We are building relationships and connecting the Body of Christ through prayer, encouragement, and meeting needs in the airport community and greater Treasure Valley.
We recognize that when a follower of Jesus leaves the local church, he leaves a controlled environment and re-enters a world often hostile to the ideals, principles and values which he cherishes and seeks to live out in his life activities of family, work, and school, etc.
We encourage Christians in the workplace to seek out other believers in their work environment for fellowship, mutual encouragement, and support as they do their work, “not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God.” Colossians 3:22
As opportunities arise, we continually seek to build relationships with all employees of every background by looking for ways to share the love of Christ and His gospel.
Our second donor appreciation event took place on July 20. While attendance was small, we had a terrific time with several donors. We also had two airline employees, one from Alaska, and one from Delta, two women whom we look forward to meeting on our daily “tours”. A special guest who came with only a day’s notice was Kaila. She prayed in the chapel a year ago to receive Christ. The video of her testimony was shared and everyone had the opportunity to meet with her. Last weekend she attended church with us and hopes to do so regularly at Eagle Christian Church. She asks for prayer that she would find a good job. Right now she’s living with her mom who has Parkinson’s disease, and her dad. She does need to find her own place by September, so pray for that concern as well.
As I write this (July 28), my ministry partner Doug is soon to be released from the hospital. He has been quite ill with Covid and further complications with low sodium. He has improved greatly, but I anticipate he should be taking additional time at home to fully recover. I filling in some additional time, and volunteers are filling gaps as well. Airport personnel have been concerned and I’ve been getting updates daily from Doug and Roxann’s son Adam to keep employees informed. As I learn more from Adam as to how Doug is progressing, I hope to gradually work him back into the schedule. Doug as had much on his plate and it is my hope he will take the time necessary to fully recover. Keep both Doug and Roxanne in your prayers. Roxanne, as most of you know, has MS and she has been sick as well.
As you know, most of our contacts in the airport are with airport personnel. Occasionally, we can interact with travelers as they come into the chapel, but recently I had the opportunity to try to assist a traveler who had left her phone in a restroom. She had already spoken to airport Lost & Found, but I thought I could expedite things. As it turned out, the phone was not where she left it, it probably was picked up and given to someone to take to Lost & Found. The airport was extremely busy at that time, some employee probably had it but was too busy to get it to Lost & Found. Before I went home that day, I received a text that the lady did recover her phone. While I was unable to help her, she was extremely gracious and thankful for my efforts.
I will be doing some checking this week regarding the cost of advertising in Christian Living Magazine. I would like to build a larger volunteer staff. We have a good crew, Doug and I, and four volunteers, but I hope to fill in even more gaps and perhaps find someone who might be willing to contribute more than just a few hours a week. I was asked recently if someone is “groomed” to take over the ministry if/when I “retire”.
While I’m letting God decide the timing of that, I realize the wisdom of having someone lined up if something would happen that would cause me to be unable to continue. As for now, I have no sense of God saying it is time to leave the ministry.
In closing, continue to pray for Doug and his family, and for us to continue to be vessels of hope and encouragement in the airport environment. Your prayers and financial help is deeply appreciated. I pray “Mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance.” Jude 1
In Jesus Name,