THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Ever had a bad day flying the line and thought to yourself that all the things that are wrong in you and wrong in the world will never be put right? You are not alone feeling that way sometimes, and the Word of God reassures us that all manner of things will be made right some day when Jesus returns. The redemption secured on the cross by Jesus is an all-encompassing thing. The world that exists outside of us is subject to His finished work. Someday, at the consummation of all things which will occur after the return of the Son of God, the Creation, in fact the entire Universe, will be perfected by the omnipotent hand of our Savior. At that same time the “universe” within each redeemed human heart will also finally be made flawless. In this way absolutely nothing will be left imperfect in the Kingdom of God. This is the promise He has made to us who are His children: that both everything we see, and everything we are, will be transformed on that glorious day.

“And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.”  Romans 8:23 ESV

This thought was written by Shea Oakley.  Shea is primary contributor for FCAP Social Media and also serves on our Advisory Board.

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Feature of the Month – Jing Yee Seah

Shalom Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

I am Jing Yee from FCAP Singapore. It is a privilege and a joy to share my background with you in this brief introduction. I graduated with a degree in Engineering and have worked in the local airline industry for 18 years, providing documentation support in the Flight Operations division. By the grace and mercy of God, I encountered the Lord at an evangelistic event organized by FCAP Singapore in 2012. That encounter marked the beginning of my journey with God and with fellow FCAPers in the workplace.

For several years since the conversion, I attended the weekly bible studies in our office conducted by some of our FCAPers who faithfully fed us on the richness and truth of God’s Word. There were also prayer meetings held weekly and monthly, and FCAP became a training ground that equipped me in the Word, preparing me for service through exercising our giftings in serving God and one another. What I observed was that despite our varying backgrounds in doctrinal beliefs and denominations, we have embraced and encouraged one another more than the times we have differed in views or opinions, praise God! Looking back over these years, I am thankful God has allowed me to grow under the leadership, mentorship, and encouragement of FCAP leaders Alan Chan and Eric Yip. They see the gold nugget in every FCAPer through God’s lens, sowing generously into the lives of many, and good fruit has come forth.

Over the last 3-4 years I gradually transited into the current leadership of FCAP. It was a season where God is propelling the next generation leaders to rise up and put our trust in the Great Shepherd despite the ongoing uncertainties and stormy challenges. Discouragement, fears, distractions, and doubts can easily creep in to hinder the next generation leaders from moving up and into their callings. The wisdom, revelations, teachings, and prayers from our previous FCAP leadership provided much stability in the last 2 years and ultimately drew us to the one thing that is needed, God himself. Be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10). The only way to ride out the storm is to anchor our hearts in God’s Word and promises and to abide in His presence. Like the prophet Habakkuk, we need to cling to Him and not allow the storm to distract us nor deter us from our God-given assignments. God’s leadership over us is perfect and He is peace in the midst of every storm. God assured that He will be guiding the current leadership of FCAP into a new season that is going to be different from the last season. Just as Moses was sent to deliver Israel out of Egypt and Joshua was one to conquer and possess Israel’s inheritance, Moses’ calling differs from Joshua’s, but God was with each of them, and He is the one who grants victory over the enemies in every generation. The Lord is our Banner! In such intense times, we need to draw near to God and seek His wisdom more than ever before.

God will continue to use every generation to advance His Kingdom on earth until He returns. I believe great strength, anointing and blessing is released when all generations of FCAP come together in unity to fulfill our roles. Pray alongside with us that we will be steadfast and faithful to walk out God’s purposes for FCAP in this new season, and may He be glorified! God bless.

