A Sailor’s Story

A Sailor’s Story

Joyce and I met Senior Chief Sonar Technician Joy Chase at the Cadence hospitality house in San Diego. We were encouraged by her love for the Lord and impressed by her service as an exceptional Sailor.

Five years ago, Joy achieved a career milestone and made history by becoming the first woman in the U.S. Navy to qualify as an Acoustic Intelligence (ACINT) Specialist. She was the 58th Sailor to qualify and the 266th overall in the program’s 55 years. As part of this highly select group of Sailors, Joy is an expert at identifying and classifying acoustic signals in the ocean.

Joy has been greatly impacted by Cadence hospitality house ministries. As she shares:

I first learned of Cadence International from a shipmate at my first duty station in Yokosuka, Japan. I felt so welcomed and at home from the first night I stepped into The Lighthouse Hospitality House. Sam had told them I was coming and two women, Yukie Ida and Tabi Ekvall (Cadence staff and volunteer), were waiting at the door with hugs when I walked in. The Lighthouse became my overseas family and helped me grow in my faith and knowledge of God. As my family, The Lighthouse helped me through the ups and downs of my first duty station including the passing of my brother.

The friends and connections I made at The Lighthouse I still have to this day. I transferred from the East Coast to West Coast last summer and 95% of the people I stopped to visit on my road trip were friends I had made at The Lighthouse, including former directors Matthew and Jill Bachali and Lou and Cathy Rozmiarek. I now attend The Bridge Cadence house in San Diego with the Bissonnettes, and again I have found a family. I am incredibly thankful for Cadence international and their service to the military. They have played a major role in the past 13 years of my Naval career, shaping me into the woman and Sailor I am today. I love you guys!

We love you too, Joy!

And because of you, dear prayer and financial partners, Cadence staff is ministering to Joy and hundreds of military people and family members around the world.

Joy is up for re-enlistment next year and asked us to pray for God’s clear guidance and, “that regardless of what His answer is, I have the courage to act on it.”

On behalf of Joy and all those whose lives are being transformed by Jesus in the military community, we thank you!

David Schroeder
President

Partnership in Ministry

Partnership in Ministry

Every year in March, the leaders of various military ministries gather at the FCMM (Fellowship of Military Ministries) conference. Cadence recently brought a team of leaders (photo above) to San Antonio, Texas to connect, collaborate, and coordinate with other ministry leaders.

This event draws staff from CRU Military, Nav Military, OCF (Officers Christian Fellowship), MCYM (Military Community Youth Ministry), and other ministries with a heart for the military and their families. At the end of our gathering, MMN (Military Ministries Network) hosts a Community Dinner which includes all the conference attendees plus local pastors, lay leaders, chaplains, local military people, and anyone else with an interest in ministry to the military.

Joyce and I spoke at this closing event— what a joy to be in a room with people who are full of passion for God, His kingdom work, and the strategic and fruitful ministry to the military and their families.

Philippians 1:3-5 says, “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”

Your partnership in the gospel: this describes well these ministries and the collaboration we seek as we minister to the military. This also describes you, our faithful prayer and financial partners.

This month we celebrate the heart of this gospel—the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Cadence could not take Jesus to the military without you joining us in this great purpose and ministry, and we are so grateful!

You also live and spread this gospel in your families, communities, and churches. I want to encourage you with the wonderful truth of I Corinthians 15:58.

“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

It’s not in vain, friends. Keep working for our resurrected Savior!

Support in the Midst of Uncertainty

Support in the Midst of Uncertainty

“There is so much uncertainty for military families right now. This is a very turbulent and strange place. The families feel this and are looking for connection and support. The Cadence model provides this really well.”

These are the words of Matt Snell, one of our newest missionaries serving with his wife Meredith and their family at the Ft. Drum Hospitality House in New York. The Snell family is no stranger to conflicts in our world as Matt is a retired Army infantry officer with four deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq (two each). They have lived amid uncertainty and turbulence. Because of the connection and support the Snells experienced from Cadence during Matt’s tours, they now feel privileged to provide this for current military people and their families.

I wish each one of you could see and experience the comfort and love that all our staff bring to people in their military communities in days such as these. It’s a tangible expression of the truth written by the Apostle Paul:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:3–5

I know you are praying along with me for the country and people of Ukraine in these turbulent days. Like you, I am grateful for the worldwide outpouring of prayers, support, and love for this besieged country and its brave people. If you would like to participate in the Europe Cadence relief effort, please follow this link.

Would you also join me in praying for our military and their families? There is a strong sense of uncertainty among many as these traumatic events unfold and as they consider what their potential orders may be in the coming days. While we pray for peace, the military must always be prepared for possible conflict and battle.

Please also keep Cadence missionaries in your prayers as they come alongside those they minister to in their military communities. No matter what happens, the mission of Cadence to share the gospel and our lives with the military will remain steadfast. We will continue to provide places of connection, spiritual encouragement, and love for the military and their families.

