Summer/Fall 2018, Vol. 2 No. 1 • A seasonal magazine of Cadence International
News from the Field 04
Words to Live By 14
Under Her Wings 16
Dick and Margaret Patty 17
After the Blast
A Soldier’s Journey Toward Repair and Hope 08
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News from the Field 08
After the Blast 16
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and daughter Jooniper Under Her Wings
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02 inCadence • Summer/Fall 2018
Headquarters Staff 2017–2018
From the President
Hope stirred with the dawn.
A long, bleak night robbed me of joy and courage. Sleep shuffled off into the darkness as I agonized in prayer over a conversation gone awry
earlier in the day.
I remember with clarity the moment the morning light finally pushed back the night, in that living room and in my soul. From my knees
I lifted my hands and face to my Heavenly Father with a heart ready to renew trust in Him. Then as a new day dawned, it arrived again on
the wings of His new morning mercies — strong, joy-filled, powerful — hope.
Hebrews 6:19a says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hope tethers us to God, bringing surety and strength
to our lives. This is why Scripture tells us to “put your hope in God” and “hope in His unfailing love” (Psalm 42:5, 147:11). We are to “be
joyful in hope,” for Christ in us is our “hope of glory.” And if we are “those who hope in the Lord,” He will “renew our strength” (Romans
12:12, Colossians 1:27, Isaiah 40:31).
In these pages you will witness the anchoring strength and healing power of hope for Joel and Rebecca. You will glimpse the many ways
God is using Cadence staff, transforming the hearts of military people, and then mobilizing them for Kingdom impact. And you’ll visit
with Dick and Margaret Patty, two of Cadence’s founders, who have faithfully walked the long journey with God.
May our God’s dawn-arriving mercies stir hope for you as well, dear reader, even as we wait together for that final dawn, “the blessed
hope — the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).
Until then, “We have this hope as an anchor
for the soul, firm and secure.”
President Hebrews 6:19a
David and Joyce Schroeder
News from the Field
He Heard My Prayer Core Leadership Team and their families at The Hangar
Before I joined the Army I had plans, but they were my plans, not Big Dreams
God’s. After high school, life at home seemed to be falling apart.
I had every reason to go to a local college or find a job and stay Joy and I arrived in Germany in March of 2013, ready and
home to help out, but the Lord had other plans. excited for ministry at The Hangar. We had big dreams for
As soon as I talked to a recruiter, all other avenues of college and adult ministry, and God has given us a fruitful ministry to
jobs closed. The Lord was asking me to trust Him that my family adults. But what we didn’t dream about was the children’s
would be taken care of. When I got to basic training and began ministry God also had in mind for this place.
receiving letters from home, the Lord proved trustworthy.
When I got to JBLM (Joint Base Lewis-McChord) I was anxious, The Hangar is a Cadence hospitality house that serves
worried, and scared. My second day there was a Sunday and airmen and their families stationed in Spangdahlem and
all I could think about was going to church. When I got to a Buechel, Germany. Our facility is a former Gasthaus, with four
chapel on post, it was closed and I was extremely discouraged. floors and a large barn in the backyard.
However, they had a sign for the new location, so I went there. I
wept and wept and wept during service, begging God to take my As the ministry has grown, we have equipped and
anxiety and loneliness away. empowered godly leadership teams who volunteer and
As the service ended, I prayed and asked God to send me partner with us. We are grateful for the many people who
someone, anyone, so I didn’t feel alone. The Lord heard my prayer pray for this place, where God’s presence, peace, protection,
and answered it in about five minutes. Jason Wolden walked up to and provision keep the ministry growing and operating at a
me and said hello and I nearly began to cry again. As we talked, steady pace.
he introduced me to his wife, Cindy, and their three wonderful
children. They invited me to lunch where we got to know each Our motto at The Hangar is LOVE WELL. We regularly
other and they talked to me about the ministry of Cadence. present the gospel in a myriad of ways to everyone who
comes, regardless of age or background. Hearts are turning
Christian Herrera and Jason Wolden to Jesus and toward each other in ever-increasing measure.
I have been part of the Cadence House, and friends with the We didn’t dream it, but God did. Currently, between 70–80
Woldens, since that day. I absolutely love the ministry they do and adults join us for dinner and Bible study each week, with
am thankful for how much I have grown spiritually since being 40–50 children also attending and enjoying their Bible lesson
here. God is good. upstairs. God is filling the rooms of The Hangar, drawing
airmen and their families to Himself.
PFC Christian Herrera, Apache electrical systems repairer, Joint
Base Lewis-McChord, Washington Ed Bissonnette, Cadence staff, Europe Field
Jason Wolden adds: Christian has taken it upon himself to help
everyone feel the way he feels when he comes to our home—
welcomed. In fact, when he sees someone walk through the door,
he is one of the first to greet them. If they are new, he shows them
around and highlights important things like where the drinks and
glasses are. And at the end of the night when people start heading
home, he makes sure they get a personal goodbye.
04 inCadence • Summer/Fall 2018
First Look New Missionary, New Territory
In this photo, we see I was still on active duty with the Navy in 2012 when my wife, Bethany, and I took an
Jacob Bigley holding his exploratory missions trip to Cambodia with Cadence missionary, Paul Bradley. For
6-month-old daughter a week we toured all over the country and visited a Cambodian Army base called
for the first time! A Navy Unit 51. At that time, Cadence Foreign Armed Forces Ministries, in partnership with
Corpsman serving with 3Seams, was completing a one room sewing center (really an enclosed garage) in a
the Marines, Jacob village just outside the base entrance where many military families lived.
deployed to Japan one
week before his daughter After retiring from the Navy and moving our family to Chiang Mai, Thailand as full-time
was born. Like two-thirds missionaries in 2017, I returned to the 3Seams sewing center with my Cambodian
of those stationed at partner, Sareth. I was excited to find military active duty personnel, spouses, and
Camp Schwab, Okinawa, relatives hard at work creating amazing products to be sold locally and in the United
Jacob was there for six States. More importantly, I learned that before they start their work, these beautiful
months without his family. women have a Bible study, fellowship with one another, and pray together.
I met the sewing center’s caretaker, Sohka, and her husband, Soeum, an Army
Communications Officer. Sohka is a combat veteran herself and proudly showed me her
military photos from when she fought the last remnants of the Khmer Rouge. Sohka’s
sister also sews at the center and her brother, an Army Captain, is a medical assistant.
