ALPHA FALL SESSION

I am looking forward to what the Lord has determined that the MCF will be involved in this fall.

This season we offer our fifth online Alpha Course.
Sunday, 12 September online 7:00 pm EST

I love this course as it presents the fundamentals of the Christian faith in an easy to understand yet sufficiently profound way that participants have all that they need to become followers of Jesus.  And for those who already know Him, their faith will be steeled.

The MCF’s core mission, the reason that we exist, is to bring the gospel to the Military community at home and abroad. The Alpha course is an excellent tool to use in accomplishing that mission.

If you haven’t been on an Alpha course, please consider joining us or some other Alpha course in your local setting.  If you have been on the course, then talk to your military community friend or family member about joining us on Alpha this fall.

Get out there and invite (virtually) your bud, your bro, your sis, your mom, your… and register for the MCF Alpha course. The experience will change them and you…forever.

Are you ready to join us, here are the coordinates for the group:
Sunday, 12 September online at 7:00 pm EST
Leading the sessions: Gerry Potter – mcfoffice@themcf.ca

Pray for the Afghan people and their country

Last week I asked you to join with me in prayer for the Afghan people who were trying to escape the oppression that had fallen on their country and the efforts of Canada to assist them in their struggle. We prayed for wisdom and we prayed for effectiveness in the mission. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces deployed and worked along side allies as together they tried to help many Canadians and refugees gain access to flights out of Kabul. The work was dangerous and exceedingly heartbreaking. I am sure that you have seen some of the images of the thousands of fear-filled people desperately trying to escape. Even as I write this call to prayer, an attack upon the innocents has taken place, carried out by those whose sole intent is evil. 
 
On Thursday, 26 Aug, the CAF mission was concluded due to the increasing threat of terror attacks which had already begun. Our military men and women have left and they returned knowing that the need was grave, but they were unable to help anymore. Our military men and women need our prayers for their mental and spiritual well-being. The images they have witnessed, and the inability to do more will haunt them.
 
There are still thousands of Afghans and Canadian citizens still trapped under the oppression of the Taliban, we need to pray for them. God can do immeasurably more that all we hope or imagine, so let us not be idle, let us pray with sincerity and faith that He will move. 
 
Please, for the love of God and those who are so filled with fear and anguish, pray. I beg you, pray.
 
Gerry Potter (Colonel Retired)
President 

Join me in prayer for Afghanistan

Dear friends of the Canadian military community,
 
The events of this past week in Afghanistan and in particular in the capital of Kabul are widely known. For many of us the rapid Taliban take-over of the nation is not only shocking, but also heart breaking. Many members of our community have worked sacrificially in support of aiding the people of Afghanistan to gain freedoms that we in Canada take for granted. We have suffered injuries and we have lost comrades. We now experience grief anew, frustration, anger and disappointment. There is a very real tendency to lay blame on politicians, on Afghan security forces or on anyone else who we think added to this catastrophic turn of events. Yet, these reactions will not help either ourselves or the people of Afghanistan.
 
We members of the military Christian community have a unique opportunity in these matters. We are called to pray and to offer support where, when and how we are able. We must pray for political leaders to act with wisdom towards the new regime of Afghanistan for the sake of the Afghans, we must pray for the hand of God to restrain acts of violence against the people, we must pray for our fellow military community members who are and will be further injured by these events, and we must pray for the media that they will be able to keep us informed of what is truly happening on the ground in Afghanistan and be kept safe from recriminations. In short, we must pray. We are told that the prayers of a righteous person can accomplish much (James 5:16). 
 
If you are able, please implore your faith community leaders to join you in these prayers. The very next time you gather, either in person or online, bring to the conversation the very real needs of the people of Afghanistan and ask them to join you and others in prayer.  These are not the only events in need of prayer, but Afghanistan has been the focus of Canadian military effort for many years and her people warrant the intercessory prayers of the believing military community of Canada.  Please join me in prayer and pray for Afghanistan.
 
Gerry Potter (Colonel Retired)
President

Workplace Prayer Groups Leaders Networking Meeting

Get Connected – Get Inspired – Learn and Grow

June 2nd  – 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST

PLEASE JOIN US – REGISTER TODAY

Are you leading a workplace Christian prayer group, bible study or support group?

Or would you like to start one?

One Way Ministries Workplace Network is organizing a lunchtime networking event Tuesday, June 2nd bringing together Christian leaders from across Ottawa, different workplaces, denominations, and the public and private sectors.

Workplace Prayer Groups are groups who pray together, do a bible study together and/or share what is happening in their work and seek guidance from a Christian perspective. Members have enough in common, so they understand each other, can help each other and pray for one another and their workplace.

There are already several workplace prayer groups in both the private and public sectors operating in Ottawa. One Way Ministries Workplace Network’s heart is to see a multiplication of these groups and be a coordination point for those interested to join or start such a group.

Click here to register for the June 2nd session.

