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.
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.
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 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 praying
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.
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.
We are thankful that the Lord has provided the funds to both print up a number of copies of the Genesis translation and also the “Creation to Christ” lesson book which is comprised of 70 Bible lessons. The Genesis Scripture books have already been distributed and the lessons books are just waiting for the pilot to fly them in. The teachers and evangelists are anxiously awaiting them.
We want to thank you for your prayers for Jesse & Elly Basso who lost their little week-old baby in November. This has been a very difficult time for them. They returned to their home church for a couple of months and then returned back to town a couple of weeks ago.
January 12, 2015
Dear Friends and Co-workers,
Wow! It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving, Christmas, and now New Years is all behind us. It seems like that time came and went very quickly. We do trust that you had a great time with family and friends during this holiday season. We had a good time celebrating Thanksgiving with each of our parents on separate days this year, and then for Christmas we got everyone together for a nice dinner, followed by reading the Christmas story and exchanging some gifts.
Wishing You a Blessed Christmas Season!
Dear family and friends,
Another year has come and gone once again! We would have to say that the highlight of our year was our visit to Peru in January to see our beloved Geoff and Tina – we had such a fun and special time- not only enjoying a late Christmas together, but also celebrating Tina’s BD, and our 40th anniversary as well – it was very very special time for all of us!!
Greetings from this side of the world. Just wanted to let you know that I made it back to town from the tribe yesterday. First of all THANKS so much for all your prayers as they were very much sensed and appreciated. The first two weeks we spent in checking the book of Genesis.
Even though the check covered a space of 11 days due the the length of the book (over 1500 verses), it was the smoothest check we have ever had! We were able to make the adjustments as we went along so as soon as we can get it formatted, it will be ready for printing.
While we were busy working on the translation check we had another team of fellows working on checking 70 of our phase 1 Bible lessons. And then a third team working on recording the rough draft of the book of Exodus which helps us get the wording more natural.
September 1, 2014
Dear Ministry Partners,
Good bye summer and hello autumn! It seems this summer has come and gone so quickly. We have enjoyed the extra rain in our area this summer and not having to water the lawn and garden much at all. The hail damaged some of our garden but the for the most part we have still been able to enjoy some produce from it. The musk melons are just now coming ripe so hoping to get to eat one or two of those before I head off to Asia Pacific next week.
Well we are now down to the last two weeks before departure date to Asia Pacific. We want to thank you all for your prayers as we have once again been getting me prepared to go. At this time my visa entry permit is in hand, all tickets have been purchased, hotel reservations made, new international drivers license, suitcases laying in the office and starting to pack. Even added another water filter since the last email . We stand in awe once again as we have seen God provide and how He has supplied for all the finances that I should need for this trip!
Greetings from the two of us,
Tomorrow morning the school buses will start their fall routes. It is hard to believe that the summer is quickly coming to an end. Plans for my trip to Asia Pacific are coming together and I am scheduled to arrive just one month from today, Sept. 12th. I was able to apply for my visa entry permit three weeks ago and have received my passport back with the necessary permit stamped in! I have also gotten a new international drivers license, getting some vaccinations up to date, and have my brief case and suit case lying here on the office floor beside me as I have begun the packing process.
It is hard to believe that we are already into the middle of summer! We trust that you have been enjoying this time of the year and we trust you have a very “Happy Independence Day”. We are doing well and enjoying our hobbies of a small vegetable garden and some flowers as well. The evenings have also kept me busy painting house. I used to work for a painter years ago when I was in Bible college and he told me houses usually needed painting every five years. Well ours went for 6 years but it seems like yesterday – ha.
Update and Introduction
These have been exciting days for us as we see the Wana churches continue to grow and mature. One of the most recent developments is that 5 of our churches are wanting to begin literacy programs in their villages teaching the illiterate folks to read and write in their own tribal language. This of course is vital to their being able to read and understand Scripture on their own.
