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But wait… there’s more. The trip out to Seattle and Portland was incredible. We truly were in the FOG (Favor Of God). We couldn’t believe how the Turners had so richly blessed us not only with their generosity but with true koinonia like fellowship! As we were enjoying our time out west we never realized that the Lord was orchestrating this trip way before we even knew the timeliness of it. Dec 1,2016 to be exact. As we were coming to the end of our trip, Scott received a call from Barb that his Uncle Jerry was not doing well and taking a turn for the worse. That was Tues March 28, 2017. We were scheduled to fly back to Cleveland the next day so we had to make a quick decision on what to do. It was basically a no-brainer, we needed to get to Jerry as soon as possible. We had several of our friends, supporters, and family members praying for God to intervene on behalf of Jerry. The Lord provided a flight out the very next morning at 6:00 am and we would arrive in Phoenix AZ at 8:30 am. We got to Jerry about 9 and he was sitting up in bed but not looking so good. He was totally coherent and even in the state he was in, he was his usual sweet self. Scott said he had been praying for him not only for his health but for his spiritual condition as well. Jerry said ” I hope it’s not too late. ‘ And Scott reassured him that it wasn’t. Scott invited Jerry to call upon the name of Jesus and to ask Him to forgive him and be the Lord of his life and Jerry said, “Sure.” So Scott started to lead him in a prayer and as he did, Jerry wanted to say it in his own words, and Jerry asked Jesus to forgive him of his sins and to wash him clean. We were in awe of this moment!

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You may not realize the enormity of this? We had been praying for this desperately as a family for years and years and even when Jerry had the surgery 2 years prior for his cancer, we thought he might be more open to hearing the Truth since life seemed so fragile. He did listen to us as we explained the Gospel to him, but he maintained that our beliefs were good for us but not for him.

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Scott has always had a close relationship with Jerry. He was more like a father figure to him and as time went on we felt more and more discouraged that Jerry would ever believe. BUT GOD…..

But God had other plans. He was orchestrating through the Turners all the way back in the beginning of Dec and probably even earlier, that we would be out west at the precise time so that we could catch a flight quickly to get to Jerry in time. The amazing thing about this is that shortly after Jerry prayed, he started to go in and out of being coherent and that was pretty much the last time we really had a true conversation!

Of course this is a bittersweet time for us. Bitter for us because we love and miss him but so VERY sweet for Jerry!!! He is in the presence of Jesus forever! Jerry is free from worry, pain, regret. He is walking in freedom, joy, and he is going to live forever with his Lord.

Do you want to have the peace that Jerry has? Do you want to know where you will live forever? Most people only think about their life here on this earth and don’t realize that their eternity hangs in the balances. This IS the most important question that you’ll ever ask, so you should make sure you have the right answer. Please contact us if you have further questions about where you will spend eternity.

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Skim’s Big Surprise in Seattle!!

Most of you know that Scott and I do almost everything together and so when we introduce ourselves we are known as Skim, Scott and Kim. It’s been kinda catchy and a lot of people refer to us that way now. 🙂

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We were invited by our friends Jim Turner, (who co-authored the ‘discipleme’ workbooks with Scott) and his wife Tanya to come out, visit and to do a break out session for ‘discipleme’ at the NW MIN Conference held out in Seattle.  What an awesome time of fellowship as well as getting to meet some great people who are very interested in making disciples. Scott and Jim were able to share with people how to effectively disciple by using a brand new app that Jim and his family developed this past year! That was our BIG surprise! We are hoping that God will use this amazing tool for long term discipleship,.To provide the discipler a way to facilitate their time together, in an easy and efficient way.

 

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Jim and Tanya also blessed us by showing us around Seattle and Portland and taking us to all the places to eat! It was a foodie lovers dream come true. They put us up in an awesome hotel accompanied with a welcome basket and a king size bed!!!! Do you even know what that was like for us to be able to stretch out in luxury??

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The Lord seemed to be showering us with His favor and blessings over and over and showing us through His people how much He loves us! We are looking forward to see what the Lord will do! Please keep us in your prayers!

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Training Up The Church in 3 Languages!

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20170125_093839Last week was a first for Kim and I.  I had the pleasure of doing a 4 day #NoPlaceLeft training with Agustin Martin in Spanish.  He did a great job and I learned alot.  I was surrounded by believers from Costa Rica, Dallas Texas and Miami.  While we were learning in Spanish there was also an English and Creole track going on simultaineously. What a blessing!  I think this is what heaven will look like when we all are standing before the throne all singing in unison. (Revelation 7:9)

 

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Unfortunately Kim was only able to attend 1 day of the training due to a multi-day migrane. Please continue to pray for her concerning this thorn in the flesh.

We are gearing up for 2017 by preparing to go to South Carolinia, Ohio, Michigan, Oregon and perhaps Pennsylvania.

Our heart and vision is to train the church with simple reproducible ways for disciples to make disciples to the 4th generation and beyond.

20170128_105953Please pray for wisdom as we consider purchasing an RV.  It seems an RV instead of a house would make sense for our minstry and life style.

If you would like to join our financial support team please click the give button on the top menu on this page. Make sure to select “Scott & Kim Casteel”  on the fund pull down menu.

Thank you so much!

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Ministry Update from the DR

Ministry Update:
Due to Scott being bi-vocational and not being able to work efficiently in the DR, we had to cut our trip short. We’ve enjoyed our time here and the people that we have met have been very sweet. The language barrier was harder than we thought and would take a lot longer to be able to learn, understand and to share the Gospel effectively. There are many things we have learned while being here and some that we were not even expecting. The Lord has continued to sharpen us in areas that we are lacking. Our respect for foreign missionaries has majorly grown and we realize there’s a lot more to moving to another country. It’s an entirely different thing to be able to truly impact it. It would definitely take a lot more time. We will continue to pray and see what doors open for us here. Today we are meeting with some couples from Young Life so you never know??? 🙂 For now we are going to continue our domestic missions and training. And we are so thankful for all of you that have been praying for us as well as supporting us!img_0198

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Preparing for the Dominican Republic!

Things just got real!  We just booked our flights to the Dominican Republic.  We will be leaving December 2nd from Fort Lauderdale. Flying directly to Santo Domingo, then ending up in CABRERA, D.R.  Much like our time in Drummond Island, we hope to practice the 4 Fields Methodology from scratch.  Can’t wait to see what God will do.

 

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We are so thankful for those of you that have already supported us not only with your prayers but financially. Both are so vital to our mission!

If you are not a part of our support team, would love to have you join us!

  • Click the “Give” button above on the top Navigation menu on this page.
  • Click “First Time” New User Registration on the left
  • Fill out form and click submit.
  • Once Logged in, click the “Scheduled Giving” on the left
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