As Sareth and I were about to leave, the family asked if I could stay longer and teach
them a Bible lesson. We studied “The Faith of the Centurion” from Matthew 8 together
and discussed practicing servant leadership at work and in our homes. Perhaps
moments like these are routine for many missionaries, but to me, this one was part of
a greater story—a story that started before I knew Christ, when I was 14 years old and
met Paul Bradley, then a youth pastor at Bible Fellowship Church in Ventura, California.
As a brand-new missionary just trying to figure out how to live in southeast Asia, this
was a very special moment for me. It reminded me of what I felt like the first time I
had “the deck” driving a Navy ship or my first flying mission, where I led a crew of ten
men hunting submarines. I was again in new territory, and this time God’s Word was
coming alive in Cambodia.
Matt Mowad, Cadence Foreign Armed Forces staff, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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News from the Field
If You Knock soon after we arrived at Camp Schwab. He put a sign on his barracks room door
He told me later that he was dealing with that read, “If you knock I will tell you
I had lunch with Christian recently, and suicidal thoughts, but until that point his about Jesus.”
oh, how I wish you could have been comments had gone unnoticed. That
there! We meet every Wednesday over night as we spent time in the Word, he Though he wasn’t allowed to keep the
lunch, but this time he made me smile was struck with the realization that he did sign up for long, that didn’t deter his
more than usual. not know what would happen to him if he enthusiasm.
were to die. He came to me at the end of
Christian, a Marine, came to one of our the night and I showed him in Scripture At lunch, Christian shared about the
Friday night dinners and Bible studies how he could be assured of his future. conversations he is having, the people
he is witnessing to, and how the Lord is
Early the next morning, Christian went becoming more and more real to him. I
down to the beach to talk to this God he listened, and I smiled!
did not totally believe existed. It was while
he was on the beach praying that he said Dave Lambert, Cadence staff, Asia field
God met him in a very real way and he
gave his life to Christ. Dave and Bonnie Lambert serve at Camp
Schwab, Okinawa. They host small group
Christian has been growing faster than Bible studies in their home and larger
you can imagine for the past 15 months. gatherings at the base chapel. Bonnie
He carries the Bible we gave him makes pans of cinnamon rolls every week
everywhere and spends hours reading it. for Sunday chapel fellowship time.
He has become as bold as anyone I know
in sharing his faith.
The Mowad family (Matt, Bethany, Marin, and Brooke) and Uk and The Difference
Manuela Chong conducted the first Thailand Military and Police
Christian Fellowship (MPCF) Police Station Vacation Bible School. Cadence Student Ministries made a difference
Over 20 children of police officers and government workers attended in my life by providing a welcoming, safe
the three-day event held in the local police station. The children community for me while my family was stationed
learned the creation story, memorized Scripture, sang Christian in Wiesbaden, Germany. Although I was only
songs, received English lessons, and took home crafts they made. part of a Cadence Student Ministry for two short
For many of the children, it was the first time they heard the gospel. years, the relationships I formed there have
lasted to this day. Most importantly, Becke and
06 inCadence • Summer/Fall 2018 Dan personally led me to the Lord when I was
14 years old. Their service to the Lord changed
my life, and I know it continues to change lives
wherever they go.
Dan and Becke
at Ft. Drum,
Internships! Better Than One
I saw God relight my fire for Him last We are so excited about one of Cadence’s new models for youth ministry—
summer. I was between my sophomore youth ministry in and through established Cadence hospitality house
and junior years of college and had the ministries. Sharon and I are pioneering and leading one of the first of two of
privilege of serving as a Cadence intern in these ministry partnerships at the Victory Villa in Rota, Spain.
Okinawa. I grew up in a Christian home and
had experience in children’s ministry, but I In the past, Cadence Student Ministries (CSM) served the kingdom of God
didn’t feel confident in my ability to teach and the military community primarily through contracts with military chapels to
them the Bible. provide youth ministry on the installation in the chapel. However, these benefits
also came with several strings attached from the government. Eventually these
During my internship I grew so much in my limits led us to explore other options. Cadence still has a few youth workers on
relationship with God and in my abilities contract or working as volunteers in chapels and our commitment to working
and skills. I learned the more in-depth closely with chaplains remains as strong as ever.
side of ministry, such as planning and
preparation, and what it takes to really This brings us to one of CSM’s new ministry models—partnering with
teach children the Bible. hospitality houses. We have been blessed to serve alongside friends and
I was given many opportunities to lead, and Cadence missionaries, Nate and Louise Johnson, here at the Victory Villa in Rota.
got the greatest joy during Vacation Bible
School (VBS) when some of the kids said The Villa Youth meet every Thursday night at the house for games, snacks,
that the Bible station where I taught the worship through music, biblical teaching, and discussion. We also use the Villa
Bible lesson was their favorite station. for various special events. Our small group ministry meets on base at a student’s
This summer I have the privilege of home, and we have other special events both on base, around town, and
returning to Okinawa as co-leader of a throughout Europe.
team of students from my school, Colorado
Christian University. We will partner Sharing the same ministry space is not without its challenges. We must work
with Cadence and volunteer workers to as a team to fully maximize the time and facilities God has provided. We must
lead VBS for military children on three also work to build and maintain our own relationships. But the advantages of
installations. I can’t wait to share Jesus with working alongside teammates far outweigh any costs. “Two are better than one,
the children, and to share Cadence ministry because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one
with my college team. can help the other up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9–10a). Many times over the last year, we
Katarina Wiens, Cadence Intern each picked one another up and empowered each other to greater ministry.
We are thrilled about this ministry partnership. What we need now are more
Cadence Student and Children’s ministry workers to serve in this new way.
Please pray with us to the Lord of the Harvest to provide workers.
Kevin Schieble, Cadence staff, Europe Field
After the Blast
A Soldier’s Journey Toward Repair and Hope
By Joyce Schroeder, with Joel and Rebecca Jessen
08 inCadence • Summer/Fall 2018
“We disappeared in a cloud of smoke . . . Dazed . . . Dizzy . . . But we had to get through the ambush.”
It was an early morning mission in IED: An Improvised Explosive perceived was his rightful say or influence.
