Fountainview Academy's DVD series "Steps to Christ in Song" received special attention on a trans-Pacific flight from Japan to the United States last month.
Don Folkenberg, a date block manager for ShareHim, was traveling home to a family memorial service after supervising a Fountainview senior class mission trip in Sabah, East Malaysia.
Because congregating in the aisles during flights has been forbidden since 9/11, the flight attendants discussed options for allowing the other passengers to view the DVD. Folkenberg had already viewed most of the series, so he gave his set to the flight attendants, who mentioned the possibility of including it in the plane's central movie system or viewing it in the flight attendant break room.
When Folkenberg suggested they pass everything by the flight captain to make sure no one got in trouble, one of the attendants stated that, just like on a ship, the flight captain has the final say with regard to what occurs on a flight—including what is shown. One attendant observed that the onboard air marshall might object, but another said the air marshalls are present only to ensure flight security.
While the DVD was viewed by Folkenberg's fellow first class passengers,
"Those who watched the DVDs on my laptop loved them and were asking how they could order a set for themselves," said Folkenberg. "I gave them the website where they could get this same set, along with other DVDs produced by Fountainview."
Folkenberg said the other passengers seemed especially impressed to know there was a "boarding school that was able to help in molding young lives in such a way as to [produce] something like this.
He told them, "No one ever knows the effect that a project like this can have on those who are able to see it.