Update from the Boise Airport Chapel

Boise Airport Chaplain Warren Milanowski is faithful to send out updates regarding their airport ministry.  We would like to share with you the report most recently received because it captures so well both what people are facing right now and how God’s people have ministered to others over the years.  Here is the report:

 Dear Friends and Family:

While there is nowhere near the traffic we had been experiencing months ago, passenger travel has grown considerably in recent months. At the beginning of the business shutdown, there was only one restaurant open for business. (Einstein’s Bagels) I personally have had passengers complain about the lack of food available. Now there are three restaurants available, one where you can actually have a seat, either at the bar or at a table. Now we have heard that some major airports are less busy than ours in Boise.  At one point, about a month ago, a Southwest employee shared that their flights in Boise are fuller than anywhere else on their entire system. American has removed the limitation on seating and reporting heavy, often full passenger loads. Obviously, flight schedules have been drastically reduced, and it will no doubt be some time before “normal” traffic returns. Nevertheless, employees are encouraged by the return of passengers.

It’s to be expected that with the decrease in passenger flow, staffing has been reduced. Delta in Boise has lost about a dozen employees, many taking an early retirement package.  Those positions will not be filled. Additionally, Delta Airlines reports that up 3,000 crew member positions will be eliminated. To my knowledge, one airline has completely ceased to operate. Other major carriers, including United and American, foresee major reductions in flight operations, which will, of course, result in eliminations of many jobs.  A good friend at United, the manager here in Boise, has seen his position in Boise eliminated and has already transferred to Portland, where he was previously employed. He is one of the fortunate ones who has kept his job.

No doubt many of you know of people, perhaps family members, whose jobs have been affected by the business shutdown. I share these things about the airport because as chaplains here in the airport, Doug and I hear, more than usual, comments that our presence here is appreciated. Employees appreciate knowing they are being prayed for.  There are more opportunities than ever to pray for and with employees.

Three years ago, we established a “Wall Of Fame” in our chapel, its purpose to recognize Christian employees who represent Christ in the way they do their work and in their relationships in the workplace. The first employee whose name was engraved on the plaque was Terri Cortez, an employee of U S Airways, who was known to her boss for her leadership and work ethic, and to co-workers and peers with other airlines for her warm personality and positive attitude. Terri went home to be with the Lord after a long battle with cancer.

In September, we added three names to our plaque, all exhibiting the characteristics necessary to warrant the award. Molly Kennedy was a TSA inspector. Like Terry, she also went home to be with the Lord, in her case due to Lou Gehrig’s disease. In her position as an inspector, she easily could have been a person an employee was not to happy to see enter the work area. But Molly’s view of her responsibility was not to simply look for security lapses,  but to help the various companies and employees make their work area a safe place to work. She was loved and respected by all.  Addison King is the Custodial Manager at the airport, and Daniel Nedich is the United Airlines Manager, whom I shared about earlier and is now in Portland with United Airlines. Both men show a deep respect and care for the employees they oversee, and both spent considerable time in the chapel where we prayed together. There was a small group of people who joined us for a little ceremony honoring these employees, one of them being Rebecca Hupp, our Airport Director, who shared her appreciation to Doug and I for honoring employees for the work they do. Homeland Security Field Service Director Andrew Coos was also in attendance and presented a Homeland Security commemorative Idaho coin to Daniel Nedich for the role he played in gathering assistance for TSA employees during last year’s government shutdown.

During these changing times in our community, our country, and the world, there is an atmosphere of confusion, often anger, fear, and uncertainty about the future. We are bombarded with conflicting opinions, an uncertain economy and employment concerns. Violent demonstrations have become commonplace, and many people are wondering if the country we have known is lost forever. Doug and I know we are in the airport at this time to be a voice of hope and encouragement. We pray often for the opportunity to show the love of Jesus to those we meet, and to be a voice of hope and encouragement that some would come to know the source of OUR hope and encouragement, the Lord Jesus.

Pray for continued favor for us in the airport and for many opportunities to be salt and light in Boise’s Gateway To The Northwest.

Thanks

Warren “Ski” Milanowski

Additions to Wall of Fame – BOI Airport Chapel

The Boise Airport Chapel recently celebrated the addition of three more names to their “Wall Of Fame” plaque in the chapel.

First there is the addition of  Molly Kennedy, who passed away several months ago after fighting a battle with ALS. She was a TSA Inspector who lived out her faith in the workplace and was respected by all, despite the fact that airlines and other airport businesses don’t eagerly look forward to inspectors on the property. Molly was a very pleasant woman and loved by all.

The second person added is Addison King, manager of custodial services in the airport. A practicing Christian who was instrumental in helping at the Pentagon after the 9/11 terrorist attack, Addison has a great love and care for his employees and also has shared often with us about his desire to be a godly leader in his family.  Finally,  there is the addition of Daniel Nedich, who accepted Christ in the Boise Airport Chapel over two years ago.  Dan is a United airlines manager who actually is being transferred to Portland due to company cutbacks.  Dan also showed great concern for his staff, has a very calm, warm personality and has won the respect of his peers and his employees in the airport.He has persevered in caring for his wife as she struggled with cancer and eventually passed away on New Year’s Eve this past January. Dan now is a single dad while handling his responsibilities at work, a very godly man.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer in Boise

Prayer in Boise

Our FCAP Field Staff and Boise Airport Chaplain, Warren Milanowski, writes the following as he shares the photo above:  “I have attached a picture of my men’s prayer group, many of whom came to the chapel to pray yesterday (May 8) for airport ministry concerns.  Two of the highlights were having the opportunity to pray for and lay hands on our Airport Director, Rebecca Hupp, and Police Lt. Ted Hanson…”  

In addition to this, Doug and Roxanne Human were available to pray with many people int he chapel on the National Day of Prayer.  Coffee and doughnuts were available for participants, and twelve employees participated.  Doug co-labors with Warren as a Chaplain at the Boise Airport Chapel.

Visit from Our FCAP Field Staff

Visit from Our FCAP Field Staff

In late January the FCAP Office staff had the blessing of having our Field Staff from Boise come visit us here at the office.  It was wonderful hearing from our FCAP chaplains (Warren Milanowski and Doug Human), along with Doug’s wife, Roxanne, how God is working in and through their lives.  We spent time in prayer and in planning for future ministry.  Another thing accomplished together was sitting down to officially sign our individual FCAP Membership forms (photos below).  Just a few days ago, they shared with us about exciting answers to prayer,  opportunities, and connections within their community that have taken place since their time with us.  We thank the Lord for their lives and ministry through the Chapel at the Boise International Airport.

 

l-r: Warren Milanowski, Joe Ivey, and Doug Human

l-r: Jenni Ashmore, Joe Ivey, Roxanne Human, Pat Ivey, Warren Milanowski, and Doug Human

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Wall of Fame” Initiated at Boise Chapel

“Wall of Fame” Initiated at Boise Chapel

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.”