The Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel welcomes Jenni Ashmore to our staff to serve as Office / Ministry Manager.
Jenni was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and achieved her dream of becoming a Flight Attendant serving passengers on-board Piedmont / US Airways for 15 years. One of the first Flight Attendants she met introduced her to FCAP (via the newsletter and crew room bookshelf). Several years later, thanks to many sincere Christians sowing seeds, she received Jesus as her Lord and Savior on a BOS overnight. After flying, Jenni served as Volunteer Director at Southwest Christian Hospice in Georgia. She was later blessed to work at World Airways, Peachtree City, Georgia for just shy of 10 years in various operations capacities such as: Inflight Supervisor, Ground Operations Supervisor and Charter Manager. During that time, she often attended a lively FCAP weekly Bible study group led by a faithful Christian. She views each position she has held as God’s mission field in the workplace.
She’s received certificates for: Project Management from Georgia State University and Volunteer Management from Georgia Institute for Non-Profits.
Jenni‘s husband, Stan (AA CLT-based Flight Attendant), has two wonderful adult children. Jenni and Stan enjoy being new grandparents, riding motorcycles in the North Georgia mountains and bonfires at home with their Blue-Tick hound, Bleu.
On December 4 Paul wrote, “We have had a long but wonderful journey to Sydney, Australia the last couple of days. We were 20 hours in the airplane. On the first leg of the journey we stopped in LAX to visit with good friends, Gary (Delta pilot) and Eileen Hammerman and their three great kids. Then we flew to Sydney, a 15-hour flight, where we are now staying with Chris (Qantas pilot) and Julia (former Lufthansa flight attendant) and their two precious kids. Last night, our first night here, we met up with Sam, an A-380 captain who is on a layover here in Sydney and we had dinner with him.”
Then on December 7 he wrote, “We are here at Capernwray in Cambridge, New Zealand enjoying a Christmas special, ‘Carols By the Candlelight.’ It was put on by the students at Capernwray. I will be speaking here next week on Monday thru Wednesday to the students.”
Paul and Claudette Curtas made it safely to Sydney, Australia. They have been richly blessed by the gracious hospitality of Chris and Julia McDonald and their two beautiful children. (Their youngest is not pictured as he was doing what little boys do best … running around and avoiding the photo shoot!) Chris is a pilot for Qantas and also heads up ACN (Airline Christian Network). His wife, Julia, was a flight attendant in Germany for a number of years prior to their marriage.
Another pilot who flies out of another country was able to join all of them for dinner one evening. He, Chris and Paul spent quite a bit of time talking about ministry in the workplace. This pilot hopes to see a ministry started at his own domicile in the not too distant future. In fact, you can pray about that organizational meeting which is planned for December 7.
It is always exciting to see how God brings such connections to pass in all parts of the world!
Today Paul and Claudette Curtas embark on yet another journey representing the FCAP Ministry. This time travel takes them to Australia and New Zealand, via Los Angeles. In each of these locations they will spend time with FCAPers. Paul will also have opportunity to present our Workplace Training at the Torchbearer’s Business Ministry Leadership Training in New Zealand. Prayers for every aspect of this trip are greatly appreciated. (As many of you know, the flight between Los Angeles and Sydney is extremely long and tiring.)
One never knows what a day will bring forth … and that just may include special blessings like connecting with a brother or sister in Christ as you go about your day in the workplace. Such was the case when Tim Files (Delta Tech Ops) and Dale Grimes (Delta Flight Attendant) unexpectedly ran into each other at the Atlanta Airport. And anyone who knows these two can tell you that their brief time of fellowship there was most entertaining! This is one of the benefits of connecting with FCAP and getting to know other believers within the airline workplace. The joy of the Lord is evident in unexpected meetings like this one … no matter where you are in the world.
Every year, generally in the Fall, our FCAP Board of Directors come together for a time prayer and discussion as they seek God’s heart, provision, and direction for this airline ministry. This year they met on November 6-7 here in Fayetteville, Georgia. The Board and staff, along with spouses, enjoyed a special time of fellowship, sharing, and prayer over dinner together on Monday evening. The official meeting took place from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday. God’s presence was evident as a very full agenda was addressed.
“Membership” in FCAP has been under prayerful discussion and consideration for some time now. At this meeting the Board approved a launch of membership in 2018, and those present became “pioneers” as they were first to sign the official membership document, which includes our “Commitment to Unity” statement. (Pictured l-r above: Joe Ivey, Stephen Watts, LeeAnn Hurrle-Nelson, Jerry Litwiller, Tim Files and Eugene Kraybill. Stephen and LeeAnn were guests at the meeting as prospective Board members.) You will be hearing more from us about “Membership” as we begin the new year. Announcements about other exciting additions and changes in FCAP will be forthcoming as well. Looking forward to seeing what God will do for His glory in the coming days and years.
Many years ago, an airline mechanic acted on his heart desire to share the love and message of Christ with his co-workers. This led to formation of several regular Bible study/prayer groups taking place in the simply surroundings of break rooms at work. What began with only a few meeting together has now turned into usually 15-20 coming together on a regular basis (pictured above). We thank the Lord for those who courageously act on their desire to see others come to Christ and live for Him. If you have such a desire for your own work area and need help in getting things going, please e-mail us or give us a call at (770) 461-9320. We would be delighted to talk with you and help. That is one major reason FCAP exists!
On October 9 we shared about time we spent with Delta pilot Kenny Tipton here at the office … and about his recently released book, My Flight Through Cancer. This week we received word that Kenny had very unexpectedly transitioned from life here among us to his eternal home. We pray for his daughter, parents, and extended family in their loss … and we pray Kenny’s heart desire to help others in their life struggles will be fulfilled as his book continues to be distributed.
On October 12, we in the FCAP International Office were blessed once again to have someone come spend time with us here. Jack Bowen has been a part of our FCAP family for many years and a faithful witness for the Lord Jesus in the airline workplace and beyond. He is a Captain with United Air Lines and lives in Tampa, where we are hoping to see a fellowship re-established. Jack spent much of the day talking with us about how he could be of more help in the ministry in the days to come, in training and in other ways. It was a joy reminiscing with him about past conventions and singles conferences, and it was encouraging to hear about many ways God has been working in and through his life.
Recently we had the privilege of having Kenny Tipton, a Delta pilot, come spend time with us here at the FCAP Office. He shared with us a book he wrote and recently published entitled My Flight Through Cancer. In his own words, “This book is about more than cancer; it is about letting ego go and sharing life in intimate details. It is about love and passion, about being humbled, making mistakes, finding the right path, relying on others to help in the simplest tasks, and and keeping and finding more faith than you thought possible.” He goes on to suggest ways to (and not to) respond to those struggling with the pain of loneliness and disease. To learn more about Kenny’s journey, visit his web site at www.MYFLIGHTTHROUGHCANCER.com. We are grateful for Kenny’s vulnerability in sharing his story so openly … we are grateful for his testimony in the airline workplace.