Vol. #8 Issue #3 Jul-Sept 2003

From Brent and Dina

The summer was extremely busy with seven weeks of basketball camp in three states (Colorado, California and Florida). There were close to 500 people that were part of the basketball camps or saw a show. Many kids came to know the Lord including a dozen during the last week of camp in Lake Arrowhead, CA! Please pray for these new warriors in the Kingdom!

September 4th is always a special day for me because it is my birthday but for the past ten years it has also been my wedding anniversary! Thatís right, Dina and I have been married for 10 years. My friends always wonder why I am so lucky and I just tell them, "Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while!" A translation for those of you not from the South, "Everyone gets lucky once in a while." I know it is not luck, it is a blessing and she is the best birthday gift I could ever receive. Dina is a wonderful wife and is very supportive of HOH. I love her with all my heart and I am glad we are together!

Proverbs 18:22 (NIV) says it all, "He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.

Dina has definitely been a blessing to Seth and Jaden.

The Fuqua's Prayer Requests

  • Financial support to grow b/c Dina is taking off work until Fall/2004
  • To book more events for the fall and winter especially Upward Award Nights
  • The Prison Team and its schedule
  • Mission Trip to Italy
  • Joan, a family friend that suffers from cancer
  • Arnold and Debbie Wadle

We are selling Entertainment books to raise funds for HOH.

Kevin's Korner

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Rachel and I have been so blessed during our first three months of ministry. Jeremiah 29:11 has been on our minds throughout each step of our transition and now service to Hoops of Hope. Rachel and I rely on the fact that God has a plan and is in total control no matter what the current situation is. It is our encouragement for you to do the same.

During our first basketball camp I arrived home and received a call that my Grandmother Boaz had a stroke. At this time my parents and wife were out of town, so only my Aunt Karla and I were available. I spent the rest of that week in the Hospice at my Grandmothers side. While there, I was upset because my father was not able to be there when he wanted to be and because I was not able to serve the Lord by ministering to the kids in our camp. Godís plan however, was that I got to spend some unforgettable times with my grandmother and in hindsight I really learned how to deal with a family crisis. This episode was trying emotionally for all of us as my grandmother lost her independence. She is an amazing example as she has kept her spirits high through the transition to an assisted living home.

The second camp came with another example of God being in control of the plan for our lives. In our last newsletter you may remember the special needs I listed such as a computer and office equipment. Well, at the end of this week of camp one of our volunteer coaches named Pat told us that God had put something on his heart. Pat then brought us a laptop computer from his car and donated it to us. Wow! Pat was not even on our mailing list at the time yet God had a plan to answer that prayer. Through another friend a great computer desk was donated a few days later. Pat has continued in his generosity to HOH by enabling us to modernize our office and set up a network between our computers. This will enable us to be even more effective in our communication of the Gospel.

Aside from working camps this summer I also was able to take some classes toward getting my ministerial license. Brent and I are going with the Evangelical Christian Alliance who has long provided churches and parachurch organizations with the service of ordination and licensing. The problem was that I thought I would finish my courses and receive my license. The ECA now requires face to face interviews before a committee. Well, the only place for this to happen was at the national conference in Indianapolis, IN. After doing everything to avoid this trip and the cost, I realized that I must get the license done now. So one week before the trip I began contacting people I knew in the region. My brother Randy lives by Indy so he was able to pass information about Hoops of Hope on to several friends. To make a long story short I was blessed with three meetings with churches that week. The results of the trip were not only becoming Rev. Boaz, but also 2 of the 3 churches have signed on to do camps next summer. On top of that, I was bumped from a flight and received a ticket voucher. Godís plans far exceeded my limited view.

Yes, it is true God has a plan for our lives. Rachel and I are so thankful that His plans are always better and bigger than ours, which is why we know Hoops of Hope is headed for ministry that we canít even comprehend.

Boaz's Praises/Prayer Requests

  • Rachelís school year to go well.
  • For my Grandmother Boaz and her health and her spirits to be high.
  • Praise the Lord for the awesome partners, like you, who prepare the battlefield with your prayers.
  • Continued financial need for monthly support
  • For the Prison Team and Team Italy

Hoops of Hope Special Needs - Donations of the following ...

  • Portable PA System for prisons and mission trips
  • Photo printer

Prison Ministry and Team Italy

This fall the prison team has committed to practicing and receiving spiritual training for the upcoming season. This higher level of commitment is exciting for us to see. These men truly are going to make a difference for Christ!

Team Italy is being put together for a missions trip March 20-27, 2004. Please pray for our discernment in team selection. Also, pray for Tim Hall our missionary contact in Italy as he is trying to set up games and ministry events for us in advance.

Advisory Board

Hoops of Hope is putting together an Advisory Board that will serve along side our Board of Directors. The Advisory Board will be made up of men from many different walks of life that have shown spiritual depth and have been successful in their specific vocation. Pray for these men as they seek to guide us to be all that God wants.

Proverbs 15: 22 (NIV) says "Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed."

May the Lord Bless and keep you all!!!