July update from the Castle family
Hey guys! It's finally July which means things are really starting to accelerate as we pursue pastoral equipping at The Austin Stone Community Church!
We wanted to reach out to update you all about our happenings this month, share some blessings, and let you know specific prayer needs we have.
The biggest task this month is our move... We'll be driving 825 miles with two little kiddos, one giant dog, and all of our belongings in about two weeks. Talk about a road trip ;) While it will definitely be bittersweet to say good-bye to all that we have known for most of our lives, we are looking forward to this next adventure and seeing how God will use us for new and exciting things!
That also brings about our biggest blessing this month--we found a home! God blessed us with a beautiful home with plenty of room for us...and for you when you come visit us! This truly was a blessing we did not think would be possible but somehow, we scored a great deal on a brand new rental home. In a not-so-surprising turn of events, the property manager of the home is a believer and was super excited about what we are doing so she made it work for us. Praise The Lord! We are about 20 min north of downtown Austin in an area called "Wells Branch" and it seems to be a perfect location for work, fun, and family outings.
We have been so blessed by the generosity of friends, family and perfect strangers alike. Seriously, you all have been the mercy of God on our lives! At this point, we do still have a 18% funding gap left and we would love to have that closed before we get arrive in Austin. Fundraising that amount from Austin would be tough so please join us in praying for more people, increased donations, and simply more miracles this week! God has brought us this far and we absolutely know He is in this.
Pray for continued healing. Most of you are aware that this next season is following a season of hurt and confusion. God has given us peace and affirmation through this whole process but to say we aren't still a little bit wounded would be a lie. Please keep this in your thoughts and continue to lift us up in prayer as we move on to new things. We desire to do so in a way that is healthy, whole and honoring to Jesus.
Pray for Boldness. This is going to be a whole new world for us. Pray that we can be bold, assured in our calling, and willing to step out in faith.
Thank you all so much for your encouragement and prayers thus far. Your love, encouragement and support means the absolute world to us! We love you all!
(Brandon, Danielle, Josie, and Ruby)
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