Steve Castillo was sixteen and a half when he became a father, and now has eleven children living throughout the United States.
“I grew up in southern California in a godly family that went to church regularly and had family worship. I was baptized as a boy,” says Steve. “But when I hit my teen years I found out I was great at sports. This love gradually took me away from faithful Sabbath-keeping and spiritual interests.”
He says “I lost my way spiritually. I tried to provide for my family. I became a plumber. I finally developed my own business. I even prayed frequently. But all my efforts seemed to go nowhere.”
In February of 2007 Steve was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now living in the Boise suburb of Eagle, Idaho, He decided it was time to “stand up and be counted” as he put it. He wanted a “turnaround.” He wanted to “come back the the Seventh-day Adventist church” he had left decades before.
In trying to make up for lost time Steve began to tell his wife, Olgie, and his eleven children, who live all over the United States, all the things he wished he had shared with them during their growing up years. He told them about his favorite Bible verse, John 3:16, his favorite Christian songs, The Old Rugged Cross and Under His Wings, and some of his Bible heroes- Abraham, Daniel, Joseph and the apostle John. He told them he was coming back to Jesus and the Seventh-day Adventist church and he wanted them to come, too.
Steve was excited to learned of the “God So Loved” meetings in October 2007, and that with proper preparation, he could be reunited with the Seventh-day Adventist church during the satellite portion of the meetings that would air around the world. “This way all eleven of my children can see my public testimony for Jesus and the church by satellite!”
On Friday evening, October 26, 2007, during the “God So Loved” meetings, Steve was voted into the Eagle, Idaho Seventh-day Adventist Church on Profession of Faith. His wife and two adult children assisted him to and from the platform. The program was recorded for satellite broadcast on the Hope Channel two weeks later.
Two days before the program aired, Steve Castillo died. At the funeral the next week Tim Roosenberg, pastor of the Eagle Seventh-day Adventist Church, made an appeal during Steve’s memorial service for everyone present, including all eleven children and their families, to walk with Jesus so they could be reunited with him when Jesus returns (1st Thessalonians 4:16-18). Then Pastor Tim showed the video clip of Steve’s testimony, filmed a few weeks before, and shown around the world a few days before.
Pray for all the family as they grieve their lost loved one and make decisions about their own future with Jesus.
Revelation 14:13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”