It’s been said that scarcity produces creativity. When we are forced to live with less, it requires a mentality that thinks “inside the box”—creative imaginings of new and innovative ways of doing life with limited resources and new boundaries.
This has certainly been true for our Cadence staff who have been required by COVID-19 restrictions to discover new ways of ministering during these stay-at-home days. Here are just a few examples:
The Vincents at Spangdahlem AB, Germany: On Easter afternoon, Joe and Jill cooked dinner “to-go” for about 20 single Airmen. The Airmen texted or honked when they drove into the driveway and a meal was carried out to their car.
The Buris at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho: Ed and Suzie put together COVID-19 care packages to distribute, which are filled with both practical and fun items such as toilet paper, face masks, chocolate covered coffee beans, and bookmarks.
The Scheibles in at Naval Station Rota, Spain: Kevin has been providing regular written devotionals for military students on his Facebook page. Many of these teens who previously hadn’t been reading the Bible and seeking the Lord are now taking advantage of this time and learning God’s Word.
The Johnsons at Travis AFB, California: Nate and Louise recently assembled 62 Easter “BAGSkets,” and Nate was able to hand them out at The Peak, an on-base coffee house that Cadence oversees. It was a way to care for their people and to connect with some of the Airmen from the dorms while regular in-person meetings are on hold. Many Airmen expressed how much they miss gathering together and being with their “Peak family.”
The Cadence Student and Children’s Ministry staff, Okinawa, Japan: This team is producing weekly online videos for the military families at Camp Foster and surrounding military installations. These videos are fun, funny, resourceful, helpful, and informative, and have been well received by military families around Okinawa.
Our worldwide staff are also continuing their ministry to military people through weekly group meetings using Zoom, one-on-one discipleship via phone calls and digital platforms, and personal daily connections with people through phone calls, text messaging, and social media.
We know that you too, along with your churches, have been called to creativity by the current relational restrictions due to COVID-19. We pray God gives you the needed grace, patience, and kindness to persevere in these days, even as our country slowly reopens and some restrictions are loosened. We also pray for you who are suffering due to the virus or its economic impact.
Thank you for your faithful partnership with Cadence through these challenging days.