Hospitality represents the very heart of God and is central to the ministry of Cadence. I trust you will be encouraged by our dear friend, Eric Anderson’s, testimony below. Eric is an elder at Faith Church in Albuquerque, NM and a Cadence Limited-Term staff member.
My wife Teresa briefly visited a Cadence hospitality house in Germany in 2000. She returned from her trip and declared that Cadence would be a perfect fit for us in terms of short-term ministry. She was right! Teresa and I filled in at the Lighthouse in Yokosuka, Japan for five weeks in 2004 and for a month in 2015. While we saw immediate fruit in the lives of those we ministered to, we saw even more fruit in our own lives, and in the lives of our three children who were with us in Yokosuka. After experiencing the incredible ways that the Lord can use hospitality to impact people, we committed ourselves to practice hospitality in every way possible for the rest of our lives.
Teresa and I “adopted” many young people during our time together in Colorado and New Mexico, which included opening our home to many of these adopted children. Cadence showed us that there is something about sharing a meal and sharing a home that connects us with people in need. We began the comparatively slow process of planting, watering, and nurturing those who desired to grow alongside of us. No less than nine young people lived with us at different times, anywhere from a few months to six years. What a joy to know that those nine young people were impacted for the Kingdom of God—in essence by the principles of hospitality we learned from the Lord through Cadence.
Cadence taught me to not only share my life with others, but also to receive the Lord’s grace through the love and hospitality of others. As Teresa and I were preparing for another short-term assignment in 2018, the Lord unexpectedly called her Home. As I grieved alongside our entire family, I was again reminded of the incredible blessing Cadence taught us—God has designed us and commanded us to share our lives with one another.
Over and over again, my family and I were the recipients of the sentiments Paul shared: So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. 1 Thessalonians 2:8. I can say with confidence that the Lord will use Cadence to transform lives for many years to come.
Your faithful gifts make this powerful and fruitful hospitality to the military possible. Thank you!