FCAP Staff Feature – Jake

 

This month, we are featuring Jake Joseph, our new General Director as of April 1, 2022. Jake is a breath of fresh air and has the most engaging personality. His earnest faith and constant encouragement to his brothers and sisters in Christ are such a blessing to all in the FCAP family!

Jake has worked in the airline industry for the past 19 years in various positions for multiple airlines. He is a firm advocate of workplace ministry, and the positive impact believers have in the workplace. Jake believes his work is his mission field and his mission field is his work. He has been involved with FCAP since early 2013, and joined the FCAP Board of Directors in early 2020. And as mentioned above, he is now our General Director.

Jake and his dear wife, Joana, have a beautiful daughter named Jenna, age 5. They love spending time together as a family and recently stopped by the FCAP headquarters in south Atlanta for a visit.

Jake considers his spiritual gifts to be teaching, communicating, and one-on-one mentoring, and has helped Paul with teaching the Workplace Seminars, among other leadership opportunities.

As part of his personal testimony, Jake relates, “Ultimately this is what I strive for: to be used by God; prepared and knowledgeable for the defense of Christianity; to be able to dialogue and discuss effectively in love; to be compassionate and attentive to the people around me, while being a true witness and an ambassador for Christ.” Jake is truly humbled and honored to continue serving the FCAP community around the world.

The verse he would like to share today is Romans 8:31…

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

We thank God for how he is using and will continue to use Jake as a willing servant to carry out his wonderful plan and good works to bring glory to His name.

-Blessings,

Your Friends at FCAP

IN THE JETSTREAM – April

 Baggage …
April 2022

  Many years ago I had the opportunity to work for an airline as a ticket agent and gate agent.  In the few years of working in such a position and even now as an airline pilot, I’ve come across millions of passengers.  These passengers are such a diverse group of people, vary in every category… some young, others old; some single and others married, and many with families.  I’ve seen people from all corners of the globe, travelling for all sorts of reasons… vacation, business, weddings, divorce, birthdays, death and many more.  When they come to the ticket counter to check in for their flight, some have several bags to check and others just have carry-on bags.  But, without a doubt, out of the many passengers I have seen, no matter how diverse and dynamic, they all have one thing in common… they all have baggage.  I have yet to see someone travel with absolutely no baggage.

We All Have It

   Isn’t this true with all of us?  We are traveling in this journey of life and we all have baggage.  There is not a single one among us without baggage.  No matter how different we are, no matter where we come from, we all have baggage.

If I were to use the analogy of baggage as representing sin in our lives, it could be any number of things.  I would like to focus on just one particular type of baggage.  It could be where someone wronged you or where you wronged someone. It could be a coworker, a neighbor, a spouse, perhaps a friend, or even a fellow church member. The degree of offense could vary from something petty to something deep and evil.  This quarrel, argument, fight or misunderstanding could have happened this morning or even 10 or 20 years ago.  Perhaps it has never been resolved, and it has turned to anger and bitterness, all because the involved parties never showed compassion or forgiveness.  At the end of the day that is what it is all about…forgiveness.

Forgiveness Is Not Easy

  Forgiveness is one of the hardest things for us to do.  It is one of those things easier said than done.  We know what we should do, whether it is to forgive or to ask for forgiveness.  And many times the latter is much harder.  So I would like to encourage all of us to check in our baggage, not carrying it on and especially not reclaiming it.  Check in your baggage and give God the control.  Surrender it and let God take care of it.  He is the only one who can take it from us and cleanse us from sin, because it is He who paid the ultimate price and purchased us.

Freedom in Forgiveness

   If the circumstances of life make it really hard to stand, then kneel and take it to the Lord in prayer. Just surrender to God and trust in Him, and pray for His will to be done.  Forgiveness sets us free. God created us to be free and not to carry this baggage. So check it in and don’t carry it on our journey of life. Forgive as you have been forgiven and give to others what has been given to you.  JGJ

 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”    Matthew 11:28-30

This article was written by Jake Joseph. Jake is a pilot with a major U.S. airline, serves on our FCAP Board of Directors, and effective this month is the new General Director of FCAP.

