Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Faithful and Called!

Hello Friends,

I hope you are all doing very well. Shay, the kids and I are doing amazing. I must apologize to you all for the length of time that has gone by since we have updated all of you! Please forgive me. We love you and are so grateful for your prayers and support. We are a truly blessed family. 

Shannon is such an amazing mother to our 3 kids and, of course, an amazing wife! She loves so well and leads amazingly. She is looked up to by all of the women at the Ywam base here. She is about to speak in the largest dts of this quarter. They have asked her to speak on redemption. She is the perfect person to teach on this! Praise God for the redemption over her life.



Shiloh is growing so fast and has far surpassed my intelectual level. She love reading and is becoming quite the amazing artist. Arrow is the funniest little girl I have ever been around. She keeps all of us here in some sort of laughter. Our favorite thing is when she starts dancing. She loves looking up to here amazing older sister. Brave is already almost 10 months. This dude is growing so fast. He is crawling so fast and is starting to get ripped from it. He is so strong. He is quickly learning that it is hilarious to take stuff from his sisters. Our kids are such an amazing blessing to us.

We have just started the 7th quarter of our leading The Awakening Leadership Track. We just did orientation yesterday. Shay and I are very excited about this new crew. There is such a hunger and expectation for the Lord. These guys and girls are hungry to see the Lord and do what he does. We are all in an understanding that we must only do what Jesus did. It is amazing to lead guys and girls that have an understanding of the fear of the Lord and know the gentleness of the love of Christ at the same time. So much can come from a community that walks in this! We are and will always be at His righteous disposal. We are all in. We must see the Gospel penetrate the lies of the enemy and see souls saved around the world. This is a desire of all of this crew. We are some of the laborers being trained for when He decides to thrust us into the nations. Please pray for us(Matt. 9:38)! We are being prepared. 

The Lord is unfolding a major destiny and purpose in our lives. The Lord has brought us to Kona to train this young YWAM staff and to prepare them for the times. He has also brought us here to be trained in leadership for when the time comes for us to be launched into the nations. We know that the enemy hates this generation. This generation has so easily given their lives to things other than what the Lord has. Passivity has rapidly grown in the lives of teenagers and the twenty somethings. The Lord has brought Shay and I to this place to train up leaders that will no longer live lives of passivity and thinking the Lord will just take care of it. He longs for us to conquer the enemy with Him. He created us for partnership. In this partnership, we of course rely on Him, but we also step into an understanding of doing things for His glory! I believe we are to walk in the same understanding that Jonathon and his armor bearer had. They knew they would be called up by the philistines. They knew that when they were called up by them that they would have to finish climbing that cliff. Only then would the Lords hand kill those philistines. He used those 2 young men to do for His glory. The enemy was slaughtered by the Lord through the young generation. The Lord longs for this to still happen. 

It is time to see this generation walking in the lifestyle of Holiness. Compromise is no longer an option. What did Jesus do? He healed the sick! He spoke truth to the sinner! He cast out Demons! He poured His life out to 12 men! Those men, with their knowledge of Christ, just happened to change the whole world by speaking the word of Christ, stepping in holiness, never allowing fear to dictate and walking in the fullness of faith! These were men who truly understood what it meant to be like Christ. We want to live this out in our lives and train young men and women of the importance of this. Jesus went to the Father so we must do our part and do what He did and greater!

shifting just a little but, we are excited to announce an opportunity we have to go and be a part of the Circuit Riders in Lancaster, PA! Circuit Riders is a training week for people to come and be trained to preach the gospel. Andy Byrd, Brian Brent, Lou Engel lead the Circuit Riders into full understanding of the simple gospel and send them out to take the truth to the lost. Circuit Riders happens each year in 5 to 7 locations. Lancaster will be the 4th one of this year. There have been thousands of salvations that have come as fruit of these Circuit Riders events. Shay and I are hoping to fly out to Pennsylvania July 31st to be at one of my best friends weddings and then staff this Circuit Riders from August 3rd to the 10th. I know that this is all last minute but we believe the Lord has spoken to us to go. Please pray and ask the Lord if you may be able to help in support of this last second opportunity. Here is a link for a video that will give you an idea!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lJ5pvsDI4M

Please continue to stand in prayer for us. We do raise support for us to be here in Kona. If you would like lto begin supporting us monthly you can do so through our paypal and or send it to our missions account(I can explain that if you are interested). This would be such a blessing  for us. We know that this is what the Lord has called us to. 

Thank you for reading and I pray that the Lord would speak to you as you ponder on these words.

Love,
The Casteels


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