A group of Christian airline personnel in Grand Cayman meets for prayer on the first Wednesday of each month. They ask us to pray “that the GCM group will grow from strength to strength, and many souls will be gained for the Kingdom.”
On the evening of June 6, Paul and Claudette Curtas had the wonderful opportunity to meet with those attending the FCAP-Zurich Airport meeting. There are four FCAP groups that meet regularly in the ZRH Airport area. We thank God for their testimony there.
The FCAP-Munich group hosted a Friday (June 2) barbecue and Saturday (June 3) morning breakfast meeting. Paul & Claudette Curtas enjoyed the special opportunity of visiting with the group and presenting an overview of the new FCAP WorkplaceTraining #2, “Engaging at the Workplace.” It was presented to the group in two sessions, one on Friday evening and one on Saturday morning. A big “thank you” to Ulli & Heinz Stengel for coordinating this, and special thanks to Christian and Ulrike Schaaf for hosting this at their home in Freising. Thank you also for putting some of the group up overnight. Paul writes, “We always enjoy being with this group, and hearing how God is working through them at the workplace.”
Sometimes as humans we may fall prey to the question, “Does prayer really matter?” The answer is clear … YES, IT DOES! We may not always be able to witness the answer to those prayers firsthand, but at other times God allows us that joy. Recently we had opportunity to pray for the young adult brother of a Delta flight attendant as a viral infection was attacking his organs. The prognosis was not favorable. In talking with a co-worker, one of our FCAPers learned about the situation and asked us to pray. We have been doing so now for several months.
Our FCAP friend did not personally know Christopher’s sister, but kept abreast of the situation through a mutual acquaintance. As our friend was leaving the Delta Block Party in Minneapolis on Saturday, she overheard someone talking with Edward Church at our FCAP booth there about how gravely ill her brother was. Our friend turned back and asked if she would happen to be Christopher’s sister, to which the lady replied, “Yes.” Our friend told this fellow flight attendant how both FCAP and her church had been praying for Christopher. With a smile on her face, the lady replied that he is now home and being cared for by their father. “Praise the Lord” was the response from both. The flight attendant went on to explain how her brother is basically emaciated and needs nourishment to gain strength. If you have not already heard about Christopher through our FCAP Prayer Network, we invite you to join us in prayer for him. Meeting Christopher’s sister at the Block Party was truly a divine appointment. Our friend is grateful for that … so are we.
If you would like to know more about our FCAP Prayer Network, click on “Prayer” at the top of the home page of this web site.
For a number of years now we have had the special blessing of hosting a booth at Delta Block Parties in ATL, MSP, and SLC. Last Saturday, June 3, representatives from FCAP once again enjoyed that time in Minneapolis. A big heartfelt thank you to all who came to help us set up and oversee the booth and prepare giveaway baskets. You were a blessing to many! Our prayer remains that our presence and outreach there will have an everlasting impact for God’s glory.
An added note: As people who have been involved with FCAP for many years will attest to, “Fellowship” is an important aspect of this ministry. On Friday night prior to the MSP Block Party, four members of our FCAP family enjoyed additional fellowship time over dinner (photo below). Others had wanted to join them but were not able to do so … and they were greatly missed.
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.