Greetings all,

Just wanted to let you know that we made it up to the province with no issues. We didn’t have to have another covid test to board the plane – just show them our vaccination cards. It was good to finally be back to our old stomping grounds, but all of us were fairly exhausted from the long trip, plus Tina had a bad sinus infection along with a nagging cough.

The day after arriving we had to report to our mission office to turn in photocopies of our passport and visa so they could, in turn, report us to the provincial police. Yes, everything here is quite different with lots of reporting to do wherever we travel.

The last couple of days we have been able to reconnect with our Wana coworkers here in town along with many of our ex-pat coworkers as well.

This morning I spoke at our church here in town which was followed by a potluck dinner. We really enjoyed the fellowship during and after the meal. Tomorrow, Geoff and I will be headed to a city on the far east of this island. There we will be meeting with missionary teams from two different ethnic groups. Pray as we try to help and encourage these missionary teams in their respective ministries. After these meetings, we will be returning back here to the provincial capital where we will have a couple of days turn around before heading into Wana. BTW – Tina is now feeling much better so we are really thankful for that. Thanks for all your prayers – they are much appreciated.

Picking up a little fruit at the local fruit stand

Update: 3/31/2022

Greetings all

Genesis 1:26 – And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness……”, Matthew 28:18-19 – “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

The above three verses explain to us the great commission and our part in it – we were created to be God’s images and to reflect Him to the whole world. The Wana believers are a little people but casting a big image. The below pictures show some of what the Lord is doing in the area. This morning 4 people followed the Lord in believer’s baptism, and 5 were handed out their certificates for passing the literacy course – yes, 5 more now able to read God’s word on their own for the first time. For me, this news just made a good day even better!

Geoff and I just returned from the eastern coast of the island from meeting with missionary teams working in two separate language groups. It was a blessing to work alongside some of our Wana pastors as we met with these teams to try and encourage them and help them through some of the challenges they are currently facing. On Tuesday Geoff, Tina, and I will be boarding our small helicopter and going to another village. We will be there about 10 days reconnecting with the Wana people whom Geoff grew up with, meeting with the pastors from all our Wana churches, and also holding a church-wide Bible conference. During this time they will also be holding a memorial service for our much-missed co-worker, Steve Rosengren, who went to be with the Lord this past December. Our plans are to return back out to town on April 8th or 9th. We will be out of email contact during this time so you won’t hear back from us until sometime after that.

God Bless you all and thanks for praying for us!

Ed, Geoff, & Tina

P.S. Thanks for praying for Tina she is feeling back to normal now.

 

A pastor on the right along with his dad baptizing the 4 believers. He was one of the pastors helping us with the consultant meetings during this past week.

The 5 literacy students receiving their certificates. The lady on the far right and her husband, the fellow in the middle, are a part of our Wana Team. She has been heading up the literacy program in this village.

Blessings,

Ed Casteel

Church Planting Asia Pacific