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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

MCF – Saturday morning prayer

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You are invited to join us in Ottawa on Saturday, January 28, 9:00, for a morning of prayer to conclude the AMCF week of prayer. Please contact the MCF office to RSVP and get the address.

If you are not able to join us in Ottawa, please connect with your local MCF group or a few believers in your area who can join you in praying over the Canadian Armed Forces that same morning, inviting the work of God to increase on the military this year and for all AMCF to be empowered on His mission. If you are able, also consider fasting and praying that day in any way you feel is appropriate in preparation to join in corporate prayer.

The AMCF North American Region’s Week of Prayer

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The rationale for this WOP is so that during this week at the start of a New Year our respective Leaders, and the men and women of our Security Forces can be committed to the LORD by Chaplains and MCFs across the entire region, for HIS protection and provision during the course of the Year.

During this week, all MCFs and Chaplains in the region are invited to make time to pray individually and as groups for

– each other

– national, military, security forces, and political leaders

– the well being and salvation of all members of respective forces and their families

They hold outreaches within their respective forces to encourage,evangelize and to pray with and for the needs of force members and to invite MCF members to brief their respective pastors/priests on the WOP and invite them to have special times of prayer in their services to cover their military, police and security forces and their families.  Also we encourage many to visit and pray with shut-ins, hospitalized and confined members of their forces.

We ask that all pray for the needs of other MCFs and Forces in the North American Region.

Please note Nestor Ogilvie will be  visiting the following 4 nations to join them in their activities on dates as shown below:

Grenada – Sun 22 Jan am

Barbados -Sun 22 Jan pm to Tues 24 Jan pm

St Vincent and the Grenadines – Tues 24 Jan pm to Thurs 26 Jan pm

St Lucia  – Thurs 26 Jan pm to Sunday 29 Jan pm.

May heaven be bombarded from every corner of the region on behalf of our men and women in uniform and their families, our military and national leaders and our forces as we join together in prayer.

2017 – GOALS

2017-goals.

Last month, On November 11th and 12th, the MCF held its first spiritual retreat in conjunction with the annual general meeting.  The intent was to come together in the name of Jesus, stop our busy routines, worship, fellowship, reflect upon the Word, listen and pray.  The hope that prompted the retreat was that we would encounter the Lord in a tangible way.  We were not disappointed.

The two-day retreat began with a prayer breakfast at the National House of Prayer.  Next, all those gathered, walked to the National War Memorial to attend the Remembrance Day ceremony.  After the ceremony, folks fellowshipped over lunch.  Beginning in the afternoon of the 11th and running until the afternoon of the 12th we followed a pattern of: orientation, silent prayer, scripture reading and meditation, then communal reflection upon what each person learned and experienced during their contemplative time with the Lord.  The retreat was based upon two words: disciple and disciple-making. When the group reviewed the results of the communal reflection period several themes became obvious, which together provided direction for the MCF.

In Matthew 18 Jesus responded to what in military terms could be called “careerism.”  Careerism occurs in various degrees, but the central issue is the pursuit of a mission for the primary purpose of advancing one’s career, one’s self interests.  The disciples came to Jesus and asked Him “who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  Wow, it’s difficult to believe that they could be so bold, so presumptuous as to ask such a question.  Yet, I appreciate their honesty.  Who hasn’t sought to be elevated?  The military’s personnel evaluation system is dedicated to elevating people and most members are assimilated into its thinking, but the mindset is counter-Kingdom.  Jesus’ response is to point to a child as the standard for greatness: humble, trusting and obedient.  While Jesus continued to amplify His point, it is verse 20 that reflects part of what the Lord was communicating to us at the spiritual retreat – “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them”.

The MCF’s mission is to bring the gospel to the military community.  Ok, then how?  Should we hold regional evangelistic meetings?  Should we preach on street corners?  Should we produce all sorts of printed material and distribute it door-to-door?  Should we knock on doors, should we host MCF events?  How people and organizations have communicated the gospel is diverse; however, the direction to the MCF reflects Matthew 18:20.  Small groups of two or three people are the core of how the MCF is to bring the gospel.  One-on-one disciple-making and discipleship.  While the MCF operates within a military culture, which is personified by a hierarchy of authority, the MCF is a network of small, and some would say very small, groups in which one member disciples another.  The group needs to be singularly focused on following Jesus together.

So, over the next year there are five simple goals that I would like each of us to pursue together:
  1. Every member is in an MCF small group (2-3 people – sometimes more);
  2. Every member understands who Jesus is and how to become one of his disciples;
  3. Every member can confidently present their testimony of faith in Jesus;
  4. Every member can confidently explain how to become a follower of Jesus;
  5. Every member is active in praying regularly for at least one unsaved family member or friend.
Jesus wants us to disciple others as we go about our lives.  The pursuit and achievement of these five goals will enable each of us to fulfill His call on our lives.  Pursuing these goals together within the military community will enable us to achieve the MCF mission.

