On Saturday, 25 November, Athletes in Action (AIA) held their 39th Grey Cup Breakfast at the Westin Hotel in downtown Ottawa. Over 350 people attended the event and were treated to testimonies of faith in Christ and the changed lives that have resulted from that faith. Speakers included players from both the Calgary Stampeders and the Toronto Argonauts as well as former CFL players and coaches. In accordance with the MCF mission to bring the gospel to the military community, the Ottawa chapter of the MCF hosted 18 military community members. The participants ranged in age from 14 to 64 that of course included serving and retired personnel. Some were new in the faith, some were in need of renewed faith and some were in need of a sense of God’s love for them. Of note, the group included five Officer Cadets who are attending university and were in need of a better understanding of the life of a military Christian.
I am grateful to AIA for their faithful example of bringing the gospel to the sporting world. I was humbled by the appreciation shown to those of us from the military community. In fact on two occasions our tables were singled out for appreciation by those gathered and on one occasion we received a standing ovation. I know that the younger members of our group were stunned by the appreciation and it served to deepen their sense of calling to serve God by serving in the military.
I am also grateful to you for praying for the event. Please note that we are still in need of additional funding in order to cover all the costs associated with the Grey Cup Breakfast, so please consider giving financially. Next year, the Breakfast will be held in Edmonton so I ask you to join me in praying and preparing for that event. My desire is that we would be able to sponsor 40 members of the military community.