Being His Witnesses

A very important aspect of any business is how much exposure its products or services is given. It is the way people will see and learn about the company. When the church of Jesus Christ is alive in the workplace, its people are God’s way of giving exposure and authenticity to the Christian faith, as they relate to coworkers and customers. Christ did not ask us to decide to become His witnesses… He said in Acts 1:8, “I will make you my witnesses.” How?… By giving us His presence through the Holy Spirit and continuing a work in us (Philippians 1:6). It is God’s way of testifying how He is real and can be seen at the workplace. Interestingly, what can hinder us is when we entertain the idea that the only credible testimony is to be done within the narrow confines of our church services or special meetings. We must realize the impact of any church’s ministry is not just to be measured by gathered totals… it also about scattered influence, where the church’s presence resonates to people.  (PMC) Consider: “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)

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

“Engaging at the Workplace” Training Held in ATL

“Engaging at the Workplace” Training Held in ATL

Our “Engaging at the Workplace” Training was held in Atlanta on November 1 and was well received by all who attended. Represented were airline/aviation personnel from Seattle, Newark, and Atlanta. Anyone who has completed our Workplace Training 1, “On the Job…God’s Way”, is eligible to attend this second training.  Watch our web site and Facebook page for details as dates and locations are set for 2019.  If you wish to know more about our trainings or find out how you can bring these trainings to your area, contact edward@fcap.org.

Outreach at Shannon Airport in VA … Rain or Shine!

Outreach at Shannon Airport in VA … Rain or Shine!

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.

                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope Defined

It is fair to say that the word hope is being misused in day to day conversation. For instance, “I hope so” or “we can only hope” are used as something that will only happen in a miracle. In the Bible, the closest we can find hope defined is in Hebrew 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  The word is used in relation to faith as if they were equivalents … For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7) and ” For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance” (Romans 8: 24-25). Both faith and hope have the same characteristics as invisible, yet tangible assurance. If like me you have been waiting for the Son of God’s second coming, do not lose hope because “…the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:25-27). MM

This thought was written by Monix Mathieu, FCAP Leadership and Group Development.
FCAP-Philippines Celebrates Their 18th Anniversary

FCAP-Philippines Celebrates Their 18th Anniversary

This recent report and accompanying photos were shared by FCAP leadership there: “We at FCAP-LTP/LTTP are happy to report to you the success of our mission trip in San Juan Batangas as part of our 18th year founding anniversary.  We assembled early morning (0600) on Saturday, September 22 in front of the LTP main gate and departed around 0700 with … a total of 18 missionaries and a lot of gifts and foods for the brethren of Glad Tidings and Kakawan churches…. The long haul trip to Batangas was never a boring one for we enjoyed our bonding moments together….” After checking into their accommodations and brief rest, they proceeded to the chapel and had a worship service attended by pastors of the above mentioned churches.  Zacky Flores, who came all the way from Sydney, Australia, was their guest speaker that evening and delivered a message related to their anniversary theme, “Better Together-Connect with One Another, Grow Together, Serve One Another.”

At 0400 the next morning they were up preparing for the worship service at Glad Tidings Church.  There they were warmly greeted by the brethren with all smiles on their faces.  After a time of praise and worship, Pastor Jake Aquino delivered a message.  The FCAP Praise and Worship team rendered a special song entitled “Sapagkat Ang Diyos Ay Pag Ibig” They write, “It was filled to overflowing with some people standing outside the church building but intently listening and participating.  During the alter call almost all of them came forward to be prayed for by the Lufthansa brethren, including the pastors and church workers.  It was like a revival service that morning where everybody felt the warm presence of the Holy Spirit.  To God be the glory!”  Gifts and treats were provided for the children.  The two pastors and their respective churches received financial love gifts from FCAP-LTP/LTTP and from a church.

In closing, they write, “We left the place and headed back to Manila … blessed and with gladness in our hearts.  To all the brethren who in one way or the other prayerfully, financially, materially, and physically supported our mission anniversary trip, thank you so very much.  Without your unselfish support, this would have not been possible.”  

TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY! AMEN!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus is the Better Hope

It seems as if there are two major companies competing in America for consumer hearts when it comes to electronics, Apple and Samsung. In the hope of getting the latest gadget from Apple, people camped out in front of stores for more than two weeks before the product came out. It was not any different for the Samsung S8 because of the camera that is in it. They waited for hours in the hope that their new device will help make their lives easier by offering features that did not exist in the earlier models. As soon as the device is revealed, there is always a better one coming out to give the consumer a better hope.   “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God… because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God…  Not only that, but we also, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.  For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance” (Romans 8:19-25). When He comes again, things will change forever … and there will be no need for a better hope. MM

Consider: “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2).

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

 

Fellowship Continues in the SFO Bay Area

Fellowship Continues in the SFO Bay Area

Dick Kalman shares this from their recent time together, “There were five FCAP members that met at the Redwood, CA Harry’s Hofbrau Restaurant on October 13 for fellowship.  Though the group was small in size, we enjoyed the opportunity to catch up on the many activities in our lives since our last meeting and to recall the blessings of past FCAP conventions.  Prayer was given for the ‘great commission’ that signifies the Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel world-wide outreach in the airline industry.  Prayer was also given in appreciation for the dedicated FCAP staff members,  We shared how much we missed others of our local FCAP members who could not join us for various reasons but remained in our prayers.  It was a special time of sharing.”  Thank you, Dick and Tom, for orchestrating this event.  A person new to the area and the airline workplace had planned to join them but was unable to do so.

Even in retirement, connections made with others over the years through the airline/aviation industry can continue to be a blessing and a ministry. These retirees have a wealth of experience, both vocationally and spiritually, to share with those still in the workplace, or perhaps just starting out.  It is our prayer that those involved with FCAP in the past will continue to be a part of this ministry in the days to come.  Ask God to show you how you can do that in your local area.  We are available here at the FCAP Office to help … contact edward@fcap.org.

 

Acts of Kindness Matter

Did you know that God works in multifaceted ways to reach people? He is using conversations and responses to everyday situations in the workplace to point the way. We tend to look at brief encounters with people, like short chats or a kind gesture, as something not big enough to be considered ministry. But the opposite is true! Our words and gestures can be like billboards, pointing people to the Lord. Think about the many brief conversations and encounters you have with people every day. Do not underestimate the importance of your words or gestures expressed in the name of Christ, for according to God they have eternal significance.(PMC)   Consider: “So, whatever you do, do all for the glory of God. …Showing all good faith, so that the teaching of God our Savior will be attractive”  (1 Corinthians 10:31; Titus 2:9-10).
This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.

The Gift of Vision

In support of my co-worker’s mission trip to a small hilltop church in Haiti, God’s Holy Spirit convicted me to donate what seemed to be a small thing, 20 pair of reading glasses.  I wondered how they would be received.  Staying behind at work the week of the trip I prayed for God’s covering for everyone’s safety and for God to be glorified.  Upon his return, my co-worker shared amazing stories of God’s hand of provision and protection.   He said the folks were filled with tradition but not the Word, something that can unfortunately be said of many churches worldwide.  Their focus for the week was Ephesians 5: 18b, “…be filled with the Spirit.” I was grateful to see photos of smiling faces of the faithful trying on new reading glasses to illuminate God’s Word.  To God be the glory! (Anonymous)

“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”   2 Corinthians 4:6 (NKJV)
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Knowledge and Wisdom

 

Knowledge is facts and information you have learned and stored.  Wisdom is how you apply it in life’s situations. God tells us there is a difference between His wisdom and the world’s wisdom. Here is a litmus test God gives to distinguish between the two (Proverbs 9:10):

 

  • First, worldly wisdom can produce in our lives bitter jealousy and selfish ambition. Jealousy is focusing on what someone else has with a growing desire to have it. Selfish ambition is when my life becomes consumed with ME and my ways above anything or anyone else. Both of these end up bringing confusion and make life cheap (James 3:14-16).
  • On the other hand, God’s wisdom (truth from His Word) comes from above. When applied to our life, it produces what is pure — clear, without contradiction; peaceable — not disruptive but calming; gentle – not harsh but kind; reasonable — respectfully engaging; full of mercy — not demeaning but forgiving; and unwavering without hypocrisy — more than just a slogan we stand for… but something we live daily. (James 3:17)

Your ability to be an influence at your work comes as you adapt in your heart and apply through your life…God’s wisdom. (PMC)  Consider: James 3:13; Colossians 1:9-10.

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

 

 

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