Until All
Gerry Potter
Colonel (Ret’d)
President

“Remember me”

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Remember Me
Jesus, beaten, tortured, humiliated, on the cross, crucified, thirsting, bleeding, dying, an object of ridicule, receiving on to Himself the sin of the world for all time for every person who had lived, who lived and who would live.  Jesus, in the midst of the physical and emotional pain, who also was experiencing the rejection and judgement of God the Father, experiencing the most profound spiritual pain, heard the voice of the criminal who had been crucified beside him – “remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
The criminal, who was dying beside Jesus, admitted openly, that he was being punished justly, that he was getting what his deeds deserved.  Incredibly, through the illumination that only comes from the Holy Spirit, the criminal recognized Jesus as sinless, as the King of kings, whose kingdom transcended this world.  In his absolute poverty, the criminal appealed to Jesus, “remember me.”
Paul, in 1 Corinthians 1:27-31, tells us, that God choses those whom society rejects to nullify those whose worldly position gives them reason to boast.  God’s man, the person who is granted entrance into the kingdom, is the one who reflects the criminal on the cross.  Broken in spirit, broken and contrite of heart, aware of one’s lostness and need of a saviour, this is the person whom God remembers (Psalm 51:17).
Some, will appeal to Jesus “Lord, Lord, remember me” but they will not enter the kingdom, and instead they will hear Jesus say “I never knew you.  Away from me, you evildoers.”  What a horrible day that will be for those who Jesus does not remember (Matthew 7:23).
Friday, 11 November, is the day we remember the sacrifice of men, women, families, communities, and countries.  We are grateful for the temporal freedom that we have been given as a result of their sacrifice. As you take pause this day, to show your love and respect, as you bow your head, please take time to plead your case before the Father, to bow your soul in the full acknowledgement of your sinfulness and the just consequences that you deserve and ask Jesus – “remember me.”
God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9) and keeps His promise and His loving-kindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments (Deuteronomy 7:9). God will sanctify you through and through (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
Jesus, remember me.

Prayer/Study Group Gagetown

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Well, it’s getting colder in the mornings! I think old man winter is on his way so get ready… bring in the wood, light the furnace and close the windows. Now, let us take advantage of these cold nights to catch up on our reading, sit with our family and read God’s word and rejoice in the hope that soon Jesus will come for us and we will never be cold no more. We will be warm in his love!
Ok, we are at the end of James and this closing section acts as a summary of various sins and their solutions. In James 5:19-20 he is calling on us to help those who have fallen and encourage repentance because God will give him forgiveness. Amen!
 
James 5:19-20
19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
 
Please pray…
Dear God, my Father, may the Holy Spirit guide me to my fallen brothers and sisters so I may save them from death; not the physical death but spiritual death. Give me the wisdom to lead them back to repent from their sins so that they may gain your forgiveness. May they once again live in your light and rejoice in your love till the day when you send your Son back to bring us to your kingdom in heaven. I pray this to you, in Jesus name, AMEN!
 
Blessings All!
Have a Great Day!
Keep your head up! GOD gives his hardest battles to his strongest SOLDIERS…
So as we go through our day let us go out to help and to care for all that need it, in Jesus’ name…Amen!
Jimmy ;o)

Where is Jesus?