 

 

“Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead,
that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
make you complete in every good work to do His will,
working in you what is well pleasing in His sight,
through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

Hebrews 13:20-21

FCAP-FRA Upcoming Event

 

The story of how this training came about, and who we are in our own words:

We are three people who love Jesus and our neighbour. As we grew in this amazing love it happened that we connected more often over our FCAP meetings. There we identified our common interest in wanting to see His kingdom come to more of our colleagues with power and fruit. So we decided to share our experiences / testimonies, and what we learned from each other at a training and invite other people. So here we re and YOU are welcome to join! It will be so good! Please read on to get to know us more:

I’m Björn, 46 years old. I’ve been married since 2021 and work for LH (Lufthansa) as a flight attendant since 1999. Since 1996 I’ve been born again and follow Jesus. Over time His grace and love makes me realize more and more how wonderful and great HE is! How much I need Him every day, and how many people need Him to be saved today and for eternity. For many years I have travelled as a part-time. Flight Attendant and on special evangelistic journeys around the world. In both I see people being touched by God, saved and healed. My wish is to see Christians in aviation be equipped with courage and tools to lead co-workers to Christ. I was able to teach about evangelism in Bible schools, on mission trips and in FCAP theoretically and practically, where the latter is the best as this is the way Jesus taught, on the go. In doing His words / will we get to know if the theory is from God himself or not (John 7:17). So I look forward to passing on what I received freely for free in this event (Matthew 10:8). So come and join! It is one of the best ways to experience Jesus at work, which builds up faith and trust in Him so very much! And it makes us free, free from fear of man, and free to love Him and people better!

I`m Katharina (36 years old) and I work as a Flight Attendant since 2006. I started off working for Austrian Airlines (home base: Vienna) and a year later I had a change of employer and started working for Lufthansa with its home base in Frankfurt. Being raised as child of missionaries I got to know God from the very beginning. After having an encounter with Jesus, at the age of 5, I handed over my life to Him . It has been quite a journey ever since. But His love and mercy have been carrying me through all ups and downs. I love knowing my Savior and have a heart for the Lost. When I was driving to work in my car and prayed that God would use me as light and salt on the next flight, He would always send me an opportunity where I could listen, encourage and share my faith with colleagues in need. Their open hearts amazed me every time and were a sign to me that God had already prepared this person’s heart to meet HIM. As co-Leader of the FCAP Frankfurt Group I enjoy building relationships with Christian colleagues and listening to their testimonies. Let`s use this upcoming training in October to have fellowship as co-workers and as siblings in Christ and let us become more equipped and ready to go out and share the Good News of the Good Father in our daily life and work place.

I’m Sampo Haapala, 37 years old. I’m married and we have two sons. I have worked 12 years as an aircraft mechanic and 6 years as a pilot. Currently I’m working as first officer at Nordic Regional Airlines flying Embraer 190s. I would say I came to believe in 2013 even though I had been born into a Christian family. Jesus Christ loves us and His love is what changes people’s lives. The most important thing is not anymore, ”what I will get”, rather we are able to see other people around us and love our neighbours as ourselves. Within God’s word it has become obvious for me to share the gospel by walking alongside relatives, neighbours and even with my colleagues. Sometimes we don’t need any words but being able to listen and be present we can see that God is still working in people’s hearts and changing their lives. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

For any questions and signing up to the training please contact Björn or Katharina through the FRA section (via phone, Whatsapp or email).

You are also invited to visit their web site at fcap-germany.org.

IN THE JETSTREAM – September 2020

Taking Every Thought Captive

by Stephen Watts

   Recently I have been studying Joshua, one of my favorite books of the Bible.  It is the second time I have done a deep dive into this amazing story.  The first time I studied it I was blown away by the faithfulness of the Lord, Joshua, and Caleb.  This is the obvious overarching theme of the book, a timeless and wonderful truth.  However, this time one of my biggest takeaways has been much more subtle and it is contained at the end of the story.  It serves as a caution to the Israelites and to us.  The Israelites are slowly getting settled into the promised land and are finally experiencing the rest God assured them…at least some of the tribes are.

The Lord’s Commands

   In chapters 15 and 16, we see that certain tribes of Israel have not completely followed the Lord’s commands.  The Lord wanted all the Canaanites removed from the land.  The Lord knew if the Canaanites remained that the Israelites would be tempted to follow their gods.  The Israelites thought they knew better than the Lord.  Rather than conquering the Canaanites, they decided they would make them forced laborers.  The Israelites believed they could use the Canaanites for their benefit and profit from their labor.  The lie they told themselves ended up causing the fall of Israel during the time of Judges.  The descendents of the Canaanites are the very ones that helped Israel’s enemies overthrow them.