Afghanistan in November of 2012. Special Device is a crude but effective This turned out to be a major tension later
Forces NCO Joel Jessen was on his third homemade weapon often in his life.
deployment to the Middle East. His Special used by guerillas or insurgents
Forces Operational Detachment Alpha against military forces. It has While Joel joined the military out of
(ODA) 0116 had just finished searching been the main weapon utilized high school as a combat engineer, his
multiple targets in a local village and were against American and coalition heritage inspired him to pursue Special
on their way back to base with suspected forces during the wars in Iraq Forces — an elite group often associated
enemy bomb makers and facilitators. and Afghanistan. with their distinctive headgear, the Green
Beret, and whose motto is “Free the
They had discovered and neutralized RG33: An RG33 is a blast- Oppressed.” Selected in 2007 as a Special
hidden improvised explosive devices protected military vehicle from Forces Medic, Joel felt honored to belong
(IEDs) on their planned route and decided which missions in explosive and to a brotherhood that valued doing the
to take an alternate route back to base. hazardous environments can be hard right over the easy wrong and who
While carefully searching for the best way, carried out. were willing to sacrifice for those in need,
they had to cross a dry river bed, and while regardless of who would get the credit.
coming up on the other side, they drove Overpressure: Also called
over a large hidden IED. Even though he blast wave, overpressure is a Love and War
was riding in an RG33 weighing 25 tons, sudden shock wave resulting
they were tossed like a football. As broken from an explosion that is greater Rebecca was three when her birth mother left
glass cascaded over Joel in the back seat, than the normal atmospheric her family, and for a while the primary care
the overpressure was more than he had pressure. Overpressure is for Rebecca and her brother, as well as her
ever experienced. measured in pounds per square dad, shifted to her Christian grandmother.
inch (psi). It was under her grandma’s guidance that
No limbs were missing, but Joel was Rebecca put her faith in Jesus during her
seriously injured. After the blast, his life TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury, church confirmation process at age fourteen.
would never be the same. often a result of impact to the As an adult, Rebecca started praying for her
head, disrupts normal brain future husband, right around the time Joel was
Before the Blast function and affects both downrange on his first deployment to Iraq.
physiological and psychological
Growing up in eastern Montana near where areas of a person’s life. Rebecca met Joel while he was stationed in
the Battle of Little Big Horn took place, Joel Hanau, Germany. Rebecca is German and
had a close connection to people who lived K-Town: Kaiserslautern, Germany, she and her friends socialized with American
on the edge of poverty, tribal tension, and where 50,000 American Armed soldiers. Although she had decided earlier
despair. His dad was a pastor, and both of Forces personnel, civilians, and that she did not want to date a military man,
Joel’s parents were educators who worked on family members are stationed in Rebecca and Joel grew to love each other and
the Crow and Cheyenne Reservations. His the area. were married in 2007.
family poured out their hearts in service to
these communities. Joel was gone more than he was home
during their first six years of marriage.
Joel prayed with his mom and put his Still, the Jessens enjoyed what they viewed
faith in Jesus at a young age. He believed. as a great relationship. Their conversation
But . . . Joel liked control, and he would not was easy and meaningful and their
trust God with anything outside of what he companionship was sweet.
“Rebecca had all but lost hope that Joel Joel’s career was on the rise. He had successfully completed the
would ever come back. In desperation, Q course, one of the toughest Army trainings, and was assigned
and in faithfulness, she decided all she to the 10th Special Forces Group. His ODA 0116 was very close,
could do was offer grace and love him having been seasoned in combat in Afghanistan, as well as in
unconditionally. I have never seen a wife training operations throughout Europe.
live out 1 Peter 3:1 like Rebecca did.”
The Jessens gladly welcomed their first child, Maia, in 2010. She
Rick Scott, Cadence Staff, Europe Field was born ten days before a seven-month long deployment for Joel
to Afghanistan. Then in 2012, just after finding out they were
Jessen Family: Joel, Rebecca, Maia, Luke, and Benjamin expecting their second child, Joel deployed again. Even through the
10 inCadence • Summer/Fall 2018 separations, this young, beautiful, bright family was thriving.
Then in a giant blast from a concealed enemy attack, life as they
knew it was torn apart.
After the Blast
Joel and his comrades had endured IED blasts before. They had
accomplished many dangerous missions and survived attacks,
ambushes, and overpressure. They were familiar with Post
Traumatic Stress (PTS). But for Joel, this one was different.
After the blast, Joel alternated from being despondent to
emotionally void. He recalls feeling like he was observing his life
from the outside, even as his son, Luke, was born. Somewhere in
his mind he knew he should feel some love, some joy . . . but those
feelings belonged to the old Joel, not the Joel he was now.
Joel had not lost life or limb in the explosion, but something
inside him was terribly altered. Initially, Joel had suffered a
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). As he dealt with different types of
headaches every day — memory, vision, and balance issues — the
only emotion Joel could readily access was anger. While he didn’t
understand what was going on inside his head or heart, still
he threw himself into training for a new position that would
keep him in Germany for a while, hoping the time without
deployments would help him heal in order to return to an ODA
after three years.
The Jessen’s marriage also suffered from the blast. “Nothing was
as it had been,” said Rebecca. “We couldn’t really talk anymore. I
wanted him to be there for our family, but connecting with us was
too much for him. All the ways we used to communicate didn’t
work anymore. On good days Joel was barely functioning; on bad
days he was breaking things. Even though he was now home, I
was responsible for everything, including keeping his anger from
the kids. There was so much explosiveness in this situation.”
Months went by, each one painfully difficult — the year 2013 and
in to 2014 — filled with spoken and unspoken ache. Sitting on
the couch, Rebecca cried to Joel, “I miss who you used to be.” He
thought, That stinks, but it’s kind of your problem. We will never be
able to get back to there.
Joel had come to believe that not only was his relationship with Unbroken. As the final God Himself was
his wife irreparable, but also that he would never have a repaired text came across the
relationship with God.
screen, Joel began to cry. dealing with layers
“As we faced the mess of life, struggling with a Traumatic Brain The movie’s testimony of
Injury, Post-Traumatic Stress, and depression, there was a lot of stuff of sin, restructuring
in our lives, but to me it felt like hope wasn’t one of them.” What a veteran who suffered thought patterns, and
Joel did feel was hopelessness, anger, loss of direction, and apathy. from PTS, yet who
put his faith in Jesus,
Once a woman who felt like she could do everything, Rebecca was
now at the end of her resources. She began reading Ann Voskamp’s moved this soldier. The personally connecting
One Thousand Gifts and realized there was always something she hard shell of Joel’s pain
could be thankful for. Finding joy in little things was the beginning with both Joel and
of her journey back to the Lord. and indifference was Rebecca’s hearts.
beginning to crack.