When I arrived back from Asia Pacific my dad asked me about the picture below which I sent to you a couple of weeks ago. I realized that I didn’t give any explanation. The small buildings are granaries where they store their rice.
We just returned back to town today from a consultant trip to the Saluan Tribal Group. We were able to take our two Wana co-workers, Esron and Miyanto, along with us which made it extra special. It was a joy to meet with this tribal missionary team along with the church leaders of this tribal group and to hear and see what the Lord is doing there.
Wow, what a ride we have been on for these past two and a half weeks – We have visited a total of 8 different villages and three different language groups! It was a special blessing to be back in Wana for a good chunk of that time where we held a Bible conference for our tribal believers teaching out of “Revelation” and giving challenge and encouragement to them. After the conference we spent time visiting in four other Wana villages. I think it might have been us who received the biggest blessing as we spent time with them and hearing what what God was doing in each of their lives.
Dear Ministry Partners,
March has surely come in like a lion for us! I left Nebraska for a missions conference in Birmingham, AL on February 20 with a stop in Memphis. I was actually to have had a stop in Springfield, MO too but due to a snow storm moving through I had to cancel that stop. The conference was great and had a wonderful time reconnecting with many friends and missionaries there. On my way home I came through Dallas, TX and ended up getting hung up for this whole past week end to another major winter storm passing through. I left Dallas Monday morning and still had solid ice to drive on in many places for about 60 miles as they don’t salt roads down there.
Can’t believe it is just 4 weeks till I depart for another trip to Asia Pacific! The past few days we have been busy working at getting our flight schedule finalized with our helicopter pilot to get us to where we need to go and when. It is shaping up to be another activity filled trip as we will be having leadership meetings with our Wana church leaders, holding a Bible conference with our Wana churches, making consultant trips to some of our other missionary teams, and also conducting a literacy workshop for our expat and Indonesian missionaries alike.
The following letter is from one of our Wana co-worker families – Miyanto and Rone Kaku. In it they tell a little about their recent trip into the tribe and about “Pa Whey” being baptised. We thought it was a cute letter and that you would enjoy reading it and hearing about what God is doing in Wana land. We consider it a joy to be co-workers with these dear folks. ( I am sorry the pics are not clearer but it was the best we have at present)
Ed & Jeanne
Dear Fellow Laborers,
Happy New Year! We hope you all had a very blessed Christmas and that your new year has gotten off to a good start. We had a wonderful time together on Christmas day as my parents, Jeanne’s mom, and my sister and her husband from Dallas were all here for a big ham dinner with all the trimmings. We then enjoyed reading the Christmas story and exchanging gifts with one another.
The following testimony of “Grandma Tae” was written by our helicopter mechanic, Yuspiter. Yuspiter’s wife, is the daughter of one of our Wana tribal pastors. Her dad has been very instrumental in getting the gospel to many other areas in Wana. Grandma Tae is one of those who came to know the Lord through him. I thought you might enjoy reading her testimony. It truly is a blessing to be a part of the Lord’s work in Wana land, and we thank you for your part in bringing the gospel to grandma Tae.
Ed n Jeanne Casteel
Our last letter to you was on “Labor Day” and this one on “Veterans Day.” We are certainly thankful to be able to celebrate all those who have given their service to keep our country safe and are very appreciative to each one.
A big THANKS for your prayers these past couple of months as I have been traveling in Asia. My trip went well and I can be thankful that in all the flights I had including the mission flights into the tribe – all went according to schedule! We did have a maintenance problem with our plane in Japan on the way over and some typhoons to dodge both going and returning but all in all everything went very smoothly.
Just want to thank you so much for your prayers over the past 6 ½ weeks I have been gone. I departed Thailand Saturday morning for Singapore and then from Singapore early Sunday morning, arriving in Lincoln, Nebraska yesterday afternoon. In Tokyo we experienced an earthquake while waiting for my connecting flight. At first I thought it was some heavy vehicles out on the tarmac but then it came out over the news monitors that it was an earthquake.