Faithful service brings glory and honor to the Lord Jesus. Such has truly been the case with our dear Teresita “Tess” Tacadena in the Philippines. She has served Him well through her work at the airlines, through her leadership in FCAP-Philippines over the 19 years of its existence, through the relationships she has built with others, and through prayer. This month Tess retired from her job at the Lufthansa Group in the Philippines (and formerly worked for Philippine Air Lines). An early joint retirement/birthday celebration was held for her by the FCAP family there. Her message in response was this, “Dear Brethren at FCAP-LTP/LTTP, thank you. I will be missing our fellowship. Please continue to serve the Lord Jesus in the workplace. PTL.” As Tess enters this new chapter in life, please uplift her in prayer. She is also facing serious health issues.
Thank you, dear Tess, for your faithful service to the Lord Jesus, to your airline co-workers there in the Philippines, and to all of us in FCAP worldwide. We have been refreshed and blessed greatly through you. Our prayer for you claims this promise:
Heaven has gained another angel! We are certain this angel was greeted with the words, “Well done, My good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23).
On the evening of March 15, our dear Pat Ivey transitioned to her heavenly home. Hearts here on earth are sad for our loss, but we can only rejoice that she is now out of pain, is face-to-face with the Savior she knew, loved and served so well, and is reunited with a host of loved ones who have gone before her. Among those are her husband, Joe; twin sister, Felicia; and a host of other family members and friends.
As news of Pat’s home going has reached our FCAP family, several immediately recounted how when they first met Pat she greeted them with a warm embrace and made them feel so welcomed, secure, and loved. That was our Pat! She was a wonderful helpmate for Joe over these past 10+ years, embraced his life, family and ministry, and was a faithful prayer warrior. Her words of encouragement, love, and reassurance in prayer brought hope and peace into the lives of many.
Please pray for Pat’s son and daughter-in-law (Seth and Daphne Brown), Pat’s three granddaughters and grandson, and the Ivey family in this time of grief and transition to Pat not being in our midst.
Over many years now Dr. Bill and Susalee Sasser have traveled into Third World countries taking dental/medical help and the Gospel to those in need. Bill is a retired dentist and Susalee is a retired Delta flight attendant. Both have been a part of our FCAP family for many years. It has been our joy and privilege to pray for them as they embark on these journeys.
Recently their outreach took them to Tanzania, where they ministered along side aBridge2Aid team of 7 dentists and 4 oral health workers from the UK. They share the following, “It was a good experience although challenging for Bill to learn the British system and use completely different dental instruments. He picked it up and did well. The dentists trained 6 Clinical Officers who have had a few years of medical training and who work in rural clinics doing various medical procedures…. We had one patient who had had a tooth ache for 5 years but did not have the means or opportunity to have it extracted….”
While traveling to one of their remote destinations, twice they encountered places where several vehicles got stuck in the road and the team had to go around them. From that point they had two more days of travel on these same roads. But God brought them safely through.
Thank you, Bill and Susalee, for your servant hearts in going into these parts of the world. We pray that spiritual seeds planted during these trips will bring forth much fruit for God’s glory. Looking forward to your next adventure!
Shannon Jipsen has been part of our FCAP family for many years and is a Captain flying for UPS. Several months ago, an article sharing how faith helped Shannon conquer her fear of flying was written by Madelyn Wilbanks and published in The Southeast Outlook. With their permission, we would like to share with you that article entitled
“Letting God Take the Controls”
On October 9 we shared about time we spent with Delta pilot Kenny Tipton here at the office … and about his recently released book, My Flight Through Cancer. This week we received word that Kenny had very unexpectedly transitioned from life here among us to his eternal home. We pray for his daughter, parents, and extended family in their loss … and we pray Kenny’s heart desire to help others in their life struggles will be fulfilled as his book continues to be distributed.
In February we celebrated the 100th birthday of our dear friend and brother in Christ, Tommy Taylor. Now only four months later we once again celebrate his life at a memorial service. Tommy went home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 23. Please uplift his daughter, Debbie Kasmerski, and the entire family during this time of grief. For those of you who knew Tommy, here is a link to his obituary notice.
When Tommy entered the Lord’s presence, he without a doubt was welcomed home with the words, “Well done, My good and faithful servant!” His presence here among us will be greatly missed.