Aforementioned “oldest and dearest” forwarded this email to me, and I thought it was so cool, so I had to pass it along. I like him even more now!
Dear friends and family,
Please know that I am writing, not as a representative of Texas A&M University, but as a friend to Jason Castro. As you may be aware, Jason Castro is now in the remaining top five for American Idol, which is literally watched by millions each week. Jason is truly one of the finest Christian young men and Aggies I have ever met. Sherri and I had him to our home last fall, along with other members of Aggie Men’s Club, which is the Christian men’s group that I have advised for over 13 years. This group means the world to me and I am so proud of Jason and his testimony. Please see the note below regarding Jason and the impact he is having. With three children, Sherri and I seldom find the time to watch TV, but we have been glued the last several weeks to this show, due to our friendship with Jason. While I am not asking you to alter your schedules to watch Jason, I would ask that you pray for him. Last week, he indicated to several close friends that he was thoroughly exhausted and ready to come home. Jason may not have the talent of others on the show, but one of the judges responded accurately last week when she said, “There must be a strong fans out there for each of these contestants.” I consider you all to be dear friends and to share a common faith and knew you would be encouraged by the note below…
Ben D. Welch, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Executive Development & Clinical Professor, Department of Management
Mays Business School
Texas A&M University
- Jason Castro, 21, (yes, the dreadlocked dude) from Rockwall, a Junior at Texas A & M.
- His home church is Lake Pointe Baptist, in Rockwall.
- He received a scholarship in Petroleum Engineering from A & M
- Member, Aggie Men’s Club, a Christian service organization that spent last spring break in Honduras building houses.
- He has been on two mission trips with his church to Russia.
- When asked by IDOL interviewers, what his goals in life are, he responded, “To be a loving father, faithful husband, and servant of all.” WOW
- When asked what he liked to do in his spare time, he replied, “…I get a lot of joy out of doing for other people, because at the end of the day, if you’ve only done stuff for yourself, what joy is it?”
- When asked what he would do with his first big paycheck, he said, “uh…probably pay off my parent’s house…their bills, and stuff”
- During the judges’ critiques, while most contestants try to defend themselves in front of the judges, Jason graciously accepts the criticism and smiles respectfully, even though the judges can be very cruel.
- Jason was contacted by Rick Warren’s church, (author of Purpose Driven Life) outside of LA, Easter week, and invited to worship with their congregation since he couldn’t be at his own church, and of course, he went.
- Earlier in the Idol season, Jason was asked about his faith by a few of the contestants and therefore gave birth to a Bible Study among them.
- He grew up playing the drums and when he went off to college, he taught himself to play the guitar, and has written several songs.
- When he auditioned for IDOL last August, he had only sung 5 times in public.
My other friend and frequent Chronicle commenter, Courtney, has more about Jason on her blogs (check out her sidebar) – her husband actually knows Jason from their church – the pictures of “support” in Rockwall are hysterical!