THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Several years ago while in our crew room, I shared a very stressful situation with a fellow captain.  He listened intently and then asked me a basic question, “Do you know where to lay it down?”  I responded to him with a clarification question, “You mean, my burden?”  He said, “Yes!”  I responded, “I do know”.  He then stated, “You will be just fine then.”  He left the crew room shortly after the comment.

I have reflected on this conversation many times since then.  He had listened to me and then gently asked a basic question with which I could identify.  At that point, I made the choice to surrender my burden to Jesus.  The selfish feelings of entitlement while hanging onto my bitterness takes up precious time that could be used for praising and worshiping God and praying for others throughout the day.  We need to be aware of how these burdens block our focus and how they affect the focus of others around us.  Surrendering or laying down my “Why me?” burden, my “anxiety” burden, the “unknown fear” burden, and “insecurity” burden…I need to do this daily and sometimes several times a day.

The pilot helped me to refocus and be drawn back into the realm of concentrating on what I need to here on earth as it is in heaven.  “Do you know where to lay it down?”  EK   Consider:  “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me,  for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls.”  Matthew 11:28-29 NASB

This thought 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. 

IN THE JETSTREAM

Adjusting the Thermostat
May 2022

It’s quite warm when walking into the crew room or break room.  The hallways outside in the terminal are refreshingly cool, but the crew room is awkwardly uncomfortable.  The temperature seems on the higher side.  What do you do?  Depending on your crew room, you might say something to another peer and ask if they also feel quite warm or just find the thermostat and seek to lower the temperature setting to cool it down.  The thermostat becomes adjusted.

Application in Our Lives

   How does this apply to us spiritually?  Adjusting the thermostat can be related to being fragrant, so to speak.  In 2 Corinthians 2:15-17, the Apostle Paul speaks of being the fragrance of Christ. As a Christian, I want to have the aroma of Christ Jesus, the fragrance of His life which was given to everyone who has acknowledged and received Jesus into their hearts through faith.  We need to take time and think before speaking …so that when words and actions are given, may they be with grace, seasoned with salt as in Colossians 4:5, 6.  The metaphor with salt is that it provides seasoning and flavor, and also preserves.  This applies to words as well … may the words spoken be with wisdom, have flavor and be valued for a long time.

Seek wisdom to relate to each unexpected encounter at any God given time.  Discernment is important for accountability to keep focus on Christ Jesus.  Sometimes pride or burdens might set in, and we may forget to let go of or lay these down at the feet of Jesus.  Common sins that take root will block our ability to reflect God’s love through Christ Jesus.  Before He prophesied about His death and resurrection, Jesus shares (Matthew 11:28) about giving rest to “all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens…”  He draws us to himself.  He will give each person rest.

Laying Down our Burdens

   Several years ago while in our crew room, I shared a very stressful situation with a fellow captain.  He listened intently and then asked me a basic question, “Do you know where to lay it down?”  I responded to him and asked the clarification question, “You mean, my burden?”  He said, “Yes!”  I responded, “I do know”.  He then stated, “You will be just fine then.”  He left the crew room shortly after the comment.

I have reflected on this conversation many times since then.  He had listened to me and then gently asked a basic question with which I could identify.  At that point, I made the choice to surrender my burden to Jesus.  The selfish feelings of entitlement while hanging onto my bitterness takes up precious time that could be used for praising and worshiping God and praying for others throughout the day.  We need to be aware of how these burdens block our focus and how they affect the focus of others around us.  Surrendering or laying down my “Why me?” burden, my “anxiety” burden, the “unknown fear” burden, and “insecurity” burden…I need to do this daily and sometimes several times a day.

The pilot was a brother in Christ, and he was setting the thermostat controls to a desired temperature that would lighten my load, make the room more comfortable, and allow me to refocus and be drawn back into the realm of concentrating on what I need to here on earth as it is in heaven.  “Do you know where to lay it down?”

Entering the Throne Room

   The Lord’s Prayer provides guidance as to how to lay down the burden.  Enter the throne room of God and, as a servant, express and acknowledge God’s holiness and greatness.  Acknowledge the burden, be transparent, ask Jesus for help.  Then as transparency is given, I believe pride loses grip, resentment dissolves, and extending forgiveness becomes easier to the person who burdened me, even if that person is me. I pray for God’s hand to be involved.  Trusting God’s ordained timing, I believe the aroma and fragrance naturally grows stronger.  The thermostat will naturally be adjusted for the Kingdom of God. EK

“Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.”   Matthew 6:9-13 NASB

Additional Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 2:15-17; Colossians 4:5,6; Matthew 11:28

 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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FCAP-Denver

The smile on their faces says it all!  For quite a while it was not possible for this long-standing group of FCAPers to meet in person, but over the past several months, they have been able to do so.  It was a joy for our new FCAP General Director, Jake Joseph (far right), to join them for fellowship time together on Saturday, April 30, in a local home.  (Seated in front row are the FCAP-Denver leadership team (l-r) Brad and Mindy Minnard and Charlotte Smith).