“The more I let go of the control I was trying to have, the more
I realized I was safe. It gave me the freedom to not receive Joel’s In January of 2015, the
anger. Instead of reacting to him, I could be okay. I had to redefine
a ‘good day.’ A good day was when I ran to Christ, and some good Jessens happened to run
days I could feel Him putting tiny pieces back together.”
into Brandon Brown
Even though Rebecca didn’t verbalize it, Joel felt her decision to
support him. Her quiet and growing trust in God started to turn in the airport passenger terminal as Brandon was flying out for a
their relationship in a whole new direction. Joel drew strength from
Rebecca’s unconditional love and support, and Rebecca even came memorial service. Brandon and Joel had played on a worship team
to believe that God could use the IED blast for good.
years ago in Hanau, and he invited Joel and Rebecca to go with him
Connections and Community
to the Cadence K-Town Hospitality House when he returned.
In November of 2014, two years after the blast, Joel’s friend, Josh,
who had also been in the ambush, invited him to see the movie For months, Joel and Rebecca came to the hospitality house and
sat in the back, not interacting much with the directors, Rick and
Paula Scott. But they were soaking in the Word of God, beginning
with a study on the book of Galatians.
“Scripture was our soul food, our comfort.”
Joel recalls feeling like everything that was said was something he
needed to hear. Questions he had about God were being answered.
And God Himself was dealing with layers of sin, restructuring
thought patterns, and personally connecting with both Joel and
Rebecca’s hearts. Joel decided he was going to let go of his control Those who have retired from a life of military service understand
and put his trust in God. how disorienting it is to suddenly become a civilian, disconnected
from the structure, purpose, and calling of a soldier. For Joel, the
Rebecca joined the women’s Bible study in the book of Hebrews retirement came so early. His family was still young, his brain still
and found a community of new friends who were also seeking God. healing. Having never really imagined doing anything else with his
She learned the deep truth that, “in our brokenness God meets us life, Joel still battles feelings of guilt, having known many friends
where we are.” and soldiers who gave their lives.
TBI and Trajectory Future and Hope
God was repairing Joel’s heart and restoring Joel and Rebecca’s In Jeremiah chapter 29, God speaks to His people while they are
marriage. They were beginning to move from the back of the in exile. He tells them to seek Him from where they are, promising
room into fellowship at the hospitality house. But Joel’s physical them a future and a hope.
condition was getting worse, and by the end of 2015 he was not
doing well. The Jessens are seeking God from where they are. They are serving
as Cadence Associates Field Staff, ministering to military families
After the blast, when Joel described his symptoms they spanned alongside Rick and Paula Scott at the K-Town Hospitality House
multiple medical specialties. Because of this, professionals had a in Germany. And they are offering their story to us, encouraging
hard time creating an effective treatment plan. Then in January us, as Rebecca says, that “in hard situations you can see that God
of 2016, a nurse at the Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany is wanting to get to you and pursue your heart. You can resist or
got him into a Traumatic Brain Injury program at Walter Reed yield; you can decide.”
Army Medical Center in Maryland. The first month Joel was there
alone, receiving much needed therapy. In month two and three Joel concludes, “The most important thing I want to relay is that
of the program, his family joined him and they lived together the decision to start trusting God, even in the midst of everything,
in an apartment as Joel continued to receive excellent care as an has brought about an indescribable peace and hope for the future.
outpatient. This hope is based on Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross.
This hope is real, and it has remained, despite the hardships of
When the lead neurologist finally put in writing that Joel could no living with a Traumatic Brain Injury.
longer serve on an Operational Detachment due to the status of
his brain, the Jessens made the difficult decision to get out of the “This hope wasn’t something I created. It wasn’t something I found
military. Though honorably and medically retired in 2017, this was on my own. When I was hopeless, Hope found me.”
yet another deep loss for the Green Beret whose heart and career
were committed to “freeing the oppressed.”
“‘For I know the
plans I have for
you,’ declares the
Lord, ‘plans to
prosper you and
not to harm you,
plans to give you
hope and a future.’”
Joel and Rebecca Jessen with Cadence missionaries Paula and Rick Scott
12 inCadence • Summer/Fall 2018
Honoring Courage & Faith
Editor: Joyce Schroeder
Chaplain CDR (Ret) Dave Meschke, former General
Director of Cadence International, was called to his Meet the early
heavenly reward on Jun 25, 2018, at the age of 88. generations of OCSC/
As a Navy Chaplain for 21 years, Dave was closely through stories and
connected to OCSC/Cadence ministries, speaking in pictures from
Servicemen’s Centers and serving on the OCSC Board the 1950s and 1960s.
of Directors for ten years.
This 156-page glimpse
In 1978, while into the mission’s history
tells of courageous
still a chaplain, missionaries who not only
stepped out in faith, but who have also gone
Dave was the distance in obedience to Christ.
chosen by the May their stories encourage and inspire us
to walk with God in our stories as well. $20
board to be the
third General Warrior Soul
Director By Lou Harrison
Deepen your understanding
(president) Sid, Dick, Tom, Dave, Lou, and Tark of the warrior’s soul and the
of OCSC. in 1994 effects of combat on that soul.
Receive practical help and wise
Believing this encouragement from a Cadence
missionary who, along with his
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We fondly remember Dave’s
beautiful booming baritone
voice; his steel-trap mind that
retained so many names and
events; his red pen attention
to detail; his steadfast heart
Dave and Betty for the Lord; his deep love for
his wife Betty, their children,
grandchildren and great-
grandchildren; and his unwavering commitment to do all
he could to see military people come to Christ.
