Quick Ministry Facts

New Tribes Mission Profile Name: Ed & Jeanne Casteel Mission: New Tribes Mission Field: Asia Pacific Ministry: Translation and Church Planting Tribe: Wana TribeDate Ministry Began: 1979Number of Believers: 1,500Number of Churches: 6 Business Address:New Tribes Mission1000 East First StreetSanford, Florida 32771-1487Phone: (407) 323-3430Correspondence Address:Ed & Jeanne CasteelBox 124Litchfield, NE 68852Phone: (308) 446-2564e-mail: ed_casteel@ntm.org  


Ed is the son of Ralph and Norma Casteel. He was born in Broken Bow, Nebraska and grew up on a farm in Westerville, Nebraska. He attended church regularly as a small child. At age nine, Ed attended an after-school Bible time presented by two missionaries. It was there that the gospel was made clearContinue reading History


  Due to economic factors we have lost some monthly support this past year and have a need to raise our monthly support level. Cost: $500/month   We have just completed translating the Phase 1 “Creation to Life of Christ” chronological lessons.  We need to get at least 50 of these books into the handsContinue reading Projects

Current Ministry

Ed and Jeanne Casteel serve with New Tribes Mission in the Asia Pacific. There they have been ministering to a tribal people for the past 33 years. During that time, six churches have been established with approximately 1500 believers. In addition, they have been involved in Scripture translation and Bible lesson development together with theirContinue reading Current Ministry

Owininga Tribe

Mt Stoney – the Croots lived at the base on the left To get to the Owininga in 1975, the Croots had to take a two-hour truck ride and a one-hour boat ride to Ambunti on the Sepik River. They stayed there overnight. Early the next morning, they would embark on a ten-hour boat tripContinue reading Owininga Tribe


Doug was born in Western Australia, 254 miles (400 km) north of Perth, in a wheat and sheep growing area. He was born into a family with Christian parents, and has two older brothers and an older sister, and two younger brothers. Their family attended a small country church of around 50 people, and DougContinue reading History

Bena Bena Tribe

The Bena Bena is an animistic tribe. They believe that everything is controlled by spirits. There is a spirit that causes their gardens to produce well or not to produce well. There is a spirit that brings the rain or holds the rain back. They have spirits that possess their houses, stones, trees and animals.Continue reading Bena Bena Tribe

Current Ministry

The Fosters actually have a dual ministry. They are involved full-time with the Bena Bena people, but also work as culture advisors teaching classes with Interface (ITF). This gives the students some hands on experience with tribal missionaries. They give input to the ITF staff on how to keep good relationships with the Bena BenaContinue reading Current Ministry

Life at the Luyendyks

Living in Sinow provides many experiences that a person just wouldn`t enjoy outside of an isolated jungle location. Have you ever had to duck from thumb-sized beetles dive-bombing your eyebrows? Have you ever been startled awake by the sound of giant fruitbats bouncing off the clothes line, trying to be the first one up toContinue reading Life at the Luyendyks

Sinow Stats

Sinow is a tribal village situated on a large jungle river that flows through northwestern Papua New Guinea. “Sinow” sounds like “see no”, when spoken. Location — Sinow is alongside the Upper Sepik River, about 50 km from Irian Jaya border. Population — There are about 260 people in the village of Sinow; and combinedContinue reading Sinow Stats

Call to Missions

First let me start by saying, I had no plans on being a foreign missionary. I knew since I was seventeen, when I surrendered to preach, that I would be in full-time service to the Lord. I always thought that I would be pastoring somewhere in America. When I began serving as Assistant Pastor atContinue reading Call to Missions


Terry I was raised on the outskirts of Cleveland, Ohio, and during that time my family and I would attend the Catholic church. We only attended a few times a year. When I was six years old, my parents divorced. My brother and I stayed with my mother and we ended up moving close toContinue reading Testimony

Current Ministry

The Lord has led us to the island of New Ireland. New Ireland is one of Papua New Guinea’s many islands. It is a very narrow island that is about 200 miles long, and has over 100,00 people on it. We are working in the southern part of the island, doing church planting. Our firstContinue reading Current Ministry


Christian Reformed World Missions – the mission organization that supports us Two websites that give you Haitian information and current events: Windows on Haiti Haitian Times


Howard and Ruth both were raised in homes where Christ was center and service to Him was a high value. It was in their early years that they came to know and accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of their lives. Howard believes that his father’s work with Christian Reformed Home Missions with NativeContinue reading History

Needs List

The Van Dam Family In January we will celebrate 18 years of life and ministry in Haiti. The work has evolved quite a bit, but we still feel a strong sense of God’s vision and calling to serve our partners here in this place. Howard’s main foci are with our three partners, the Ministry ofContinue reading Needs List

Current Ministry

Christian Reformed World Missions and Christian Reformed World Relief Committee are two mission agencies of the Christian Reformed Church of North America. In Haiti these two agencies join together in ministry. They are called “Sous Espwa,” meaning “Source of Hope” in Haitian Creole. Our mission strategy for church and community development involves partnering with severalContinue reading Current Ministry


DAVID Dave was born in Albury N.S.W. Australia. His parents moved to Queensland soon after he was born so he grew up in Central Queensland amongst wheat, cattle and sapphire mining. His parents were Christians but he resisted committing his life to the Lord until he was 17 years of age. Soon after that, heContinue reading History

Previous Ministry

We arrived in PNG in April 2009. We served a year as dorm parents! We were excited to have 7 teenagers staying with us throughout the school year. After that came our aviation ministry. Our aviation ministry: Enabled the church planting missionaries to spend more time in the tribe by providing timely transportation of themContinue reading Previous Ministry