Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We ask you to pray for the families and friends of the crew and passengers of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 so tragically shot from the sky yesterday.
Also please pray for comfort and support to be given to the staff of Malaysia Airlines who are devastated by this second tragedy within such a short time.
May those emergency workers faced with the task of retrieving the remains of the airliner be given strength and support for their work.
As the passengers of MH17, came from many countries please pray for each other as we offer solace and support to the families of those who lost their lives and to the airport staff involved, particularly remember our colleagues in Amsterdam from where the flight originated.
KLM is code sharer with Malaysia Airlines. So many Dutch victims on board. Although: nationality doesn't matter, we mourn all the people who were killed, and their beloved ones! When it is true that the plane is shot down we continue to believe that nationality doesn't matter: we pray for all involved in this tragedy. May God, who says his name is 'I shall be there' be with all his children, religious or not.
The thoughts and prayers of the International Association of Civil Aviation Chaplains are with the families, friends, and loved ones of all those who have lost their lives in such drastic circumstances of the MH17 disaster along with the management and crews of Malaysia Airlines. The IACAC condemns this and any acts of violence against civil aviation objects anywhere in the world. Civil aviation chaplains are serving at Amsterdam Schiphol airport and elsewhere in the world to help those affected by the tragic news.
Dear friends and Colleagues,
One of the most common things that we experience in airports is that of being and working in a building site. Similarly life can be like a building experience which enables us to keep moving on but who or what do we build on?
This year our annual conference will be held in Amsterdam and our colleagues at Schiphol Airport will be our hosts. The conference program will explore the value added to the airport by the presence of the chaplaincy. Links such as human trafficking from previous conferences and the experiences of other airport chaplains will also be explored. The KLM Care Team have been invited to construct a follow up program from the Atlanta presentation made by Delta Care Team. Aspects of the program include:
Nominations for Vice President will be received from the floor at the Amsterdam Business Meeting to fill the one year vacancy caused by the resignation of the Rev Howie Adan. The Constitution states that at least twenty four hours must elapse between the receipt of nominations and any vote. So the Business Meeting will be convened on the afternoon of Thursday 21st August 2014 to receive any nominations to fill the position of Vice President until the next election in 2015. Any vote required will be taken during the Business Meeting on Saturday morning. This is also the nomination year for the positions of President, Vice President and Media Officer for election at the Annual Business meeting in 2015. Our President, Lewis Rose will not be seeking reelection. Nomination forms are available HERE>> and must be given to the Secretary before the start of the Amsterdam Annual Business Meeting on Saturday 23rd August 2014. As only one nomination has been received for the position of Secretary at the Annual Business Meeting in Atlanta, Miss Mary Holloway is elected unopposed as Secretary.
The news from our colleagues in Africa is again saddening. We ask you to continue to pray for those communities torn apart by kidnapping and violence and for comfort for the families of the victims.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.
Sir Winston Churchill
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