From Brent and Dina
Iíve been reading a book by Bruce Wilkinson titled The
Dream Giver. The book is a parable about a Nobody named
Ordinary who is aptly named because he works at an ordinary
job and lives a very ordinary life in the Land of Familiar.
He spends his time away from his ordinary job sitting on his
recliner and watching his box.
Then one day Ordinary "noticed a small, nagging
feeling that something big was missing from his life. Or maybe
the feeling that he was missing from something big. He
Time went by and Ordinary realized that a Big
Dream was in his heart and that he was destined to achieve something
great. This scared him and he really didn't want to talk to anyone
about his Big Dream because he was embarrassed.
Ordinary finally talked to his father about it
and he told Ordinary that he had always had that dream even as
a little boy. Ordinary now remembered. His father had the Big
Dream too when he was young but never pursued it and had lived
all his days in the Land of Familiar. That was the saddest thing
Ordinary had ever heard and it was then that he decided he would
not let that happen to him.
Ordinary packed his bags and left his comfort
zone. He started out strong but soon began to face disappointments
and fear. What should he do now? The Land of Familiar had always
been easy and now he just wanted to quit his journey and go back
home. He sat there for a while, frozen in fear and then he heard
a voice. It was the Dream Giver who was encouraging him to go
on and letting Ordinary know that He would always be there for
Ordinaryís next challenge was the Bullies. Bullies
are those people that antagonize and discourage. His old friend
Champion came along just in time to encourage him. Champion was
from the Land of Familiar but had pursed his Big Dream to the
Land of Promise. He was a huge encouragement and helped him along
Later, a girl named Faith helped him, too. Ordinary
had many more twists and turns along the way to the Land of Promise
and you will have to read it for yourself to find out what happened
but I really enjoyed this book because I think God has laid a
big dream on my heart (Hoops of Hope).
God is doing some awesome things in HOH and I
love being along for the ride! It is growing thanks to Kevin,
our board and our prison team guys. God is putting Bigger Dreams
in my heart with Hoops of Hope and I am set to pursue them! I
have a real desire to see it grow in other cities so we need
more staff people to do that, so be praying!
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
May the Lord Bless and keep you all!!!