21 OCTOBER 2017 – 10:00-11:00 A.M.

Members and staff of the MCF have been interceding in prayer for the Canadian military community throughout 2017. We are so excited now as we are taking this ministry public.

Join us on Saturday, 21 Oct, 10:00-11:00EST on a Facebook Live video broadcast as we intercede before God in response to your requests submitted via email or Facebook during the live event. We will pray for specific requests involving people (including yourselves), workplaces and circumstances connected to the Canadian Armed Forces military community.

For any questions, contact the MCF office by email (mcfoffice@mcf-canada.ca).

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Love Borden event

Love Borden  –  We are back!

After taking the summer off we are ready to announce our next series of dates for the Love Borden contemporary/evangelical gatherings.

October 11, November 8, December 13, January 17
Starting at 7 pm
A great evening of worship, God’s Word, communion and prayer.

We are very excited about the further development of ministry to the members of the Canadian Armed Forces here at Base Borden and their families and to the further partnering with churches of the area.

If you are in the Borden area on any of these dates, do join us for Contemporary praise and worship, at Trinity Chapel, dieppe Rd, Base Borden.

We would love for your church to join us and are in specific need of assistance in the area of worship leaders/teams.

If you have any questions please contact the sender, Padre Darren Milley and if you can help by loaning us some of your worship people we would be most thankful

God bless!
Padre Milley
Lt(N) Darren Milley

Chaplain, CFB Borden
Canadian Armed Forces
darren.milley@forces.gc.ca / Tel: 705-424-1200 ext 2180 / CSN : 270-2180 / BB: 705-828-5751

Aumônier, BFC Borden
Forces armées canadiennes
darren.milley@forces.gc.ca / Tél: 705-424-1200 poste 2180 / CSN : 270-2180 / BB: 705-828-5751

An invitation to stop and spend time with the Living God and with others who seek the same.

How long does it take you to get ready for the day? When I have a heavy schedule, I can be out of bed, saved, showered, dressed and in the car with coffee in hand in under 15 minutes.  If I leave by 6:00 am and drive and the traffic lights are just right, I can be in downtown Ottawa in 20 minutes.  Depending on where I park, I can end up behind a computer on and be triaging emails within 50 minutes of waking up.  Depending where you live, your timing could be faster than mine, but if you lived next door to me, you would be hard pressed to beat my time.  If I leave downtown before 3:00 pm, it takes 25 minutes to get home, again depending on the lights.  Now, I don’t have young children, but if I did, my arrival at home would be the commencement of another schedule, which would run until those kids were in bed.  Working Monday to Friday and managing a family means that weekends are full of the stuff that I didn’t have time for during the week, its catch up time.  Then there are the weekend responsibilities in support of kid’s sports, in support of church and maybe other activities.  Generally, life is busy, and for some real busy.

For the past few years the MCF has held its AGM in concert with Remembrance Day.  We chose that day because, for the military community, it is generally mandated that those serving stop and take time to remember the sacrifices of their comrades, both present and past.  As the military community is already oriented towards contemplation, it is appropriate for those who follow Jesus to concurrently fix their gaze upon Him.  In contrast to the speed of life described in the beginning of this letter, last year I sought to change that pace and offered members an occasion to extend their Remembrance Day pause by attending a spiritual retreat during which a short period of time was allocated to the MCF AGM.  For those who were able to participate and enter Christ’s rest, an experience of spiritual refreshment took place.  The after effects were not an over-stimulated “energizer bunny” as some conferences tend to produce, but rather a strengthening of faith and a deepening of friendships.

