Two hearts, One mission

  
At the start of our journey together, my husband and I had something that helped bring us together. Not only was our love for Christ a main topic of conversation; it was our life. But there was also a passion that Christ had given both of us that burned with such intensity that we both knew there was no quenching it. Missions is something that is near and dear to both of us and with the help of our closest friends, it is what brought us together in the first place.

Our philosophy has always been, that if God placed the passion inside of us and joined us together, our purpose and our mission together should reflect that passion.

Through much prayer and seeking, we have decided to tread on a journey together with God as our leader and we, as followers after Him.

We have chosen as a couple, to visit the two places where our passions were discovered with a goal to determine God’s plan for us as a couple in ministry to the nations. Next summer, we will be traveling to Uganda and Papua New Guinea. On these trips we long to discover God’s purpose in us for reaching the nations for His glory.

In the coming months, we plan on establishing dates, determining need areas for ministries on our journey, and involving our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to journey with us!

That’s right, we are wanting other bold and passionate mission minded people to journey with us!

Are you longing to find God’s purpose for you in ministry to the nations?

Has missions been a calling that God has continued to bring to your mind but you have never taken that step?

We are giving you a chance to travel with us to Papua New Guinea!! We will be taking a team in July 2016 to minister with other fellow missionaries and help bring God’s love to the people who are in desperate need.

What a wonderful opportunity for you to walk out the Great Commission in your life while serving others and expanding God’s Kingdom around the world.

We are looking for up to 10 individuals who would like to discover their own passion for missions ministry. As a couple, we both feel strongly that missions is not just a trip taken to see the world, but we hope this trip causes a transformation in each person’s life to see his/her role to the nations as a follower of Christ.

In Matthew 9:37-38, God calls each of us to be a “sender” or a “goer”. We are seeking out those who long to find their place in God’s call to Go or to Send.

Our question to you is, are you a willing worker for The Kingdom?

We are asking that if you are interested, that you first pray and ask God His heart for you in this mission in Papua New Guinea. Pray that God would create a passion in you for the people of the nations.

Next, we are asking for you to send us an email with the following:

Name, Address, Phone Number, Experience with missions (previous trips in the past?) and your reason for wanting to go. Please note that you do not have to have any previous mission experience to join our team. 

You can email this information to:

kumbatiaproject@gmail.com

We are very excited for those God is calling to step out beyond their comfort zones and to experience a deeper commitment to the Great Commission and call to:

“Go and make disciples of all nations…”   Matt. 28:19

So will you join us in the call?

With Great Love,

The Castos

A Sovereign Secret

Sovereign:

The only word I can use to express 2013. I cannot explain the amount of thanks and praise I have in my heart for how God has used me throughout this past year. I can now only look forward to the ways He will use me in a mighty way in 2014.

As I look ahead, I see how God is putting my puzzle of a life together for His glory. He seems to put pieces together just as He should in His perfect time. You see, I have found this past year that His hands are constantly placing all things together for His purpose. There were times when I questioned if He was even at work only to find that as I remained still, His hands were truly working all things together for my good! (Romans 8:28)

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In January of 2013, I heard God’s voice calling me to take a journey with Him unlike any other I have ever dreamt of. He led me on a journey with Him to the nations – Uganda, Africa. What a journey it was preparing, planning and seeking God through those seven months of anticipation. Finally, the day came when I stepped out of the plane and onto the soil of a land so far from home but that quickly gripped my heart. Even as I write, tears are streaming down my face as I reflect on those two weeks when God took hold of my heart and led it on a journey with Him to “love the least of these” and the people of Uganda. I am humbled when I see how God took what I thought were ashes and made them beautiful through the work He displayed in my life. Never think that anything is too hard, too far gone or too high for God to use! God can take your dreams and turn them into impossible possibilities.

Now as I sit here, the day after Christmas and reflect upon the past year and ending the year with the celebration of his humble coming, I see just how much God sees in all of us. Deep down in all of us is a dream, a gift given by God. He has given each of us a desire that when found, can change the world. What a wonderful way to end each year by pondering on His wonderful Love for us, through His birth in a lowly place. His ability to take a heap of straw and turn it into a blazing fire of Love for each one of us. Holy is the Lord God Almighty.

As I celebrate, I can only worship God in knowing that His plans for my future are far beyond any dream I can dream up for my life. As a new year begins so does a new journey with my Jesus.

After leaving Uganda, I felt God telling me that He was not finished with me yet and that even though the experience was so wonderful, I would step foot on the Ugandan clay soil again.

