By Chaplain Paul Castillo, USAF, with Chaplain Andy Meverden
The email message was short and to the point:
The Lord continues to bless.
I should be home in a few weeks.
Director, Andy Meverden writes:
That’s just like Chaplain Paul; focused on ministering to the Troops and unwilling to toot his own horn. Fortunately for us, he sent an occasional photo of significant ministry events. Like last October, when he met with fellow CBAmerica Chaplain Scott Noyes before Scott returned home after deployment with the North Dakota Army National Guard.
Then there was the Christmas photo of Paul with his Ministry Team at Bagram Air Base. Paul shared their names, ministry assignments and significant contributions to the Team. It was obvious he was proud of each one, and valued their ministry.
Then there was that “secret photo” of Paul and the VPOTUS, Mike Pence, the President’s special, clandestine 2017 Christmas envoy to our deployed Troops. Again, there was a short message with the photo: “Oh, by the way, I got to meet and greet Vice President Pence.” (Maybe I wasn’t supposed to share that photo!?)
As I recall, Paul didn’t have to go to Afghanistan. There was a need for a senior chaplain, and, with Family and Command support, he said, “Here am I, send me.” From the pictures, it’s apparent that God used him; as a senior officer, a supervisory chaplain, a “fellow-chaplain,” and a minister of the Gospel to those in need of a Savior…near a blast wall!
For more stories and photos of CBAmerica chaplains serving at home and abroad, go to www.cbamerica.org/chaplaincy.