This fall, 10-12 November, we will again hold a spiritual retreat for MCF members and you are invited.  We will meet at the National House of prayer in Ottawa beginning on Friday evening, 10 November. The evening will be a time of fellowship, reflection and worship.  On Saturday morning we will meet again for a prayer breakfast after which we will proceed to the National War Memorial to witness the Remembrance Day ceremonies.  In the afternoon we will continue our reflection and prayer culminating with a fellowship meal.  After the meal we will hold the business portion of the weekend otherwise known as the AGM, during which those gathered will have opportunity to share what the Lord has been communicating to them during the previous two days.  Our evening will conclude with worship and prayer.  Sunday, MCF members from out of town will be invited to attend local churches of their specific faith tradition.  We will provide recommendations based upon a survey of churches that will feature a military community oriented service as part of the Remembrance Day weekend.

Please inquire of the Lord if He desires that you come and be part of the 2017 spiritual retreat and then contact the MCF office to let us know so that we can prepare for your arrival.  Over the next few weeks additional details will be forwarded to you.  May you know the peace of the Lord our Saviour.

Until All 

Gerry Potter
Colonel (Ret’d)
President

Member of the MCF participating in the annual Army Run.

Last Sunday, 17 September, several members of the Ottawa chapter of the MCF participated in the annual Army Run.  Our goal was to help raise funds for the Soldier On program, to interact with members of the military community, to get some exercise and in doing all this, bring a smile on the Lord’s face.  By the way, I love to do that, make my Father smile and even laugh with joy over how I serve Him.  Anyway, the day was hot, real hot, like give me a towel and throw ice water on me hot.  Three of us walked the 10 km route as a group, which gave us a better opportunity to talk with people.  We were able to hear people’s stories of how and why they were there.  There was this one guy, Trevor Sanderson, who was wearing shorts and t-shirt, combat boots and carrying a full ruck on his back.  On the back of his ruck was a sign that stated:

“I’m walking across Canada to raise awareness to low income families, seniors, vets and first responders with PTSD.”

I spoke with Trevor and found out that he had started walking in Newfoundland in the spring and was headed for BC. He told me about how he was injured while serving in the military and about his struggle with PTSD.  Trevor explained to me that his struggles had led him to become concerned for other folks who suffered the effects of PTSD. As I listened to Trevor, it was obvious that his compassion for others was profound.  He had been offered a job in Alberta at $44/hour, but opted to live on the street so that he could find others who themselves had become homeless, and then help them to get connected to VETS Canada, a non-profit that helps homeless vets get off the street. I explained to him who I was and that I too was on a mission to the military community, to bring the gospel.  But as I have been reflecting on my encounter with Trevor this week, I am humbled by Trevor’s passion, conviction, and sacrifice for people he doesn’t know, but who need the message of hope that Trevor brings.  Trevor has a Facebook page “CANADIANS joining with CANADIANS,” so you may want to check it out.

Mark 2:16-17 records Jesus’ encounter with the scribes who were Pharisees when they criticized Jesus for eating with tax collectors and sinners.  Jesus’ response to their criticism was “it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”  Jesus went to the outcasts of society, bringing to them the good news.  Trevor, like Jesus is going to the outcasts of the military community, and while he does not preach the gospel to them, he is trying to bring hope.  Would you pray for Trevor and for those who Trevor meets?

Until All 

Gerry Potter
Colonel (Ret’d)
President

OPERATION HEAL OUR PATRIOTS

Applications now being accepted for Operation Heal Our Patriots 2017

Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 2.06.18 PMOperation Heal Our Patriots gives wounded veterans and their spouses the opportunity for spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment at the Samaritan’s Purse Lodge in Alaska.

The next Operation Heal Our Patriots season will be from September 5 – 10, 2017

For more information and to register, go to:  Samaritanspurse.ca

MISSION TRIP REPORT FROM BORDEN

Mission’s Trip Report
June 13-14, 2017

Some months ago I became aware of several chaplains at 16 Wing Borden who had engaged with local churches to provide a contemporary Christ-centered praise and worship experience to the military community whom they serve.  Several members of the Ottawa MCF traveled to Borden to witness and participate in what God was doing there.  Their report was exciting.