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The first “Where’s Waldo” book appeared in 1987 and was designed by Martin Hanford who, since childhood, was fond of viewing and drawing crowd scenes.  While working as an illustrator a friend recommended that he make one character more colourful than the others.  He suggested that as people looked for Waldo they would see the whole drawing more intimately.  Hanford began creating books with Waldo visiting famous world destinations and hiding in crowds of locals.  Soon, as children and adults alike searched Hanford’s detailed images depicting everyday life, they found themselves declaring excitedly “here he is.”  While looking for Waldo, seekers could not help but notice characters at work, play and even in distress.
Can others pick you out of a crowd as being different?  Are you able to identify signs in yourself that suggests you are a follower of Christ?  Are you able to recognize God’s presence in your life?
God want us to seek Him out.  He wants us to discover the promises He has made including the promise to transform us so that we are different from the world around us.  He wants us to look for Him so that by doing so we can find our purpose for existence.
The inability to see God generally stems from a complacency to recognize God’s remarkable involvement in ensuring the required circumstances, which exist so that life on earth is possible.  Unbelievers do not want to acknowledge God’s role while too many believers take God’s participation for granted.  This allows life’s trivial distractions to block their view of God.  We live in a remarkably made world and our existence in it seems beyond comprehension.  Science tries to use time and coincidence as factors, which allows millions of seemingly, unrelated species of flora and fauna to exist alongside humanity.  This theory suggests our existence is the result of an accident and has no higher meaning.  If a follower of Christ cannot see a reason for waking each morning nor recognize the incredible complex circumstance behind each breath drawn, they probably will not recognize Jesus even if His cross hit them on their head.  If followers fail to understand their own uniqueness has a purpose, then life will be seen as a futile combination of accidents and coincidences. If the creative will of a loving God has no real place in the life of a Christ follower, then they will see no purpose for the people and events they encounter daily.
Initially searching for Waldo was exciting but Hanford realized that as people searched for Waldo they were in fact missing the others who surrounded him; characters drawn with the same love and dedication. To help people see the beauty of all his characters he introduced Wilma, Wenda, Woof and others hoping to get people to look closer at the bigger picture.  It did cause people to slow down and see the difference, which contributed to the joy of searching.  God similarity surrounds us with people who are unlike us but just as valuable in His eyes.  People that we casually encounter each day in our community setting; yet don’t notice because we are often distracted by our own needs.  God knows, that often we don’t acknowledge the existence of the business executive, the homeless person, the vendor or the boisterous children whom we see each day; and that is not His will.
The world is colourful and offers excitement and pleasure.  However we have been created for more than short bursts of intense emotions.  We have been created to become children of God so we can experience His presence for all eternity.  In the process of fulfilling our purpose, we have been called to share the news of God’s promises by both our words and our actions.  However we will be unable to fulfil our purpose if we are unable to recognize God’s presence in our lives today or in the faces we see each day.
Do you wonder why you chose to follow Jesus?
Do you recognize His presence daily?
Do you think you can do more to find God?

We can never be good enough

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Yesterday, a conversation that had occurred between two family members was shared with me. One individual is providing care for her terminally ill spouse and the other was visiting to provide love and support.  It was uncertain how the topic arose but the family member whose spouse is ill stated:  “I don’t understand what is happening I am good”.  They went on to say “I am not like those who…..” and list names and groups that were engaging in obvious acts of evil. She ended her thoughts with words to the effect “I know God will accept me when I die because I am a good person”.
In the 5th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, we find teaching points that Jesus shared with people who were listening to Him on the occasion referred to as The Sermon on the Mount.  Jesus taught new understanding while clarifying old truths. He shared in Matthew 5:17 “do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”  He was reminding listeners that the law is and will always be relevant and God’s expectations still apply.  He also said “for I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”  These words seem to suggest we have a very high standard to shoot for but we know that all His teachings point to the fact that no matter how good we seek to become it is not goodness that will get us into His presence for all eternity.  It is belief in the Gospel which tells us that Jesus chose to be born as a human and live a life that was exemplified by obedience to the Father’s will.  During this time He brought clarity to understanding the kingdom and God’s desires.  He performed extraordinary miracles and acts of love, freely gave Himself over to be brutalized and crucified and, although He died on the cross and was buried, He rose from the tomb.  He made himself known to many before ascending into heaven to be with the Father.  He will return again to bring those who believe salvation comes through Him into eternity with Him and to banish those who don’t believe to eternal separation from God.  Our goodness does not allow us to bypass the necessity to accept Jesus as the key to heaven.
Prior to visiting the caregiver, the person who went to love and support her, prayed asking God for wisdom so as to be the presence God wanted them to be during that time.  I know the woman who visited is sincere in her desire to tell people about God and, as much as she wanted to shout “you have it wrong”, she sensed God telling her that she needs to just listen to this struggling woman who now knows someone cares for both; her daily struggles and her eternal happiness. During their time together it was the first time this wife was even known to express her belief in heaven and so a door has been opened and Jesus is definitely knocking at her heart.  The time they spent together did result in a sense of hope that God is changing lives.  God will guide someone to share the true way to heaven with this husband and wife but for now we pray.
Many people hope that, when they are standing at the entrance to heaven, they have been good enough to get in.  But as Jesus shared, they are in for a big disappointment.  No matter how good we are, it’s not good enough.  God doesn’t want people focusing on being good enough but on what Jesus has done for them to be invited into eternity with him.  There is much misunderstanding and confusion amongst our family and friends and Jesus’ followers are called to share His love. This may mean God guiding us to speak some tough truth into someone’s life or to be a comforting presence as He tugs at his or her heart.  Pray for God to arrange the divine appointments for you to be His ambassador in the lives of your family and friends.