Vol. #7 Issue #1 Jan-Mar 2002

Hoops of Hope is celebrating its sixth year of ministry. Thank you for coming along for the ride! It will be awesome to see what God has planned in the years to come. I've decided to go to a quarterly format for 'Happenins' and you will now receive it four times a year. Last year was awesome because I was able to do 125 ball-handling shows in 13 states and 4 countries. I had contact with nearly 58,000 and 596 prayed to receive Christ! The Lord has been such a blessing to Dina, Seth and I. He has provided all that Hoops of Hope needs. Eye surgery is another blessing that the Lord has brought my way. At the end of April I am going to have LASIK surgery done and the best part is the doctor is doing it for free! He is a Christian and this is his gift to HOH.

Trinidad and Tobago
Hoops of Hope is going to Trinidad and Tobago May 4-12. We need players, coaches and administrators to go. Our focus will be school assemblies, basketball clinics and games. These will be used as a way to draw crowds and then share the Gospel. The cost will be $1,500. The country of Trinidad and Tobago is made up of two islands right off the coast of Venezuela. If you have a desire to serve on a short-term missions team, this is the place for you!

What God is Teaching
I was recently on my way to do a show in Longview, TX and had to take a plane through Dallas. I landed in Dallas and had about 40 minutes till my next flight left so I stopped to pick up some lunch. I then started walking to my gate. It ended up being about a half-hour ordeal to get to my plane. As you can guess, I was about two minutes late and they would not let me on even though the plane was right there (talk about frustrating!) There is also a new regulation that they have to close the door to the plane ten minutes before departure. If I can't make it to the show, there is going to be about 500 disappointed people. I had a decision to make, blow my top or remain calm. The Lord helped me and I was rebooked for the next flight, a three-hour wait but I would be able to make the show. I was thinking, "Alright Lord, you must have wanted to get my attention, now You have it". I have been studying the Gospel of John lately so I decided to read John 13. It tells of the night before Jesus was arrested and about a very important lesson that He needed to teach His disciples. Jesus takes a towel and wraps it around Himself and begins to wash the disciple's feet. This job was for a lowly servant to do because many people wore sandals and it was a stinky and thankless job, but that night, the King of the universe did it. An interesting side-note, Jesus washed all of the disciple's feet including Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray Him. In verses 12-17 it says, "When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. 'Do you understand what I have done for you?' he asked them. "You call me Teacher and Lord and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them." NIV

In one of Jesus' hardest hours, He was thinking about us. He was serving us and teaching us to serve. Now that was a lesson that was worth missing a plane!

Prayer Requests

  • Upcoming events to go smoothly
  • Eye surgery to go well
  • To have at least one full-time staff join HOH
  • More players to go to Trinidad and Tobago
  • More opportunities to minister

There are many things to praise God for, including many coming to the Lord through Hoops of Hope, my family is growing in the Lord and for Jesus' continued grace and love!

January-April Events

  • Jan 13 Cotapaxi Comm Church-CO
  • Jan 15 Arrowhead Corr Fac-Canon City CO
  • Jan 17 US Penitentiary-Florence CO
  • Jan 22 Territorial Prison- Canon City CO
  • Feb 2 First Pres Church-CS CO
  • Feb 9 First United Meth Church-CS CO
  • Feb 13 Woodmen Valley Chapel-CS CO
  • Feb 14 US Penitentiary-Florence CO
  • Feb 16 Galilee Baptist Church-Denver CO
  • Feb 22 Long Ave Bap Church-Port St Joe FL
  • Mar 2 East Side Bap Church-Paragould AR
  • Mar 4 McKinley Ave Bap Ch-Harrisburg IL
  • Mar 5 First Baptist Church-Marshall TX
  • Mar 7 First Baptist Church-Branford FL
  • Mar 8 Northside Baptist Church-Valdosta GA
  • Mar 13 Front Range Alliance Ch-CS CO
  • Mar 16 Bulverde Baptist Ch-Bulverde TX
  • Mar 17 First Baptist Church-Brock TX
  • Mar 19 Rocky Mt Christian Ch-Niwot CO
  • Mar 20 CS Christian School-CS CO
  • Mar 21 Creekside Middle School-CS CO
  • Mar 23-30 Florida
  • Apr 13 CS Christian School-CS CO (clinic)
  • Apr 17 Evan Lutheran Church-Damascus MD
  • Apr 19-20 Evan Presbyterian Ch-Millersville MD
  • Apr 26-28 AIA 10 year reunion-CS CO

We praise God that you are joining with us in this ministry. Please seek the Lord for more ways to minister with us!