David & Joyce Schroeder
Cadence’s first core value states, “Serving the military community is a privilege.” One of the most important groups within the military community that we serve is chaplains. For 55 years, Cadence staff has made serving, supporting, and partnering with chaplains a priority. Why? These men and women are commissioned with the task of providing spiritual care and shepherding for the men, women, and their families, serving in America’s Armed Forces. This is a challenging task, and Cadence believes they deserve and need our support.
loved you so much that we were Wedelighted to share with you not only the
gospel of God, but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.” I Thessalonians 2:8
By partnering closely with chaplains, Cadence staff is able to better reach into the military community with the love of Christ. Our staff supports these chaplains by being involved in the community chapel, by serving in leadership positions in chapels, by providing counsel, prayer, and a listening ear to chaplains, and by bringing military people into chapel programs and services from our ministries. Chaplains are very important people in the life of a military community. This Cadence Connection is dedicated to them and to their service.
David Schroeder President
Cadence Connection Volume 1, Issue 3
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The LiVes of military chaplains Blessings in the Desert U.S. Air Force Chaplain Lt. Col. Dan Zulli
During my first ever desert deployment at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, I didn’t know what to expect. I had no idea what to bring for sermons, Bible studies, etc. What did the airmen and soldiers to whom I would preach need to know? What would God want them to hear? I grabbed a bunch of sermons that I thought were pretty good and prayed for the best. Preaching to a congregation that I’m familiar with is easy; preaching to total strangers on a one-time basis is hard, because I never know where they are in their lives or what they need to hear. And since I was new to desert deployment, I didn’t know how these guys might identify with my experiences. I pastored the main contemporary service at the base where the music was great and the service was always full. I don’t remember what my first sermon was about, but I gave it my best shot. When the service was over, a National Guard C-130 crew member came up to me, crying. He told me how he was struggling with yet another deployment and how God really spoke to him through my message. Wow. Talk about being dumbfounded. Here I had been nervous about being equipped to minister to someone in the desert, and here was this NCO in tears, telling me how much I had helped. This was a total God moment because it surely was all of Him and none of me. (cont.)
Chaplain Lt. Col. Dan Zulli, shown with his wife Cindy, is Wing Chaplain at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.
God took this unsure chaplain and used him in a profound way. He did this many more times during those four months in the desert. One night while I was in Jack’s coffee bar/tent reading a book, a reserve F-16 pilot stopped me as I passed by. He said that my sermon he had heard weeks ago really touched him. Another wow, another God moment. God indeed took all these desert experiences and caused us all to bloom where we had been planted, for I grew as much as these people did. Though I had no clue as to what to preach to these military personnel during my first desert deployment, God equipped me, and the messages really clicked, perhaps more so than in any other setting. This proves that even in the middle of a hot desert, God’s Word can flow like a river of living water, even when the chaplain doesn’t expect it.
Is there anything more valuable, important, and hopeful in the military than to see people come to Christ? – Chaplain Ron Leininger
Thank You Thank you to all who participated in our Fortressing Families Colorado Springs event. Your support made this event a success and helps us to persevere in our mission to exalt Christ in the nations through the lives of transformed military people. Cadence gives a special salute to the following event sponsors: PhilathroCorp Pups Poop Pickup Poysti & Adams, LLC Widefield Community Bible Church
Almost Home U.S. Army Chaplain Everett Zachary
A Divine Calling U.S. Army Chaplain Ron Leininger
In the lobby of a Fort Hood, Texas, high school where mostly the sons and daughters of non-commissioned officers attend, one can’t help noticing the large gold stars. Serving as poignant reminders that this is a military community that sacrifices for their country, each star represents a parent who died in war. As an active duty U.S. Army chaplain stationed for the second time at Fort Hood, my work is about life and death. Because time is short, I try to take advantage of every moment to do what I can for soldiers. I am also the officer in charge of the Spiritual Fitness Center, a unique Department of Defense-wide initiative that focuses on soldiers’ and families’ resiliency to bounce back after these nonstop deployments to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since these wars started seven years ago, you can imagine the kind of toll it takes on everybody, especially families. They are making sacrifices that I can only imagine. They wonder if loved ones will come home whole or if they will develop post-traumatic stress disorder, and what that’s going to mean to them. We have a suicide rate that is reaching record levels. With the Spiritual Fitness Center, we are trying to meet a unique need in the community that is not already being met by traditional chapel programs or traditional chaplains. But in my career, I’ve never seen so much help going out to our service members than right now. We are doing everything we can to push mental health assets and to provide hope, and comfort, and encouragement, and forgiveness—things that help people through difficult times. As military chaplains, we do many great things and have many wonderful opportunities, but all of them pale in comparison to bringing people to Christ. Is there anything more valuable, important, and hopeful in the military than to see people come to Christ? Military members choose to take up the uniform and live sacrificially, but we chaplains feel a divine calling to this unique mission field. I could have been in Africa, but instead I am in the military. I see no difference in putting the mission ahead of self. Photo, previous page, bottom right: Chaplain Ron Leininger, far right, shown with his family, is stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.
