Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Our New Blog/Support Letter!

Hello Everyone!

This is the support letter that Shannon wrote last week. We sent it out via email but we wanted to make sure everyone could see it. Thanks for reading and please pray about what you could do. Thank you so much!

The Support Letter!

I found myself weeping, singing in the loudest voice I could muster through the tears, "Pour us out into the world, pour us out into the world." I remembered when I was sitting in a small lunch hall with 12 other interns listening to Lou Engle telling us that if we hear a song, read a book or watch a movie and it overtakes us in our beings, then it is a part of who we are, in our DNA. I sit and reread the words I have written in my journal, "Come fly, come soar, come away with me, I want to give you more!" My heart feels the faithfulness of Jesus.
Funny thing is, this is supposed to be a support letter. I look over and find a piece of paper that someone in France gave to me. It reads, Job 22:21-30, "You will pray to Him and He will hear you… What you decide on will be done and light will shine on your ways."
Many of you know that Blake and I, Shiloh and Arrow took a crazy leap of faith into missionary training in January. We sold or gave away what we couldn’t take with us in response to the Lord simply saying to us, "GO!" The past few months we have been spending time with family and praying that the Lord would make clear the next step of our journey.
One of the school leaders in Hawaii said, "Sometimes God does not call you to a place, He calls you to a people". We feel for the next year God is calling us to return to Hawaii and run with the amazing family He has given us there. We have been invited to do the one year leadership track and staff the next Fire and Fragrance school. We will be discipling and leading teams of students while continuing to be discipled and trained by some of the most solid, Godly men and women we have ever met. We feel incredibly honored to be summoned by Jesus to continue on this journey. We are required to raise monthly support and are asking you to pray! Pray that the Lord would have you sow into our family as we sow into young people who will be changing the world!
$875 a month covers our families living and eating expenses on base. Shiloh’s school starts September 12th
 and is $125 a month. We must all have health insurance and, of course, general monthly expenses. We are believing for $2000 a month. We know that supporting a family sounds overwhelming but maybe instead of eating out, send us the money instead! This is a huge step of faith for us and we know it is for you as well! We will be leaving in 4 weeks depending on responses! We cannot wait to hear from you all. Thank you for loving our family and keeping us in your prayers. Please let us know if you are making a one time gift or will be continuing with monthly support. Any amount will be great. You can give at our blog ( or you can mail a check to:
Blake and Shannon Casteel
3170 Heathstead Pl.
Charlotte, NC 28210

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