In a recent social media post, Charlotte Smith (Denver-based Frontier flight attendant) shared what FCAP means to her:

“I love FCAP… I have met lifelong friends, skied in Austria, hiked the Swiss Alps and sailed Greek Islands.  But the best part is knowing God in deeper relationships!”

 

The Fruit of the Spirit

Recently Flight Attendant Joy Owens Guliani and her daughter, Acadia, spent time in Poland ministering to men, women and children who have been displaced from their homes in the Ukraine.  Joy shares the following thoughts on the Fruit of the Spirit from what she has observed while there:

 

 

“The fruit of the Spirit is not a banana… or an apple, an orange, a grape, a peach or a pineapple. Those fruits are what we, along with about a dozen other volunteers, cut up to put in the fruit salad every morning and serve to approximately 1000 people by noontime. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. This fruit I have seen in so many ways since I’ve been in Kraków these past 10 days.

 

 

When Emily asked the salty older Welshman we had been volunteering with why he came here, without any hesitation he replied,

Love.  And I’m going to cry like a baby when I have to leave.’

Joy – in the midst of tragedy and trauma, to hear a child laugh as they chase bubbles we’re blowing or a mom laugh as she shows off her Chinese jump rope techniques brings joy to our hearts. And to theirs.

Peace – what we are all praying for in the midst of this awful, heartbreaking situation.

Patience as people wait in long lines to be served a meal, wait for their appointment at the embassy or in a line to pick through used clothing in the clothing tent.

Kindness is everywhere. The volunteers here from around the world, including Ukraine, are such an amazing group of people who show kindness every day by serving food, wiping tables, cleaning floors, emptying trash, interpreting for each other and so much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faithfulness  – in the MTW crisis team every day as they faithfully run the shelters, drive caravans of goods into Ukraine, work to find placements for displaced people all over Europe, operate a help center, and more, all in a country where none of them speak the language.

Gentleness – listening to Emily doing a medical consultation with an older Ukrainian woman at the shelter yesterday and hearing the gentle way she spoke to her made me think how cared for the woman must have felt and how it must have given her a feeling of security knowing she was in capable hands in the midst of such unsettled and confusing circumstances.

Self-control – I see a lack of this when some kind of unusual items are brought to the tent for distribution and people mob those trying to distribute them. It’s sometimes frightening how they crowd and grab and demand. But I think, ‘I have never in my life been in a situation even remotely like the one they are in right now. Do I have any idea how I might react in the same situation?’  It’s a sobering thought.

What an absolute blessing it is to be here and serve alongside my daughter, my friends I brought along and the new friends I’ve made here. So many amazing people and experiences.”

 

From FCAP…

Thank you, Joy, Acadia and the many others that have sacrificially gone to serve in such a way.  Thank you to those who have prayed for them.  Thank you for those who provided the resources needed to make their outreach possible.

Dear Acadia shared her beautiful talent on the violin with the people as she played their national anthem.  May this encourage you as we are sure it did all who heard it there.  National Anthem of the Ukraine.

 

A Testimony…Comfort in Tragedy

A TESTIMONY … COMFORT IN TRAGEDY

We received this testimony from a longtime FCAP member, who gave us permission to share her story anonymously.

She wished to tell you all about the support she has received and continues receiving from friends in the Lord and through relationships with other FCAP members. (Praise the Lord.)

As for the background of this testimony, this sweet friend recently lost her adult son tragically, to suicide. She reminded us that Scripture says the Lord shakes the heavens, like an earthquake, …and there are aftershocks.  In the subsequent weeks, there have been a lot of breakdowns in her family… aftershocks.

“For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.” Haggai 2:6-7, KJV

And for the testimony itself:

Following her family’s tragedy and loss of a loved one, God has provided her with the comfort of His Holy Spirit.  This has come in the form of many FCAP friends reaching out to meet with her in person (being from different backgrounds and doctrines) in unity.  These individuals have been the body of Christ to her in extraordinary circumstances and have reached out to her recently for fellowship:

  • A Flight Attendant from Mexico, on a layover, called to meet her for lunch.
  • An airline employee in India set her alarm clock for 3am just to spend time chatting with her.
  • A pilot from AMS (Amsterdam) used to have MIA (Miami) layovers once every three years is now working trips frequently, with MIA overnights, and calling to meet with her and pray with her.
  • Even when quarantined, she received calls from FCAPers in the UK and Lima, Peru to check on her well-being.

“The body, Jesus Christ’s body, moves.”  Once again, this dear lady wished to affirm “how the Lord has encouraged me over the years through the people of FCAP even through distance and time.”

We thank God for the ways he is working in our sister’s life even through the darkest of nights, bringing her into a new dawn and closer walk with Him, using the faithful believers within our Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel.

 

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.

IN THE JETSTREAM – March 2022

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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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…

 

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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