Remembering Barbara Caster

Remembering Barbara Caster

Barbara and Terry Caster, above, present a copy of The Word Among Us to Pope Francis on the occasion of Mother Teresa’s canonization.

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Dear Friends,

It is with both sadness and joy that I wanted to share the news of one of our readers, a dear sister in Christ and generous benefactor, Barbara Caster, who went to the Lord on August 20. Mrs. Caster and her husband, Terry, were married for more than 65 years and spent much of their lives serving the Lord and his people.

As “Mr. and Mrs. C” (as we call them) were busy raising five sons and three daughters, they also built a successful family business together. Throughout all these years, they kept their focus on their children, as well as on their 40 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren—with more on the way. There is no doubt that Barbara’s greatest source of pride and joy was her family.

But Barbara and her husband didn’t stop with just their family. Their faith compelled them to be as generous as possible in supporting the work of the Lord. They founded a charity, Serving Hands International, and donated to many philanthropic causes. Through their charity, the Casters helped build more than 300 buildings and provided other material support to the poorest, most desperate places in the world—including the outskirts of Tijuana, Mexico and impoverished areas in the Philippines.

Mrs. and Mr. C didn’t just donate money. They also visited the poor villages they were helping— at times accompanying St. Teresa of Calcutta, who had become a close friend. It was Mother Teresa, in fact, who urged the couple to give of themselves in a way that included both financial aid and personal encounter.

Barbara Caster was a strong, faithful, loving woman who shared the love of Christ not only with her family, but with people around the world. May the Lord bless her and bring comfort to her entire family!

In Christ,

Jeff Smith