Vol. #7 Issue #2 Apr-Jun 2002

I spent most of March and some of April on the road doing basketball shows. Most of the shows in March were for Upward Basketball Award Banquets. I was in Arkansas, Illinois, Texas (twice), Georgia and Maryland. It was a great time and I was able to share Christ with many children during this time.

Trinidad and Tobago
Ken Kirkwood, Jon Weitz, Ross Haverhals, Rich Ratliff and myself went to Trinidad and Tobago to minister for eight days in May. It was an awesome time and we were able to do many outreaches while there including games, school assemblies and clinics. We even found some time to go snorkeling! We were able to play the #1 and #3 men’s teams in Trinidad. With no subs, we were able to learn about humility!!! They were very good and they pretty much worked us over! We didn’t know about this beforehand but a major TV news cameraman was there and he asked about who we were and why we were there. That was when I hit them with the Gospel! He said that he heard we were “a religious group” and wanted to know more about that. I shared about Hoops of Hope and that we were there to promote a relationship with the Lord and not a “religion”. The next night we watched the news and they edited everything out except the Gospel part! Praise God, this report went all over the Caribbean! Even when we are getting kicked around the court, God can use it for His good.

What God is Teaching
One of the neatest things about this team was the unity. I knew all but one of the guys before the trip. We had a great time together and the guys were very easy to lead. Since all the men were married, I felt the Lord was leading us to study Ephesians 5:22-32, “ Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church--for we are members of his body. ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” (NIV)

One of the things we noticed about this passage was that “love your wives” is mentioned quite a few times. It’s as if the Lord knows that men are a little slow and He wants us to “love your wives” and He really means it! But we think, what if I am mad at my wife, or don’t like what she is doing? Oh yea, “love your wives”!

God has been teaching me a great deal through my personal quiet time. I had been going through a time of questioning my ministry and myself. I began reading Ecclesiastes in order to find some answers. This book was written by Solomon (David’s son). He was known as the wisest and richest of all of Israel’s kings. Solomon did a study of all that life had to offer. He looked at work, entertainment, money, relationships and knowledge. Here is what he found out after weighing all the facts. “Meaningless! Meaningless! says the Teacher. ‘Everything is meaningless!’ Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgement, whether it is good or evil.” Ecc. 12:8, 13-14 (NIV)

That really sums it up for me! If you feel like you have been just floating through life with no meaning and not really committed to the Lord, I have a personal challenge for you. It is in Ecc. 11:4, “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.” (NIV) This means don’t wait for the perfect time to give your heart and life to the Lord. Now is the time! Just confess your sins to God and ask Him to take over your life and He will! We aren’t promised another day, so don’t wait!

Prayer Requests
• Details for the seven weeks of basketball camp in Colorado and California
• My eyes to be 20/25, they are now 20/40
• Have at least one full-time staff to join HOH
• Debbie Wadle’s legal proceedings
• Gracia Burnham (American missionary in the Philippines) was wounded and her husband and a Filipino nurse were killed after more than a year of being held hostage. They paid the ultimate price of sharing God’s love to a lost world.

There are many things for which to praise the Lord. We were able to purchase a used van that can be used for taking the team to prison games. Also, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel and HOH have purchased nine heavy-duty basketball goals to be used for big events. They have to be transported from Florida by one of the FCA board members in July. Please pray for all the details of that move.

June-August Events

  • June 8 CS CO-CSCS
  • 10-14 Divide CO-Golden Bell Camp
  • 17-21 Hemet CA-Bible Fellowship Church
  • 24-28 Indian Wells CA-Southwest Comm Church
  • July 8-12 CS CO-First Presbyterian Church
  • 15-19 CS CO-First Presbyterian Church
  • 24 Memphis TN-Bellevue Baptist Church
  • 29-Aug 2 CS CO-Village Seven Pres Church
  • August 5-9 Lake Arrowhead CA-LA Christian School