More to come…

Jake will share three additional thoughts related to this topic starting next week in our FCAP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK. You can read them on www.FCAP.org or click here to sign up to receive our THOUGHT every week.

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

This next week diverse people groups from different nationalities, races, and cultures around the world will celebrate an event in history that defines their faith and unites them…  that being the resurrection of Jesus Christ. So real was the resurrection of Christ for Christians at that time that they declared their faith could be either validated or falsified based on whether or not Jesus actually resurrected from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-6, 14-15). For them, the credibility of their testimony before the world was simply a matter of Christ’s critics finding his dead body. If it was found, there would be no Christian faith and they would have walked away claiming it was a fake.

But quite the opposite occurred, three days after Christ was crucified, His followers and the Roman authorities stood by the sealed tomb that held Christ’s dead body, staring at a vacated empty tomb (Luke 24:1-6; Matthew 28:1-6). They were amazed because no single human could have opened it, and Christ’s followers were too despondent to try. It ended up being more than a few men and women who witnessed Christ’s resurrection.  In the days that followed it was recorded that many saw Jesus; on one occasion over 500 people witnessed Him alive, resurrected from the dead. Nothing less than what they witnessed could have kept their faith alive. Their message was a simple and profound truth statement… HE IS RISEN!  Jesus said… “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live,” (John 11:25)  PMC

 

This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director Emeritus of FCAP.

FCAP Staff Feature – Claudette

Claudette Curtas shines the joy of the Lord wherever she goes! Her smile is the brightest you’ve ever seen. We recently featured our General Director of 30 years, Paul Curtas, but we wanted to take a moment to recognize and honor what an amazing contribution Claudette has made to the ministry over the years she has been serving alongside her husband.

Claudette shares:
“It was by marriage to Paul Curtas (FCAP General Director) that I became part of the FCAP staff. In fact, I got to know FCAP while working as the Administrative Secretary at Tauernhof (a Torchbearer Center) in Schladming, Austria in the early 90’s. And this is where I met Paul when he came for the first time to speak at the FCAP Ski Trip.

I grew up mostly in Switzerland, but as a family we also lived in Australia for a few years. My father and mother had a deep love for the Lord and one another and reared us eight children with that same love. Their willingness to go wherever God led them and do whatever He showed them to do was a genuine testimony to us kids. More than once I remember all of us kneeling around their bed or sitting at our family table seeking God’s guidance and provision, and watching how He answered.

Since our wedding in 1995, it has been Paul’s and my desire to encourage airlines people across the globe in their faith and walk with Jesus Christ. These opportunities in FCAP came by way of hosting events at the FCAP headquarters, travelling to many different FCAP groups around the world, leading the FCAP Ski Trip, meeting individuals and groups at airports, fellowshipping at FCAP International Conventions, and hosting many travelling airline folks in our home.

We thank and praise God for how He used these experiences to bless and enrich our own lives. It is His grace that has allowed us to serve alongside the other staff and be part of His ministry through FCAP. My heart truly is filled with gratitude.

I have had several favorite verses throughout my life; lately my focus is on 1 Thess. 5:23,24…

“May the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.”

We are so thankful for the way God has done beautiful good works through Claudette.

If you have a special memory of Claudette, share it in the comments! 😊

Blessings,

-Your friends at FCAP

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IN THE JETSTREAM – March

The Positive Side of Vulnerability
March  2022

This past week was a tough one for our family.  Our foster daughter went back to be with her birth mother after living with us for two years.  She was our “pandemic baby.”  She arrived in February 2020 in all her 16-month glory just as the world was starting to get very familiar with the word Covid-19.  She supplied lots of laughter and hugs during those two years.  She was a great “snuggle puppy.”  Hugging a toddler just seems to make the world right even when she and you are dealing with some tough stuff.  While we hope and pray it is best for her to be with her biological mother, it stung our hearts and I am sure we will always be grieving her departure from our home.

