During September FCAP-LTP/LTTP in the Philippines is celebrating their 19th year of ministry among their airline/aviation co-workers. As a way of expressing their heartfelt gratitude to God for His faithfulness in sustaining them through the years, they decided their celebration would include mission work at Sitio Cacabay, Ternate Cavite, a small community of people living in extreme poverty conditions. They do not have potable drinking water and no electricity at all. Road access is via rough terrain and not passable to ordinary vehicles, especially during the rainy season. Income is limited. Getting an education is also a challenge for them, leading to a very high illiteracy rate.
It was the desire of this FCAP group to reach out to these people by sharing the Gospel and providing them with the basic need of potable drinking water. FCAP leadership there unanimously decided to donate one deep well hand pump. Give thanks for God’s provision for that! Katie Wells, a United Flight Attendant based in Chicago, went to be with the group for this outreach and celebration. As expression of their gratitude for Katie’s presence with them, they dedicated the well as “Katie’s Well.” The photos here provide a glimpse of their time together!
For many years now we have had the privilege of praying for Bill and Susalee Sasser and the dental/medical teams they lead into Third World country mission fields. A recent encounter in Burundi, Africa led to prayer for a four-year-old boy named Jules (pictured here with Dr. Bill and Susalee). Infection in his jaw bone led to part of his jaw protruding to the outside of his face. Dr. Bill was able to remove the diseased bone and several teeth, but cellulitis remained and he was put on IV antibiotics. The boy’s mother was in a car accident, suffered a broken leg, hit her head, and cannot speak correctly now. She has six other children, leaving her 21-year-old son to care for Jules at the hospital. We thank the Lord for connecting Jules with Dr. Bill and his team … and for answered prayer. Jules is doing so much better and is now able to return home.
Susalee is a retired Delta flight attendant, and Bill is a “retired” dentist. Both have a huge heart for using their availability in retirement and their skills to not only bring physical relief to the people in these Third World countries but also to share the love and Gospel message of Jesus.
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!
Delta estimated there were 7,000 that attended their Block Party in Minneapolis on June 11. We in FCAP remain grateful for opportunity to once again host a booth at this event. Our booth was busy most all of the day, and although the heat was near extreme, everyone who worked it did so with a true sense of missional purpose. Our thanks to all who so faithfully served there … and to all who came by to visit us. We pray FCAP’s presence will be an encouragement to airline people throughout the world.
Last week Paul and Claudette Curtas had the wonderful opportunity to be at the Missions-Net Congress in Offenburg, Germany (Dec 28 – Jan 1). There were over 2,100 in attendance from 49 different countries. Paul was asked to come by Evi Rodemann (CEO) and bring English & German copies of his book, and present a seminar entitled “Being Missional at the Workplace.” It was such a wonderful time meeting younger people who desire to be used by God.