“From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:16 NIV
The Apostle Paul knew well that the Gospel of God would not move forward without a team of people all pulling the same direction for the cause of Christ.
I experienced this truth in a number of ways on a recent trip to visit our staff in Washington and California.
- The military community of Bremerton, Washington has long been on the heart of Cadence leadership to restart a hospitality house ministry. Cadence missionaries, Greg and Heidi Carlson now live there and are raising support toward opening this new work by fall. They recently hosted a wonderful gathering of pastors, supporters, military Vets, and a chaplain. (Greg and Heidi are still raising their financial support so they can officially open this new ministry. If you would like to be a part of their support team, go to Cadence.org/Carlson for more information.)
- It was a joy to experience this amazing group of people—all sharing a heart to reach and disciple Navy, Marine, and Army personnel at Naval Base Kitsap—Partnership!
- What a privilege to visit with the Command Chaplain of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (a floating city of up to 5,000 sailors). He spoke of the incredible challenges he and his other chaplains faced on their extended 10-month deployment while underway. Crew members had no face-to-face contact with the outside world due to the pandemic, and the chaplains met with and counseled sailors for up to 10–12 hours a day. What a powerful ministry!
- I then traveled to Lakewood, Washington to visit with our Cadence team who minister to the military at JBLM (Joint Base Lewis-McChord). We met with another chaplain there who is on assignment from the Army Chief of Chaplains to forge partnerships between parachurch ministries and the chaplaincy—Teamwork!
- Finally, my wife, Joyce, joined me in San Diego, California for the fulfillment of a God-sized dream to open a hospitality house ministry in the largest U.S. military community in the world with over 100,000 active-duty military personnel.
- Cadence staff, Ed and Joy Bissonnette, have worked toward this vision for the past two years. What a blessing to experience the Grand Opening of this new ministry celebrating with 80 military people, dependents, local pastors, and residents of Coronado—Community!
- Thank you to those of you who have prayed for this moment and others who have given financially to help fund this effort. God has miraculously provided a large and beautiful home just four doors down from the main gate of Naval Air Station, North Island Coronado.
Friends, these three ministries, and many more around the world, to our military people and their families would not happen without your faithful investment in Cadence.
Having just recently met some of the precious military people who are being impacted for Christ through these ministries, I just want to say again from the bottom of heart—thank you for your partnership in the advancement of the gospel!