My name is Monix Mathieu, and I serve in FCAP in the area of Leadership and Group Development. I was born and raised in Haiti, which for me was fun. I thank God for giving me those memories that I still cherish today. When I was 20 years old, I moved to the United States to continue my education. After living for three and half years in New York, I relocated to Atlanta, GA. I transferred there for a Political Science major after completion of my Associate in Linguistics, but then the Lord flipped the plan and sent me to theology school. After receiving my bachelor in the Art of Religion, I completed two masters programs at Luther rice University. I am married with four children, three boys and one little girl. My wife, Manuelle, is a wonderful woman, and I thank my Father in heaven for having made her just for me. I have worked for two different airlines and one contractor for the airlines in the past 22 years, and I am still an active airline employee. I am happy to join force with the FCAP staff here at the FCAP International Office to help people be an influence in the workplace.
(A side note from the rest of the Staff … Some of you may have already had the privilege of meeting Monix Mathieu either at our last International FCAP Convention in Switzerland, one of our training sessions, over the phone, or here at the FCAP International Office. If you have not had that privilege yet, you are in for a blessing. We are truly blessed having him here with us!)
The evening before the Workplace Training #2 held in Minneapolis, Paul Curtas and Monix Mathieu enjoyed fellowship over dinner with two flight attendants who have been a part of FCAP for many years, Debbie Regello and LeeAnn Nelson. In fact, both had just begun their careers with Delta when they were individually introduced to the Lord and to FCAP. We are grateful for those who invested their time in the lives of these women…leading them to Christ and to us! And we are grateful for Debbie and LeeAnn as they continue to invest in the lives of others.
How refreshing it is to read heart-warming stories that are shared about the airlines and their employees. Charlotte Smith (FA with Frontier) shares the following:
“This is an amazing story… I was working this flight and can’t say enough about how awesome Kirsten was to help this beautiful pregnant woman when she began having contractions on our flight. She had a toddler in her lap, her husband was deployed and she was to have a C-Section in a few weeks because she was unable to have the baby normally.
We were diverted to St. Louis where there would be no one that she knew to be with her and who would take care of her toddler while she was in the ER. Wow! Did I mention there was another serious medical incident going on at the same time during our flight?!? Thankfully, Kirsten asked Crew Scheduling when we landed if she could accompany this woman and care for the toddler while at the hospital. They granted her permission since there was a deadheading Flight Attendant that could take Kirsten’s place and continue to Cincinnati. I was so thankful for Kirsten’s heart to serve and Frontier’s willingness to place more value on this Mom, her toddler and unborn baby than the interruption of service and financial expense. In light of all the negative press regarding airlines, this is a most heartwarming story…I know it is true because I was there!” ( Published News Article)
This report comes from Boise Airport Chaplain / FCAP Field Staff, Warren Milanowski: “On Monday, May 15, it will be a year since our dear friend Terri Cortez went home to be with her Lord after a long battle with cancer. Today, May 10, we initiated a ‘Wall of Fame’ in our chapel and honored Terri. Gathered in the chapel were her husband, Ken; her mother, Jenean Hatch; and several of her coworkers and American Airlines manager, Randy Keen. I have attached pictures of all present and the plaque which is on the wall as you exit our chapel. The bottom of the plaque reads, ‘For Representing Christ at Work Through Meaningful Relationships and Quality Work.’ Terri represented her Savior extremely well wherever she went. Fond memories were shared as well as some tears. A local representative from the American Cancer Society was present. The plan is to add other employees who live out their faith in the workplace.”
We so enjoy having people come for visits here at the FCAP Office. Today our special guest was Damaris Wetz (Lufthansa FA / Frankfurt) who spent time over lunch with us before departure on her return flight home. Damaris has been an integral part of our FCAP Group in Frankfurt. It was most encouraging to hear about their prayer time held earlier this week and to find out how we can best be praying for our FCAP family there in Frankfurt.
Our heartfelt thanks to Evergreen Church in Bloomington, MN for providing a room where FCAP could hold its Workplace Training #2 today (May 9). Eight people were in attendance, plus facilitators Monix Mathieu and Paul Curtas. This training, entitled “Engaging at the Workplace,” is available for anyone who has completed Workplace Training #1. Its content builds on what was learned from the first training as participants consider in more detail how to engage with people in their work culture. An added note: Thank you, LeeAnn, Debbie and whoever else helped to provide the added blessing of that wonderful lunch and snacks seen in the photo below!
FCAP once again had the privilege of hosting a booth at the 2017 Delta Block Party held on May 6 in ATL. Approximately 23,000 Delta people and their friends and family members came out to the event to enjoy a sunny day of food, music, sports, games and other festivities. Our thanks to Tim and Carol Files, Chris Iaconis, Patricia Gilmore, Monix Mathieu, and Edward Church for setting up and manning the booth. They so enjoyed interaction with the many people who stopped by to visit us. Some of those were friends for many years, while others had never before heard about FCAP. (We are praying that some of those will plan to attend our Workplace Training #1 coming up here in ATL on May 24 Informational Flyer and Registration Form.) Our next stop … Minneapolis on June 3 for their Delta Block Party!
When one leaves for work, we never know what God may have in store. Captain Jack Bowen excitedly shares this account of a recent trip he flew:
“Paul and FCAP brothers and sisters: I have to tell you about an event that shows how God is so amazing. This happened just after we had our little FCAP meeting in TPA a few weeks ago. Flew a trip to Shanghai, and it was unreal. Two of my copilots were believers, which is not too unusual (as usually at least one of them is a believer). But then, regarding the flight attendants, about six of the 11 were believers as well! That almost never happens! So I had breakfast at the hotel with some of them and we had a great conversation about the Lord, about work, and about how God was working in our lives. I asked them if they knew about FCAP, and they did not. So, when they checked out (as they were going back sooner than we pilots were), I met them in the lobby with copies of IN THE JETSTREAM. They were so excited! They weren’t aware that such an organization even existed. I’m not sure what they will do with those JETSTREAM’s, as that is up to them in God. But it is good to know that God hears our prayers and is interested even more than we are (of course🙂) that the name of Christ gets lifted up in the airlines…. Our God is good and He’s only too willing to answer our prayers…. Jack Bowen, signing off.”
While in Tampa, Paul and Claudette had the privilege on Friday morning of hosting several airline people (Jack, Nathan and Ted) at Paul’s family home. They talked about future FCAP activity in the Tampa area. We do pray other Christians with the airlines there will connect and desire to meet together on a regular basis for encouragement of one another.
On Thursday, April 6, Paul and Claudette Curtas, accompanied by Jack Bowen (United Airlines Captain), had the privilege of speaking to 40 juniors and seniors at Grace Christian School in Brandon, FL (near Tampa). Paul and Jack spoke about God’s view of work and the future of these students within the workplace. They also spoke to a class of 31 7th graders who have adopted Paul and Claudette (and FCAP) as their missionaries. Over $100 was raised by these students this school year to give to the mission. Paul, Claudette, and Jack were all three touched by their faithful prayers and generosity. So are all of us in FCAP!