Note from Peter C.

Peter Castro
New Tribes Bible Institute
915 N. Hartwell Ave.
Waukesha, WI 53186

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Hello again from Wisconsin, my family of faith! The school semester here at New Tribes Bible Institute finishes up on December 12th, and there is an excitement in the students and staff with the upcoming opportunities to see family and friends during Christmastime.

In regards to my upcoming travels, I will be visiting upstate New York from roughly December 22nd through January 3rd, and I look forward to catching up with many of you in person during that time. The Second Reformed Church of Marion, NY has graciously allowed me an opportunity to proclaim the Word on December 28th, which I am very much looking forward to. It’s such a thrill for me to know that we are united on the Word of God as our foundation as it points us to the cornerstone of our faith, Jesus Christ!

At this point in the semester, our class is currently studying the book of Romans, as well as 1 Peter and Hebrews. Many of you from Marion know of Dave Field, who is currently my teacher for Romans. It has been so encouraging for us students to see not only Dave’s, but the entire staffs excitement and passion for the Bible to be understood and to have eternal impact. Verses like Romans 11:25, which says that God has partially hardened Israel “until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.” There will come a day when our Lord will come to take us to be with Him, and our opportunity to proclaim the saving truth of Jesus to a lost and dying world will end. May we not be lax or forgetful to what our purpose is in this world. My desire is that whether in life or death, my life will have brought glory to God, and that the name of Jesus will be worshiped  evermore as a result of my trust in Him!

Maybe it’s because I’m surrounded with students here who desire to serve the Lord in full-time ministry, but if I may be honest with you, I hope that none of us who claim the name of Jesus would become consumed with the “here and now”, forgetting that this world is not our home, and would be about growing in our trust of the Lord and making His name known. I have not been given a special calling just because I am at Bible School, we all are called to testify of the grace of God to those who otherwise are without hope. If we have been bought with the blood of Christ, our lives are to now be a living sacrifice for Him (Romans 12:1-2). I hope you would be encouraged, not demoralized, through these strong words of mine!

As always, I do very much appreciate your prayers for me as I continue here at school. I am in as much desperate need of prayer as anyone, and with that I ask that you pray for me in a few specific areas of need:

Spiritually: To not allow my walk with Christ to be compromised with the busyness of life, and also that the Word of God would not be a textbook, but an opportunity to meet with the Lord.

Relationally: To continue to seek God’s will in my dating relationship with Brittany, as well as to be an encouragement to my room mates and fellow students as we finish out the semester.

Finances: NTBI Initial payment – At the beginning of each semester students have to pay about half of the semesters tuition up front. With the Spring semester upcoming, I am trusting the Lord to provide for this need. My current job as a school bus driver has allowed me to save somewhat for this payment, and I will trust Him and His faithfulness for the rest.

It really does overwhelm me that those of you who read these email updates are interested in what God is doing through me, and to this I say He is worthy of all praise! My fellow pilgrims in this world, may we continue to look to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, knowing that we have a hope in store for us that we cannot lose!

In Christ, 


SRC Ladies’ Lunch Out

Saturday, December 6at 1:00pm

S & L Cafe
3829 N Main St, Marion, New York 14505

All ladies of SRC, as well as any other ladies in the area, are welcome to join us, the Ladies Sunday School Class, for lunch. It should be a time of fellowship and much laughter. Please let Judy Rachow know if you are coming so she can make reservations, and feel free to bring a friend.

You can RSVP with the Facebook Event.

Members Voted for Michael McOrmond

We are happy to announce that on October 5, 2014, the members voted to install Mr. Michael McOrmond as our new Assistant Pastor at Second Reformed Church of Marion.  Mr. McOrmond has many years of ministry experience in various positions, and we are pleased to have him join our ministry here at Second Reformed Church of Marion and look forward to have both him and his family join our congregation in moving forward in serving the Lord.

Welcome to!

This morning we officially launched

The web team needs help from the entire congregation to make the new website work:

  1. Follow and Share – You don’t even have to use a computer to share the website, the address is right on the front of the bulletin and we have a detailed Visit Us section there to help answer questions for potential visitors.  If you use Facebook or Google+ you can follow new announcements there.  If you use some other social media or news reader, let us know how we can help you get that going too!  Share our social media posts to spread the word when you want to invite your friends to events at SRC.  If you use Google Calendar you can add our shared calendar and have a handy schedule of all SRC events.
  2. Corrections and Additions – If there is anything incorrect on the website, anything missing, any last minute announcements about Volleyball being canceled tomorrow night, anything broken, let us know!  Send an e-mail to and we’ll get that posted for you.
  3. Check back often.  Print the parts of the Window that you need next to your calendar (yes, I know we’re slightly behind on launch day, the latest will be up soon.) Check that your ministry information has not changed (we have a handy search tool so you can find all the related posts) and dates/times are right on the calendars.
  4. Pray for the team – Many potential visitors will see our website before they decide if they want to come see our building and our people.  The website is the church’s online front door.  The web team has to juggle serving the needs of the church and serving the needs of seekers who may have never set foot in a church all while juggling the technical end as well.

