AMCF Week of Prayer (WOP)

Another year is history as 2019 drew to a close and the firm but often unseen hand of God has written another chapter in the history of mankind. It is very comforting to know that what happens in the New Year will not take God by surprise, though what happens may be a surprise to us.  

As we usher in the Year 2020, let us do so with the assurance of God’s strength to run with endurance the race set before us. 

 In this regard, I wish to remind you that the AMCF North American Region’s Annual Week of Prayer (WOP) is scheduled for  26-31 January 2020. 



The constant need for our steadfastness in fulfilling the Great Commission in the armed forces is ever before us. The upcoming WOP therefore provides an opportunity to all of us in the Region to assemble and to pray while encouraging others to join in corporate prayer.  Likewise, it provides the opportunity to visit and evangelize whilst bringing the needs of individuals, families, forces and nations to our Lord and Saviour in prayer.

Let us therefore embrace this opportunity as we launch out collectively into the New Year with the assurance of God’s love and faithfulness.  

Blessings,
Cdr Wilbert N Kirton, Ret’d
AMCF VP 
North America

Family Life weekend getaway.

A Weekend Getaway is a marriage conference uniquely designed to enrich your relationship.

For most couples it’s a chance to reconnect, re-establish the foundation and rekindle romance.
For others, it’s a fresh start. For some, it will be the weekend that saves a marriage.

Wherever you’re at in your relationship, this retreat is a weekend to remember. The atmosphere is relaxed and warm, even fun.
You’ll hear from real couples doing real life together… God’s way. You’ll be given time to process what you’re learning.
And together, you’ll make a plan for a marriage that lasts a lifetime.
There is a military discount for these weekend, please provide information at time of registration.

Below are a few options of the Weekend getaway you can register for.

Go to FAMILYLIFE.com to see  more options.

Grey Cup Breakfast 2019 (Calgary)

“Saturday, 23 November, Athletes in Action, a ministry of Power to Change, held its 41stGrey Cup Breakfast at the Big Four Roadhouse, Stampede Park, in Calgary. Each year Athletes in Action hosts a breakfast the day before the Grey Cup game at which CFL players, coaches, trainers and their spouses share their experiences within the professional sports world as followers of Jesus. The speakers provide attendees with an unvarnished look into their struggles and their faith journey with Christ. Each year the gospel is consistently and clearly presented and those in attendance are offered the opportunity to invite Jesus into their lives.

This year as in previous years, through generous donations the MCF was able to sponsor 20 members of the military community. I am grateful to those who made it possible for these individuals to hear how Jesus is impacting men and women in one of Canada’s professional sports environs.  I am also joyful that two of those who attended accepted Jesus as their Saviour and Lord and that another was convicted to recommit himself to the Way.  Please join with me in expressing thanks to God for His work in the lives of these people, for inspiring others to give both of themselves and of their financial resources to make the breakfast and its impact possible.  Also, please join me in praying for the commitment that has been made by all those who either accepted Jesus or rededicated themselves. As always, God is on the move and we are given the privilege of joining Him.”

Gerry Potter

Colonel (Retired)

President

 

It’s exciting yet never too early to mark this in your calendar. 22 November 2020 at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan will be the next Grey Cup.

Please consider being our guest at the 2020 Grey Cup breakfast event Saturday 21 November and pray for your colleagues who may be impacted by this outstanding event. Also, consider financially sponsoring someone to attend next year’s breakfast.

Christmas Greetings for Canadian Troops

The Military Christian Fellowship is initiating again this year a Christmas Card send off to Canadian Troops deployed over Christmas. The MCF had the opportunity last year to participate with a local Ottawa Church in our mission to bring the good news of Jesus to our military community during the Christmas Season.  We ask that your church join us in 2019 and would enthusiastically participate by writing notes of encouragement and thanks in gospel-centric Christmas cards.

When someone serving in our Canadian Forces are deployed over Christmas, this becomes a very trying time for them and to receive a prayer card from someone in Canada can be truly encouraging.  Shared with us is a testimony from Jazmine as she served oversees away from her family: “I cannot fully describe the sensation of receiving Jesus’ love that I experienced in that moment, upon hearing that the woman––unknown to me––was thanking me for my service and praying for me. I realize now how hard I had been working to keep up a tough (false) persona all those months, because I clearly recall how my heart softened so much in that moment that I nearly cried. For a few brief moments, the Spirit carried His love straight to my core”.

In 2018, CFB Trenton informed us that not since the Afghan conflict had they witnessed such an incredible response from the public to inundate the troops with Christmas mail. We are so pleased to have been part of this initiative of support and many of our deployed members received the message of Christ. We ask you to participate with us this year to do the same.

Encourage your church to participate, contact the MCF office and we will provide you with more details on how to proceed.

LOVE BORDEN FALL SCHEDULE

We resumed our normal programming on September 15th and onwards for 2019/2020 so please mark your calendars.