This past week I travel to Borden along with some of the Ottawa MCF members who first visited the base to witness and participate in the new work. The focus of effort is a monthly event that has been entitled “Love Borden,” which occurs on a Wednesday evening.  The service began at 7:00 pm with Padre Darren Miller providing an explanation of the intent of the evening; that being to experience, through scripture reading, teaching, singing and prayer an encounter with the Living God. Though, many church leaders make similar claims and promises, Padre Miller’s introductory remarks were accompanied by a tangible air of hope and expectation that the Spirit would meet with those gathered.  We were lead in songs of praise by a worship leader from one of the local churches, and though initially I sought to restrain my voice, I was compelled to worship wholeheartedly.  I was moved by the revelation that the Living God was present and I desired to adore Him. After a time of song, Darren shared with us his testimony of his experiences with God though Bible study, prayer and worship; then he presented his understanding of several passages of scripture that explained to those listening that they too could have a personal relationship with the Living God.  The gist of Darren’s message was an invitation.

Padre Dave Fowler next discussed the peace that he has found in Jesus, providing evidence of the calming effect that communion with God can have on a person and then led those present in the Lord’s Table.  Concurrently, Darren and his wife Sally prayed with people individually and anointed them with oil.  I partook of the elements and then went to Darren and Sally to have them pray for me. I then returned to my place and joined with the worship leader as he provided us an opportunity to again express our adoration of Jesus.  It was then that I experienced the overwhelming presence of the Holy Spirit and I was filled with gratitude for God.  So filled with adoration, I began to cry uncontrollably.  I will tell you that I am not a man who does such things as a matter of practice, and in fact, I have not experienced God as intensely since 1997.  God was with us. We sang a few more songs, and then Darren pronounced a blessing on us and then dismissed us.

I listened to and spoke with several people after the service had concluded and found that the experience of God that I had encountered that evening was not unique, but was wide spread.

What is happening in Borden?  From what I have learned, I can tell you that two chaplains, Darren and Dave, operating under the oversight of their leadership, have been earnestly and persistently praying for God to move in Borden.  They have engaged with local churches to obtain their endorsement and participation, to which several have responded. And, they have started a monthly praise and worship service.  People are coming, Christ and his message of hope is being proclaimed and lives are being changed.  Though these are still early days, the impression I was left with was that of a beach-head having been established from which by the grace of God and the collaborative work of chaplains and local churches were generating a fresh experience of Jesus within the military community.

After folks had left I asked Darren and Dave what could the MCF do to support them, and they were quick to respond.  They have asked for prayer.  Specifically, they seek prayer for:

  • Wisdom and strength for the work that needs to be done;

  • Increased unity among the key stakeholders of the monthly event called “Love Borden;” and

  • Increased influence among the members of the military community who need Christ and the life-changing message that He brings.

I am humbled by the love that Darren, Dave and Sally and participating local churches have for the members of the military community at Borden and I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a witness and beneficiary of the move of God occurring there.  Please pray as they have requested and please consider how you may either support this new initiative in Borden or how you may be able to follow their example and do likewise in your local area.

Gerry Potter
MCF President

LOVE BORDEN NIGHT – CFB BORDEN

Contemporary praise and worship 

Wednesday June 14th at 19:00

Where:  Trinity Chapel, Dieppe Rd, Base Borden.

God is good and we are thrilled to be a part of what He is doing here at CFB Borden.

A night of worship, authentic fellowship, biblical preaching, passionate prayer and the breaking of bread.  Why?  Because God cares for the thousands of men and women and their families who serve in the CAF here and away.

It is open to all and we are especially thankful to see members of the CAF, their families, area churches and neighbours to CFB Borden all coming together to give God our praise and pray for His blessing on this place.

So please spread the word, place the dates in your calendars and bulletins and most of all pray for God to be glorified and our service men and women to know his grace and peace.

Join us once a month as it is going to be awesome.

