The Shield – 2019 download PDF

The Shield 2019-04 April

The Shield 2019-03 March

The Shield 2019-02 February

The Shield 2019-01 January

The Shield 2018 December

The Shield 2018-11 November.

The Shield 2018-10 October

The Shield 2018-09 September

The Shield 2018-08 August

The Shield 2018-07 July

We want to provide you with a list of prayer issues associated with our military called: “the Shield”.  In addition to the human enemy that our military typically face, we also must remember they have an unseen enemy.  (Ephesians 6:12). Paul identifies the type of protective equipment we require to do battle against this foe, including a shield. The shield in this case is faith; a trust in the promises of God, a trust in the truth shared by Jesus, a trust in power of the Word to protect, and a trust in prayer to affect circumstances.

Introducing “The Shield”. It is a list of prayer issues associated with our military. We want as many people bringing these requests before God knowing He cares. We want to put up a prayer shield to protect our military and their families from the harm of the evil one and of the world. Each month, we identify specific individuals and issues for our prayer partners to bring before God. We invite you to pray with us. Download and print the Shield.

Love Borden – Come and join us

Friends and participants of Love Borden.

Sunday February 17 at Trinity Chapel

Canadian Forces Base Borden

I am very encouraged with our start to 2019 and the year ahead. We are so excited to be meeting on the first and third Sunday evening of each month going forward.

5:30 Supper for those who can make it.  It’s a pot luck.

6:30 A time of awesome worship, followed by a message from God’s Word, time for prayer and Fellowship. 

Formal time done by 8:00 pm but doors won’t be locked until everyone is out.  

Drop in even if you can’t make it for the whole event.  Bring a friend.

Location, Trinity Chapel – 499 Dieppe Road, Borden

God bless!

Padre Milley
Lt(N) Darren Milley
Chaplain, CFB Borden/Aumônier, BFC Borden
Canadian Armed Forces/Forces armées Canadiennes 
darren.milley@forces.gc.ca
tel: 705-424-1200 ext 2180 / CSN:  270-2180 / BB: 705-828-5751

AMCF Week of Prayer Report 2019

January 20 to 26, 2019

Meetings were scheduled in all the nations.  ACCTS staff members for the Caribbean Ron & Sue Huggler visited the following nations and prayed, had fellowship and did ministry in Grenada, Barbados, St Kits and Antigua.

Monsie and I (Nestor) joined the acting CDS in Jamaica with over 1500 members of all ranks of the JDF for an open air evangelistic meeting sponsored by the MCF on the lawn of the force HQ. Approximately 300 responded to the altar call.

The MCF of JDF also hosted daily lunch times evangelistic meetings in the chapel with average attendance of 100 + over the week.  Many being saved each day.
Praise the Lord and thank you to all who prayed across the MCF’s.

Nestor A Ogilvie, Lt Col (retd.)
AMCF VP
North American Region

Follower-ship

I am grateful for what the Lord has done in our midst this year and I am grateful for all of those who have responded to His call to make possible the advancements that have taken place.  It is a profound joy to be with the people of God on mission.

In all three synoptic gospels Jesus’ calling of the tax collector to follow Him is recorded. There are no pre-requisites, there are no pre-conditions, there are no hidden agendas or expectations; rather there is a simple call to follow Jesus. The apostle Paul echos Jesus’ call in his letter to the Corinthian church when he says “follow my example as I follow Christ” (1 Cor 11:1). Yet, follower-ship is under valued, misunderstood, even destained.

Much is made of the concept and the role of leadership. The word itself is held up within our community as a preeminent characteristic that all are to aspire to exhibit.  Many books have been written on the subject and training courses that are centred on developing it within people abound. Yet, our Lord did not call us to “lead”, no He called us to follow. I confess that after a career in the military during which I served in many different leadership capacities that follower-ship has become quite difficult. Fortunately, the Lord is patient and He is persistent in the application of His teaching-training; I believe that I am learning to be a better follower. My apprenticeship in follower-ship has been advanced this past year principally by those with whom I have served in the varied MCF ministry activities and for whom I am grateful.

Next week we celebrate the anniversary of Jesus’s birth with fellow followers. I recommend to us all that as we come together that we seek to learn from each others stories of follower-ship.  That we reflect upon those experiences  so as to be inspired into deeper levels of following for the coming year and wonder at what Jesus is doing in our midst.

Hope, peace, joy, love.

Gerry Potter
President-follower

Are you listening

The gospel of Luke shares the story of the announcement of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds. They were part of a culture that had been anticipating the arrival of a Messiah for many generations. When the angel told them of the arrival of their Messiah, they were afraid and somewhat anxious. It reads, “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”  When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” (Luke 2:8-20).

The shepherds did overcome their initial feelings. They let the experience of the moment guide them and as a result, found Jesus. The Christmas season always seems to bring about a feeling of anxiety for many. The extra busyness associated with Christmas shopping, the packed malls, the difficulty parking and even the slow lines to get a coffee adds to this strange uneasiness. Christmas is something that even the world eagerly anticipates yet few will experience the hope, peace, love and joy that arrived that first Christmas morning. We like to blame the commercialization of Christmas for the difficulties we face during this season forgetting we are willing participants in whatever activities occur during this time. Many will feel an uneasiness during this time because they really do not understand what they are waiting for or are trying to create an experience they think should happen.

Christian brothers and sisters can also become anxious about the season. Their concerns often stem from an inward desire to finally tell their family about Jesus; family they may only see once or twice a year. They say things like, “this year I want everyone to understand the true meaning of Christmas” or “I want them to know they are lost without Jesus”.  Admirable desires but they are often motivated by guilt linked to perceived missed opportunities to share Jesus in the past. Their troubled souls often ruin their Christmas Celebration and they also miss the hope, peace, love and joy that should permeate their lives this season.

