Unexpected Blessing

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.

FCAP Board Meeting

FCAP Board Meeting

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.

 

 

It Only Takes One Willing Heart…

It Only Takes One Willing Heart…

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!

 

Update on Previous Post

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.

Blessed By Yet Another Visitor!

Blessed By Yet Another Visitor!

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.

Sharing Life and Struggles

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.

 

 

 

God’s Gift to the FCAP Ministry

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With so many changes and challenges before us, we wanted to take a moment to share about a special blessing that has come our way.  We see this as another reminder of God’s faithful provision and His continued desire to use FCAP for His glory in the days to come.

Many years ago, a dear friend of Joe’s, Byron DeVore, presented us with the special gift of an integrated phone system for our office.  That system has served us well for many, many years.  However, several months back we began having major problems with the answering system connected to these phones.  It became obvious it was time to pursue a more updated system as service for this particular one was no longer available.  One local phone installation company came highly recommended through several other non-profit organizations.  The quote they gave us for a used, but more up-to-date, system appeared to be a very reasonable and would fit our current budget.  So we proceeded to schedule the installation.  Then one day, Tim, owner of the phone installation company, sent us an email.  When the business selling the phone system to them learned that we were non-profit, they made the decision to donate the system to us,  and the phone installation company followed suit regarding installation costs.  Bottom line is this … we now have a “new to us” system installed at no cost to us.  The system includes 7 phones and the connection box.   It is so much easier to operate than our older system and also has additional features we will certainly utilize. We anticipate the system serving us well for a long time to come.   For this gift to the FCAP ministry, as well as the gift of our earlier system through Byron (who is now with the Lord), we are so very grateful.

Hope hearing about this provision encourages you as much as it does us!

 

 

 

Special Event in Boise

Special Event in Boise

(l-r) Warren Milanowski, Monix Mathieu, Greg Human

In the evening of September 7, the Boise International Airport Chapel (under the direction of Warren Milanowski with FCAP-BOI), held its Second Bi-Annual Gathering of Gatekeepers Gala.  The focus of this event was to celebrate ten years of ministry through the chapel there, to present vision for coming days/months/years, and to introduce Doug Human who plans to come along side of Warren to help with the work of the Chapel.  Through the gracious generosity of individuals and businesses, a number of items were offered for a live and silent auction to help raise funds for the ministry there. It proved to be a most encouraging evening with approximately 80 in attendance.

Some of the items donated for live and silent auctions.

Invitation extended to attendees to become a “Gatekeeper” for the ministry in Boise.

Doug and Roxanne Human

 

 

 

 

Sharry Milanowski is a wonderful ministry partner, helping and supporting her husband whole heartedly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait of Faithfulness

Portrait of Faithfulness

During our very first FCAP Convention, which was held in 1971, three men stayed up through the entire night praying through and formulating the constitution upon which the FCAP Ministry was founded.  Those three men were Joe Ivey (Delta), Lew Rabbitt (Eastern) and Les Nimigan (Christian Transportation/Toronto, Canada).  The morning after, they presented the proposed tenants of the constitution to those present at the convention, and all agreed this was what was desired and needed.  Therein, the Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel was officially formed.

Les has been home with the Lord for a number of years now, but Joe and Lew continue to faithfully minister among us.  Their unwavering commitment to the Lord Jesus, their steadfastness in seeing His truth and righteousness go forth throughout the airlines of the world and beyond, and their fervent prayer support have been an example and encouragement to so many over these years.  Thank you, Lew and Joe!

More from Travel to India for Workplace Training

Monix spent time with Mark Fernandes and family en route to Hyderabad.

Brother Shashi Hoo hosted Monix in his home while Monix was in Hyderabad.

Brother Raja (FCAP Coordinator in Hyderabad) and Monix say their farewell during final moments at the Hyderabad Airport.

FCAP member in Hyderabad Capt. Pooja and Monix flew together to Mumbai from Hyderabad as Monix was returning home to the USA.