Vol. #7 Issue #4 Oct-Dec 2002

From Brent and Dina

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.Luke 2:8-12 (KJV)

That’s the message of Christmas! The Lord of Heaven and Earth came to us not in all His glory but as a Babe born in a barn to poor, young virgin mother. He came to the poor, the brokenhearted, the sick and the blind, to heal their wounds and to set them free from sin. He came for you and me. Jesus came because He knew that one day He would have to die on an old rugged cross. Jesus came because He loved us.

This holy season is not about a chubby guy in a red suit, Christmas trees, presents or sleigh rides (although all those things are fun); it is about the Messiah who came to save us from our sins. My prayer is that you and I would focus on Immanuel, which literally means, God with us.

Really Big News!
We are excited to announce that Dina is pregnant and our baby is due in late April. Dina just turned 40 on November 21 (Happy Birthday, Honey!) so there are more concerns for this pregnancy. She is doing well and progressing nicely.

Kevin's Korner

Rachel and I continue to be excited about joining Hoops of Hope. God has blessed us as we have been meeting with people and churches. We currently have 14% of our monthly goal raised. Pray for us as we continue to work for new contacts for support. Phil.1:6 says, "...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (NIV)
This has been a good reminder for Rachel and I as we continue seeking to serve the Lord. The Lord has begun a great work in Hoops of Hope and He will carry it on until the day of Jesus Christ!

Prayer Requests

  • Kevin and Rachel Boaz as they continue to raise their support and develop new contacts
  • For the health of Dina and our new baby
  • Debbie Wadle’s appeal, we are praying for a decision by the end of the year
  • Please pray for our finances. The Lord continues to bless us but we have been running at a deficit for a few weeks. We want to finish the year strongly. Pray that God blesses us according to His riches in glory!
  • For more ministry opportunities especially Upward Basketball Banquets

Kevin, Rachel, Dina, Seth, baby Fuqua and I would like to wish you a most blessed holy season. The fact that Jesus came to us gives us the reason to operate Hoops of Hope. If you have not committed your heart and life to the Lord, now is the best time! God bless you during this special season.