Revealing Ourselves to Others

   The response we usually receive when we tell others about our journey as foster parents is, “I could never do that.  I’d get too attached to them.”  I am quick to respond that I cannot do it either.  It is only by God’s grace and strength through our family that equips us to love these children and then surrender them.  A piece of our heart always goes with them and the sting to the heart never gets less dull.  We struggle just as any family would struggle.

The day we had our final court hearing I debated about letting a group of coworkers know about her impending departure.  They knew about our foster daughter’s story because we were working together when she arrived.  We are no longer working together, but we still have a group chat that usually involves jokes or aviation news.  Many of the group members aren’t Christians.  I was hesitant about whether I should share with them.

Our culture seems to encourage not revealing our emotions.  Whenever someone asks how we are doing, we always put on a smile and say, “Great.  How about you?”  As Christians, I think we sometimes put even more pressure on ourselves to make sure we do not show cracks in our armor.  We mistakenly think we always need to show we have it together and exhibit the joy of the Lord no matter how we really feel.  I did not want to be an Eeyore in the room, but I felt like God was nudging me.  I told the group and asked them to pray for our family during this difficult season.   I was humbled by their responses.  They were all so encouraging and said they would be praying for us.

 Jesus As Our Example

   Jesus showed vulnerability, and it is why people could connect with him.  He showed vulnerability by leaving his perfect heavenly home to dwell with us, fully God but fully man.  Jesus is fully man amidst all the pains of this sinful world, grief, heartache, loss, rejection, and suffering.  You name it and he has experienced it, so now we have a heavenly priest that can come by our side and comfort us.  When we are vulnerable with our coworkers, it is an opportunity to connect with them and to point them to where our hope comes from.  SW

“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.”
Hebrews 4:14-16

 This article was written by Stephen Watts. Stephen is a pilot with Delta Air Lines and also serves on our FCAP Board of Directors.

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Message from Incoming General Director

Greetings Fellow FCAP Believers:

I am truly humbled and honored to be accepting this position as the new General Director of Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel. Paul Curtas has done an outstanding job leading FCAP for the past 30 years. Words simply cannot express the amazing impact he has had upon the ministry and to so many believers all around the globe.

I have been involved with FCAP since early 2013 and humbly joined the FCAP Board of Directors in early 2020. Being a part of FCAP has been a great blessing for me in my walk with the Lord. Paul has graciously taken me under his wing over the past several months, and it has been a true honor to learn under him. I truly understand I have some very big shoes to fill, but by God’s grace we move forward to what He has in store for us. We will continue to trust in His guidance and wisdom in this. I am reminded of Psalm 139:9-10: “If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there Your hand will guide me, and Your strength will support me.” 

I would also like to add that I may not know many of you but would love to get to know each and every one of you.  So please feel free to reach out to me. In the meantime, please keep me and my family in prayer as we begin this new and exciting chapter.

Jake Joseph

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM FCAP

Greetings FCAP Family and Friends,

We have a great promise from our Lord that He will lead us throughout life’s journey (Psalm 23). Looking back, we often see how God turned our lives in certain directions, and as time goes on we see more clearly why. I can say this about my time in FCAP… the turns my life took years ago, eventually led me to accept the position of General Director of FCAP in 1992. The last 30 years have been an enriching and beautiful journey to say the least. So many wonderful friendships were made from different countries and cultures around the world. Because of it I appreciate much more how God creates His family and forms unity through diverse people. Also, so many wonderful stories were written by the hand of God through our fellowship together at conventions, events, local meetings, trainings, etc. Also, the amazing way the Lord led me to accept the invitation to attend the FCAP Austrian Ski Adventure in 1994… It was there, at Tauernhof, I met one of the staff named Claudette Allen. The rest is history… she became my wife in October 1995 and together we continued in this ministry. Incredibly thankful for all!

