It’s been a whirlwind two years at Ft. Drum but our time here is soon coming to a close. We let Cadence Headquarters know a while ago that it would be helpful to move somewhere warmer in the future. Sometime within our last two years in Alaska Penny began to struggle with an auto immune deficiency called Raynaud’s Syndrome and over time it has gotten worse, she really struggles with being cold. If you would like to learn more about Raynaud’s Syndrome you can click Here. So, Cadence kept that in mind and has been looking for a site that would be a good fit for both of us, the Hospitality House in Pearl Harbor is where they have chosen. This will be a very bittersweet transition as we are humbly honored to direct the house in Hawaii but have fallen in love with our soldiers here at Ft. Drum. While we are sad that our time in ministry is coming to a close here we are very excited about the couple who will be replacing us. Brian and Cathy Hutchens have been with Cadence for 7 years, mostly at Ft. Jackson in South Carolina. The Cadence ministry at Ft. Drum will be in good hands!
While our next endeavor may sound very utopian, there are some hurdles to clear. Cadence will place us on a six month Home Assignment beginning March 1st in order to visit our current supporters and raise additional funds that will be needed for this ministry site. While Hawaii is not cheap, it is a strategic and vital place of ministry to the military. The island of Oahu has a huge military presence with around 40,000 soldiers and 14 different installations and all 5 branches represented within a close proximity:
Marine Corps: Marine Corps Base Hawaii (Kaneohe Bay), Camp H. M. Smith and Pu’uloa Range Training Facility
Army: Fort Shafter, Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield (formerly Wheeler Air Force Base) and Tripler Medical Center
Navy: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, NCTAMS PAC, Naval Magazine Lualualei
Air Force: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Bellows Air Force Station
Coast Guard: USCG ISC Honolulu, USCG Air Station Barbers Point
After our home assignment, we will take over directorship of the Home Port Hospitality House. If you would like to take a peek at this ministry you can learn more HERE.
Please be in fervent prayer with us during this transitional time as there will be many things on our plate to consider and accomplish before we are released Hawaii, Lord willing later in 2018. We are so thankful for each of you who are our prayer and support team, we look forward to moving into future ministry with you in Hawaii.