Light Matters

Light Matters

I have been house-hunting here in Colorado with our daughter, Kyrie, and son-in-law, Jake. Well, our six-month-old grandson Lewis also tags along! Having moved from Oregon over Thanksgiving week, they have begun the challenging task of finding a home that is a good fit for their family at an affordable price.

One of the important criteria for the home they will choose (among many things) is the element of light—both natural and spiritual. Some houses are darker than others, in both senses. We’ve walked into some and known immediately the lack of light would not be conducive to the atmosphere they desire in their home.

Light matters.

It matters from the beginning of time when God created light out of darkness, throughout the pages of Scripture, to the future promise in Revelation 21:23, “And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.”

The Apostle John especially valued the picture of light. The word is generously sprinkled throughout his gospel and first epistle—twenty-one times—with most of the references about Jesus as the light.

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” John 8:12

Because you and I have received the precious gift of the light and love of Jesus, we have the amazing privilege of walking in this light with God and with others. As 1 John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

We are called to take the light of Jesus into this dark and broken world. “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16–17

Cadence exists to bring the light of Jesus to the people of military communities across the U.S. and around the world.

Thank you for partnering with our staff through your prayers and finances so that this may be true: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2

Let us all press on with this mission in our families, neighborhoods, and communities.

Until the Lamb is the light and lamp for all,

David Schroeder

Love Moves Toward

Love Moves Toward

“Grandma, I’m coming to you.”

Our four-year-old grandson, Davey, scurried along the church row to nestle in Joyce’s lap during the service this past Sunday. We love being grandparents to five dear ones, and these many small moments of affection and connection warm our hearts!

It strikes me just how often love takes the initiative to move toward another.

In this recent Christmas season, we enjoyed celebrating the greatest and most profound movement toward others in the history of humanity—the incarnation of Jesus Christ. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

The Message paraphrase says, “The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.” God to us, with us, in us, and then—as we take initiative with others in love— through us!

This is why one of Cadence’s Core Values states:

We believe in the power of incarnate ministry. “Incarnate,” verb: “To make an abstract idea concrete, usually through personification.” We want to live Jesus. We believe in following God’s example of incarnating His love for us in the person of His Son. We believe in initiating relationships with people in their worlds. This means our ministry must flow from our lives into their lives. This means we share the gospel through our genuine, humble, and incarnate love. (John 1:1, 3:22; 2 Timothy 3:10–14; 1 Thessalonians 2:8)

There are times because of unrepentant sin, severe brokenness, emotional or physical abuse, and other serious matters that we must step away from someone and set boundaries for safety and security. These are difficult decisions that necessitate wisdom, counsel, and courage.

On the other hand, most often we are called to be up close, “initiating relationships with people in their worlds.”

This movement toward is at the heart of our Cadence ministries. Your financial and prayer partnership enables our staff to reach out in love to military people around the world bringing the good news of Jesus to them every day in 2024 and beyond.

Our grandson Davey already intuitively understands the core of this truth.

May we also keep moving toward others in the way our Savior repeatedly moves toward us, “I’m coming to you.”

David Schroeder

Let Me Tell You About Jesus

Let Me Tell You About Jesus

In Anne Wilson’s song My Jesus, she sings: “Let me tell you ‘bout my Jesus. His love is strong and His grace is free. And the good news is I know that He can do for you what He’s done for me. Let me tell you ‘bout my Jesus, and let my Jesus change your life.”

The gospel of Jesus Christ is mentioned 93 times in the New Testament. Seven of those references are in the first chapter of the book of Philippians. Here are two of them:

“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.” Philippians 1:27–28

The gospel compels us to live worthy of it and strive together for it.

In the last few months, the Spirit has flooded my heart multiple times with compassion for lost and broken people who need this good news:

  • During a particular song at a secular concert where I glimpsed the heart of God for the 9,000 people around me.
  • At a truck stop in Wyoming while driving our daughter and her family’s possessions in a U-Haul as they moved from Oregon to Colorado.
  • In the middle of a presentation at church by missionaries who have given their hearts and lives to bring the gospel to the people of northern Pakistan.
  • In the checkout line at our local grocery store.

Just simple everyday moments. In each of these, I did not have the opportunity to share the gospel, but wow did I pray Jesus would meet these people. Moments like this remind me I am called to live worthy of my Lord, worthy of His sacrifice, and worthy of this amazing and powerful good news.

And you know what else? These glimpses of the heart of God for people also call me to “strive together as one for the faith of the gospel.” The petty and unimportant issues that some in our country debate and divide over fade to nothing in the light of the overwhelming love of God.

