The 49th Annual Conference of the International Association of Civil Aviation Chaplains will be in Paris, France from 23 to 26 August of 2016.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Chester Cook from Atlanta airport (ATL) whose brother Richard (58) passed away on August 12, 2014. Please keep Chester, Susan and their family in your prayers.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We have all heard the saying "live in hope die in despair" but have you wondered where it comes from?
It is to be found in Dombey and Son written by Charles Dickens, when the Major said "Tell Joseph, he must live in hope ma'am or he'll die in despair". What would your choice be 'live in hope or die in despair? In today's world many people have abandoned hope and opted for despair and maybe with good reason. Hope and despair share are two sides of the same coin and are the result of the choices that you have made.
Rev Pierre de Mareuil from CDG Paris has asked that we continue to keep the families and friends of those lost aboard Air Algérie flight AH5017.
Rev Wina Hordijk tells us of the work they have been doing following the downing of Malaysia Air flight MH17. She says "It's such a busy time, working extra hours and extra days, taking care of each other, and of the volunteers, who are busy comforting people at the outside where all the flowers are, and the condolences books. So much grief and pain, tears and powerlessness, also so much overwhelming connectedness! This is my first day off, and it's filled with phone calls of newspapers and television stations that want an interview with us. I was on Dutch television last Thursday, in a program about 'consolation'. Two more to come next week. So important".
The chaplaincy team at Melbourne Airport have also been deeply involved in meeting family members of those lost on MH17 as well as meeting the crews and working with the staff of Malaysia Airlines.
The most wasted of days is one without laughter
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