Our Culture: On Earth as it is in Heaven
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Our Leadership: Mark & Destani Casto
Mark and Destani Casto were married in 2007 after being friends since middle school. It didn’t take long for love to grow their tribe with three children, Elijah, Ezekiel, and Elliana. Over the past 12 years they have traveled as evangelists, helping bridge generations, and calling people to a lifestyle of intimacy with Jesus.
Mark & Destani moved their family to South Carolina in 2015 to be joined to their Spiritual Father & Mother, Apostle Damon & Tammy Thompson, and develop roots in the Carolina Revival family. After three years of saying yes to the lifestyle of the wilderness, the Lord made it clear that they were to take the DNA of Carolina Revival and establish the Shepherd’s Tent in Covington, GA.
The Shepherd's Tent Our Story
“Listen, my radiant one—
if you ever lose sight of me,
just follow in my footsteps where I lead my lovers.
Come with your burdens and cares.
Come to the shepherd’s tent” (Song of Solomon 1:8)
A weary Shulamite shepherdess is overexposed and overworked from tending her brother’s ministry vineyards and needs rest. When the Bridegroom King hears of the neglect of her vineyard within, he calls for her to rest in the Shepherd’s Tent....
This is my story. After traveling for over 10 years as an evangelist, I did the one thing I said I would never do, put the ministry before intimacy with Jesus. I felt like the tender soil of my heart had become full of weeds and thorns, while I worked hard to tend everyone else’s ministry vineyards. It was time for a change.
The Lord opened the door for our family to move to South Carolina in 2015 to sit under our Apostle, Damon & Tammy Thompson, and the Hope Chapel family. It was during the Fall of 2016 that we were commissioned to go deep in the book of Song of Solomon. That’s when I encountered the Good Shepherd and He lead me into the greatest encounter of love I had ever experienced with God!
I went from a burnt out preacher to a bride who ravished the heart of Jesus! I was finally convinced that I could never win the argument of why He should not love me. Since that day, I have made it my aim to guard my heart by knowing who I am and not find my identity in what I do. To the best of my ability I am saying yes to this lifestyle of devotion to Jesus!
In this process, the Lord began to share with me that a restored Shulamite becomes a model for other brides-to-be. Since 2014 we have carried prophetic words and encounters about the Atlanta region. Now we can see clearly that it was in the heart of Yahweh all along to send us from this love affair into Covington, GA to establish a place of rest for others who have lost sight of Him and have become weary on the journey...hence, the Shepherd’s Tent.
I believe as Solomon penned the words of Song of Solomon 1:8, he remembered what his father David would do on a daily basis, crawling under the shadow of the Ark inside the Tabernacle. This tabernacle was nothing more than a tent, a Shepherd’s Tent. A place that modeled how live should be lived; God at the center of it all.
We believe we are being sent to Covington, GA to raise up a family that will host the Presence of God extravagantly in the fear of the Lord. To build a culture for those belonging exclusively to Yahweh. To be a place for those who are exiting the systems of religion to find rest in the Presence of Jesus. We see a family saying yes to the path of devotion and captivated by the wonder of the gospel.
We are being sent as shepherds to open the door of reconciliation to God, teaching the world to respond to His favor. To proclaim the knowledge of God and our identity as believers. We will proclaim the gospel of the Kingdom and present to Jesus a generation blameless and innocent. This will be for the reward of His suffering!
Through hearing and obeying we believe a glorious family will emerge from Covington, GA that Yahweh has entrusted us to father into the fullness of His plan for generations to come. This is going to take a while, so may our roots go deep, and our branches stretch wide for those who will in days to come find rest under the Shadow of the Almighty.
Even though I have not met all of those who are apart of this plan, my heart is already dreaming about you. I don’t just dream about you, but about our children’s children and what they will become because we have said yes to establishing The Shepherd’s Tent.
This is the only the beginning of amazing things to come. The story has just begun.