Cadence says, “Thank you, Dave!” And Jesus says,
“Well done, good and faithful servant . . . Enter into the
joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:21 ESV)
Words to Live By
With CW2 Richard Stamper, Signals Intelligence Technician
“Whatever you do, don’t go to South Korea!” Jesus had died on the cross to forgive sin and offer redemption,
Rich Stamper heard this advice constantly during his first ten and when he gave an invitation to receive this gift, Rich raised his
years in the Army. South Korea had a reputation for being a dark, hand and went forward, along with about three hundred other
difficult, and lonely duty station. Rich did what he could to avoid young soldiers.
going there, but then one day the orders came. Just like that, Rich
and his wife, Tabatha, and daughter, Jooniper, were packed and At AIT (Advanced Individual Training) in Texas, it was perhaps
headed across the ocean. not readily apparent that Jesus had changed Rich’s life. He was still
drinking, still depressed . . . and yet, his outlook was different. He
Growing up in the home of a drug addict, Rich had experience started to feel badly about drinking and cursing; the Holy Spirit
with dark, difficult places. “There was a lot of pain, broken was inside him, gently convicting.
relationships, and destruction in my childhood. After my folks
divorced when I was ten, there was a biker gang living in our From then on, at every duty station, the Lord placed a mature, godly
house and my mom was dating one of the guys. There was money man in Rich’s life who could encourage and disciple him. Friends
laundering, prostitution, drugs . . . nothing was hidden.” at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado invited Rich and Tabatha to
Bible study and game nights where they first experienced the joy of
Wounded and angry, Rich struggled with depression and addictions gathering with Christians. At Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, they were
of his own. He joined the Army to run away. But before he was invited to church where they ended up volunteering every week, and
sent to basic training, he married his high school sweetheart. where a man named Bob Key showed Rich how to read the Bible.
While at basic training in Ft. Leonard Wood, a local church offered The Power of Transparency
trainees a “day away” full of fun, games, and food. But the event At Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, Rich and Tabatha were part of a Bible
had a catch: if you came, you also had to listen to the sermon. study for young military couples. Several weeks in to their discussion
on the book, Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for your Heart
As Rich listened, he felt the weight of his sin pulling him down (Idleman), Rich was profoundly convicted about the idol of lust.
into his chair, “like a bag of concrete.” The pastor explained that
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“One of my favorite things in the world is being a dad. I want my kids to know I love them and
that they can feel safe with me.”
CW2 Rich Stamper
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“I still had a secret — a porn addiction that stemmed from what happened in my
house. I confessed it to everyone there, bawling my eyes out. Since then, I haven’t
looked at that stuff anymore. It broke me of it. And after I was transparent, other
males in that group came out with the fact that they had the same secret.”
Something else was revealed that night — the beginnings of a call to ministry for
Rich. A call to use his story to help people while still in the military, and to prepare
for vocational ministry after retirement.
PCS to South Korea Rich, Chris Jolin, Joe Macareno, Frank Ayala
The dreaded PCS (Permanent Change of Station) came, and Rich and Tabatha
found themselves in the place they had been advised to avoid. But God was at work “Therefore, confess your sins to
in South Korea. each other and pray for each
other so that you may be healed.
Within the first couple of weeks in country, the Stampers were introduced to Chris The prayer of a righteous person
and Jenny Jolin, Cadence staff who had also recently arrived. When Tabatha went is powerful and effective.”
to a PWOC (Protestant Women of the Chapel) meeting, Jenny told her about
the ministry her family was launching near Camp Humphreys. The first night the James 5:16
Humphreys Hospitality House was open, Rich and Tabatha were there, and for the
next two years, they were part of the house fellowship every Friday night.
The years in South Korea were some of the best of their lives, in part, because of
their deep friendship with the Jolins. It was there that Rich and Frank Ayala started
a men’s group. Chris Jolin brought guys from the hospitality house, and there they
practiced the transparency the Bible talks about in James 5:16. Rich often shared
his testimony as new men came to the group. “Two things would happen,” he said.
“Either they would leave and not come back, or guys realized they could share things
they hadn’t shared with anyone.”
God was also calling Tabatha into a leadership role. She eventually became the
president of the PWOC group on post. The experience of living overseas also opened
her heart to the possibility of going in to missions someday.
God is Real
Recently, Rich sent his mother a Bible with hand-written sticky notes scattered
throughout that said things like, “This has helped me get through bad times.” Along
with the Bible, he wrote his mom a letter telling her he had forgiven her, and his
mom soberly apologized. “God has to be real,” he says. “There’s no way I could do
this by myself. There’s no way I could write this story. I was able to forgive her, and it
is so much better.”
Now the parents of two daughters, Jooniper and Paislee, Rich and Tabatha are at their
next duty station in Virginia. Rich is studying online to earn a degree in Religion
with a focus on Evangelism from Liberty University. His hope is to serve in missions
or the pastorate after the military.
Rich reminds us all that, “God can change any life. It doesn’t matter what abuse
you’ve had. It doesn’t matter what has happened to you or what you have done to
other people. God can change you. There is a real God who loves you and who wants
the best for you. He is here with us. Reach out to Him.”
Words to live by, no matter where you live.
The Jolin Family
Under Her Wings
“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.” Psalm 91:4a
By Marissa Bond, Navy Hospital Corpsman, At dinner, I ended up sitting at a table with Char Hauser, a
Petty Officer 3rd Class Cadence missionary. She was so welcoming. She gave me her
contact information and invited me to her house, which was close
I didn’t grow up in a Christian household or go to church. Yet, by. I went on a Friday night a week later, and for the next year and
when I was 16 and in a bad state of depression, Jesus introduced a half I was at her house every Friday night.
Himself to me. He did it through a televangelist my mom was
watching on TV, which at first I found annoying. Around the Char took me under her wings.
same time, sitting alone in my room one afternoon, I watched The She mentored me, spent time with me, and answered my questions.
I had some crazy questions, yet she never made me feel stupid.
Passion of the Christ. I was so If she didn’t have the answer, we would look it up together. She
moved by Christ’s willingness to helped me grieve through my breakup and didn’t rush me. She
suffer for me that I got on my came alongside me and met me where I was. She prayed for me and
knees in my room and accepted taught me to pray out loud. She helped me to be brave.
Him into my life.
Char was available for me. One time I was upset and crying and I
I still didn’t go to church, and I called her. She told me to come over, even though she had house
didn’t understand the Bible my guests. She kept encouraging me to finish the undergraduate degree
mom bought for me, but God I was working on while in the Navy. She helped me focus on
had His hand on my life. serving God right where I was.