Our Compromises

   As I read this story, I was reminded at how often and easily I make compromises with the Lord.  Rather than following the Lord’s ways and receiving His rest, I try to clean up the mess I make.  Thankfully His grace is sufficient to help me clean it up, but it would be so much easier if I just followed Him the first time.  Another important truth I have learned is how I let my negative thoughts and lies defeat me.  We all have an eternal dialogue taking place in our minds throughout the day.  What does your dialogue sound like?  Is it pure, beautiful, and true (Philippians 4:8)?  Or is it telling you that you are not capable in the workplace or inadequate to lead your family?  If it is a lie, we are letting the “Canaanites” camp out in the promised land.  The enemy is taking a foothold in the land he doesn’t belong.

Conquering Our Thoughts

     I recently started an experiment and placed an app called “60/60” on my phone.  Every hour a different scripture verse is revealed.  It is designed for me to reframe my internal dialogue and to remember two important truths.  First, I’m an heir to the King of Kings because of Jesus, my Savior.  Second, I can do nothing apart from Jesus unless I abide in Him (John 15:4).  Therefore, I will abide in him the next hour and receive His rest (Matthew 11:28).  Let’s conquer these “Canaanite” thoughts once and for all.  They have no place in the Lord’s Army or the airlines.

 

 

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

 

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Called to Go

 Our pastor’s message on a recent Sunday morning focused on John 15:16. Just hearing that reference took me back to a holiday month when I’d royally messed up on my bid sheet for one of the busiest months of the year. December was not a time you would want to be on call. I was flying a lot. It seemed to me like I was gone around the clock. The weather had been stormy and I had put in some long hours. I arrived home from my trip late on Saturday night, and I was sure the Lord had arranged for me to go to church the next morning. I was thirsty for the Word and fellowship. After setting out my clothes for church, I snuggled in for a quick night’s sleep. The phone rang around 0300 with crew scheduling advising that I had an 0500 check-in. My heart was more than disappointed. I sat up in bed to spend time in the Word and asked the Lord to change my heart. The following verse seemed to leap off the page for me:

Those words spoke directly to my heart. I was being commissioned for a mission, and I knew the Lord had called me to action. I prayed about bearing fruit that would last. Lead me Lord with Your hand upon me. Let me hear Your voice behind me saying, “This is the way, walk in it!”

Upon arriving at the airport, I learned that our airplane had a mechanical. One of the pilots showed up and sat with me at the gate. He also was a believer, and we enjoyed a short time of fellowship before departure. The rest of the crew arrived with the airplane and we took off for Columbia, S.C. On the way we lost an engine. First time anything like this had ever happened to me! The junior flight attendant was visibly distraught and I had the flight attendant on the front jumpseat with me exchange seats with her. Our flight was re-routed to Charlotte which was a maintenance base for our airline. I was able to share my hope in Jesus with her, and she prayed to receive Jesus on descent into Charlotte.

Charlotte is my home, where I grew up, so I called my brother, William, and he met me at the airport for breakfast in the coffee shop. Seeds were planted as we talked about how I had come to a saving knowledge of Jesus and how peace had filled my heart. Afterwards I passed the time by reading a book in the crew room.  Crew schedulers had sent the front-end crew to ferry a plane to Savannah, GA and had sent the other flight attendants to cover another flight. This was the first time I had heard of the senior flight attendant being left with the plane. But there I was, the only member of my crew waiting for a new assignment.

The crew room had slowly filled up. I heard someone say my name and I looked up, but I did not recognize anyone in the crowd of faces. So I went back to reading. Once again I heard my name and looked up in time to see a flight attendant walking towards me calling out “Rita Redmond” with a question in her voice. “Yes,” I replied. I still did not recognize her and for a moment thought crew scheduling must have sent her to deliver a message to me. But, it was the other way around. The Lord had sent me to deliver a message to her.

