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FOR Him

posted Jun 12, 2010, 10:03 AM by Jason Quick   [ updated Nov 2, 2011, 5:36 AM by Sites Admin ]
~ Becca Van Weerdhuizen, '99

PLAYING THE GAME OF BASKETBALL “FOR HIM”: Thank you, Coach Beaver-

Colossians 3:17: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.”

Coach Dan Beaver’s stats are quite impressive:
• 20 years at Faith Academy
• 9 years as Athletic Director
• 9 Far East Regional titles
• 8 Far East DoDDs titles and five DoDDs titles in a row (1996-2000), a Far East record for basketball.

But more impressive are effusive words from former players, parents of players, colleagues and fellow coaches. On the last night of Faith Academy’s Hardeman Basketball Tournament, at halftime of the Girls Championship game, a group of parents came to the mic and asked Dan Beaver to join them on the court. Dan did not come from the home team bench but instead traveled down the stairs of the bleachers and across the court.

Robin Hardeman explained on her invitation to this celebration for Dan that many parents, players, and colleagues had had no idea, one year before, that Dan was considering leaving Faith and his coaching position to put more time into other ministry opportunities. They felt that he did not get the proper send-off for his many years of dedicated coaching and mentoring. And so this year’s Hardeman Tournament was the time and the place.

In Robin’s hands were notes of tremendous thanks, stories lined with laughter, and descriptions of how one man made a difference in so many students’ lives. Sisters Jaime Cutts Koch and Jenna Cutts Grossman wrote, “We remember you told us that you felt it was your mission to make missionary kids feel special and give them chances and opportunities to do things they never thought they could or would do. Well, we can tell you that you have far exceeded and accomplished that mission and purpose!” Toby Landers, a fel- low Faith teacher and basketball coach, said, “Thanks for loving the Lord, loving people, loving MKs, and always working for ‘victories beyond competition.’”

Many alluded to the legacy that Dan left behind. While the obvious reference is to the mind-blowing number of games that Dan’s teams won during his years as a coach, it goes far beyond that. Dan’s legacy continually points back to the One who makes it all possible. As Dan acknowledged the honor, he reflected on that night and his years of coaching. He thanked his daughter Ashley for first pushing him to coach the girls’ team in the 1993- 1994 season.

“It was a great privilege to work with dedicated MK girls who saw basketball as an avenue to share their faith and seek ‘Everlasting Victory Beyond Competition’... As ambassadors for the Lord, they played a huge part in building relationships with play- ers from other schools in the region. God honored the girls’ efforts to excel in their basketball skills so they could increase their opportuni- ty to witness and share their love for the Lord throughout the Asia-Pacific region.”

Dan recalled the surprise celebration at Hardeman Tournament as “a great honor.” To be described as “one of his best friends” by Tine ‘The Legend’ Hardeman was especially meaningful as Dan had basedmuch of what he did in Girls Basketball on the example and advice of Coach Hardeman. Dan listed so many others who helped to develop and later to support the Girls Basketball program at Faith: Toby Landers, Clod Tiamson, Jay Salvador, Jeff Long, Phil Parsons, Brian Foutz, Tom Hardeman and Mr. Dave Ornauer, the Senior Sports Editor for the Pacific Stars and Stripes. Dan acknowledged, “there are others to thank as well including all the supportive parents but most of all I thank the Lord for their dedicated daughters who caught the vision to give their best ‘For Him’.”

Although Dan and Tori have left their ministry at Faith, they have not left the Philippines. The Lord has led them to developing a training center that works to empower and train Filipinos to “do a great and mighty work for the Lord” as they leave the Philippines and go out to closed countries.

Dan closed his response with this challenge: “May we all be found faithful ‘For Him’ in whatever service He calls us to do during these significant times.”
                                                                                                   
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