June 1, 2016

Dear Ministry Partners,

Greetings from our family to yours! We trust that each of you are enjoying the spring weather and looking forward to the summer months ahead.

This letter finds me having been home for just over a month from the Asia Pacific Islands. I left earlier this year, March 1, which meant that February was busy making preparations for the trip and all that I would be involved there. This particular trip I was involved in helping with some language and culture evaluations for some of our missionary teams who are still working on coming to a sufficient proficiency to begin teaching and translating Scripture. Three of our cross cultural teams have Wana Tribal families serving on them so we of course have a special interest in them and helping them to reach their goals. One challenge we face with our tribal missionaries is that they learn better orally than by computers and digital recorders like we westerners. Most of the language learning tools developed up to this time are more geared for the western learner so we were glad to be able to develop and leave some tools with them which would benefit them as oral learners.

April 28, 2016

Greetings all,
I just wanted to give you all a quick update on some of our Wana outreaches so you can be praying.

One of our outreaches is the village of “Kaju Poli” which means “Oak Tree”. This outreach is very difficult to get to and was stalled out due to the helicopter being down for repairs for a number of months. The people of “Kaju Poli” have had a tremendous desire to be taught the gospel and told us that if we didn’t get someone there soon then they would look elsewhere for someone to come and teach them. Our church leaders took this very seriously and three weeks ago while we were still in the tribe they sent a team of men by helicopter over to reassess the situation and to start making plans.

April 13, 2016

Greetings All,

Just wanted to let you know that the “eagle” has landed safely and that both Jeanne and I arrived home yesterday afternoon. Thanks so much for your prayers for us both during my 6 week stent in Asia Pacific. We really sensed your prayers and know that job would be impossible without you. I will now begin working on getting over some jetlag Smile

March 27, 2016

Greetings all!

Just to let you know that we have a large team of us (16 in all) headed for the Wana tribe early Monday morning our time here which will be Sunday evening your time. We will be conducting a Bible conference in one of our villages and then visiting some other villages and churches the following week. One prayer request is for the weather. It has been rainy season in the interior regions which can make the flying challenging. We would appreciate your prayers for better weather this next week and safety in all the the flying. We will be studying through 2 Peter during the conference and ask that you pray that this would be a blessing to all who attend. We will be in the tribe March 28 – April 8.

February 15, 2016

Greetings all!

Well just two weeks before I depart our little village of Litchfield, Nebraska and begin the long journey to the Asia Pacific Islands. It hardly seems possible that time is already upon me once again. For the past month our Wana co-workers and I have been busy working on doing a fairly extensive comprehension check on the Exodus translation as we work toward preparing it for a final check. With the 14 hour time difference we have to work mornings and evenings during hours in which we are awake on both sides of the world Smile. We are getting close to the end and hoping to have it finished sometime this week as we really want to complete it before I depart. We have been thankful to the Lord for good internet connections and very few dropped calls as we work on this via “Skype”.

February 1, 2016

Greetings all,

As I sit here typing this we are awaiting a blizzard to hit in a few hours time. Yes we are wishing for the balmy Asian Pacific breezes right nowSmile. Yesterday after church a good friend of mine reminded me that I had forgotten to update everyone on Jeanne’s latest appointment with the spinal surgeon. I know many have been praying for her. We want to let you know that her 12 week follow-up report from the surgeon was excellent!! She no longer has to wear the neck brace now, she is able to drive, and also able to begin increasing her lifting gradually week by week. She also has good mobility in her neck and her headaches have decreased so we have been very excited about that – “thank you Lord”, and thank each of you too for praying – we really do appreciate that. As Paul Harvey would say “So there you have the rest of the story”.

January 18, 2016

Greetings all!

It is hard to believe that we are already well into the New Year and I am sitting here thinking it is just six weeks till I depart for my next trip to Asia Pacific! Wow it seems like it is coming upon me quickly ! As Jeanne and I look back over the many wonderful years the Lord has allowed us to work with the Wana tribal people Philippians 4:1 comes to mind, “Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and my crown……” They truly are our crown and a joy to work with.

January 2016

Dear Ministry Partners,

We trust you have had a blessed Christmas and joyous New Year. We surely did even though we only had a small group of us this year. My sister and husband were not able to make it this year so we just had Jeanne’s mom and my folks here for dinner. Jeanne fixed a nice dinner then we enjoyed reading the Christmas story together followed by exchanging some gifts and then digging into the pie and ice cream along with a fresh pot of coffee. Yes it was good!

November 3, 2015

Dear Ministry Partners,

Wow, it seems like tons has happened since our last letter to you.  First of all we want to thank you so much for your prayers for both of us as I ventured off to the Asia Pacific and Jeanne held the fort on this end.  I was able to depart on schedule and was 25 hours from take off till touch down, with a stop in Chicago and in Tokyo.  One little blessing I had on the Chicago – Tokyo leg with is about 13 hours was a great seat.  I was kind of cramped in a window exit row seat when the flight attendant came and asked the gal sitting next to me if she would like to move to another seat.  She said “no” as she was traveling with the gentleman sitting on the other side of her.  The flight attendant then looked at me and said, “Well would you like to move?”  I said sure and was given an upgrade to “economy plus”…thank you Lord for that little gift!

October 16, 2015

Greetings All !

