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  • "If I am bound to the belief that God is in control of the cosmos, and miracles can and do happen, then there is no 'hypothetical situation' wherein God's ability to perform miracles through the faithful actions of the merciful ceases to be a possibility."

    Joshua's above words continue to resonate with us, his family, friends and acquaintances seeking to live out that same belief. Though he is no longer with us bodily, we strive to faithfully remember and testify to Joshua's witness among us, through the establishment of The Joshua Casteel Foundation and other initiatives on which we will continue to provide update through this website. Thank you for joining us.

    "The just man, though he die early, shall be at rest." (Wisdom 4:7)

    Joshua was diagnosed in early November 2011 with stage IV lung cancer (adenocarcinoma), which ultimately took his life on August 25, 2012 at the age of 32. The many of us who survive and love him will continue to pursue the heavenly justice to which Joshua (in life, and now in death) testified.

Online Auction!!! (the link is in the comments)

Joshua Casteel’s Online Benefit Auction

Wow everyone! If you haven’t seen the online auction site, take the chance now to visit it and see all the amazing work Erin and Hannah have put into this! Make sure to bookmark the site so you can come back and bid when the auction opens up! Thank you again and again from the Casteel family!


March 20, 2012 - 5:10 PM

admin - Hmmm…that didn’t work like I’d hoped.

Event in NYC – April 1st

Dear Friends in and around NYC-

On Sunday, April 1st from 4-7pm we will be hosting an afternoon celebration and fundraiser in honor of Joshua at the Black Rabbit in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 

Over the next couple weeks in Iowa and Chicago, friends and supporters of Josh and his family are hosting events within their communities and online to raise money that will help cover the considerable expenses related to his treatment. We in NYC want to do our part and thought a wonderful way to honor josh and show our support would be a celebration of spring and old friends.  The Black Rabbit has food, drinks, and a wonderful patio that we may enjoy if weather permits.  Donations are encouraged, and we will enter you into a raffle pool for some fun prizes! We encourage you to bring friends and spread the word-please email Hannah ( with any questions and if you plan to attend so we may gauge expected attendance.
Many thanks, Hannah (ilten) Robertson and Jeff Tomsic

Youtube Video from Josh

March 14, 2012 - 11:37 PM

Julianne - Joshua, it was so good to SEE AND HEAR you on the video!! You are always at the top of my healing list (I won’t even call it a prayer list as we are commanded to “heal the sick”, not just pray for them). I can see that you have allowed your illness to work a humble gratitude in you and I commend you for your attitude. Where many would have grown bitter or cynical, you have grown hopeful! While I will continue to stand in faith with you against illness in all its forms, believing our kind God never authors affliction, I will agree with His work in you through this season. I love you. So many love you. You are Loved. Juli
Psalm 103:3

March 16, 2012 - 11:51 AM

Shawna - Joshua… I enjoyed that video so much! Thank you for taking the time to do that. I feel my heart beating right along with yours, like we are walking paralell paths. I say Amen to every word you spoke. That is my experience exactly. I’m with Julianne. We’re COMMANDED to heal the sick. God does not change. Even so, Lord Jesus ~ heal these two bodies and redeem this experience. By YOUR stripes.
All my love,

March 21, 2012 - 12:00 AM

SFC Ian D. Trammell - Josh, I guess This is a good time to step out from the shadows. Over the years since we first met I have maintained a silent vigilance over your activities since your enlistment to now. Every time I google your name I ask myself, ” what’s he gonna be up to next?” You have always been an activist of good over evil. I watched videos of your speeches, excerpts of your play, to include your writings. But this evening in my normal info searches I found myself once again typing your name. It had been awhile since the last “Josh” google. I was quite surprised to have found this. Like a champ you continue to hold your head high. And as you fight your own battle you remain dedicated to your support of your beliefs and the Iraqi people….I applaud you old friend. Your strong will shall carry you far. And when you have cleared your objective, we will bring back the high five……

P.S. I still have the script you gave me. It will always remain a prized gift. Thank you.

SFC Ian D. Trammell

March 21, 2012 - 6:46 PM

SANDRA CHAPMAN - Josh:Saw Kreitzer judging at Jeff aaand he said he had seen you. Said he thought you looked terrific.He’s still crazy after all these years.Good show.too. You would have enjoyed.
Get thiS;I got an invitation today to run a 5K. I wrote back and asked if there were any rules about prostheses.
Allen leaves Friday for Italy with his choir and the Vatican.
Anne and I are going to see Baylor women in NCAA semis. Go again
Monday.Sic em Bears! Write if you have time. Love and prayers,S.

Wrong Again…Concert Date

Well, I may have succeeded in making my entry short but evidently I still have the date wrong for the concert…Sorry! I need to just let everyone else handle that and concentrate on my responsibilities. Lately I’ve been doing good to just keep up with all the doctor appts. and get out of bed…haven’t felt well…working on that! So, what I’m told is it is Saturday March 24th…check Naomi’s facebook for the correct details. Hope some of you can make it as I think it is going to be a great evening of worship. Joshua may bring a surprise to the concert as well. No more said.

Love to you all,

March 14, 2012 - 1:09 AM

admin - Oh, good job mom! You caught it before I could get on and correct it! Such an organized woman! =)

March 14, 2012 - 11:19 PM

Julianne - is there any way the worship event on the 24th could be captured and shared on here with Joshua’s adoring fan club?? love, Julianne

March 16, 2012 - 1:54 PM

Rebekah (Casteel) Latchis - Hi — I will bring our video camera to the event on the 24th and hopefully we can capture some or all of the event! I can’t guarantee quality, but we will sure try 🙂 – Rebekah

March 18, 2012 - 1:25 AM

Chad Nicholson - Great news, Rebekah. I look forward to a post (no matter the quality) from the evening.

Brief update…Really!!

Just wanted to let everyone know that we did stay home from Chicago this week because of Joshua’s sleeping/tiredness issue. We see the physicians assistant tomorrow and are also checking into an a-pap machine as we’re thinking sleep apnea (which he was diagnosed with in Chicago) may be the culprit. The med (Decadron, which hypes you up, interrupts sleep, and masks your tiredness kept him on an unhealthy non sleeping schedule for almost a month). He went off it a couple of weeks ago and we think he hit the wall physically. We’re hoping that’s the issue, so we’re moving in that direction. Pllease pray that the Dr. will have the wisdom to assess him correctly. It’s good we didn’t go because both Naomi and I felt terrible today as well and had issues we had to work out with the doctors. We all needed a week off. The Lord seems to always have all the necessary details worked out…amazing!

Also I want to mention that I made a mistake in my last update about the date of the benefit concert for Joshua. It is March 23rd at the little theater at Washington High School. It will be a night of worship in song by Bobby Calquon (Spelling?) and he has an amazing story that will intrigue and inspire you. And Joshua may even sing a son at the end. 🙂 That would be so nice as he hasn’t sung in public for a very long time.

I did it…Short and sweet…well at least short!

Love to you all,