On August 25, FCAP Singapore hosted an evangelistic luncheon. They have written in response, “Thank you everyone for your prayers. It was a good meeting. Quite a number came forward to be ministered to. Praise be to our Lord Jesus!” We trust that hearing about this and viewing the photos will be a blessing and encouragement to you, just as it has been for us here at the FCAP Office.
On August 29, the FCAP Staff spent a brief time away from our normal routine volunteering at the Midwest Food Bank located in Peachtree City, GA . We did this in response to ideas presented in conversations with local airline people as well as leaders at our FCAP Leaders Conference in May. There are a number of non-profit ministries located throughout the U.S. and abroad who rely on volunteers to help make food, clothing, and basic needs available to those in need within their communities, and there could well be some airline-related families benefiting from such outreach. It is a wonderful project where FCAPers in local areas can have fellowship with one another while serving others. Perhaps it could be a group that meets together regularly in their workplace; they may even invite others in their respective work areas to join them, introducing them to FCAP at the same time. It may be a group of airline retirees who have a heart for such outreach and for spending time together. It could be that several airline-related families could do this together, children included. Or maybe airline people in the ATL area would like to come join the FCAP Office Staff in serving on a periodic basis. We do want to make a difference through the FCAP ministry, both spiritually and in helping to meet the physical needs of others. The bonus is that we are blessed and encouraged by fellowship together as we do so.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8).
Joseph O. Ivey, FCAP Founder and Retired Delta Captain, is now in the presence of the Savior he knew, worshipped, and served for most of his life. On the night of July 30, 2018 he made the transition to his eternal home. The second he did so, we have no doubt that he was welcomed into the realms of heaven with these words, “Well done, My good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).
In Hebrews 12:1-2 the Apostle Paul writes, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Paul also writes in 1 Timothy 6:11-12, “…pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called….”
Both in Scripture and in our lives today, we have examples of men and woman who have lived by these truths. Many have finished the race and entered the gates of heaven hearing the words, “Well done, My good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21). Here is a question today for us all to ponder…Are we following that example in our daily lives, in our workplace and wherever God places us?
This thought was written by the FCAP staff in loving memory of Joseph O. Ivey, Founder of the FCAP Ministry. Joe entered his eternal rest on July 30, 2018. He faithfully lived a life characterized by the verses above and has been a consistent example throughout the airlines of the world and to all who knew him.