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Courage and Faith

Courage and Faith

The following is the foreward from Courage & Faith: The early years of O.C.S.C./Cadence International, written by Joyce Schroeder.


The pages of the story of OCSC/Cadence International have turned for more than 60 years now. It is a story of the faithfulness of God and the faithfulness of God’s people. It is the story of courageous missionaries, generous prayer warriors, and dedicated military people in and through whom God has done mighty works.

As editor of this glimpse into the history of Cadence, I offer it not only as the wife of David Schroeder, president of Cadence, but also as the daughter of Dick and Margaret Patty, who, along with the Milers, the Tarkingtons, and the Hashes, were the founders of OCSC/Cadence International. I grew up in military ministry and have spent my adult life in this ministry.

I tell you this because I want you to know that I have watched these people my entire life—that’s 55 years at the time of printing! And I want you to know, these people are the real deal. They have authentically walked with God. They have stepped out in faith; they have been life-long students of the Bible; they have endured deep trials and suffering; and they have gone the distance in obedience to Christ. The three founders who are already in heaven finished well. And those still living, now in their eighties, are still growing in faith and still trusting God.

The reason I believe these people are the real deal is because their trust is in Jesus Christ. And Jesus is the real deal. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Psalm 44:1 says, “We have heard with our ears, O God; our fathers have told us what you did in their days, in days long ago.” These pages are the telling and showing of some of what God did in the early days of Cadence. They are not comprehensive or exhaustive, but rather representative of the early years of this ministry to military. My prayer is that they encourage and inspire you to walk with God in your story, and to carry on the legacy of faithfulness modeled by the godly people whose faces you see in these pages.

May Christ be exalted in the nations through the lives of transformed military people,

Joyce Schroeder


Read the stories and reminisce through pictures from the first decades of OCSC/Cadence International, by ordering Courage & Faith today. The cost is $20, which includes domestic shipping. Email info@cadence.org or call the headquarters at 303.762.1400.