Michael Payne, a missionary with Cadence International, has recently started trying out Proclaim as he serves the men and women of the U.S. Air Force in South Korea. We’ve had the privilege of learning a little more about how God is using Michael and other missionaries through the ministry of Cadence International.
The brave men and women who serve in the armed forces experience conditions on a regular basis that no person should ever have to face. Whether they serve for a couple of years or a couple of decades, people who serve in the military are among those most likely to experience psychological trauma like survivor’s guilt and PTSD.
“You’re going to see things,” Michael says. “You’re going to be exposed to things, that in the normal course of life you shouldn’t be exposed to.” That’s why Cadence International exists. By being the hands and feet of Jesus, Michael gets to tell soldiers, “You don’t have to go it alone.”
As someone who served in the military, Michael knows the mental and emotional challenges military personnel face.
“For three years after I got out of the military, there were still things I couldn’t talk about,” Michael says. “I know how hard it was for me to have to get a phone call and be gone in less than 24 hours. And to not be able to tell anybody where I was going, how long I was going to be gone, what I was going to be doing.”
The secrecy required for national security can lead to intense loneliness.
“I remember getting back and not having anybody to talk to. You bottle it up or drown it in alcohol.”
Michael knows exactly how desperately these men, women, and families need Jesus.
His wife Jonna says, “They’re dealing with life and death issues, and there’s intense pressures on their families, who are left behind at these bases.”
That’s why for the Paynes, Cadence International is how they choose to share the gospel and their lives with the military community.
Michael says, “I honestly don’t know how these guys and gals that don’t have Christ make it, I don’t know how they cope. I don’t know how they function.”
The Payne’s live at the Osan Hospitality House in Songtan, South Korea, where they provide U.S. service personnel with a home away from home near a U.S. military base.
The Payne’s and Cadence International provide a support network of chaplains and missionary families serving around the globe. It’s a global, mobile mission.
And that’s where Proclaim comes in. Proclaim Church Presentation Software was designed for people like Michael Payne. It’s cloud-based, so Michael can prepare to teach from anywhere, with anyone.
Michael’s ministry is about putting other people before himself. His family even has a catchphrase—”I am third”—which they use to remind each other that God comes first, then others, then themselves. When your ministry is built on relationships, you don’t have time to waste playing with fonts and trying to make everything look right on the screen.
That’s why Proclaim is like having a built-in designer—one of our professional designers has already selected the ideal font, text size, and colors to accompany each slide, so it looks right every time. With Proclaim, anyone on your staff can look like a professional.
Plus, Proclaim connects to SongSelect by CCLI, Planning Center, and other tools ministry professionals use all the time—so you can automate parts of your service prep that normally take up valuable time.
And say you want to record your sermons for people who can’t make it to your service. Proclaim has one of the simplest sermon recording solutions available, and it’s built right into the software. You don’t have to install more programs or hand off a thumb drive to your resident video-editing professional—just tell Proclaim what you want to record, run your presentation, and share it online. It all happens in one place.
Faithlife is always exploring new ways that technology can serve the church. By producing products like Proclaim for people like Michael, we get to live out our mission to help people grow in the light of the Bible. We do our part to help you do yours.