What a blessing it is to see Christians within the airlines following God’s command to us in Matthew 28:19. Such has been the case with Joe and Susie Swint (Delta – ATL) as they joined a team from their local church in a mission journey to Haiti from March 31-April 6 (over Easter). In addition to spending time with children there, they also helped with cleanup at the orphanage and at the school sponsored by Operation Mobilization.
Susie wrote upon their return, “The trip was great and we made a lot of headway with the children this time. We felt like the teenage kids needed something more than VBS so we broke them up into small groups and had individual meetings with them. I had six girls in my group and they were so excited to have this time to ask all their questions. Our goal was to find out if they were saved and if not, try and plant that seed. I had three girls who said they were not saved but wanted to learn more. I keep an extra focus on them, to try and lead them to Christ. We used Romans 10:9 as our theme … It was an eye opener for them when we explained all they needed to do was accept Jesus into their hearts and baptism was just an outward display of what they had accepted into their hearts. Many of us made a lot of headway with these kids. They still need more ongoing mentoring so for now, all we can do is pray for them. We are praying God will allow us to go down again next year. We will just have to wait and see what His will is for us! …We did some cleanup at the Orphanage and at the school that Operation Mobilization sponsors. It was awesome to see how both places are progressing forward for the kids. I came home with a very full heart!
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.”
In January our newest staff member, Monix Mathieu, made the journey to Haiti (his homeland) to deliver the clothing that was donated for the people there. These people had lost everything in a devastating hurricane. A company in Louisiana wanted to donate this clothing for such a purpose, and several FCAPers stepped forward to help make it happen. The journey was not easy, and many obstacles were encountered in the process, but God once again proved Himself faithful. The clothing was transported by truck to Atlanta and was stored in a warehouse until arrangements could be made for shipping to Haiti. Upon arrival there, it had to be transported to an interim storage facility until it could be transported to the coast. There it was loaded onto a small boat for the trip to the Haitian island destination. Seas were rather turbulent, and in order to get to the opposite side of the island, the boat and its content had to cross over land on a wheelbarrow before it could make its final leg to their destination. Those receiving the clothing were elated. Contacts made there have opened doors for additional outreach in the future.
Our heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who made this possible!
The clothing arrived safely in Haiti and is ready for distribution! That distribution mission trip will take place beginning January 23. If any FCAPers are interested in being a part of that trip, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. And as mentioned in our previous post, donations are very welcomed to help cover the $700 that remains outstanding to cover expenses of this outreach.
It is a joy when we see airline people seize the ministry opportunities that come their way. Recently several people within our FCAP family wholeheartedly embraced one such opportunity, specifically that of getting clothes to people in Haiti who were lost everything during a recent hurricane that ravaged parts of their country. It all started when two FCAPers in Baton Rouge were offered a donation of new clothing from a business there if they could find a way to get the clothing to Haiti. Initially it involved 40-50 boxes, but in the end turned out to be 233 boxes (maybe more). What a blessing for the people in Haiti! One of our Board members flew to Baton Rouge to help load and transport in a truck, which he drove back to the Atlanta. One of our staff members took it from there in making arrangements for transport to and distribution in Haiti. (He is originally from Haiti and will be personally accompanying the clothing to its final destination, which involves a rustic boat trip to a Haitian island.)
A number of obstacles have been encountered and several logistics still need to be worked out. We ask for your prayers in that regard. One of the logistics concerns the cost of shipping these to Haiti, which is several thousand dollars. Most of that cost has been covered, but approximately $700 remains outstanding. If you would like to contribute toward that cost, you can do so through FCAP … click DONATE TOWARD OUTREACH IN HAITI. Checks payable in U.S. dollars can also be mailed to FCAP, 136 Providence Road, Fayetteville, GA 30215. (Be sure to note that the donation is for the “Haitian Outreach.”)
Over the years we have had the privilege of having Marlene Moore-Ebanks as a part of our FCAP family. Her ministry in Grand Cayman, where she has worked with British Airways, has been far reaching. Now she is embarking on another ministry venture, that of being an airport chaplain. On November 28, she and daughter Tiffany Ebanks (both pictured above) graduated from CICA International University and Seminar with their Chaplain’s Diploma. Please uplift them in prayer as they begin this new chapter of ministry.