After our bags were all packed at the Forward Operating Base (FOB) Sharana, Afghanistan, the next thing on the re-deployment list was to have our End of Tour Award Ceremony and then get everyone moved to the Reception, Staging, Onward movement, and Integration (RSOI) Tents to await our flight home. The HSC Company recognized all the hard work of the soldiers by presenting them with Army Achievement, Army Commendation, and Meritous Service Medals and Bronze Stars. I am very proud to be among those who were given a Bronze Star. I consider myself lucky to have been a part of this group of soldiers on this deployment. Rarely is one surrounded by so many outstanding individuals. Not only did we make it through, we had a good time while accomplishing a lot of work on the battlefield. Following the award ceremony we moved to the RSOI tents— basically the place we live in between locations. I’m hanging on to my office as long as possible. But everyone else was moved to a tent up closer to the airfield, meaning most of them have to walk a little distance to get to work. Staff members usually work around 12 to 14 hours a day and walk back to their tents in the dark. I’ve not heard anyone complaining though. RSOI tents mean we’re almost home. One of the last thing’s I did in the chapel here on FOB Sharana is to help the 276th’s Zac and Betsy Lawrie renew their wedding vows. Zac planned a surprise vow-renewal ceremony for their first anniversary. When his wife Betsy heard he was deploying, she joined the National Guard so that she could go with him. They’ve been here since February together. Using a deployment to strengthen your marriage…wow! On the one hand, I really hate leaving the ministry here in Sharana. It has been a very rewarding experience. But there is a much more rewarding ministry at home with the wife and kids, and to the families of soldiers who have been missing their loved ones for over a year now. Soon I’ll journey back to Fort Hood, Texas, where I can’t wait to get started back home with marriage and singles retreats, couples counseling… That is of course, after a long needed vacation with my family. I love my job! Chaplain Everett Zachary , second from right, and fellow soldiers are stationed at FOB Sharana, Afghanistan.
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for Cadence International • August, September, & October 2009 Week of August 2-8 Pray for the Coast Guard (founded on August 4, 1790). Week of August 9-15 As military communities transition into new assignments this summer, pray that Cadence staff will make connections with these people and that many will be drawn into Cadence ministries. Week of August 16-22 Pray for wisdom and guidance for our planning team for the mission-wide 2010 Conference. Week of August 23-29 Pray for new opportunities for Cadence retreat centers to minister to military families, as well as support staff to help with these ministries. Week of August 30-September 5 Pray for our new missionaries that the Lord would provide for and guide them as they prepare for their new assignments/ministries. Week of September 6-12 Pray for the Combined Federal Campaign Events (CFC) that begin mid September and go through December. Week of September 13-19 Pray for the Air Force (founded on September 18, 1947). Week of September 20-26 Pray for the new advanced training facilities at Fort Jackson for Navy and Air Force chaplains. Week of September 27-October 3 Many of Cadence’s youth ministries (Malachi Ministries) will be launching the beginning of the school year with special events, retreats, and other activities designed to draw in new students to their ministries, as well as build excitement and momentum for the year ahead. Pray for their success. Week of October 4-10 Pray for the Denver Fortressing Families Event on October 17th, that we would fill our tables with sponsors and the hearts of many would be moved to partner with Cadence in ministering to the military. Week of October 11-17 Pray for the Navy (founded October 13th, 1775). Week of October 18-24 The Cadence staff leadership team and the Cadence Board of Directors both have significant meetings and retreats during this month. Pray for wisdom, direction, and unity as they seek to follow the Lord and what He desires for the ministry of Cadence around the world. Week of October 25-31 Pray for all military chaplains that God would equip and guide them to minister to military members.