Shaun & Jennifer Winn just received this precious letter from some of their DEAR friends. They were moved to share this with all of you in hopes that you too would be moved to read, share & even consider making a donation toward The Hoketts’ continued work in Africa.
Dear Special Friends,
Hello from Texas today on Monday, August 8. I have some very sad news to share with you, and I am brokenhearted.
My husband of nearly 54 years has gone to be with the Lord, and was promoted to heaven, to be with Jesus forever, on Saturday, Aug. 6, just two days ago. He was getting better, so eager to get back to Africa.
However, he had a surgery on Thursday of last week, and a second surgery on Friday. The last one was evidently too much for him, and he passed away some hours later in the early morning of the next day.
Here is a part of the obituary that will be in the local newspaper, The Houston Chronicle, on Wednesday and Thursday. There will be a live streaming of the memorial service on Friday, August 12, at 10:00 A.M. (Texas time), which is presently five hours behind GMT. It can be accessed at http://www.faithpasadena.org.
Rev. Arthur E. Hokett, Jr., age 73, entered into heaven on Saturday, August 6, in Pasadena, Texas, He is survived by his wife, Doris, one beloved son, Jeff, his wife, Sandra, and their three young sons, Alex, Spencer, and Richard, of Virginia.
As a young teenager, Arthur felt called by God to be a missionary in Africa, and he looked forward to missions service after graduating from Pasadena High School in 1956. He married Doris Hinkle on Sept. 20, 1957, and they both graduated from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas, in 1961. Later, they both received honorary Doctor of Theology degrees in 1992 from Levites Theological Seminary in Lagos, Nigeria.
After pastoring a church in Yoakum, Texas, for four and a half years, Arthur and Doris were appointed as missionaries to Ghana, West Africa, in 1966. For the next 45 years, they served together in Africa, living first in Ghana, and then in Lagos, Nigeria. They have ministered under trees in tiny villages, in churches of all sizes in towns and cities, also in stadiums and mega churches across Africa.
Arthur helped to build 46 churches in northern Ghana, and he recently said he desired to help finish at least 50 churches there. He worked tirelessly in Ghana for many years, serving as National Youth Coordinator, as well as ministering all over the country for many years.
After moving to Nigeria in 1988, he ministered throughout Nigeria, also traveling with Doris as missionary evangelists all over Africa, in Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo, Niger, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, and South Africa.
Outside of Africa, they also ministered in England, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, El Salvador, and Haiti. Every two years, they traveled to India, preaching there 13 different times. Arthur and Doris wrote 13 books together, publishing most of them in Nigeria. Several have been translated into other languages in various countries. Countless ministers and friends around the world have loved Arthur, and each has been blessed by his ministry.
The family will receive friends at Niday Funeral Home, 12440 Beamer, in southeast Houston, on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 5 to 8 P.M. A service will be held at Faith Assembly of God, 3940 Vista, in Pasadena, at 10 A.M. on Friday, Aug. 12. The graveside service and burial will be at 4 P.M. the same day at Brookside Cemetery, Hwy. 59 North (Lauder Exit).
Tax-deductible donations in Arthur’s memory may be made to Hokett International Ministries (HIM), P.O. Box 8188, Pasadena, TX 77508-8188, to help build four more churches in northern Ghana. Rev. Hokett dreamed of having a part in building 50 churches there, and you can help to make the dream come true!