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.
We are so very grateful for opportunity FCAP recently had to make our presence known in the general aviation community where lots of airline/aviation people roam about. Such was the case at Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, VA over the weekend of October 23. In attendance at this Fall Festival were approximately 1,200 people. This was a much smaller group than expected, but heavy rain on Friday and into Saturday kept many who had planned to be there away. But as the weather cleared, the event went on, including the air show. Among those in attendance were many retired people as well as young people interested in the industry. Thank you, Luke Curtas (Paul’s brother), for giving us this opportunity. As owner of Shannon Airport, Luke desires to show his support of Christian ministry in the airline/aviation community by having our presence there. If you are ever in the Fredericksburg, VA area, please stop by to visit the airport and their aviation museum. We also want to thank Tim and Carol Files (Delta/ATL), Joel and LeeAnn Nelson (Delta/MSP), Jake and Joanna Joseph (Republic/ATL), Eugene and Christina Kraybill (Mesa/United Express/IAD), and Paul and Claudette Curtas for helping before and during the event.
An international flight attendant recently shared with us about an exciting opportunity he had on a recent trip:
“… while on a rest period, I felt moved to share with my Thai ISM who was [of another religion] how I kept experiencing Jesus miraculously. She was amazed at my miraculous experiences and suddenly asked me to pray for her ID flight from SFO to HK as the flight was over booked…. I also invited her to pray to Jesus as follows: ‘Jesus, if You really exist, please let me experience You miraculously; then I will believe You!’ Last night, 5 hours before wake up call from our SFO hotel, I felt moved to pray for the Thai ISM again, ‘Lord Jesus, please let her deeply experience you and allow her to catch the flight to HK with her 2 daughters. Please send other Christians to follow up in her journey of Christian belief as she is from another base….’
“During passenger boarding, the Thai ISM & her 2 daughters boarded and even could seat together. After they settled down, she told me, ‘It is really a miracle’ as originally they could not get on board. But one of the ID passengers was merciful to them, insisting on giving up his seat so that 3 of them could get on board! During our first group rest, my SFO-HK’s ISM came to ASC. I discovered she is a Christian with a heart to serve God. After I shared what the Thai ISM experienced, she told me, ‘… when the Thai ISM got on board, she said to me, ‘You know, I never believed in Jesus and His existence before, but after this incident, I truly believe.’ Twenty minutes before landing, the Thai ISM shared with me the process of experiencing this miracle in detail … it amazed me! Then I felt moved to share the Gospel with her. The Holy Spirit worked on her spirit …she followed the repentant prayer and accepted Jesus as her Savior!
“One amazing thing is that I have not carried an English Bible for at least 1.5 years. However, 3 weeks ago I received one Gospel of John booklet from Edward Church… I put it in my overnight bag, I feel God specially prepared the Gospel book for this Thai ISM. She even felt led to follow the operating SFO-HK’s ISM to church to learn more about the Christian faith and will join CX Prayer Group 5 to receive more spiritual messages. Jesus loves all His creation. if we pray, we will experience His miracle work!!! Hallelujah, all glory to Him!!!”
On June 18, a special evangelistic outreach was held in Frankfurt. Leadership there shares the following, “Our evangelistic evening had great fellowship and strong presence of the Holy Spirit…. We had a new visitor, sister in Christ, from Ground Staff and will see how God follows up…her husband is also a believers and flying pilot for cargo. Another sister in the Lord …got closer to Jesus as she learns through fellowship. Bit by bit we are taking ground, every prayer a powerful weapon … As we see HIS KINGDOM come in the aviation (FRA) territory! All glory to God Jahwe!”
What a blessing it is to see Christians within the airlines following God’s command to us in Matthew 28:19. Such has been the case with Joe and Susie Swint (Delta – ATL) as they joined a team from their local church in a mission journey to Haiti from March 31-April 6 (over Easter). In addition to spending time with children there, they also helped with cleanup at the orphanage and at the school sponsored by Operation Mobilization.
Susie wrote upon their return, “The trip was great and we made a lot of headway with the children this time. We felt like the teenage kids needed something more than VBS so we broke them up into small groups and had individual meetings with them. I had six girls in my group and they were so excited to have this time to ask all their questions. Our goal was to find out if they were saved and if not, try and plant that seed. I had three girls who said they were not saved but wanted to learn more. I keep an extra focus on them, to try and lead them to Christ. We used Romans 10:9 as our theme … It was an eye opener for them when we explained all they needed to do was accept Jesus into their hearts and baptism was just an outward display of what they had accepted into their hearts. Many of us made a lot of headway with these kids. They still need more ongoing mentoring so for now, all we can do is pray for them. We are praying God will allow us to go down again next year. We will just have to wait and see what His will is for us! …We did some cleanup at the Orphanage and at the school that Operation Mobilization sponsors. It was awesome to see how both places are progressing forward for the kids. I came home with a very full heart!
Recently our FCAP Field Staff in Boise served breakfast to United Air Lines crew members and Skywest employees contracted by United. Around 30 workers were served by Boise Airport Chaplains Warren Milanowski and Doug Human, along with Doug’s wife, Roxanne. They tell us that there was a very enthusiastic response to this outreach. It is hoped that contacts made there will generate participation in FCAP Workplace Training they plan to do there in Boise in the Spring. Thank you, Warren, Doug and Roxanne, for your servant hearts!