We look forward to working with you more to keep improving the website and reaching more people with it.

Starting Point

Starting Point

If you are connecting with God for the first time or if you are reconnecting with God after being away from the church for a while, then Starting Point is for you.  Read More…

Peter Castro

Peter Castro
New Tribes Bible Institute
915 N. Hartwell Ave.
Waukesha, WI 53186

Wow! It’s hard to believe that it is mid-September already! School has been in session for roughly four weeks at New Tribes Bible Institute, and it has been a great experience getting to know the new freshman, as well sitting in on classes. It’s incredible to be able to go to class knowing that we will be in the Word. What a privilege!

While here at school I’ve had the opportunity to attend a church that focuses on the teaching that Jesus Christ is enough, in this life and the life to come. Recently I attended a conference at this church where the focus was on God’s grace towards us, solely through the person and work of Jesus Christ. It’s great to be reminded that before God, we are not only justified by Christ alone, but also sanctified by Christ alone. We do not revert back to the law in order to be made holy, but we are sanctified through coming to the realization that we can never achieve the high standards of the law, but rather depending on God and His grace to manifest the life of Christ in us (1 Corinthians 1:26-31). Thankfully, we do not have to wonder whether God is gracious towards us, for His word tells us how He has lavished His grace on us. Any good thing that is done through us is simply the life of Christ being shown. We can’t even begin to fully comprehend all that God has accomplished for us through His Son!

Prayer is an incredible thing. To think that the God of all that is made would have a heart for what we have to say is so encouraging.

“…casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7

As you remember me, I ask that you would lift up these prayers to the Lord:

– REST. Life here at school is a blast, but it is definitely busy. Pray that I would take time to enjoy the Lord through resting from all the tasks that need to be done.

– Connecting with my room mates. It’s been good to spend some time with these men, and it’s my prayer that we would be united in encouraging one another and being there for each other in our times of need.Â

– Time in the Word. Pray deeply that His Word would not become simply an academic exercise, but would be a time of meeting with God and listening to what He has to say.

– Relationship with my girlfriend Brittany. The world says that we should indulge in sin and that Scripture is out of touch with our modern culture, but I disagree. God’s Word is our guide, and I ask that you would pray that Brittany and I would honor God as we seek to point one another towards the Lord, rather than selfishly trying to get things out of the other person.Â

– God’s continued provision while I am attending school. God has blessed me with employment to be able to attend school, and I ask that you would pray that I would continue to trust in His faithfulness, as He has shown many times in the past.Â

As I close, I have a praise to mention: God’s Word is showing me that I can’t do enough to live the Christian life! His standard is too high, and I am flawed to the core. My efforts to earn His favor leave me realizing that He is far holier than I can imagine. But, Christ in me changes everything! Praise God that His life in us is what grows us as we trust in Him. Thank you for walking with me and encouraging me. I am grateful!

In Christ,

From Peter Castro:
Greetings to you from New Tribes Bible Institute here in Wisconsin! What a joy it’s been to follow the Lord as He led me to Buffalo this past year, and to now return to school to focus on His Word. Daily I’m in need of reminding that I do not claim ownership of my life or my plans for the future, but see that it is Christ who has claimed ownership of my life, and my life is now His to use for His glory.

“For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” – Colossians 3: 3-4

Currently I am in the process of obtaining employment through First Student to drive school bus for the upcoming school year. In addition to this the maintenance department at school has offered me an opportunity to help them this summer with renovations that are being made to the campus. I’m excited to learn a thing or two about construction! God has provided for me once again as He always has and I praise Him for it all!

As I continue here and get settled in for the Summer, I do ask for your prayers on a few things:

– To make the time to be STILL…there are so many things to do here on campus that it can quickly become overwhelming if I don’t have time alone to be in the Word, to pray, and to just be quiet. If I don’t have Christ I have nothing, and I do pray that I would see Him as the priority over the many things I can fill my day with.

– To connect with the students and staff here as there are many new people here that I’ve yet to become familiar with.

– For my relationship with my girlfriend here, that Christ would be magnified through us, and that we would seek the benefit of other person before ourselves.

Tomorrow is not guaranteed; I only have today to follow God on this journey called “life”. Thank you for your interest in my life as I walk this journey one day at a time.

In Christ,