Moral Injury: Trauma In Active Service

Due to social distancing we have an update on the Moral Injury conference originally planned for Netherlands. It will now be a 1 day VIRTUAL seminar. May 9, 2020, the  find the brochure HERE. MCF and Ellel Ministry will co-host a seminar on moral injury and will be available free to all participants. Please register as soon as possible: Registration form.


Earlier last fall Kevin Davis invited me to a one-day training session with Ellel Ministries during which leaders from this ministry presented a theological framework for the progressive healing of first-responders who had been subjected to spiritual trauma as a result of situations they faced within their areas of work. I found that the framework presented dove-tailed well into the studies that I had been conducting on the subject of Moral Injury within the context of military operations. Kevin and I met with representatives of Ellel
Ministries from both Canada and the Netherlands in an effort to discern if there could be an opportunity for us to work together. Our discussions have been fruitful.

Just War Theory has been and continues to be a subject of debate within academic circles. Governments and military leadership alike discuss its application, many times indirectly and on occasion unconsciously as they consider potential and actual courses of action. Such discussions are of no value to the men and women who are directly involved in the application of military power and experience the effects of both their actions and inactions while performing such work. Increasingly, recognition of the existence of moral injury is occurring. While the lifting of the veil on a previously ill-recognized effect of military operations is important, it is only the beginning of what needs to be a fulsome understanding of the malady and its successful treatment from a sound theological perspective. This joint seminar is the MCF’s first foray into what has been a previously poorly understood effect of military operations.

If you have been sensitized to the matter of moral injury either as a care practitioner or as an individual who has them-self suffered such an injury or has a friend or family member who has been so injured I recommend that come to this seminar. You will not be disappointed.

Gerry Potter
Colonel (Retired)
President

The MCF is hosting Online Alpha Course

I pray that you are adapting to our shift to social distancing as well as you can.  I find that I am missing getting together with my friends and neighbours as I do my part to minimize my movements outside of my home.

While there are activities that we can busy ourselves with, we are by nature social, and we are drawn to each other.

Interestingly, this desire for social contact amongst each other is a function of our having been made in the image of God.  God by nature is social and He demonstrated this aspect of His nature in the first chapter of the first book of the Bible.  In Genesis 1:26 God said: “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…” God described Himself in the plural form, which Christians have come to understand is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, otherwise known as the Trinity. While God expresses Himself as a Trinity, elsewhere He is clear that He is still One (Deuteronomy 6:4).  It is an aspect of God that many people puzzle over.

There are lots of aspects of God that are not only mysterious, but also interesting and in some cases truly lifechanging. The Alpha course is a program that provides an environment where curious people can learn about God, ask questions and be heard as they join each other in exploring God.

I think that there is no better time to become part of an online Alpha course than now. We have questions about where is God in all that we see occurring around us, we have the need to socialize and we have then need to be safe. The online Alpha course can address all of these aspects. So, on 19 April I and several of my MCF colleagues are going to host an 11-week online Alpha course using the teleconferencing platform called Zoom.

If you have questions about God and want to learn and discuss your questions in a safe environment, then please sign up for the Alpha course. You may also extend this invitation to a family member or a colleague.  Please contact the MCF office for more information and to register.

Join me on 19 April at 7:00 pm EST.  These Sunday evening sessions will past approximately 60-75 minutes during which we will watch short videos and discussion what we think and how we feel. I think that you will enjoy our time together and I look forward to meeting you.

Gerry Potter
President

2020 – ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

This year’s annual general meeting (AGM) is scheduled to take place on 29 February commencing at 1:00 pm EST.



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, 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.  This application will permit you to join the MCF AGM, to participate either through chat or voice, to view presentations that will be given and allow members to vote all from the comfort of where ever you choose to be at the time of the meeting.  Again, the only condition is that you have internet access and for the second time, attendance at the MCF AGM is available for all without associated travel arrangements and costs. I look forward to meeting with you at the MCF AGM on 29 Feb.

You should likely use a device that will permit you a viewing screen larger than a smart phone. There may be documents and power point viewing necessary during this meeting.  You can access the application either through your device’s application functionality or at this web-site – https://zoom.us/signup.

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.

***Only members of the MCF will be given the right to vote at the AGM. Please confirm your membership by contacting the office.

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