Col (Ret’d) Gerry Potter (President)

I am married to an amazingly patient and fun lady and together we have raised three children: a daughter who is married, and two sons one of whom is also married. I also have one grandchild, and as of this writing, with two more on the way.

I served in the Canadian Forces for 35 years as both an operator and as a staff officer and I have enjoyed a diverse number of postings across Canada, the United States, Europe, and Afghanistan. Since, retiring from the Military I have provided consulting services to a variety of commercial, and international government clients.

While serving Canada a military officer I also served the church in leadership positions in most locations where I was posted. I came to faith in Jesus when I was 26 years old and the Lord placed in me a hunger to know and serve Him that has guided my every decision. Currently, I am enrolled in a Masters of Theology program at Heritage Seminary.

 

Major Kevin Davis (Secretary)

It is a true honour to serve in our nation’s military in uniform.  Equally so, I am proud to serve on the leadership team of the Military Christian Fellowship (MCF) where I find my vocation and my ministry passions intersect.

Joining the Canadian Armed Forces in 2004 while enrolled in a theological studies program, my decision was by all appearances an impulsive one.  In fact, I recall the recruiting officer assuming I was enrolling as a Chaplain, only to realise I had no idea what occupation I wanted to apply for!  Though my heart was yet far from God at that time, His divine providence was clearly at work in guiding my steps into what has been a rewarding and challenging career in the Army as a Logistics Officer.

My desire to serve with the MCF is born out of my own experience of wandering for many years in search of success and ultimate meaning while confronted by the pain, struggle, and failures of everyday life. Existential questions led me back to the Bible, while the miraculous intervention of God in my life led me to believe and trust in Jesus Christ.  It is my desire to share the HOPE, JOY, and PEACE that I have found in Him with those whom I am privileged to serve alongside.

PRAYING FOR OUR DEPLOYED MILITARY’S FAMILY.

How can you pray for our deployed military’s family?

Many prayers are directed to our deployed military personnel, and that is so great, but it is equally important to pray for their loved ones at home. Here are thoughts to consider when praying for military spouses and children:

Pray…for the home front spouse

  • That they would trust God and that they would be firmly rooted in Christ and the Word of God and draw strength from Him.
  • For joy, hope, endurance, strength, patience, protection and safety.
  • Pray against fear, loneliness, fatigue, despair, depression.
  • That support would be present when needed, that friends, family, co-workers, neighbours would rise up and extend assistance and encouragement.

Pray…for their marriage

  • For loyalty and commitment in their marriage, and that their relationship would have trust.
  • That their love would grow stronger during the time apart.
  • Pray against temptation or inappropriate relationships.
  • For a healthy way to fill the hours left empty that would have been spent with their spouse.

Pray…for their children

  • That the spouse at home would be strong for their children and would have wisdom and discernment in parenting.
  • That children would learn how to cope with the deployment (fears, anxieties, sadness) and learn how to express themselves.
  • That schools would be understanding and helpful.

And keep praying following the deployment!

  • Pray for the time of re-integration. After the happy reunion, the period of adjustment can be tough.  the whole family has been affected/changed by the deployment.
  • It may be a time of dealing with unresolved issues.
  • The deployed parent needs to fit back into the home that has been managed independently without him/her for a period of time.  Parental/spousal responsibilities may shift.

LOVE BORDEN SUMMER SCHEDULE

Due to posting season and the summer leave schedule we will not be running at our normal rhythm during the summer months.
We will resume normal programming on September 15th and onwards so please mark your calendars and I have to say that I am extremely excited about the year to come.

We will be planning at least one worship night during the summertime so please stay tuned for that as well.

And thanks for all the prayers and participation this last season.  It has been a marvelous year of ministry here at Borden and we are continually amazed and thankful to be able to join God in all that He is doing here.

Blessings and have a safe and refreshing summer.
Padre Darren Milley

Lt(N) Darren Milley
Chaplain, CFB Borden
Canadian Armed Forces

Special Father’s Day event in Borden

There will be a Special Sunday evening BBQ feast on June 16th to celebrate together on Father’s Day.

Please mark your calendars for this very special Love Borden.

BBQ + a great feast for all on this Father’s Day  starting at 5:30 followed by our service.
If you are in the Borden area, don’t hesitate to join us. Bring your family and friends.
Its pot luck so bring whatever you can and invite whoever you want.

Blessings on the journey.
Padre Darren

Lt(N) Darren Milley

Chaplain, CFB Borden
Canadian Armed Forces
Aumônier, BFC Borden
Forces armées canadiennes

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