I trust all is well with you on your side of the Pacific. My time here in Asia Pacific has gone well and I have REALLY enjoyed what we have been able to be involved in. Over the past two weeks we have been able to fly into the Da’a Tribe to make a consultant visit with our team there, had another consultant with our Lauje tribal team, and also made a visit to our team working with the Banggai people. All of these three teams have Wana tribal missionaries serving on them so it is a special blessing for me to be able to be involved with them and the Wana churches as they are now sending out missionaries “cross culturally.”

September 2, 2015

Dear Co-Laborers,

Wow it is hard to believe the summer is almost gone! The school buses are running again and our church is nearly back into all of its autumn activities once again. We trust that you have had a great summer. We have both enjoyed our flower and vegetable gardens, and were also glad to be able to get away for a week of camping and fishing at a nearby lake where we enjoyed the solitude and just some time to rest and relax. We are also looking forward to another little get away to the state fair before my departure to Asia Pacific next week.

Aug 29, 2015

Greetings all,

It is hard to believe I am down to just 11 days before departure to Asia Pacific! My visa entry permit has been entered into my passport, I have tickets in hand , but still lots of last minute things to do to get ready to depart. It seems no matter how hard I try there are always tons of last minute things to do.

July 9, 2015

Greetings! We trust this letter finds you well and trust you had a wonderful “Independence Day” weekend. Even though we are losing a lot of freedoms we once had we can still be thankful for the freedoms we do have and the freedom to worship and share our faith with others. Sometimes I think weContinue reading July 9, 2015

June 2015 Casteel Capers

Greetings!

Wow it is hard to believe that summer is already here! We trust it has gotten off to a good start for you! Things with our family are going well. Geoff and Tina are still in Peru, South America working in church planting there. We recently had a 2 hour skype call with them and catching up. They are enjoying their church planting ministry and staying encouraged. They have plans to take a furlough about a year from now so will look forward to having them back for awhile. We were also privileged to have a visit from Jeanne’s brother and wife along with their grand-daughter last month and really enjoyed seeing them again – of course great grandma enjoyed that too!

June 12, 2015

Greetings!

We trust you are all doing well as we kick off the summer months. We just wanted to send out a quick update to let you know all is well with us and we are already working on plans for my next trip to Asia Pacific on September 9 – that time will be here before we know it! We would like to ask you to pray for our helicopter mechanics as the helicopter has been broke down. During an inspection they discovered a crack somewhere near where the tail boom attaches on to the fuselage. They are in contact with the factory to see what needs to be done to repair it.

May 13, 2015

Dear Ministry Partners,

Greetings again from the two of us. It is hard to believe that another two months has passed since our last letter and I have been half way around the world and back since that time. We want to thank you so much for your prayers while I was gone to Asia Pacific for much of the past two months. We are thankful that my trip went very well and that the Lord took good care of Jeanne and our family on this side of the world while I was gone.

April 22, 2015

Greetings All!

Just wanted you to know that the Eagle has officially landed. I stepped off the plane about 6:40 Monday evening in Lincoln, Nebraska to find Jeanne waiting for me. It was good to be reuntied once again after six weeks! We spent the night in Lincoln and then got home yesterday afternoon.

April 19, 2015

Greetings all!

I have been wanting to get out an update for over a week but the internet at our mission home was down for some time before we were able to get it running again – welcome to this side of the worldSmile. The week before last we enjoyed a consultant trip out to the island to the east and enjoyed getting to spend some time with our missionary team there which is made of three of our Wana families and a single lady from Germany.

April 4, 2015

Hi all!

Just to let you know that we made it back from the tribe and had a wonderful time!! Thanks for your prayers as we spent the first number of days in a Wana leadership conference followed by a few more days of visiting our largest Wana church, and then making a consultant visit to a neighboring missionary team. We were once again challenged by the book of Revelation as we taught through the final three chapters.

March 22, 2015

Greetings all!

We just finished a week long “church development forum” along with a number of our Indonesian co-workers.  Amongst those were four of our Wana church leaders and missionaries.  It was a great time and they really had a lot to add to the discussion as we strategized and talked about our church planting challenges together with folks from all over South East Asia. This is the first time any of our Wana leaders have ever attended such a event.

March 8, 2015

Greetings all,

            Just to let you know that I will be lifting off from Lincoln, NE for Asia Pacific on Monday morning.  My scheduled arrival time in Asia Pacific is Wednesday night.  We will appreciate you prayers as I once again embark on this long ride. 

Pray for Jeanne too that she will have safety in returning from the airport and holding the fort on this end.

March 3, 2015

Dear Team Members,

Our love to you from mostly sunny Florida with the occasional rain and cooler weather. We feel bad for those in the northern States having the worst winter we have ever known in our lifetime Frown Enough for Global warming!

We are keeping quite well. I (Cherrie) am feeling better than I have in a long time and I know it is due to your prayers, the new medicines I am on, and more exercising. Thank you for prayingLaughing

February 27, 2015

Dear Ministry Partners,

Greetings from the two of us. It is hard to believe that March is already here. I just returned home yesterday from a wonderful missions conference in Sun City, Arizona. And yes weather was just like the name suggests – warm and sunny. It was really great to reconnect with friends and ministry partners there, and to not only be able to share about what is happening in Asia Pacific but also hear from a number of other missionaries about their works both in the USA and also abroad. I am always amazed at how God uses each of us in different ways to see His job accomplished.

February 18, 2015

Greetings all,

Jeanne and I want to thank you so much for praying for this next trip to Asia Pacific, and to let you know that the Lord has brought in the funds that I will need for this trip. We want you to thank the Lord with us for this wonderful provision! It is hard to believe that I will be departing in just under three weeks, but still a lot to do between now and then.