Both Rafael and Mary made separate commitments to serve God on the mission field. Rafael pastored churches in Arkansas, and the Bronx, New York before marrying in June of 1986. Then in January of 1987, the newlywed couple arrived on the mission field in Uruguay.
The Restrepo family consists of six members. Their children are Carina (1990) and Jessica (1992). In 1999, the family expanded to include their two nieces, Bianca (1994) and Felicia (1996). Felicia and Bianca are homeschooled and assist in the family’s ministry in Spain. Jessica is at Calvary Bible College in Kansas City majoring in Elementary Education, she also ministers to the Lord in the area of music. Carina, a graduate of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago majored in counseling and is married to Caleb Beaty. Please pray for the Restrepos as they minister in this corner of God’s vineyard.