So, this January I will start preparing, anticipating and seeking God through another journey to Uganda with Jesus from July 1-31st. On this journey, I will focus on the place that gripped my heart the most on my July journey, SMILE Africa. What an amazing story of redemption and ministry this compound encompasses from the heart of a God fearing daughter of Christ, Pastor Ruth. For this reason, God is leading me back to both minister to others and for them to minister to me. My heart is so full of joy in just anticipating this journey. Also, I have a non-profit project in the making!! KUMBATIA Project is coming soon!! The mission will be “Embracing the least of these with the love of Christ”(Matthew 5:4). I cannot say how excited I am about this!!

Now this is where YOU, my brothers and sisters in Christ come in. On my last journey, many of you prayed, fasted and encouraged me along the way. As I came back and shared, the power of Jesus was so strong and that power was through the power of my prayer warriors that never ceased praying for my journey. For this reason, I am asking you starting the first day of this New Year, to PRAY. Pray that God will lead, guide and direct me on this new journey with Him back to the place that Jesus spoke to and through me; on the dirt roads of Uganda. God tells us in His word to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and that is just what I am asking you to do. For these next seven months, pray that God will do something miraculous and mighty in and through me as I venture back. I am asking for warriors, I am asking for seekers of the Faith. I pray that you will pray without ceasing and without doubts that God will do a work not only in my journey, but also your own. I pray that as you pray, God will show you miraculous and wonderful things this New Year. I pray that chains will be broken through the power of prayer! God holds the power to our freedom and I pray you find freedom this year in 2014. Let us rise together and “come boldly unto the throne of grace” (Hebrews 4:16) with confidence!

I can’t wait to see what God is going to do in and through us as we stand boldly together and pray without ceasing.

Thank you prayer warriors,

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline”

2 Timothy 1:7.

P.S. Stay tuned for more exciting details to come! As He continues to speak, I will listen and He is not finished yet 🙂

A Year’s Journey..

As I sit here on this Friday morning, I can’t help to look back over the past year of my life and discover the journey I have walked through and am still continuing to embark upon. One thing that has resonated over my spirit throughout this journey in my life is that my God IS enough. No matter the trial, no matter the struggle, no matter the longing, He IS the only one who can fill the void that I try to fill with other things to satisfy the desires of my heart. He IS and always will be enough. (Psalm 73)

Over the past year, God has truly brought out His God-sized dream in me.

As a young girl, I always desired to be who God wanted me to be. I grew up in a strong Christian home with the prompting to always do as Christ did. As I began to grow older, I started to see just how strong the pull of the world can be on a young girl’s heart. Between friends, boys and self-image issues, I felt the struggle between the world and my Savior. It was a constant tug-o-war battle. However, through it all I held on to the promise that my Jesus still held my heart. As I grew older I felt a calling on my life to be “more” than just a life. For as Christians, our job is to live out our God-given calling that He may be glorified. God began to whisper in many different ways that He is, was and always will be my first love and started to overcome the strength of the world in the battle with my heart. His whisper began as a soft murmur but as I started to understand the love that He had for me, the whispers grew into a cry to show His daughter the love He has for her. Although I had accepted Christ into my heart at a young age and was raised in the church, my love story with Jesus truly began when I understood and accepted His unfailing love for me.

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Over the past few years, God’s whisper turned into a cry for me to do His work in spreading the good news not just within my reach but also to the “ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). It’s amazing how God works because as my faith began to strengthen so did His voice drawing me toward my calling. There is much to be learned from that journey in that as God draws you closer, He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4) As I began praying a few years ago that God would show me what “the ends of the earth” meant for me, His whisper became specific as He spoke clearly and periodically the nation of Uganda, Africa. I began to see Uganda everywhere. In books I had been reading, in department stores, on television, at concerts. There was no denying that God had chosen me to reach the nation of Uganda in some way. As I started to research and read of other missionaries in the same area, I found “Kisses for Katie” by Katie Davis and her story.( If you haven’t already read the book I highly suggest it.) It was clear to me after reading that book that God was working in my heart and He was ready for me to move. It was then I started searching out organizations that spoke to my heart. One day, almost exactly one year ago, while searching, I came across the organization that I will be traveling with in July of this year (next month!!) .

My God will do amazing things when His children choose and seek Him above all else. To this day, I look back and I am brought to tears at the journey God is leading me on as His daughter. His love for me I will never understand but I will continue to seek it with everything I have and am.

You see, because “when I finally reach the end I’ll say, You are worth it all”.