Years ago, I was reminded that all believers are to be witnesses to the Good News of Jesus. However, I was also told to remember that we are the second witnesses to this truth as the Holy Spirit is the first. He goes before us preparing hearts and minds to both seek and hear the Good News. We must trust God to do His part while we listen for Him to call us to do our part. This mindset did not excuse us from sharing the truth. We need to accept that God is at work making divine appointments for us and we should be listening for Him. We must be in daily communication with God asking for strength and insight to respond to His nudging to share His truths.

Maybe this Christmas God wants us to reconcile with our families. To sit around the Christmas tree and talk, laugh and be real with one another. Maybe he wants us to break bread at dinner and not feel pressured to bring up eternity between the turkey and dessert. Maybe God wants us to not be anxious about anything this Christmas, including the salvation of family, and trust that He has it in hand and will use us when He is ready.  This does not stop us from sharing the Gospel. We must pray and listen daily for God because He wants us on His mission but, we must not get ahead of Him. When we listen, He will prompt us to speak up. Maybe He wants us to seek Jesus’ gifts of hope, peace, love and joy while we wait. Accept the truth that He wants us to live in harmony with one another and focus your prayers on connecting with others during this season. You will be pleased and excited about what God has planned for you and your family.

Blessings
Anton Topilnyckyj

Annual Spiritual Retreat

Friday 9 November to Sunday 11 November 2018

All who have a heart to pray for our Canadian Forces and their families, are welcome to join us in praying together.   There will be a special event in Ottawa which will be held at the National House of Prayer between the 9 & 11 November 2018.   Join us for a weekend of fellowship and prayer. Come to Ottawa for the MCF Spiritual Retreat. We will equip for and engage in intercession, asking the Holy Spirit to do the work only He can do to save lives in our community. See the Facebook event page for info, and contact the MCF office for joining instructions.

Register before the end of the day Friday November 2.

War Room October update

Praise God for the unexpected coincidence of our War Room this month with the AMCF and ACCTS’ Day of Prayer and Praise!

War Room this month’s prayers covered:

  • The AMCF/ACCTS’ Day of Prayer and Praise list.

  • Our October Shield.

  • The upcoming MCF prayer retreat on the Remembrance Day weekend.

    • For churches and individuals in the Ottawa Valley/Outaouais region to catch the vision of what God is doing in the military community and attend to pray with us.

  • The Grey Cup Breakfast in Edmonton.

    • For military community in Edmonton to fill all the MCF-sponsored seats

    • For complete sponsorship (that’s you, folks!) for all the tables/seats.

  • For numerous individuals in the military community known to us and their private requests.

We persevere in prayer, knowing that our Lord hears when we call to him (Ps 4:3) on behalf of our military community.

Jazmine Lawrence

Captain (Retired)

War Room Coordinator// MCF Retreat Director

Capt (Ret’d) Anton Topilnyckyj (Prayer Coordinator)

Married to my childhood sweetheart, together we have grown to realize how God’s grace and mercy works in marriage. We have four children and, so far, seven grandchildren. We have felt blessed to be part of the military and know God will use both our personalities and characteristics to share His hope with our serving and retired brothers and sisters and their families.

I joined the universal green forces in 1974 as a Supply technician thinking I was Air Force. However, upon arrival at 4 Combat Engineering Regiment in Lahr Germany, the Regimental Sergeant Major ceremoniously removed my wedge cap from my head indicating I would no longer need it. Accepted into the university training plan, I attended RMC and served as an Army Logistic Officer until an injury forced me into retirement. My favourite posting was my last where, as an Ammunition Technical Officer, my platoon and I would blow up our frustrations every Friday afternoon on the demolition range.

In 1979, while in Lahr Germany and attending my first ever bible study, I accepted Christ as Lord and Saviour. A military brother guided me to an understanding of Jesus and God grabbed a hold of me and never let go. My relationship with God had been touch and go for as long time. I outwardly appeared to be a believer yet inside I was still serving my own idols. I woke up in 2003 and began to sense God had something for me to do. As I grew in my relationship with Christ I was led back to the MCF, where today I feel truly blessed to be part of a team that is on mission to take the gospel into the military community.

Gagetown prayer/study group

Today’s message in the letter from God we read: “Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. (Matthew 10:29-31).  Does that not show God in His mighty, intimate knowledge of us? He loves you so much that He would have taken the time to number the very hairs on your head. When we speak about God and Christ, nothing can happen to us without God knowing.  He loves you and cares for you!  Let’s go a bit further and read from Matthew 10:27-33 and again, I urge you to read all of chapter 10.

In Matthew 10:32-33 I think this is very important for us, as His children, to do. As you have read in the letter, God loves us so much He sent his only Son to die for us. So as His children, we must speak to others about Jesus the Son of God and what He has done for us.

NOTE regarding Matthew 10:29 – Sparrows were customarily thought of as the smallest of creatures and the penny (copper coin) was one of the least valuable Roman coins. But not our Father. God rules over even the most insignificant events and creatures.

What did Jesus say regarding whom to fear?
Here’s a little interesting fact from Malachi to Matthew. Malachi, the last book of the OT, was a message of encouragement for the Jews who had returned from exile in Babylon. Matthew wrote his Gospel more than 400 years later. The Jews still lived in their homeland, but under the oppressive rule of Rome. Matthew tells the good news about how Jesus, the Messiah, fulfills the promises of God in the OT.

He is the Redeemer of the world, who died for sinners, the One who is the Soon-coming King!

Blessing 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)