She said, “Rita Redmond, I need to talk with you about Jesus.” I had never laid eyes on her before and did not know how she knew who I was or that I was someone she could talk to about the Lord. I sat up and told her I would love to talk with her. She wanted to move to a more private place, which we did, and she began telling me her story. She was in a bad relationship and did not know how to get out. She felt the Lord was calling her to pray, but she was not ready. I shared the Gospel, but she did not want to pray at that time. She left without receiving Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Over the years I never saw her again. I continue to pray for her by name as she comes to my remembrance and am trusting the Lord with hope for her salvation.

This blog was shared by Rita Redmond Gunter, former Flight Attendant with Eastern Airlines.  Rita has been connected with FCAP since the early years of the ministry’s formation.  

HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND TO THAT “CALL TO GO”?

FCAP-FRA Upcoming Event

 

The story of how this training came about, and who we are in our own words:

We are three people who love Jesus and our neighbour. As we grew in this amazing love it happened that we connected more often over our FCAP meetings. There we identified our common interest in wanting to see His kingdom come to more of our colleagues with power and fruit. So we decided to share our experiences / testimonies, and what we learned from each other at a training and invite other people. So here we re and YOU are welcome to join! It will be so good! Please read on to get to know us more:

I’m Björn, 46 years old. I’ve been married since 2021 and work for LH (Lufthansa) as a flight attendant since 1999. Since 1996 I’ve been born again and follow Jesus. Over time His grace and love makes me realize more and more how wonderful and great HE is! How much I need Him every day, and how many people need Him to be saved today and for eternity. For many years I have travelled as a part-time. Flight Attendant and on special evangelistic journeys around the world. In both I see people being touched by God, saved and healed. My wish is to see Christians in aviation be equipped with courage and tools to lead co-workers to Christ. I was able to teach about evangelism in Bible schools, on mission trips and in FCAP theoretically and practically, where the latter is the best as this is the way Jesus taught, on the go. In doing His words / will we get to know if the theory is from God himself or not (John 7:17). So I look forward to passing on what I received freely for free in this event (Matthew 10:8). So come and join! It is one of the best ways to experience Jesus at work, which builds up faith and trust in Him so very much! And it makes us free, free from fear of man, and free to love Him and people better!

I`m Katharina (36 years old) and I work as a Flight Attendant since 2006. I started off working for Austrian Airlines (home base: Vienna) and a year later I had a change of employer and started working for Lufthansa with its home base in Frankfurt. Being raised as child of missionaries I got to know God from the very beginning. After having an encounter with Jesus, at the age of 5, I handed over my life to Him . It has been quite a journey ever since. But His love and mercy have been carrying me through all ups and downs. I love knowing my Savior and have a heart for the Lost. When I was driving to work in my car and prayed that God would use me as light and salt on the next flight, He would always send me an opportunity where I could listen, encourage and share my faith with colleagues in need. Their open hearts amazed me every time and were a sign to me that God had already prepared this person’s heart to meet HIM. As co-Leader of the FCAP Frankfurt Group I enjoy building relationships with Christian colleagues and listening to their testimonies. Let`s use this upcoming training in October to have fellowship as co-workers and as siblings in Christ and let us become more equipped and ready to go out and share the Good News of the Good Father in our daily life and work place.

I’m Sampo Haapala, 37 years old. I’m married and we have two sons. I have worked 12 years as an aircraft mechanic and 6 years as a pilot. Currently I’m working as first officer at Nordic Regional Airlines flying Embraer 190s. I would say I came to believe in 2013 even though I had been born into a Christian family. Jesus Christ loves us and His love is what changes people’s lives. The most important thing is not anymore, ”what I will get”, rather we are able to see other people around us and love our neighbours as ourselves. Within God’s word it has become obvious for me to share the gospel by walking alongside relatives, neighbours and even with my colleagues. Sometimes we don’t need any words but being able to listen and be present we can see that God is still working in people’s hearts and changing their lives. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

For any questions and signing up to the training please contact Björn or Katharina through the FRA section (via phone, Whatsapp or email).

You are also invited to visit their web site at fcap-germany.org.

IN THE JETSTREAM

God-Ordained Work

   In earlier years I wrestled as to whether my choice to be a pilot was selfish.  Could aviation be used for God’s glory or was this an act of selfish ambition?  I had the idea that being part of a mission/bush pilot organization was more spiritual or holy than other flying jobs.

