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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.

New Location for this Weekend’s EMPACT Series Benefit

EMPACT Series Benefit (Everyone’s Music Politics Art and Community Throwdown!)

A Memorial Day Weekend benefit for the Joshua Casteel Foundation

Saturday, May 25th, 8pm
@ Multi-Kulti, 1000 N. Milwaukee, 4th floor

::::: Featuring:

Al Scorch and the Country Soul Ensemble
http://www.alscorch.com/

Four Star Brass Band New Orleans style brass band http://www.fourstarbrassband.com/

ALSO :::

TIM ZAWADA spinning on the 1s and 2s

featuring Veterans Art!

+ more

suggested donation

Learn More about Joshua Casteel and the orgs:

http://joshuacasteel.com/
http://righttoheal.org/
http://www.ivaw.org/chicago
http://www.que4.org/

Happy Mother’s Day

Because Josh would have been the first to say it, we have the most wonderful Mom!  It is our mom that is now picking up Josh’s legacy of peace and leading us. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

As it is, we remember all Mothers this weekend who choose to take that radical stand against injustice and in support of peace. Here are two links that provide a history of Mother’s Day. Please take a moment to read and remember what it is Josh – and now us all – are working towards.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diana-butler-bass/radical-history-of-mothers-day_b_3259326.html

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/5/8/mothers_day_for_peace_a_dramatic

A Mother’s Day Proclamation by Julia Ward Howe

Arise then…women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
“We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: “Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”
Blood does not wipe out dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace…
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God –
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

Memorial Day Benefit: IVAW Chicago

EMPACT Series Benefit (Everyone’s Music Politics Art and Community Throwdown!)

A Memorial Day Weekend benefit for the Joshua Casteel Foundation

Saturday, May 25th, 8pm
@ The Ribcage, 3036 N. Lincoln Avenue, 3rd Floor

::::: Featuring:

Al Scorch and the Country Soul Ensemble
http://www.alscorch.com/

Four Star Brass Band New Orleans style brass band http://www.fourstarbrassband.com/

featuring Veterans Art!

DJ’s

+ more

suggested donation

Learn More about Joshua Casteel and the orgs:

http://joshuacasteel.com/
http://righttoheal.org/
http://www.ivaw.org/chicago
http://www.que4.org/IVAW Chicago

May 8, 2013 - 12:54 AM

Chad Nicholson - Because it took a while for me to track down, I thought I would share the additional event details I found. There is a Facebook event set up here: https://www.facebook.com/events/365245253592533/

Anyone in Chicago should feel free to get the word out and attend. I’ll see you there and buy you a drink.*

*offer limited to the first 10 people who tell me why they loved Joshua.

Request

Hi all – I just found out that in order to get the plaque created in time for the ceremony on the 18th that I will need to get the names, etc. to the printer by tomorrow. If any of you have sent donations or are planning to send a donation could you please email me today and let me know so that I can include you on the plaque. I apologize that this is last minute but we want to make sure that everyone who donates and who wants to be included on the plaque is included! My email is rebekahnd AT gmail.com.

Thank you! – Rebekah (Casteel) Latchis

The Joshua Casteel House: There is Still Time!

Since the time is upon us to begin work on the plaque for the Joshua Casteel House which will include the names of those of you who have donated for it’s new beginning and given so much to Joshua and our family, I wanted to write a reminder to those who want to be a part of the ground level of this ministry by donation but haven’t already done so.  If you would like to make a donation we need to receive it by May 4th at the latest.  I know this is short notice for the reminder but I just wanted to make sure that anyone who desired to make a donation knew that there was still time.  We thank all of you who have contributed not only money but your lives in so many different ways.  And we will certainly take pictures of the dedication on May 18th and post them upon our return.

Blessings on you all,
The Casteel family

 

Please send donations made out to the Joshua Casteel Benefit Account to the following address: Kristi Casteel, 285 34th Street, SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403.

May 2, 2013 - 7:22 AM

Chaplain (COL) Herman Keizer, Jr - Please put my name on the list. I have made a donation in the past and will make another soon.