“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.” Hebrews 6:19–20a
My wife, Joyce, recently wrote this about hope:
I bought a plaque in January of 2020 and set it on the mantel above our fireplace to daily remind me. I had no idea how important its words would be: “Hope anchors the soul.”
To me, hope seems a bit ethereal, not concrete, unseen. And yet it accomplishes something very tangible, real, and centering. It anchors us. Something that I first perceive as airy is actually weighty. Weighty enough to hold the deepest place of our souls, firm and secure, to a place we cannot yet see—into the daily presence of God and behind the curtain of heaven, where a very real Jesus holds the other side of the anchor.
How we need this hope in these days. Friends, as you witness our broken, hurting, and troubled world and as you experience and endure the political, social, and pandemic turmoil in our country, we pray God will give you a sense of peace and security as you rely on His anchoring hope!
It is Cadence’s mission to bring this hope to the military communities of the world, and in line with that purpose, I’d like to briefly introduce you to Duncan and Angie Sprague. Angie is our new Director of Alumni and Duncan will partner with her as the Alumni Pastor. Angie grew up as a missionary kid in Cadence and Duncan was one of the Malachi Singers in the 1980s (Malachi Singers was the precursor to Cadence Student Ministries which continues to this day).
Beginning this January, Angie and Duncan will re-launch Cadence Alumni—a ministry designed to encourage, connect, and mobilize those who have been involved with or served in a Cadence ministry over the years. Our best estimate is that there are 30–40,000 Cadence alumni scattered across the U.S. and around the world. YOU may be a Cadence alumnus, and because of the impact a Cadence ministry had in your life, you continue to support Cadence staff and ministries.
We love our alumni and want to reconnect with them and their families. To this end, Duncan and Angie will begin a one-year Alumni RV tour across the U.S. beginning in August of 2021. They plan to visit all 27 Cadence U.S. ministry locations and will host events to connect Cadence alumni, supporters, churches, and staff in that area. They will be collecting stories, connecting people, giving Cadence updates, and offering volunteer opportunities with Cadence around the world. What fun!
Want to be involved with this?! Well, Cadence needs an RV! Got one to lend for a year? Got one to donate to Cadence? Contact Duncan and Angie at [email protected]
Got a year-end extra gift you’d like to give to Cadence Alumni for the RV tour? You can donate to the Cadence Alumni RV Project. Your gift will be used towards the purchase of an RV or other expenses related to the Alumni RV tour. A trustworthy and roadworthy used RV can cost between $50-$75,000.
Thank you for partnering with Cadence and being a part of providing hope for so many military people, their families, and our Cadence alumni!