Help us build a stronger community of Christians living out their faith in the workplace by inviting a colleague or friend. It’s as easy as forwarding this email to them with a personal invite from you!

This virtual session is complimentary.

AGM 2021

The 2021 MCF Annual General Meeting (AGM), will take place on 27 February beginning at 1:00 pm (EST).  Again, this year we will be able to meet without having to physically travel to a specific location for the AGM.  As we did in 2019 and 2020, we will be using the teleconferencing application called “ZOOM”, which the executive team has been using for a few years. We have had great success with this application and have expanding its use in support of the AGM.  For the best experience please download the application to whichever device you will use to connect to the AGM.

While COVID-19 has closed the doors of many institutions, the MCF has expanded its ministry footprint through the online environment We are excited over what has happened during the past year and over what we are planning to do during the coming year.  Please note that more information will be provided in the coming weeks.

To help us ensure that the AGM proceeds smoothly,  pre-registration for attending the AGM is required no later than 26 Feb at 4:00 pm EST.  We will send everyone the zoom connection information Friday evening. Please reply to the MCF office. We do need your correct email address to be sure you can log in on Saturday 27 February, 2021.

We know that He can do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, so to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus in this generation and all those that are to come.  Blessings on you, chat with you soon.

Happy New Year,

Welcome to 2021. I am looking forward to what the Lord has determined that the MCF will be involved in over this next year.

Every year during the week leading up to the New Year I think about what the Lord might bring about and what part I am called to play in His grand plan.  Sometimes my expectations are reasonably accurate and other times I miss the target by a country mile. Good news is, He is the master planner and all, and I mean all things happen in accordance with His sovereign will. All I can say to that is…Thank God! It gives me immeasurable peace knowing that He is the conductor of the orchestra and by His grace I get to play one of the instruments.

For the MCF, our year starts off with our third online Alpha Course. I love this course as it presents the fundamentals of the Christian faith in an easy to understand yet sufficiently profound way that participants have all that they need to become followers of Jesus.  And for those who already know Him, their faith will be steeled.

The MCF’s core mission, the reason that we exist, is to bring the gospel to the Military community at home and abroad. The Alpha course is an excellent tool to use in accomplishing that mission.

If you haven’t been on an Alpha course, please consider joining us or some other Alpha course in your local setting.  If you have been on the course, then talk to your military community friend or family member about joining us on 31 January.

I have heard people speak about various experiences they have had which they say, “changed their life forever.” It is a phrase that is used in a great variety of contexts, but it really is just a throw away statement used to describe an experience that, after a few weeks or months, has little relevance for the rest of their lives.  Not so in the case of an encounter with Jesus.

The music artist Kim Walker said during one of her live recordings that if a person experienced Jesus they would know it because they wouldn’t be the same…ever! Well said Kim!  Honestly, the only experience that a person can have that will change their life forever is to become a follower of Jesus.  Forever is forever, and only through Jesus can we live forever with Him. Amen to that brothers and sisters!

So, get out there and invite (virtually) your bud, your bro, your sis, your mom, your… to register for the next MCF Alpha course starting on Sunday night, 31 January at 7:00 pm EST. The experience will change them and you…forever.

Stay connected, we have more info to follow.

Equip, Engage
Gerry Potter
Colonel (Retired)
President

Hope-Filled and excited for what is coming!

During the last few days prior to my posting to Germany, a friend came to me with a short passage, saying that he was moved by God to recommend a passage to me.  I had been in Moose Jaw for the previous five years working, raising my family and working in a local church as a teacher-preacher. The move to Germany was in response to God’s call, to which my wife and I responded. Unbeknownst to us we would form part of a core team of five military families and plant a Canadian-military community church that continued until the Canadian military was repatriated and the two bases, Lahr and Baden, were closed.  Those were exciting times, working as a military officer and as a church planter.

During this past year, Proverbs 3:5-6 has again defined not only my life but that of the MCF as well. In spite of the restrictions and heartbreak imposed upon us all due to a previously unknown virus, my faith has grown as I was privileged to be part of the MCF’s expansion through the use of internet-based ministry.

  • A conference that had been planned to coincide with the anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian soldiers was cancelled only to be reinstated and delivered through a webinar setting.

  • The MCF launched online Alpha courses which involved participants from New Brunswick to Alberta.

  • The MCF expanded its internet based Nextlevel discipleship model.

  • The MCF conducted its AGM online garnering increased interest and participation.

  • MCF communications through social media and the newsletter continued unabated.

I am grateful for what the Lord has guided us through and I look forward to what He has determined we will be engaged in this coming year.

Thank you for your support both in prayer and financially. I have witnessed not only an increase in engaged believers but a notable improvement in the financial support received. None of us know what 2021 will look like, what we will be called to do or to sacrifice. However, we can have absolute certainty that if we trust in the Lord with all of our heart, and lean not on our own understanding, in all of our ways give honour and praise to the Lord, He will guide us in accordance with His perfect will.