We are so grateful for your prayers, support, and financial gifts which allow us to provide this ministry to the military community.

Thank you.

David Schroeder

Executive Leaders

Executive Leaders

I want to take this month’s letter to introduce our four VPs who serve with me on the Executive Leadership Team for Cadence.

Natalie Harper serves as the CFO/VP for Administration. She has served in this capacity since 2014 and oversees the Cadence finance and HR departments, donor services, Information and Technology, and HQ operations. Natalie joined Cadence in 2008 as the Director of Finance and in all her roles has provided thoughtful oversite to the mission’s financial stewardship and integrity. Natalie’s administrative and leadership gifts are supported by a Bachelors of Administration in Accounting and a Masters of Nonprofit Management. She adopted her daughter Alaya in 2016 and enjoys the daily gift of parenting. Natalie takes great joy in serving alongside our HQ team and supporting our field missionaries and ministries.

David Hutchings serves as the VP for Field Ministries. David oversees all our field ministries, leading and coaching our Cadence field leaders. Originally from Colorado, David joined Cadence in 2007 and has served together with his wife Andrea in many aspects of Cadence ministry including student ministry, adult ministry, field leadership, and directing the student and children’s ministries. He has gained perspective on our different field ministries and each branch of the military through his 15 years of Cadence experience, and he looks forward to bringing that experience to bear in the equipping and encouraging of our field staff throughout the mission. He also enjoys encouraging and serving military chaplains.

Paul Bradley serves as the VP for Affiliate and Foreign Military Ministries. Within this diverse role, he oversees our Ambassadors, CAFS (Cadence Associate Field Staff), Cadence-owned facilities, and foreign military outreach. In addition, he and his wife Sandra are currently serving as WestPac field leaders. Paul and Sandra have been with Cadence for more than 30 years. Beginning in 1993, they served for seven years with Malachi Student Ministries and then five years at Cadence headquarters before moving to Thailand in 2006, where they ministered for 13 years with Cadence Foreign Military ministries. Upon their return to the U.S. in 2019, Paul served an interim role as VP for Field Ministries before taking on his current role. Paul loves investing in leaders and helping teams work through challenges and accomplish goals.

Brian Kleager serves as the VP for Strategic Partnerships and Public Relations. Within this role, he will be building partnerships with like-minded ministries, overseeing the communications department, growing our organizational development team, providing support to the growth of our alumni ministry, and leading our work with wounded soldiers in Burundi, Africa. After experiencing the ministry of Cadence during his service in the Army, he and his wife Aimee joined Cadence in 2008. They opened a new hospitality house in Grafenwoehr, Germany and led it for eight years. Following this, Brian led the European field for five years before moving back to Colorado last summer. As the newest member of the Executive Leadership Team, he is looking forward to expanding connections with people and organizations outside of Cadence.

These leaders and their families, like Joyce and me, understand well the importance of people like you who partner with our missionaries and this mission through prayer and financial support.

We all say “thank you” for loving military people in this way!

David Schroeder

Hospitality

Hospitality

“I’ve become a better leader and teacher because Ben trusted me with opportunities for both.”

A young soldier said this to me recently as we were visiting the Fort Hood Soldiers Hospitality House. Ben and Melody Bloker have directed this ministry for over six years and have seen countless lives, including this soldier, transformed by Christ.

Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas is one of the largest Army installations in the world with over 40,000 soldiers stationed there. The Cadence hospitality house is a beautiful 6,500 square foot home that sits on 16 acres. The grounds have a hiking path, a full size outdoor basketball court with lights, and a RV hookup area. It also has a pavilion for picnics, events and weddings, a play area for children, and even a few frisbee golf holes.

What makes this place a home, though, is the care and hospitality offered by Melody and Ben and their kids. They love the soldiers and their families well, and it shows!

Joyce and I were recently there to speak at a “Raise the Roof” fundraiser in which $36,000 was raised toward a new roof for the hospitality house. One of their soldiers is a gifted concert pianist, and he blessed the 60+ participants with an amazing and stirring concert of Christmas music (pictured above).

Fort Hood has a reputation for being a “dark place,” where soldiers can sometimes live in a challenging and difficult environment. It takes a team of servants to shine the gospel light in such a place, and Cadence has eleven staff on duty there. In addition to the hospitality house staff, our Cadence team members also teach men and women’s Bible studies, host retreats and day trips, serve on a chapel leadership team, take soldiers on work projects and mission trips, and are involved in numerous discipleship relationships.

All of that in conjunction and coordination with the local churches, parachurches, and chaplains makes for a place where love and the gospel are powerfully on the move in that military community!

Your gifts and prayers make this ministry happen. As we enter another year of life and ministry, I want to thank you on behalf of military people at Fort Hood and around the world for your partnership in the advancement of the gospel.