Now there is another turn approaching in our journey. I saw it coming and sought the Lord as to who and when. One morning in March 2020 I was awakened early, and the message, though not audible, was clear from the Lord… “Look for a person within FCAP.”  I had already had numerous conversations and interviews with potential people along the way. I started working closely with a few people in FCAP, and in time it became more obvious that one of the young men stood out to me. I observed him in more detail, how he exercised his gifts, abilities, dealt with problems, and how he handled people and communicated with them. His passion for the Lord and for FCAP were obvious to me. He had no idea about my thoughts, but finally in June of 2021 I approached him asking if he would be willing to serve as the next FCAP General Director. He indicated he was humbled by this, and said he would be willing to pray about it. He came back to me and affirmed his willingness to serve in this… his name is Jake Joseph. Jake is married to Joana and they have a delightful daughter (age 4) named Jenna. He is a pilot with United Airlines. Because the FCAP Board is solely responsible for appointing/hiring the General Director, they spent time talking with Jake and with his wife Joana about Jake’s readiness to serve… both of them were in agreement. Then at our last International Board meeting on December 8, and after a few months of praying, the Board felt it was time to vote on the matter, and they voted in favor of Jake becoming the next FCAP General Director.

Thirty years ago the FCAP founder, Joe Ivey, and the Board of Directors handed the directorship of FCAP over to me. It is now an honor for me, on behalf of the Board, to hand over the directorship to Jake Joseph… our new General Director starting April 1, 2022.  I believe he will serve the Lord and FCAP well. And as for me… I am not retiring per se, though I am cutting back. It was agreed upon that I would stay on and work 1 to 2 days a week, to assist and support Jake, as well as work on special projects.

For His Glory,

Paul Curtas

 

 

Don’t remember these earlier events; don’t recall these former events. Look, I am about to do something new. Now it begins to happen! Do you not recognize it? Yes, I will make a road in the desert and paths in the wilderness.
Isaiah 43:18-19

 

 

Featured this Month – Klaus Bonow

 

This month we are featuring beloved brother in Christ, Klaus Bonow. He served on the FCAP Board of Directors from 1996-2002, and is a retired pilot for South African Airways. Klaus has authored a book, When the Engines Stop found on Amazon. He and his dear wife Noleen have three grown children, Karl, Konrad, and Natasha.

Here is an excerpt from Klaus’s book:

“In the mid-1980’s Hennie Venter, a SAA Christian Flight Attendant, visited a New York Christian bookstore. While browsing, he met Joe Ivey, a Christian pilot of a major airline in the USA and the founder and President of FCAP. Hennie came back to SAA with a few “Trim Tabs” – the FCAP newsletter, printed in Atlanta, Georgia – which he gave me and a few other Christians. The newsletter introduced us to FCAP.

In 1987, Louisa (his wife who is now with the Lord) and I attended the FCAP International Convention, held in Colorado Springs in the Rocky Mountains that year. Breathtaking beauty – Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods – surrounded the venue. Being able to praise God with Christians from all over the world and hearing testimonies of what God was doing in the lives of others, as well as the thought-provoking messages by the guest speaker was an unforgettable experience.

When we returned to South Africa, I approached a fellow SAA pilot and Christian friend, Ken Tuck, and said to him, ‘Ken, I think FCAP is something we can support.’ We did. We started having meetings in our home and when the group became too big, we moved to a church hall down the road. Christians from various departments within SAA and from several other local airlines all supported FCAP and attended the monthly meetings. We had wonderful fellowship! Donations received from outsiders sponsored, in full, several Christians who could not afford the cost of attending the annual FCAP International Convention in the USA. They came back on fire for the Lord.

FCAP was very much a part of my life during the last twenty-five years of my flying career. I met many wonderful Christians from many different denominations – a fine example of church unity, based not on denominational membership, but on belonging to the Body of Christ. I believe we need to take our message of the Good News of Jesus to our workplace, encourage and pray for and with one another.

I also believe God gives us special gifts and unique opportunities to be effective for His kingdom, right there where the rubber meets the road.”

Amen! We hope you were blessed and encouraged by Klaus’s story.

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IN THE JETSTREAM – February

Laying Hold of His Purpose

February 2022

For every person reading this article … Christ has laid hold of you and has given you purpose in this life.  Therefore, you need to lay hold of what His purpose is for you.  Keep learning, keep persevering.

How Do We View Ourselves?

