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

Army Run 2017

Join MCF members doing the  Army Run in Ottawa, 17 September 2017!  We want to join our military community at this major event to enjoy fellowship with and pray for our community as we walk and run.

Even if it’s just walking 5km, there are distances and challenges for a wide range of abilities. Early bird pricing ends May 31st. Please advise the MCF office if you decide to register so that we can provide you with more info. We would love to pray with you if you’re considering but unsure. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

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.

 

Quarterly Saturday Morning Prayer Gathering

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Please join us in Ottawa for another MORNING OF PRAYER to keep walking in what God began at the January prayer meeting.  Contact the MCF office to RSVP for more information.

If you are not able to join us in Ottawa, connect with your local MCF group (see list of groups below)  or a few believers in your area who can join you in praying over the Canadian Armed Forces and your unique workplaces that same morning, inviting the work of God to increase among us this year. and for us and other believers to be empowered on His mission.  If you are able, consider fasting in any way you feel is appropriate in preparation to join in corporate prayer.    Here are some specific items to pray for during our MCF prayer morning to more tightly unite our prayers across Canada.  Take time to read the report from the January prayer meeting for your encouragement and invitation to participate in what God is doing.

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

Immanuel – God is with us

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On Saturday, 28 January, the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian MCF met for prayer. During the past week MCF groups of various countries across North America, the Caribbean and South America also held prayer meetings. These groups, who represent various nationalities, cultures and faith traditions were unified in prayer to the Lord. While there were unique prayers offered for specific localized needs and desires, there was unity of desire that the Lord to pour out His Spirit on His children to enable them to bring the gospel to their fellow military community members.

I need to pause as I write this, to try to appreciate what has happened and is happening. Christ followers of such diversity in unison praying for God to move in His people to enable them to accomplish Matthew 28:18-20. In John 17 Jesus’ prayer to the Father is recorded. Jesus asked on behalf of all those who would become His disciples that they would be one; even as Jesus and the Father are one so that: believers could be in Jesus and the Father; and so that the world may believe in Jesus.

I am in awe. For those of us who came together in Ottawa on Saturday we did so not with a grand strategy to fulfill Jesus’ prayer, but simply because we heard of other MCFs in other countries praying and we were moved to join in the initiative. So, we came together and we prayed and we fellowshipped and we experienced unity in the faith. I am humbled, I am grateful, and I am hopeful for the work of Christ through the members of the MCF in Canada in their joint efforts to obey Jesus by joining Him in His mission to make disciples. In Isaiah 7 it is recorded that Jesus would be born of a virgin and he would be called “Immanuel,” which means “God is with us.” In Matthew 28:18-20, after Jesus gives the apostles their mission, which is the mission that all followers of Jesus have been given, Jesus said “…I am with you, always, to the very end of the age.”

Members of MCFs across the Northern and Southern hemispheres are coming together in unified prayer asking for the Lord to do exactly what is His will, surrendering themselves to His working in them. God is with us. Is there any more evidence that we need? Is there anything else that is more worthy of our efforts than to be in unity pursing His mission?

I am profoundly grateful for the indescribable privilege to be part of the Lord’s mission, and to see the unity that He is creating among the members of the multiple national MCFs who are singularly focused on bringing the gospel to the military community. If you are reading this and you sense the Lord calling you to be part of His mission into the unique culture of the military community, please contact us. Immanuel – God is with us.

Until All 

Gerry Potter

Colonel (Ret’d)

President