Friends, as we celebrate the One who came to us—to be with us, to save us—Jesus, let us set aside differences that divide and distract us. Let us lift up the worthy name of our Savior, and let us sing with all our hearts to all those who will listen: “Let me tell you about my Jesus!”

In His Beautiful and Powerful Name,

David Schroeder

Proclaim the Kingdom of God

Proclaim the Kingdom of God

At the end of Acts, Luke gives us a glimpse into the last few years of Paul’s life, telling us that he welcomed all who came to him, “proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ.” That phrase, “kingdom of God,” is used around 75 times in the New Testament, and the “kingdom of heaven” is mentioned 34 times.

The kingdom of God is vast, deep, and complex, and Jesus used many metaphors to help His followers understand it. It’s like a farmer sowing seed in his field, a mustard seed, yeast mixed into dough, treasure hidden in a field, a merchant looking for fine pearls, and more.

There’s one particular metaphor that stands out to me. In Mark 4:26–29, Jesus says, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself, the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it because the harvest has come.”

In this parable Jesus emphasized that so much of the kingdom’s growth is beyond our control—the work of God accomplishes it. We do our part by watering, sowing, loving, and teaching, but God causes the growth.

Another truth we see in Scripture is that the kingdom of God is the opposite of the kingdoms of this world which often emphasize acquisition, power, and control. In her book The Gospel on the Ground, Kristi McLelland says, “In contrast, we find the kingdom of God to be anchored in relinquishment. The way of Jesus says the last will be first. Jesus says we are to lose our lives to gain them. The way of the kingdom of God is entirely upside-down to the way of the world and empire. Caesar would do anything to stay on top. Jesus says the way to flourish is to go low.”

Friends, each one of us plays a vital role in God’s kingdom coming to earth. We sow, water, and harvest in our locations and in our relationships. Thank you for your work in your corner of God’s kingdom and for your faithful financial partnership which enables Cadence staff to participate in His kingdom work in military communities worldwide.

And let’s never forget that we are inheriting a kingdom that cannot be shaken (Hebrews 12:28)!

David Schroeder

Celebrating 50 Years of the Travis Hospitality House

Celebrating 50 Years of the Travis Hospitality House

Joyce and I recently participated in the 50th celebration of the Travis Hospitality House ministry near Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California. Fifty years! Not only has this hospitality house been a beacon of hope for this military community for 50 years, but the ministry has been located on the same five-acre property and facility the entire time. This property was purchased by Cadence in 1973 under the direction of one of the mission’s founding couples, Tom and Dotty Hash.

Around 80 people attended this celebration, and we heard stirring stories from our Travis Hospitality House alumni of how God transformed their lives during their time in that place.

Cindy Zulli, former Cadence board member said, “I was saved right here in this living room in 1975!” She pointed to a specific spot in the room as she shared this praise. Wow!

Current Cadence staff Char Hauser, who ministers to women in the military community of Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base Hawaii, wrote, “It was at Travis that Tom and Dotty modeled the ministry for me and my husband, Ray. They prayed that I would see God leading us to commit our lives to sharing the gospel and our lives with the military. Tom and Dotty were amazing, patient mentors, and here I am 45 years later, still going. It all began at the Travis Hospitality House.”

The stories kept coming of life-transforming moments over five decades. We also met Airmen who were enjoying the hospitality house right now in these days under the care of Cadence staff, Zach and Cassandra Brown. In addition, four different chaplains approached me to express gratefulness for Cadence and the privilege of partnering with our staff there and in many other locations around the world. What a blessing!

Tom and Dotty’s son, Dan Hash, said this at the celebration: “Facilities matter. They ground us and connect us. They open the doors and give us context for ministry through God’s number one delivery system, which is people who are not all put together.”

Homes, facilities, properties—they matter. They may be temporary dwellings on this earth, but God uses these places to reach souls and touch lives as military people connect with Him and others in lifechanging community.

One of the other fifteen Cadence-owned properties God is using for His work is on the other side of the world in Rota, Spain. In 2025, we will celebrate 50 years of the Rota ministry, all on the same property which Cadence has owned for 40 of those years. And yet this property needs significant renovations. To that end, in the coming months you will be hearing about our Joshua Project campaign to raise funds to stop erosion on a perimeter hill, repair the perimeter fence, restore a deteriorating apartment, and more.

As we celebrate God’s faithfulness at the Travis Hospitality House this year and look forward to celebrating in Rota, we are grateful for how you partner with our missionaries and ministries around the world.

David Schroeder