God gives us a My older brother is a Marine, I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I got out of the Navy, but
picture of Himself as a and my dad served as a Marine I knew I wanted to learn more about Jesus. My pastor had gone to
protecting bird (Exodus before I was born, but I didn’t Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) and I thought seminary was
19:4, Deuteronomy consider the military until I just for men who wanted to be pastors. But Char encouraged me to
32:10b–12, Psalm took my ACT test my junior look into it, and I found out there was a place for me.
91:4). The ministry of year of high school. I did not
mentoring represents know it then, but it was God I’m now at DTS, working on an MA in Christian Education
God’s care in this way, who led me straight to the with a focus on Discipleship and Spiritual Formation, and Char
as mature believers take Navy Recruiters office, where I is still helping me through. I talk to her on the phone at least
young believers under enlisted in the Navy at age 17. once a week. She is still available to me, listens, gives advice,
their wings. guides, and mentors me. I always talk to Char before I make a
After high school, I went to boot big decision because she and my mom know me best. I don’t
camp and training and then I think I would be here in seminary if God had not put Char in
got stationed in Hawaii with a my life.
Navy command at the clinic on
Kaneohe Marine Corps Base. Next to Jesus, Char has had the most profound effect on my life.
I started to go to church there She has shown me the best example of an inspirational walk with
because I found out that is what Jesus and a faithful minister of the gospel.
Christians were supposed to do.
I want to thank supporters of Cadence for your willingness to
But no one took me under their wings. uphold Christ followers like Char, as they work with diligence and
I ended up walking away from the Lord and pursued my own endurance in ministry to the military, where men and women are
wants. I got into a year-long relationship with a good guy. But he in desperate need of mentors to take them under their wings.
was a good guy who didn’t care about having God at the center
of his life. And I finally realized that I did want God at the center Ray and Char Hauser ministered with Cadence for 14 years to the
of mine. military in Japan, six years as Director of Public Ministries, and 19
years at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Since Ray was called
A month after that painful breakup, I went by myself to a Christian to heaven in 2014, Char continues to reach out to military women,
women’s conference because I wanted to know more about God. like Marissa, stationed in Hawaii.
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With Dick and Margaret Patty
It is my joy to introduce you to one of the four founding “I went in for food and
couples of OCSC/Cadence International, my parents, I walked out forgiven.”
Dick and Margaret Patty. Still vibrant at ages 92 and
90, Dick and Margaret continue to share the gospel and Dick Patty
their lives. From my front row view and experience of my
parents, and of the mission and ministry of Cadence, I Cadence.org 17
wholeheartedly verify that they are the real deal.
Let us listen together and consider their legacy, learn from
their example, and be encouraged to love and serve God
and people from wherever He has intentionally placed us.
—Joyce Schroeder, inCadence Editor
How did God lead you into
Dick: I was led to Christ by another sailor while serving in
the Navy during World War II. I had gone into the Victory
Servicemen’s Center in Chicago because the sign said,
“Free Food.” I went in for food and I walked out forgiven.
Eight months later I found my way to the Christian
Servicemen’s Home in Jacksonville, Florida. It was Monday
and their night off, but the director, Norm Crider, talked with
me on the front porch. Norm gave me four Bible verses to
memorize and then put his arm on my shoulder and prayed
for me. I was struck by the realization that this was the first
time anyone had ever done anything like that for me. It was
a turning point in my life. I began attending regularly and by the
time I left the Navy six months later, I had memorized over one
hundred Bible verses and was established on a path that has
led to a lifetime walk with Jesus.
Having grown up on a farm in Oregon, I planned to return
to farming. But I wanted more Bible training so I enrolled
at Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland. As I studied
Scripture, God slowly moved my heart towards missions. At one
point I considered joining the Navy again so I could share with
the sailors what I was learning. It didn’t occur to me then that I
could have a ministry to sailors and not be in the military.
After college at Multnomah and Westmont, I was invited to dinner
at the home of an engineer who, along with several Christian
businessmen, was opening a servicemen’s center in Oxnard,
California. He asked if I was interested in providing leadership.
I went to the center two nights the first week, five nights the
second week, and moved in the third week. They paid me $100
a month and this was my full-time work for nearly two years.
Navy Seabees attending the center rotated from Port Hueneme which caught up with them on Sid Hendry,
to the Philippines where they were building a large Naval Air furlough in the States, invited me to C.P. Tarkington,
Base at Cubi Point next to the Subic Bay Navy Base. They join them at a reunion retreat they Jesse Miller, Dick
often talked about how active the base was becoming and how were holding near Chicago in June, Patty, and Tom
bleak Olongapo was, the liberty town outside the gate. During 1954. Tark and Tom were among Hash at one of
an anniversary banquet for the center on February 15, 1954, a those attending. Tark was studying OCSC’s early
sailor sharing his testimony ended by saying, “I want to tell you at Taylor University and Tom was a board meetings in
about a place that needs a center more than Oxnard, and that’s student at Moody Bible Institute. Okinawa 1963.
Olongapo.” I heard the voice of the Lord that night and knew I
was going to the Philippines. As the week progressed, God L to R: Ben and
drew the four of us together with Connie Cady
How did OCSC/Cadence International begin? a shared vision and a burden for with Janelle and
ministry to military so strong that Randy, Chuck and
Dick: OCSC/Cadence grew out of many different roots reaching we launched a new missionary Jane Hall with
down into fertile, firm soil. These include: Jesse Miller’s spiritual organization, Overseas Christian Janet, Margaret
growth in the Manila home of missionaries Cyril and Anna Brooks Servicemen’s Centers. and Dick Patty
and the deepening of his spiritual life through three-and-a-half with Joyce and
years of suffering as a prisoner of war; my coming to Christ as I went back to California, found David, Sid Hendry
a sailor, being discipled in a servicemen’s home in Florida, and an attorney to incorporate the in the Philippines
then ministering at the Oxnard center; Jesse and Nettie being organization, and wrote the first circa late 1961.
drawn into ministry to servicemen in Manila, and C.P. Tarkington rough draft of the constitution.
and Tom Hash being led to Christ and discipled by the Millers. When Jesse visited me in the fall Dick, Margaret,
we worked on the document some Alma, Nettie, Tark,
As I took steps to figure out the logistics of following God’s call Jesse in 1956.
to Subic, I heard about the Millers from a sailor who gave me
their address in the Philippines. Jesse’s response to my letter,
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“I knew hospitality could be a very natural
thing — eat, fellowship, and talk together
with young men who were at war.”