Very sincerely,
Padre Darren Milley and Padre Dave Fowler

For more info:
Lt(N) Darren Milley
Chaplain, CFB Borden
Canadian Armed Forces
darren.milley@forces.gc.ca

God is answering our prayers!

MCF - OUTREACH 2017-04-23 HARVEST BIBLE CHAPEL BARRIEA small MCF team from Ottawa attended Harvest Bible Chapel in Barrie, ON, on Sunday, 23 April in response to their invitation to connect with the congregation about what God is doing in the military community. It is an answer to prayer that this local church reached out to financially and prayerfully support the gospel being brought into their local military community through the MCF. We expect God will continue doing this! He has put it on our hearts to be praying for and has been answering through churches such as Harvest Bible Chapel.

We joined them in one of their services and connected with people at our info table, sharing our mission, vision and prayer requests in person. We had prayed on our trip there that God would connect us with those he prepared beforehand, and it was incredible the opportunities we had to not only meet those in the military community, but those willing to intercede for this community as well. The same Spirit at work around us in the military community also led us to demonstrate his love to this church community by praying for a few individuals. What love the Father has lavished on us that we all are united as sons and daughters under the name of Jesus, mutually lifting each other up in prayer for his glory.

The church presented on our behalf to the congregation during the service what the MCF does and why they decided to partner with us. Praise God, Harvest desires to see the gospel brought to their local military community at CFB Borden!

The sermon was about one of Harvest Bible Chapel’s pillars: unafraid witness. Acts 1:8 says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” We in the MCF see the Spirit at work in CFB Borden, to have a local church responding to his call to bring the gospel and for the Love Borden worship night to be up and running every month at the base chapel. We have the promise, that as the Spirit comes upon us we will receive power and will beJesus’ witnesses. Amen, come Holy Spirit to empower men and women as Jesus’ witnesses in the military community!

THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF VIMY RIDGE/100E ANNIVERSAIRE DE LA BATAILLE DE LA CRÊTE DE VIMY

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All Defence Community members in the NCR are invited to attend events at the National War Memorial this weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which was an important milestone in the history of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Saturday, 8 April, at 1900 hrs, a candlelight tribute and light show will illuminate the memorial.  A cadet vigil, conducted by the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, will also stand guard overnight at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, until sunrise.

Sunday, 9 April, at 0900 hrs, the one-hour ceremony will kick off with the annual launch of the National Sentry Program, which will see sentries posted at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  These sentries will perform this sacred duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier every day until 10 November.

Spectators are asked to be in place no later than 0840 hrs.

While streets adjacent to the National War Memorial will be closed, parking will be available at Ottawa City Hall at 110 Laurier Ave West.  Shuttle buses will be on hand to transport spectators between City Hall and the National War Memorial.

 

Tous les membres de la collectivité militaire présents dans la RCN sont invités au Monument commémoratif de guerre du Canada ce week-end pour commémorer le centenaire de la bataille de la crête de Vimy, un important jalon dans l’histoire des Forces armées canadiennes.

Le samedi 8 avril à 19 h, une cérémonie à la chandelle et un spectacle de lumière éclaireront le monument. Des cadets royaux de l’Armée canadienne feront aussi une vigile jusqu’au lever du soleil devant la Tombe du Soldat inconnu.

Le dimanche 9 avril à 9 h aura lieu une cérémonie d’une heure qui commencera par le lancement annuel du Programme des sentinelles, qui assure la présence de sentinelles devant la Tombe du Soldat inconnu. Les sentinelles participant à ce programme joueront ce rôle sacré tous les jours jusqu’au 10 novembre.

Nous demandons aux spectateurs d’arriver sur place au plus tard à 8 h 40.

Les rues adjacentes au Monument commémoratif de guerre du Canada seront fermées. Un stationnement sera accessible à l’hôtel de ville d’Ottawa, au 110, avenue Laurier Ouest, et une navette assurera le transport des spectateurs entre l’hôtel de ville et le monument.