|Hoops of Hope Basketball Ministry is dedicated
to bringing the world the hope of the Gospel and seeks to impact eternity
and grow God’s kingdom through the platform of basketball in
its different forms (ball-handling shows, camps, tournaments and exhibition
past month has been a whirlwind for me. I was doing ball-handling
shows that took me from Georgia to California. From February 18 to
March 18 I performed twenty ball-handling shows in fifteen cities
in front of over fourteen thousand people.
I received reports of many coming to the Lord but only He knows exactly
how many! It was a marvelous experience where I was sharing my testimony
of what God has done in my life at every stop. Sometimes, I can’t
believe that this is actually my job. -What a wonderful Lord we serve!
March 19-25 was our California Prison Crusade. Kevin is going to share
more about it later in the newsletter but I wanted to tell you the most
important thing I learned from it. We are in a battle every day, a spiritual
one and we better come to fight because the enemy is trying to destroy
us. That was made perfectly clear to me while I was in the prison.
Ephesians 6:10-20 was laid on my heart by the Lord as a perfect picture
of the battle we are in. Paul knew what he was writing about because
he was writing from prison.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your
stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is
not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against
the authorities, against the powers of this dark world
and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly
realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that
when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your
ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand
firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,
with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with
your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the
gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield
of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming
arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and
the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And
pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers
and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep
on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever
I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly
make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an
ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly,
as I should. NIV
a soldier gets out of bed he has to put on his armor everyday. It
is a conscious choice. If a soldier doesn’t want to fight then
he can leave his armor off but when the enemy comes he is going to
get maimed. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be self controlled and alert.
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for
someone to devour.” NIV
Christians, we are in a fight and it is daily, constant and ultimately
winnable through the power of the Holy Spirit. My encouragement to
you is to put on the whole armor of God. Do it now and do it daily!
Don’t go into battle unprepared. Get into God’s Word,
pray fervently and seek Him with all your heart, daily!
Fuqua's Prayer Requests
*For my mom’s health, she was able to move in with us 3 months
*For our summer camps, that they would be full and they would go well
*God’s will in Dina’s job situation
*For Darren and Jessica Viss as they edit and prepare our instructional
DVD for distribution
| 2005 began on the move and has never
slowed down here at HOH. God has blessed us with trips, camps, prison
games, and outreach opportunities. We even filmed our first instructional
and evangelical DVD!
Home life is great! Rachel and I love every day with Naomi, as
she seems to always be changing and growing. God has been good
to us and we continue to enjoy the adventure of trusting Him with
all our needs, hopes, and dreams.
Allow me to share with you some highlights from these first few
months of 2005.
|Prison Ministry 2005
Hoops of Hope Season
Proverbs 11:2 says, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but
with humility comes wisdom.” NIV This season was quite humbling
on the court as we faced many close games that were decided by the referees,
who are also inmates. Our team was forced to focus on the fact that we
truly are missionaries first and players, second. As this verse in Proverbs
says, with humility comes wisdom. The wisdom we gained was in how to
minister more effectively to the inmates not only through our halftime,
but also through our attitudes and actions from the moment we walk inside
During our 14 games we also came to realize the value of fellowship amongst
our team. God has blessed us with friendship and accountability that
is invaluable for growth in our spiritual journey.
In February I joined up with our partners, the Saints, for
a 5-game tour in Indiana. This trip was extra special as my brother
Randy and I got to share the Gospel together at halftime of one game.
Our first night was in a youth facility and it was a blessing. These
boys all were going to get a second chance so we had a unique opportunity
to influence them and keep them from the Big House! Their respect
and response was overwhelming. On this trip over 100 inmates indicated
a decision for Christ. One of the statistics that our director Frank
shared was that 4 out of 5 inmates return to prison after being released.
However, if an inmate is involved in a faith based program that number
drops to around 17%. That is the ministry God has called us to, changed
This March, Brent and I joined ten men in California for Hoops of
Hope’s first out of state prison tour. Our team was comprised
of guys from Colorado, California, and some alumni as well.
On our first day we immediately found out the high quality of our
team and more importantly the power of our God. The forecast called
for rain, rain, and more rain. In fact, it had rained for several
days prior to the game and the whole night before. This was key because
each of our 3 games was scheduled for outdoor courts. As we arrived
for our first game, the rain had stopped and the courts were being
dried off. The guards pulled us into a room and told us that if something
goes wrong we should stand and the prisoners would lie down. That
would let the guards know whom to shoot. Seems to me that standing
was not as safe, but thankfully we never found out that day. We then
went to the courts to play, but our public address system was not
allowed in. There were over a hundred prisoners surrounding the court
so yelling would not cut it. I called our crew in and said “each
of you is giving either your testimony or the Gospel today.” We
divided into 4 groups and shared with the men in small sections.
Wow, seeing our team step up and minister in the midst of changing
circumstances was awesome. God rewarded our boldness that day with
28 decisions for Christ.
As we went to our other games the weather seemed to follow us. One game
was cancelled as rain began to pour so we immediately began to share
the gospel. When our speaker spoke the rains ceased and when he said, “amen” they
began again. For our final game that day the rains stopped and the wind
dried the court, but when the final whistle blew the rain started again.
God is good!
The rest of the week was filled with many more miracles and challenges.
We had a great time and God used each and every member of our team. On
the court we had one of the best teams we have ever assembled. We went
undefeated and won by over 20 points a game. Ross, our big man, finally
had a big partner, Jeff Bickmore, to share the load. Keith, one of our
board members, and his wife Kim went over the top in hosting the team.
They gave their house up for the whole week!
This trip truly was evidence that prayers like yours make a difference.
Whether it was the rain, the PA system or dangerous situations on the
inside, God was always at our side.
*Continue to Pray for the Halls, Simmons, and Cilano’s in Italy
as we plan 2006 trip.
*Naomi to keep growing and enjoying life
*Our family and finances
*For upcoming camps and DVD release
CONGRATS TO ECA BOYS ON AN UNDEFEATED SEASON AND BACK TO BACK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
IN COLORADO 2A BASKETBALL. DON’T FORGET WHERE YOU BOYS SPENT YOUR
PRAISE GOD FOR ALL HIS BLESSINGS FOR OUR FAMILY AND MINISTRY.
Brent “HOOPS” Fuqua
Director of Prison Ministry, Camps & Missions
Advisory Board Members
Steve Wilklow-President of
The DelMor Group
Keith Schneider- President and Owner of Sierra Data
Kirk Montgomery-Director of Admissions
Rev. John Boaz-Interim Pastor and Pulpit
Will Brouwer-Senior Sales Engineer-Front
Dan MaCleay-Financial Advisor
Rich Ratliff-Activity & Volunteer
coordinator at Sunrise of CO Springs
Ross Haverhals-Business Teacher at Sierra
Brian Nichols-Rocky Mtn Calv
Dale Glading-Saints Prison Min
26 College Church Wheaton IL
27 Good News Chr Center DP IL
7-8 Rocky Mtn Calv CS CO
29-30 Prison CO
6-10 Rocky Mtn. Cal Camp CS CO
20-24 Foresthill, CA Camp (Kevin)
20-24 Hemet CA Camp
27-30 Springs Comm Camp(Kevin)
27-Jul 1 Maranatha Chapel SD CA
11-15 Mt Spgs Church Camp (Kev)
18-22 Boca Raton Com Ch BR FL
23 Naomi Grace Boaz 1ST B-day
24 Kevin’s 31ST Birthday
25-29 Vill 7 Pres Ch CS CO
8-12 Lake Arrowhead CS LA CA
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