Seeing God’s Mission Field

Those who attend our Workplace Training are asked at the outset to define God’s purpose in their work. In one session, a young man shared how he thought God’s purpose in giving him the airline job was in order to finance his missionary training, so that he could soon become a missionary. The effort it takes to prepare people to become missionaries on a foreign field amounts to thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours. Interestingly, at the end of the training that day, this young man prayed: “Lord, forgive me for not recognizing the opportunity I have to show and share your love and truth with my colleagues at work, as they are just as lost and needy as the people on the foreign mission field. Please help me to be salt and light where you have placed me right now.” So, do you recognize the mission field at work and how are you preparing yourself for it? (PMC)   Consider: “Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields(around you) are white for harvest”  (John 4:36).

Learn more about our FCAP Workplace Training.  We invite you to join us!

 This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.

Our Power Source in the Workplace

Under what power or authority do you enter the workplace? There are actually two. One is the power or authority your company, owner, or boss gives you to perform the particular job they hire you to do. With that job comes the authority to make certain decisions; and, depending on your position, you may be given authority to give other people the power to make decisions there. Also, there are company goals and policy that define the authority by which you have the power to act and conduct yourself while at work. Secondly, as a Christian, you enter the workplace with the power God has provided for you. This should complement and enhance your work and is characterized by how you conduct yourself while on the job. There is no company policy that gives you the power to act in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, truthfulness, gentleness, and with self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Your company policy, nor any law for that matter, can produce and regulate this. It is not natural to our human make up… rather it is a God thing. His salvation provides the presence of the Holy Spirit in us, which in turn produces this fruit through our lives. We don’t simply act this out at church … this power is to affect us in all of life, including our workplace. What do you see the power of God producing through your life? (PMC)   Consider: “For God, Who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7).
This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.

The Prayer Connection

The church is a unique connection of people throughout the world. Christians don’t go to church in order to become the church. They are the church because the work of Christ has connected them together, which allows them to meet as the church. For the church to be visible in the workplace it requires Christians to identify with one another in unique ways there. One way this can happen is when God’s people connect together to pray for the people and situations around them at work. Would you like to see the church alive in your workplace? Then look for a few other Christians around you and invite them to take a few minutes during your break time to pray for God’s presence to be evident through you there. (PMC)   Consider this: “I appeal to you…to strive together with me in your prayers to God” (Romans 15:30).

Read more about how you can connect with others in prayer within the airline/aviation workplace …  FCAP Prayer Network.

This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.

Needing Refreshment and Renewal?

“We are weary, but pursuing.” (Judges 8:4)

Gideon’s militia was pursuing the remnant of the great Midianite army and, as God had promised the victory, was on the verge of the complete annihilation of those who had harshly oppressed them. As Gideon passed through the different regions in pursuit of what was left of the Midian kings, he had requested bread for his army but was rejected. However, the LORD would provide all that Gideon needed to gain the victory over His adversaries.

As we continue on in ministry, there are many foes that come against us. I think it is okay to be honest about our weaknesses, for I hear of the many testimonies of those who are pressing the battle until the end, and they do grow weary. However, a lack of strength is never an excuse to drop out of the conflict. The amazing part is this … that in our weakness God promises two things: He will renew our strength (Isaiah 40:31), and He will perfect His power (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Let me ask you this … Are you fainting from the heat of the battle? The battle is His, so look to Him to be renewed. Is your spirit exhausted from the fight? Sit down in the green pasture, drink from the still water. Praise Him for His daily sustenance and be refreshed today, for you must renew the fight!  (TCF)

This thought was written by Tim Files, Secretary/Treasurer of our FCAP Board of Directors.

Small Things…Great Purposes

Our God is a big God. To give us an idea of His dimension, Solomon said, “But who is able to build Him a temple, since heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him? Who am I then, that I should build Him a temple, except to burn sacrifice before Him?” (2 Chronicles 2:6)Yet it is in the nature of our God Almighty to use small things to show His glory. For instance, He used a small family (Joseph and Mary) out of a small village (Bethlehem) out of a small nation (Israel) to make His light shine on the earth. He used David (very small in stature) to kill Goliath (a giant) to remove fear from the people of Israel. He uses a small and narrow door for entrance to eternal life. God even uses the small office of FCAP to touch the airline industry worldwide.  If you are small enough, God can use you also. “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says, ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble ’ ” (James 4:6).  MM

This article was written by Monix Mathieu, FCAP Leadership and Group Development.

The Importance of Prayer

Five young college students were spending a Sunday in London, so they went to hear the famed C.H. Spurgeon preach.  While waiting for the doors to open, the students were greeted by a man who asked, “Gentlemen, let me show you around.  Would you like to see the heating plant of this church?”  They were not particularly interested, for it was a hot day in July.  But they didn’t want to offend the stranger, so they consented.  The young men were taken down a stairway, a door was quietly opened, and their guide whispered, “This is our heating plant.”  Surprised, the students saw 700 people bowed in prayer, seeking a blessing on the service that was soon to begin in the auditorium above.  Softly closing the door, the gentleman then introduced himself.  It was none other than Charles Spurgeon. (Excerpt from Our Daily Bread).  Are you part of the “heating plant” within your airline workplace?  Consider this:  “…The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much” (James 5:16).

Here in the United States, the first Thursday of May is designated as a NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER.   We encourage you to spend extra time on this day praying for your nation.  If you do not live here in the United States, we not only covet your prayers for us but also encourage you to pray for the leaders and people of your own country.  To learn more about ongoing prayer opportunities in FCAP, click FCAP Prayer Network.

This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.