Our first ever FCAP International Leaders Conference is taking place in the beautiful surroundings of the Swiss Alps. Travel for most of those attending was long and challenging, but everyone made it safely and are now experiencing a wonderful time of fellowship, worship and prayer together, workshops, training, and discussions. Together they are looking closely at our union in FCAP, our identity in FCAP, our connection in FCAP, and our organization. An abbreviated Workplace Training is being made available for those who have not had opportunity to attend in the past. There are special sessions on what it means to be a leader, the characteristics of a leader, how to lead through God’s Word, how to lead by peacemaking. And of course, there are those wonderful moments of fellowship and exploration of God’s beauty in the surrounding area.
Represented at this gathering are leaders from Germany, Hong Kong, India, the Philippines, Switzerland, Uganda, and the United States … all part of that beautiful mosaic referred to in a previous post. Prayers are greatly appreciated for the remainder of this conference and as these dear ones return home. We look forward to seeing what God is going to do through this time as we press forward into future ministry.
Our special thanks to the staff at Credo Conference Center for welcoming our people there and serving them so well.
Today Paul and Claudette Curtas embark on yet another journey representing the FCAP Ministry. This time travel takes them to Australia and New Zealand, via Los Angeles. In each of these locations they will spend time with FCAPers. Paul will also have opportunity to present our Workplace Training at the Torchbearer’s Business Ministry Leadership Training in New Zealand. Prayers for every aspect of this trip are greatly appreciated. (As many of you know, the flight between Los Angeles and Sydney is extremely long and tiring.)
One never knows what a day will bring forth … and that just may include special blessings like connecting with a brother or sister in Christ as you go about your day in the workplace. Such was the case when Tim Files (Delta Tech Ops) and Dale Grimes (Delta Flight Attendant) unexpectedly ran into each other at the Atlanta Airport. And anyone who knows these two can tell you that their brief time of fellowship there was most entertaining! This is one of the benefits of connecting with FCAP and getting to know other believers within the airline workplace. The joy of the Lord is evident in unexpected meetings like this one … no matter where you are in the world.
On Thursday, April 6, Paul and Claudette Curtas, accompanied by Jack Bowen (United Airlines Captain), had the privilege of speaking to 40 juniors and seniors at Grace Christian School in Brandon, FL (near Tampa). Paul and Jack spoke about God’s view of work and the future of these students within the workplace. They also spoke to a class of 31 7th graders who have adopted Paul and Claudette (and FCAP) as their missionaries. Over $100 was raised by these students this school year to give to the mission. Paul, Claudette, and Jack were all three touched by their faithful prayers and generosity. So are all of us in FCAP!
On January 18 our Workplace Training #2, “Engaging at the Workplace,” was officially inaugurated in Atlanta. Fifteen people were in attendance. This training builds upon our first training session (“On the Job…God’s Way”), and anyone who has completed the first one is eligible to attend the second one. We are looking forward to taking Workplace Training #2 on the road this year. If you have completed the first training and would like more information about Workplace Training #2, please contact Edward Church at the FCAP Office. And if you have not yet attended our first session, “On the Job…God’s Way,” please refer to the home page of this web site for dates and locations as well as sign up information.
Had another great day on May 2 of FCAP Workplace Training, this time in Orlando. Delta flight attendant Jaye Carpentieri and husband Andrew opened their home for us. Ten were in attendance, representing five different airlines. In the group picture at the top, the two on the far right are father and daughter, both pilots but working for two different airlines.
Jaye’s dining room became our classroom, and during break and meal times we enjoyed delicious food and wonderful fellowship were enjoyed by all. Thank you, Jaye and Andrew, for your gracious hospitality and all the preparations you put forth to make this training possible.