Fellowship Time in DCA/IAD Area

Fellowship Time in DCA/IAD Area

On Sunday, January 19, Eugene and Christina Kraybill graciously opened their home in the DCA/IAD area for a “Soup Party.”  They share the following in response:

“…we had a wonderful time together for our first FCAP meeting of this year over bowls of homemade soup and plates of homemade bread.  Nine people gathered around our table to fellowship, share stories, and pray.  We had pilots, gate agents, ramp workers, front desk workers, and former human resources personnel represented from 3 airlines (United, Mesa, and American) plus 3 spouses.  Attached you will find a picture of most of us.  We would like to make the third Sunday afternoon our regular FCAP monthly meeting time, so mark your calendars now.  For our Washington region, it seems that our traffic congestion is a little lighter to get around for most of us on Sundays.  Our next meeting is February 16. Time, place, and theme of meeting will be decided soon.”

“Thought for the Work Week” Put Into Practice

It is so encouraging to hear that people receiving the “Thought for the Work Week” are taking it to heart and sharing it with others, and these responses sometimes impart fresh ideas of how we as God’s people might minister to others.  A recent email from a dear brother in San Francisco, Dick Kalman, is one example of this:

“…the THOUGHT FOR THE WORK WEEK  email newsletter can be shared beyond the FCAP family to many others who are also in the workplace. I have shared it with my daughters and son who have found it to be a very effective tool for them as well as Christians where they work. My daughter Debbie and her daughter Alisa both work for a large escrow firm in Santa Ana, CA, and the end of the year is very busy and hectic. A few days before Christmas they went into the office and decorated it for Christmas on their own time over a weekend. When the staff saw what they had done the following Monday morning, they were very surprised and thankful that they brought the celebration of Christmas into the office.They did not hide the light of Christ in their lives but presented it politely to their fellow company management and employees. We as Christians are watched by others more than we realize by the life we show to the world around us.  May the Lord continue to touch the lives of many in the airlines and beyond through the outreach of FCAP.”

Connecting in Seattle

Connecting in Seattle

Sung Chun and Jake Joseph are both pilots, Sung being with Horizon and Jake being with Alaska.  Both are currently based in Seattle but live on opposite sides of the U.S.  Recently they had opportunity to connect in Seattle for a time of fellowship over a meal, which both enjoyed so very much.  We encourage you to become familiar with our “Groups and Contacts” listed on this web site and connect with other believers from around the world as your travels give you opportunity.  That is part of what FCAP is all about.

Salt and Light

The Bible gives us many word pictures that depict the kind of influence Christians can have out in the world and in their work-culture. Here are two for your consideration. First, as children of light, we are to radiate God’s character through our words, gestures and deeds. However, we should realize that emitting God’s light in the workplace also can expose the darkness there. No doubt, we will feel the tension between showing love, patience and forgiveness toward people, yet without condoning what they do. We are not called to curse the darkness, but instead bless it by letting God’s light shine through us (John 3:17-21).  Next, as the “salt of the earth” our actions and responses can bring something tasteful to a distasteful environment. Like salt, our lives at the workplace can preserve things from deteriorating further, like attitudes, ethics and human relationships.  Take a moment and look at your workplace… How do you see your daily influence there? (PMC) Consider this: “You are the salt of the earth… Let your speech be gracious, seasoned with salt. You are the light of the world… let your light shine before others, so that they will see your good works and give glory to God in heaven” (Matthew 5:13-14; Colossians 4:6 combined).

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

 

What Masters You … Defines You!

In Luke 11:21-22 Jesus tells a story about a strong man who is fully armed and able to guard his house. But then something happens… someone stronger comes, overpowers him, and disarms him. The passage here portrays how the powers of this world (Satan, the world system, and our own flesh) are domineering… but Jesus Christ comes and overpowers them all. What power are you letting influence and run your life? It is obvious when a person gives themselves to vices and sins contrary to God, life becomes debilitated and destitute. But there is another harmful influence in the world that seeks to master us. It is when we become preoccupied with seemingly good things, like achievements, gaining status, financial security, relationships…but to the point that they become the ultimate of life, and not God. When we become obsessed with them, they eventually enslave us and become our master. But not a kind and merciful one, rather one that robs our life of joy, peace and contentment. What or who are you allowing to master your life? (PMC)  Jesus also said, “If the son (Jesus) makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36); “I came that you may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10); “Continue in My Word…you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32).

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

The Motive of God’s Love

There is no greater motive in this world than life expressed and lived out of love. God did just that when He sent Jesus Christ into this world to become our Savior. The true message of Christmas can only be enjoyed when the motive of God’s love is understood. God did not love us because He needed someone to love or someone to love Him.  He loved us because He simply chose to do so, and for that reason we can freely receive this as a true gift, instead of receiving it by making a deal with God.  The healthiest relationships in this world are those who live life having received love that has been freely offered and freely received. This Christmas let’s celebrate God’s greatest gift of all… His love shone to us by sending His Son Jesus.  PMC
I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;
for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” 

(Luke 2:10-11)
This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.

Reflecting on the Year … and Spreading Our Wings

As we reflect on 2019, we have much to be thankful to God for … He has opened doors of opportunity for us in a variety of ways.  In addition to the individuals whose work life displays God’s glory and Gospel in the aviation workplaces throughout the world, here are a few others…

  • Our FCAP group in the Philippines has targeted a people’s group in their country that is poor and lacking in many ways, including the Gospel.  Good water is one thing they desperately need, so this FCAP group raised support and had a well dug in that town.  Now they are bringing the Gospel, the Living Water, to this people group.
  • Our trainings, Workplace Seminars 1 & 2, have reached new people within the airline/aviation industry, as well as individuals in churches, students in Christian schools, plus business people and groups in other professions.  Altogether God has provided us with the opportunity to train some 607 people this year.
  • There were new speaking engagements … but a very unique opportunity came in October through Diego, our FCAP Coordinator in Colombia, South America.  He spoke to 80 Colombian Air Force cadets, and at the end of the meeting 30 cadets prayed to receive Christ.

We look forward to seeing God spread our wings, per se, even further in 2020 to new individuals, groups, and areas in the aviation industry worldwide, as well as in churches, Christian schools, and business groups.

Please know that we appreciate the prayers, support, and partnership from each one of you … there would not be an FCAP without you.  We thank God for you!

Paul Curtas
FCAP General Director
On Behalf of the FCAP Staff and Board of Directors


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