At the Miller’s more. Tom, Tark, Jesse, and I I proposed to her on a reel-to-reel tape from the Philippines.
table in the met again in Denver in December. Margaret worked her way across the Pacific on a Norwegian
Philippines circa Sid Hendry, who joined OCSC freighter, and we were married at the Servicemen’s Home in
1953. Tom Hash is four years later, was our host. We Manila in October of 1955.
second from left, approved the constitution, and in
Tark is third from January, 1955, the Millers and I Margaret: God had been preparing me from the time I was 15 to
right, and Jesse sailed to the Philippines. work with military people. During World War II, an older couple in our
and Nettie are on little white church on a corner in downtown Los Angeles became
the right. How did God bring the burdened for the many GIs roaming the streets. They brought them
two of you together? to church in their van and then to their home for lunch. We girls in
Margaret with her the church were invited to come help with lunch, visit with the guys,
dad and nephew Dick: We met the day after then circle around for devotions and prayer. Being a part of this
before her Thanksgiving in 1953 at a Bible ministry made me realize how strategic hospitality was. Little did I
departure to the conference. It was a casual know military ministry was in my future, but I believe that was part
Philippines. One meeting, and we didn’t talk much of God’s preparation. When Dick proposed to me and asked me
of her jobs aboard the few times I saw her after that. to come to the Philippines to get married and work with sailors, I
ship was mending During the last few months before I thought, “With God’s help, I can do that.”
flags with the left for the Philippines God arranged
featherweight opportunities for us to get better Dick: When she married me, she married a unique career. She
sewing machine acquainted. wasn’t just getting a husband, she was getting a big job—living
she brought overseas, making lots of meals, and sharing Christ with a bunch
with her. I hadn’t dated for two years because of servicemen.
I felt the Lord had directed me with
Dick and Proverbs 24:27 to not get involved Margaret: I knew hospitality could be a very natural thing—eat,
Margaret in front with a potential wife until it was very fellowship, and talk together with young men who were at war.
of the first Subic clear where I was going. When I did
Servicemen’s know, and I could see that Margaret Margaret, what is your testimony?
Center in 1958. would fit that, I was then free to fall
in love with her. Margaret: Growing up, I thought I was a Christian, but now
Dick and Margaret I wonder if I had really heard the gospel. When I was nine, I felt
with Joyce on
furlough in the Cadence.org 19
States in 1960.
called to be a missionary. I was playing and pretending to be an a home away from home. It was attractive to people because
evangelist. I told God I was willing to go wherever He called me. home was something they missed. But these days, many people
His still, small voice spoke to my heart, “Even to China?” I said, in the military come from difficult homes.
“Yes, Lord, even to China.” Then I cried myself to sleep because
I thought that He wanted me to go right away. The commitment However, having ministry in our homes is still extremely
I made to the Lord that night never left me. important, not necessarily because it attracts people, but
because it continues to be a powerful context for nurturing
After a year in nurse’s training, my roommate came in sobbing souls. People have told us, “I raised my kids just like you
and asked me how she could have the same peace in her heart did.” Our home was a healthy example for many when they
that I had. I only knew John 3:16 but she seemed to need more, established their own marriages and families.
so I sent her to a mature Christian who led her to the Lord! Then I
It was when I was asked to lead the mission that I got a vision
for the big picture of military ministry. I wanted more to happen
than I could accomplish, so it became my passion to get others
involved doing what I couldn’t do.
When I stepped aside from leadership of the mission after eleven
years I remember people asking, “Do you wish you were back?”
My answer was “No,” because God had now given someone
else that responsibility. It takes discipline to not cling as the
ministry changes. But there is no point in clinging to the past
when God is at work in the present.
“God gave us influence far
beyond our skills and gifting.”
Cadence Western/Pacific Americas staff conference, April 2018 What are your reflections looking back over
64 years in Cadence?
went to that same gal and asked her to help me know how to lead
someone to the Lord. She took me to the Scriptures explaining Dick: We repeatedly reflect on what a great privilege it was to
the plan of salvation and gave me four Bible verses to memorize. work with military folks. Hundreds of men and women’s lives
On the way back to my dorm I prayed, “Lord, if I didn’t accept were changed because of what God did in the Bible studies and
you before, I do now. And I will trust you for my eternal fellowship. We met them at a critical time in their lives, and then
salvation.” Learning those four verses began a pattern of they walked with God and raised their children to know Him.
memorizing Scripture that has powerfully impacted my life. God gave us influence far beyond our skills and gifting.
I went on to Bible school where I met godly friends whose influence
greatly strengthened me spiritually. One of them was Marie, my We still hear from folks who were with us years ago. Many
first supporter at $10 a month. She saw me off on the ship to the became missionaries or pastors. One sailor, who often fell asleep
Philippines and has been part of our support team ever since. during Bible studies, told us years later, “If it hadn’t been for the
Center, I probably would have been a drunkard the rest of my life.”
What changes have you seen in military His wife with tears added, “If you hadn’t been there, I wouldn’t
ministry? have a Christian husband.” This ministry not only impacted others,
but it also built into my life as I studied and taught the Scriptures.
Dick: As the cultural dynamics of the people in the military
change, so does the ministry. We used to emphasize this was This ministry also gave our kids shared purpose. Tark once said,
and it was true for us, that “I’m so glad I had the opportunity to
20 inCadence • Summer/Fall 2018 raise my children in their younger years in a servicemen’s center
because they saw up close God working in the lives of people.”
Margaret: Involving our children in ministry wasn’t an issue
to us. Sharing the gospel and our lives includes our family!
What has it been like walking with God in this wedding. Nettie was such a gifted woman—a great Bible teacher
season of life? and homemaker. I knew that I wasn’t a “Nettie” and I realized I
didn’t have to be. God called me and He was going to use me.