We are extremely excited about the year to come as we are planning to spend time in fellowship and worship every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.

Our time together starts at 17:30 hrs for potluck (Bring what you want to eat + enough to share with others).

Worship time starts at 18:30 hrs and officially ends at 20:00 hrs yet we welcome people to stay, pray and fellowship for a while longer.

We are very grateful for all the prayers and participation of our 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.

Hope many can come and experience the love of God through our time together.
Padre Darren Milley

Chaplain, CFB Borden
Canadian Armed Forces

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

Army Run // National Capital Prayer Walk 2018

Fitness is fantastic and the camaraderie of group exercise can be exhilarating. There’s an intense sense of corporate accomplishment when doing hard physical work with a group. Memories from basic training, survival training and workups onboard ship flood in as I reflect. But there’s far more available in this than physical and emotional satisfaction.

I first participated in the Army Run years ago when I was flown to Ottawa to represent the CF in a running team. The camaraderie was so motivating! Years later, God called me back to the Army Run with new purpose and a new team: we intentionally (though quietly) represented Jesus and prayed. And again, the camaraderie was powerfully motivating, but this time with purpose for the kingdom of God.

Prayer is a theme that has been permeating every facet of MCF activity these days, especially as we gather in Ottawa to do War Room every month. In War Room we pray that the Spirit empower believers everywhere to share the good news of Jesus to our entire military community. It’s not just the mission of the MCF, it’s the mission of every believer (Matthew 28:18-20), and fundamental support believers need from each other to carry out this mission includes each other’s edification and prayer. (Colossians 4:2-4)

A team of three of us first prayer-walked the Army Run 10km race in Ottawa last September. We spoke to people along the course, made connections, prayed for individuals, and sometimes just prayed silently. The back of our running shirts read, “Be strong and courageous.” This is repeated throughout Joshua 1, where verse 10 finishes: “…for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

We are again joining the Army Run this year as a prayer walk to enjoy something far beyond the camaraderie: God’s presence with us wherever we go, so that he can lead us in how to pray to prepare the way for the good news of Jesus to be increasingly proclaimed in our military community.

Please join us in person on the team or in prayer to invest in what God is doing to bring the gospel to our military community.

Jazmine Lawrence
Captain (retired)
War Room Coordinator
The Military Christian Fellowship of Canada

Interaction – Rocky Mountain High

Interaction RMH is a Christian leadership training program for young international and U.S. military personnel starting their careers. The program focuses on biblical leadership and personal discipleship through activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, backpacking, white water rafting, mountain biking, Bible study, and lots of personal interaction. It is centered on a seven day outdoor adventure experience at the OCF retreat center at Spring Canyon, Colorado, followed by visits to other points of interest in Colorado.

For more information go to:  www.accts.org

or contact:  Email: accts@accts.org

PO Box 27239
Denver, CO 80227
Phone: (800) 487-8108

Remembering our brother, BGen (Ret’d) Larry Lashkevich

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

On Sunday evening, 15 April, a good friend and fellow soldier of the cross, BGen (Ret’d) Larry Lashkevich passed into the presence of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Larry had suffered a major stroke in February from which he was not able to recover.  Larry was an exemplary individual whose love for Jesus energized him in his life of service in the name of Christ.  Larry had been an influential force within the Military Christian Fellowship of Canada for most of his military career and served for many years in its primary leadership role.  Larry, was always, no matter what the circumstances, an encourager. Consistently, he provided encouragement to those he led, with whom he worked and to those who served Jesus by serving the military community.  I will best remember Larry for his joy, his insight and his untiring devotion to Christ and his family.  Larry was a big man, whose heart for Jesus was even bigger.  His passing leaves a hole in my heart and the hearts of many across the military community, not only in Canada, but internationally. While, Larry’s passing is difficult for those who remain behind, the mission that he served has not ceased and we are called to press on to take hold of that which Christ has called us to.

I ask that you all join me in offering prayer of thanksgiving, praise and intercession:

“Abba, Father; we thank You that Larry’s earthly suffering has concluded and that He is now with You. You blessed us with Your presence and work in and through Larry and we are all better servants because of His example of leadership and discipleship.  Lord, we appeal to You, to pour Your mercy and grace over his family and friends.  You know the pain and the loss that they are all feeling, so we ask You Lord to manifest Your presence tangibly in our lives that we may know the peace that passes understanding and that we may have uncommon strength to endure and to accomplish all that needs to be done in response to Your call on our lives.  Please Lord raise up your saints to come along side Larry’s family to bring Your love and support both practical and spiritual.  We ask all these things in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, Amen.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

There will be a Celebration of the Life of Larry on Sunday, April 22 between 14:00 and 16:00 at Kanata Baptist Church.  It is a drop in format. More information at the link provided if you wish to join family and friends.
https://www.arbormemorial.ca/kelly/obituaries/lawrance-larry-lashkevich/18155/