I am hope-filled and excited for what is coming. Please join us as we bring the gospel to the military community at home and abroad.

Gerry Potter
Colonel (Retired)
President

Thank You – Giving Tuesday

I asked you to consider supporting the MCF this past Giving Tuesday. You responded generously. Thank you.

I am aware that to give of your finances is a sacrifice. It is a decision to choose between many, many options where best to contribute, to invest the monies that you depend on for your daily needs.  I am humbled by the trust that you place in the MCF and I am encouraged that God is with us.  So, I have one more request, please pray, please intercede on behalf of the military community, on behalf of the mission that has been given to the MCF.  Please.

Many of you are very aware of Jesus parable in Luke 11:5-10 in which He taught us to pray with unrelenting persistence. Such prayer honours God.  Such prayer pleases God. Such prayer moves God. So, please pray so that God may be honoured, so that He may be pleased, so that His Spirit moves amongst military community members, so that His Spirit empowers the workers as they share the good news.


One more thank you.

Last week I told you about Innercity Veteran Outreach & Support (IVOS) which is a ministry of Ottawa Innercity Ministries. Some of you responded with your offers of financial support. You have blessed those involved in the ministry.  They are both encouraged and increasingly determined to continue the good work that they have been called to do.  I visited with them again this past Wednesday and I could see that they were grateful for your expressions of support.  Thank you.

Brothers and sisters may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen (2 Cor 13:14).

Gerry Potter
Colonel (Retired)
President MCF of Canada

The MCF is hosting its second Online Alpha Course, this fall.

This past spring the MCF piloted the Alpha Course online. We had 12 course members and the course lasted 11 weeks, which is the typical course length. The course survey conducted at the end revealed a very high degree of satisfaction with the material and the experience.  I confess that at the beginning I was uncertain as to how well the course would proceed, but the results have demonstrated the value and the need for Alpha online.  So, the MCF is again hosting the Alpha Course online. This Fall, we have a team in the East and another team in the West, both hosting online Alpha Courses.

Maybe you have heard of the Alpha course and maybe not, or maybe your understanding of Alpha is a bit hazy. Well, Alpha is an 11-week course that creates a space, where people can safely discuss matters of faith, God, and life among other topics.  We don’t have all the answers, but we want to help participants explore life’s fundamental questions while learning how the Christian faith responds to those questions.

The MCF Alpha course is for military community members, that is serving and retired military and DND people as well as their families. While we know this might sound exclusive, we find that military community members have a shared language, shared experiences and shared challenges.  Keeping the course focused on military community members  helps each participant to gain maximum value from the course material.

Join us in praying for the East and West group as they engage in these Alpha Courses. the East group meets every Sunday at 7:00 pm EST and the West group meets on Wednesday at 7:00 pm WST.

Mid-Year Report 2020

The first six months of this year has presented us all with challenges that were not anticipate. We have all had to adapt to the continually evolving Covid-19 environment, the end of which is still in the distant future. Our primary job has become taking care of ourselves and those closest to us so as to ensure that we do not become infected and then cause others to become infected as well.  I think that not since World War II has there been a threat that was so widespread. Yet, we have also witnessed a shift in the ways and means used to communicate the gospel.

Initiated in January 2019, the MCF has been conducting an experimental online NextLevel men’s discipleship group. Members of the group come from Kingston, Ottawa, Valcartier, Gagetown and the Miramichi area. While other in-person groups have ceased, and their members have drifted, the MCF group has been an outstanding success providing its members with a consistent and rich Christian fellowship experience that has facilitated a deeper relationship with our Lord.

In April while the Covid-19 caseload was expanding across Canada, in response to the Lord’s calling a team of MCF members joined together to deliver the Alpha Course online. We unknowingly became part of a movement of God to provide the gospel through online Alpha that stretches across Canada, the US, the UK and other locations that I am just now hearing about.  The MCF group has seen great results as the Holy Spirit has worked in the lives of everyone who is on the course, both team leaders and participants. This coming weekend marks the end of the course and we are expectant that the Lord will do more in the lives of everyone who has been involved.

On May 9th the MCF collaborated with Ellel Ministries Canada to deliver a webinar on moral injury resulting from military operations. A first for both organizations. The MCF had been working with Ellel Ministries International to hold a weekend seminar in the Netherlands coinciding with the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands; however, global restricts forced the cancellation of that event.  The planning team came together to pray and discuss if there was anything that we could do, and we were unanimous in our understanding that we should not lose faith but press on to find another way.  The result was the delivery of a webinar that was attended by 67 people from Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy and Australia. The MCF has never before had such a reach. All due to the Lord’s intervention and favour.

In the next six months we understand that we are to again offer the Alpha Course online, that we are to again provide a webinar experience for members of the military community and that we are to provide training for NextLevel group leaders for the development of new online Nextlevel groups amongst military community leaders.

Thank you for your prayers for the military community, they are having an effect that has eternal implications.

Gerry Potter