On April 16 Paul Curtas (FCAP General Director) and Jake Joseph (Pilot with Republic Airlines) had the joy of speaking with around 60 students at Grace Christian School in the Tampa area. They talked with the students about living for Christ in their future workplaces. The time was well-received by the students.
On March 6 heaven welcomed home another member of our FCAP family, Sandy Fraser-West. Sandi attended many of our International FCAP Conventions, and she was a integral part of our fellowship in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years. A memorial service was held on April 14 with some from the San Franciso Bay Area Fellowship in attendance (some of those in attendance pictured below). This time together brought back to all of them many special memories.
Richard Kalman shares, “Sandi was a inspiration to many of us in the airlines and she worked diligently for years on behalf of the FCAP. Yesterday Branka and I enjoyed a fellowship lunch with dear Sunday school couple and Dan mentioned that many years ago he was friends with Les Nimigan, president of Christian Transportation. Dan worked for the railroad and met Les. I told Dan I also had met Les when he came to our local church and he stayed in our home. When I found out about the history of the FCAP I realized how significant Les was to the founding of the FCAP when he met with Captains Lew Rabbitt of Eastern Airlines and Joe Ivey of Delta Airlines. I first met Sandi when she came to our World Airways Bible study in the early 1970’s to brief us on the mission of the FCAP. Wally Rardon, Gene Brandt and I had set up the World Airways bible study group months earlier in one of our classrooms. That meeting with Sandi was followed up with a meeting at the home of Barney and Gina Brogan in Palo Alto CA. Several SF Bay Area airline personnel were in attendance including Sandi West, Joline Oberhelman, Tom Johnson and others. From those group meetings FCAP monthly Bible studies and yearly West Coast retreats were organized with guest speakers such as Ray Stedman and Ron Richey from Peninsula Bible Church, Dr. Mark Lee and Dr. Glenn Schaefer from the Missionary Alliance Church…. When one looks back over our lives as Christians we can more clearly see that the Lord’s plan was often at work in amazing ways. The power of prayer and ceaseless faith from a few dedicated men and woman can lead to a worldwide outreach for the Lord such as the FCAP. Sandi Fraser-West was one of those dedicated and faithful women.”
What a blessing it is to see Christians within the airlines following God’s command to us in Matthew 28:19. Such has been the case with Joe and Susie Swint (Delta – ATL) as they joined a team from their local church in a mission journey to Haiti from March 31-April 6 (over Easter). In addition to spending time with children there, they also helped with cleanup at the orphanage and at the school sponsored by Operation Mobilization.
Susie wrote upon their return, “The trip was great and we made a lot of headway with the children this time. We felt like the teenage kids needed something more than VBS so we broke them up into small groups and had individual meetings with them. I had six girls in my group and they were so excited to have this time to ask all their questions. Our goal was to find out if they were saved and if not, try and plant that seed. I had three girls who said they were not saved but wanted to learn more. I keep an extra focus on them, to try and lead them to Christ. We used Romans 10:9 as our theme … It was an eye opener for them when we explained all they needed to do was accept Jesus into their hearts and baptism was just an outward display of what they had accepted into their hearts. Many of us made a lot of headway with these kids. They still need more ongoing mentoring so for now, all we can do is pray for them. We are praying God will allow us to go down again next year. We will just have to wait and see what His will is for us! …We did some cleanup at the Orphanage and at the school that Operation Mobilization sponsors. It was awesome to see how both places are progressing forward for the kids. I came home with a very full heart!
Shannon Jipsen has been part of our FCAP family for many years and is a Captain flying for UPS. Several months ago, an article sharing how faith helped Shannon conquer her fear of flying was written by Madelyn Wilbanks and published in The Southeast Outlook. With their permission, we would like to share with you that article entitled
“Letting God Take the Controls”
We are grateful to have recently received this photo from one of several FCAP groups meeting regularly in the Philippines. Their faithfulness there to one another and to their co-workers is a blessing to many.