What a day to update all of you on how the Casteels are doing! We are quite well. Shannon is beautiful as always. She is 5 months pregnant with another amazing, beautiful child. We are waiting until the baby is born to find out the gender. Shiloh is practically taller than me and only growing to be more beautiful like her mother. Arrow is the funniest person I have ever been around! It is never a dull moment with her. She is growing in Shannon's beauty as well, Thank God! She does have my amazing eyes. I just wrote that to make myself feel a touch better.
The Lord is so good to us. We have been through the fire this last year but it feels so good to say that Shay and I are more refined than ever. My Selah Praise, although lost for now but rescued by Him, is one of the greatest gifts of my life. I will never forget her beauty and that the way I remember her now is not the way I will see her in eternity. I know the Lord is her joy. The Lords joy is in her and her joy is complete. Shay and I are steadfast and found faithful. We miss our daughter but we love the Lord in greater measure than ever!
Shay and I wanted to update you all on our lives, our family and our needs. We are currently leading the Leadership Track here on the Kona Ywam base. It has been such a privilege to run with all of those in the track and on this base. The Lord has blessed with this amazing opportunity. We are helping to raise up radical leaders that are going to be capable to lead anywhere and in any situation. The 40 that are in the track right now are coming alive in scripture, knowledge of Christ and community. We are only growing in this time. The Lord is so good to us.
We do have some needs that we would like to bring before you all. Our commitment to this base is, at least right now, until December. We are praying that we will have the opportunity to fly home in July to visit family and friends. Currently, we do not have the money to be able to do this! However, it is much needed as we have been here since october with no break and the baby is coming in september! We know that this will be a good time to meet with supporters concerning what we have been doing for these last 7 months and what we believe we are doing the rest of this year.
As some of you know, the Lord has put it on our hearts to go and plant a community in San Francisco. I know what some of you are thinking, but the Lord desires San Francisco to be revived. We pray for this city daily. We believe that we are called to be some of the righteous people to live in this city and pray in the change. We want to establish community, get jobs in the city and get to know those who need Jesus and family. Shay and I have such a heart for this city to know the Lord. We are hoping to take a scouting trip there this summer. We have a few contacts that we want to get to know and build relationship with. We believe that it is important for us to do this to see what is already established and to know what we can and need to do. We have about six people right now that plan on going with us to plant next year.
I am also praying about going to London in July to help with the London Circuit Riders. This is a 2 week school to prepare youth and young adults to go and preach the gospel effectively just as the the circuit riders did in the 1700's. This is a desire of mine. We will be sharing the gospel at the Olympics this summer. We believe this is a very strategic time to preach the gospel because for a month, all of the nations will be in one city!
We are asking you to please pray about a role you can play in seeing the Kingdom advanced through Shay and I and our dreams. We are needing more monthly support to live with the baby coming in September. With the travels we are hoping to go on this summer, we need $8,500. We now have to buy a plane ticket for Arrow since she is 2yrs old and no longer can be a lap child. Would you please pray and see if the Lord would like you to help us in this season? We do need monthly support but, if you would rather, we would absolutely receive one time gifts. You can give to us on our PayPal link or you can mail checks to:
Blake and Shay Casteel
75-5851 Kuakini Hwy #372
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Thank you all for supporting us these last 7 months with your prayers and finances.
We love you all.