Several years after being hired as a First Officer at AirMidwest Airlines, I stepped off the Beech 1900D to deplane customers at Reading, PA.  it was there that a non-revving USAirways Flight Attendant handed me a brochure called the TRIM TAB.  This was my introduction to the Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel; but more importantly, it led to my realization as to how my work in the airline industry had purpose to serve the Lord, and that I could view this as God-ordained work.

View of Work Throughout History

   Plato and Aristotle viewed that the majority of men should do the heavy work, so the minority of men might engage in higher pursuits, such as art, philosophy, and politics.  In that period artisans and craftsmen were considered a little better than slaves.  Slavery in and of itself was an institution based on the loathing of work.  In the Roman era, Marcus Tullius Cicero, of the first century BC, basically viewed working daily for a livelihood was unbecoming of a gentleman (free born man).  Many in the aviation realm today, even Christians, unfortunately view work as a curse.

What Does Scripture Say?

   In Scripture, however, God clearly affirms the concept of work as He placed Adam to have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth (Genesis 1:28).  In Genesis 2:8 and 15 we read that God placed Adam in the garden to cultivate it.  This was a vocation leading to participation in God’s work rather than placing a burden on us to perform and achieve a goal so that we will be accepted by God.  Adam participated in God’s work.

King Solomon shares in Ecclesiastes that labor is from the hand of God.  In verses 18 and 19 of chapter 5, he writes, “Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which toils under the sun all the days of his life which God give him; for it is his heritage … this is a gift from God.”  To summarize, labor is good, labor is from the hand of God, labor is a gift of God.  Rejoice in His labor.

Questions of Consider

  • If we view work as a curse, how does this affect our diffusing the fragrance (aroma) of Christ Jesus in our workplace? Do we carry a pleasing fragrance spiritually…or do we stink?
  • If we stink, will co-workers learn to stay away from God because of how we behave? Will they not want to serve God because we are negative role models or because we think or act as if God would not support our profession?
  • Do we feel “missionaries” on a far-off mission field make a greater sacrifice than we do in our work?

I am no exception … I have fallen for these misconceptions.  Then over the years it has become reality that wherever God has allowed each of us to participate in work, we can all be used for His glory and to serve Him in whatever profession or in whatever location He has placed us.  Here is one more question to consider (taken from the book written by Paul Curtas, When God Shows Up at Work):

“5,000 hours of our lifetime could be given for the Sunday or weekly services that we may attend for church.  90,000 hours of our lifetime may be provided for our workplace location on an average.  That would be an 18:1 ratio of time given to us.  Imagine standing before Jesus our Messiah on judgement day.  He would know about the 5,000 hours that we attended church, but if He were to ask about the 90,000 hours in the workplace…what would the answer be?”

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of knowledge of Him in everyplace.”   2 Corinthians 2:14    

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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2022 EAA Airventure in Oshkosh

Our Journey to Oshkosh

For many years it has been our desire to see FCAP  officially represented at the annual EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, WI.   This year it finally happened through our affiliation with  IAMA (International Association of Missionary Aviation).  They invited us to join them in their tent with 13 other Christian aviation non-profits (there are 62 members total in IAMA).  

A number of obstacles had to be overcome, but our awesome team from FCAP made it there for the week of July 24-31.  Thank you, Tim/Carol/Meredith Files, Eugene/Christina Kraybill and Edward Church for venturing where we had never been before and seeing it through.  Our display was staffed faithfully throughout the week,  leaving very little time for our team to enjoy the Airventure festivities.  However, each one of them will tell you it was a blessing being there, meeting the people who stopped by the tent, engaging with other ministries, and furthering the vision of outreach to the airline/aviation world.

In addition to IAMA and our FCAP team,  we want to thank MASA (Missionary Aviation Support Association) who organized transportation and provided host homes, meals and other amenities for our team throughout the week.  We extend heartfelt thanks to Plymouth Church for receiving boxes of materials we shipped ahead of time; they also graciously provided a Sunday evening meal for our team.

 

Location of our FCAP Display Table
Welcome to our home for the week!
FCAP Display Table Within IAMA Tent

 

 

 

 

 

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