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4 brothers receive award for contribution to Afghan children

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)–Four brothers received an award from the Missouri Baptist Foundation for their efforts in raising $130 to send to the America’s Fund for Afghan Children. The Castillo boys — Joshua, 11, Stephen, 9, Seth, 8, and James, 6 — heeded President Bush’s call last year for American children to donate $1 to help the children of Afghanistan. But they took it one step further.

The boys, who live on the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary campus in Kansas City with their parents, students Timothy and Stephanie Castillo, knocked on doors across campus seeking donations.

“It’s not really us that did this,” Joshua Castillo said. “It was the whole seminary that gave.”

For their efforts, James Smith, president of the foundation, presented them with its Fellowship of Christian Stewards 2002 Academy of Junior Achievement Award Dec. 10 during a chapel service at the seminary.

“The humble and excited spirit of not only these four boys, but also their parents, reflects what the Fellowship of Christian Stewards is all about,” Smith said. “They represent the best in Junior Achievement nominees for 2002 by their lifestyle, their leadership and their generous actions on behalf of hurting children in Afghanistan.”

Timothy Castillo is pastor of Three Groves Baptist Church in Alma, Mo.
(BP) photo posted in the BP Photo Library at http://www.bpnews.net. Photo title: BROTHERS’ INITIATIVE.

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