Message from FCAP

Dear Friends:

The first Christmas was a season of hope for those who witnessed our Savior’s birth.  Out of all the ways God could have sent out His birth announcement, He did it in a way that only the God of the universe could do it.  He surrounded a group of shepherds with an angelic choir.  God did not announce it to the leaders of the world but to a group of men who were just above lepers in regard to social standing.  This was intentional.  God has chosen the lowly to reveal the good news of the Gospel.  What hope this brings to them and to us!

Last month I was filled with much hope during our annual FCAP Board Meeting.  It was also a difficult meeting since it was the first Board Meeting without the physical presence of our dear brother, Captain Joe Ivey.  However, hope prevails because we stand on the promise of God that Joe is with Jesus in Heaven.  Hope prevails because Joe has left a legacy behind of Christians who are excited to share the Gospel in the airline and aviation workplace.  Hope prevails as we listen to stories of new FCAP groups forming and former FCAP groups beginning to meet again.

Your financial donations and prayers are the backbone of this ministry and help make all of this hope possible.  We know you have many worthy ministries you could support, so thank you for choosing FCAP.  Because of your support, we can see God giving wisdom and strength to airline employees around the world.  They can become like the angelic choir during the first Christmas. Others see their hope and it gives them an opportunity to tell them the reason for their hope is Jesus.

May the hope of this season be a blessing to you, your loved ones, and co-workers. 
Stephen Watts
On Behalf of the FCAP Board of Directors and Staff
Participants of 2018 FCAP International Leaders Conference
Ministry in Uganda

Ministry in Uganda

Our hearts are always blessed to receive updates from FCAP groups meeting in countries from around the world.  We recently received this photo from Uganda.  It captures Job, a Christian brother sharing with co-workers during one of their recent lunch hour fellowships.  As the Lord reminds you, please pray for these faithful ones as they gather on a regular basis for time in the Word and fellowship with one another.

A Career of Cheer

How many of you are still living as though God has cursed you with the career you have? Do you still mope around as though there is no overcoming the great difficulty you have at your workplace?  A proper biblical worldview helps us replace grumbling and complaining with joy and contentment as we understand the goodness of God as it relates to our work. First, remember how bad sin is to God and that He had to curse the ground Adam depended upon for his and Eve’s very sustenance. Second, consider the kindness of the Lord, that although Adam would now eat bread “by the sweat of his brow” (Genesis 3:19),  it was sweat that helped keep him cool even as the toil increased. Finally, remember the promise that was made, that the Savior Jesus would bruise the serpent Satan’s head, saving all who will trust Him. As he reflected upon Psalm 98, Isaac Watts penned these words in Joy to the World:   “No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground. He comes to make His blessing flow, far as the curse is found.” Therein lies our fresh hope as we come to the job site cheerfully.  (TCF)

This thought was written by Tim Files, an Aircraft Systems Analyst who also serves on our FCAP Board of Directors.

Enjoying the Fruit of Our Labor

The heart is the storage place of what make us who we are; it is also the processor of feelings. There are three things that make a person: intellect, emotion and will. Often times, people confuse emotion for feelings. God says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with allyour strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5). Is it so shocking then that Scripture asks to put all of our heart also in our work (or job)?  Paul told the Colossians, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” (Colossians 3:23). One of the persons that exemplified that was Nehemiah.  He did not let his feelings get in the way of serving King Artaxerxes though he was a captive from Judah. “…in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, and I took the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had never been sad in his presence before” (Nehemiah 2:1). Twenty years of work in a foreign land and never been sad … wow!  This is the attitude of the believer. Scriptures tells us to set our heart on enjoying our work.  Consider: “Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God” (Ecclesiates 2:24).  (MM)
This thought was written by Monix Mathieu, FCAP Leadership and Group Development.

Thanksgiving

Gratitude is more than an emotion we feel or a response we express with regards to our possessions.  Rather, thanksgiving is a deep-seated sense of knowing that God alone gives us all that we need for life, and the ability to enjoy what He provides for us.  When we know Him personally in this way, being thankful will be a continual expression through our life rather than just a momentary response on a special day. (PMC)   Consider:  “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, and His steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 118:1); “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be the glory forever. Amen!” (Romans 11:36).

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

More Than a Job…

When our Lord walked this earth, His association with work and a professional job was stunning, to say the least. The people who knew Him identified him as “the carpenter” (Mark 6:2-3), meaning He did more than do some carpentry work every so often. Rather, the use of the definite article “the Carpenter” clearly pointed to it as His occupation and even operating a business, where He offered a service and made a profit. But also, His claims to be God and yet working with His hands as a carpenter challenged the culture’s warped view of work. The Greco Roman culture of His day thought any person who worked such a menial job with His hands was unimportant and lacking any influence within the culture. But Jesus was exemplary in His work as a carpenter. We are told that He grew not only in favor with God, but also in favor with humans (Luke 2:52), which included those with whom He associated in His professional life. Though the world in His day look upon His carpentry job as meaningless, His example drew the attention of people and His Heavenly Father who said in Mark 1:11, “You are my beloved Son, in You I have been pleased.” Up to this point, all that He had done was work as carpenter. Our work is more than a job or position… it is a calling where we demonstrate our faith in the Lord daily in the details of our work. (PMC)

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

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.
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