Dick: Stepping back from active, demanding ministry can leave
a vacuum in one’s life. I’ve had to deal with the tendency to coast In 2 Corinthians 10:12 it says, “When they measure themselves
spiritually. But Paul was an old man when he wrote, “. . . straining by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they
toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal . . .” (Philippians are not wise.” Though it is tempting to compare when you
3:13b-14a). see other people impact the world in ways you are not gifted,
remember God will use you in who you are and give you what
I’m grateful for the opportunities God gives me to meet several you need to accomplish His tasks.
mornings a week with different men for B&B (Breakfast and
Bible). This year I’m enjoying reading through the One Year NLT What work do you think the Lord still has for
Chronological Bible. Recently I’ve been singing a hymn before you in your nineties?
going out to work in the garden; and then through the day I
find myself humming the tune and reviewing some of those Dick: My waning strength makes me question if “work” is the
great words. only reason God still has us here. Our kids have taught me
in recent years that my presence is more important than my
Margaret: Walking with God has continued to be a walk of performance. We are still doing what we can, but simply being
faith. We have trusted the Lord to provide for our needs, and He here means something.
has. That’s a very humbling experience. I profit by the Scripture
and devotions in Our Daily Bread, and there’s always much to Increasingly, I marvel at the grace of God and His sovereignty.
pray for. What a privilege that is! When I have trouble sleeping, I God has blessed me with Margaret as a wife, given us children
remember that there is a reason I am awake, and I take that time who love the Lord, as well as eleven grandchildren and six
to pray for others. great-grandchildren so far. He gave us the privilege of teaming
up with such great people, including Jesse and Nettie, Tom and
We still have people in our home because hospitality is a great Dotty, Tark and Alma, Sid and Annette, and many other very
part of our heart. It is harder now because of our age, but we special servants of God. And we were so honored to minister
still do a fair amount. with OCSC/Cadence.
Dick: Margaret has the gift of hospitality in full measure! “Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; You have
made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in
What advice do you have for our readers? pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance” (Psalm
Margaret: When I first went to the Philippines and married
Dick, I stayed with the Millers for three weeks before the Margaret and I have been blessed beyond measure.
Patty Family in 2013 Dick and Margaret’s ministry with
Cadence includes service at Subic Bay
in the Philippines where they built the
Subic Service Center, at the Denver
Home Office where Dick was the second
president of Cadence, in leadership
of the Europe Field, as hospitality
house directors in Germany, and years
as Cadence Ambassadors. Many
ministry initiatives began under their
leadership and care including: Bible
conferences in the Philippines, Horn
Creek Colorado, and Switzerland; the
opening and development of the Europe
field, Malachi Ministries (now Cadence
Student Ministries); Christian Resources
(a media ministry in Germany in the
80s); Impact 90 (a large conference in
Germany with Chuck Swindoll); and the
KIT program (Keep in Touch), which has
recently been developed into our current
For more stories of the early days of
OCSC/Cadence International, see our
Resources offered on page 13.
7,229 2 4,192 1,523
Bible studies and small new ministries: volunteers served in Cadence
groups facilitated meals served ministries and events
Ft. Benning 49 38 11
staff appointed released to
132,368 pursued Christian field service
connections with military personnel and their families
Adult Ministries serve our military communities around the world through 42 hospitality houses, a retreat center, five women’s ministries, and
three Cadet ministries. Bible studies, discipleship, and a home away from home environment help point our service members and families to the love and
grace of Jesus Christ.
facts • Teaching and discipleship highlights • Opening of a new ministry at Ft. Benning, Georgia
• Purchase of a ministry facility in Baumholder, Germany
• Community-building events • Relocation of the hospitality house at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington
• Located in the U.S., Japan, Italy, Spain,
England, Germany, and South Korea
Children and Student Ministries serve U.S. military dependents by creating caring environments, discipleship, outreach, and
life-transforming one-on-one relationships.
facts • Bible studies highlights • Building teams within our Cadence staff who minister to the whole family
• Retreats and mission trips
• Shared life experiences • Several youth groups went on mission trips and held local outreach events to exalt
Christ in the nations
• Three VBS events held in Okinawa with 215 children participating
Headquarters and the Pastoral Care Team provide leadership and support to the mission and missionaries of Cadence. The
Headquarters strengthens Cadence staff through leadership development, human resources, accounting, and communications. Our Pastoral Care Team
offers personal and professional counseling, resources, and training to Cadence staff.
facts • 29 headquarters staff members highlights • Cadence Celebration held in Denver, CO
• Replacement of the Human Resource and Financial databases
• 3 couples serve our mission of over • The Headquarters team held their second annual retreat for training and team building
200 through the Pastoral Care Team • Recruitment efforts led to three candidacies, 38 people hired, and ten college visits
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Financials Data represents the Cadence Fiscal Year 2017: June 2016—May 2017
A complete audited financial report is available by contacting Cadence at: [email protected] or 303.762.1400.
Expenses: $9,231,613 Support and Revenue: $9,232,423
84.6% 10.5% General 96.5% 1.9% Military
Ministry activities and administrative Contributions ministry contracts
$7,813,772 $966,999 $8,907,571 $178,366
4.9% Fundraising 0.6% Conference
$450,842 registration income
1.0% Rental and
“In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole
world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly
understood God’s grace.” Colossians 1:6
Foreign Armed Forces Ministries reaches non-U.S. military communities and security forces located in Burma, Burundi, Cambodia,
Iraq, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam with the message of Jesus Christ. As influential leaders within their governments, these men and women are given
hope and opportunities to influence their nations for Christ.
facts • English classes highlights • Outreach through Free Burma Rangers ministry, teaching the Bible to over
• Social relief programs 120 students
• Leadership development
• 12 baptisms in the jungle after they made profession of their faith
• Established a Christian Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Cambodia
LifeCompass based in Thailand, seeks to build a strong foundation for people who are at a crossroads in their lives. Its philosophy is more time
with less people for greater Kingdom impact. Serving adults ages 18 to 30, LifeCompass disciples them in character development, helping to cultivate their
relationship with God, identifying their unique gifts and callings, and exposing them to what God is doing in missions.
facts • Training and development highlights • 14 ministry partnerships
• Over 150 hours of instruction • 500 hours of ministry service per student
• Relational discipleship • Ongoing coaching after graduation from program
Cadence Alumni engages those who have been involved in a Cadence or OCSC ministry — whether attending, volunteering, or leading.
facts • Purposeful volunteer engagement highlights The Alumni team continues to connect with those who have been involved with
• Vision to be active around the globe Cadence ministries—most recently through regional Alumni gatherings. These events
• Building a prayer movement offer an opportunity for Alumni to connect and be encouraged while hearing about
Cadence ministries and how they may join through prayer, financial support, or serving.
Throughout history, God has strategically used military people to spread the Good News of His
love and salvation. Thank you for your partnership with Him and with us in this important work.
David Schroeder, President Cadence.org 23
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