There is speculation that the apostle Paul perceived that some of the people in Philippi had the impression or feeling that they had achieved a sense of perfection in their Christian walk and did not need to do anything more.  They may have viewed themselves as already being at their peak.  This could be why Paul writes in Philippians 3:12-14 that he would never think of himself as having “arrived” in his Christian walk.  Nor would he use the word “perfect.”  He sees himself as needing to press on, to continue serving and to continue to grow in the knowledge of Christ Jesus.  Christ Jesus had laid hold of Paul; therefore, Paul knew he must lay hold of what Christ’s purpose was for him.  In the process of forgetting the past, there are at least two areas that can stand in our way: (1) failures and sins of the past and (2) achievements in the service of Christ.  We might feel incompetent as we realize that we do not deserve, or may not be able, to achieve our goals because of past attempts and failures.  Another area is more deceptive … we can become proud of what we have done for the sake of God and keep looking back in a false manner of pride.

Our Ultimate Goal

Paul has one goal, which is pressing on for the prize that is the fulfillment of the upward call of God.  The prize, in Greek, is written as “brabeion.” This word is used in the New Testament in two passages of Scripture:  Philippians 3:14 and I Corinthians 9:24. It is possible to think of the “prize,” which is Christ Himself as God’s call to the life above and also as the crown of life, the gift of His grace to those who persevere faithfully in their calling to the end.

I Corinthians 9:24-25 speaks of the rigid discipline that athletes experience when in training to receive a prize.  Paul is making the comparison of the discipline for the physical body to be controlled to win the prize, so we need to train ourselves spiritually to seek the heavenly prize from above.  Athletes may do it for a prize that will eventually wilt or attention from the crowd that will eventually fade away.  In contrast, the crown of life for which we should be striving does not fade away, it is eternal.

Keeping Our Focus

In our aviation environments what is our purpose and goal?  As a Chaplain and Chief Pilot, my goals are similar.  I want employees or pilots to be able to continue moving forward and to grow in their character and their knowledge, having good solid character with integrity.  I am honored to be a part of their spiritual and physical journey.  How can God use me in my specific role(s)?  I listen and pray when I sense there is pain.  I intercede on behalf of those that may not have a praying community to intercede for them.

Keep training, do not stop, keep looking ahead and keep the focus on Christ Jesus, our living hope.  EK

… I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me … Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”    Philippians 3:12-14

This article was written by Eugene Kraybill.  Eugene serves on our FCAP Board of Directors and as Senior Chaplain at the Washington-Dulles International Airport. He is regional Chief Pilot for Mesa Airlines at IAD.  His wife Christina also serves in the  IAD Chapel.

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Featured this Month – Jerry Litwiller

This month we are featuring Jerry Litwiller, faithful FCAP participant and FCAP Board Member.  He has served as President of our Board of Directors for four years. (Jerry is pictured above on the right with Warren Milanowski, Chaplain of the Boise Airport Chapel on the left.)

“Hi, my name is Jerry and I wanted to share with you that I’ve been a part of FCAP for over 40 years. My wife, Barbara, and I have two children, Joshua and Brittany. I have been in the airline industry for over 40 years and flew as a pilot (mostly International) for Continental and United Airlines. I felt very blessed and enjoyed flying jumbo jets around the world. I am now retired; however, I still enjoy traveling with my family.

 

Some of my more enjoyable memories are when I flew to destinations and met up with other brothers and sisters that are connected with and part of FCAP.  It’s always so enjoyable to hear how God is using his people in the airline/aviation industry all around the world.  In reality, we all know how to call, FaceTime, text, e-mail and use zoom for communication, but let’s face it…there’s nothing like being together and having great fellowship in the presence of another loved one that you have so much in common with.  I always believe in sharing a cup of coffee & or a meal together while fellowshipping because that builds a better relationship for everyone in a very special way.

So, remember, if you’re able to find the time to go out and be a blessing to someone in sharing your faith with others near or far, you too will enjoy a great big blessing in return, just like I have!

Because He Lives! – Jerry Litwiller”

Jerry would like to also share this verse:

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

We thank God for all the ways Jerry has been such a “great big blessing”!

– Your Friends at FCAP